Win Tickets ($70): J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) @ The Old Church Concert Hall | “Some of the Best String Players in the World”

We are giving away a pair of tickets to J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) @ The Old Church Concert Hall on September 11. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed September 6.


From our sponsors:
J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)
September 11, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8-10PM | $25 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
More info:

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship. This is the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman) of the formative country rock group Desert Rose Band. After working as a freelance musician in Southern California, Jorgenson met Hillman and soon formed the Desert Rose Band. In 1990, Jorgenson went on to found the Hellecasters and toured with Elton John’s band for six years. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson’s guitar work. Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds. In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs.

Herb Pedersen was a member of legendary bluegrass band The Dillards as well as bluegrass super-group Old and In the Way. A sought-after singer and musician, he has worked with such music legends as Chris Hillman, Earl Scruggs, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne and John Denver.

Mark Fain toured and recorded as bass player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years. He’s toured and recorded with The Chicks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Krauss and Dolly Parton, as well as producing many artists in jazz, country, bluegrass and gospel genres.

Patrick Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist who has quickly made a name for himself in the world of bluegrass and old time music. Equally adept on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Sauber has toured with Peter Rowan and Laurie Lewis and appeared on screen in “The Mighty Wind.”

J2B2’s debut album, From The Crow’s Nest, was recorded in Sheryl Crow’s home barn studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was recently released as part of a John Jorgenson limited edition, 3-CD box set called DIVERTUOSO (Cleopatra Records), which has received vast critical acclaim. DIVERTUOSO includes three new distinct albums by Jorgenson: J2B2 – From The Crow’s Nest; John Jorgenson Quintet – Returning (gypsy jazz); and John Jorgenson – Gifts From The Flood(instrumental electric guitar).




  1. Joan Christensen on August 22, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Would love to get away and check out these blues brothers after dealing with the pandemic I would be happy to pay but more happy to win thank you

    • Pepper Varga on August 30, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      Love me some string band!

  2. Ruth Ann Barrett on August 23, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    My grandfather was an Irish Canadian fiddle player in the late 1800’s and my mom was a piano player specializing in boogie woogie. Me, I can’t sing a note or play a tune but I’m a great appreciator of Blue Grass music and have not heard any music in person except at the farmers market for these last couple of years of isolating madness.

  3. Richard Potts on August 23, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Would love to see world class bluegrass players!

  4. Carol L Trekas on August 23, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Best string players. Yes yes.

  5. Brittaney A on August 23, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    What a unique experience! Would love to be considered.

  6. Daniel on August 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been a fan of John Jorgenson since high school.

  7. SK on August 25, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Will there be dancing? Probably not but lots of foot tapping.

  8. Brad on August 25, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Mmmmhmmmm…gimmie that good ol’-low down-foot stompin-hootin and hollerin’ STRING MUSIC!

  9. Christine Skorjanc on August 25, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    This is such an awesome place for a live concert and this would a great concert in a beautiful location…great date night

  10. Melanie on August 25, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    i would loveeee to see this!

  11. Jamie Trullinger on August 27, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Everyone should want to enter to win these tickets! By far some of the best string players, hand down, dance shoes on!

  12. Amy Kort on August 30, 2022 at 1:41 pm


  13. Martin McCurdy on August 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Love Bluegrass!

  14. Laurie on August 30, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    All four of these guys are legends. Would love to listen to their music in person!

  15. Shirley on September 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Love bluegrass. I would appreciate tickets to this.

  16. steady1 on September 3, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    thanks for the chance!

  17. David Gonnella on September 5, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I love all the players involved! Gonna be great!

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