“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.  You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.” Bill Monroe

“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.  You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.” Bill Monroe

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“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.  You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.” Bill Monroe

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We are excited to be presenting the following acts…

The DEL McCOURY Band – Nashville Sunday
Even as they reach out to almost unimaginable audiences, drugstore Del’s music retains its signature characteristics. “What I most admire about someone like Del, look ” says (Vince) Gill, “is that he’s one of the last patriarchs that really played the music in its authentic way. And even though he’s willing to bend a little bit, to be out there playing at jam band festivals and things like that, it doesn’t sound like what the new people do with bluegrass. He’s done a great job of bringing new songs into the fold, but when he sings them they sound like 1959 or 1962 again. It still has the element of his voice, and the authenticity of it never goes away, never changes. And even after doing it for fifty years, he’s at the top of everybody’s list of what’s going on today with bluegrass.”
Read more about The DEL McCOURY Band
Famously crowned as “the new queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and indeed the most decorated musician in that field, Vincent’s music is actually much more inclusive and accessible than that banner would suggest, incorporating savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass.With over seventy awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass, with honors including a coveted Entertainer of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and seven consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards. In 2001, Vincent signed a high-profile endorsement contract with Martha White baking products, the company who first sponsored bluegrass icons Flatt and Scruggs in 1953. Like Flatt and Scruggs, Vincent rolls into every show on the Martha White Bluegrass Express..





featuring Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and the Travelin McCourys

Fall Tour 2011 Debut ~ Brought together to celebrate the life and works of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.  September 13, 2011 marks the 100th birthday of the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe who passed away in 1996.  Celebrate the life and music of William Smith Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass Music!  (Fun fact: Bill Monroe was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor – the only person ever to be honored in all four.)  The “Father of Bluegrass Music” died a few days short of his 85th birthday after a series of health challenges, through which he continued to perform for appreciative audiences almost to the end.

The GRASCALS – Nashville Sunday
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.
Read more about The GRASCALS
Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter’s stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring. The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of dyed-in-the wool traditional players with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience.
The STEEP CANYON RANGERS – North Carolina Saturday
The past year has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers to new heights. During that time, their latest record, Deep In The Shade, stayed on the Billboard Bluegrass Top Ten for 18 weeks. Along with actor/banjoist Steve Martin they have headlined Merlefest and Bonaroo, and appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Known for their smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instruments and jaw-dropping harmony, the Rangers are bringing bluegrass to music lovers across the USA and around the world.
DANNY PAISLEY and Southern Grass – Pennsylvania Saturday
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. It is music borne of the vibrant old time southern fiddle bands, as well as the lonesome moans of the backwoods mountain blues. The instruments blaze with energy while the songs reveal a paradoxical, desperate sadness anchoring the music squarely in the classic bluegrass tradition. Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass combine those forces with a drive and energy that takes over your senses. It is music you not only hear, but feel in your gut.
Read more about DAN PAISLEY and Southern Grass
SIERRA HULL and HIGHWAY 111 – Tennessee Saturday
Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” Daybreak is certainly a noteworthy arrival; you can’t help but feel it’s also just the beginning.
Read more about SIERRA HULL and HIGHWAY 111
The JERKS OF GRASS – The great state of Maine Sat. and Sun.
Priding themselves on tight arrangements, stellar musicianship, and an ability to delight even the most suspicious of audiences, it’s no surprise that the Jerks have remained one of the area’s busiest acts for over ten years. Voted Portland’s Best Roots/Acoustic act seven times, they are tireless performers, having played over 1200 shows throughout New England. These folks live to play live!
Read more about The JERKS OF GRASS
The MANIC MOUNTAIN BOYS – Everywhere USA Sat. and Sun.
The Manic Mountain Boys are not only a band of 4 or 5 people, it sometimes consists of over 40 people, off stage, who just know how to play an instrument or have a good time. 3 or 4 times a year this group gets together and enjoys the music of bluegrass. The Manic Mountain Boys were founded over 20 years ago and will live on for many more years to come. There are also the WOMMB (Women of Manic Mountain Boys) and MMBS (Manic Mountain Boys Spawn). MMBS is the future of the Manics and cannot wait to carry on the legacy. .  If you’ve ever been to Thomas Point, you know this crazy group of talented and great friends!
KARL SHIFLETT and Big Country Show – Texas Sat. and Sun.
Best known for their highly entertaining “Retro” stage show The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show capture – quite winningly- the irrepressible bounce and down-home, audience pleasing, good-naturedness of Classic Country & Bluegrass acts of the 1940’s and 50’s. Hailing from Texas, a state with a rich musical heritage, they have managed to insert their own unique perspective, cultivating a sound that has brought them acclaim as one of the most identifiable and recognizable names in bluegrass music.  Karl Shiflett also carry’s the distinguished title of “Ambassador of Bean Blossom” at Bill Monroe’s Memorial Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana, the largest and longest running bluegrass festival in the world (since 1966).
Read more about KARL SHIFLETT and Big Country Show
COUNTRY HAM – California Sunday
This world famous recording and touring group that seems to pop up all over the country (Washington DC, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, MAINE) and has been playing it’s unique brand of country/old-time music since 1975, with Bandleader Carl Pagter on old-time clawhammer banjo, and his wife Judie Pagter playing autoharp and doing most of the singing. 

