The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association - AFBA

The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association - AFBA The Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association (aka the AFBA) was formed in October, 1973for the purpose of preserving and promoting bluegrass music.
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The Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association has the distinction of being the only 501(c)(3) non-profit bluegrass association in the USA that owns a park. Bluegrass music fans travel from a broad area of Pennsylvania and surrounding states to attend festival weekends, and most take advantage of the camping facilities. Day-trippers and campers, of all ages, ranging from toddlers to grandparents, including entire families, come and enjoy as many as four days of music, “off the beaten path”. Free music workshops are available, and a variety of vendors are on site, providing food, merchandise, and bluegrass bands’ recordings.

Mission: May the sounds of bluegrass be heard and enjoyed for many more years at the foot of Blue Mountain.

Operating as usual

Remembering some of the fine pickers we've lost.....
12/08/2020

Remembering some of the fine pickers we've lost.....

12/07/2020

On behalf of the AFBA, we extend condolences to Kathleen Parsons and the Flynn family for the loss of Tom "Slideman" Flynn.

12/05/2020

The AFBA will not have a December member's meeting nor a shindig.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Bluegrass Friends and Family!
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Bluegrass Friends and Family!

On behalf of the AFBA, Happy Veterans Day to all who served.
11/11/2020

On behalf of the AFBA, Happy Veterans Day to all who served.

09/21/2020
06/21/2020

Happy Fathers Day from the AFBA.

06/16/2020

IBMA 2020 just cancelled

After careful consideration of the safety and health of bothour Bluegrass Performers and Audience we are postponing the ...
05/16/2020

After careful consideration of the safety and health of both
our Bluegrass Performers and Audience we are postponing the 32 Annual Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association 2020 Festival until next year August 5th to August 8th 2021
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!!

The lineup of Bands will be as close as possible the 2020 Festival!! If you have already purchased a ticket you will be refunded by mail. Check the website afbawindgap.org for updates. BE SAFE!!

05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day

05/03/2020
Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue on this years AFBA Fest lineup.

The concert is FREE but donations are accepted.

Through your support of our last Facebook Live concert, we were able to make a $300 donation to the International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Trust Fund.
We are proud to announce we will be gifting a portion of all donations received during this concert to the IBMA Trust Bluegrass Fund again!

Donate here -
PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/CarolinaBlueBG
Tip Jar: https://www.tinyurl.com/CBtipjar

PA Department of Labor & Industry
04/18/2020

PA Department of Labor & Industry

Attention: #Pennsylvania’s self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular #unemployment compensation can begin filing claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance #PUA benefits.

Approved #PUA claimants can expect payment within two to four weeks after they submit their initial claim. Learn more ➡️ https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PUA.aspx

04/08/2020

We are sad to announce that the scheduled work details at Mountain View Park are canceled. Also, the April & May shindigs are canceled. You may buy advance tickets to the AFBA festival. Send your check to: AFBA
P.O. Box 507
Wind Gap, Pa.
18091.
If the festival doesn't happen , you will get your money refunded !

03/23/2020

April shindig is cancelled due to the covid-19 virus.

Plainfield Twp. Fire Co. has closed up until virus is under control.

May 9, 2020 Shindig at Mt. View Park , is still on for now.

03/20/2020

FYI TO ALL POCONO BLUEGRASS & FOLK SOCIETY FRIENDS... the April 5th shindig and fiddle contest have been cancelled. Please stay safe.

03/15/2020

The AFBA would like to pass along its deepest condolences to the family and friend of Rose Hogan who passed away earlier this week. Rose was a singer / songwriter, guitarist and inspiration to all of us in the bluegrass community. Godspeed on your journey.

If you were planning to join us this weekend at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council's "Young at Art" program, it has been pos...
03/10/2020

If you were planning to join us this weekend at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council's "Young at Art" program, it has been postponed. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled.

03/09/2020
03/08/2020
02/19/2020
We had a great turnout, wonderful stage performers and packed jamming yesterday.  Let's replicate that again for Februar...
01/13/2020

We had a great turnout, wonderful stage performers and packed jamming yesterday. Let's replicate that again for February 9th!

01/11/2020
01/01/2020
December Shindig (posted while at the November Shindig)!!!
11/10/2019

December Shindig (posted while at the November Shindig)!!!

09/11/2019

Hey AFBA Peeps....wanna get your bluegrass fix on for the upcoming weekend? Well, you have plenty of options...

