Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Blue Summit

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Blue Summit

Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Blue Summit

Friday, May 17th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum
The Official Bluegrass Band of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants

“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” - Relix Magazine

“It’s that working man regimen that ensures their consistency from one offering to another. That’s the kind of quality that makes Hot Buttered Rum always seem to go down so smoothly.”
– Bluegrass Today



Hot Buttered Rum, a souped-up, left-coast string band, is the brainchild of five uniquely gifted musicians who weave their love of bluegrass, folk, jazz and soul into a riveting strain of Americana. String bass and five-alarm fiddle merge with guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums to frame the voices of its two contrasting writers, fueling a dance party with roots in Appalachia and its branches in California. It’s a sound that’s as tough to describe as it is easy to love. Nearly twenty years into its journey, HBR's music, dreamed up in the backcountry of the High Sierra and the basements of San Francisco, has found its way into the hearts, minds and bodies of fans nationwide. The band continues to tour year-round in support of its many albums and social causes. Don't miss the chance to see them soon!
Front Country
Front Country
“They somehow strike that perfect blend of soaring vocals, impressive playing and interesting song choices” - Fretboard Journal

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they've come to embrace as their own.
Blue Summit
Blue Summit
“While AJ Lee is only 19 years old, she’s been the new face of bluegrass for more than a decade.” -San Francisco Chronicle 2017

Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, old time, and rock, this band puts their heart into their projects, and through many hours of work, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Band of the Year. At the head of the group is AJ Lee, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year.

The rest of Blue Summit’s accomplishments can be accredited to the dedication, persistence, and passion of band members Jesse Fichman (guitar), Chad Bowen (bass), and two-time Guitar Player of the Year, Sullivan Tuttle. Blue Summit has played at festivals all around California including the CBA Father’s Day Festival, the Kate Wolf Festival, and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. They have recently released their first album, “Sweet Company," featuring Isaac Cornelius (bass), and Sam Kemiji (fiddle).