This year Rotterdam Bluegrass festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. What started back in 2009 as a small gathering has grown into one of the foremost celebrations of bluegrass, roots and country music in Europe. Hosting esteemed international bluegrass artists such as Tony Trischka, Sierra Hull, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and Hackensaw Boys, Rotterdam Bluegrass has grown to accommodate from 250 visitors to 16.000 fans from all over the world.
The Rotterdam Bluegrass festival 2020 which takes place on June 26th, 27th and 28th, 2020 has announced the first two headliners. Whiskey Shivers will headline Friday the 26th. Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley will headline Saturday 27th and they will also be giving a workshop dobro & guitar on Sunday the 28th. Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley at the Rotterdam Bluegrass festival is their only show in The Netherlands.
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (US)
Some things are just meant to be. This unique collaboration between two very gifted musicians is just that. Get ready for 15-time ‘IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year’, Rob Ickes. He’s here with stalwart associate Trey Hensley, a Tennessee-born guitar prodigy who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 11. Known for their white-hot picking, stone-cold country vocals and world class musicianship, Ickes and Hensley melt together blues, bluegrass, country, rock and string band music of all kinds to form a signature blend of music that defies restrictions of a genre.
Whiskey Shivers (US)
A diverse group of masterfully talented musicians, standing out like a sore thumb from the traditional roots motley crew, Whiskey Shivers made a name for themselves with a genre-bending sound the Washington Post called "apocalyptic Americana" and NPR described as "frenetic bluegrass" with a "punk spirit.
Photo Credits: (1) Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, (2) Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (unknown/website); (3) Chance McCoy, (4) The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, (5) Old Time Hayride, (6) The Po' Ramblin' Boys, (7) Stereo Naked, (8) Tami Neilson, (9) Jerron Blind Boy Paxton, (10) Cousin Hatfield, (11) Slack Bird (by Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival).