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

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is this weekend, January 23-25, at various venues in Redwood City. Here is All You Need To Know to enjoy the 8th 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.

redwood-city-peninsula-mapTickets: No tickets are needed. All shows are FREE.

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, January 23

6:30-8:00pm – Dusty Moon, Little India Restaurant, 917 Main Street.

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

SATURDAY, January 24

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

10:00am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue.

10:00am — Special Film Presentations:

Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary Tribute (Alec Oyung, CA)

Plus, additional rare early California bluegrass footage.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

11:00 — Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (La Grange)

Noon — Alison Steele & Erin Valdivia (Boulder Creek)

12:30pm — Grace Clark (Livermore)

1:00 — Dark Hollow (San Francisco)

2:00 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Without Molly (Palo Alto)

3:00-5:00pm – Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show

(Includes additional musical performances by Billy Pitrone & Sarah Eblen, Bill Hunter, Michael Tuttle, Grace Clark, and Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower.)

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

SUNDAY, January 25

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Redwood City Main Library

Redwood City Main Library

G2 — Mind Over Matter (David Elfgrin, Sweden)

A second generation Stockholm bluegrass band comes to the US.

At The Feed & Seed (April Janow & Dax Cuesta, (sic) Films, NC)

A small Southern town welcomes bluegrass music.

Mipso In Japan (Jon Kasbe, NC)

A young American bluegrass band visits Japan in this short film.

Do What You Love (Katarzyna Kochany, Ontario, Canada)

A musical video with an Arizona bluegrass band.

Banjo Romantika (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

The story of bluegrass music in The Czech Republic.

The Cricket (Andrew Cartoun, Stoney Lonesome Productions, CT)

A short about recording acoustic music in the days of the wax cylinder.

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

The story of WPAQ Radio in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

6:30-8:00pm – Dark HollowWRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road.

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 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 Woodside Road United Methodist Church is located at 2000 Woodside Road.

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.

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

Redwood City Weather:

Beautiful, of course! (”Climate Best By Government Test”)

Sunny, FRI: High 66 Low 45, SAT: High 69 Low 44, SUN:  High 71 Low 45.

Award Finalists:

1. Bluegrass Band

Abbott Brothers, Bean Creek, Central Valley Boys, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Tuttles With A. J. Lee.

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott, Pete Hicks, Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Yoseff Tucker.

3. Female Vocalist

Regina Bartlett, Sarah Eblen, Mary Gibbons, A. J. Lee, Louise Mintun.

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick, Avram Frankel, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Marty Varner. Yvonne Walbroehl.

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny, Kim Elking, Pete Hicks, Ed Neff, Michael Tuttle.

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott, Larry Cohea, Rob Horgan, Snap Jackson, Sonia Shell.

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny, Pete Hicks, Alex Sharps, Jack Tuttle, Mark Wardenburg.

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Helen Foley, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun.

9. Bass

Lisa Burns, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Louise Mintun, Max Schwartz.

10. Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, Chris Stevenson

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!

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Finalists & Lifetime Achievement Honorees

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 8th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is FREE and will be held January 23-25, 2015 in Redwood City. The festival includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert (10:00am-5:00pm) on Saturday, January 24 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Citizen Center Theatre and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival (Noon-5:00pm) on Sunday, January 25 at the Redwood City Main Library.

Charlie Cran

Charlie Cran

Here are the Finalists for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards on Saturday, January 24, 3:00-5:00pm:

1. Bluegrass Band

Abbott Brothers, Bean Creek, Central Valley Boys, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Tuttles With A. J. Lee.

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott, Pete Hicks, Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Yoseff Tucker.

3. Female Vocalist

Regina Bartlett, Sarah Eblen, Mary Gibbons, A. J. Lee, Louise Mintun.

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick, Avram Frankel, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Marty Varner. Yvonne Walbroehl.

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny, Kim Elking, Pete Hicks, Ed Neff, Michael Tuttle.

