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Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA)

WAMA Events and Announcements


COVID-19 Update for Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA)

2020 Winlock Pickersfest Canceled

With COVID-19 still not under control and with all of the risks and uncertainties currently associated with this virus, the WAMA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to cancel 2020 Winlock Pickersfest. We apologize for any hardships or inconveniences this decision creates for anyone. Rest assured this was not an easy decision for us to make. But we feel under present circumstances this is the best course of action for us to take.

Please continue to be safe and check our website frequently for updates and WAMA news.

Yours Truly,

WAMA Board of Directors


Marv practicing with safe distancing


Marv practicing with safe distancing.

Are you looking for something to do during these times of "Stay-at-Home" orders in Washington State or any other state?

Marv put together a video and a PDF download with tabs for Guitar and Mandolin for those that would like to play "Dill Pickle Rag". Hope you enjoy it.

Also, we still have the tunes that we were going to play at the March Slow Jam available on our Slow Jam Page. There you will find PDF files for some of those tunes, as well as an MP3 file of "Devil's Dream". Check them out and have fun practicing.

If you haven't downloaded the latest WAMA chord pamphlet, now would be a good time to do that.

"Dill Pickle Rag" in G   (Download PDF)

April, 2020 - Marv playing "Dill Pickle Rag"

WAMA Events Through August

The growing concerns regarding the Corona Virus and its rapid spread into our area suggest that the risks of having a WAMA event at this time are just too great. We realize this news is very disappointing and might be an inconvenience to many of you. We sincerely apologize.

Please NOTE:
Any and all future WAMA scheduled events or activities are subject to sudden change or cancellation as the coronavirus situation evolves. Keep checking this page for information on our events.

We wish you all good health and hope to see you when gathering and making music together is once again safe.


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Be sure to check the WAMA Events Calendar so you can make your plans now!

If you have an event to announce or update, please click the following link to


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WAMA Slow Jam
for April and May


WAMA Pickers at the Hope Grange


With the current State guidelines regarding the Corona Virus and social distancing, WAMA has now canceled the April and May WAMA Slow Jams. Please keep checking this website for information on upcoming scheduled WAMA Slow Jams.

Our next Slow Jam is tentatively scheduled for:

October 10, 2020

Please Note:  A newly updated WAMA Chord Pamphlet is available.

(Last Updated on Jan 10, 2020)

Click here for more information and directions.


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Oakview Jam
for April


Join us at Oakview Jam

With the current State guidelines regarding the Corona Virus and social distancing, WAMA has canceled the March and April Oakview Jams. Please keep checking this website for information on upcoming WAMA Events.

The next Oakview Jam is tentatively scheduled for:

October 16, 2020

Click here for more information and directions.



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20th Annual Winlock Pickersfest

July 31st thru August 2nd, 2020

Please visit the website for the 2020 Winlock Pickersfest

Greetings Music Fans! Winlock Pickersfest for July 31st thru August 2nd, 2020 at Winolequa Park has been canceled.

Pickersfest 2020!

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Winlock Pickersfest encompasses a wide variety of Acoustic Music Genres. If your band is interested in being considered for our fun filled 2021 festival, click here to see how to submit your band.

The Winlock Pickersfest is a labor of love created by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA). We host events throughout the year, so we hope you'll check this site often.

Please consider joining this wonderful group.

Contact WAMA for more information


Click here to Submit your Band for our 2021 Winlock Pickersfest


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John Standefer



Guitar Workshop

Rescheduled for

October 24, 2020

Hope Grange, Winlock, WA

Since this concert is pending, please keep checking our website for more information.


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Wintergrass 2021 Covid-19 Update

Wintergrass 2021 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 concerns

As a sponsor of Wintergrass, WAMA is looking forward to continuing our support for Wintergrass 2022. We are now making plans to host the 2022 WAMA Wintergrass Hospitality Suite.

Please keep checking the Wintergrass website.
Plans are in the works for some special online events between now and 2022.

