Friday, January 24, 2014

Winter Village Bluegrass Festival Starts Today

Now in its 4th year, the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival continues to bring the best acts in bluegrass music to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes from January 24 - 26, 2014. Our festival home, La Tourelle Resort, is a music lovers paradise and great place to spend a January weekend. This year, after two years of selling out our Saturday night Big Show at the Hangar Theatre, we are excited to move the January 25 Saturday Big Show downtown to the historic State Theatre, Ithaca's favorite music room.

This year, our headliner artists, the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, are here for the whole weekend of performances and workshops. Our bands are among the best bands in Bluegrass and Americana music – Claire Lynch is the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Balsam Range has the 2013 IBMA Recording of the Year. Rounding out the Winter Village lineup is the Molly Tuttle Trio an exciting young trio from California by way of Boston and the Berklee College of Music, Northern PA superpickers The Hickory Project, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Chad Darou & Stealing Time, and Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie.

Winter Village Performances
Saturday Night Big Show at State Theatre
Saturday, January 25 @ 7:00 PM
We are excited to move the Saturday Night Big Show to the historic State Theatre of Ithaca after selling out at the Hangar Theatre the last two years. The Big Show will feature festival headliners the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, along with the very talented Molly Tuttle Trio. The State is a wonderful historic venue, great for seeing and hearing music, and within walking distance to many restaurants and downtown hotels and inns. Tickets for the concert cost $35 for Gold Circle Seats, $25 for reserved seating, and $20 for the Balcony Bleacher seats (general admission). Given that most of the seating is reserved and the room is large, you should consider purchasing your tickets right away, as we anticipate a big last minute rush of sales. Molly Tuttle Trio will open at 7:00pm, the Claire Lynch Band will perform at 8:00pm, and Balsam Range will close the show at 9:15pm.

Saturday Workshops & Concert at La Tourelle
Satuday, January 25 @ 9:00 am - 4pm
Saturday morning workshops will be from 9:00 am to 12 noon for all instruments, singing, and songwriting and featuring festival performers from CLB, Balsam Range, Molly Tuttle Trio, the Hickory Project, Chad Darou, and Robbert van Renesse teaching the ever popular bluegrass uke workshop. Schedule will be finalized and posted later this weekend or Monday. The Saturday afternoon concerts at La Tourelle will begin at 1pm with Paris Texas (Bobby and Doug Henrie, David Cavage & Rick Manning) with some special guests including Dee Specker, John Mailander and others. Balsam Range will perform at 2pm and the Hickory Project will perform at 3pm. Admission to the Saturday workshops and performances at La Tourelle are free for those who have purchased Saturday Day Passes ($40.00), 2 day passes ($50) or 3 day passes ($75). Others can attend for $20 payable only at La Tourelle on Saturday morning.

House Concert @ the Dewitt Park Inn
Saturday Afternoon 1-4pm
The Dewitt Park Inn is hosting a House Concert featuring the Claire Lynch Band (3pm), preceded by Chad Darou & Stealing Time at 1pm and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys at 2pm. This is a unique opportunity to see Claire and her band up close, and hear Chad and Jim with their fine bands. There are 50 seats now available and you must have a 2 or 3 day festival pass to attend this special show. To reserve a seat, email me.

Dinner Music @ Moosewood & Argos
Saturday Evening, 5-6:30pm
The renowned Moosewood Restaurant is hosting Chad Darou & Stealing Time on Saturday night from 5 - 6:30pm for dinner and some unplugged bluegrass music before the Saturday night Big Show. Moosewood is offering 15% discounts to festival ticket holders and is located in the Dewitt Mall, next to the Ithaca Guitar Works and just a block from the State Theatre. Special thanks to Moosewood for sponsoring Winter Village and preparing the dinner for the performers at the State Theatre Big Show.

The Argos Inn is hosting a happy hour reception with drinks and a light bar menu (you can bring in food if you like) featuring Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys performing an unplugged show from 5 - 6:30pm. This beautifully restored Inn has just started hosting musical performances and we are exciting to share this beautiful new venue with Winter Villagers. No ticket is required to enter.

Spiritual Songs & Stories
Sunday Morning 10:30am - 12:00 noon @ La Tourelle
Sunday morning, we will have a special gospel music show – Spirit Songs and Stories – with Ithaca preacher and story teller extraordinaire Rebacca Dolch with music by the Claire Lynch Band, the Molly Tuttle Trio, Hope Grietzer, Rick Manning and some other special guests. We will have instrumentals at 10:30 am, followed by the Claire Lynch Band with Rebecca's stories and song introductions and observations from 11 - 12 noon. Tickets cost $10 and will be available only at the door on Sunday morning.

Cool Free Stuff
Red Feet Wine Market Thursday Tasting with Grassanova.....Thursday evening at 5:00pm
Friday Afternoon Workshops with Balsam Range - Friday from 2 - 5pm at La Tourelle. Come by and check it out....

Festival Accommodations
BREAKING NEWS: La Tourelle may still have two $130 rooms available that recently opened up - one a fireplace king and one a double king room.
This year, with the Saturday Big Show at the State Theatre and La Tourelle filled (you can always call to check for cancellations), we have arranged for a variety of downtown accommodations and added some downtown events. 3 downtown inns - the Dewitt Park Inn, Argos Inn and the Holiday Inn are all providing discounted room rates for one or two night stays and are offering 25% discounts on the festival tickets (2 and 3 day passes) if you book a room. Visit our web page to learn more.

WVBF Video & Our YouTube Channel
Winter Village is running a You Tube advertisement to help spread the word about the festival. Here is the video that Google claims is being widely viewed somewhere out there in the You Tube universe. If any of you have seen it in your you tube meanderings, please let me know. I have heard of only one sighting. Please feel free to share this video to others and offer any suggestions for how to improve it next time. We have a Winter Village Bluegrass Festival You Tube Channel with videos of 2014 performers and past festival performances (click on Playlists on left hand side to access these other videos. Special thanks to Julie Adams who has shot many great bluegrass videos at Winter Village and at many other venues. Here is one she shot with Jerry Douglas performing The Boxer with Paul Simon, which might be her most frequently viewed video. Not sure what Paul Simon has over the Gibson Brothers!! Perhaps larger royalty checks.....

Thanks to our Winter Village Sponsors!
Tompkins County Tourism Program
The State Theatre of Ithaca
La Tourelle Resort & Spa
Ithaca Guitar Works
Ithaca Stringed Instruments
Moosewood Restaurant
Plantsmen Nursery
Internet Marketing Magicians
Ithaca Coffee Company
Bernunzio Uptown Music
Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance
Bacchus Brewing Company
Hickey's Music Center
Maxie's Supper Club

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