The May 2014 Bluegrass Highlights In Northern California & Beyond

santa-cruz-bluegrass-fair-poster-rev-2014lyme-aid-benefit-poster-2014The sun will be shining on Northern California bluegrass shows this  month — time for a musical adventure with your friends! Big names, local folks – everybody is out playing music in May.

The Strawberry Music Festival, which usually appears in our May coverage, is in trouble and needs our help. Click for Updated Strawberry Information and How You Can Help.

On a happier note, NCBS/SCBS will start things off with our beloved Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, which is both FREE and FUN. That is just the beginning…these are the highlights in Northern California and beyond, but there are many, many more great shows. Enjoy!


1 – Ramblin’  Jack Elliott, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

1 — Sarah Jarosz, Marty O’Reilly — Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

atlasfront11 — Kentucky Twisters, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

1 — Michael Martin Murphy, Carson Valley Inn, Minden, NV.

Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan

1-3 — Bluegrass Jam & Campout, Elks Lodge, Hesperia.

2 – Sarah Jarosz — McNear’s Mystic Theatre, Petaluma.

2 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Boulder Creek Antigues & Art, Boulder Creek.

The Starlight Room, Sir Frances Drake Hotel

The Starlight Room, Sir Frances Drake Hotel

2 — American Nomad, The T Sisters, Sam’s Log Cabin, Albany.

3 – Fiddlestyx (Cactus Bob Cole, Chris Stevenson, Dave Cavanagh, Michael P. Kennedy), Jack Douglass Saloon, Columbia.

3 – NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, Bean Creek, The Naked Bootleggers, The Lampel Brothers With Jim Lewin, The Harmony Grits, Eddie Ducommun Band, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. FREE.

3 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, Mountain View (NCBS welcomed).

3 – Belle Monroe Bluegrass Trio, Kentucky Derby Party, Starlight Room, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco.

The Alhambra Valley Band

The Alhambra Valley Band

boulder-creek-antiques-fair-poster-143 — Alhambra Valley Band, Armando’s, Martinez.

3 — Earl Brothers, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.

3 — The ONS, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

3 — Marc Atkinson Trio, Odd Fellows Hall, Half Moon Bay.

3 — Nobody from Nashville, Uncle Jake & The Bluegrass Disciples, The Plough and Stars, San Francisco.

3 — Sarah Jarosz, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito.

4 — Sarah Elizabeth Campbell Memorial Birthday Party, Angelos Hall, Columbia.

3-4 – Ramona Bluegrass Festival & Old West Fest, Ramona Community Park, Ramona.

4 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association Jam & Workshops, Hoover School, San Jose.

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

4 – Harmony Grits, Jim Lewin Band, Lyme Aid Benefit, Ben Lomand.

4 – Mike & Ruthy, Music Near The Hearth House Concert, Sunnyvale.

4 — The Coffis Brothers, The Mountain Men, Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market, Felton.

4 — Marc Atkinson Trio, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

5 — The Shook Twins, Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant, Redding.

5 — Front Country, Amnesia, San Francisco.

5 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

5 — David Grisman Sextet, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

6 — Jayme Stone & The Other Side Of The Air, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

6 — Steep Canyon Rangers, The Rendezvous, Chico.

6 — Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice, Brooks Robertson & John Standefer, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

6 — The Shook Twins, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico.

7 — Jayme Stone & The Other Side Of The Air, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City.

7 — Steep Canyon Rangers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

7 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley.

7 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

7 — Bela Fleck & Abigail Washington, UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara.

8 — Small Town Therapy, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

8 — Steep Canyon Rangers, Carriage House Theater, Saratoga.

8 — Jayme Stone & The Other Side Of The Air, Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

8 — Robin & Linda Williams, Palms Playhouse, Winters.

8 — Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

8 — Rita Hosking Trio, Stray Birds, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

8-11 – Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Parkfield.

9 – Shepherd Canyon Band, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.