8th Annual

2022 WAMA Wintergrass Hospitality Suite

Suite 355

Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA

February 2022

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If you’re going to the 2022 Wintergrass Music Festival, be sure to come to Suite 355 at the Hyatt Regency and visit with us, see some terrific Showcase Bands, and participate in some incredible jams.

Click HERE to learn more about our WAMA Hospitality Suite.

Check Our Current Showcase Band and Jam Schedule.
(available in January, 2022)
We're still in the process of updating the information on our Wintergrass Suite page, so check back often.

** WAMA is proud to be a Wintergrass sponsor **


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We use the WAMA Hospitality Suite to let people know who we are and what we do. With our showcase bands, workshops, and jams, we promote WAMA and American Acoustic Music in many ways. One of our main purposes includes being a supportive sponsor for Wintergrass. Another is to involve as many members and acoustic music fans as we can to enjoy this fantastic festival with us.

If you're NOT a member of WAMA, we hope you will consider JOINING WAMA and helping us fulfill our mission.


Admission to the WAMA Suite is FREE!!



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Our presence at Wintergrass is intended to increase awareness regarding our association, and as a non-profit organization, we are NOT charging admission. However, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and refreshments are available in the suite for a small donation. We will also be selling WAMA and Pickersfest T-Shirts, WAMA Pick Cards, and WAMA Stickers as fund raisers.

Please donate to our WAMA Wintergrass Suite fund to help us reach our goal for 2022. For Donations of $25 or more, a person (or family), a business, or a band will be recognized as a WAMA Wintergrass Hospitality Suite Sponsor. Just click on the button to the left to find out more about donating for this fun and worthwhile WAMA event.

All donations for our 2021 Suite will be carried over to 2022, and will continue to be shown on our donation thermometer.

WAMA is extremely grateful to all of those who have already so graciously donated to our Wintergrass Suite Project for 2021, and now 2022. To view the list of those who have contributed $25.00 or more, click here for SPONSORS list.


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WAMA in the News!!

From      Lewis Talk Logo


"World Class Music with Washington Acoustic Music Association"

By Krysta Carper

"Did you know you can hear and even play with world-class acoustic musicians right here in Lewis County? The Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA) brings musical guests such as David Grier, ..."    Read More


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WAMA Website Feedback

WAMA is an organization that supports all genres of American Acoustic Music. Since WAMA's top priorities include involving youth and helping people of all ages find their inner musician and creative spark, it was fantastic to receive this type of feedback from some of our young website visitors:


To the WAMA Board of Directors

"As a music instructor out here in Vermont, I'm sending the Washington Acoustic Music Association a thank you email in regards to your links page!

I've been putting together some lesson plans for my music classes - I'm currently educating the group all about the history bluegrass and old time music, including the instruments used... which sadly, is foreign to most of them! Your page led me to some great sites to check out! Thank you!

I've had a few of my students helping me, and they showed me this fantastic fiddle guide! I thought it was perfect to share! This is it...

Musical Playgrounds: All About Fiddling

Can you include a link to it on your page? ...

I would LOVE to show the kids that their contribution is helping other musicians outside of our group. I just know they'd get a kick out of it :)

Let me know - ..., if you get a chance to include it... (But I know life can be busy, so if not, whenever you get a chance to is great!)

Thanks for keeping the love of music alive!

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"I just wanted to quickly say thank you! I'm a youth services librarian running a fun bluegrass and country music history class for 7-13 year olds, and I thought you all might enjoy hearing that we were able to get some great use out of your association's links list. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project. Thanks so much for sharing!

One of our youngest, Annie has also asked me if I could share the article where she initially became interested in country music with you all, "From Austin to Tennessee: The History of Country Music" - I've listed it below if you'd like to review!

Initially I was a little hesitant to reach out, but I thought this could actually be a really fun addition for any other young aspiring musicians coming across your information, like Annie! I wondered if you wouldn't mind adding this one to your list? I find a little encouragement goes a long way, and would love to show Annie and the rest of the library group if you do choose to include it! wamamusic.com/links.html

Thanks so much,

"From Austin to Tennessee: The History of Country Music".



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