Looking Ahead To The September 2015 Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

NCBS/CBA FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

A nice run of September bluegrass & beyond festivals is almost upon us in Northern California. Here are next month’s listings.

Sadly, an old favorite stop, the quarter-century-old venue at Plymouth is gone from the schedule, but revived gatherings at McCloud & Sanger are here to entertain us this fall.

Meanwhile, the newest Northern California Bluegrass Society event — The Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival — is FREE & conveniently located in Pacifica. We hope to see you at this joint gathering with the CBA on Sunday, September 20!

The Strawberry Music Festival has a new home at Westside, Tuolumne! The Lodi Lake festival has tweaked the format to a broader “Americana” genre, while the world’s largest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, comes to us in early October. Of course, the big IBMA World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC is still the greatest bluegrass show on earth.

Westside, Tuolumne -- New home of the Strawberry Music Festival

Westside, Tuolumne -- New home of the Strawberry Music Festival

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival

SEPTEMBER

August 31-September 7 – Burning Man Festival, (BanjerDan & Andy Owens — the only bluegrass we know of!) Black Rock City, NV.

3-7 — Strawberry Music Festival, Westside, Tuolumne.

4-6 — Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

4-7 — San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

5 – Front Porch Music Festival, Wente Vineyards, Livermore.

berkeley-old-time-music-stageamericana-music-at-the-lake-poster-20155-6 – Santa Cruz Mountains Art, Wine, & Music Festival, Garrahan Park, Boulder Creek.

11-12 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.

12 – Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.

12 — Americana Music At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi. (CANCELED)

13 — King’s River Bluegrass Festival, The Grove, Sanger.

fiddletown-historic-marker16-20 – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.

18-20 – Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.

18-20 – Unity Festival, Russian River, Guerneville.

18-20 — Pickin’ In The Pines, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ.

plumas-eureka-state-park-sign18-21 – American River Music Festival, various venues, Coloma.

19 – Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.

american-river-music-festival-logo-1520 — Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS/CBA welcomed)

24-27 – Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

26 – Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest, Gazebo Park, Columbia.

26 – El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito.

September 29-October 3 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

And…coming up October 2-4 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Pickin' In The Pines

Pickin' In The Pines

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