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!


Ninth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Will Be Held January 29-31, 2016 In Redwood City

The Ninth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 29-31, 2016 at various venues in Redwood City. The FREE festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Snap Jackson To Receive Male Vocalist Northern California Bluegrass Award At Parkfield

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present Snap Jackson with his Northern California Bluegrass Award for Best Male Vocalist at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival this weekend. He was unable to attend the formal ceremony during the January Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City due to a death in the family. Jackson tied with Billy Pitrone in the male vocalist category.

The NCBS Information Booth will be at the festival with the details of upcoming bluegrass events around the area. Stop  by and say hello to our friendly booth staff.

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Information Booth

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.