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

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.

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.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

Dusty Moon with Manoj Chopra of Little India on banjo.

Dusty Moon with Manoj Chopra of Little India on banjo.

Dusty Moon kicked off the 2014 BOB in Redwood City with a great Friday night show at Little India. Good food and good friends go great with good music! Next: The big Saturday concert beginning at 10:00am and the Awards Show beginning at 3:00pm, followed at 6:00pm by 27strings’ bluegrass music at Redwood City’s own German beer garden, Gourmet Haus Staudt!

Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 25

Northern California Bluegrass Awards & Concert

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center Theater, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

10:00am – Special Film Presentation: Peter Feldmann: 50 Years In The Bluegrass, Blue Dalmatian Productions (CA). PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Peter Feldmann.

11:00 — Bean Creek

Noon — Dark Hollow

1:00pm — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

2:00 — Blaine Sprouse & Peter Feldmann

2:30 — A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

redwood-city-peninsula-map3:00-5:00pm — Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Additional musical performances by Regina Bartlett, Bean Creek, Peter Feldmann, Avram & Dana Frankel, Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice, and Yoseff Tucker.

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

All You Need To Know To Go To Bluegrass On Broadway This Weekend In Redwood City

A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

Fun, Free Bluegrass Music In Redwood City:

The Seventh Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, will bring a weekend of FREE music and fun to Redwood City.

Home of Bluegrass Music On The Peninsula

Home of Bluegrass Music On The Peninsula

The January 24-27, 2014 weekend includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards (Saturday) and the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival (Sunday), plus evening events on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Here is all you need to know:

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.

Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, January 24

6:30-9:00pm — Dusty Moon, Little India, 917 Main Street, Redwood City, (650) 361-8737.

SATURDAY, January 25

Northern California Bluegrass Awards & Concert

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center Theater, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

10:00am – Special Film Presentation: Peter Feldmann: 50 Years In The Bluegrass, Blue Dalmatian Productions (CA). PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Peter Feldmann.

11:00 — Bean Creek

Noon — Dark Hollow

1:00pm — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

2:00 — Blaine Sprouse & Peter Feldmann

2:30 — A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

redwood-city-peninsula-map3:00-5:00pm — Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Additional musical performances by Regina Bartlett, Bean Creek, Peter Feldmann, Avram & Dana Frankel, Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice, and Yoseff Tucker.

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

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 Main Redwood City 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 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.

Redwood City Weather:

Nice: Sunny, FRI: High 67 Low 35, SAT: High 69 Low 36, SUN:  High 71 Low 35.

Award Finalists:

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards!

1. Bluegrass Band

Bean Creek

Central Valley Boys

Dark Hollow

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Snap Jackson

John Kornhauser

Billy Pitrone

Chris Smith

Yoseff Tucker

3. Female Vocalist

Sarah Eblen

Kim Elking

Angelica Grim

Rita Hosking

A. J. Lee

4. Guitar

Larry Chung

Glenn Dauphin

Jim Lewin

Steve Palazzo

Yoseff Tucker

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny

Joe Craven

Kim Elking

Pete Hicks

Ed Neff

6. Banjo

Larry Chung

Larry Cohea

Rob Horgan

Snap Jackson

Sonia Shell

7. Fiddle

Luke Abbott

Pete Hicks

Ella Naiman

Mark Wardenburg

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Avram Frankel

Jim Mintun

Charlie Wallace

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Sarah Eblen

Paul Knight

Louise Mintun

Angela Personeni

Bill Evans, Steve Palazzo, Jack Tuttle, and Lee Anne Welch will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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!

Band Finalists For Northern California Bluegrass Awards; Awards Show Performers Announced

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Finalist Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert will be held this Saturday, January 25, at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theater, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. The FREE program is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 7th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Finalist The Central Valley Boys

Finalist The Central Valley Boys

The concert will run 10:00am-3:00pm, with the awards show (including additional musical performances) set for 3:00-5:00pm.

SATURDAY, January 25

10:00am – Special Film Presentation: Peter Feldmann: 50 Years In The Bluegrass, Blue Dalmatian Productions (CA). PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Peter Feldmann.

Finalist The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

Finalist The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

11:00 — Bean Creek

Noon — Dark Hollow

1:00pm — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Finalist Dark Hollow

Finalist Dark Hollow

2:00 — Blaine Sprouse & Peter Feldmann

2:30 — A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

Finalist Bean Creek

Finalist Bean Creek

3:00-5:00pm — Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Additional awards show musical performances by:

Regina Bartlett

Bean Creek

Peter Feldmann

Avram & Dana Frankel

Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice

Yoseff Tucker

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