Northern California Bluegrass Awards

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are presented during Bluegrass on Broadway. Here is the complete list of award recipients. In some categories there are two recipients in the same year due to ties.

  • Bluegrass Band:  Sidesaddle & Co. (2008), The Mighty Crows (2009),  Dalton Mountain Gang (2010), The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (2011, 2012).
  • Male Vocalist: Billy Pitrone (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Yoseff Tucker (2010)
  • Female Vocalist: Diana Donnelly (2008, 2009), A. J. Lee (2010, 2011), Molly Tuttle (2012).
  • Guitar Player: Jerry Ashford (2008), Glenn Houston (2009), Yoseff Tucker (2009, 2010, 2012), Molly Tuttle (2011).
  • Mandolin Player: Butch Waller (2008, 2009), Kim Elking (2009), Ed Neff (2010, 2011), Pete Hicks (2011), Michael Tuttle (2012).
  • Banjo Player:  Bill Evans (2008), Larry Cohea (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Luke Abbott (2012).
  • Fiddle Player: Annie Staninec (2008, 2009, 2010), Pete Hicks (2011), Paul Shelasky (2011), Jack Tuttle (2012).
  • Dobro Player: Jim Mintun (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), Kathy Barwick (2010)
  • Bass Player: Lisa Burns (2008, 2009, 2012), Paul Knight (2010), Dan Booth (2011), Louise Mintun (2012).

The following individuals have been presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their contributions to the Northern California bluegrass scene:

  • Steve Baker (2012)
  • Richard Brooks (2012)
  • Glenn Christensen (2009)
  • Dick Clark (2010)
  • Joyce Clark (2010)
  • Tom Diamant (2011)
  • Dick Dowell (2010)
  • Judy Dowell (2010)
  • Ray Edlund (2011)
  • Bruce Edmundson (2012)
  • “Cuzin” Al Knoth (2009)
  • Mike McKinley (2012)
  • Carl Pagter (2008)
  • Jake Quesenberry (2008)
  • Karen Quick (2009)
  • Eric Rice (2011)
  • Jack Sadler (2008)
  • Mary Tilson (2011)

News

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.

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!