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott, Larry Cohea, Rob Horgan, Snap Jackson, Sonia Shell.

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny, Pete Hicks, Alex Sharps, Jack Tuttle, Mark Wardenburg.

Bob Cole & Chris Stevenson

Bob Cole & Chris Stevenson

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Helen Foley, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun.

9. Bass

Lisa Burns, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Louise Mintun, Max Schwartz.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees:

Charlie Cran of Jamestown was one of the founders of the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival and has been the sole owner of Strawberry Music, Inc. since the early 1990s. Under his leadership, the renamed Strawberry Music Festival has been nationally-recognized as a prescient creative force in integrating bluegrass music into a broader, “big tent” environment that has led to widespread acceptance by legions of new fans while preserving vibrant performance opportunities for traditional bluegrass music. He most recently led the festival through the loss of its longtime beloved venue, Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, a near-crippling blow. The rejuvenated twice-yearly festival is now looking forward to a bright future.

Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson of La Grange led the host band Fiddlestix for the first decade of the Strawberry Music Festival and have recently revived that unit while continuing to perform as Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, and with Faux Renwah, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and other bands. The duo’s career has ranged from success on Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, to Nashville’s Opryland Music Park, to an appearance in the movie Back To The Future III, and as regulars at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The duo organized the La Grange Fiddle & Banjo Contest for many years, and have volunteered with the uniquely-named Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest. The couple’s Camp Obey Bob is the unofficial keeper of the Strawberry festival spirit.

Penny Godlis

Penny Godlis

Penny Godlis of Santa Cruz is the key longtime organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, held since 1994 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. She is a bass player, guitarist, and banjoist who has performed with High Tide, The Birch Lake Ramblers, and her current band, Rogue River. She has served for most of the past two decades on the NCBS Board of Directors and the GOF Committee. She has also helped with other Society events and projects. Although she spent many years playing music in Southern California, she was drawn to Northern California by the Strawberry Music Festival and then became a mainstay of the NCBS.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre is located at 1455 Madison Avenue.

Complete Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

NCBS Film Festival Listings

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Film Information

Banjo Romantika And Do What You Love Film Information

At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan Film Information

Evening Live Music Friday-Sunday At The BOB Festival

ncbs-plain-logoPrincipal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert Set For Saturday, January 24 In Redwood City

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert is set for Saturday, January 24, 10:00am-5:00pm in Redwood City, as part of the FREE weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival (January 23-25). Here is the performance schedule for the 8th annual event:

SATURDAY, January 24

10:00am — Films: Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary Triburte (Alec Oyung, CA), plus additional rare early California bluegrass footage.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

11:00 — Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (La Grange)

Noon — Alison Steele & Erin Valdivia (Boulder Creek)

12:30pm — Grace Clark (Livermore)

1:00 — Dark Hollow (San Francisco)

2:00 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Without Molly (Palo Alto)

3:00-5:00pm – Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show (including additional musical performances)

The FREE concert will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

Complete Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

NCBS Film Festival Listings

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Film Information

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

Banjo Romantika And Do What You Love Film Information

At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan Film Information

Evening Live Music Friday-Sunday At The BOB Festival

Complete Awards Finalist Listings

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

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NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival To Present At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan

The pre-bluegrass Fletcher Supply Company, Fletcher, NC.

The pre-bluegrass Fletcher Supply Company, Fletcher, NC.

The Sunday, January 25 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival will present At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan along with four other films. The FREE event will run Noon-5:00pm at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Filmmaker April Janow

Filmmaker April Janow

The film festival is part of the weekend-long 8th annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival (January 23-25) at various venues in Redwood City.

The free festival includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards on Saturday, January 24 and other shows.

The bluegrass Fletcher Supply Company.

The Fletcher Supply Company in the bluegrass era.