Carl is a retired attorney from Walnut Creek, CA. He is a founder of the California Bluegrass Association and one of its prestigious appointed “Lifetime Members”.

HAZEL DICKENS and her Band – Washington DC Saturday
Hazel Dickens is considered to be one of the more influential women in bluegrass and traditional folk music. Known for her high, piercing vocal quality and poignant, topical songwriting, she first gained recognition as one half of the pioneering female bluegrass duo, Hazel and Alice. She then went on to record solo albums for Rounder Records and was featured in films and documentaries. Today, many women in both bluegrass and country, including Emmylou Harris and The Judds, cite Hazel as a major influence.  From the coalfields of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, Hazel Dickens has lived the songs she sings. A pioneering woman in Bluegrass and Folk music, Hazel has influenced generations of songwriters and musicians. Her songs of hard work, hard times, and hardy souls have bolstered working people at picket lines and union rallies throughout the land.
J.D. CROWE and the NEW SOUTH – Kentucky Saturday
J.D. Crowe and the New South are among the most influential bluegrass bands of the past three decades, with a visionary sound that suggests both a rich past and a wide-open future. From the 1975′s classic affectionately referred to by its catalog number, 0044, to their newest project, Lefty’s Old Guitar, bandleader/vocalist/banjo player/guitarist Crowe has lead an array of brilliant musicians in a mission to reinvent and update bluegrass while simultaneously paying tribute to the legacy of tone, taste, and timing.  J.D. Crowe briefly flirted with retirement in the mid to late ’90s, but following the release of 1999′s Come On Down to My World (Rounder), he put together the strongest New South lineup since the days of Skaggs and Rice and tours regularly.
Read more about J.D. CROWE and the NEW SOUTH

The “Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special” is lovingly Dedicated

To the Memory and Lives of

Harry and Marion Crooker

“Together Again”

Harry Chester Crooker
7/19/11 ~ 2/21/04

Marion Alberta Crooker
11/11/15 ~ 10/10/10

Thomas Point Beach was founded and established in 1956
by Harry and Marion

Their hopes and plan for this Park was
to offer a clean, medicine safe recreation area
for families and children.
This is our purpose and this is what we do…

Thanks for the memories Mom and Dad…
and here’s to new beginnings

One of their favorite personal messages…

Here’s to “IT”

Here’s to it,
If you ever get to it to do it
and don’t do it -
Here’s hoping you never get to it
To do it again..
Do it Now!

Dad would have celebrated his 100th birthday July 2011
and, as we know, Bill Monroe would have been 100 years old September 2011.
Two great men who changed so many lives.

Our thanks to everyone for your support and friendship throughout the years.


Pati and Michael
and all your friends at beautiful Thomas Point

Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys
Live at the Opry -
Celebrating 50 Years on the Grand Ole Opry

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