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

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

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SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

Santa Cruz’s Bean Creek Takes Top Honors At 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Bean Creek, a strongly-traditional bluegrass band from Santa Cruz, won top honors at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held on January 30 in Redwood City. This is the second time that the unit has been named Best Bluegrass Band by voters.

The top Male & Female Vocalists, Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) and A. J. Lee (Tracy) were also repeat winners.

Three other members of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) won as best players of their respective instruments: Jack Tuttle (Fiddle), Michael Tuttle (Mandolin), and Sullivan Tuttle (Guitar).

Other individual honors went to Paul Knight of Marshall (Bass), Luke Abbott of Santa Cruz (Banjo), and Jim Mintun of Santa Cruz (Dobro).

Jerry Ashford (Camas, OR) Larry Cohea (El Cerrito), Elmo Schropshire (Novato) & Butch Waller (Oakland), pioneers of California bluegrass music, received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The 9th annual awards show is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, a free weekend of live bluegrass performances and a bluegrass film festival. The BOB 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, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

9:55am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

With additional guest musical performances by The Rambling Minors, The Central Valley Boys, Jack Tuttle & Michael Tuttle, Moonglow, Eric Burman, & Bean Creek.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo Schropshire & Butch Waller.

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

All You Need To Know To Go To The FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival This Weekend In Redwood City

Time For Bluegrass Music In Redwood City!

Festival Fun: The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is this weekend, January 29-31, 2016, at various venues in Redwood City. Here is All You Need To Know to enjoy the 9th 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.

Bluegrass On Broadway

Bluegrass On Broadway

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, January 29

7:00-11:00pm – The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence Street.

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

9:55am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

Civic Cultural Commission

Civic Cultural Commission

2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards

With additional guest musical performances by The Rambling Minors, The Central Valley Boys, Jack Tuttle & Michael Tuttle, Moonglow, Eric Burman, & Bean Creek.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo Schropshire & Butch Waller.

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

redwood-city-peninsula-mapDirections:

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 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.

Redwood City Weather:

All festival events are INDOORS with close-in parking. High 72, Low 72.

Rain Friday. Mostly cloudy Saturday & Sunday. FRI: High 59, Low 48, SAT: High 54, Low 41, SUN: High 50, Low 41.

Award Finalists:

1. Bluegrass Band

Bean Creek

Central Valley Boys

Dark Hollow

High Country

Sidesaddle & Co

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Snap Jackson

Billy Pitrone

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

3. Female Vocalist

Diana Donnelly

Sarah Eblen

A. J. Lee

Louise Mintun

Carolyn Sills

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

David Thom

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

Yvonne Walbroehl

5. Mandolin

Kyle Abbott

Tom Bekeny

Pete Hicks

A. J. Lee

Michael Tuttle

Butch Waller

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott

Larry Cohea

Rob Horgan

Snap Jackson

Victor Skidanenko

7. Fiddle

Luke Abbott

Pete Hicks

Alex Sharps

Jack Tuttle

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Avram Frankel

Jim Mintun

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Sarah Eblen

Dave Gooding

Elida Ickes

Paul Knight

There are 6 finalists in some categories due to ties.

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 Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.

And remember…all of your friends will be there!

A. J. Lee & Blue Summit To Perform At NCBS Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert On Saturday, January 30

A. J. Lee

A. J. Lee

A. J. Lee & Blue Summit will perform on Saturday, January 30 at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert in Redwood City. The day of bluegrass is part of the FREE weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Here is the full festival schedule:

FRIDAY, January 29

7:00-11:00pm – The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence Street

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert, Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with additional musical performances). Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo SchropshireButch Waller.

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA).,

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

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 ServicesJohn Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.