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Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival this weekend

King Wilkie will headline the 13th annual Wolf Mountain Bluegrass Festival Friday through Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The Charlottesville, Va. sextet takes its name from Bill Monroe’s favorite horse. King Wilkie plays contemporary bluegrass mixed with old-time interpretations. The band has two CDs out, “True Songs” and the latest, “Broke,” on Rebel Records.

About 14 other bands will play during the festival.



Performing Friday only will be Open Road, nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Open Road’s album, “Cold Wind,” spent nine months on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Album chart, peaking at No. 6.

Old-time music will be represented by the Crooked Jades Trio, Acme String Ensemble and the Stairwell Sisters Trio. Lone Prairie will also be on hand to present “cowboy music.”




Vocal and instrument workshops and children’s activities will be held Saturday and Sunday. The Bluegrass Gospel show will return Sunday morning.

Food will be sold all three days.

One-day tickets are $20 Friday and Sunday and $25 Saturday. The festival is free for children 12 and under. Multiple-day discounts are available.

Call (831) 425-2270 or e-mail info@wolfmt.com for more information.

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Performance schedule

Acts and times subject to change

Friday

10 a.m.: Mountain Laurel

10:55 a.m.: Ground Speed

11:50 a.m.: Acme String Ensemble

12:45 p.m.: Carolina Special

5:20 p.m.: Open Road

6:15 p.m.: Frank Wakefield

7:10 p.m.: Red Kidwell

8:05 p.m.: High Country

9 p.m.: Open Road

Saturday

10 a.m.: Carolina Special

10:55 a.m.: Lone Prairie

11:50 a.m.: Frank Wakefield

12:45 p.m.: Crooked Jades Trio

2:45 p.m.: Jake Quesenberry and MacRae Brothers

3:30 p.m.: Acme String Ensemble

3:45 p.m.: Carolina Special

5:20 p.m.: King Wilkie

6:15 p.m.: Frank Wakefield

7:10 p.m.: HeartWood

8:05 p.m.: High Country

9 p.m.: King Wilkie

Sunday

9:30 a.m.: On the Loose

10:15 a.m.: Jake Quesenberry and MacRae Brothers

11 a.m.: High Country

11:50 a.m.: Carolina Special

1:30 p.m.: Stairwell Sisters Trio

2:25 p.m.: Frank Wakefield

3:20 p.m.: Acme String Ensemble

4:15 p.m.: Lone Prairie

5:10 p.m.: Dave Baker and Guests, closing ceremony


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