San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival San Francisco, California USA
Festival Contact Information

San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival
Northern California Bluegrass Society
P. O. Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846 USA

Festival Description

The eclectic blend of events booked for the annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival (SFBOT) will raise up a bluegrass ruckus, create some old-time fun and guarantee some ass kickin’ music through performances, dances and workshops. The 10-day festival runs each February since 2000 and comprises more than 30 shows at numerous small clubs around the Bay Area featuring some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and Roots music scene today.

In 2012 the festival featured a band contest for the first time which will bring out some of the up-and-coming new Northern California Bluegrass and Old-Time bands. There is a lot of excitement about this contest and it is expected to be a regular addition to the festival.

In addition to shows, the festival aims to provide rich experiences for Bay Area residents through workshops, jam sessions, kids shows, Bluegrass and Old-Time in the Schools and the Saturday night old-time square dance (always a sell-out with over 220 attendees)! Each year the Festival showcases the best in rising acts from the West Coast and beyond, with a special spotlight on the immense amount of local talent located right here in the Bay Area.

Unlike any other festival in the country, the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival is a grass-roots, non-profit, volunteer-run festival dedicated to keeping the tradition of bluegrass and old-time music alive. For more information on the festival, visit

Another festival that takes place in the area is the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival each October. For more information visit

Festival Dates February 8 - 17, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
  • Casey Dreissen
  • Stairwell Sisters
  • David Bromberg
  • The Bee Eaters
  • Brothers Comatos
  • David Thom Band with Don Rigsby
  • The Crooked Jades
  • The Earl Brothers
  • Bill Evans
  • Black Crown Stringband
  • Windy Hill
  • Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys
  • Dustbowl Revival
  • Water Tower
  • JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople
  • Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
  • Savannah Blu
  • Knuckle Knockers
  • Front Country
  • Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players
  • Misisipi Mike’s Southern Comforts
  • Gayle Schmitt & the Toodala Ramblers
  • Emily Bonn and The Vivants
  • Evie Ladin Band
  • Toshio Hirano
  • Anne and Pete Sibley
  • Scott Nygaard & Sharon Gilchrist
  • Jordan Ruyle
  • Misner & Smith
  • Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin
  • Triple Chicken Foot
  • Henhouse Prowlers
  • Grandpa Banana’s Band
  • Big Jugs
  • The Creak
  • Arann Harris & the Farm Band
  • Sassparilla
  • Whiskey Brothers
  • and many more…


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • 2012 Poster
    • Anne & Pete Sibley, photo by Flo McCall
    • The Deadly Gentlemen, photo courtesy of The Deadly Gentlemen
    • The Earl Brothers
    • Foghorn Stringband From left to right: Caleb Klauder (mandolin), Reeb Willms (guitar), Nadine Landry (bass) and Stephen “Sammy” Lind (fiddle)
    • Mad Cow String Band
    • Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally, photo by Mike Melnyk
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