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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Upcoming Bluegrass Film Festivals Set For Arizona, North Carolina, & California

arizona-bluegrass-film-festival-14The Northern California Bluegrass Society pioneered the bluegrass film festival as an event form and we are happy to seeing it taking off across the country! Here are the upcoming festivals:

AUGUST, 2014

2 — Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival, 1st annual, Arizona Bluegrass Association, American Legion Hall, Chandler, AZ. Free.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

ibma-logo-black-yellowSeptember 30-October 4 — IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, 1st annual, International Bluegrass Music Association,  World of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Details. Free with convention registration Tuesday & Wednesday. Free to the public Friday & Saturday.

JANUARY, 2015

25 — NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival, 8th annual, Northern California Bluegrass Society, Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, Redwood City Public Library, Redwood City, CA. Free (grant support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission). The annual Call For Films will be announced August 1.

Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission Awards Grant Supporting 2015 NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

redwood-city-logoAt its meeting on June 5, 2014, the City Of Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission awarded a grant to help fund the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2015 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The FREE 8th annual event will be held the last weekend in January.

bglogoThe BOB will include the Northern California Bluegrass Awards show and the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Film Festival, as well as many other events. Details will be announced soon.

Redwood City’s strong support for the arts has been a key factor in bringing bluegrass music to the mid-Peninsula, both during the festival and throughout the rest of the year.

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Director Michael Hall To Help Start New World Of Bluegrass Film Event

ibma-logoNCBS Film Festival Director Michael Hall will help the International Bluegrass Music Association start a new new film event at the IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass convention. The 8-year-old NCBS Film Festival, part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City, is currently the world’s only festival devoted exclusively to bluegrass-related films. The new IBMA festival will be the second.

The new film festival is currently accepting submissions for the September 30-October 4, 2014 festival in Raleigh, NC. Submissions are due on June 15, 2014.

IBMA Film Festival Submission Information

The new film festival will be a part of a huge week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, as bluegrass bands, business leaders, fans — and now filmmakers — gather for the international convention. Last fall’s WOB event was the largest in its three-decade history. Convention registrants will be admitted to the film program.

IBMA World Of Bluegrass Information

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s existing film festival, next set for January 25, 2015, is not affected by the creation of the North Carolina festival.

2015 NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Information

“We had hoped all along that other presenters would adopt the NCBS film festival as a model for additional bluegrass film events,” Hall explained. “We feel that these excellent films deserve wider exposure to bluegrass audiences.” In 2012, Hall led a panel at the World Of Bluegrass convention designed to inspire others to follow the NCBS lead in supporting artists who tell the bluegrass story on film.

The new festival will be organized by the IBMA staff in Nashville under the direction of a volunteer IBMA committee chaired by Hall.

Michael Hall is the past president of the Society and is an active bluegrass volunteer at the local and national levels. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt Law School, and the IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass.  He practices business law, intellectual property law, non-profit law, and estate planning law in Redwood City.

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Northern California Bluegrass Awards To Be Presented To Bill Evans & Kathy Barwick This Weekend In Pescadero & Sebastopol

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Bill Evans (Lifetime Achievement) and Kathy Barwick (Best Dobro Player) will be presented with their 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards this weekend by NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Director Michael Hall.

Evans will receive his award before his performance on Friday, March 7 at the NCBS-welcomed Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero.

Kathy Barwick

Kathy Barwick

Barwick will receive her award before her appearance with the Mike Justis Band on Saturday, March 8 at the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival at the Sebastopol Community Center in Sebastopol.

All other awards were presented at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show during the BOB Festival in Redwood City on January 25.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 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 John Dabney.

2015 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For January 23-25 In Redwood City

Paul Gittelsohn of Burlington, VT speaks to the audience about his film "The Story Of Banjo Dan & The Mid-Nite Plowboys at the Bluegrass On Broadway Bluegrass Film Festival.

Paul Gittelsohn of Burlington, VT speaks to the audience about his film "The Story Of Banjo Dan & The Mid-Nite Plowboys" at the Bluegrass On Broadway Film Festival.

The 2015 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival has been set for January 23-25 at various venues in Redwood City. The 8th annual wintertime festival will include the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and the Bluegrass On Broadway Film Festival.

Linda Maki & Rick Merritt of Dusty Moon with Little India's Manoj Chopra on opening night of Bluegrass On Broadway.

Linda Maki & Rick Merritt of Dusty Moon with Little India's Manoj Chopra on opening night of Bluegrass On Broadway.

The free weekend event will also feature other live bluegrass performances.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the festival with generous support from the Redwood City government, businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Bill Pitrone & Sarah Eblen of Bean Creek accept the Best Bluegrass Band award from Mike Russell.

Bill Pitrone & Sarah Eblen of Bean Creek accept the Best Bluegrass Band award from Mike Russell.