Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Saturday, June 2

Private event

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

Sunday, June 3

Skip Church and the Growlers (Bluegrass)

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Rd.
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
(301)774-0022

Bluegrass at the Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival!

12:45-1:30 PM

Thursday, June 7-Sunday, June 10

Midwest Banjo Camp

Olivet, MI

I’m looking forward to my first time teaching at this highly respected banjo camp, alongside so many great instructors. I’ll be teaching the “bluegrass novice” classes. You can read all about it, and register, too, right here.

Friday, June 15

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

Wilde Lake Village Center
Twin Rivers Rd. & Lynx Ln.
Columbia, MD 21044

6:00-8:00 PM

Sunday, June 17

Skip Church and the Growlers (Bluegrass)

Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703)797-2739

3:30-5:30 PM

Fathers’ Day at this fine Alexandria brewery: great locally produced beers, a food truck parked right outside, and some no-nonsense (?) bluegrass music. And we’ll have our special guest Clare Brown sitting in on fiddle for the whole time!

Friday, June 22

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

Sunday, June 24-Friday, June 29

Pete Wernick’s Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp

Silver Bay YMCA
87 Silver Bay Rd.
Silver Bay, NY 12874
(518) 543-8833

Instruction on all the bluegrass instruments, vocals, jamming, band coaching, concerts, and more—all in a beautiful lakeside setting in the Adirondack Mountains. For more information, or to register, go here.

Sunday, July 1

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

Polish Home Club
512 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 276-0636

2:00-5:30 PM

Wednesday, July 4

Private event

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

Friday, July 6

Squeeze Bayou (Cajun)

Grist Mill Park
4710 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309

7:30-8:30 PM

Lookin’ forward to sitting in on bass with my favorite Cajun dance band. Bring your dancing shoes, or just plan to dance barefoot!

Saturday, July 7

Private event

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

Saturday, July 14

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

Taste Of Cambridge
Cambridge, MD

8:00-10:00 PM

Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 22

Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy For Kids

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Walsh Farm
1 Poultney Rd.
Oak Hill, NY 12460
(888)946-8495

A high point of my year since 2000 has been teaching banjo at this program for young musicians, which takes place at the fabulous Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Do you know any kids who are starting to play bluegrass, and who’d like to be a part of this fun and educational event? Make sure their families know about it! You can read more here.

Wednesday, July 25

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, 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.

Sunday, 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.

Thursday, August 30

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

Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 380-9620

Details TBA.

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.

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