If you love bluegrass you won’t want to miss The Hub Bluegrass Club’s 11th annual Bluegrass Concert, coming up Sunday, March 30 at the Gibraltar Room. The stars in this concert are all internationally renowned instructors who are teaching courses this week at the annual 108 Cabin Fever Bluegrass workshops taking place at The Hills Health and Guest Ranch in 108 Mile House, says event organizer Rossetta Paxton.
• Ivan Rosenberg: Many people have heard Ivan Rosenberg’s original songs playing anonymously in the background of more than 300 television programs including The Daily Show, Oprah, and the Emmy-nominated documentary Libby, Montana. He has also engineered/or produced recordings for numerous musicians including Horsefly’s own Pharis and Jason Romero.
• Sally Jones: Singer Sally Jones has performed with stars such as Tom T. Hall, and Marie Osmond. Her band Sally Jones and the Sidewinders, produced the critically acclaimed recording Love Hurts. She has appeared at many international festivals, works in Nashville’s highly competitive studio scene and co-writes with other singer-songwriters such as Harley Allen and John Pennell.
• John Lowell: Singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist John Lowell has travelled the musical road from Colorado to Shetland, England, and all over north America, playing with many different bands, the most current group being the five-piece contemporary bluegrass band Kane’s River, an with Growling Old Men, a mandolin/guitar duo with Ben Winship.
• Chris Jones: Singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Jones is the founder and front man of the Night Drivers. Home base is Nashville but he has toured and recorded with musicians such as The Chieftains and Earl Scruggs. At the IBMA’s Awards Show in 2007 he earned both a Song of the Year award as a co-writer of Fork in The Road, the title track of the year’s Album of the Year by The Infamous Stringdusters. He also hosts SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction.
• Ned Luberecki: Banjo artist Ned Luberecki is noted for his dazzling technique, originality and broad sense of humour and is a renowned instructor at bluegrass camps in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Since joining the Night Drivers 10 years ago, Luberecki has continued to make a name for himself as a guest on a variety of recordings and appearances, including tours with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and as the “other” banjo player with Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular. He also hosts the new-grass show Derailed on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction. He has teamed up with fellow musicians to release two albums, Nedski and Nothing More.
• Jon Weisberger: Songwriter and bass player Jon Weisberger is the longest-tenured Night Driver. He has also made appearances on bass with artists ranging from the legendary Jimmy Martin, to April Verch.
He has supplied songs to many of today’s top artists, including Del McCoury, the Infamous Stringdusters, Mountain Heart, and the Gibson Brothers. He is the co-writer with Chris Jones of the Night Drivers’ popular Final Farewell and also released his own solo project If This Road Could Talk.
• Tom Murphy: Mandolin specialist Tom Murphy, from Bozeman, Montana, plays with several bands including Two Bit Franks and The John Lowell Band. He has shared the stage with many stars including John Mayer, and Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Other noted bluegrass instructors at the workshop may also join the concert Sunday, March 30 at the Gibraltar Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.