For a long time, the summer months were the time for staple bluegrass festivals, like Telluride, GreyFox, DelFest, and others. Yet in recent years, fans of the scene have flocked also to the mountains of the west to get their fill of string band jam: the nationally popular, and certainly wonderful, three-day music festival known as WinterWonderGrass—or WWG for short.
Started as a dream project of musical artist Scotty Stoughton, WWG began in Tahoe, California and eventually expanded to include a weekend at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Stoughton and his WWG team worked closely with some of the best artist names on the scene to create a highly anticipated, yearly event–one that is now gearing up for its first ever east coast appearance.
Next weekend, from Friday December 14 to Sunday, December 16, WinterWonderGrass will host its first ever event at Stratton Mountain Resort in Manchester, Vermont.
Headlining Stratton’s debut festival event will be northeast natives Railroad Earth, along with other improvisational string band favorites like The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Kitchen Dwellers, an Jon Stickley Trio. The lineup also includes indie grass acts like Fruition and The Ghost of Paul Revere, collaboration groups like Keller and The Keels and Jeff Austin Band, and much more.
There will be three artists at large on Stratton, and interestingly enough all three are musicians of recently defunct string bands: Fiddle player Bridget Law and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Rose, two former members of the currently on hiatus Elephant Revival, will both be roving around the mountain, along with the enigmatic Pappy Biondo, former frontman of the recently split up jamgrass group Cabinet.
Besides its appealing lineup, there’s a lot more surrounding the music that has helped WWG sell out every single year since their first event, including tons of food and restaurant offerings, beer tastings, snow sporting options, and VIP experiences. On their website, The WWG team describes themselves as “a collection of community-minded artists, brewers, snow riders and environmentalists focused on creating a pallet where all can explore, connect and thrive.”
Tickets for all three upcoming WinterWonderGrass events, including Stratton, are on sale now, and to purchase yours or find out more information, head to https://winterwondergrass.com.