In addition to our our main stage lineup, the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival is pleased to present our Picnic Shelter Stage featuring some of the finest local bluegrass bands (and an award-winning Children’s Performer!) around. Be sure to check out some of these great acts in an intimate setting while you are at the festival and give them your support!
Performing on the Picnic Shelter Stage Saturday @12pm
Story House is made up of four musicians who have been active in the Pacific Northwest bluegrass scene for a good long time. The members of Story House have played everything from folky singer-songwriter stuff to rock and roll, jazz, country and twin-fiddle Bill Monroe bluegrass.
The band features mainly original songs and tunes, mixed with covers of great songs both old and new. Though all four members of the band sing, Jake & Maiken’s arresting duet singing is the cornerstone of the band’s vocal sound.
Performing on the Picnic Shelter Stage Saturday @1pm
Queen’s Bluegrass has been performing since the mid 1980’s. The founder of the group, Ernest Queen passed away in 2015–we like to say he “has gone on before.” Kevin Fazio and Aaron Maas, both longtime Queen’s Bluegrass members, had the privilege of spending a good bit of time with Ernie in his final days. One of Ernie’s final requests was that we “keep playing the music.” Kevin and Aaron (with the much needed and appreciated help from Aaron’s wonderful wife, Jen) have honored the request since Ernie’s passing.
Broken Bow Stringband
Performing on the Picnic Shelter Stage Sunday @12pm
The Broken Bow Stringband is a Bellingham based bluegrass band playing hard driving standard and original bluegrass tunes with a touch of country twang. Influences include the bluegrass greats…..including but not limited to Flatt and Scruggs, Ricky Scags, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin…. Other influences include Gillian Welch, Tim O’Brian, and Darrel Scott. Broken Bow Stringband has had a standing gig at the Kulshan Brewery for the past three years. The band has also played the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Subdued Stringband Jamboree.
Prozac Mountain Boys
Performing on the Picnic Shelter Stage Sunday @1pm
The Prozac Mountain Boys, as their name suggests, offer an uplifting, therapeutic mixture of traditional, bluegrass and modern music. Composed of musicians from Washington State’s northernmost counties, The Prozac Mountain Boys combine bluegrass instrumentation with rich vocal harmonies to create a surprisingly familiar, intimate blend of yesterday and today. From Bill Monroe to Bob Dylan, from The Beatles to The Grateful Dead, no music is safe from The Prozac Mountain Boys.
Performing on the Picnic Shelter Stage Saturday and Sunday @2 and 4pm
Award-winning children’s recording artist, Dana will rev up the fun at the Picnic Shelter Stage!
Not a “sit-in-your-seat” kind of show! Kids literally “jump” into the music as award-winning children’s recording artist and entertainer, DANA gets kids moving with her upbeat and participation-oriented show. CHILD magazine calls her energy and enthusiasm “contagious” and named Dana as one of the “Top 5 Kids’ Singers You Should Know”. The recipient of 17 National awards, and widely acclaimed by all the major parenting magazines, this dynamic and popular entertainer involves children in the familiar and original tunes from her five hit recordings.
The Picnic Shelter is an intimate place to hear some great local Bluegrass Bands as well as some top-notch children’s entertainment. The Picnic Shelter will also serve as a late-night meeting area for festival campers to come together for a sure-to-be popular “Jam Snack” to keep jammers fueled up through the night!