Bluegrass masters reunite as trio for upcoming Rainshadow concert

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Posted 12/1/22

Three acclaimed bluegrass maestros are set to take the stage together for an upcoming concert in Port Townsend.

Chris Luquette, Nick Dumas, and Andrew Knapp will return to the Peninsula together …

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Bluegrass masters reunite as trio for upcoming Rainshadow concert

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Three acclaimed bluegrass maestros are set to take the stage together for an upcoming concert in Port Townsend.

Chris Luquette, Nick Dumas, and Andrew Knapp will return to the Peninsula together in a reprise of their stellar 2019 performance at Rainshadow Recording.

The trio will perform at The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets can be purchased for $20 online at ticketstorm.com.

Folks can also buy tickets at the door for $25 each.

Luquette is known as a hardworking musician originally from the Seattle music scene. One would be hard pressed to find another musician in their 20s seamlessly switching from international music to jazz and from rock to bluegrass so comfortably.

Luquette also studied Brazilian jazz with Seattle-based musician Jovino Santos Neto, a music legend from Brazil. Luquette’s musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns toward for inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalism is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki.

Luquette was a founding member of Seattle band Northern Departure, and has found himself performing onstage with the likes of Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, along with Yogi and The Yogini’s.

Dumas grew up in Brier, Washington, and was introduced to the world of bluegrass at a young age by his dobro-playing grandfather. Often listening to his grandfather’s country gospel band rehearse, Dumas was so inspired by the fiddle player that he started learning to play the violin in his school orchestra class at 12. He soon began taking private fiddle lessons and joined the family band, The Three Generations, with his grandfather, mother and aunt.

After learning to play mandolin, guitar, and banjo and singing lead and harmony vocals, Dumas became a cofounder of the popular Northwest-based bluegrass band Northern Departure. He soon became known as a highly respected mandolin player and singer in the region and cofounded another popular and nationally touring bluegrass band called North Country Bluegrass.

In 2015, Dumas relocated to become the new mandolin player for the band Special Consensus. He made his recording debut with Special Consensus on the 2016 Compass Records band release, “Long I Ride,” which received the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award for the tune “Fireball.”

Dumas also appeared on the 2018 Compass Records band release “Rivers And Roads” that won two IBMA awards — one for Album of the Year — along with a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

Knapp is from modern bluegrass and dance string-band The Warren G. Hardings, playing with energy and original music. The Warren G. Hardings have been a fixture at regional festivals, including Northwest String Summit, North Cascades Bluegrass, Steamboat Stringband Jamboree, Bluegrass from the Forest, Sacajawea Bluegrass, Bridgetown Bluegrass, and the Wintergrass International Music Festival.

The concert series is put on by Rainshadow Recording, and series sponsors are Strait Floors and KPTZ.

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