20th Annual Pickersfest Music Festival Returns to Winolequa Park

By The Staff of The Chronicle

The 20th Annual Pickersfest Music Festival returns to Winolequa Park on Friday, August 5 and will last through Sunday, August 7. The Washington Acoustic Music Association will host the three-day musical event, which will feature bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Americana and more.

Headliners at the event include Pearl Django, a Tacoma-based gypsy jazz band that has released 15 albums in 27 years; The Portland Radio Ponies, a bluegrass collective made up of a rotating cast of Portland’s “best pickers”; String Theory, a bluegrass band that includes experienced and new musicians from the Northwest; and Sunny South, an acoustic quartet focused on vocal harmonies in “true bluegrass style” and Choroloco, a trio of musicians from Seattle who love Brazilian music.

Participants will have the chance to perform Celtic music, ancient music and swing music. A slow jam will also be organized for beginners on Saturday. Free physical characteristics workshops on guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle and banjo will be taught by members of the headlining bands. There will be open mic opportunities on Saturday afternoon. There will be multiple opportunities to participate in jam sessions during the day and late into the night.

Camping costs $10 per night. Food prepared by the Winlock Youth Baseball Organization will be available at the festival, with proceeds going to Winlock Youth Baseball.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to sit on as there are only a small number of picnic tables in the park.

For more information, contact Marv Sobolesky at 360-880-4273.

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