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 23-25th, 2016

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 Friday Showcase and the Saturday Band Scramble are fun and the unique creative assembly, becomes a fond memory festival for those playing and those in the audience.



FRIDAY, September 23rd


5-10 pm


5 pm Open Mic


6 pm - Front Porch bluegrass Band


6:30 – EOScene


7:30 – Fern Hill Bluegrass Band 


The evening ends, with the Host band in the


         FINE ARTS BARN BASH with Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Friends.



SATURDAY, September 24th


Band Scramble 10 am to Noon


Lunch Break - noon to 2 pm


 2 pm – Special Presentation and Auto Parade, open mic


Slow Jam 2 pm up by the entrance area.


Afternoon Bluegrass Show 3:00 to 4:50


3:00 to 3:50 - EOScene


4:00 to 4:50 – Mountain Honey


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    Corral Creek


7:30 to 8:20   Burnin’ Moonlight


8:30 to 9:25   Fern Hill Bluegrass Band


9:30 - Drawings, Grand Prize & Lifetime pass




SUNDAY, September 25th




9 am to 2 pm


9am to 10:30 am, Open Mic


10:30 am, Front Porch Bluegrass Band


11 am  Mud Springs Gospel Band


Noon, Dick, Dave and Dallas (3-D)


1pm, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising




Work shops


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


Clawhammer Banjo by Martha Stone


Intermediate to Advanced Banjo by John Van Brocklin of Fern Hill


Beginning Upright Acoustic Bass  Ken Luse


Beginning Fiddle by Carl Dornfeld of Corral Creek


Intermediate to Advanced Fiddle by Mike Eisler of Fern Hill


Harmonica by Dennis Nelson of  Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising


Mandolin by Tim Crosby of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising


Dobro by Tom Tower of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising


Vocals by Linda Leavitt of Mountain Honey


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 ticket 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 everyone's costs. Until then thanks for helping us cover the expenses each year and for the preserving projects 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 bySeptember 15th,  otherwise $30 at the gate.

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