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Seeking Bluegrass in LA, Ed Helms & Amy Reitnouer Jacobs Made a Scene With BGS
BGS10Feb 21, 2022

It was late 2016 when the world first learned of North Carolina's HB2 - the "bathroom bill" - prohibiting trans folk from using bathrooms and locker rooms that aligned with their gender identity. The International Bluegrass Music Association was having its conference in Raleigh that autumn, and we at BGS were feeling restless about wanting…

Seeking Bluegrass in LA, Ed Helms & Amy Reitnouer Jacobs Made a Scene With BGS
BGS10Feb 11, 2022

It was 2010 when the true origins of "The Sitch" first materialized.  For five days in May, BGS founder Ed Helms congregated a lauded lineup of roots artists at the storied Largo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.  That first annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival included the likes of Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon…

Seeking Bluegrass in LA, Ed Helms & Amy Reitnouer Jacobs Made a Scene With BGS
BGS10Jan 28, 2022

One of the first-ever viral moments on BGS was a special behind-the-scenes Soundcheck video featuring Sam Bush and Del McCoury from their 2012 duo tour, "Sam and Del." In it, the two legends prepare for the first night on the road at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, warming up both their instruments and their familial-like banter…

Seeking Bluegrass in LA, Ed Helms & Amy Reitnouer Jacobs Made a Scene With BGS
BGS10Jan 14, 2022

On the morning of April 22, 2012, the original iteration of TheBluegrassSituation.com went live. That first website was a little more basic than the version you see today -- just a few articles, local show listings, photos and videos, and a page for the LA Bluegrass Situation festival. The site proudly featured our first logo…

Seeking Bluegrass in LA, Ed Helms & Amy Reitnouer Jacobs Made a Scene With BGS
BGS10Jan 7, 2022

It's hard to believe that the better part of a decade has passed since the original BGS website went live. That humble iteration was the brainchild of myself and Ed Helms back in 2012, when we merged our two passion projects - Ed's LA Bluegrass Situation festival at the city's famed Largo at the Coronet…