Festivals come and go, but the NW String Summit has established itself as one of the top summer events around, spreading grass now for sixteen years. Always held at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, this year’s Summit featured five blazing stages, a gleeful and diverse list of artists, and a faithful fan base always eager to return while embracing wandering newcomers. The 16th annual NW String Summit offered something for everyone this year.
Distilled with love, the NW String Summit has a way that touches the masses. Camping for four days and three days in the beautiful peacock-fronted Horning’s Hideout woods involved drinking large amounts of water, coffee and beer, burning plenty of calories and weed while navigating the hilly paths between stages, eating vendor prepared food like Bunk sandwiches, huge colorful bubbles, a lil bit of Del, old and new friends, and staying up as late as you can. Featuring three nights of music from host band, Yonder Mountain String Band, two nights of Greensky Bluegrass and other amazing top shelf artists, my bag also included a few new favorites from this years chosen like, Kansas thrash-grassers, Split Lip Rayfield, a late Saturday night set including a airplane from funk and R&B pushers Turkuaz, and the electrified punkgrass duo from the Test Apes, consisting of Danny Barnes and Max Brody. This year’s special Saturday night second set from Yonder Mountain String Band featured a grass-inflicted version of Pink Floyd’s “Meddle” in its entirety.
With so many options in today’s trendy, summer music festival-induced times, one has remained consistently faithful over the years to the bluegrass/jamgrass scene and that is the NW String Summit! Making friends and lasting memories is always guaranteed, so start planning now for next year. Enjoy a range of 420 pictures from this year’s NW String Summit below. We’ll see y’all next year….