Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Festival Preview Night

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Festival Preview Night

The High Water Line (on the Gallery Stage), Lela and Rainy Miatke (on the Gallery Stage), North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)

Thursday, May 16th

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

$5 ADV / $9 DOOR (plus fees)

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.
The High Water Line (on the Gallery Stage)
The High Water Line (on the Gallery Stage)
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 hard­driving West Coast bluegrass sound that is all their own. Hailing from upstate New York, picking on the banjo while singing lead and harmony
vocals with his powerful baritone voice, is Tyler Stegall. On fiddle is Clare Armenante, a classically trained violin player and talented vocalist from the Garden State. Also from New Jersey, the man responsible for keeping the band in time and bringing his signature funk­fueled groove, is electric bass player and singer Jim Toggweiler. From Wisconsin comes mandolin player Tj Carskadon, whose vocals and driving backbeat help define The High Water Line’s energetic rhythmic feel. Finally, all the way from Monroe, Georgia is singer and guitarist Joel Cofield, who seamlessly blends blues with both traditional and modern bluegrass guitar styles. These five talented musicians came
together in the spring of 2017, integrating their divergent backgrounds to create bluegrass music that is unique yet universally accessible, innovative yet rooted deeply in tradition, fresh but still familiar.
Lela and Rainy Miatke (on the Gallery Stage)
Lela and Rainy Miatke (on the Gallery Stage)
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.
North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
North Country Blue includes some of the best young bluegrass musicians in California – four young women whose ages range from just 12 to 14. All of the girls have been stalwarts in the California Bluegrass Association’s “Kids on Bluegrass” program and Youth Academy, and they have several years of prior band experience among them despite their young age. The band members come from all over Northern California – from Berkeley to the Sierra foothills to the Central Valley – and chose their name after it was dropped in their tip bucket as a suggestion at a street fair.