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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Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SUNDAY, January 25

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

G2 — Mind Over Matter (David Elfgrin, Sweden)

A second generation Stockholm bluegrass band comes to the US.

At The Feed & Seed (April Janow & Dax Cuesta, (sic) Films, NC)

A small Southern town welcomes bluegrass music.

Mipso In Japan (Jon Kasbe, NC)

A young American bluegrass band visits Japan in this short film.

Do What You Love (Katarzyna Kochany, Ontario, Canada)

A musical video with an Arizona bluegrass band.

Banjo Romantika (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

The story of bluegrass music in The Czech Republic.

The Cricket (Andrew Cartoun, Stoney Lonesome Productions, CT)

A short about recording acoustic music in the days of the wax cylinder.

Broadcast: A Man And His Dream (Jordan Nance, NC)

The story of WPAQ Radio in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

6:30-8:00pm – Dark HollowWRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road.

The 8th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 23-25 in Redwood City.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Return, Named Best Bluegrass Band In Northern California Bluegrass Awards

The popular family act The Tuttles With A. J. Lee returned to the winner’s circle, claiming another title as best bluegrass band in the Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 24, 2015. Jack Tuttle won for best fiddle player, Michael Tuttle for best mandolin player, and A. J. Lee as best female vocalist.  The Tuttle family is from Palo Alto and Lee is from Tracy.

The 8th annual awards were presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society as part of the weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Other individual winners included Snap Jackson (Stockton) and Billy Pitrone (Santa Cruz), who tied as best male vocalist. Lisa Burns (Mountain View) and Louise Mintun (Santa Cruz) tied for best bass player. Other winners: Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) best guitar player, Larry Cohea (El Cerrito) best banjo player, and Jim Mintun (Santa Cruz) best Dobro player.

Lifetime achievement honorees were the longtime duo Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson), Strawberry Music Festival owner Charlie Cran, and Penny Godlis, the key organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 24

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

10:00am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue.

10:00am — Special Film Presentations:

Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary Tribute (Alec Oyung, CA)

Plus, additional rare early California bluegrass footage.

Noon — Alison Steele & Erin Valdivia (Boulder Creek)11:00 — Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (La Grange)

12:30pm — Grace Clark (Livermore)

1:00 — Dark Hollow (San Francisco)

2:00 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Without Molly (Palo Alto)

3:00-5:00pm – Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show

(Includes additional musical performances by Billy Pitrone & Sarah Eblen, Bill Hunter, Michael Tuttle, Grace Clark, and Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower.)

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

The 8th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 23-25 in Redwood City.

All You Need To Know To Go To The FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival This Weekend In Redwood City

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is this weekend, January 23-25, at various venues in Redwood City. Here is All You Need To Know to enjoy the 8th annual event:

The Festival: Bluegrass On Broadway includes both the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert (Saturday) and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival (Sunday), as well as other shows.

redwood-city-peninsula-mapTickets: No tickets are needed. All shows are FREE.

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, January 23

6:30-8:00pm – Dusty Moon, Little India Restaurant, 917 Main Street.

7:00-11:00 – Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence Street.

SATURDAY, January 24

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

10:00am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue.

10:00am — Special Film Presentations:

Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary Tribute (Alec Oyung, CA)

Plus, additional rare early California bluegrass footage.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

11:00 — Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (La Grange)

Noon — Alison Steele & Erin Valdivia (Boulder Creek)

12:30pm — Grace Clark (Livermore)

1:00 — Dark Hollow (San Francisco)

2:00 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Without Molly (Palo Alto)

3:00-5:00pm – Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show

(Includes additional musical performances by Billy Pitrone & Sarah Eblen, Bill Hunter, Michael Tuttle, Grace Clark, and Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower.)

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

SUNDAY, January 25

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Redwood City Main Library

Redwood City Main Library

G2 — Mind Over Matter (David Elfgrin, Sweden)

A second generation Stockholm bluegrass band comes to the US.

At The Feed & Seed (April Janow & Dax Cuesta, (sic) Films, NC)

A small Southern town welcomes bluegrass music.

Mipso In Japan (Jon Kasbe, NC)

A young American bluegrass band visits Japan in this short film.

Do What You Love (Katarzyna Kochany, Ontario, Canada)

A musical video with an Arizona bluegrass band.

Banjo Romantika (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

The story of bluegrass music in The Czech Republic.

