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Spring Pickin' Bluegrass Festival, Blain PA, May 11th-13th
5/4/2012 09:34 AM

This sweet little laid-back fest features a great lineup at an affordable price... check it out......


by MonkeyLion Productions http://www.monkeylion.net/" target='blank'>http://www.monkeylion.net/

May 11 at 12:00pm until May 13 at 4:00pm

@ Blain Picnic Grounds, 532 Picnic Grove Road, Blain, PA 17006

(Western Perry County)

Friday Schedule

4:00-5:15 Jerry Rigged

5:45-7:00 Colebrook Road

7:30-9:00 Garcia Grass

9:30-12:00 CABINET

Late Night

12:00-2:00 Backwoods Experiment

2:30-? ?????

Saturday Schedule

12:00-1:15 Tuckahoe Ridge

1:45-3:00 Seldom Said No

3:30-5:00 Waitin on a Train

5:30-7:00 Coal Town Rounders

7:30-9:00 The Hickory Project

9:30-12:00 HOT DAY AT THE ZOO

Late Night

12:00-12:45 The Punkabillys

1:00-? Rumpke Mountain Boys

Workshop Schedule!!


6:00-7:00 Banjo workshop with Pappy Biondo of Cabinet!!


12:00-2:00 Cigar Box Guitar workshop with Mike Orr author of Handmade Music Factory The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot Stompin' Good Instruments!!

3:00-4:00 Mandolin workshop with Anthony Hannigan of the Hickory Project!!

5:00-6:00 Improv Jam Workshop w/ Anthony Hannigan and members of the Hickory Project

$40 Advance Weekend

$55 DOS Weekend

$30 Day Pass

Presale tickets will be available till Monday May 7th


Ticket Outlets:

Visual Addiction Tattoo Studio

30 W. High St.

Carlisle, PA 17013

Book's Market

Main St.

Blain PA 17006

Old School Pizza

14 East 4th Street

Williamsport, PA 17701

$25.00 RV/Camper/Over Sized Vehicle Fee

Electric not include

Small QUIT generators permitted

Gates Open Friday May 11th 12:00pm


THIS IS A FAMILY ORIENTED EVENT!! Children ages 12 and under are FREE!! All kids 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Family Camping will be available!!


No Fireworks or Fire Arms, No Pets, No Illegal, Immoral, or Violent Behaviors, Fires in Designated Areas and Portable Fire Pits Only, No Bad Attitudes, B.Y.O.B., Please Recycle, Do Not Litter, Please Be Kind!!

Strangers Helping Strangers will be hosting a food drive!! Please bring non perishable food items and or toiletries to donate if possible!! All items are donated to the local food bank to help out those who are in need!! Thank You!!



http://www.monkeylion.net/" target='blank'>http://www.monkeylion.net/

On the Spring Pickin' page of the above Monkeylion website, there are links to the websites of all the bands performing at this fest!

5/4/2012 10:00 AM

Of course Cabinet (who is headlining on Friday) and Garcia Grass (featuring Mike Miz!) are a couple of my favorite bands that I see every chance I get and talk about here all the time. But the rest of this lineup is great too. I've personally caught Colebrook Road, Coal Town Rounders, The Hickory Project, and Rumpke Mountain Boys live before and can vouch for all of them! And I hear good things about Hot Day at the Zoo who is headlining on Saturday!

Remember, presale tix are available only until Monday 5/7! So far the weather forecast is looking pretty damn good! :)

5/4/2012 10:08 AM

As for myself, I will at least be there Friday, though Saturday still remains to be seen. On Friday I'll be working merch for Cabinet (and Garcia Grass, if they have any merch), if anybody wants to stop by and say high! :)

So, who's gonna be there??


5/4/2012 06:25 PM

Sweet line-up! Rumpke mountain boys rock....don;t miss them.

5/6/2012 03:26 PM

Just a reminder that Monday is the last day for $40 presale tix. After that they go up to $55 (still not bad). And the extended weather forecast is still looking good!

And yeah, drumfreak, I caught the Rumpke Mountain Boys at Blondie's in Carlisle a couple months ago (after reading nothing but good things about them here), and they were great, lots of fun. When the bar wouldn't let them play another song, they took their instruments and walked out the front door (followed by most the patrons) and played us some acoustic bluegrass right there on the sidewalk in Carlisle at 2am! :)


5/7/2012 02:09 PM

Just some more details to share. Mike Orr, who's teaching the cigar box guitar workshop, posted the following on Spring Pickin's facebook event page today:

"I will be doing a cigar box guitar workshop on Saturday starting at noon. I will provide all tools and materials needed. There will 4 instruments to choose from and build. Prices will range from $20-$70 and can be completed in about 2 hours."


$40 presale tix still available through today yet, at this link, or at the ticket outlets listed in the original post...


If you want to check out any of the bands performing, there are links to all of them here... it's a great lineup...



5/8/2012 11:39 AM

where's Garcia Grass from they sound like I'd like their music just from the name?

5/8/2012 11:01 PM

Glad you asked, Johnny! Garcia Grass is from the Scranton PA area and typically consists of:

Mike Mizwinski on Guitar & Vocals (MiZ, Jam Stampede, Trippin On Nothing)

Kris Kehr on Mandolin & Vocals (Stone Poets, The Recipe)

Pappy Biondo on Banjo & Vocals (Cabinet)

Dylan Skursky on Bass (Cabinet, Trippin On Nothing)

Anthony Hannigan on Fiddle (Hickory Project)

There are sometimes substitutions or additions to the lineup, as this is a side project for all these guys and they can't always all be available for every gig. This started a little over 2 years ago as a one-off show to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Old And In The Way album, as a tribute to Jerry's bluegrass roots as well as other bluegrass music in that vein. It was such a huge success, by popular demand they just had to keep doing it whenever they can.

Johnny, I see you're from Wisconsin... I'm guessing there's not much chance of Garcia Grass getting out your way, however there are lots of shows up on Archive.org you can listen to. And to the people who ARE in this area, I highly recommend catching a show! :)

(As well as Jam Stampede, which is Mike Miz, a few of the Zen Tricksters, etc, covering The Dead... JamBase recently published a great show review... http://www.jambase.com/Articles/91639/The-Jam-Stampede-with-John-Kadlecik-NYC-Review ... and here's a thread with links to good audio and video recordings of that show... http://www.jambase.com/Forums/Thread.aspx?group=0&topic=12&thread=69180 ... not that JS is part of this fest, but still one to keep an eye out for!)


5/11/2012 04:10 AM


Because this fest starts TODAY, and the weather is gonna be BEAUTIFUL! =)

Such a great lineup, at such a good price, in such a nice laid back country setting! =)

So, who's coming out?

5/11/2012 09:08 AM

I'm definitely gonna be there today at least, hopefully tomorrow too but we'll see. If any JamBasers are coming out, come say high to me at the Cabinet merch table tonight! :)

5/13/2013 02:43 AM

Phinnegan, this thread was from last year, but obviously you meant you filmed this year's. It was a couple weeks earlier this year. Unfortunately I couldn't make it this time, but I know a bunch of people who went and everybody said it was a great time, with beautiful weather, etc. It's a pretty sweet, laid back venue, huh?

It's a shame Cabinet couldn't play Spring Pickin this year... I think it was because of the proximity (both date & distance) to thier first annual Old Farmers Ball fest, which took place at Montage Mountain this past Saturday the 11th (a huge success, by the way). But at least you still got a couple of the Cabinet boys in Garcia Grass and Launch Pad. Did they sit in at all with any of the other bands?

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