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!


Twelfth Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For January 25-27, 2019

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that the Twelfth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 25-27, 2019 in Redwood City.

Thanks To The Redwood City Community For Supporting Bluegrass On Broadway

The 11th annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass On Broadway Festival brought a fine weekend of music to Redwood City.

This event is only possible due to strong community support for the arts. Thanks to the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, the Freewheel Brewing Company, John Dabney, and Debbie Weiner. Thanks also to all of the NCBS volunteers and bands, and to everyone who came out to support our area bluegrass musicians.

See you next year!

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Blue & Lonesome

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers will perform on Sunday, January 28, 2018, to conclude the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The FREE program will take place from 6:00-10:00pm at the Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence Street, Redwood City.

Bluegrass On Broadway receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, John Dabney, & Debbie Weiner.

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

A Year For Young Bluegrass Performers At The 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Although more experienced musicians won their share of honors at the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards, young bluegrass performers had their year at the Saturday, January 27 ceremony in Redwood City. The 11th annual program was presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The hot young band AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Santa Cruz) was named Best Bluegrass Band. Band members took home individual honors in the female vocalist and mandolin categories (AJ Lee, Santa Cruz), and in the guitar category (Sullivan Tuttle, Palo Alto).

Meanwhile Stockton’s Snap Jackson won Best Male Vocalist and tied with Jesse Personeni (Fiddletown) as the top banjo players. The two are in young bands — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players and The Blue J’s.

Meanwhile longtime favorites Lee Anne Welch (fiddle, Saratoga), Jim Mintun (Dobro, Santa Cruz), and Paul Knight (bass, Marshall) were repeat winners on their instruments.

Lifetime Achievement honors went to five festival organizers who have brought top events to the Northern California area over many years. Mitch Third was honored for his extraordinary service as operations manager of the Strawberry Music Festivals, especially during a crisis period in which the festival lost its longtime home in a devastating fire. He is also a songwriter & performer. Fred Morris was honored for his pioneering work in creating indoor hotel-based bluegrass festivals in the Bay Area during the early 1990s, and also for other promotional, publishing, and retail service to the national bluegrass community.

Eric Burman founded both the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (now in its 25th year) and the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, affiliated with NCBS and held several times a year since 1998 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He is also a past president of the Society and a bandleader and songwriter. Larry & Sondra Baker were honored for their high quality, entertaining bluegrass festivals held in California & Arizona. Northern California fans fondly remember the Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills gathering held in Plymouth that sadly ended with the couple’s recent retirement. They continue to produce the Bluegrass On The Beach Festival in Lake Havasu, AZ.

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are presented by NCBS as part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City. The festival is supported by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and by other Redwood City-area businesses, agencies, and individuals. NCBS would like to thank these partners for their support of bluegrass music in Redwood City.

Winners — 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Band — AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Santa Cruz

Male Vocalist — Snap Jackson, Stockton

Female Vocalist — A. J. Lee, Santa Cruz

Guitar — Sullivan Tuttle, Palo Alto

Mandolin — A. J. Lee, Santa Cruz

Banjo — Jesse Personeni, Fiddletown & Snap Jackson, Stockton

Fiddle — Lee Anne Welch, Saratoga

Dobro — Jim Mintun, Santa Cruz

Bass — Paul Knight, Marshall

Lifetime Achievement Awards — Larry & Sondra Baker, Eric Burman, Fred Morris, & Mitch Third

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 27

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

Free And Open To The Public


9:50am — Film: “Discover Bluegrass — Exploring American Roots Music,” International Bluegrass Music Association & The Foundation For Bluegrass Music (TN)

11:00am — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Noon — Blue & Lonesome

1:00pm – The Brookdale Bluegrass Band

1:30 — Mitch Third

2:00 — The Blue Js

3:00-5:00 — Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with additional musical performances from AJ Lee & Blue Summit, The Blue Jays, Lee Anne Welch, Pete Hicks, The Brookdale Bluegrass band, and Dave Lucky Wilson)

The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will conclude on Sunday, January 28. NCBS has presented the BOB each January since 2008 with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.