The Venue

50 Years of Elderly  Instruments

For fifty years Elderly Instruments of Lansing, Michigan has been a central home for the warm sound of vintage instruments and an incredible selection of new instruments by luthiers from the US and abroad. A large brick building in Lansing houses thousands of musical dreams, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, but one more magic quotient….

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Danny Stewart (bottom right with singer/guitarist Greg Blake sitting behind him) at a jam session on the Alaska bluegrass cruise in 2017.

A Passion for Promoting

Nearly seventy-eight years after Earl Scruggs first joined Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts on stage at the Grand Ole Opry—and defined bluegrass music as we know it today—the music is still thriving.  To a large extent, the continued success of the bluegrass genre is due to the hundreds of bluegrass festivals…

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photos by Jeromie Stephens

Blue Highway Fest

Begins in the Heart of Appalachia Wherever you put your chair at Blue Highway Fest, you can see the mountains surrounding the small town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where their first-ever bluegrass festival took place in early October of 2022. The view is not only scenic, it reminds you at all times of the…

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photos by Dale Cahill

Friends Don’t Let Friends Start Bluegrass Festivals…Or Do They?

The Challenges of Running and Starting a Bluegrass Festival After over thirty years of attending bluegrass festivals, more than once we have heard the saying, “Friends don’t let friends start bluegrass festivals.” While it is meant playfully, we wondered if there is some truth in it and decided to look at the complexity of starting…

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The Earls of Leicester (left to right) Charlie Cushman, Johnny Warren, Shawn Camp, Jerry Douglas. Photo by Eli Johnson

First-Ever Earl Scruggs Festival

Finally Takes Place with Potential for the Future Intact The Earl Scruggs Festival has been in the works for years now, yet the pandemic reared its ugly head and the hard decision to postpone it for two years in a row was made. Many music festivals had to shut down for at least one year…

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Hot Rize at Rockygrass (left to right) Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien.

Reunite to  Play Rockygrass 2022

Photos by Kevin Slick “I think it’s the 50th anniversary of Rocky Grass and Craig Ferguson is always looking for ways to respect tradition while also welcoming new audiences,” says Nick Forster. “And he was just steadfast in his commitment. He just said, ‘Look…we have to have Hot Rize. We cannot do the 50th anniversary…

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