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To our Winthrop Festival Family:
After careful consideration, and with a heavy heart, Winthrop Music Association has cancelled this year’s Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, scheduled July 16-18, 2021. This was a very difficult decision, but we must put the health and safety of everyone first. Though the vaccines are rolling out and infection rates are generally declining, much uncertainty remains about how the pandemic will play out over the spring and summer months, and what sort of outdoor events will be possible by mid-July. This made moving ahead with our event untenable. It takes many months of planning and preparation to pull off the wonderful festival you have come to know and love, and creating that experience isn’t feasible with so little time, and much uncertainty remaining. The safety of our community — our artists and volunteers, vendors, suppliers, and all of you — is most important.
We are, however, making plans to offer a ‘Virtual’ festival experience again this year. We will also continue offering musical experiences through our “Winthrop R&B Presents” series. To date we have presented Greyhounds, Rolling Blackouts, Ida Mae, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, MarchFourth, Lady A & the Baby Blues Funk Band, Taj Mahal, Jon Cleary & Ivan Neville, Blind Boys of Alabama with some wonderful surprises still coming! Please stay tuned for our announcements.
We can’t wait to celebrate our love of music and community in person with you again at the Blues Ranch on the Methow next year: July 15-17, 2022.
December 2020
Hope you are keeping body and soul together during this challenging time. We’d normally now be launching our ‘holiday pre-sale’ on tickets and camping for next year’s festival. But for all the obvious reasons we are holding off on that for the time being. Rest assured, though, we DO plan to present some version of Winthrop R&B Festival at the Blues Ranch in 2021, though what that looks like will largely depend on how the pandemic plays out, how vaccines roll out, and how the infection curve is moving in coming months. We are intently investigating various scenarios that would enable us to bring the blues back safely to the Methow Valley, and hope to gather with you next summer at the Blues Ranch. When we are ready to roll we will offer an ‘early bird’ special for a limited time as we have in the past. We’ll keep you posted!

April 2020

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival rescheduled to 2021

After careful consideration, and with a heavy heart, Winthrop Music Association cancelled the 33rd Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival scheduled July 17-19, 2020. This was  a very difficult decision but we had put the health and safety of everyone first, and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic made planning untenable.

When we cancelled the 2020 Winthrop R&B Festival, we offered our ticket buyers two options — a full refund, or the opportunity to donate all or part of their ticket purchase to the Festival.  The response was overwhelmingly generous, not that we are surprised! Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival has weathered many hardships over its 33 years—wicked winds, raging wildfires— and some of those challenges nearly sank the event. But thanks to our attendees and our dedicated Winthrop team and partners, the Festival not only survived, but grew stronger, became financially sustainable, and thrived as the largest and longest-running blues festival in Washington.

Our deepest gratitude to all who donated. Because of YOU we were able to provide ‘blues stimulus’ grants to all artists booked this year as well as provide funding to The Cove Food Bank.  YOU ARE AMAZING!

Ticket donations were placed in a fund to support the musicians scheduled to play this year, as well as to assist the Methow Valley community including our local food bank, The Cove. “The impact of the unfolding pandemic on blues artists as well as on members of our community has been enormous,” says WMA board president, Rick Northcott. “Winthrop Music Association will continue to do what we can to help support the Methow Valley and our music community.”

“Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival has weathered many hardships over its 33 years —wicked winds, raging wildfires— and some came close to sinking the event,” continues Northcott. “But thanks to our festival attendees and to our dedicated Winthrop team and partners, we’ve been able to not only survive these challenges, but have grown strong, become financially sustainable, and thrived as the largest and longest-running blues festival in Washington.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support and faith of our fans,” adds festival director, Erika Olsen. “We urge you to stay healthy and safe in these times, and to look for ways to best help one another and care for your loved ones, friends, and community. We’re counting on emerging from this with an even better sense of what matters, and we will be back – July 16-18, 2021. We can’t wait to celebrate our love of music and community with you again at the Blues Ranch on the Methow.”

Winthrop Music Association (WMA) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization formed in 2005 to ensure the continued success of the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. WMA strives to promote arts and cultural activities in the Methow Valley and beyond. WMA is a proud supporter of The Cove Food Bank, Methow Valley School District Music Program, Methow Arts, Methow Valley Theater, Room One, Washington Blues Society Musician Relief Fund, Inland Empire Blues Society, Cascade Blues Association, Methow Valley AAU Basketball Booster, Tommy Zbyszewski Methow Valley Education Foundation scholarship and many others.

