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

Bluegrass & Old-Time Revue
Saturday, February 20, 2010

Swedish American Hall 21 and older show
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA map
www.swedishamericanhall.com
Show 4:00 pm

Note: This is an *all ages* show. Bring your family and friends to cheer on these great local bands.
With influences ranging from old-time to jazz, rock to bluegrass, Old Tunnel Road likes the fact that they are indefinable. "I just like to play music that I am excited about," says mandolin player/singer TJ Carskadon. Old Tunnel Road's quirky set list embodies that excitement when they perform live, which never fails to make for a fun show. Curtis Young guitar/vocals, Fred Cone bass/vocals, Geoff Sargent dobro, and Scott Peterson fiddle/banjo/vocals round out the Old Tunnel Road roster. And yes, they are all from the East Bay . . . hence the name.

The West County Professional Tea Sippers Old-Time String Band features harmony singing and a variety of traditional instrumentation, including delicate and fearless lead and rhythm autoharp pickin', fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Their repertoire includes original songs and 20's and 30's gems: crooked Appalachian fiddle tunes, old-time country blues, songs of the Carter Family, old-time Gospel, and a few from a new cup. The band's two original songwriters capture the essence of home in California and lost love anywhere. The Tea Sippers are Laura Lind (autoharp, lead & harmony vocal, songwriting), Searle Whitt (fiddle, lead & harmony vocals, songwriting), David Brown (banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Dave Krinkel (guitar, Dobro, silence). Check out their stove-top hot and newly released cd, "The Kettle is ON," including six new originals. Available on CD Baby.

Redwing has been a staple of the Bay Area bluegrass scene since the band formed 5 years ago, and its members have played regularly at the Freight & Salvage, Jupiter, McGrath’s, Berkeley Spice of Life Festival — even a stint at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Loaded with veterans of the local bluegrass and old-time bands, Redwing boasts soaring harmonies and fancy picking on traditional and original tunes. Redwing has formed a unique sound, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk and old-time music into a delectable music smorgasbord. The duet harmonies of Rick “Red Rick” Horlick and Alan Dreyfuss are a big part of the band’s appeal. They deliver Louvin Brothers / Lily Brothers style vocals that really grab your attention. Lacking a banjo to lend a traditional Bluegrass “drive,” the songs are propelled by a mix of imaginative chops from the guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass and guitar. Bob Johnson’s dobro often bookends the tunes, setting the pace on the first solo, and providing an authoritative coda at the end. Dreyfuss’ guitar stays steady and tasteful, and the interplay between that and deft bass playing provides the bedrock upon which the other instruments can contribute. Frizzell, Johnson and Horlick all manage to mix up styles and attacks to keep things interesting and serve the mood of each piece perfectly. Polly Frizzell even swaps her fiddle out for a viola for a special touch on a few songs. They swing easily from tender waltzes to a very hard-driving “Kentucky Mandolin.” The band’s choice of material is a nice mix of standards and obscure gems.

A fun-lovin’, high-octane bluegrass band, the Bay Island Ramblers feature fine old-time music and originals in their repetoire, with some traditional bluegrass, some not-so-traditional chestnuts, and some country songs to round things out. The band features Lanie Anderson-Barret who started out in the band singing lead and harmony and playing guitar, but has recently migrated to the bass; Mark Berkley who sings lead and harmony and provides solid guitar pickin’ with a penchant for minor chords; Tom Biggs whose bango playing is grounded in the traditional bluegrass style with a little Don Reno flair thrown in from time to time, and big-hearted, soft-spoken Ken Smith on mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, who previously played for the highly-regarded Bay Area group The Avocado Brothers.

The Anderson Family, from Grass Valley, California, has been a popular crowd-pleasing northern California bluegrass band since their start in early 2005. Mark and Christy Anderson and their four kids, Paige, Aimee, Ethan (Bo) and Daisy, are making new friends and fans every day with their unbeatable combination of outstanding lead and harmony singing, impressive instrumental abilities, savvy stagecraft and boundless energy and charisma. From the annual CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in California to the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville, the Anderson Family has won over audiences nationwide with a traditional bluegrass sound and a fresh, modern approach. The band’s most recent CD, "Anderson Family Bluegrass," was released in 2008.

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