The Cricket (Andrew Cartoun, Stoney Lonesome Productions, CT)

A short about recording acoustic music in the days of the wax cylinder.

Broadcast: A Man And His Dream (Jordan Nance, NC)

The story of WPAQ Radio in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

6:30-8:00pm – Dark HollowWRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road.

Directions:

Bluegrass On Broadway is held at various venues in Redwood City (mid-Peninsula in the middle of the Bay Area), easily accessible from Freeways 101 and 280, via the Woodside Road exit.

Downtown Redwood City is about a half-mile north of Woodside Road via Middlefield Road. Little India, Gourmet Haus Staudt, and the Redwood City Main Library are located downtown.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is about 2 miles west of downtown off of Jefferson Avenue. Turn left on St. Francis, which leads directly into the VMSC parking lot.

To reach the VMSC from I-280, exit at Farm Hill Blvd. and go east, Farm Hill becomes Jefferson Avenue. Go past the Alameda de Las Plugas, then right on St. Francis, which leads directly into the VMSC parking lot.

To reach the VMSC from Woodside Road, go north on Alameda de Las Plugas then right (east) on Jefferson Avenue. Turn right on St. Francis, which leads directly into the VMSC parking lot.

The Woodside Road United Methodist Church is located at 2000 Woodside Road.

The Freewheel Brewing Company is located in the Marsh Manor Shopping Center, not far from the Marsh Road exit off Highway 101 at the southern edge of Redwood City. From 101 go west a short distance, then right on Florence Street. The shopping center is on the left.

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

Redwood City Weather:

Beautiful, of course! (”Climate Best By Government Test”)

Sunny, FRI: High 66 Low 45, SAT: High 69 Low 44, SUN:  High 71 Low 45.

Award Finalists:

1. Bluegrass Band

Abbott Brothers, Bean Creek, Central Valley Boys, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Tuttles With A. J. Lee.

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott, Pete Hicks, Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Yoseff Tucker.

3. Female Vocalist

Regina Bartlett, Sarah Eblen, Mary Gibbons, A. J. Lee, Louise Mintun.

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick, Avram Frankel, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Marty Varner. Yvonne Walbroehl.

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny, Kim Elking, Pete Hicks, Ed Neff, Michael Tuttle.

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott, Larry Cohea, Rob Horgan, Snap Jackson, Sonia Shell.

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny, Pete Hicks, Alex Sharps, Jack Tuttle, Mark Wardenburg.

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Helen Foley, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun.

9. Bass

Lisa Burns, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Louise Mintun, Max Schwartz.

10. Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, Chris Stevenson

Support From The Redwood City Community:

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department Of Parks Recreation & Community Services, the Redwood City Public Library, and John Dabney.

And remember…all of your friends will be there!

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Finalists & Lifetime Achievement Honorees

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 8th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is FREE and will be held January 23-25, 2015 in Redwood City. The festival includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert (10:00am-5:00pm) on Saturday, January 24 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Citizen Center Theatre and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival (Noon-5:00pm) on Sunday, January 25 at the Redwood City Main Library.

Charlie Cran

Charlie Cran

Here are the Finalists for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards on Saturday, January 24, 3:00-5:00pm:

1. Bluegrass Band

Abbott Brothers, Bean Creek, Central Valley Boys, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Tuttles With A. J. Lee.

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott, Pete Hicks, Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Yoseff Tucker.

3. Female Vocalist

Regina Bartlett, Sarah Eblen, Mary Gibbons, A. J. Lee, Louise Mintun.

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick, Avram Frankel, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Marty Varner. Yvonne Walbroehl.

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny, Kim Elking, Pete Hicks, Ed Neff, Michael Tuttle.

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott, Larry Cohea, Rob Horgan, Snap Jackson, Sonia Shell.

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny, Pete Hicks, Alex Sharps, Jack Tuttle, Mark Wardenburg.

Bob Cole & Chris Stevenson

Bob Cole & Chris Stevenson

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Helen Foley, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun.

9. Bass

Lisa Burns, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Louise Mintun, Max Schwartz.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

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.

Penny Godlis

Penny Godlis

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.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre is located at 1455 Madison Avenue.

Complete Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

NCBS Film Festival Listings

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Film Information

Banjo Romantika And Do What You Love Film Information

At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan Film Information

Evening Live Music Friday-Sunday At The BOB Festival

ncbs-plain-logoPrincipal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.