Untitled Document The Northwest’s premier acoustic music festival returns for its third year to Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, June 25 – 27. The event will feature three days of all-acoustic music featuring Yonder Mountain String Band headlining each of the three nights.

The festival lineup centers on progressive bluegrass phenomena and festival headliner Yonder Mountain String Band for six full sets featuring special guest Darol Anger on fiddle. Expanding upon traditional bluegrass arrangements and ballad-oriented songs, the banjo, guitar, upright bass, and mandolin quartet is known for their high-energy, creatively improvisational shows.

Del McCoury Band
Northwest String Summit’s all-star line up also features The Del McCoury Band, the Grammy-nominated, International Bluegrass Music Association eight-time Entertainer of the Year, member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and the "first family of bluegrass."

A rare performance by The David Bromberg String Band creates an eclectic musical journey through several uniquely American music forms. Mindy Smith is one of the fastest rising singer-songwriters today gaining national prominence from her recent rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Whether performing solo acoustic, at a festival, or on national television, Mindy Smith has an undeniable ability to captivate the listener with her unique vocal delivery and emotionally driven songs.

For twenty-five years, Darol Anger has been reinventing the American string ensemble to incorporate his own explorations into traditional American, bluegrass, jazz, and world music. Darol Anger’s American Fiddle Ensemble re-defines the limits of the string quartet.

Jeff Austin and Chris Castino of the Yonder Mountain String Band and The Big Wu, respectively, first met four years ago and recently came together to record their debut album Songs from the Tin Shed (Frog Pad Records, 2004). Split Lip Rayfield will whip crowds into a sweaty frenzy performing on a gas-tank bass, mandolin, guitar, and banjo mixed with four-part harmonies.

Hot Buttered Rum String Band will resonate the natural amphitheater at Horning’s Hideout with their unique "high altitude bluegrass." Performing late night sets will be old-time string band troubadours High on the Hog and the upbeat jazzy bluegrass of Snake Oil Medicine Show.

In addition to the top-tier professional talent, the Northwest String Summit will also feature an Amateur Band Competition that provides a judged showcase opportunity for selected up and coming artists. The winner of the 2003 NWSS Band Competition, fiddle prodigy Brittany Haas, will be performing her own set of incendiary fiddle music at the festival, as well as performing with Darol Anger’s American Fiddle Ensemble.

Tree-lined Horning’s Hideout is the perfect serene setting for an intimate weekend of all acoustic music. Located just 35 minutes west of Portland and nestled in a hidden canyon, Horning's is truly one of Oregon’s best keep secrets.

The event is all ages and children under 10 years old are free with a paying adult. The 2004 Northwest String Summit is a rain or shine event. A three-day festival pass is $105 if purchased before June 24, and includes music, on-site camping, and parking. Day of show tickets will be $125 at the gate. Tickets are on-sale now online. For more information and ticketing links visit the official Northwest String Summit website at

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[Published on: 4/21/04]

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