Bluegrass along the Clearwater

Annual festival returns to Orofino this weekend

The Moscow-based Moscow Mules headline the eighth annual “Pickin’ on the Clearwater” Valley Bluegrass Festival this weekend in Orofino.

Self-described as playing “high-energy bluegrass and acoustic music,” the group will perform from 8-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, at the Clearwater County Fairgrounds, 101 Michigan Ave.

The event, organized by the Lewis Clark Bluegrass Organization, runs from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Tickets are $20 for a weekend pass or $15 per day at or with cash or check at the gate. Kids 15 and younger attend free with a paying adult.

Also performing are Wanigan, Roosevelt Road, Beargrass, Heartbreak Pass, Buck 99 and Family Circle Band. A full schedule is on the festival website.

Attendees can participate in workshops and open mic and jam sessions, and the event’s traditional gospel sing is set for Sunday morning.

It’s recommended to bring lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome, but the event is alcohol-free. Food vendors will be on site.

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