The 14th annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival kicks off Feb 7th and runs thru Feb 17, with two dates here at Cafe du Nord (Feb 9 and 16). The SFBOT Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival - it\'s grass-roots, non-profit, volunteer-run, and not your typical camp out bluegrass fest.
It\'s held in 10 different venues around San Francisco, Berkeley, and Marin. The festival features living legends, hot touring bands, and local favorites, plus kids\' shows, and jam sessions.
PORTLAND INVASION ft. SASSPARILLA
At their core are the true sound of Portland. Their music is dirty-grass, indie-roots, punk-Americana all rolled into one epic sound. Not to mention, Sassparilla offer one of the most entertaining and sweaty live shows in the Pacific Northwest. The band is comprised of Kevin "Gus" Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), Ross "Dagger" Macdonald (harmonica), Colin "Sweet Pea" Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums).
HOOK & ANCHOR
HOOK & ANCHOR are a Portland-based band and brainchild of Erik Clampitt (Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck) and Kati Claborn (Blind Pilot). The two formed Clampitt Family in early 2007. Their sound is a mixture of traditional Americana themes, old-time instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies. Erik, and the other dozen plus Portland stringbands, is the very reason we started this whole "Portland Invasion" thing way back in 2007. Each year Erik brings with him a caravan of Portland\'s finest pickers and singers.
LEFT COAST COUNTRY
Get ready San Francisco, LEFT COAST COUNTRY are gonna blow your mind. This Portland-based bluegrass and country outfit deliver both high-energy originals and an authentic take on traditional sounds stemming from Bill Monroe to Towns van Zandt. Their live shows are an experience in itself, and guaranteed to get you up dancing like a crazy old-timer.