Songwriter’s Showcase, Barnstorming Bluegrass in Stevenson April 12

The Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival presents Stevenson's Barnstorming Bluegrass on Saturday, April 12, inside the Exhibit Hall on the Skamania County Fairgrounds.

Rain or shine, guests are going to enjoy a great show. The one-day event opens with the Songwriter’s Showcase at 3 p.m. All who write and perform original music are invited to compete for a chance to be spotlighted on the main stage at the Festival in July.

The event continues with live performances by Cahalen Morrison and Eli West at 8 p.m. and the SteelDrivers at 9 p.m.

The Festival is honored to host these outstanding talents who are guaranteed to provide a “don’t-miss” evening that’s nothing short of amazing. Cahalen and Eli are a new-old-time duo from Seattle that is building buzz among the top echelon of roots musicians across the nation. Simply put by one fan, “It’s clear that they were made to sing together.”

All the way from Nashville, the SteelDrivers bring together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create a hybrid that is new music with an old feeling. The band is Grammy nominated and has been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to the Conan O’Brien Show.

SteelDriver fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as “an incredible combination.”

Stevenson Bluegrass would not be complete without a beer garden sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing, tasty treats, dancing, and plenty of jamming throughout.

Stevenson’s Barnstorming Bluegrass is generously sponsored by Skamania County, The City of Stevenson, and Skamania Lodge. Tickets are on sale now at or available at the door.

Festival organizers encourage you to bring the whole family. Children 12 and younger are always free at Stevenson Bluegrass when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Limited camping is available, please call Skamania County General Services to reserve.

For more event details, visit columbia or call 509-427-3980.

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