Boulder Creek native April Janow, now of Asheville, NC and Los Angeles, and Dax Cuesta of Riverside are the owners of (sic) Films, LLC, and the makers of the feature documentary At The Feed And Seed, about the creation of a popular local bluegrass venue in the small town of Fletcher, North Carolina.

Filmmaker Dax Cuesta

Filmmaker Dax Cuesta

April ran across the venue while working on the filming of the Hunger Games movie and was struck by the people, music and the historic store. April and Dax found that the community would come together to enjoy the music, dance, and see their friends. This is their first independent film.

The Fletcher Supply Company (aka the Feed And Seed) was built in 1919 and rescued from vacancy by local pastor Phillip Trees and his wife Amy Trees with the help of building owner Henry Thomas in 2007. There is now bluegrass music on Friday and Saturday evenings and a church service on Sunday morning. The building has been restored by volunteers with donations from the community.

G2

G2

g2-mind-over-matterSecond generation bluegrass musicians (their fathers pioneered bluegrass music in Sweden) have established a band called G2. The group’s latest album Mind Over Matter was recorded in the Nashville area. The band’s April 2014 trip to the United States to work on that project is the subject of a film by Stockholm, Sweden filmmaker David Elfgren. He is a professional photographer and cameraman. This is his first feature documentary film.

G2 — Mind Over Matter is our festival’s second film from a European filmmaker during our 8-year run. Last year, we screened the Broken Circle Breakdown from Belgium.

Filmmaker Jon Kasbe

Filmmaker Jon Kasbe

Jon Kasbe's self portrait

Jon Kasbe's self portrait

Raleigh, NC filmmaker Jon Kasbe explores the cultural divide between East and West in the bluegrass context as he follows the young Chapel Hill, North Carolina band Mipso on their first tour outside their home state — to Japan.

The short film Mipso In Japan shows the band members at a Japanese bluegrass festival and meeting the people of their host country. They conclude that the twang of the banjo needs no translation.

The prolific young filmmaker is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina.

Redwood City Main Library

Redwood City Main Library. Home of the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

Complete  NCBS Film Festival Listings

Jacob Sharp of Mipso performs with The Hello Kitties at the Takarazuka Bluegrass Festival, Japan.

Jacob Sharp of Mipso performs with The Hello Kitties at the Takarazuka Bluegrass Festival, Japan.

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Film Information

Banjo Romantika And Do What You Love Film Information

Evening Live Music Friday-Sunday At The BOB Festival

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

Complete Awards Finalist Listings

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Mipso

Mipso

Banjo Romanika And Do What You Love Set For NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival January 25 In Redwood City

banjo-romantika-film-poster-tallThe FREE 8th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City January 23-25 will include the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on Sunday, January 25, Noon-5:00pm at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

main-rwc-libraryThe seven festival films will include Banjo Romantika and Do What You Love.

Unlike other movie venues, the intimate library community room also includes free popcorn for everyone, along with top quality projection equipment, free parking, and comfortable seating.

Filmmaker Lee Bidgood

Filmmaker Lee Bidgood

Filmmakers Lee Bidgood and Shara Lange of East Tennessee State University tell the unlikely story of bluegrass music in the Czech Republic in their feature film Banjo Romantika.

With early stirrings of the forbidden American musical form under communism in the old Czechoslovakia leading to the thriving bluegrass scene of today, Czechs blend the past, the political, and the present in a lively tradition rooted both in the United States and in local practice.

Filmmaker Shara Lange

Filmmaker Shara Lange

The film features an interview with the “godfather” of Czech bluegrass music, Marco Cermak and music by Druha Trava, The Greenhorns, Roll’s Boys, and Relief.

The short music video Do What You Love features Arizona’s Bost Family Traditions and is made by Canadian filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany.

Marco Cermak

Marco Cermak (and above, in the poster).

Kochany, of Mississauga, Ontario, is a prolific, adventurous filmmaker and writer specializing in family-friendly entertainment with a kick of action. Her work has screened on every continent except Antarctica.

