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Festival News: Lineup set for Northwest String Summit

A host of artists are signed up to perform at the Northwest String Summit July 18-20, 2008, in Oregon.

The Northwest's premier acoustic music festival will returns to Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Ore., July 18-20.

The event boasts three days of nearly all-acoustic music, culminating each night with main stage performances from musical hosts Yonder Mountain String Band, this year joined by special guest fiddler Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss) and banjo/guitar virtuoso Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Tim O'Brien Band).

Also on the bill for the 2008 String Summit are:

• Keller Williams (performing two nights - one solo and the second with Keith Moseley(The String Cheese Incident)

• Gibb Droll (Marc Broussard) and Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh).

• Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon will perform with Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident) and friends - which likely will include Vince Herman also of Leftover Salmon.

A very special appearance by guitarist Bill Frisell, in duet setting with Danny Barnes, will precede this year's super jam, which will be hosted by Danny Barnes. Past years' Super Jam performers have included Chris Thile, David Grisman, Vasser Clements, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien.

On July 18, String Summit will present the fifth annual Band Contest, where four competition finalists will compete for the opportunity to perform on the main stage the following year. This year, 2007 Band Contest winners Head for the Hills are on the String Summit bill.

Three-day festival passes include music, crafts, vending and on-site camping and parking. A family/disabled camping area is available. Tickets are $140 to $155 (includes parking, camping and county fees) and are on sale now at

For more information and ticketing links, visit the official NWSS website at