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Welcome to our first Trash Moon Collective Community Newsletter! I have a few announcements and fun events to share, be sure to read below!



 We are creating a free Trash Moon Collective: Tub Sessions Series and want YOUR band to apply! We are partnering with our friends at Wonderstone Films to record a handful of local bands throughout the summer in the same funky pink tub as the video above.

We want to showcase and uplift our local roots, bluegrass, old time, and swing talent to our community and beyond and would love for you to apply. In order to be considered for this series, you must fill out the entire (short, mind you) application linked below. If you have any questions, email or follow the link for more information.

All Applications are due WED JUNE 26TH



Cosmic Hootenanny II

Our next Hootenanny Fundraiser at the Commonwealth Room is going to be Friday, September 6th! Tickets are not on sale yet, but we are starting to get the word out!


If you missed out, last February we threw the biggest party for our dear friend Megan Nay and we want to keep the spirit of that heartwarming, chaotic, community uplifting event alive by doing a Hootenanny once or twice a year. These shows will be opportunities to come together in the most righteous of ways and for us to put together an over-the-top theatrical and musical performance that includes a large swath of our community and helps support our organization.


And on that note ...


One of the secrets of our Hootenanny 2 is that there will be a BANJO ORCHESTRA. Inspired by playing in a banjo orchestra at Bela Fleck's Banjo Camp, I am looking for 30-50 players to perform 2 songs on stage at the Commonwealth Room. Each song will have multiple parts and will be accessible for higher level beginners and intermediate players who can read tab. Tabs will be sent out in the next few weeks for all interested players.


Local professional players and their students are welcome to join. Please fill out the short form below with your information if you'd like to take part and spread the word! 


David's Album Release Show!

Our dear Bass Doctor released an Album last week HERE. It's an incredible testament to his voice as an arranger, composer, person, and musician and I encourage you all to take a listen.


We're throwing a Listening Party for the album and you are invited!


When : Friday June 21st, 7-9pm

Where : Chris Gleason's House, 910 W 200 S, SLC

$25 suggested donation

Hard copies of the album will be available


There will be light snacks, refreshments, and a cozy setting for listening to music and hearing David's process for creating this album. You will not want to miss out on the music and all the nerdy tidbits inside this momentous album of classical, jazz, and folk inspiration.


Please RSVP to the event as space is limited. All are welcome to join!



We have a Spotify Playlist and Spreadsheet with most common Bluegrass tunes played in town. If you're looking to shred with our community, start with the tunes below!

We also have a Spotify playlist with the tunes from our Fiddle Tunes V1 Book, along with a Strum Machine Playlist built by Dylan Schorer. Strum Machine is a great app onto use on your phone for backing tracks. It's really affordable and honestly I use it all the time when learning new tunes. It's not as great as a buddy, but it's much more fun than a metronome!

(Note, the TUNE OF THE WEEK will be posted in the Hot House West & Trash Moon Collective Weekly Event Newsletter, not this Trash Moon Collective Community Newsletter. The Trash Moon Collective Community Newsletter will only go out about every other week, whereas the Event Newsletter will be sent weekly and include all events related to Hot House West)


Thank you for hanging out with us in our new Trash Moon Collective Community Newsletter! Trash Moon Collective is an program of Hot House West committed to fostering and nurturing Salt Lake City's blossoming acoustic music scene. Run entirely by volunteers who share a passion for music, we believe in the value of making acoustic music accessible to all. From bluegrass to old-time and swing, acoustic music has the power to unite people and provide opportunities for connection, learning, and joy.


If you’ve ever wanted to dust off the ol’ banjo, meet new pickers, or even just find more live acoustic music, follow us, spread the word, and join our Trash Moon Community! We hope to see you soon!



Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create experiences of connectedness, learning, and joy through the language of acoustic music.


Our Vision

We envision Salt Lake City as a hub for world class acoustic music. We accomplish this by building a healthy community-oriented ecosystem that’s accessible for all.

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