2014 Ruby Jewel Jamboree Concert Series was a great year for bluegrass fans in Montana. Repeating our successful, sold-out 2013 season we continued the trend in 2014 by bringing internationally renown bluegrass artists to Missoula, Montana and even added 2 more cities -Great Falls and Billings!
- Launched our first ever 3 city tour (Missoula, Great Falls and Billings) with the Grammy winning Kathy Kallick Band to sell-out capacity.
- Our August 5th concert Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen artist won a 2014 IBMA award for best instrumental recording.
- We produced our first outdoor concert in conjunction with Snow Bowl Music and brought the David Grisman Quintet to Missoula in September that was attended by over 1000 fans.
And 2015 is starting to shape up for more fabulous concerts!
Check back for updates. Also check out our archive files to see some stellar past performers who have graced our Ruby Jewel stage.
We want to thank the musicians and fans who have helped support Montana’s bluegrass community and our mission statement that is our commitment to bring world class bluegrass to Montana. We also would like to thank our sponsors and patrons for believing in bluegrass!
Phyllis Erck & Kimberlee Carlson
Ruby Jewel Jamboree August 5 featured band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s
new album COLD SPELL out on Compass
Records August 12th!
Featuring guest artists Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
(Compass Records, Nashville, TN, June 11, 2014)
Over the past year, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been taking the bluegrass world by storm. With the release of their new album COLD SPELL on August 12, they are poised
to branch out even further in to the burgeoning roots music scene.
The album’s ten tracks show just how far the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, mandolin,
guitar and acoustic bass can go in the right hands. From the evocative opening track “Say It Isn’t So,” through the bluesy “No Life in this Town,” to the future jam grass anthem “She Said She Will” (featuring Solivan’s bluesy tenor vocals and a jaw dropping banjo performance from Mike Munford, International Bluegrass Music Association’s reigning Banjo Player of the Year), Frank Solivan and his bandmates (Munford on banjo, Danny Booth on bass and Chris Luquette on guitar) take their brand of bluegrass through the paces proving track after track that bluegrass can rock and groove. With special guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
Fronted by mandolinist, singer and songwriter Frank Solivan, the band has been nominated for multiple IBMA awards including Instrumental Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, and their current tour schedule includes some of the most important tastemaker festivals in the roots music world. Their new album COLD SPELL will solidify their position as torchbearers for the new generation of progressive bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.
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Kimberlee and I are just back from our trip to Raleigh, NC for the 2013 IBMA Convention and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. This is one of the fun parts of the job of producing a bluegrass show. But, IBMA is not just for promoters. There is a big contingency of fans who come every year just to hear some of the best bluegrass in the world and to rub elbows with the bluegrass celebrities.
We spent our 1st night taking a walking tour of Raleigh. We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites which was a pleasant walk through the hip strip of Raleigh to the Convention. Our first night, we met up with Doug Grissom, the Director of the Raleigh Convention Center. He was so excited that IBMA has come to Raleigh. He told us all about the things that the city of Raleigh
and the Convention
& Visitor Bureau has done to prepare for the event and took us on a full tour. He showed us the secret underground passage between the Convention Center and the Red Hat Amphitheatre. He let us stand on the big Wide Open Bluegrass Festival stage. He then showed us where the street festival was going to be setup and talked about how they would be handling the redirection of traffic and what not. It was cool to feel his great passion and enthusiasm for having us there. Very different than Nashville. It always felt like we were “just another convention” in Nashville,
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as if we could just as well have been a convention of Dentists (no offense to Dentists). Raleigh was a great move for IBMA.
The business part of the conference ran from Tues – Thursday. We attended workshops on topics such as Grant Writing, Recruiting & Maintaining Volunteers for Associations & Events, Women in Bluegrass, Building and Sustaining Relationships with Audiences for Events and Associations, Negotiating Contracts for Bands. The workshops were entertaining and inspiring but some of the biggest takeaways came from networking with other event producers and Association leaders. IBMA has always had a big Kids in Bluegrass initiative. There was one stage that ran all week with just kids bands.
Ruby Jewel Jamboree is proud to Showcase the Great falls based band Lonesome Bluegrass and Good Times Band as the opening act for the Kathy Kallick Band in Great Falls.
Bruce Auchly, dobro
Aaron Parrett, guitar, fiddle & banjo
Nann Parrett, banjo
Todd “Doc” Harwell, bass
Bruce Auchly raises chickens, bees and Cain. By day, Bruce is Information Officer for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in the Great Falls regional office and by day and dobro player extraordinaire also authors stories on Tales & Trails. He has been playing dobro in bands in and around the Great Falls area for over a decade. He’s made appearances at the Bluegrass on the Bay in years past.click here
Aaron Parrett started writing songs in 1995 while living on Barber Street in Athens, Georgia, while he was enrolled in graduate school in Comparative Literature. The Sinners, his first CD, came out in 1996 to great critical acclaim. A year later he teamed up with Jason Anderson, Jon Mills, and John Neff to
record a second showcase of his songs called The Judge and the
Jury: The Legend of Jim Collins, released in 2000 on the Pizzle label. He and Jason recorded a second Judge and Jury album in 2002, called Left of the Mason Dixon Line, which also featured some fine pedal steel work by John Neff.
Meanwhile, Aaron started writing stuff other than songs-an academic tome on traveling to the moon, various essays, and a dozen short stories that have appeared in places like The Massachusetts Review, Open Spaces, Wild Blue Yonder, The Wisconsin Review, and Janus Head. Some of these stories are available for your reading pleasure elsewhere on this website.
Nowadays, teaching English, history and ancient Egyptian philosophy. at the local college in Great Falls, Montana keeps him pretty busy, but he plays out regularly throughout the state, and gives readings when invited, so be sure to check the schedule
often. Read more …
Nann Parrett plays banjo. She is an old soul who loves old books,
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old music and
old people. Nann is the mother of Maizy, a child prodigy, and worships Worm, the god of compost.
Todd “Doc” Harwell is the master of the upright bass, though he got his nickname because he thinks he plays guitar like Doc Watson. Todd was raised by an Irish washerwoman after she found him in a basket in the cattails. Sometimes he awakes early, sometimes he sleeps late. He likes to watch birds flying north and south.