Shelby Ash Presents

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival "Benefit Show"

support local grass!

Sun Jan 13, 2013
Cafe du Nord
7pm doors / 7:30 show
$10 - $20
Bluegrass, Folk, Music


The 14th annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival is around the corner and the line up is coming soon. In the meantime, there's the benefit concert to help raise money for this non-profit, volunteer-run festival. Please come out and show your support for local bluegrass and old-time music.

Front Country are a who’s who of Bay Area bluegrass and country pickers – featuring members of the Whisky Richards, the Midnight Gamblers, the Heel Draggers, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys. Formed in 2011 as a collective of the hottest pickers in town, to play a monthly gig in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Their repertoire rapidly expanded and in January of 2012 Front Country became the second Northern California band in three years to win the prestigious RockyGrass band competition. The band is; Adam Roszkiewicz (mandolin), Jacob Groopman (guitar), Jordan Klein (banjo), Leif Karlstrom (fiddle), Melody Walker (guitar), and Zach Sharpe (upright bass).

This acoustic stringband are the offspring of the Pine Box Boys and Kemo Sabe. Not quit as dark, spooky, and drunk as their older kin, but somehow are much older than their kin. It's weird, but true. After all, these hillbillies do come from the backwoods of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Possum and Lester's repertoire date back to the early days of stringband music (1900-1930) and to the early days of bluegrass (1940s). Lester Raw (Pine Box Boys) on vocals and acoustic guitar, Possum (Pine Box Boys) on banjo and vocals, Cary Kirk (Kemo Sabe) on mandolin and vocals, Col. Leather (Pine Box Boys) on bass, and featuring some of the best and worst jokes you've never heard.

THE SKINNY (Oakland)
The Skinny is a knee-slapping, tear-jerking, foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing, playing not-so-traditional folk and bluegrass, and loving every minute kind of band. These pickers combine sweet harmonies with dobro, banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, ukelele and a rockin’ bass line, pulling you in 'til you wanna pick up anything that makes noise and play along too.

The band that won the 2012 SFBOT Festival band competition is lending a hand to this year’s benefit show. Nobody from Nashville is a new, up and coming San Francisco Bay Area string band. Members of the band met at the Station Inn and Bluebird Café in Nashville. Just kidding. Nobody from Nashville actually features nobody from Nashville. The band “accidentally” formed in the summer of 2011 at a popular bluegrass festival in California, when discovered that once they started jamming together, nobody wanted to stop and the band was born. Tah-dah!


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  1. Cafe du Nord
    2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA