Jamboree weekend is here! This year's event is bigger and better than ever!

New layout!

We've outgrown the Prosperity Grange backyard, but we aren't moving far. This year's stage will be located in the grassy field of the Tin Cup Golf driving range next door! Bring your blankets and spread out in the grass!



Festival artists the Oly Mountain Boys, Thunder and Rain, and Ky Burt will all be hosting workshops on Friday at noon!

And a ton of great bands all weekend!

Your favorite duo The Lowest Pair closes out Thursday night! Don't miss our set Friday night! Festival partners The Pine Hearts perform Saturday! And headlining is Songs from the Road Band all the way from North Carolina! Plus too many other great bands to mention! 


Benefit a great cause!

The Steamboat Stringband Jamboree is a benefit for Outdoor Arts and Recereation, a Washington State based 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes outdoor recreation, healthy lifestyles and promotes the arts as well. Outdoor Arts & Rec provides our community with recreation opportunities and art performances such as organized hikes, rides, climbs and runs as well as music concerts, film festivals, and music festivals.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters! 

Including Ravengrass, Morgan Hill, Skep & Skein, Olympia Pop Rocks, Blissful Wunders, 3 Magnets Brewing Co., Matchless Brewing, and Northwest Beerwerks!


Jun 15 Steamboat Stringband Jamboree, Olympia
Jul 21 Hwy 101 Wine Mixer, Shelton
Jul 28 Doyle's Public House, Tacoma
Aug 3 Thurston County Fair, Olympia
Aug 19 Blueberry Bash, Olympia
Aug 25 Grand Oly Opry, Olympia


Mark your bluegrass calendar! The spring and summer are taking shape!

Northwest Beerwerks Anniversary Weekend, March 23
We're glad to be a part of a huge anniversary weekend at Northwest Beerwerks!

Artswalk at Rhythm and Rye with Polecat, April 27
Teaming up for another great spring Artswalk at Rhythm and Rye with Bellingham-based buddies Polecat!

The Rendezvous in Winthrop, May 11-13
The Rendezvous is on! Tell your friends on the east side of the mountains about this new multi-genre music and outdoor recreation event!

Rendezvous Fest

Steamboat Stringband Jamboree, June 14-16
We're thrilled to have Songs from the Road Band, an up-and-coming group of Nashville bluegrass pros, headlining our fourth annual Steamboat Stringband Jamboree! Plus a whole bunch more amazing acts from all over the Northwest performing over THREE DAYS this year! Early bird festival passes are on sale now!

Steamboat Stringband Jamboree 2018


Mar 23 NW Beerwerks, Olympia
Mar 29 Tye for Thurston Campaign* Kickoff, Olympia
Apr 23 Pioneer Elementary School, Olympia
Apr 27 Rhythm and Rye, Olympia
May 12 The Rendezvous, Winthrop
Jun 15 Steamboat Stringband Jamboree, Olympia
Aug 3 Thurston County Fair, Olympia
Aug 19 Blueberry Bash, Olympia
Aug 25 Grand Oly Opry, Olympia

*We're also proud to be joining our banjo player on March 29th to provide some live music as he kicks off his latest endeavor. Check out what Tye's up to at TyeforThurston.com!

Two big announcements!


We're proud to host the Shook Twins at Rhythm and Rye on November 17th! Get your tickets now, this one may sell out!

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth. Central to Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beat-box), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.


Save the dates! The weekend is set for the third annual Steamboat Stringband Jamboree! Stay tuned for lineup announcements and more!

Some of the biggest names in the West Coast stringband scene come to the Prosperity Grange in Olympia for a two day jamboree! June 15th and 16th, 2018.

Here's the annual August update! Never a shortage of fine music in this fine month! Beat the heat with bluegrass!

Grand Oly Opry

We've got a big week right around the corner! And Steamboat Stringband Jamboree tickets are now ON SALE!


Something for everybody in this jam-packed week of bluegrass! We're teaming up with Three Magnets Brewing for an Americana Artswalk event featuring Seattle's Squirrel Butter (Saturday April 29)! 

Then we have the honor of sharing the stage at Rhythm and Rye (Tuesday May 2) with two of the greats - Jake Joliff of Yonder Mountain String Band and Alwyn Robinson of Leftover Salmon! Don't miss the chance to see these guys in Oly!

Alwyn and Joliff

We'll round out the week with Oly old time faves Yodelady for Brewgrass Thursday at Cascadia Homebrew (Thursday May 4), and spend Saturday (May 6) at one of our favorite Tacoma venues, The Spar Tavern!


Tickets are now on sale, and we have A LOT more space for camping this year! With all these great bands converging on Olympia, it's not to be missed!

We're also keeping the Jamboree feelin alive year round at the Steamboat House Band jam at the Eastside Club Tavern. You can get a Jamboree preview with Marcel and Nakos coming down from Bellingham (Sunday May 21), and former Olympian Cera Impala returning all the way from Scotland (Sunday June 18)!


May 21 | featuring Marcel & Nakos (Bellingham)
Jun 18 | featuring Cera Impala (Edinburgh)

Pacific Northwest bluegrass updates!


The lineup is set for the third year of the Steamboat Stringband Jamboree! Save the dates - June 2nd and 3rd! Online ticketing will be available soon!

Steamboat Poster 2017



We're getting ready for the Jamboree with a great new bluegrass event in Olympia! The Steamboat House Band bluegrass jam! Members of the Oly Mountain Boys, The Pine Hearts, Steamboat Stringband Jamboree performers from around the Pacific Northwest, and other pickers will come together at The Eastside Club Tavern on Sunday afternoons for a new and different bluegrass combination.

