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  • 31 Oct 2022 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 CTBA ANNUAL MEETING & SHOW

    Reminder: the CTBA's Annual Meeting & Show is two weeks away! Please join us at Suds Monkey Brewing Company (12024 US-290, Austin 78737) on Sunday, November 13th for an afternoon jam-packed with beer, pizza, and - most of all - Bluegrass.

    Here's the schedule:

    11AM-2PM Suds Monkey Bluegrass Jam

    2:30PM Meeting begins

    3PM CTBA Youth Band (led by Izaak Mora)

    4PM CTBA Election Results, State of the Union

    4:30PM Shred Lasso (featuring Trevor Smith and outgoing CTBA Board Member Noah Jeffries)

    Merch-wise, we have the new CTBA trucker hats in stock, and we have ordered a new batch of black CTBA logo shirts, too. But - even more exciting - we have designed a brand-new CTBA shirt, special for the Annual Meeting! A few years ago, the CTBA commissioned a piece of artwork from Grace Rowland (of Austin's own The Deer). We've had it available as a sticker, now we have it available on a shirt! TEXAS. BLUE. GRASS.

    And let's talk about the raffle! Raffle tickets will be eminently affordable, and the prizes will include: (1) a lifetime membership to the CTBA, (2) tickets to see the Steep Canyon Rangers live at Oskar Blues Austin, and (3) a beautiful Ovation acoustic guitar. It's a great chance to support the CTBA and maybe just maybe head home with a little something special, too.

    2023-2024 CTBA BOARD ELECTIONS

    And another reminder: if you are a CTBA member in good standing who has yet to vote: please do so! Ballots are in your inbox (or spam folder?) this very minute. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 13th. And, of course, if you join the CTBA prior to 4PM on the 14th, you can cast a vote, too! Just swing on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Join and become a CTBA member today.

  • 21 Oct 2022 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 CTBA ANNUAL MEETING & SHOW

    It's that time again, time for the CTBA's Annual Meeting & Show! This year's will be held at Suds Monkey Brewing Company (12024 US-290, Austin 78737) on Sunday, November 13th.

    Here's the schedule:

    11AM-2PM Suds Monkey Bluegrass Jam

    2:30PM Meeting begins

    3PM CTBA Youth Band (led by Izaak Mora)

    4PM CTBA Election Results, State of the Union

    4:30PM Shred Lasso (featuring Trevor Smith and outgoing CTBA Board Member Noah Jeffries)

    We will have new shirts, new trucker hats, a raffle (with some truly awesome prizes), and of course the chance to join the CTBA or renew your membership.

    See y'all there!!!

    2023-2024 CTBA BOARD ELECTIONS

    Ballots for the 2023-2024 CTBA Board Elections were sent out on October 1st, and as of today about 25% of the CTBA electorate has cast their vote. Not bad, but if you are a CTBA member in good standing who has yet to vote: please do so! Ballots are in your inbox (or spam folder?) this very minute.

    Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 13th. And, of course, if you join the CTBA prior to 4PM on the 14th, you can cast a vote, too! Just swing on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Join and become a CTBA member today.

  • 18 Sep 2022 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023-2024 CTBA BOARD ELECTIONS

    Wow - what a year! The CTBA Board Elections for the 2023-2024 term are just around the corner. If you are a CTBA member in good standing who is interested in becoming more involved in supporting Bluegrass in Central Texas, please consider running for a seat on the CTBA Board of Directors. Just shoot us a line at CTBA@CentralTexasBluegrass.org to find out more and/or get the ball rolling.

    2022 CTBA ANNUAL MEETING - SAVE THE DATE!

    The 2022 CTBA Annual Meeting will be held at Suds Monkey Brewing Company (12024 US-290, Austin, TX 78737) on Sunday, November 13th. There will be jamming, there will be performances, there will be election results, there will be new t-shirts...all this and so much more! Mark your calendars, more info soon.

  • 6 Jul 2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    24th Annual
    CTBA Bluegrass Band Scramble & Garage Sale - This Sunday, July 10th!
    Hosted by Eddie Collins
    Sunday, July 10, 2-6PM
    at Oskar Blues Brewery Austin
    10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

    Those with performing experience bring your instrument and join a fun, impromptu band!

    Tax-deductible donations received/for sale include instruments, books, CDs, tuners, strings and accessories and much more.

    Money raised from the Garage Sale & Band Scramble goes to the Central Texas Bluegrass Association, to help us in our mission to support bluegrass music in Central Texas and to offer scholarships to music camps and workshops for deserving youth.

    2PM: Garage Sale begins
    3PM: Bands form
    4PM til ???: Bands perform their tunes

    HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    CTBA's 24th Annual Band Scramble & Garage Sale
    Sunday, July 10th, 2-6PM
    Oskar Blues Brewery, 10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

    Plan to join us for the CTBA's annual fun-fund raiser. The garage sale portion of the event kicks off at 2PM. We’ll have donated instruments for sale as well as CDs, T-shirts, instructional materials, and accessories such as strings, tuners and capos, etc.

    This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old bluegrass friends, renew your CTBA membership (or join the CTBA for the first time). We are still accepting tax-deductible donations for the CTBA Garage Sale, if you have items to donate please contact Eddie Collins at tuneman@austin.rr.com. working up a couple of tunes to share after a brief rehearsal period.

