Are you coming in early to camp at the Festival?  Wondering if you should come to the Festival but not sure if you like Bluegrass or not?  Maybe you’re not really sure what Bluegrass music is?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should come on out to Hovander Homestead Park on Friday, September 1 as we open the 2nd Annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival with a FREE community concert in the park.

We’re featuring 2 top-notch Bluegrass bands on the main stage.  Bring your camp chairs or blanket to view the concert.  Pack a picnic dinner or purchase dinner from our fine food vendors.  It will be a beautiful summer night in the park with exciting live acoustic string music.

Bluegrass music is family-friendly, and our stage is conveniently located near the park’s main playground so parents can keep an eye on the kids and still enjoy all of the entertainment.

The beer garden will be open for business as well, serving beer,wine,cider, and some premium non-alcoholic drinks too. Two local radio stations KISM and KGMI, both Festival sponsors, will be onsite and broadcasting from the Festival from 3-6 on Friday evening.

The Details:
Community Day Bluegrass Concert in the Park
Friday, September 1, 2017
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Presented by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department
Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
5 Starr Jams

Schedule – Friday, September 1, 2017

2:00 pm Food and Craft Vendors open for business

4:15 pm Hovander Homestead Boys
Composed of a group of talented local Bluegrass musician, the “Hovander Homestead Boys” are coming together to play exclusively on our main stage.  Marcel Ardans, lead guitarist for “the Boys” opened the Main Stage as part of Marcel and Nakos, the very first act to perform at the First Annual HHBGF in 2016.  All of the musicians in the group are passionate about Bluegrass and are active in Bellingham’s up and coming live Bluegrass scene.  Featured tonight are: Marcel Ardans on Guitar, Kevin Fazio on Banjo, Michael Meddler on Bass, Katie Weed on Fiddle, and Nick Sokol on Mandolin.

5:45 pm North Country
Based out of Seattle, Washington, the North Country Bluegrass Band is one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands from the Northwest. North Country was founded in 2012 when the guys were jamming together at a local bluegrass event in Seattle. They quickly found a unique chemistry and demonstrated the same love for music, songwriting, and instrumental dynamics. Within the first year of formation, the band played at prominent music venues, including Wintergrass and the historic Paramount Theatre. Since then, they have continued to build their repertoire and toured throughout the United States and Canada.