We are very excited to offer our first ever line up of workshops at the 2019 festival! Hosted by some of the top pickers in the Portland community on a variety of topics, email us to reserve your space in the class or select a slot as you check out with your purchase of a ticket.

All classes are a suggested $10 donation, all proceeds go to the teacher.

Bluegrass Singing 101 with Linda Leavitt 11:00 - 11:50

Sing outside your car!
Discover how authentic bluegrass singing differs from other styles. We’ll touch on vocal production and technique, bluegrass vocal style, and how to sing harmony by ear.
Bring an open mind and a voice recorder.
All levels welcome!

Linda sings with Mountain Honey and with Big Dickens.  You can find her leading workshops at bluegrass festivals and teaching at Taborgrass, where she is the vocal instructor.  Linda is the editor of The Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Express newsletter. Her favorite pie is marionberry.


Mandolin with Kaden Hurst 12:00 - 12:50

This workshop covers the things I think every mandolinist should know. We’ll start with technique fundamentals such as pick hold, instrument orientation, and left hand placement, and work our way up to the big questions: How do I play a break? How do I “groove”? What’s the point of chop chords? What does “learning by ear” even mean? Fear not, mando-friends. I’ve got your back.

Kaden is a music teacher and performer based in Portland OR. He spends his time teaching private students, performing with the bands Never Come Down and Julie and the Wayves, overthinking fiddle tunes, and drinking too much coffee.

Survival Guide to Bluegrass Jamming with Patrick Connell and Kaden Hurst 1:00 - 1:50

Bluegrass is a group sport; no matter how many songs you know, the essence of this music is the manner in which you function in a group. Simply being able to lead a song, from beginning to end, can be a fairly nebulous challenge, and the tools that allow us to do that aren't always obvious. We cover things like kick-offs, split-breaks, end-tags, and all the other hyphenated stuff that makes bluegrass really great, as opposed to just great.


Bluegrass Guitar-mageddon with Joe Suskind 2:00 - 2:50

Guitar-mageddon workshop is open to players of all levels. We will cover the basics of bluegrass rhythm to advanced flat-picking and cross-picking.

We will focus on right hand technique and finding ways to identify and break your right hand of bad habits. The right hand is the motor. We will focus on techniques to increase accuracy, power and your ability to explore ideas while keeping the "motor" running. And most importantly identify in your own playing when you are making things harder for yourself! You are your best teacher its just a matter of listening to your hands!


Banjoga with Austin Quattlebaum 3:00 - 3:50

Banjoga is a workshop for 3-finger banjo players of all skill levels. Much like a yoga practice, it is a series of left and right-handed exercises, scales and licks to help players develop daily practice habits. Encouraging muscle memory and strengthing technic along the way. It's also a great way to learn the "roadmap" of the banjo neck and be able to play and improvise in all keys.  Break out of the "rut" of daily practice and create a meditative mindful approach to warming up and getting into the material you really want to learn. Join us for a fun inclusive 60-minute class that will open up your mind and playing!