Ira Gitlin

Schedule

If you’d like to receive notices about upcoming performances and events, please e-mail me.

Friday, August 9

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

Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

7:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday, August 14

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

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

7:30-9:30 PM

Great food and drink. Bluegrass music.

Thursday, August 15-Sunday, August 18

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.

Tuesday, August 20

Karen Collins (Country)

Clarksville Commons
12240 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029
(301)854-2090

7:30-8:15 PM

Just me, Karen, and two acoustic guitars in a free outdoor performance. We’ll be playing a bunch of her great original songs.

Wednesday, August 21

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

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

7:30-9:30 PM

Great food and drink. Bluegrass music.

Friday, August 23

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

7:30-8:30 PM

Saturday, August 24

Only Lonesome (Bluegrass)

Gemeny Winery and Vineyards
8606 Cedarville Road
Brandywine, Maryland 20613
(301)442-4670

6:00-9:00 PM

It’s always a pleasure to fill in on bass with this fine DC-area band!

Wednesday, August 28

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

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

7:30-9:30 PM

Great food and drink. Bluegrass music.

Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1

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.

Sunday, September 8

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

Takoma Park Folk Festival
Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(641) 715-3900 ext. 876599

4:20-5:10 PM

Saturday, September 14

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
(828)645-7070

12:00 noon

Saturday, September 14

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

For more information, click here.

Thursday, September 19

Karen Collins (Country)

TPSS Co-op
201 Ethan Allen Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-2667

Time TBA

Just Karen and me with two guitars for Thursdays @ the Co-op. “Eat. Connect. Enjoy.”

Friday, September 20

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, September 22

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410)276-1651

7:00 PM

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 brings the 20th anniversary of the Blue Moon Cowgirls’ first performance. What better way to celebrate than with an appearance at the Creative Alliance? There might be some special guests and surprises…. For more info, go here.

Friday, October 4

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

Haydee’s Restaurant
3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202)483-9199

8:00-10:45 PM

Saturday, October 12

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

1919
1919 East Fleet Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410)276-9484

9:00 PM-12:30 AM

Sunday, October 13

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

Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202)698-0058

2:00-4:00 PM

Friday, October 26

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Edith May’s Paradise
7711 Apple Ave.
Jessup, MD 20794
(410) 799-3755

7:00 PM

Sundays, October 27 and November 3, 10, and 17

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Class

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.

And if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this message along!

The class will be held in a private home in Rockville, Maryland, each of those four Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Saturday, November 9

Women Of Country Tribute

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

8:00-11:00 PM

Karen Collins and the Backroads band will be there, and we’ll probably be backing up some of the other singers, too. Always a fun time! For more information, click here.

Friday, December 6

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

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