Spring Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Line-Up Announced For March 18-19, 2016

Scopazzi's Restaurant

Scopazzi's Restaurant

Brookdale Bluegrass has announced the line-up for the 19th Annual Springfling Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, set for March 18-19, 2016 in Boulder Creek.

The festival is held twice a year in the San Lorenzo Valley. All Brookdale Bluegrass events since 1998 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Bands: The Townhowlers, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, David Holodiloff Band, Alison Steele, Hunter Austin Project, Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, True Life Troubadours, and more.

Due to the ongoing renovation of the festival’s original home, the Brookdale Lodge, the March gathering will be held at Scopazzi’s Restaurant in downtown Boulder Creek. Additional details will be announced shortly.

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2016 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class Is Announced

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the 2016 Leadership Bluegrass Class, including the Bay Area’s Darby Brandli. The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA and NCBS Members are encouraged to apply for future classes. Congratulations to members of the LB Class Number 17:

Alan Bibey – Grasstowne; Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Daniel Boner – East Tennessee State University; Elizabethton, Tennessee

Dustin Boyd – Planet Bluegrass; Boulder, Colorado

Darby Brandli – California Bluegrass Association; Oakland, California

Janet Brightly – Consultant, Greyfox and Wintergrass; Annandale, Virginia

Angus Finnan – Folk Alliance International; Kansas City, Missouri

Jocelyn Gold – Gold Heart; Hamilton, Virginia

Katherine Hanson – FDA Leadership Development; Ijamsville, Maryland

Kelsi Harrigill – Flatt Lonesome; Trinity, Alabama

Lisa Husted – Greyfox Bluegrass Festival; Whitesboro, New York

Leah James – International Bluegrass Music Association; Nashville, Tennessee

Chris Joslin – International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, Kentucky

Tony Kamel – Wood & Wire; Austin, Texas

Brad Kolodner – WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Baltimore, Maryland

Devon Leger – Hearth Music; Shoreline, Washington

Marian Leighton Levy – Rounder Records; Newburyport, Massachusetts

Kimber Ludiker – Della Mae; Hendersonville, Tennessee

David Morris – Bluegrass Today/Paddle Faster Publishing; Gaithersburg, Maryland

Laurie Okun – City of Raleigh/Raleigh Convention Center; Raleigh, North Carolina

Patrice O’Neill – Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass; Milton, Washington

James Reams – James Reams & the Barnstormers; Litchfield, Arizona

Salvatore Sauco – Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance; East, Rhode Island

Annie Savage – Colorado Bluegrass Music Society; Lafayette, Colorado

Lee Stivers – The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers; Washington, Pennsylvania

Lucas White – Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Diana Wyland – Independent Artist & Teacher; Silver Spring, Maryland

The February 2016 Bluegrass Highlights For Northern California & Beyond

Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland

valentine-stop-fiddling-around-and-be-mineThe romantic month of February 2016 is upon us, with great bluegrass music everywhere in Northern California, ready to be shared with those you love!

Major touring acts coming to our area include Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Claire Lynch Band, Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Noam Pikelny, Radim Zenkl, Nu-Blu, Martha Scanlan, The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Aoife O’Donovan, Della Mae, Jim Lauderdale, and even the Charlie Daniels Band.

The big festivals are in places like Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, and Montana.

The fun, small, close to home festivals are in Point Reyes Station, San Jose, Mariposa, and San Francisco. Enjoy!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series high in the Santa Cruz Mountains rolls on with top local bands beginning with the Goat Hill Girls. Thanks for your support!

Bean Creek accepts Best Bluegrass Band Award, January 30, 2016.

Bean Creek accepts Northern California Best Bluegrass Band Award, January 30, 2016.

belle-monroe-brewglass-boys-posed-tableBelle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys (together far longer than most modern marriages) celebrates by headlining a huge bill as part of the Hillbilly Robot Festival at SF’s Great American Music Hall. Our own Alabama Bow Ties are set for a huge concert down on the Central Coast. And, a brand new band will perform in a brand new Hollister concert venue: Riley Hill & Brand New Still at the Old Schoolhouse. Check it out.

