Wintergrass is thinking about moving, wants your feedback
I got an email this morning announcing that Wintergrass – which has, for many years, been one of the best things going on down in Tacoma aside from the glass museum and that bridge project – is thinking of moving north to Bellevue, Wash.
Somehow the mere mention of a bluegrass/folk/roots festival taking to the Seattle suburbs just seems silly to me. Granted, this whole area is teeming with rootsy music and you can hardly spit without hitting someone who at least knows someone who plays fiddle, guitar, or banjo. Tacoma is the closest thing this area has to a Rust Belt town, so it’s always made perfect sense to me that there’s a bluegrass (and more!) festival happening down there. Half the city feels like it fell off a freight train. But, in recent years as they’ve had to expand to various venues about town in order to satisfy the festival’s draw and reach, it’s become kind of a pain in the neck to run all over downtown Tacoma in the cold, wet, and breezy February weather. Apparently the new suburban prospect would allow the whole festival to take place under one roof.
If Wintergrass moves, it’ll happen as soon as the very next upcoming festival this coming Feb. 2010. So, if you’re a Wintergrasser and you want to voice your opinion on the matter, get over to their blog and leave them a note.