Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Sunday, February 11

Ira Gitlin and Friends (Bluegrass)

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

3:30-5:30 PM

It’s always great to play banjo again alongside of Neel Brown (guitar), John Seebach (mandolin), and Mary Burdette (bass) at this fine Alexandria brewery. There’ll be a great assortment of locally produced beers, a barbecue truck parked right outside, and some no-nonsense (?) bluegrass music. Come on out and join in on the fun!

Friday, February 16-Sunday, February 18

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival Kids’ Academy

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival
Sheraton Hotel Framingham
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Once again I’ll be heading up a team of great instructor at this fun and educational program for young pickers who are starting to play bluegrass. For more information, or to register, go here.

Monday, February 26

Private event

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

Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Class

Silver Spring, MD

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 jamming ground rules and etiquette, learning new songs on the fly, leading songs, finding melodies, faking solos, and harmony singing.

For more information, or to register, go here.

And if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the word along!

Saturday, March 10

The Oklahoma Twisters (Western Swing)

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

8:00-11:00 PM

Friday, March 16

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, March 17

Teri Joyce and the Tagalongs (Country)

It’s always a pleasure to back up this honky-tonkin’ songstress from Austin when she’s on the East Coast. I’m on bass this time around.

Of course we will not be appearing at Hank Dietle’s Tavern because of the recent fire that nearly destroyed the place. But we are looking for a substitute venue. I’ll post the info here as soon as we get it.

Monday, March 19

Private event

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

Saturday, April 7

Private event

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

Sunday, April 15

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

Saturday, April 21

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

Towson, MD

1:00-2:00 PM

This performance is part of WTMD’s 4th Annual Brews and Bands, a fundraiser for Towson University’s listener-supported radio station.

Saturday, May 3

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

The Blue Side Tavern
6 South Bentz St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-0200

9:00 PM-12:00 midnight

Monday, May 14-Thursday, May 17

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Camp

Gettysburg, PA

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 CAMP 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 camp is for you, too!

Topics covered will include jamming ground rules and etiquette, learning new songs on the fly, leading songs, finding melodies, faking solos, and harmony singing.

For more information, or to register, go here.

And if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the word along!

Saturday, May 26

Private event

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

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, along side 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

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.

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.

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. Details TBA.

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, 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

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

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

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