Heading into its 51st year, the Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest is still the go-to place for burgeoning country and bluegrass musicians to show off their adeptness on the strings. Competitors range from as young as 8 years old to the 60-plus crowd (registration to compete has closed, by the way), and the panel of judges listen to each musician remotely, judging purely on the timing and tone of their playing styles. The finalists in each age category next move on to June’s nationals in Weiser, Idaho. Beyond the primary contest, Saturday night offers entertainment from the Nashville-based band Fireball Mail alongside fiddler Tyler Andal and mandolinist Isaac Eicher, all of whom have won major national bluegrass competitions.
Sat, April 27 and Sun, April 28, starting at 7 am • $20 for Fireball Mail tickets • Players & Spectators • 12828 E. Sprague • northwestregionals.com • 228-9030
— Nathan Weinbender