Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Festival Kickoff Party

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Festival Kickoff Party

North Country Blue, The High Water Line, Lela and Rainy Miatke

Thursday, May 16th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free with Reservation. Suggested donation $5-$20

  • Free with reservation.  Suggested donation $5-20.
  • This is part of a 4-day festival. For full festival info & schedule, click here.

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
For the fourth year, the Freight & Salvage celebrates incredible talent with the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, May 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 four days of concerts, jams, free workshops, and good old-fashioned merriment to kick off the summer music festival season.
Festival Kickoff Party
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
North Country Blue
North Country Blue
North Country Blue includes young bluegrass musicians from Northern California. Their young age (just 14 and 15 years old) has not stopped them from making quite a splash with their arrival on the scene in 2017. All of the band members -- Ida Winfree (mandolin, guitar), Megan January (bass) and Tessa Schwartz (fiddle) -- have come up through the ranks of the California Bluegrass Association’s youth programs, and they have years of prior band experience among them despite their young ages.
The High Water Line
The High Water Line
The High Water Line is a five piece bluegrass band of San Francisco Bay Area musicians, who have blended their diverse musical tastes and experiences to create a hard-driving West Coast bluegrass sound that is all their own.
Lela and Rainy Miatke
Lela and Rainy Miatke
Sisters Lela and Rainy Miatke have been singing together ever since they learned to talk. After picking up fiddle and mandolin at the age of 8, they formed the band Rainy and the Rattlesnakes with their dad Ray. With the family band, they’ve toured all over the country, gaining attention for their tight sibling harmonies.

Now, at ages 18 and 16, they have already appeared on stage with such notable performers as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Alice Gerrard, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Väsen, Tony Trischka, Sean Watkins, and The Bee Eaters. They are both passionate songwriters, drawing on the bluegrass and country classics they grew up listening to, and inspired by the northwest forests they grew up in. Their entwining fiddle and mandolin lay down a foundation for their crisp, strong vocals, creating a striking, lonesome sound.

Despite their young ages, Lela and Rainy have been performing for over 6 years and have been called two of the most promising young musicians in Oregon.