    The performances will be on stage at a new bluegrass-friendly venue, Oskar Blues Brewery in North Austin. Eddie Collins will again serve as the MC and band coordinator with Oskar's providing professional sound. This is a super fun event, so come on by to participate or just cheer on your favorite pickers. We’ll pass the tip jar. All the money raised goes to CTBA to help it with its mission to support bluegrass in Central Texas and to offer scholarships to music camps and workshops for deserving youth. In fact, you likely might hear some past recipients performing at this event. Hope to see you there!

    ORDER OF EVENTS:
    2-5PM: Buy new/used music-related items, such as instruments, CDs, DVDs, strings, books, etc.
    3PM: Up to six new, on-the-spot bands are formed from bluegrass/old-time pickers with stage experience who sign up to join the fun.
    4PM-???: Bands perform their tunes

  • 26 Jun 2022 5:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAND SCRAMBLE & GARAGE SALE

    TWO WEEKS AWAY!

    The CTBA Band Scramble & Garage Sale - hosted by Central Texas Bluegrass luminary Mr. Eddie Collins - is two weeks away! Please join us at Oskar Blues Austin on Sunday, July 10th, to perform for our friends and raise some money for Bluegrass.

    What, you say, is a band scramble? Musicians put their names in hats by instrument (guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, etc...). Names are drawn to form bands. Bands have an hour to choose and rehearse songs. And then everyone performs! It is a BLAST, and we are thrilled to get it back up and running.

    Here's the schedule:

    3PM Draw names, form bands

    3-4PM Rehearsal

    4-6PM Performances!

    And, per tradition, we will also have an assortment of instruments and music-related merchandise available at our Garage Sale.

    See y'all on the 10th!

    CTBA WILLA BEACH-PORTER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    A quick reminder that CTBA Scholarships for 2022 are still available! While we've been thrilled to award a few scholarships so far (more information in the next newsletter), we still have year-long scholarships to ArtistWorks available to any TX resident.

    And as the world continues to open post COVID lockdowns, we are also soliciting applications to bluegrass-related music camps! If you are a Texas resident aged 12-18 interested in a CTBA scholarship, get your application in today!

    To apply or learn more, head on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship.

  • 1 May 2022 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CTBA MEMORIAL FEST 2022

    With COVID-19 in sharp decline, the CTBA is thrilled to announce we will hosting our Memorial Fest again this year!

    Join us on Sunday, June 5th, at Oskar Blues Austin for an afternoon dedicated to remembering the 'grassers who came before us and making new memories with our friends and loved ones. Here's the schedule:

    1PM: CTBA Bluegrass Jam (early start time!)

    3PM: Duo performances from...

    - Celebrindal Roberts & Chip Bach

    - Bo Seamon & Chris Melas

    - Chelsea Burns & Simon Waxman

    5PM: Randy Collier & Grassland

    The jam and performances will all occur outdoors, on the Oskar Blues deck. Of course, we'll be there to sign up new members, renew memberships, and sell CTBA merch - including a special new t-shirt for Memorial Fest! And Oskar Blues will be graciously donating a portion of the day's sales to the CTBA, so drink a beer (or two) for Bluegrass!

    SAVE THE DATE: CTBA BAND SCRAMBLE & GARAGE SALE

    Speaking of COVID-19 being in sharp decline, we are beyond thrilled to announce that the CTBA Band Scramble & Garage Sale - hosted by Central Texas Bluegrass luminary Mr. Eddie Collins - is back as well!

    This year's event will be held at Oskar Blues Austin on Sunday, July 10th. Mark your calendars, details to come!

    But...real quick...in case you don't know what a "band scramble" is... Musicians put their names in hats by instrument (guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, etc...). Names are drawn to form bands. Bands have an hour to choose and rehearse songs. And then everyone performs! It is a BLAST, and we are thrilled to get it back up and running.

    CENTRAL TEXAS REPRESENTS AT BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FEST

    The Bluegrass Heritage Festival took place in Dallas on April 8th-10th, and Central Texas came strong this year! Let us count the ways...

    (1) CTBA member-band Randy Collier & Grassland performed a really wonderful set on the main stage! Kudos to Randy and his awesome band.

    (2) Former CTBA scholarship recipient Riley Gilbreath and his band Lone Star Blue played a great set, too!

    (3) Central Texas dominated the instrumental championships! Austin-area residents took six of the nine championship slots (two went to your humble CTBA president...), and Georgetown resident Parker Jensen became the youngest person in Texas state history to win the guitar championship. Congratulations to all the winners!

    (4) Lastly, in case it wasn't blindingly obvious, there were just so, so many of us at the festival. Central Texas came STRONG to Dallas. And the festival was a total joy. See y'all next year!

    CTBA & OSMF

    The 35th annual Old Settlers Music Fest was held in Tilmon, TX, on April 21st-24th. As always, the CTBA was overjoyed to be an OSMF sponsor!

    This year, the CTBA sponsored the OSMF workshop series. We hosted four workshops:

    - Max and Josh Baca from Los Texmaniacs taught us about the history and tradition of conjunto music.

    - Chelsea Burns and Simon Waxman discussed the ways in which we get into bluegrass and build the bluegrass community.

    - Ludiker House presented Kailee Ludiker and Brennan Leigh teaching us about Western Swing, past and present.

    - And, lastly, Del McCoury and his sons...well, they played some burning 'grass and led a lively Q&A with an eager, rapt audience. It was something else! Check out the video on our Instagram...

    In addition to the workshops, we had a table in the non-profit area where we signed up more than a dozen new CTBA members and sold a ton of CTBA merch. People love stickers, let me tell you what...

    Thanks to Old Settlers for a great weekend, and for their support of the CTBA. We are looking forward to next year!

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