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 Awards Grant To Support The January 26-28 NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

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 11th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The event will be held at various Redwood City venues the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.

Bluegrass On Broadway

The FREE community event includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards on January 27 and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on January 28. Other live music is presented in the restaurants, bars, 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.

Redwood City is the Pennisula Home Of Bluegrass Music, with frequent shows in the city’s music clubs and the inclusion of bluegrass music in civic celebrations and public concerts.

Photo Essay Of The Tenth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Is Now Available

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers open the festival.

A Photo Essay of the tenth annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is now available online. The BOB includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

Bluegrass On Broadway Photo Essay

Photo Essayists Donna Pacini-Christensen & Tim Christensen

The essay was produced by Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen of A Starry Night Productions. The festival was held in Redwood City on January 27, 28 & 30, 2017.

The BOB Festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society with grant support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and additional support from other Redwood City area organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals.

Spanish Language Video Coverage Of The 2017 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

Video Host Carmen Del Solar Valdés

In a historic first, the video podcast “En Extremena En Silicon Valley gave the January 28, 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert its first known Spanish-Language Coverage.

Video: Una Extremeña En Silicon Valley: Redwood City (10:16)

The first festival segment begins at 2:55.

Host Carmen Del Solar Valdés previously reported about the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

The concert was part of the weekend-long 10th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City, January 27-28 and January 30, presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The video podcast covers several Redwood City & Palo Alto-area topics while Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” plays softly in the background.

The two segments about the bluegrass concert include performances by Bean Creek, The Blue Js, The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, and 35 Years Of Trouble.

10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Set For Monday Evening, January 30 In Redwood City

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on Monday, January 30 at the Redwood City Main Library from 6:30-8:30pm.

The FREE event will screen three films by California filmmakers.

Filmmaker Herb Moore

San Diego filmmaker Rick Bowman of Backyard Green Films will premiere his newest project about the history of San Diego bluegrass music, “Banjos, Bluegrass & Squirrel Barkers” to open our show.  He will Q&A with our audience. The festival previously screened Bowman’s “Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B” to an appreciative audience.

How To Make A Guitar In Two Minutes” — a short that is, in fact, two minutes long — will be our second offering. Herb Moore will come up from Los Gatos to talk to our audience about his film.

Ella & Henry Warde

Finally, we will screen Aptos-based Curtis Leslie’sThe Whippoorwill’s Cry,” a portrait of the master of Swampgrass music, Larry Gillis. South Georgia’s Gillis tours nationally with two bands. His West Coast unit includes local bluegrass luminaries Henry & Ella Warde and Curtis & Meghan Leslie and appears frequently at area festivals.

Filmmaker Curtis Leslie with Meghan Leslie

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

6:30-8:30pm — Community Room, Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Banjos Bluegrass & Squirrel Barkers (Rick Bowman, Backyard Green Films, CA)

How To Make A Guitar In Two Minutes (Herb Moore, CA)

The Whippoorwill’s Cry (Curtis Leslie, CA)

The film festival will conclude the 2017 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, presented by NCBS and supported in part by a grant from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. The weekend-long event is held at the end of January each year.

National Press Coverage — Bluegrass Today

Spanish Language Video Coverage of Bluegrass On Broadway

Larry Gillis

Surprise Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Michael Hall Says Thank You!

Saturday evening offered an opportunity for everyone to relax after an all-day bluegrass concert and awards show. 27strings did the early show in the local German beer hall and then the Edgewood Mountain Boys closed out the evening at a local craft brewery. Everyone had a great time! We get Sunday off (due to a venue scheduling snafu) and then we close out the festival with an all-California bluegrass film festival on Monday night. It will be fun!

In the midst of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show yesterday in Redwood City, I was the recipient of a surprise Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by Joe Weed. I am deeply honored by this award, and want to thank Joe and his co-conspirators for their efforts.

My first reaction was “Hey, I’m the one who gives out the awards around here!” I didn’t really say everything that needed to be said yesterday — especially that absolutely everything that I have done for bluegrass has been done as part of a team of dedicated volunteers. Working together, I think we have made a difference for the music in our area and beyond. We can all be proud of that.

It is very nice to be thanked, and I am still enjoying the moment. Thank you!

– Michael Hall

Video by Chip Curry