Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival Returns to Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Come join us for a day of music and fun on Saturday, March 9 as we celebrate our 19th year! This year’s event features a wide range of great performances including the Duo Quartet, Nu-Blu, Jerry Wicentowski & the Wiseman Institute, the Bloomfield Bluegrass band and Mike Beck. In addition to the main stage acts, there will be a workshop with cowboy singers Mike Beck & Scott Gerber discussing the lives of working cowboys while swapping songs, and an old-time fiddle workshop with Plaid Stranger’s Karen Celia Heil.
Doors open at noon with music running 1pm-9pm. Tickets go on sale February 1 at People’s Music (Sebastopol), Last Record Store (Santa Rosa) and online at https://www.cbaweb.org/Events//Sonoma: $35 in advance, $40 at the door; one low price all day! There is a $5 discount for members of the Sonoma County Folks Society and California Bluegrass Association with proof of membership.
Be sure to bring your instrument. There will be plenty of opportunity to jam and hang out with friends! For more information, contact Mark Hogan 707-477-9537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the bands…
The Duo Quartet derives its name from the fact that it is made up of members of two different acts: Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones of Blame Sally, and Chris Webster & Nina Gerber. Each pair will perform on their own, then team up for some dueling guitar jams and three-part harmonies.
Nu-Blu, from the small town of Silver City North Carolina, are a husband and wife duo of Daniel and Carolyn Routh. With Calder Baker on banjo and Justin Harrison on fiddle and mandolin, expect fine singing and great song choices backed up by superb instrumental work.
Jerry Wicentowski has a voice reminiscent of Mac Wiseman and is expected to feature material from his CD “Thanks Mac, The Songs of Mac Wiseman.” The band includes Jody Stecher (mandolin), Keith Little (banjo), Chad Manning (fiddle) and Paul Knight (bass.)
Plaid Strangers Karen Ceilia Heil and Maxine Gerber are no strangers to the San Francisco old time music scene. Sonoma County folks will be treated to some fine fiddle and banjo stylings.
Cowboy Singer and horseman Mike Beck will be returning to the SCB&FF this time as a solo performer. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist and horseman is a veteran performer who has toured with Western folk legends Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Ian Tyson. He has become well known on the Western music circuit for his soulful portrayal of the American West and is a staple at the Western Folk Life Center’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.
The Bloomfield Bluegrass Band is “by common acclaim the finest traditional bluegrass in Bloomfield, CA (population 300.)” Members include Christine Wilhoyt (banjo), David Thiessen (mandolin), Patrick Campbell (fiddle), Jim Burke (guitar) and Marc Francis (bass.) These Sonoma County locals are dedicated to the traditional bluegrass repertoire with some newgrass and gospel tunes thrown in.