We've got two dates coming up with more to come. February 19th will feature Justin Eubanks of Portland's Out West. Come to Oly for the Traditions Cafe Bluegrass Jam and stay for the Steamboat show! The March Steamboat Jam will take place on March 12th.

The Steamboat House Band will perform for the first set. For the second set, YOU can sign up, open-mic style, to pick a few with us! Like the Steamboat House Band page on Facebook and tell your bluegrass pickin friends far and wide!

First things first: don't miss our special Steamboat Stringband Harvest Party, which features The Pine Hearts, The Lowest Pair, and The Last Revel!

And if that weren't exciting enough - this bunch has made a new bluegrass album!

A collaboration was born in 2016 when Nate and Jackie of Daniels and Baker joined the Olympia music community via Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by many of the same classic bluegrass roots, the duo became frequent guests and natural jam buddies with Olympia's resident bluegrass pickers, the Oly Mountain Boys.

The potential to make a dual album, in the spirit of Steve Earle's The Mountain featuring the Del McCoury band, became too enticing to pass up. But touring schedules didn't leave much time. So they all got in the studio and brought these tunes to life in live takes.

The Oly Mountain Boys bring full traditional bluegrass band power. Daniels and Baker bring innovative arranging and sharp vocal harmonies. And everybody picks up a storm. 

Nate and Jackie have traveled on to Nashville, Tennessee now, so we've called in our good friends Ky Burt and The Hollerbodies from Portland to help us release this album at Rhythm & Rye on November 19th! And we'll have it in hand when we head to Seattle on November 30th for a show at the Nectar with Cascade Crescendo and Sourwood Stringband!


Oct 29 | Prosperity Grange Hall, Olympia - Steamboat Stringband Harvest Party featuring Last Revel, The Lowest Pair, and The Pine Hearts!)
Nov 3 | Cascadia Homebrew, Olympia - Brewgrass Thursday with Luke Callen and Dixie Highway
Nov 19 | Rhythm & Rye, Olympia - CD RELEASE with Ky Burt and The Hollerbodies 
Nov 30 | Nectar Lounge, Seattle with Cascade Crescendo and Sourwood Stringband

Plenty of chances to work some bluegrass into your summer fun in August!

We're playing at some great hometown Oly events - the Thurston County Fair, Olympia Brewfest, and the Blueberry Bash.

And some great Oly venues - like Northwest Beerwerks and Cascadia Homebrew for Brewgrass Thursday.

And Oly's finest music venue, Rhythm and Rye. The Grand Oly Opry is taking a break this year, but Tassel Tuesday with Rock Candy Burlesque will fill the void. Friday August 12th it's a full night of pickin with the Warren G. Hardings from Seattle. And Thursday August 25th we host Steep Ravine from Santa Cruz, California as "Pine Mountain" with Joe Capoccia!

And if you like your bluegrass straight from North Carolina, don't miss a chance to see hard drivin Carolina string band TOWN MOUNTAIN with us and the Jack Dwyer Band at the Nectar Lounge!

This year's Steamboat Stringband Jamboree (May 6th & 7th) is right around the corner (get your tickets!) And we're getting you in the mood by turning the whole week into an excuse to play bluegrass.

Fun starts Tuesday, May 3rd at The Nectar Lounge in Seattle for A Night of Bluegrass and Front Porch Americana, featuring The Last Revel (Minneapolis) and Sweet Lou's Sour Mash (Seattle). Thursday May 5th it's Brewgrass at Cascadia Homebrew, where we'll be joined by Joe Capoccia (Olympia) and Montgomery Brown (Austin). Then a bunch of Northwest stringbands descend upon Olympia for the weekend, including The Student Loan, Wild Rabbit, The Blackberry Bushes, Left Coast Country, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, our co-hosts The Pine Hearts, and many more!

We're not resting up afterwards, either. We'll be back in Seattle for a Bluegrass & Beer benefit for Northwest Harvest (May 14th). And we've got some big trips east planned! First to play a Rainshadow Running race finish line (May 21st-22nd) and then for two shows in Idaho (June 2nd & 3rd, John's Alley in Moscow, and Eichardt's in Sandpoint!)

The best part of pickin bluegrass is all the friends you make doing it. We're teaming up with all sorts of folks this spring - some new friends and old ones too.

Next Thursday (March 24th) at Rhythm & Rye we get to help introduce Oly to John Craigie, a witty and entertaining folk singer who we first saw when he took the top prize at the Northwest String Summit Band Competition. At our monthly Brewgrass first Thursdays at Cascadia Homebrew (April 7th), we're teaming up with Ky Burt and Sugar Still. On April 8th, meet Josh's friends from the "violin" world when we play Pints Barn for Symphony on Tap, a benefit for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. For Artswalk at Rhythm and Rye (April 22nd) it's Oly favorites Rooster Crow and new friends Cascade Crescendo

Then we get to kick off the summer festival season with the 2nd ANNUAL STEAMBOAT STRINGBAND JAMBOREE! We've just announced the 2016 lineup - lots of friends from last year are coming back, and new ones are joining us! Mark your calendar for May 5-6th and join us again at Olympia's Prosperity Grange Hall on Steamboat Island Road. Follow the Steamboat on Facebook or Twitter for the announcement when tickets go on sale! 


  • Dec 31
    Dillinger's,  Olympia
  • Jan 26
    Matchless Brewing,  Tumwater
  • Feb 1
    ABC3 Music Festival,  Ocean Shores
  • Feb 2
    ABC3 Music Festival,  Ocean Shores
  • Feb 3
    ABC3 Music Festival,  Ocean Shores


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