The other day I discovered my dream festival. The L.A. Bluegrass Situation. This name probably means nothing to you right now, but I believe that it’ll become one of the hippest bluegrass gatherings in America in the next couple of years.
This is the brainchild of the one and only Ed Helms of The Office (Andy Bernard). The man has been a big fan of bluegrass for some time now. He can often be seen with a banjo in hand on The Office. He and bluegrass proprietor, Mark Flanagan, came together and decided they were going to bring bluegrass to Los Angeles.
The two of them then traveled to Telluride, Colorado, an area known for the bluegrass scene. They attended a couple of festivals and came home with the starting ideas for the Situation.
The lineup has included such bluegrass phenoms as The Punch Brothers, The Watkins Family, Steve Martin and the Steep Cayon Rangers, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and many more. They have been joined on stage by many of Helms’ comedian friends such as Paul Scheer, John C. Reilly (if you don’t believe his talent watch Walk Hard), Will Arnett, Sarah Silverman, and of course Ed Helms himself.
One of the nights includes The Whiskey Sour Radio Hour. Helms puts forth his comedic take on A Prarie Home Companion, Woodsongs, and other country radio programs. He does some comedy and invites musicians on stage to play a few tunes.
I hope to make the Hajj out to LA this Spring. The combination of bluegrass and comedy is too enticing!