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Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival.



Along time ago, under the wide open sky of Talkeetna, an unusual breed of hands planted a seed.

There was something inside these planters that had to get out, and whether it came out in local establishments or on the streets, eventually the seeds of bluegrass bluegrass, any species of the large and widely distributed genus Poa, chiefly range and pasture grasses of economic importance in temperate and cool regions. In general, bluegrasses are perennial with fine-leaved foliage that is bluish green in some species.  took root. Both single musicians and groups eventually found each other and the ad hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode.  music of those years grew into the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival.

"It started out on the sidewalks of Talkeetna, just jam sessions," said Olive Bibeau, affectionately known as the grandmother of the festival. "It just grew over the years."

The festival is a special outdoor event with an atmosphere all its own. Camping, singing and general fun are rife. Part of that is the style of bluegrass itself.

Look up bluegrass in a dictionary and you find: "any of several grasses of the genus Poa with bluish-green culms culms

the shoots and roots of sprouted grains in the brewing process. These are removed during brewing and are salvaged as a food supplement. Called also malt culms.
, esp. Kentucky bluegrass, good for pasture; southern U.S. country music, esp. improvised and produced by unaccompanied un·ac·com·pa·nied  
adj.
1. Going or acting without companions or a companion: unaccompanied children on a flight.

2. Music Performed or scored without accompaniment.
 string instruments This is a list of string instruments categorized according to the technique used to produce sound, followed by a list of string instruments grouped by country or region of origin. ."

Simply, that means you can take a group of these folks, put them in pristine surroundings at Mile 102 of the George Parks Highway The George Parks Highway (numbered Alaska Route 3), usually called simply the Parks Highway, runs 323 miles (520 km) from the Glenn Highway 35 miles (56 km) north of Anchorage to Fairbanks in the Alaska Interior.  for four days in August, and lots of hollering, good music and shouts like "spank that banjo banjo, stringed musical instrument, with a body resembling a tambourine. The banjo consists of a hoop over which a skin membrane is stretched; it has a long, often fretted neck and four to nine strings, which are plucked with a pick or the fingers. " are sure to follow.

This year's festival runs from Aug. 5 to Aug. 8. One of the best parts of each day starts at noon with an open microphone Open microphone may refer to:
  • Open mike, a live show where audience members may perform at the microphone
  • Microphone gaffe, when something is broadcast over a microphone by mistake
 for anyone with the backbone to take the stage. Bibeau said the open mike time is when many undiscovered talents appear.

It gives everybody a chance," she said.

Bluegrass groups that have gone on to record their music have debuted at the festival. One group, the Spur Highway Spankers, debuted in 1992. Banjo player Randy Hogue, guitarist Jack Will and the band have captured their own share of lost times with their music and are often heard on Kenai Peninsula Public Radio.

Groups expected this year include the David Thom Band from the Lower 48 and many Alaskan and Northwest groups, like the Jammin' Salmon.

"We have a lot of 'em," Bibeau said.

The $30 per person entry fee for the festival includes four days of camping. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are free. There are facilities for camping and areas for motorhomes and trailers.

"We want everybody to stay there and camp," Bibeau said. "That way there's no drinking and driving."

Once the festival is over, proceeds are spread out to charities and nonprofit groups and other service providers, including the Brother Francis Shelter, Providence Hospital and a scholarship from the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce.
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Title Annotation:Talkeetna, Alaska
Author:Pilkington, Steve
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Date:Aug 1, 1999
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