Wintergrass Music Festival

Annual bluegrass fest is a winter pick-me-up

Wintergrass gets two of the most important Northwest festival features taken care of right from the get-go: It’s indoors, and it’s free (well, at least the best parts are). It’ll also break you away from the monotony of everyday living: no indie rock or scholarly hip-hop on the Hill, but plenty of mandolin, banjo and Downtown Tacoma. The annual bluegrass party attracts pickers from around the country in search of a winter fix. Sure, there are “headliners,” like the youthful, poppy Duhks, and former Nickel Creeker Chris Thile, who once wrote a song about Jack Nicholson’s character in As Good As It Gets. But the main draw of this four-day affair is the jamming. Every corner, armchair, and elevator will be filled with amateurs and pros, playing side by side into the early morning. There’s no fee to jam or to wander around and hear how your neighborhood fiddlers sound. Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, 253-238-8000, $100/pass, $280/family pass, $15-$20 per show. Through Sun., Feb. 24. CHRIS KORNELIS

Feb. 21-24, 5 p.m., 2008

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