Thank you to all who donated to our blues stimulus grant for our 2020 artists:

Lise Alkire
Jeffrey Altaras
Kimberly Ames
Micheal Anderson
Shelley Anderson
Rooney Anensen
Clay Ashford
Kathy Askew
Jennifer R Austin
Steve Autio
Rod Baty
Danny Bays
Ken Bell
Nancy Benavides
Dan Bentley
Susan Best
Marie Black
Paul Blum
Steve Bockelie
Amy Boles
Kent Bradford
Laurie Brown
Marv & Fran Buchanan
Melanie Burns
Donald Buss
Gregg Casey
Ray Cawston
Stacy Chilberg
Judy Connors
Joetta Cook
Robert Corcoran
Diane Crates
Jacqui Curtiss
Linda Dahmen
Heather Dean
Dave Degel
Robert Detamore
Vic Dodt
Nancy Drake

Michael Dunn
Michelle Duvall
Ted East
Kevin Erickson
Rebecca Esvelt
Wendy Fekkers
Jeffrey Feld
Jeff Ferrell
James Fitzpatrick
Steve Fowler
Susan Fowles
Kevin Fox
Nancy J Fox
Elizabeth Gage
Kristine Gensburg
Kristi George
Shannon Gibson
Tracy Ginther
John Goodman
Andre Gouws
Margaret Grant
Jennifer Hagander-luanava
David Hammon
Ramona Hardwick
Timothy Harmon
Tina Hart
Cheryl Haugland
Teresa Hayden
Gayle Hellriegel
Kathryn Hendry
Carlee Hieb
Glenn Hladek
Tamara Hood
Rozalia Horvath
Steven Hugh
Doug Hunter
James Jernberg
Pam Jordan
Michelle Juette
Wally Kaufer

Helen Keegan
Jeff Kirksey
Richard Koopmans
Terry Kottwitz
Frank Lafayette
Kevin Larson
Kelly Last
Bob Lewis
Luke Lilienthal
Myers Lindsay
Byron Lippincott
Alastair Lockett
Robert Lowry
Timothy Lukens
Rebecca Maguire
John D Marshall
Adrienne Mccann
Janice Mcclure
Jeff Mcelhinney
Susan Mcleod
Wendy Mee
Gary Meigs
Craig Meyers
Sabrina Mirante
Bonnie Misner
Bryan Mize
Jesse Mohrland
Michelle Molan
Jane Molinari
Nick Moriniti
Glen Morris
Erin Moynihan
Tyrelle Nippert
Tim Olstad
Carl Onyewu
Lynn Osborn
Kathleen Osler
Jacqueline Osthus
Rob Oswald
Jerome Otis

Patricia Parkhurst
Marlene Peterson
David Pischer
Patti Pritchard
Wayne Puryear
Earl Ramseth
Charles Raynes
John Reinders
Gary Riddle
Diane Roberts
Brian Robertson
Sandie Ross
Lawrence Runnberg
Gregory Ruziska
Rebecca Schaaf
David Schlotman
Donna Schoonover
Brian Schraeder
Wendy Schumer
Steve Scott
Sally Sharp
Tom Sheridan
Joanne Socci
Carlton Steger
Brienne Stewart
Laura Stocker
Dianne Stockwell
Donald Stodola
Debra Tainer
Earl Tarble
Robert Townsend
Philip Van Seeters
Nicholas Walsh
Joseph Walters
Forrest Waters
Michael Wilcock
Martin Wilder
Deanna Wildes
Clyde Wilhelm
Glenn Wilson

Ticket Information

Friday night Beer Garden show included with Festival Weekend Pass

  • Only 2,500 tickets available!
  • Children 12 and under are free with  paid accompanying adult.
  • For information on camping please visit our CAMPING information page.
  • Tickets and On-Site camping are sold by TICKET TOMATO
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  1. All sales are final; there are no cancellations, refunds, or credits.
  2. Tickets/Wristbands are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
  3. We are not responsible for lost or stolen Tickets/Wristbands.
  4. All prices listed are “per person”.
  5. You must wear your admission wristband for the duration of the festival. Wristband(s) are non-transferable.
  6. All customers purchasing a ticket to the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival agree to the festival guidelines (found here and under Event Info).
  7. Artists and times are subject to change without notice; the festival is rain or shine.

Winthrop Music Association/Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival respects and is committed to protecting your privacy. Although personally identifiable information is collected when you visit Ticket Tomato’s site and purchase a ticket, the information is solely for the purpose of being able to bill and process ticket orders as well communicate about the festival. Ticket Tomato adheres to the guidelines of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

By entering the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed or videotaped, and you authorize the promoter the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to take use your likeness, image, photo without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium.

Winthrop Music Association and Ticket Tomato are not responsible for LOST or STOLEN tickets. Our official policy states that there will be NO REFUNDS for tickets. All sales are final. There will be no reissues for lost or stolen tickets. The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival will take place rain or shine, and artists and times are subject to change without notice.

These circumstances will not be grounds for a refund, including but not limited to the following: local or national weather conditions and natural disasters, waiting in lines, road closures or traffic issues. 

A ticket is for the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, not a specific artist. Artists and schedules are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for a refund.

Promoters, Venue owners, Security and Event Staff have the right to refuse entry to any ticket holder, without a refund, for any reason at their discretion, including but not limited to: disorderly behavior, intoxication, venue capacity, breach of security restrictions.


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