RBA To Present January 23 Concert Honoring California Bluegrass Pioneers Vern Williams & Ray Park

Mountain View Masonic Hall, 890 Church Street.

Mountain View Masonic Hall, 890 Church Street.

California Bluegrass Pioneers Vern Williams & Ray Park will be honored at a Saturday evening, January 23 concert presented by Redwood Bluegrass Associates.

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick will perform songs made famous by the Vern & Ray duo and featured on the recent album by the Laurie & Kathy duo.

NEW: Tom Sauber & Patrick Sauber will open the show with a (father & son) Monroe Brothers tribute.

The program is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The  Mountain View Masonic Hall, 890 Church Street in downtown Mountain View will host the show, which will begin with an open jam at 5:00pm, followed by concert doors opening at 7:00pm and the concert at 7:30pm.

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick

Tom & Patrick Sauber

Tom & Patrick Sauber

The concert kicks off the spring monthly bluegrass series that will run through May.

NCBS Announces Schedule For The January 30 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert In Redwood City

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the performance schedule for the Saturday, January 30, 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert.

The FREE day of bluegrass will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City.

The event is part of the FREE, weekend-long 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

SATURDAY, January 30

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

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)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway 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.

BOB Festival Evening Shows

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Evening Shows At The January 29-31 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival In Redwood City

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Two FREE evenings of great music will entertain area bluegrass fans during the 9th annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City. The shows will feature top Peninsula-based bands.

27strings

27strings

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers will perform on Friday, January 29, 7:00-11:00pm at the Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence Street. Freewheel will be having a double celebration — the BOB and San Francisco Beer Week. The food is good, the place is nice, and it’s, well, Bluegrass Beer Week. Who could ask for more?

freewheel-brewing-company-logo-napkin27strings will perform on Saturday, January 30, 6:00-8:30pm at Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway. Genuine bluegrass, genuine German food, and genuine German beer. This is a nice place.

gourmet-house-staudt-edited-beer-signThe 27strings show will begin one hour after the end of the day-long Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert. It’s a perfect way to end a perfect, well, Bluegrass Saturday!

The entire weekend of bluegrass is FREE and FUN. The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway 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.

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Banjo Romantika To Screen As Special Presentation At NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway On Saturday, January 30

banjo-romantika-film-poster-tallThe FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City January 29-31 will include the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on Sunday, January 31, Noon-5:00pm at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, when multiple films will be screened.

Filmmaker Lee Bidgood

Filmmaker Lee Bidgood

One film, Banjo Romantika, will be shown as a special presentation on Saturday, January 30 as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert at the Veterans Memorial Senior Citizens Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

Filmmakers Lee Bidgood and Shara Lange of East Tennessee State University tell the amazing and unlikely story of bluegrass music in the Czech Republic.

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.

27strings Plays This Thursday, January 21 At Summit House Bluegrass Series

27strings

27strings

The new Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Thursday Bluegrass Series at the Summit House at the top of the hill on Highway 17 south of Los Gatos and north of Scott’s Valley continues with 27strings this Thursday, January 21, 6:00-8:30pm.

Thursday Bluegrass Series

Thursday Bluegrass Series

There is one remaining show this month on January 28 with Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Round-Up. The exciting February schedule will soon be announced.

The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill is located at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033. The FREE performances can be enjoyed with fine food and drink, beautiful mountain views, and the warm company of your fellow bluegrass fans. Robert Cornelius is the organizer.

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival To Screen Broadcast: A Man & His Dream About WPAQ Radio Of Mt. Airy, North Carolina

wpaq-studio-building-towerBroadcast: A Man & His Dream tells the story of WPAQ Radio in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

The film will be a part of the 9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival, set for Sunday, January 31, 2016 during the FREE, weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Four films will be screened at the film festival, which will be held at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road from Noon-5:00pm.

It is the debut work of young film director Jordan Nance of Reidsville, NC. who met WPAQ founder Ralph Epperson when spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy patient Nance was 12 years old.

wpaq-radio-signal-coverage-mapEpperson 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. The feature documentary was a project for Jordan and his entire family, along with the film’s producer Beth Crookham.

Filmmaker Jordan Nance

"Broadcast" Filmmaker Jordan Nance

Bluegrass On Broadway 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.

Film Producer Beth Crookman

"Broadcast" Film Producer Beth Crookham

High Country Set To Perform January 30 At Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Larry Cohea

Larry Cohea

California’s longest-running traditional bluegrass band, High Country, will perform at the 9th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Two longtime band members, Butch Waller & Larry Cohea, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the ceremony.

Butch Waller

Butch Waller

The FREE 10:00am-5:00pm concert will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City. Many other bands will perform.

The concert is a part of the weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival at various venues around Redwood City.

Bluegrass On Broadway 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.

High Country

High Country

Joe Weed’s Waltz To Westphalia Set For Bluegrass On Broadway Film Event On January 31

Filmmaker Joe Weed

Filmmaker Joe Weed

The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will present the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival on Sunday, January 31 from Noon-5:00pm at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

westphalia-waltz-record-blue-bonnet-labelThe FREE program will present an afternoon of films, including “The Waltz To Westphalia,” a 2010 documentary by longtime NCBS member Joe Weed of Los Gatos.

Joe will appear in person at the screening to discuss the film with the audience.

The 9th annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, featuring concerts, films, and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

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Redwood City Main Library

Redwood City Main Library

All weekend events are FREE and open to the public.

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.

Film premier audience in Beaumont, TX

Film premier audience in Beaumont, TX