Finally, the band soon-to-be-formerly-known-as Houston Jones will play its last under that name this month before becoming The Jones Gang. Your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society will be out in force to enjoy the shows on this selective list and the many other fine bluegrass performances this month. Please Join Us!

redwood-ramblers-poster-amnesia-2116revolution-cafe-two-stools-nameFEBRUARY

1 – Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

1 — Paper Wings, Powderbears, Bear Valley.

1 – Alabama Bow Ties, Redwood Ramblers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

2 – Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

2 – Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

3 — Festival Speed, Revolution Cafe, San Francisco.

3 – Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3 — Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.

The Goat Hill Girls

The Goat Hill Girls

highway-one-brewing-company-logo4 — The Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

4 — Hoot & Holler, Bearcat Duo, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

4 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

4 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

4-7 — Big Sky Big Grass Festival, Big Sky Resort, Bozeman, MT.

4-7 – SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN.

hillbilly-robot-sign-microphonestudio-55-speed-limit5 — Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Highway One Brewing Company, Pescadero.

5 —  Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

5 – David Nelson & Eric Thompson, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

5 – Barwick & Siegfried, Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento.

the-palms-logo5 – Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

5 — I See Hawks In LA, The Palms, Winters.

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 – Hillbilly Robot Festival, various venues, San Francisco.

6 — Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse

6 — Kendra McKinley, The Grillhouse Redwood Shores, Redwood City.

6 — The Gilly Girls With Evo Bluestein & Special Guests, Mia Cuppa Cafe, Fresno.

6-7 — Riley Hill & Brand New Still, Bluegrass Club At The Old Schoolhouse, Hollister.

freight-sign7 — Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

7 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

Sam's BBQ

Sam's BBQ

7 — Suzy Thompson & Del Rey, (House Concert) leslie (at) playingbyear (dot) com, Santa Cruz.

8 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

8 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

9 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

9 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

9 — Dead Winter Carpenters, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

10 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

10 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

10 — Claire Lynch Band, Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Sparks, NV.

11 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu

11 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

11 – Claire Lynch Band, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

11 — Nu-Blu, UU Concert Series, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Chico.

11-15 – KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon, 91.5FM, South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas and streaming online.

12 — Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, One Grass Two Grass, Mother Corn Shuckers, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

12 – Dead Winter Carpenters​, Cold & In The Bay, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Mike Witcher

Mike Witcher

12 — Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

12 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar & Grill, Salinas.

12 — Rita Hosking Trio, Mark & Cindy Lemaire, Point Richmond Acoustic, First Methodist Church, Point Richmond.

12 —  Claire Lynch Band, Oaksongs, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

12 — Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

12 — Avram Frankel & Jim Mintun, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

12-14 – Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza Hotel, Denver, CO.

13 — KWMR Sweethearts Of The Radio, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

KWMR-Bumper Sticker-cmyk13 — Claire Lynch Band, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

13 – Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, (House Concert) foghouseconcerts (at) gmail (dot) com, San Francisco.

13 — Houston Jones Final Performance, Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, House Concert, Oakland.

13 — The Mountain Men Stringband, Riley Hill & Brand New Still, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

13 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

13 — Festival Speed, Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito.

13 — High Country, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.

13 — Blithedale Canyon, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

13 – Edgewood Mountain Boys & Friends, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.

More Pretty Girls Than One

More Pretty Girls Than One

14 – Leroy McNees & Gloryland, La Crescenta Baptist Church, La Crescenta.

14 — More Pretty Girls Than One With Kid’s Afternoon Dance (Caller - Robin Fischer), Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

14 — Amber Cross, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Bolinas.

