San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

The NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, held each Feburary, marked  its 14th anniversary in 2013.  The festival features many wonderful performances, workshops, and dances spread over multiple days and venues throughout San Francisco and the SF Bay Area.

For full details, please visit the SFBOT festival website at http://www.sfbluegrass.org

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Deadline For Friday October 13 Women’s Songs Showcase At SFBOT Festival Is Friday September 15

The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will return to San Francisco on Wednesday-Sunday, October 11-15, 2017. The SFBOT shows will be held in various SF venues.

On Friday, October 13, The Handsome Ladies will present a showcase of women songwriters and/or songs made famous by women, performed by a variety of singers and musicians backed by The Picks (the Handsome Ladies pick-up band). This event is co-ed and all genders are welcome.

The program will run 7:00-10:00pm at the SOMA Street Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco.

The Deadline for entries is Friday, September 15. Eight performers will be selected at random for the show.

Performer Application Form

The original SFBOT festival (held 2000-2013) was organized by a quasi-independent committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The revival is a project of several area bluegrass organizations, including the California Bluegrass Association. NCBS welcomes this event.

Bay Area Bluegrass Organizations Plan San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival October 11-15

The Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre

The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will return to San Francisco on Wednesday-Sunday, October 11-15, 2017. The revival of the fun bluegrass event will take place the week after the October 6-8 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

The SFBOT shows will be held in various venues, with the FREE closing Sunday concert set for at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park.

The original festival (held 2000-2013) was organized by a quasi-independent committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The revival is a project of several area bluegrass organizations, including the California Bluegrass Association. NCBS welcomes this event. Additional support will be provided by the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department.

The SFBOT Returns To San Francisco This October — To Follow Huge Hardly Strictly Gathering

The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will return to San Francisco October 11-15, 2017 after a 4-year hiatus. The revival of the small, fun, bluegrass event will take place the week after the huge Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

The SFBOT’s Wednesday-Saturday shows will be held in various well-known bluegrass venues around town, while the FREE closing Sunday concert will take place at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park.

The original (2000-2013) festival was organized by a quasi-independent committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The revival is a project of several area bluegrass organizations, including the California Bluegrass Association. NCBS welcomes the 2017 event. Additional support will be provided by the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department.

Save the dates — a full performance schedule will be announced soon.

Revival Of San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival Set For October 11-15

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

The revival of the long-running San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will take place October 11-15, 2017 at various venues in San Francisco.

A free closing concert will take place at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park on Sunday afternoon, October 15.

The original festival was organized by a quasi-independent committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The revival is a project of several area bluegrass organizations, including the California Bluegrass Association. NCBS welcomes this festival. Additional support will be provided by the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department.

More information will be available soon.

NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival On Hiatus In 2014

The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, founded by Michael Hall in 2000 and presented by the SFBOT Committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society each February for 14 years, will be on hiatus in 2014, but will be reorganized and return in 2015.

The hiatus is needed due to changes in leadership and grant funding sources.

The hugely-successful 10-day urban bluegrass event features numerous performances in the clubs and concert halls of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Thanks to all of the volunteers, supporters, bands, and venues who have worked hard on behalf of the festival over the years.

NCBS will continue to present these 7 NCBS-owned and NCBS-welcomed festivals throughout 2014:

January: NCBS Presents Bluegrass On Broadway (January 19, 24-26, Redwood City).

March: Brookdale Bluegrass Presents The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival At Costanoa (March 5-9, Pescadero) (NCBS-welcomed).

April: (Bluegrass festival TBA in Napa Valley)

May: NCBS/SCBS Presents The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (May 3, Santa Cruz).

August: NCBS Presents The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (August 7-10, Tres Pinos).

November: Native Revival Nursery Presents The Poppy Farm Fair & Bluegrass Jubilee (November 2, Aptos) (NCBS-welcomed).

December: Brookdale Bluegrass Presents The Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival At Costanoa (December 12-13, Pescadero) (NCBS-welcomed).