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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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.

Thanks To The Volunteers, Supporters, Bands, Filmmakers, And Fans Who Made Bluegrass On Broadway A Success

Sunday’s closing day at the film festival led to lively discussions between the filmmakers and the audience about documentaries on The Pioneers of Bluegrass, Peter Rowan and Herschel Sizemore. Then, Dark Hollow was warmly received by the crowd at the evening bluegrass gospel concert. It has been a great weekend of bluegrass in Redwood City! We can’t wait until next year!

Thanks to the volunteers, supporters, bands, filmmakers, and fans who made the 7th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival a big success in Redwood City!

The January 19 & 24-26 gathering received principal financial support from:

Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission

Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services

Michael Hall, Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Director

Michael Hall, Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Director

Redwood City Public Library

John Dabney

with additional support from:

Little India Restaurant

Gourmet Haus Staudt

Woodside Road United Methodist Church

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Bluegrass On Broadway is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

Some of the many "Friends Of Lee Anne Welch" at the Awards Show.

Some of the many "Friends Of Lee Anne Welch" at the Awards Show.

Saturday was fun! The new venue for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards was great, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the music top notch. THAT’S why we do these things! Gourmet Haus Staudt was rockin’ on Saturday evening with 27strings. On to the film festival and bluegrass gospel concert tomorrow to close out the weekend of bluegrass in Redwood City.

SUNDAY, January 26

NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival

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

Making History With The Pioneers Of Bluegrass, James Reams, Mountain Redbird Music (AZ) PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Filmmaker James Reams.

The Tao Of Bluegrass: A Portrait Of Peter Rowan, Christine Funk, South 40 Films & Floating Records (CO) PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Associate Producer Rand Crook.

Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin In B, Rick Bowman, Backyard Green Films (CA) PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Filmmaker Rick Bowman.

6:30-8:00pm — Dark Hollow, Woodside Road Youth Choir, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

The FREE January 19 & 24-26, 2014 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society at various Redwood City venues.

Bean Creek Named Best Bluegrass Band At 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show In Redwood City

Bean Creek from Santa Cruz was named Best Bluegrass Band at the 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 25. The 7th annual ceremony was presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society as part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The Bean Creek band’s lead singer Billy Pitrone (Santa Cruz) won Best Male Vocalist and band members Pete Hicks (Aromas) and Rob Horgan (Santa Cruz) won Best Mandolin Player and Best Banjo Player, respectively. Hicks also performs with The Central Valley Boys, while Horgan is also a member of Sidesaddle & Co.

Voters named A. J. Lee of Tracy Best Female Vocalist, Glenn Dauphin of Oakland Best Guitar Player, and Mark Wardenburg of Palo Alto Best Fiddle Player. The Best Bass Player award went to Lisa Burns (Mountain View), while Kathy Barwick (Grass Valley) was named Best Dobro Player.

Lifetime Achievement Honors were bestowed upon four longtime music teachers: Bill Evans of Richmond, Steve Palazzo of Santa Cruz, Jack Tuttle of Palo Alto, and Lee Anne Welch of Saratoga.

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