14 — Claire Lynch Band, (House Concert) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com, Santa Cruz. (Concert reorganized due to death in family — originally was at Inner Light Ministries, Soquel.)

14 — Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Carolyn Sills Combo, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

15 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

15 — Windy Hill Follows Handsome Ladies Women-Only Jam, Amnesia, San Francisco.

16 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

16 — The T Sisters, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

16 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Danny Paisley & The Southern GRass

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Sidesaddle & Co

Sidesaddle & Co

17 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

17 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

17 — Nu Blu, Old Kennett String Band, The Studio, Cottonwood.

17-21 – Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp, Westin & Sheraton Hotels, Kansas City. MO.

18 — Kitchen Help, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

atlasfront118 – Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

18 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

18 — Radim Zenkl, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

18 — Mountain Dojo, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

18-20 – Colorado River Bluegrass Music Festival, Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ.

19 – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

19 — Left Coast Country, The Town Howlers, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

alabama-bowties-playing-gof-stagemission-pizza-logo19 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

19 – Jeff Austin Band, Windy Hill, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

19-21 – WinterWonderGrass Festival — Colorado, Nottingham Park, Avon, CO.

20 – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, Masonic Hall, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed)

20 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

french-gulch-hotel-logo-bw20 — The Alabama Bow Ties, Knights Of Columbus Benefit Concert, Castoro Cellars, Templeton.

20 – Heathen Hill, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

20 – Jim Lauderdale, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

20 – Sons Of Jefferson, French Gulch Hotel, French Gulch.

21 – Festival Speed & The Bearcat Duo Sunday Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

21 – The Bernal Hillbillies, The Lucky Horseshoe Bar, San Francisco.

21 — Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Martha Scanlan

Martha Scanlan

the-parkside-red-wall-sign21 — The Mosey Boys, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

21 — Festival Speed & Bearcat Duo Bluegrass Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

21 – True Life Troubadours, Sour Mash Hug Band, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

21 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.

22 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

22 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

Aofie O'Donovan

Aoife O'Donovan

23 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

23 — Edgewood Mountain Boys, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.

24 – Martha Scanlan With Jon Neufeld & Sam Amidon, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

24 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

24 — Aoife O’Donovan, Largo, Los Angeles.

24 — Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

25 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

25 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

25 — Happy Trails (Patti Maxine, Lee Anne Welch, Lori Silcher, Suzanne Suwanda), Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

The Rambling Minors

The Rambling Minors

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25 – The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, The Troubadour, West Hollywood.

25-28 – Wintergrass International Music Festival, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue, WA.

26 — Aoife O’Donovan, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara.

26 — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Rambling Minors, Alameda Elks Club, Alameda.

Noam Pikelny

Noam Pikelny

26 — The McCoy Tyler Band, lille aeske, Boulder Creek.

26 — The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

26 — True Life Troubadours, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

26 — Noam Pikelny, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

26 — Martha Scanlan, Will Fourt & Sheila Golden, CASFS Hay Barn, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.

26 —  Avram Siegel, Beppe Gambetta & Mike Witcher, Diesel Books, Oakland.

26 — Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill, Davenport.

26 — The Cherry Pickers, Caspar Inn, Caspar.

26 — Charlie Daniels Band, Uptown Theatre, Napa.

27 – Aoife O’Donovan, Folktale Winery, Carmel By The Sea.

27 – Cousin Jack’s Winterfest, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

27 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Morgan Hill Grange, Morgan Hill.

28 – Aoife O’Donovan, The Chapel, San Francisco.

28 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Pickwick Gardens, Burbank.

28 – Martha Scanlan With Jon Neufeld, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

29 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

29 — Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub. Kensington.

29 — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

29 — Aoife O’Donovan, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, Petaluma.

Della Mae

Della Mae

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

LOST & FOUND FROM SATURDAY: Hat with long cloth neck cover & a blanket. Contact (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

Santa Cruz’s Bean Creek Takes Top Honors At 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Bean Creek, a strongly-traditional bluegrass band from Santa Cruz, won top honors at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held on January 30 in Redwood City. This is the second time that the unit has been named Best Bluegrass Band by voters.

