Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a dynamic weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans at Lutsen Resort. Friday is check-in, registration, and jamming. Saturday is workshops, more jamming, and an evening concert by our featured group. And Sunday is... more jamming before check-out. It's a pickin' weekend in a relaxed setting -- a wonderful opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends.
This year's featured instrument is MANDOLIN. Featured instructor is EMORY LESTER
is one of the day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. He has inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast, and efficient mandolin techniques.
Emory is currently touring with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, performing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. His fourteen-year friendship and musical collaboration with noted clawgrass banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four creative recording projects. Mark and Emory have toured across the U.S. and have been featured on several performances with Steve Martin, most notably on Late Night with David Letterman
in September 2012.
AL SMITH, from Jasper, GA, is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who adds his wealth of experience and musical creativity to the Emory Lester Set. A top-notch player, who has shared the stage for performances with Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Randy Howard, and a long list of other notable names, Al's passion for new acoustic music has brought him attention and notoriety in the world of Grisman-style acoustic music.
KENE HYATT, originally from Pennsylvania, is one of the foremost bass players in acoustic music today. A master bassist, Kene studied at the York University in Toronto and excelled in Jazz bass. A past winner of the Bass Player of the Year award at the Central Ontario Bluegrass Awards, Kene has regularly performed with Emory Lester and other bluegrass artists, as well as branching out to other genres such as rock, salsa, and country.
For more about Bluegrass Masters Weekend and Emory Lester, go to http://www.northshoremusicassociation.com/bluegrass.php
Saturday Mandolin Workshops
: $7/each, $30/full day. Register at event.
Saturday Concert with Emory & Friends, 8 PM
: $20 adults, $8 youth (18 & under). Tickets for sale at event only -- in Lutsen Resort Lobby starting at 6 PM, and at Lutsen Ballroom door at 7 PM.