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.
Tickets: No tickets are needed. All shows are FREE.
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
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
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 Hollow, WRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road.
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
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.
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.
Kathy Barwick, Avram Frankel, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Marty Varner. Yvonne Walbroehl.
Tom Bekeny, Kim Elking, Pete Hicks, Ed Neff, Michael Tuttle.
Luke Abbott, Larry Cohea, Rob Horgan, Snap Jackson, Sonia Shell.
Tom Bekeny, Pete Hicks, Alex Sharps, Jack Tuttle, Mark Wardenburg.
NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival
Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Helen Foley, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun.
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!