Looking Ahead To The Big Summer Festivals
Northern California Bluegrass Society Members are looking forward to the season of big summer bluegrass (and closely-related music) festivals. Big Crowds and Big Name Talent will abound. Here are festivals (and the 3 top bluegrass performers, of many) that are of greatest interest to Northern California bluegrass fans. Please join us!
May 26-30 — Strawberry Spring Music Festival, Camp Mather, Yosemite. Tim O’Brien Band, Courtyard Hounds, Sam Bush Band.
June 3-4 — Bluegrass For The Greenbelt, Greenbelt Alliance, Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate Park, Oakland (New NCBS-hosted campout on Friday evening). Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Kathy Kallick Band.
June 16-19 — CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Travelin’ McCourys, Dale Ann Bradley.
June 17-19 — Huck Finn’s Jubilee, Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville. Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull.
June 16-19 — Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Elks Park, Telluride, CO. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Yonder Mountain String Band, Peter Rowan Band. SOLD OUT.
June 17-19 — Live Oak Music Festival, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara. Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Cache Valley Drifters, Little Black Train.
June 23-25 — River Of Music Party, International Bluegrass Music Museum, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY. Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Emmylou Harris.
June 30-July 3 — High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy. Travelin’ McCourys, Gillian Welch, The Infamous Stringdusters.
July 29-31 — Rockygrass Festival, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO. Hot Rize, Del McCoury Band, Davd Grisman Bluegrass Experience.
August 19-21 — Summergrass Festival, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista. The Grascals, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Loafer’s Glory.
September 1-5 — Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Camp Mather, Yosemite. David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Marley’s Ghost, Dan Crary & Thunderation.
September 2-4 — Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO. The Infamous Stringdusters, The Punch Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow.
Update: Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers will appear on the live radio broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” on June 4 and will be replaced by another band at Bluegrass For The Greenbelt.