2019 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival

For the fourth year, the Freight & Salvage celebrates incredible talent with the Berkeley Bluegrass FestivalMay 16-19, 2019. Programmed by Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival brings together leaders of the genre, up-and-coming artists, and music fans for three days of concerts, jams, free workshops, and good old-fashioned merriment to kick off the summer music festival season.

Free workshops, jams and other activities (including a youth jam, sing-along, and family squaredance) will be offered throughout the weekend.

SHOWS

All shows take place at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St in the Littlefield Room, our state of the art listening room, except for Gallery Stage performances which take place in the Freight & Salvage lobby before show time. Three Day Passes available (advance purchase only).

THURSDAY, MAY 16TH

5:30 – 6:30 PM

FREE Square Dance with Evie Ladin

at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza with a beer garden!

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Lobby Party

Grab your instruments, grab your friends,  and come on down for a pre-show party in the lobby! With tabling from camps and bluegrass organizations, pizza and drink specials, and jams! (Instrument check available)

8:00 PM

North Country Blue

High Water Line

Lela and Rainy Miatke

FREE SQUARE DANCE

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

Festival Kickoff Party

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FRIDAY, MAY 17TH • DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

Hot Buttered Rum

Front Country

Blue Summit

High Water Line (on the Gallery Stage)

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SATURDAY, MAY 18TH • DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

The Earls of Leicester

The Kathy Kallick Band

Fog Holler

Lela and Rainy Miatke (on the Gallery Stage)

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SUNDAY, MAY 19TH • DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Jerry Douglas

Amy Scher & Hailey Pexton

North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)

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FREE WORKSHOPS, JAMS & ACTIVITIES

Thursday May 16

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Free Square Dance with Evie Ladin & Friends at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza

6:00 – 8:00 PM: Lobby Party – Grab your instruments, grab your friends,  and come on down for a pre-show party in the lobby! With tabling from camps and bluegrass organizations, pizza and drink specials, and jams! (Instrument check available)

Saturday May 18th

12 – 1 PM: Youth Jam in Lobby (sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association)

1 – 2 PM: The Kathy Kallick Band: Music for Kids and Families

in the Littlefield Listening Room

3:30 – 4:45 PM: Bass w/ Cary Black in Room 208

Dobro w/ Greg Booth in Room 210

Mandolin w/ Tom Bekeny in Room 206

5:00 – 6:15 PM: Singing w/ Tom Rozum in Room 210

Sunday May 19th

1 – 2 PM: Bluegrass Classics Sing-Along with High Country in the Littlefield Listening Room

Bluegrass & Country Slow Jam w/ Richard Brandenberg in Room 210

2:15 – 3:30 PM: Jerry Douglas – “Behind The Bar”  in the Littlefield Listening Room

“Jerry Douglas will share some of his Dobro techniques

for practicing, playing, and composing.

He will take you behind the bar!”

3:30 – 4:45 PM: Banjo w/ Larry Cohea in Room 210

Mandolin w/ Butch Waller in Room 206

Singing w/ Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton in Room 208

4:55 – 6:10 PM: Bass w/ Hasee Ciaccio in Room 206

Fiddle w/ Brandon Godman in Room 210

Guitar w/ Sullivan Tuttle in Room 208