The First Annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp

This brief post and photos are a contribution from Japanese bluegrass artist Kaz Inaba. He wrote to share news about his festival, The Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp. To American ears, that would sound like a workshop weekend, but KazCamp was a music fest.

I’d like to let you know that The First Annual Kazuhiro Inaba Bluegrass Camp was held successfully on May 19 – 20, 2012.

The Camp was held in the beautiful mountain in Mino, Osaka, and the concert was held in the building.

There have been 10 or 15 bluegrass festivals in Japan, but there was no festival under someone’s name. I never dreamed that I would ever hold my own festival. However, with the help of volunteers and friends, it happened.

We had more 25 bluegrass bands from Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, and Tokyo. The Bluegrass Ramble, All That Grass, Backwoods Mountaineers, Kind Of Blue, bluegrass bands from Kobe University, and more. The college students played wonderful ensemble and they put young power into the event.

We are already looking forward to KazCamp 2013!

I hope Bluegrass Today readers might be interested in bluegrass activities overseas.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Cindy Baucom

    Congratulations to Kaz! Terry and I had the opportunity to be on stage with Kaz in April while we were in Japan, along with Rickie Simpkins, Don Rigsby and Maro Kawabata. Kaz is an incredibly gifted singer. In fact, I have one of his songs on this week’s “Knee-Deep In Bluegrass” show. Great work, Kaz, offering this opportunity to musicians in Japan and fostering their passion for the music!