San Francisco Bay Area, California
Lead by: Jessica Furui and Yennie Brecheisen, Handsome Ladies Board Memebers
The Handsome Ladies was born out of the San Francisco bluegrass scene, which is steeped in tradition and where an abundance of talented pickers call home. We're talking Gold Country Bluegrass, people. We've got two fathers here, Bill Monroe and Vern Williams.
Visiting San Francisco? Make sure to check out our Bay Area events and make a stop at Bluegrass Monday at Amnesia in the Mission District. You can find bluegrass almost any night in the Bay Area, check out The Hipster Hoedown for the most extensive event calendar, which is run by the California Bluegrass Association's Bay Area Vice President.
Lead by: Cindy Thames, Handsome Ladies Ambassador
The Boston chapter launched early in 2018 and is off and running after the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. We hope to do some shake and howdy and jamming in the festival season and finish up the year with a workshop at JamVember. Check out our events calendar for upcoming jams.
The Handsome Ladies Nashville chapter formed in 2017 when original board member Michelle Haft moved from the Bay Area to Nashville. The local Nashville chapter is based in East Nashville and prides itself on residing in the heartland of country music, home to the original Grand Ole Opry, and surrounded by a network of top notch professional bluegrass pickers. With an impressive level of local talent that can often be intimidating, we strive to provide a welcoming, low-pressure environment for beginner-to-advanced players. Whether you’re a working professional or just getting started in bluegrass, we hope to see you at our next jam or event!
Lead by: Christine Weinmeister and Linda Leavitt, Handsome Ladies Ambassadors
Portland has hit the ground running! More info coming soon.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Lead by: Vickie Posey and Lee Posey Pike, Handsome Ladies Ambassadors
Hey Y'all. We’re starting a Handsome Ladies chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina, current home to the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual conference and festival. Our state is the birthplace of Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and more recently Rhiannon Giddens, who gave a heck of a keynote address for IBMA last year. North Carolina is also home to Merlefest! We are excited to be a part of Handsome Ladies and to support women in bluegrass. We’re planning the first jam in summer 2018 but will be spreading the word at Strong Women = Strong Coffee, an event benefitting the International Women's Coffee Alliance at Larry's Coffee on May 17.
Lead by: Gina Astesana, Handsome Ladies Board Memeber
The Handsome Ladies Seattle chapter has been in the works since Summer 2017, when co-founder, Gina Astesana made her way to Seattle from San Francisco. In continuing with our mission and values, the Seattle chapter is working hard to spread the bluegrass word throughout the Pacific Northwest. With the help of The Seattle Ladies Jam, a local contingent of lady pickers, there is never a shortage of jams to attend. Keep your eye out for local Handsome Ladies workshops, showcases, and of course monthly jams where we work to uphold the tradition of bluegrass and light the way for musicians of any level to find a safe and inspiring place to pick.
Have you been to the Darrington Bluegrass Festival? What about Wintergrass? Add them to your list! Let’s Pick!