2023 Winter Music Festival advance tickets on sale now

Winter Music Festival returns to Florence January 27-29

Aug, 1, 2022 — Advance ticket discounts for the 2023 Florence Winter Music Festival will be available through August 31. Regular ticket prices start on September 1 and are on sale until the last day of the festival.

“This just may be our very best line-up ever,” said Kirk Mlinek, Winter Music Festival chairperson for the event’s producer Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment (FACE).

Twelve high-caliber groups will heat up the Florence Events Center on January 27, 28 and 29, 2023, with some hot bluegrass, heartwarming new and traditional folk, and foot-stompin’ Americana during the 20th annual Florence Winter Music Festival.

Specifically, the three-day pass, good for all performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $139/$149 for advance/regular price packages, respectively. Two-day passes for all Friday and Sunday performances are $70/$75. A two-day pass combining Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday, is $109/$119. Single evening performances for Friday and Saturday nights are $45/$50. Saturday afternoon passes are $40/$45. Sunday afternoon passes are $30/$35.

Friday Afternoon’s Free Show

The Florence Winter Music Festival includes a free Community Concert on Friday, presented from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. by Oregon Pacific Bank at their Florence office. The show features Saturday Night performer Jake Blount. This is a first come, first seated, space limited event.

Friday Night 

Never Come Down — 7 to 8 p.m.

Weaving together modern and traditional styles of bluegrass and Americana, Never Come Down is a highly popular Portland, Ore., based five-piece band.

AJ Lee & Blue Summit — 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.

Led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, the bluegrass band has performed all over the world, but finds home in California’s Bay Area.

Saturday Daytime

Cabin Fever NW — 11 a.m. to Noon

If friendship had a soundtrack, this would be it.

The Alternate Root magazine says “Imagine Simon and Garfunkel singing with the Carter Family’s devotion.” Vibrant original songs performed with rich vocals and masterful instrumentation, Cabin Fever NW has wide crossover appeal for fans of bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, country, pop, and gospel.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ‚ Josh Goforth

Josh played fiddle for the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. He has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles with several bluegrass bands like Appalachian Trail, 

the Josh Goforth Trio, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Open Road. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

2 to 3 p.m. — Crary, Evans & Barnick

Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar music, one of the founding fathers of the flatpicking and “newgrass” movements in Americana and bluegrass music. Bill Evans is one of the most exciting and celebrated banjo players of the 21st Century. He a dazzling and entertaining live performer and recording artist. Lead singer and bass man, Wally Barnick, completes the ensemble with soulful, I-remember-long-ago vocals and harmonies, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully felt musical moments.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers (2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award Winner & 2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship, and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

Saturday Night

7 to 8 p.m. — Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning musician and scholar based in Providence, RI. He is a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, and a two-time winner of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival. As a specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, Blount is a skilled performer of spirituals, blues and string band repertoire who has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Newport Folk Festival, and numerous other venues across and beyond the United States.

Saturday Night Headliner

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper — — 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.

At age 9, Michael Cleveland was invited to sit in with the legendary Bill Monroe at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Soon after, he brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Kraus, and was handpicked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. “He plays fearlessly and it’s intoxicating to play along with him because he makes you play fearlessly,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisoners, but he plays with restraint and soul, (and yet manages to play) without abandon.” Cleveland won the 2019 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, and clearly, the IBMA concurs as he’s their most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins and is a 2018 Inductee to the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.

Sunday Folk

11 a.m. to Noon — The McCornacks

Singer-songwriters Mike & Carleen McCornack have been delighting audiences for nearly fifty years with an engaging musical style that blends clear, expressive, harmonious vocals with sparkling acoustic instrumental accompaniments.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Hank Cramer

Hank Cramer is one of the best-loved folksingers in the American West. He is widely known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar, and his wry sense of humor. He has a repertoire of over a thousand modern and traditional songs, spanning the genres of Celtic, Appalachian, maritime, cowboy, and plain old folk music.

2 to 3 p.m. — Phoenix

Based in Salem, Oregon, the folk pop duo Phoenix consists of award-winning songwriters Tim and Kathy Crosby, who have been performing together for well over 20 years. Together they have collaborated on several CD’s and are known far and wide for their songwriting abilities and high energy entertainment style.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Three Together

Three Together is loved by audiences for their intricate 3-part harmonies on many songs from 60’s and 70’s era folk, pop, and rock artists we’ve grown up with such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; Peter, Paul & Mary; The Beatles; the Everly Brothers; and We Five.

A complete festival overview, with artist profiles and early ticket discounts, is available at WinterMusicFestival.org.

The weekend also offers workshops by some of the performers on songwriting, guitar skills, and jamming (separate admission for non-concertgoers). Free, dedicated on-site jamming space is available beginning at noon on Friday and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Florence Winter Music Festival is produced by the all-volunteer, independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment, an organization that helps fund capital improvements and performance grants at the Florence Events Center.

To learn more about how to join, support, or volunteer with FACE, call 541-991-8811 or email [email protected].