Bluegrass on Broadway

Bluegrass on Broadway brings bluegrass music to downtown Redwood City. In addition to live performances, it also includes a bluegrass film festival, and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Admission is free to all Bluegrass on Broadway events!


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Congratulations To The Honorees At The 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards On January 27

Congratulations to the honorees and finalists at the 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards in Redwood City on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Lifetime Achievement: Larry & Sondra Baker, Eric Burman, Fred Morris, and Mitch Third

Bluegrass Band: AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Bean Creek, Blue & Lonesome, Blue J’s, Central Valley Boys, High Country, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Windy Hill

Male Vocalist: Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Chris Smith, Yoseff Tucker, Sullivan Tuttle

Female Vocalist: Kathy Barwick, Sarah Eblen, AJ  Lee, Louise Mintun, Carolyn Sills

Guitar: Kathy Barwick, Jim Nunally, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Sullivan Tuttle

Mandolin: Tom Bekeny, Josh Gooding, Pete Hicks, AJ Lee, Ed Neff, Butch Waller

Banjo: Larry Chung, Larry Cohea, Snap Jackson, Jesse Personeni, Max Schwartz

Fiddle: Pete Hicks, Chad Manning, Ed Neff, Paul Shelasky, Lee Anne Welch

Dobro: Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Tomas Enguidanos, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun

Bass: Lisa Burns, Isaac Cornelius, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Paul Knight

The event is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass on Broadway Festival, a free event made possible by principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

The FREE program will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. The awards show and concert will begin with a bluegrass film at 9:50am and the awards show proper, with additional musical performances, will run 3:00-5:00pm.

Complete Awards Show & Concert Schedule

Eight Bands Are Finalists For Northern California Bluegrass Awards Honors On Saturday, January 27 In Redwood City

Eight bands are finalists for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Band honor at the 11th annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards, set for Saturday, January 27 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. The awards show and concert will begin with a bluegrass film at 9:50am and the awards show proper, with additional musical performances, will run 3:00-5:00pm. The program is FREE and open to the public.

Complete List Of Finalists In All Categories

Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Discover Bluegrass Film

Awards Show & Concert Schedule

The event is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass on Broadway Festival, a free event made possible by a base grant from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. The finalists are:

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AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Santa Cruz):

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Bean Creek (Santa Cruz):

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Blue & Lonesome (Petaluma):

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The Blue J’s (Dixon):

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Central Valley Boys (Fresno):

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High Country (Berkeley):

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Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players (Stockton):

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Windy Hill (Portola Valley):

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.

NCBS To Screen “Discover Bluegrass” Film At Bluegrass On Broadway Festival In Redwood City On January 27

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the film Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music by the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Foundation For Bluegrass Music as part of the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City.

The film is a concise, entertaining, and informative introduction to bluegrass music.

Two Northern California bluegrass musicians, AJ Lee and Max Schwartz, and two southern performers, Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay, host the film. They introduce documentary and performance material that explains the music and history of the bluegrass genre.

The film will open the day-long, 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert at 9:50am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

Live musical performances will follow the film. The Awards Show proper (with additional bluegrass performances) will run 3:00-5:00pm.

The entire program is free and open to the public. Bluegrass On Broadway is presented by the NCBS and is made possible by a base grant from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

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.