Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Saturday, July 28

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642

8:30-11:30 PM

Back again at this cozy neighborhood hangout. We love playing here!

Wednesday, August 1

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

The Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202)785-1277

7:30-9:30 PM

Fine food and drink in a charming setting, and the great vocals of Dede Wyland and Randy Barrett.

Saturday, August 4

The Oklahoma Twisters (Western Swing)

Prince George’s Swimming Pool
3301 Buchanan Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

6:00-9:00 PM

Sunday, August 5-Friday, August 10

Augusta Bluegrass Week

Augusta Heritage Center
Davis and Elkins College
100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241
(304)637-1209

A week of total bluegrass immersion in the beautiful hills of West Virginia! I and my fellow coordinators have put together a great staff of instructors for all the bluegrass instruments, plus vocals and songwriting. Join us for a week of classes, jamming, concerts, dances, and general good times with new and old friends! For more information, or to register, go here.

Saturday, August 11

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 441-2783

8:00-11:00 PM

Wednesday, August 15

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Mason District Park
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA
(703)941-1730

7:30 PM

Thursday, August 16-Sunday, August 19

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Kids’Academy

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Granite Hill Campground
3340 Fairfield Rd.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717)642-8749

Another great bluegrass festival, another great program for kids who are starting to play bluegrass instruments. For details, or to register, go here.

Wednesday, August 22

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

The Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202)785-1277

7:30-9:30 PM

Fine food and drink in a charming setting, and the great vocals of Dede Wyland and Randy Barrett.

Thursday, August 23

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

Turf Valley Towne Square
11075 Resort Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410)465-1500

6:30-8:00 PM

Saturday, August 25

Dede Wyland (Bluegrass/Country)

Kensington Farmers’ Market
Kensington Train Station
10417 Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

10:00-11:00 AM

Just two guitars and Dede’s fabulous singing.

Wednesday, August 29

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

The Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202)785-1277

7:30-9:30 PM

Fine food and drink in a charming setting, and the great vocals of Dede Wyland and Randy Barrett.

Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Kids’Academy

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Salem County Fairgrounds
Woodstown, NJ 08079
(302) 321-6466

Another great bluegrass festival, another great program for kids who are starting to play bluegrass instruments. For details, or to register, go here.

Saturday, September 8

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

Cat’s Eye Pub
1730 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410)276-9866

4:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 12

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Willow Garden Theater
Wisconsin Ave. and Willow Ln.
Bethesda, MD 20817

12:00 noon-2:00 PM

The scaled-down, trio version of the Backroads Band in a free lunchtime performance.

Wednesday, September 12

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

The Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202)785-1277

7:30-9:30 PM

Fine food and drink in a charming setting, and the great vocals of Dede Wyland and Randy Barrett.

Wednesday, September 19

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

The Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202)785-1277

7:30-9:30 PM

Fine food and drink in a charming setting, and the great vocals of Dede Wyland and Randy Barrett.

Friday, September 21

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

Saturday, September 22

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1090 Sterling Rd.
Herndon, VA 20170
(703)437-1883

7:30 PM

We love being a part of this long-running concert series. Come on out and enjoy the harmonies!

Friday, October 12

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Barley & Hops
5473 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301)668-5555

7:00-10:00 PM

Our first time at this relatively new brewery and restaurant—and it looks like a really nice one. Help us make a good first-time showing!

Thursday, October 25

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Sundays, October 28, November 4, November 11, and November 18

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Class

Alexandria, VA

If you play one of the bluegrass instruments (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro) and would like to play with others, but don’t know where to start, THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! You’ll learn the “rules of the road” that will have you jamming in the very first session. You don’t need to read music or tablature. All you need is the ability to play G, C, D, and A chords (or, for fiddle and bass, notes that go with those chords) and change them smoothly, and we’ll show you the rest.

And if you’re already playing, but want to work on your higher-level jam skills, this class is for you, too!

Topics covered will include the following:
•Jamming ground rules and etiquette
•Learning new songs on the fly
•Leading songs
•Finding melodies
•Faking solos
•Harmony singing.

For more information, or to register, go here.

Saturday, November 10

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

“Women Of Country Music” tribute
American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 441-2783

8:00-11:00 PM

An annual event, and once again the Backroads Band will be one of the house bands backing up a great bunch of female singers.

Friday, December 7

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

D'Addario Strings