Ping Brothers

Ping Brothers

The 35th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival was held this weekend in Prescott. Goodwin Street closed along the courthouse plaza with food and trinket booths on both sides of the city’s bandstand. We set up our lawn chairs with hundreds of others for the performances on Saturday afternoon. Five talented groups were invited this year, each alotted three one hour sets. Burning Heart Bluegrass out of the Los Angeles area has five individually talented musicians. Bluegrass Etc., a trio from California, also includes outstanding musicians. On bass and vocals, Bill Bryson, for example, is a two-time Grammy Award winner. I missed the Old Blue Band in order to play chess at the Prescott Public Library. I returned to hear a local band, the Ping Brothers. Brother Frank plays finger style and rhythm guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Brother Doug plays lead and rhythm guitar, bass, and harmonica. Other members of the band include Creighton Miller on upright bass, banjo, and dobro; Jim Chatlain on fiddle; and Rick Schmidt on steel, electric, acoustic, and bass guitar, keys and vocals. James Ream and the Barnstormers are from Litchfield Park. James Ream started the Barnstormers in 1993. He has produced nine CDs.to much acclaim. The Chamber of Commerce has done a great job in selecting performers and funding this event by selling tee shirts and raffle tickets. This event attracts a mix of ages and because Prescott is dog friendly many people bring their pet. In addition to the variety of well behaved dogs, I was fascinated by Lou, a 22-year-old cockatoo.

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