Winter Village Bluegrass Festival Jan 25-27

Dear Friends,
La Tourelle is all set up and looking great as always.  Workshops start today at 1pm with the opening Happy Hour Reception at 5:00.  Tonight Chris and Janet play at 7:30 followed by two sets by our locally grown Gibson Brothers.  Following is some breaking news followed by the full festival schedule.

Drive safely and see many of you soon.

Some Last Minute News and Details

A room or two just opened up at La Tourelle due to a last minute cancellation.  Call (607) 273-2734 or email to make your reservation. You can be put on a wait list if this room is taken or call the Holiday Inn in downtown Ithaca, just a short 10 minute drive to the festival site.  The Holiday Inn is offering great festival rates starting at $109 for a double queen room and is walking distance to the Ithaca Guitar Works, Ithaca Commons and many great restaurants and shops.  Visit or call 607-272-1000 to make reservations or for information.

Two New Ticket Options at La Tourelle
Saturday afternoon at La Tourelle will be a great show with Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie at 1:30 and two headliners Della Mae at 2:45 followed by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.  40-50 walk in tickets will be available at La Tourelle for $25.  Come earlier and you can enjoy the morning workshops.  Seating will be limited to 150, so don’t be late.

Sunday morning at 10am there will be a gospel songs and spiritual stories show with Minister Rebecca Dolch narrating some great gospel music by Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley, Alice Saltonstall, Dana Paul, Dee Specker, Rick Manning and others.  $10 at the door is requested for this session.

We anticipate that the Friday (La Tourelle) and Saturday (Hangar Theatre) evening concerts will be pretty full or possibly sold out. As of Thursday afternoon there are 40 tickets left for The Gibson Brothers show tonight at La Tourelle and 90 available for the Saturday Night Big Show at the Hangar Theatre. If you want to be sure to get a ticket, you should purchase them in advance.  Tickets are for sale exclusively through the Ticket Center in Ithaca. Purchasing your ticket in person at the Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons at 171 East State Street or by calling 607-273-4497 or 800-28-ITHACA  will keep fees to a minumum. Online tickets are sold 24/7 at the links provided below.  Note that tickets are non-refundable.

  • Weekend pass – $80 (plus ticket center fees). Click here to purchase online.
  • Friday day pass – $40 in advance/$45 at the door. Click here to purchase online
  • Friday night concert – $25 in advance/$30 at the door.  Click here to purchase online.
  • Saturday day pass – $50 in advance/$55 at the door. Click here to purchase online.
  • Saturday Night BIG SHOW at Hangar Theatre – $25 in advance. Click here to purchase online.

For more information contact or visit

WVBF Raffle
The raffle this year features some great prizes, highlighted by two instruments, a Taylor Baby Travel Guitar and a Deering Banjo, donated by the Ithaca Guitar Works along with many other great prizes listed below.  Tickets will cost $5 for 2 and $10 for 5. The drawing will be at the Hangar on Saturday night.  Other prizes include: Aceto Violect Deluxe Violin Pickup donated by Ithaca Stringed Instruments;  La Tourelle Overnight and Spa Treatment Package; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Weekend Passes; Pickin’ in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival Saturday Tickets; Brantling Bluegrass Festival Tickets; and, 5 Voice Lessons with Marty Heresniak

Detailed Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 24 at Red Feet Wine Market

5:00 pm           Pre-Fest Show with Grassanova at Red Feet’s weekly wine tasting.

Friday, January 25 at La Tourelle Resort

1:00 pm           Fiddle:  Clayton Campbell (Gibson Brothers) in the Yellow Barn Suite
2:00 pm           Songwriting:  Eric and Leigh Gibson with Chris Stuart in the Yellow Barn Suite
3:00 pm           Mandolin:  Joe Walsh (Gibson Brothers) in the Yellow Barn Suite
4:00 pm           The Gibson Brothers Unplugged: Q&A; Arranging songs; Road stories in the La Tourelle Concert Hall
5:00 pm           Welcome Reception in the La Tourelle lobby with cash bar and snacks.
5:30 pm           Southern Comfort Food:  Dinner at the La Tourelle Bistro.  Food details.  $16 includes tax and tip.

