On April 9th-12th–TBS Online Bluegrass Festival Showcases Young Pickers

Autumn Moore, a 17 -year- old bluegrass fiddler and singer from Newport, PA, came up with a terrific idea to host a festival featuring young pickers from all over the country.

The result was the TBS Online Bluegrass Festival. The festival will be held on Thursday, April 9th and continue through Sunday, April 12th.  TBS Online Bluegrass Festival will be produced in partnership with the national organization Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars.

The festival can be accessed online through Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/tbsfestival or YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5tcU8cMMPBPu57 NIOdnkA?view_as=subscriber

TBS Online Bluegrass Festival l will feature 37 bands playing 45-minute sets. The bands come from 17 different states including PA, DE, VT, WV, VA, NC, GA, WI, KY, TN, AR, OK, MO, ID, NM, FL, AZ. Seven of the groups come from Pennsylvania.

Acts who will perform in the festival are made up primarily of 20 years old and under musicians, though having a couple of adult members is not a disqualification. Much younger groups who don’t have a full 45 minute set of music prepared are featured in shorter 15-minute segments. Most of the music will be performed live.

Autumn and her 16-year-old brother, Canyon, form a duet act called Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass. They will be the host band.

Participating bands include (Thursday): Col Dreydon Gordon, Werner Family Band, Donna Ulisse Presentation, Silas Powell, Burnett Sisters Band, Max Brown, The Prickly Pears, Arizona Wildflowers, Isabela March, Snaky Woods

(Friday) Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass, Sammy Murphy, Tucumcari Crossroads, Brett Beiler, Jason Gainer, Brayden Williamson, Ellis Family, Farnum Family, Jerry Ankney, The Band Jubilee,

(Saturday) Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass, Bodie Frankhouser, Whispering Creek, Fiddle Express, Echo Valley, Roller Family Band, Earlysville Bluegrass Boys, Williamson Branch, Billy and the Kids, Pearlgrace & Co, Darrius Flowers, Kentucky Just Us,

(Sunday) Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass, Jerry Ankney, The Kowal Family, Fuller Family Singers, Ayden & Blane Young, Classy & Grassy, Wildwood Honey, Lost Creek Band and Kentucky Borderline.

Brayden Williamson created the logo for the TBS Online Bluegrass Festival and supplied technical assistance.

Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass has played widely throughout the Midstate and performed at the Susquehanna Folk Festival as part of the 2019 Young Folk Showcase. Autumn is also a member of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society Board and Festival Planning Committee where she contributes her considerable insights and knowledge about folk music.

Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars (TBS) exists to connect young bluegrass artists all over the US and Canada. TBS currently has more than 350 members, all under the age of 20. Membership in Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars is open to anyone who plays bluegrass, as long as they are 20 or under.


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