Sam Bush, ‘King of Newgrass,’ is the latest in an impressive lineup of performers scheduled to appear at Southern California’s Huck Finn Jubilee June 13-15 in Ontario, California. The Grammy-winning artist and AMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has been pushing the boundaries of bluegrass for decades, fusing together styles that make it more expansive and adaptable. He joins The Del McCoury Band, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Rhonda Vincent, The Boxcars, and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers in the early lineup of performers, with many more bands to be announced soon. Huck Finn Jubilee takes place June 13-15 at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, Calif. Visit www.huckfinn.com for details.
Heavily influenced by traditional bluegrass as a child, Bush learned to play mandolin at 11 and was also considered a prodigy on the fiddle. He came to national prominence in 1972 after forming the New Grass Revival, which blended various music styles for a bold new sound. The band’s commitment to stretching musical boundaries was viewed with disdain by some traditional bluegrass fans, CMT once reported. “(But) any opposition to the music we were doing really never came from the other musicians,” Bush told CMT. “At the time, it was from the fans of bluegrass. They were more divided.”
Sam Bush’s performance at Huck Finn will broaden the entire music experience of the festival, said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, which this year assumed ownership of the nonprofit event.
“We see his participation as expanding the reaches of bluegrass into new audiences much in the same way that bluegrass was influenced by other music genres before its time.”
The jubilee is an annual celebration held each Father’s Day weekend, featuring headliner bluegrass and country-themed performances, old-time activities and contests, a jammer’s campground, fishing, raft-building, a water playground, living history displays and more. It is billed as one of the largest bluegrass festivals of its kind west of the Mississippi, drawing visitors from throughout the United States.
RV and tent camping are available, as well as discounted hotel packages that include lodging and admission tickets. Order early online or by calling 888-718-4253,
The Del McCoury Band took home its second Grammy Award this year for best bluegrass album with “Streets of Baltimore,” a tribute to the city where McCoury got his start working for a stint with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, awarded “Best Bluegrass Band” by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), is touted as one of the nation’s most authentic bluegrass groups.
Vincent, dubbed the “New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, recently released “Only Me,” a two-disc combo of both bluegrass and country. Known for her progressive chord structures and multi-range vocals, she has worked closely with many in the industry, including Dolly Parton, and Alison Krause.
The Boxcars were nominees for “Best Bluegrass Album” at this year’s Grammy Awards. They won the IBMA 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year for a third year in a row in 2013, and member Adam Steffey won IMBA Mandolin Player of the Year that same year.
Chris Jones and the Night Drivers blends an impressive measure of musicianship and songwriting, featuring the distinctive vocals of Chris Jones, host of SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction. Jones, whose career has included performances with some of the industry’s legendary talents, earned both Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards from the IBMA in 2007 – the first time that both music and industry awards have gone to a single person.
The Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Ideal for both leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention utilizing the Ontario Convention Center – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit http://www.discoverontariocalifornia.org.