Bluegrass on Broadway

Bluegrass on Broadway brings bluegrass music to downtown Redwood City. In addition to live performances, it also includes a bluegrass film festival, and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Admission is free to all Bluegrass on Broadway events!


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NCBS Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson To Be Honored

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the FREE weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Penny Godlis of Santa Cruz is the key longtime organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, held since 1994 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. She is a bass player, guitarist, and banjoist who has performed with High Tide, The Birch Lake Ramblers, and her current band, Rogue River. She has served for most of the past two decades on the NCBS Board of Directors and the GOF Committee. She has also helped with other Society events and projects. Although she spent many years playing music in Southern California, she was drawn to Northern California by the Strawberry Music Festival and then became a mainstay of the NCBS.

Charlie Cran of Jamestown was one of the founders of the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival and has been the sole owner of Strawberry Music, Inc. since the early 1990s. Under his leadership, the renamed Strawberry Music Festival has been nationally-recognized as a prescient creative force in integrating bluegrass music into a broader, “big tent” environment that has led to widespread acceptance by legions of new fans while preserving vibrant performance opportunities for traditional bluegrass music. He most recently led the festival through the loss of its longtime beloved venue, Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, a near-crippling blow. The rejuvenated twice-yearly festival is now looking forward to a bright future.

Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson of La Grange led the host band Fiddlestix for the first decade of the Strawberry Music Festival and have recently revived that unit while continuing to perform as Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, and with Faux Renwah, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and other bands. The duo’s career has ranged from success on Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, to Nashville’s Opryland Music Park, to an appearance in the movie Back To The Future III, and as regulars at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The duo organized the La Grange Fiddle & Banjo Contest for many years, and have volunteered with the uniquely-named Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest. The couple’s Camp Obey Bob is the unofficial keeper of the Strawberry festival spirit.

The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and from other Redwood City area organizations, businesses, and individuals.

Three Day Reminder: Film Festival Submission Deadline Is This Friday October 24

Three Day Reminder: The deadline for film submissions for the 8th annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival is this Friday, October 24. The film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the free weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Film Submission Information

One Week Reminder: Film Submissions For NCBS Festival Due October 24

One Week Reminder: October 24, 2014 is the deadline for film submissions for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival. The bluegrass music film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the free weekend NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Film Submission Information

The Bluegrass On Broadway festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Two Week Reminder: October 24 Is Due Date For NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions

Two Week Reminder: October 24, 2014 is the deadline for film submissions for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival.

The nation’s oldest bluegrass music film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The FREE film festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Film Submission Information

One-Day Reminder: Last Day To Nominate Bands & Musicians For 2015 Awards Is Tuesday September 30

One-Day Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on  Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Submit the names of your favorite primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians via (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Nominate up to three in each category.