Bost Family Traditions has a unique, stylistic blend characterized by powerful, western-style vocal harmony imposed over the hard-driving instrumental tradition of Appalachian music. Songwriter: Jeff Bost.

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany

Complete Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

Full Film Festival Listings

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Film Info

At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan Film Info

Three Evenings Of Entertainment At The BOB Festival

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

Complete Awards Finalist Listings

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Bost Family Traditions

Bost Family Traditions


Broadcast: A Man & His Dream And The Cricket Set To Screen At January 25 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

Filmmaker Jordan Nance

Filmmaker Jordan Nance

The 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival is set for Sunday, January 25, 2015 as part of the FREE, weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The film festival will be held at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road from Noon-5:00pm. Among the seven films this year:

wpaq-studio-building-towerBroadcast: A Man & His Dream tells the story of WPAQ Radio in Mount Airy, North Carolina. It is the debut work of young film director Jordan Nance of Reidsville, NC. who met WPAQ founder Ralph Epperson when Nance was only 12 years old.

Epperson launched the station in 1948 with a vision of local community broadcasting and a passion for regional music. That vision survived the decades as the radio business changed all around the country — but not at WPAQ. “It was then called old time, and we now call it bluegrass,” Epperson recalls on film in his last interview.

Ralph Epperson

Ralph Epperson

The engaging feature documentary was a project for Jordan and his entire family, along with producer Beth Crookman. This is the West Coast debut for the film.

The Cricket, a short by Andrew Cartoun of Newtown, Connecticut, is a look back at an acoustic music recording session in 1921.

From Cartoun’s Stoney Lonesome Productions, the film is an (almost) silent motion picture that brings us back to the time when wax cylinders were the state of the art technology — and old time musicians the focus of many recording sessions.

Cartoun describes himself as an accidental filmmaker who finds entertainment in old time settings.

He plays bluegrass banjo while his friend Dave Shaw plays the fiddle as they record the old time tune “Cricket On The Hearth” on film. This is the West Coast debut for this film.

Filmmaker Andrew Cartoun

Filmmaker Andrew Cartoun

the-cricket-movie-poster1Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Information:

Full Film Listings

Banjo Romantika & Do What You Love Film Information

At The Feed & Seed, G2 — Mind Over Matter, and Mipso In Japan Film Information

Evenings At The BOB Festival

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

Awards Finalists

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Principal financial support for the NCBS BOB Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.




Evening Entertainment At The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival January 23-25 In Redwood City

Dusty Moon

Dusty Moon

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will bring evening entertainment to Redwood City Friday-Sunday, January 23-25, 2015. Here are the shows:

FRIDAY, January 23

freewheel-brewing-company-logo-napkinDusty Moon, Little India Restaurant, 6:30-8:30pm, 917 Main Street.

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

SATURDAY, January 24

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

Woodside Road United Methodist Church

Woodside Road United Methodist Church

SUNDAY, January 25

Dark Hollow, WRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 6:30-8:00pm, 2000 Woodside Road.

The festival also includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards on Saturday, January 24, and the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on Sunday, January 25.

All festival events are FREE.

ncbs-plain-logoPrincipal financial support for the NCBS BOB Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

27strings

27strings


Northern California Bluegrass Awards Finalists For Saturday, January 24 In Redwood City

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm, at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City. The ceremony will be preceded by a day-long concert beginning at 10:00am.

The Saturday program is part of the FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, set for January 23-25. Awards will be given for best bluegrass band,  for male and female vocalist, and on the seven bluegrass instruments. In addition, Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Finalists In All Categories

Here are the finalists in the bluegrass band category:

Finalist — The Abbott Brothers:

The Abbott Brothers

The Abbott Brothers

Finalist — Bean Creek:

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

Finalist — The Central Valley Boys:

The Central Valley Boys

The Central Valley Boys

Finalist — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players:

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Finalist — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee:

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, John Dabney, and other Redwood City-area businesses and organizations.