Life in Shaniko

Ghost towns are possibly some of the most interesting places to find oneself, alone with the past, pondering what was and why things slipped away and what uncertain future awaits them. Kind of reminds one of how life can be viewed. Maybe I think that because I live in Shaniko   -DH

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Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree

Tygh Valley 2012



September 22-24th, 2017



We are looking forward to another wonderful Jamboree and thank you to those wanting to participate in and attend the event.  As you know the Shaniko Preservation Guild sees preserving music as an important cultural goal. We also sponsor The Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival in October each year for the same reason. The educational parts of the Jamboree and the stage performances all serve to teach, inform and allow even new people to experience Bluegrass music which often leads to a desire and motivation to learn to play.  The workshops and slow jam offered by willing
musicians are an excellent way for anyone that plays or who is thinking about it, to learn more and enjoy meeting others. 
The challenges and the competitive spirit of the Saturday Band Scramble is fun and the unique creative assembly, becomes a fond festival memory for those playing and those in the audience.

Sound is provided by Ground Zero Sound, Mark Gensman

Emcee is Mason Smith




FRIDAY, September 22nd


5-10 pm
5 pm Open Mic

6 pm - Front Porch bluegrass Band


6:35 – Woodland West


7:35 – Misty Mamas


The evening ends, with the Host band in the Commercial Building


       at 8:40 with Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Friends.




SATURDAY, September 23rd


Workshops 9 am

Band Scramble 10 am to 12:30


Lunch Break – 12:30 to 2 pm


 Open Mic at 2 pm


Slow Jam 2 pm up by the entrance area.


Afternoon Bluegrass Show 3:00 to 4:50


3:00 to 3:50 – Heartbreak Pass


4:00 to 4:50 – Honey Don’t


Dinner Break - 5 to 6:30



Fundraiser BBQ - $10.00 per plate or two for $18 - Children under 12 $5




6:30 to 9:30


6:30 to 7:20   - The Loafers


7:30 to 8:20 – Thomas Creek Band


8:30 to 9:25  - Puddletown Ramblers


9:30 - Drawings, Grand Prize & Lifetime pass




SUNDAY, September 24th



9 am to 2 pm

9 am to 10:10 am - Open Mic


10:15am to 10:50 am – Keening Foxhounds


11 am – 11:50 - Mud Springs Gospel Band


Noon – 12:50pm – Misty Mamas


1 pm - Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising




Assemble at the stage area at 9 am Saturday morning. No instruments required, if you are thinking about playing, sit in on a beginning class.


Beginning Banjo 5-string by Chuck Holloway


Beginning to early intermediate Guitar by Dave Peterson of Puddletown Ramblers


Clawhammer Banjo by Martha Stone

Intermediate to Advanced Banjo by Mike Stahlman of The Loafers


Advanced Guitar by Aaron Stocek of The Loafers

Beginning Upright Acoustic Bass  Ken Luse

Beginning Fiddle by Tim Crosby of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

Harmonica by Dennis Nelson of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

Mandolin by Dave Elliot of The Loafers

Uke by Tom Tower of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

What to do between songs Ron Taylor of Corral Creek


Camping hook up reservations for next year can be made through our volunteers at pole 6, or call 541-318- 8012. No other camping spaces need reservations. Camping is paid by envelope in the area left as you come in or we can help with that at the music pass table. The Preservation Guild does not get any benefit to help pay for the Jamboree from camping fees, but we want everyone to get the areas they want so we take on the reservations as the fairgrounds no longer does this. We hope someday we can reasonably lease the whole fairground area and go to a one-charge for camping and music that will cut everyones costs. Until then thanks for helping us cover the expenses each year and for the preserving efforts you help the Shaniko Preservation Guild with.


We hope you enjoy the beautiful fairgrounds, music, gifts, food, friends, jams, and activities as much as we enjoy bring the event to you.


Weekend Music Passes (Prepaid) $25 per person by September 15th, otherwise $30 at the gate.



Event Line 541-489- 3434


The Shaniko Preservation Guild, PO Box 123, Shaniko, OR 97057