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Barn-burnin' bluegrass

Northwest bluegrass favorites, Jackstraw, will return to the Rogue Valley, Friday, Oct. 6, for one performance at MOJO Rising Workshop and Event Studio, 140 Lithia Way, in Downtown Ashland. Local bluegrass band, the Rosehip Ramblers, will open the show with a 30-minute set.

"Jackstraw impresses me with their tight-knit, skilled musicianship, their crackling energy and repertoire which includes both traditional gems and fresh new tunes," said Pete Wernick, bluegrass legend and founding member of Hot Rize.

"We were raised in Kansas, Rhode Island, Colorado and Chicago"&

166;all of us with different backgrounds and influences, but we all have a common passion for acoustic music," says band guitarist Jon Neufeld. "We grew up hearing the sounds of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos and fiddles, and as children often do, we took those sounds deep into our souls where they rested, waiting to be rediscovered as we continued forward with our lives." Jackstraw has released five CDs since coming together in 1997 and has performed at festivals, private events, clubs, and listening rooms all over the country.

Their last concert performance in Ashland, in December 2006, was to an enthusiastic, near sell-out crowd at MOJO Rising.

"As a bluegrass fan, I couldn't be happier to be hosting Jackstraw again," says MOJO Rising owner Donella Evoniuk. "Their integrity as people and musicians makes them a pleasure to work with. Rogue Valley fans love them and they put on a non-stop show that exemplifies their connection to the music they play and the audiences who come to listen."

The valley's own Rosehip Ramblers will open the show, bringing a local flavor that showcases the best that emerging bluegrass has to offer. Bluegrass music has long been known for its accessibility to newcomers, and the Rosehip Ramblers are an example of how enthusiastic youth will continue to shape and influence this traditional genre for years to come.

MOJO Rising is located at 140 Lithia Way, in Downtown Ashland. Advance tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are available for $15 at the Music Coop, 181 "A" Street in Ashland and at the door, beginning at 7:30 p.m., for $18.

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