With more than 30 shows planned at numerous small clubs around the Bay Area, the 13th annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time festival kicks off February 10th.
The 10-day festival runs through February 19 and features some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and Roots music scene. Artists of note include many local groups including The Brothers Comatose, The Crooked Jades, Earl White String Band and the Kathy Kallick Quartet. The festival also features out-of-town bands Foghorn Stringband, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, and making their SF Bluegrass festival debut, The Deadly Gentlemen (epic folk and grasscore out of Boston).
In addition to shows, the festival aims to bring Bay Area residents together through workshops, jam sessions, kids shows, and a family-friendly old-time square dancing. The festival will also hold its first annual contest to discover up-and-coming Northern California bluegrass and old-time bands.
The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival is a grass-roots, nonprofit, volunteer-run festival dedicated to keeping the tradition of bluegrass and old-time music alive. Check out a few of the featured artists below:
The Brothers Comatose, “26 on the List”
Playing at the Big Ass Hillbilly Show: Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, The Brothers Comatose, Emily Bonn and The Vivants, 8:00 pm at Slim’s, 333 11th Street, San Francisco, $15
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, “Way Over Yonder/The Minor Key”
Playing at Bluegrass Bonanza!: The Earl Brothers, Henhouse Prowlers, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, 8:00 pm at Plough & Stars, 116 Clement Street, San Francisco, $10-$15
The Deadly Gentlemen, “When I Was a Cowboy”
Playing at Festival Closing Night: The Crooked Jades, The Deadly Gentlemen, 8:00 pm at Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market Street, San Francisco, $15
Ashley Smith is a writer and music lover from San Francisco. You can check out what she is grooving to at www.thegrooveisontheloose.com.
Photo: The Brothers Comatose