For the past two decades, Northwest String Summit has continually brought together fans of bluegrass and rock and roll—and every sub-genre and collaborative effort combinations of two—for a perfect summer weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Friendships and relationships formed during the annual festival at North Plains, Oregon’s beautiful Horning’s Hideout have grown and expanded year by year, all under the premise of sharing good music with good people. For the festival’s 20th anniversary, Northwest String Summit have invited festival veterans Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Greensky Bluegrass to headline over the weekend of July 21-24, 2022. Additional performers announced today include Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Del McCoury Band, Fruition, and Keller & The Keels, to name a few. A full list of confirmed bands and artists is below, with more to be announced between now and July.
This week, in addition to Northwest String Summit’s lineup announcement, festival organizers shared an open letter to longtime patrons letting them know that this year’s 20th-anniversary event will be the festival’s last. “These past couple years have taught us to simplify, to return to roots, and to hold on tight to our loved ones and the friendships we’ve made. To appreciate all that we have, who we are, and celebrate our roots and lives while we can,” the letter reads. “But equally important is to embrace change as an opportunity for progress!” For two decades, Northwest String Summit has cultivated a first-class boutique festival experience with an intimate, neighborly atmosphere, bringing the highest level of talent and musicianship to the most idyllic setting. And while it’s uncertain what the future holds for Northwest String Summit’s beloved team, they promise to make this last hurrah one for the record books. “So, here we are creating this last chapter of the Strummit adventure together,” the letter concludes. “Let’s make it a finale for the ages! We intend to make this last Strummit special on so many levels and we hope you will join us in commemorating our history.”
Performing at Northwest String Summit 2022: Umphrey’s McGee (Acoustic/Electric Sets), Yonder Mountain String Band (All Weekend), and Greensky Bluegrass (2 Sets), Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Del McCoury Band, Fruition, Keller & The Keels, Kitchen Dwellers, Shook Twins, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Travelin’ McCourys, Larry Keel Experience, Sideboob, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Benny “Burle” Galloway, Lindsay Lou, World’s Finest, Brad Parsons, Worth + Strain, Lowest Pair, Pixie & The Party Grass Boys, Kyle Tuttle (artist at large), Never Come Down, Mama Magnolia, One Way Traffic (2019 Band Competition Winner), and many more to be announced.