Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Sunday, January 20

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

Spanish Ballroom
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

3:30-6:00 PM

Another Waltz Time dance—lots of waltzes (and some other tunes) on the DC area’s biggest, best dance floor. Come early (2:45) for a dance lesson!

Sunday, January 27

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Creative Cauldron
410 South Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(571)239-5288

7:00-9:00 PM

Friday, February 1

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

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

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….

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival Kids’Academy

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

A fun program for budding musicians at one of New England’s biggest bluegrass festivals. I’ll be heading up a great staff of instructors on all the bluegrass instruments. If you know any young pickers who might be interested, please make sure their families know about this! For more information, or to register, click here.

Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24

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 to here..

Saturday, March 9

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703)771-5281

7:00 PM

We’re thrilled to be playing at this legendary venue, and looking forward to sharing the bill with our friends Only Lonesome.

Friday, March 15

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 16

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

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

8:00 PM

This’ll be our first time at Edith May’s, a venue run by Maryland singer-songwriter Georgie Jessup. Come on out and see the Cowgirls in an intimate setting!

Saturday, March 23

The Oklahoma Twisters (Western Swing)

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

8:00-11:00 PM

For more information, click here.

Sunday, April 21

Skip Church and the Growlers (Bluegrass)

Easter Sunrise Service
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1301 Collingwood Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703)765-6555

Friday, April 26

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

Monday, May 13-Thursday, May 16

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Camp

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

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 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..

Friday, June 7

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

Andy Nelson’s Barbecue
11007 York Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 527-1226

6:00-9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 13

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

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

7:30-9:30 PM

Friday, June 14

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, June 21-Wednesday, June 26

Pete Wernick’s Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp

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

A full week of instrumental, vocal, and ensemble classes, concerts, and LOTS of jamming in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake George. For more information, or to register, click here.

Thursday, July 4

Private event

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

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21

Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy For Kids

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

A fun program for budding musicians at the premier bluegrass festival in the Northeast. I’ll be teaching banjo again (my 20th year!) alongside a great staff of instructors on all the bluegrass instruments. If you know any young pickers who might be interested, please make sure their families know about this! For more information, or to register, click here.

Sunday, July 21-Friday, July 26

Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week

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

Maybe my favorite week of the year! I’m honored to be part of the team that puts together this wonderfulprogram of classes, jamming, concerts, square dances, and more. If your idea of a great vacation involves hanging out in the beautiful hills of West Virginia, immersed in bluegrass music, improving your playing, and making new friends, find out more—or register—by clicking here.

Thursday, August 1

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Cherry Hill Park
312 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703)248-5077

6:00-8:00 PM

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.

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.

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

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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