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 Show & Concert Performance Schedule Announced For Saturday January 27

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the performance schedule for the FREE Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert on January 27, 2018 in Redwood City.

SATURDAY, January 27

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:50am — Film: “Discover Bluegrass — Exploring American Roots Music,” International Bluegrass Music Association & The Foundation For Bluegrass Music (TN)

11:00am — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Noon — Blue & Lonesome

1:00pm – The Brookdale Bluegrass Band

1:30 — Mitch Third

2:00 — The Blue Js

3:00-5:00 — Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with additional musical performances)

This program is free and open to the public as part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. NCBS has presented the BOB each January since 2008 with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and from other Redwood City area businesses, agencies and individuals.

Festival Organizers Baker, Burman, Morris & Third To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Awards On January 27

Longtime bluegrass festival organizers Larry & Sondra Baker, Eric Burman, Fred Morris and Mitch Third will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards in a ceremony set for Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Redwood City. The Northern California Bluegrass Awards will be part of the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Larry & Sondra Baker have produced numerous bluegrass festivals in California & Arizona in addition to other contributions to the bluegrass music community. The couple continues to run the Bluegrass On The Beach Festival in Lake Havasu, AZ. They are best known to California bluegrass fans as the hosts of the long-running Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills Festival (commonly called the “Plymouth Bluegrass Festival”) in Amador County.

Eric Burman has organized the twice-yearly Brookdale Bluegrass Festivals in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1998. He is past president and a longtime board member of the Northern California Bluegrass Society, a songwriter, and the leader of the Brookdale Bluegrass Band. He founded the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in 1994 and continues to serve as Festival Director.

Fred Morris brought indoor hotel-based festivals, including Fallgrass and The Winter Bluegrass Festival, to the Bay Area in the 1990s and organized many other festivals and music events around the country. He ran the nationwide mail-order bluegrass retailer National Entertainment Network.

Mitch Third was the longtime Operations Manager of the Strawberry Music Festivals at Camp Mather (Yosemite), Grass Valley & Tuolumne until his recent retirement. He played a key role in the bluegrass bookings for that event. He is also a songwriter & performer.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has presented Bluegrass On Broadway since 2008 with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue from 10:00am-5:00pm, with the awards show proper running from 3:00-5:00pm.

One Day Reminder: Ballots For The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Are Due On Saturday January 20

One Day Reminder: Final Ballots for the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert In Redwood City Set For January 27 — FREE

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show, January 27 in Redwood City.

The 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City.

The show will run 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, January 27.

The FREE program will be part of a musical weekend in Redwood City. The Northern California Bluegrass Society has presented the annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival each January since 2008 with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

Three Day Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards Final Ballots Due On January 20th

Three Day Reminder: Final Ballots for the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due from NCBS Members on January 20, 2018.