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  • 22 May 2023 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reminder that CTBA Memorial Fest 2023 is a mere two weeks away!

    CTBA Memorial Fest 2023 will be held at Oskar Blues Austin (10420 Metric Blvd, Austin 78758) on Sunday, June 4th!

    Here's the schedule:

    1-3PM CTBA Sunday bluegrass jam (early!!!)

    3-5PM Solo and duo performances from CTBA members:

    - Danielle Russell & Kyle Smith
    - Kevin Willette & Randy Collier
    - Kym Warner

    5PM CTBA member-band The Hillsiders

    And we'll be on-hand to renew memberships, sell CTBA shirts and hats, and of course spend a lovely afternoon remembering the pickers we've lost with the pickers we love.

    See y'all there!

  • 3 May 2023 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023 CTBA MEMORIAL FEST

    CTBA Memorial Fest 2023 will be held at Oskar Blues Austin (10420 Metric Blvd, Austin 78758) on Sunday, June 4th!

    Here's the schedule:

    1-3PM CTBA Sunday bluegrass jam (early!!!)
    3-5PM Solo and duo performances from CTBA members:

    - Danielle Russell & Kyle Smith
    - Kevin Willette & Randy Collier
    - Kym Warner

    5PM CTBA member-band The Hillsiders

    And we'll be on-hand to renew memberships, sell CTBA shirts and hats, and of course spend a lovely afternoon remembering the pickers we've lost with the pickers we love.

    See y'all there!

    NEW MUSIC FROM ROB LIFFORD

    And - heads' up - longtime CTBA member Rob Lifford has released some more original instrumental tunes: a three-track EP entitled "Pursuit." The music leans more towards Dawg-type influences than traditional bluegrass, but it features players well-known to the Austin bluegrass community: Dennis Ludiker (fiddle), Kym Warner (mandolin), and Josh Flowers (bass). It was released on Bandcamp April 7 and will be available on all major streaming platforms on Friday, May 5.

    Check it out today at RobLifford.Bandcamp.com/Album/Pursuit or wherever you stream your music on May 5th. Congrats, Rob!

  • 13 Feb 2023 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023 CTBA WILLA BEACH-PORTER SCHOLARSHIPS

    Bluegrass will survive and thrive only if talented young musicians carry it forward into the future. To this end, the Central Texas Bluegrass Association has established the Willa Beach-Porter CTBA Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship awards to students who have demonstrated a serious interest in studying music.

    This scholarship is named in honor of Willa Beach-Porter, a long-time supporter of bluegrass music and of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association. Willa was a wonderful fiddler and a great person. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. The CTBA gratefully acknowledges very generous contributions from Willa's father, Renfroe Ross Beach, and other family members in support of this scholarship program.

    This program provides scholarship plus room and board to bluegrass-related music camps for any Texas resident aged 12-18. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship, head on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship and apply today!

    The CTBA also offers several more specific scholarship opportunities:

    ARTISTWORKS

    The CTBA and ArtistWorks are offering a number of online scholarships. Each online scholarship recipient will receive a one-year ArtistWorks membership to the study track of their choice from the 30+ courses offered through ArtistWorks. ArtistWorks scholarships are available to any Texas resident aged 12 years or older (no age limit).

    CAMP BLUEGRASS

    And the CTBA has partnered withCamp Bluegrass to send one aspiring bluegrass student from Central Texas to Camp Bluegrass 2023 in Levelland, TX, to be heldJuly 16th-21st. This scholarship is available to any Texas resident aged 12 years or older(no age limit). If you or some bluegrass musician you know is interested in any of these opportunities, head on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship and apply today!

  • 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.

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