Bluegrass From the Forest 2016

WHEN: May 13-15, 2016

WHERE: Shelton, WA


We’re convinced: bluegrass music simply sounds better when it is steeped in misty, mossy woods and siphoned through towering conifers. Bluegrass From the Forest Festival invariably proves just that every spring, and the 2016 event—set to take place May 13-15—is poised to deliver another three days of backwoods fun. Get the full logistical details at 

The twelfth annual festival draws a fresh, unique lineup of bands and talented artists hailing from Seattle to Nashville—many of whom will host a number of inclusive workshops and unexpected twists for any and all willing attendees.

Buy your advance tickets online to ensure yourself a full weekend pass.

There’s something for bluegrass fans of all varieties at the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival. Come for the music, stay for the camping and the company.

The Lineup 

As with any music festival, the main stage performers make all the difference. This year, the lineup is as strong as ever with the likes of six stellar bands traveling from near and far. Below are three notable performers:



Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeeper

This Indiana-born band’s front man, Mike Cleveland, is considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. Having earned his first real double-take on the bluegrass scene by heavyweight Alison Krauss, his resume of high-profiled shows and accompaniments extends far beyond. Their newest album, “On Down the Line” has garnered rave reviews. Check them out


Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley 

Fresh from Nashville, this stellar duo earned a world of attention for themselves with the release of their newest album “Before the Sun Goes Down,” with two 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album. These seasoned musicians are notorious for creating excellent instructional videos, and will be acting as bluegrass senseis for students at the festival.


North Country Bluegrass

Representing the Northwest, Seattle-born North Country Bluegrass adds vibrant, youthful punctuation to the prestigious lineup. Though they were serendipitously founded just three years ago, they assert themselves as a musical force to be reckoned with and will appear on the main stage at the festival.

The rest of the lineup includes Green Mountain Bluegrass Band of Eugene, OR, The Blackberry Bushes, and Runaway Train Bluegrass Band

Workshops, Activities, & Open Mic in Shelton, WA

Unlike most other festivals in which audience members are observers, Bluegrass from the Forest features a number of interactive workshops, a special performance just for kids, an open mic event, and more. 

On Saturday, the much-anticipated “Mandolin Tasting” takes place during which players get to theoretically dissect an array of beautiful, artful mandolins and learn the elements that make the best mandolins just so.

From the backwoods of Hood Canal, this festival is one of the most anticipated of the year, and never fails to bring together talented musicians and enthusiasts from around the world. Planning on attending? Share and tag your photos with #explorehoodcanal, #wildsideWA, and #HoodCanal so we can keep up with your musical adventure!