Bluegrass in the Ko'olaus

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Bluegrass Hawaii announces its Spring 2013 Bluegrass in the Ko`olaus camp. The camp is scheduled for 26 - 29 April (Friday through Monday) at the magnificent Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe.

Bluegrass musicians of all levels -- from pro to amateur -- will gather for three days of jamming, performances, workshops, a little bit of silliness and a Gospel sing. In the past we were joined by visitors from Washington, Oregon, California and even Japan and we're expecting the same. Peak attendance at last spring's camp was approximately four hundred. Both campers and day visitors are welcome.

Bluegrass music is typically played on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass fiddle, Dobro, Autoharp and sometimes ukulele. Since amplification is prohibited at Ho`omaluhia all the music will be nicely acoustic. This promotes the formation of separate jam sessions around the camp area.

Jams at these events are exceptionally informal and will go on throughout the weekend and into the wee hours. Two people will begin playing together and are then joined by a few others who simply begin playing with them. After a while someone may walk away to join with another jam that's playing music more to their liking or ability level. It is the least threatening possible environment. There will be a Slow Jam scheduled specifically for novices.

On Saturday afternoon there will be performances by local bluegrass bands including The Bluegrass Barnstormers, the Northshore Ramblers and some surprises.

There will be Workshops to advance skill levels on a variety of instruments. This time the workshops will be formatted as mini-seminars rather than as lectures.

On Sunday morning there will be a Gospel Sing which is always a crowd pleaser, and in the afternoon is the Band Scramble. Attendees are assigned to "bands" by random lot and allowed thirty minutes to select a song and to rehearse it. They then perform it in competition before the assembled audience. While there's a lot of good natured ribbing, this exercise also serves to hone some basic skills.

For more detail, the schedule of events, and park rules and hours click HERE! To register for camping e-mail.

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