All weekend long you have the Midnight Moonlight Music Show in Blakeslee. Saturday there is the Heritage Festival at Mauch Chunk Lake. Sunday is the Lyons Fiddle Festival.

If you want a little something different, head to the Easton Farmers Market at 10AM Saturday for Pipers Request!

Get out and enjoy some great bands and events.

09/09/2019

AFBA Indoor ShinDigs

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Come on Out for some Good

Good Bluegrass

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Our Indoor ShinDigs which run from

October - April

on the second Sunday of the

month will remain at the

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Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Company

Banquet Facility at

6480 Sullivan Trail

Wind Gap, Pa 18091

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(610) 863-7383

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Shindigs and Meetings

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Dates for the

2019-2020 Season Are:

Oct 13th 2019

Nov 10th 2019

Dec 15th 2019

Jan 12th 2020

Feb 9th 2020

Mar 8th 2020

April 12th 2020

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Food and Refreshments will be available.

BYOB as there is no liquor license

Doors Open at Noon

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Showtime:

12:30 till 5:00

Regular Meeting at 10:30 am

09/08/2019
08/20/2019

For those who can make it, there will be a Pickin Party in Bethlehem,PA Saturday from 1-9pm. If interested email Bill at [email protected]. Plenty of food and family friendly.

08/15/2019
08/11/2019
Photos from The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association - AFBA's post
07/24/2019

Photos from The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association - AFBA's post

05/10/2019

Here is the lineup for the Shindig tomorrow....where it WILL NOT rain:

12:00 - 12:50 Mason Dixon Bandits
1:00 - 1:50 Big Valley Bluegrass
2:00 - 2:50 Without A Paddle
3:00 - 3:50 Cat Elwell & Saucony Grass
4:00 - 4:50 Renegade Ramblers
5:00 - 5:50 Last Small Town
6:00 - 6:50 Black Sage Project

Address

Wind Gap, PA

General information

2013 marks the 40th year since the Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association was formed, and “34 Years of Bluegrass” at Mountain View Park.

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Comments

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
The Kruger Brothers have wowwed audiences at the biggest bluegrass festivals and in classical music halls across the world. Jens Kruger is a recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass Music. March 13 at the The Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore and March 14 at the Carroll Arts Center, Westminster. Get your tickets at https://www.commongroundonthehill.org/concert_tix.html
Our next shindig
It's Happening Today
Happy Halloween to all of my music family!
Big Check!
What are the 2020 Festival dates?
Had a great time at the AFBA Bluegrass Festival in Wind Gap, PA. As always, it was the highlight of my summer! It was extra special this year, as Aimless pursuit performed Saturday Night on the Backwoods Stage, for the first time in 5 years. The AFBA crowd is the best audience ever!!!
EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR SALE- I bought a pair of tickets and electric pass at the early bird discounted price before I realized it is the same weekend as my son's graduation from basic training. Hoping to find someone interested in a pair of tickets at the early bird rate of $55 each ($80 at the gate). If interested in tickets and/or electric pass, message me.
Spend a week learning from Tim O'Brien & Jan Fabricius, Latingrass group Che Apalache, Chris Luquette of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Mark Schatz and more at the DC Bluegrass Union Bluegrass and Old-Time Camp! Starting July 7th, the camp is composed of 5 class periods per day, with evening concerts and jams. The camp also includes workshops in visual arts, dance, film and more, PLUS World Village for the kids! All skill levels are welcome! Contact the Common Ground on the Hill offices at (410) 857-2771 or use the website below for more information!
On July 13th, come out and experience what Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers calls “A beautiful festival, and a kind one.” The 22nd Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival will feature Chris Luquette of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Latin-Grass band Che Appalache, Ken Kolodner, Walt Michael & Co., and our headliner, The Tim O’Brien Band, along with many more! Come out and enjoy all the wonderful music and a wine and beer garden! The festival will be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, Maryland. We hope to see you all there!
2019 Appalachian fiddle and bluegrass Festival entertainers for 2019 Dan Paisley , Highland Travelers, Wildwood Valley boys, Special Consensus, Junior Sisk, Louie Setzer, Mama corn, Nitro ride, good whooping, Mason-Dixon Bandits, Texas Rose Band, Flint Hill Express, hex Hollow, Boulevard Express, Without a Paddle, Big Valley bluegrass, Raven Hill, Hilltown, there may be a couple more added . Now you see we have a very good lineup, make sure you come and see us. Thank you for your support.