Looking Ahead To The Big Summer Festivals

grascals-color-2Northern 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!

cyh_coverMay 26-30Strawberry Spring Music Festival, Camp Mather, Yosemite. Tim O’Brien Band, Courtyard Hounds, Sam Bush Band.

June 3-4Bluegrass 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.

Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

June 16-19CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Travelin’ McCourys, Dale Ann Bradley.

June 17-19Huck Finn’s Jubilee, Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville. Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull.

June 16-19Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Elks Park, Telluride, CO. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Yonder Mountain String Band, Peter Rowan Band. SOLD OUT.

Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

June 17-19Live Oak Music Festival, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara. Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Cache Valley Drifters, Little Black Train.

June 23-25River 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 3High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy. Travelin’ McCourys, Gillian Welch, The Infamous Stringdusters.

July 29-31Rockygrass Festival, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO. Hot Rize, Del McCoury Band, Davd Grisman Bluegrass Experience.

August 19-21Summergrass Festival, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista. The Grascals, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Loafer’s Glory.

September 1-5Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Camp Mather, Yosemite. David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Marley’s Ghost, Dan Crary & Thunderation.

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

September 2-4Four 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.

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