11th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12-21

Bluegrass Show
Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Atlas Cafe Handicapped accessible All Ages Welcome
3049 20th Street (at Alabama)
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Show 4:00 pm

The Backyard Party Boys are a raucus mix of bluegrass, swing, blues, jug-band and fiddle music … like the name says, party! Good times come rolling in as their set begins. And the music will bring you into the moment and back in time. Big (and sweet) Mark Comstock, with the voice to match, sets the tone on the guitar. The joint heats up when Alan Bond goes wild on the mandolin or violin. Nice guy with a mean bass beat, Bruce Campbell keeps the good vibes thumpin’. One-man band, Tom Lucas, fills and thrills on both fiddle and banjo. On his special eight-string dobro, Gene Tortora is simply a legend.

String Break originally formed from jams around Marin County in 2007 and has been playing gigs around the Bay Area ever since. The band plays traditional bluegrass in the spirit of the original bluegrass bands, with three part harmonies. The songs range from Bill Monroe to more recent material composed by local musicians. The current lineup includes Dave Hanks on mandolin and vocals, Mike Staninec on guitar and vocals, Bruce Thompson on banjo and vocals, Duncan Draper on bass, Dane Miller on fiddle and vocals, and Ted Garber on dobro and vocals. The band has previously been featured at the SFBOT and has recently played several gigs at Taste of Rome in Sausalito. String Break played the next to last show at the legendary Sweetwater club in Mill Valley and has played in Jupiter in Berkeley, Plough and Stars in San Francisco, and several other local venues.

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