Bluegrass reunion planned next Friday

Three musicians to perform in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Three Bluegrass masters will reunite next Friday during a concert in Port Townsend, according to Rainshadow Recording.

Chris Luquett, Nick Dumas and Andrew Knapp will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road.

“Chris, Nick and Andrew return to Port Townsend in a reprise of their stellar 2019 performance at Rainshadow Recording,” organizers said in a press release.

Tickets are $20 each online at ticketstorm.com or $25 at the door.

Luquette, originally from Seattle and now living in Brooklyn,N.Y., has mastered music in several genres, according to organizers.

“You’d be hard pressed to find another musician in their 20s seamlessly switching from international music to jazz and from rock to bluegrass so comfortably,” organizers said.

”He has even studied Brazilian jazz with Seattle-based Brazilian musician Jovino Santos Neto.”

Luquette plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, drums, bass, banjo and Greek bouzouki.

He was a founding member of Seattle-based band Northern Departure, and has performed onstage with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, Yogi and The Yoginis and many others, according to dirtykitchenband.com

Dumas grew up in Brier and was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age by his dobro-playing grandfather, organizers said, adding that he often listened to his grandfather’s country gospel band rehearse and was so inspired by the fiddle player that he started learning to play the violin in his school orchestra class when he was 12 years old. After taking private fiddle lessons, he joined the family band The Three Generations, formed by his grandfather, his mother and his aunt.

Dumas also learned to play mandolin, guitar and banjo and to sing lead and harmony vocals, and became a co-founder of the Northwest-based bluegrass band Northern Departure.

He also co-founded North Country Bluegrass and toured regionally and nationally.

In 2015, Dumas became the new Special Consensus mandolin player and made his recording debut on the 2016 Compass Records band release “Long I Ride,” which received the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for the tune “Fireball.”

Dumas also appeared on the 2018 Compass Records band release “Rivers And Roads” that won two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

Knapp performs with the Warren G. Hardings, a modern bluegrass group that followed the lead of the founding fathers of the progressive grass movement, organizers said.

“Calling themselves a dance stringband, they play a high-energy style based on original music written within the group,” according to the release.

They have been a fixture at area festivals, including Northwest String Summit, North Cascades Bluegrass, Steamboat Stringband Jamboree, Bluegrass from the Forest, Sacajawea Bluegrass, and Bridgetown Bluegrass, and the Wintergrass International Music Festival.

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