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!


Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission Supports 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway With Arts Grant

Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission

Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission

The City Of Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission has awarded a grant that provides base funding for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2017 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The 10th Annual event will be held at various Redwood City venues the weekend of January 27-29.


The FREE community event includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards on January 28 and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on January 29. Other live music is presented in the restaurants, bars, churches and other venues around the city, creating a fun, affordable bluegrass weekend for residents and visitors alike.

The grant is subject to final approval by the Redwood City Council

NCBS President Michael Hall Interviewed On “Backstage View” About Bluegrass Film Festivals

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Film Festival Director

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Director

Northern California Bluegrass Society President Michael Hall was interviewed by bluegrass video journalist Scott Wilkins at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina last September about bluegrass film festivals. The “Backstage View” interview has been released and is linked below.

Michael Hall — Film Festival Interview (17:15)

Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Host Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Topics include the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival at the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City each January and the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, as well as the bluegrass film festival in Arizona, the Northern California Bluegrass Society, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and current bluegrass films.

A Call For Films for the September, 2016 IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival has been issued, with submissions due on June 15.

The NCBS Film Festival will issue a Call For Films in July for the January 2017 event that is part of Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City.

Backstage View Information

10th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For January 27-29, 2017

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that the 10th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 27-29, 2017 in Redwood City.

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

LOST & FOUND FROM SATURDAY: Hat with long cloth neck cover & a blanket. Contact (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

Noon-5:00pm – Community Room, Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

Santa Cruz’s Bean Creek Takes Top Honors At 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Bean Creek, a strongly-traditional bluegrass band from Santa Cruz, won top honors at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held on January 30 in Redwood City. This is the second time that the unit has been named Best Bluegrass Band by voters.

The top Male & Female Vocalists, Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) and A. J. Lee (Tracy) were also repeat winners.

Three other members of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) won as best players of their respective instruments: Jack Tuttle (Fiddle), Michael Tuttle (Mandolin), and Sullivan Tuttle (Guitar).

Other individual honors went to Paul Knight of Marshall (Bass), Luke Abbott of Santa Cruz (Banjo), and Jim Mintun of Santa Cruz (Dobro).

Jerry Ashford (Camas, OR) Larry Cohea (El Cerrito), Elmo Schropshire (Novato) & Butch Waller (Oakland), pioneers of California bluegrass music, received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The 9th annual awards show is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, a free weekend of live bluegrass performances and a bluegrass film festival. The BOB 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, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.