9 — Robin & Linda Williams, Oak Song Music Society, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

10 – Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

10 – Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, Dahlia Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

10 – Marc Atkinson Trio, The Woodshed, St. James Anglican Church, San Jose.

10 — Rita Hosking Trio, Stray Birds, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

10 — Poor Valley Band, Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

10 – Three Rivers Music Festival, Lions Arena, Three Rivers.

10-11 – Calico Ghost Town Bluegrass & Western Spring Festival, Calico Ghost Town Regional Park, Yermo.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

11 — Robin & Linda Williams, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

12 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

12 & 13 — Richard Thompson, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

hog-wild-bbq13 — Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Cascade Theater, Redding.

13 — The Abbott Family, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

14 — Natural Drift, Hog Wild BBQ, Placerville.

14 — Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, CSU-Humboldt, Arcata.

14 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

14 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

city-winery-napa-logo-bw14 & 15 — Richard Thompson, City Winery, Napa.

15 — Steep Ravine, Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley.

15 – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.


16 — Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, Point Richmond Acoustic Music Series, Richmond.

16 — Cryin’ Shame, Cypress Meadows, Moss Beach.

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

The Bearcat Stringband

The Bearcat Stringband

16 — The Earl Brothers, The New Thoreaus, Lester T. Raww, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

16 – McCoy Tyler Band, Steep Ravine, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

17 – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

17 – Supermule, Three Times Bad, The Naked Bootleggers, Slim’s, San Francisco.

Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

17 — Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

bmscc-logo18 — Front Country, Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

18 — The Bearcat Stringband, Pacific Coast Brewing Co., Oakland.

18 – Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.

18 — The Bee Eaters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

19 — Nickel Creek, The Secret Sisters, Fox Theatre, Oakland.

20 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

20 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Chelsea McBee

Chelsea McBee

21 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Carolyn Sills

Carolyn Sills

21 – Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

21-26 – Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.

22 — Chelsea McBee, Tupelo, San Francisco.

22 — Littlest Birds, Bayview Hotel, Aptos.



22 — Blackberry Bushes Stringband, (House Concert) bluegrass (at) shaunv (dot) com, Folsom.

22 — The Wakerobins, Miss Lonely Hearts, Calico, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

22-25 – Delfest,  Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.

22-26 — Hickstival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos.

Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis

Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis

23 – Grasskickers, Veterans Memorial Square Park, Clovis.

23 – Chelsea McBee, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

23 — Hot Club Of Cowtown, Front Country, Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Slim’s, San Francisco.

24 — Vintage Grass, Bluegrass & BBQ Stage Fund-Raising Concert, Sonoma.


Old Belle

Old Belle

24 — Chelsea McBee, The Littlest Birds, The Mountain Men, Old Belle, The Poor Valley Band, Prospect Theater, Modesto.

24 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

24 — Riverbend, Ludy’s BBQ, Woodland.

25 — Windy Hill, South Of Market Street Food Fair, 11th Street, San Francisco.

25 — Littlest Birds, Albany Taproom, Albany.

25 — Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin w/The Guilty Ones, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito.

25 — Chelsea McBee, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

26 – Savannah Blu (plus downtown parade and celebration activities), Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

26 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

27 — Windy Hill, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

28 – JimBo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

The Harkenbacks

The Harkenbacks

28 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

29 — Bangers & Grass, New Fangled Wasteland, Rusty Stringfield, Beauty Operators String Band, The Chapel, San Francisco.

29 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

30 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

31 — Run Boy Run, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael. (NCBS-welcomed)

31 — Savannah Blu, Walnut Creek Wine & Arts Fair, Walnut Creek.

31 — SuperModal, The Vivants, The Harkenbacks, The Starry Plough, Berkeley.

May 30-June 1 — BottleRock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa.

Merced River, Riverdance Farms

Enjoying the Merced River at Riverdance Farms

Redwood Mountain Faire

Redwood Mountain Faire

May 31-June 1 — Pick And Gather Festival, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

May 31-June 1 — Redwood Mountain Faire, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.


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