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The first performance of the Bluegrass show

The first performance of the Bluegrass show brought the song “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” performed by the group calling themselves The Adamites on Friday afternoon at the Occidental. The showcase featured all the new skills the kids learned during the week ranging from songwriting to new instruments to singing. It was announced by Adam Greuel, a member of the teaching staff and a member of multiple bands.

The annual BigHorn Bluegrass Camp filled the Johnson County Fairgrounds with music last week as kids learned new instruments and new musical skills during the week in anticipation of the final show on Friday evening. The student and teacher show was held in the backyard of the Occidental Hotel on Friday, July 16 and let the kids show off their new skills to their parents and friends. 

Several members of the teaching staff  take the stage

Several members of the teaching staff take the stage to teach the kids about listening and about how to be a lead and supporting member of a group on Thursday morning. During the camp, the kids learn a variety of skills, from the basics of how to play an instrument to the fine tuning that can come with playing in groups.

Sean Gose, laughs as his group performs a song

Sean Gose laughs as his group performs a song about the people and memories from this year’s BigHorn Bluegrass Camp during whiteboard songs on Friday afternoon. Different groups signed up to perform during the whiteboard session each afternoon as they showed off what they had been working on.

Tessa Taylor smiles back at her group of banjo players

Tessa Taylor smiles back at her group of banjo players during their whiteboard performance on Friday afternoon in the Community Building at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Several groups, including this all banjo group, performed songs that they had either learned or written as a group.

The annual BigHorn Bluegrass Camp was held this week

The annual BigHorn Bluegrass Camp was held this week at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, drawing kids from all over to learn more about bluegrass music and instruments. After a week of learning, the kids showed off their new skills in a concert at the Occidental Hotel on Friday evening.

The bass’s were all laid down on the grass

The basses were all laid down on the grass behind the stage so that the kids didn’t have to hold the large string instruments the entire time during the show. A few raindrops started to fall before the show, inspiring an impromptu rain plan which ultimately wasn’t needed.

Attendees of the bluegrass camp huddle with their instruments

Attendees of the bluegrass camp huddle with their instruments behind the stage before the show on Friday afternoon in the Occidental Hotel backyard. The group was briefly worried about the rain, but it held off and let the show go on. 

Tate Bassett, 7, behind the edge of the stage

Tate Bassett, 7, stands behind the edge of the stage with a guitar before the beginning of the show on Friday afternoon at the Occidental Hotel. “I learned some things that I keep forgetting,” Bassett said about what he had learned during the week.

Riley Rankin performs a banjo solo

Riley Rankin performs a banjo solo in front of the microphone during the concert on Friday afternoon. The kids learned all different kinds of instruments ranging from bass to banjo to guitar.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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