The top Male & Female Vocalists, Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) and A. J. Lee (Tracy) were also repeat winners.

Three other members of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) won as best players of their respective instruments: Jack Tuttle (Fiddle), Michael Tuttle (Mandolin), and Sullivan Tuttle (Guitar).

Other individual honors went to Paul Knight of Marshall (Bass), Luke Abbott of Santa Cruz (Banjo), and Jim Mintun of Santa Cruz (Dobro).

Jerry Ashford (Camas, OR) Larry Cohea (El Cerrito), Elmo Schropshire (Novato) & Butch Waller (Oakland), pioneers of California bluegrass music, received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The 9th annual awards show is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, a free weekend of live bluegrass performances and a bluegrass film festival. The BOB 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, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

9:55am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

With additional guest musical performances by The Rambling Minors, The Central Valley Boys, Jack Tuttle & Michael Tuttle, Moonglow, Eric Burman, & Bean Creek.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo Schropshire & Butch Waller.

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

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

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

Time For Bluegrass Music In Redwood City!

Festival Fun: The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is this weekend, January 29-31, 2016, at various venues in Redwood City. Here is All You Need To Know to enjoy the 9th 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.

Tickets: NO tickets are needed. All shows are FREE.

Bluegrass On Broadway

Bluegrass On Broadway

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, January 29

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

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

9:55am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

Civic Cultural Commission

Civic Cultural Commission

2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards

With additional guest musical performances by The Rambling Minors, The Central Valley Boys, Jack Tuttle & Michael Tuttle, Moonglow, Eric Burman, & Bean Creek.

Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo Schropshire & Butch Waller.

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

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

redwood-city-peninsula-mapDirections:

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 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.

Redwood City Weather:

All festival events are INDOORS with close-in parking. High 72, Low 72.

Rain Friday. Mostly cloudy Saturday & Sunday. FRI: High 59, Low 48, SAT: High 54, Low 41, SUN: High 50, Low 41.

Award Finalists:

1. Bluegrass Band

Bean Creek

Central Valley Boys

Dark Hollow

High Country

Sidesaddle & Co

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Snap Jackson

Billy Pitrone

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

3. Female Vocalist

Diana Donnelly

Sarah Eblen

A. J. Lee

Louise Mintun

Carolyn Sills

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

David Thom

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

Yvonne Walbroehl

5. Mandolin

Kyle Abbott

Tom Bekeny

Pete Hicks

A. J. Lee

Michael Tuttle

Butch Waller

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott

Larry Cohea

Rob Horgan

Snap Jackson

Victor Skidanenko

7. Fiddle

Luke Abbott

Pete Hicks

Alex Sharps

Jack Tuttle

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Avram Frankel

Jim Mintun

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Sarah Eblen

Dave Gooding

Elida Ickes

Paul Knight

There are 6 finalists in some categories due to ties.

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 Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.

And remember…all of your friends will be there!

A. J. Lee & Blue Summit To Perform At NCBS Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert On Saturday, January 30

A. J. Lee

A. J. Lee

A. J. Lee & Blue Summit will perform on Saturday, January 30 at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert in Redwood City. The day of bluegrass is part of the FREE weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Here is the full festival schedule:

FRIDAY, January 29

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

SATURDAY, January 30

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert, Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue

9:55am — Special Film Presentation: Banjo Romantika — American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

11:00am — Moonglow (Jerry Ashford & Beth McNamara)

Noon — Bean Creek

1:00pm — High Country

2:00 — A. J. Lee & Blue Summit

3:00-5:00 — 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with additional musical performances). Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Jerry Ashford, Larry Cohea, Elmo SchropshireButch Waller.

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

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

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

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA).,

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

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 ServicesJohn Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.