7:30 pm           Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley Band
8:30 pm           Gibson Brothers – 2 sets
10:30 pm         Friday night jamming

Saturday, January 26 at La Tourelle Resort/Hangar Theatre Evening Show

8:00 am           Breakfast at La Tourelle Bistro (regular menu)

10:00 am         WORKSHOPS
Fiddle:  Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae) & John Mailander (Stuart –Beazley)
Singing: Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley
Bass: Danny Booth (Dirty Kitchen) and Shelby Means (Della Mae)
Bluegrass Uke (yes, there is such a thing!):  Robbert Van Rennesse

11:00 am         WORKSHOPS
Mandolin:  Frank Solivan and Jenny Lynn Gardener (Della Mae)
Guitar: Chris Luquette (Dirty Kitchen) and Courtney Hartmann (Della Mae)
Banjo: Mike Munford (Dirty Kitchen) and Janet Beazley
Songwriting: Celia Woodsmith

12:00 pm         Lunch at the La Tourelle Bistro (regular menu)

1:15 pm           Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie
2:30 pm           Della Mae
3:45 pm           Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen


  • Moosewood Restaurant – dinner and bluegrass music featuring Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads.  Bring your wristband or Saturday Big Show Tickets and receive a 10% discount.
  • The Piggery – dinner and old time music featuring John Hoffman, Steve Arkin, and Randi Beckmann

6:30 pm           Lobby opens at Hangar Theatre. Music by Grassanova.
7:00 pm           Theatre opens (A block of front and center seating is reserved for weekend pass holders)
7:30 pm           Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley Band with Cornerstone Reunion
8:30 pm           Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
9:30 pm           Raffle Drawing
9:45 pm           Della Mae
11:00 pm         Saturday night jamming at La Tourelle Resort

Sunday, January 27 at La Tourelle Resort

8:00 am           Breakfast at La Tourelle Bistro
10:00 am         Grietzer Hodgson Manning
11:00 am         Gospel Songs and Spiritual Stories with Preacher Rebecca Dolch, Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley, Dana Paul, Alice Saltonstall, Dee Specker and other festival performers.
12:00 pm         Festival ends and hotel check out.
Thank you to our Awesome Sponsors
This festival would not be possible without the generosity and support of the following sponsors.

Tompkins County Tourism Program
Ithaca Guitar Works

Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

La Tourelle Resort & Spa
Ithaca Stringed Instruments
Bacchus Brewing Company
Moosewood Restaurant
Hangar Theatre
Plantsmen Nursery

WVBF to Support Finger Lakes Climate Fund
Like we did last year, we will offset the band travel to our festival by purchasing carbon offsets from the Finger Lakes Climate Fund.  The Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening our regional economy and assisting local families in need. See WVBF blog post to learn more about this.  You can purchase offsets for your travel to and from the Festival by visiting the Finger Lakes Climate Fund web site.
Save the Dates

WVBF and Ithaca Events

  • Kruger Brothers February 24, 2013 at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca presented by Winter Village Music.  Tickets will be available soon.
  • Hot Rize with Red Knuckles May 17, 2013 at the State Theatre by Dan Smalls Presents in conjunction with Winter Village Music.  Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Central New York Bluegrass Events

  • Alan Carr and Jane Rothfield Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Drake House Studio Theater at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning.  Visit Valley for more information.

    Russel Moore and 3rd Thyme Out –  March 23, 2013 at the Sodus Central School Auditorium.  Meet & Greet 5:00PM. Concert Starts 7:00PM. Concession’s Available.  $20.00 ticket price. Produced by the Sodus Rotary Club.For more information and to purchase tickets visit

  • Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival July 18-21, 2013.   A Who’s Who of Bluegrass Music on the Walsh Farm,  Oak Hill, NY Tickets go on sale January 1 with limited number available while they last.

  • 5th Brantling Bluegrass FestivalAug. 1-3, 2013, Brantling Ski Slopes, Sodus, NY
  • 41st Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, Sunday, Aug 4th, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York NY

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