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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Two Week Reminder: Second Round Ballots Due From NCBS Members On December 5

redwood-city-sign-ped-broadwyTwo Week Reminder: Friday, December 5 is the due date for second round ballots from NCBS Members for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

The awards will be presented at the 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in a January 24, 2015 ceremony in Redwood City.

Northern California Bluegrass Awards 2015 Nominees Are Announced

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the nominees for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. NCBS Members will soon receive their second round ballots in the mail. Congratulations!

1. Bluegrass Band

27strings

Abbott Brothers

Alhambra Valley Band

Amber Cross Band

Anderson Family

Bangers & Grass

Bean Creek

Blue & Lonesome

Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Cabin Fever

California Swampgrass Band

Central Valley Boys

Cherry Pickers

Cliff Compton & Mountain Top

Courthouse Ramblers

Dark Hollow

Dim Lights

Front Country

Grassfire

Grasskickers

Highway One

Houston Jones

JEDD Brothers

Jimmy Chickenpants

Naked Bootleggers

One Button Suit

Poor Valley Band

Red Dog Ash

Rogue River

Sidesaddle & Co

Slide Road

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Steep Ravine

Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Sugar By The Pound

True Life Troubadours

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Whiskey Chimp

Windy Hill

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Mark Berkley

Ryan Breen

Tom Bull

Larry Chung

John Cogdill

Cliff Compton

Glenn Dauphin

Lou Felthouse

David Field

Avram Frankel

Pete Hicks

Frank Holmes

Bill Hunter

Snap Jackson

Travis Jones

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

John Kornhauser

Simon Linsteadt

Jim Mintun

Billy Pitrone

Jan Purat

Pete Siegfried

Alex Muddy Smith

Yoseff Tucker

Henry Warde

Thomas Wille

Robert Zeien

3. Female Vocalist

Annie Alvira

Paige Anderson

Gina Astesana

Regina Bartlett

Amber Cross

Joni Davies

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Diana Donnelly

Sarah Eblen

Kim Elking

Donna Federico

Dana Frankel

Mary Gibbons

Penny Godlis

Michelle Haft

Elida Ickes

Renee Kavon

Jennifer Kitchen

A. J. Lee

Linda Maki

Samantha Meyer

Louise Mintun

Samantha Olson

Angela Personeni

Hailey Pexton

Lynn Quinones

Gail Reese

Amy Scher

Carolyn Sills

Wendy Burch Steel

Yvonne Walbroehl

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

Brian Burke

Eric Burman

Stevie Coyle

Glenn Dauphin

David Field

Avram Frankel

John Gooding

Glenn Houston

Travis Jones

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

Alex Mayers

Jim Mintun

Steve Pottier

Curtis Rieser

Ron Rose

Michael Stadler

David Thom

Yoseff Tucker

Marty Varner

Yvonne Walbroehl

Mike Wilhoyte

Thomas Wille

Jenny Lynn Williams

Jason Winfrey

Robert Zeien

5. Mandolin

Kyle Abbott

Luke Abbott

Tom Bekeny

Bruno Brandli

Larry Chung

John Cogdill

Kim Elking

Bill Foss

Pete Hicks

Shane Kalbach

Hide Kawatsure

Brian Judd

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

Scott Klein

Ed Neff

Andy O’Brien

Steve Pottier

Dave Rietz

Tom Shewmake

Pete Siegfried

Michael Tuttle

Gary Vessel

Henry Warde

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott

Ryan Breen

Larry Cohea

George Goodell

Dave Guarente

Allen Hendricks

Rob Horgan

Bill Hunter

Pat Ickes

Snap Jackson

Jack Kinney

BanjerDan Mazer

Billy Moore

Jesse Personeni

Steve Rosen

Max Schwartz

Sonia Shell

Avram Siegel

Dixon Smith

Victor Skidanenko

Linus Tremaine

John Woolfolk

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny

Elicia Burton

Cactus Bob Cole

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Dennis English

Pete Hicks

Steve Joynes

Jack Kinney

Shane Kalbach

Paul Lee

Bryan McClenahan

Samantha Olson

Jan Purat

Jody Richardson

Tessa Schwartz

Alex Sharps

Matthew Songmaker

Dave Sullivan

Linda Sullivan

Jack Tuttle

Ella Naiman Warde

Mark Wardenburg

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Gary Anwyl

Regina Bartlett

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Will Forte

Avram Frankel

Tom Klein

Jim Mintun

Charlie Wallace

John Winter

Henry Zuniga

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Brian Clark

Rick Clemens

Sarah Eblen

David Field

Vicki Frankel

Penny Godlis

Dave Gooding

Bill Hamburgen

Emily Nishi Howard

Elida Ickes

Chris Kee

Jennifer Kitchen

Bruce Lacey

Jerry Logan

Joan Lowden

Kyle McCabe

Louise Mintun

Angela Personeni

Steve Pottier

Meghan Leslie Rieser

Ron Rose

Barbara Rosner

Max Schwartz

James Touzel

Pete Young

Joshua Zucker

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 as part of the FREE 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City.

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.