Author: Campbell, Bruce

See MORE Bands in 2010

Well, 2010 is totally here. Now that weíre in February, thereís simply no turning back. But why would you want to turn back when the coming months show such promise?

Within a few days, the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival (a/k/a SFBOT) will begin, presenting dozens of shows over 9 days, all over the San Francisco Bay Area. This is the 11th year of the festival, and itís really hit its stride, presenting a eclectic mixture of nationally known acts, regional favorites and a generous helping of the diverse local bands.

The SFBOT will feature show in 27 different venues around the area, from big concert halls to bars and cafes. The value of seeing established favorites like Peter Rowan, or the Nashville Bluegrass Band is pretty obvious, but consider also the unique opportunity to hear bands from Southern California, and the dozens of fine local acts.

As I look over the list of shows, I see a lot of bands I recognize, but I also see a lot I have not heard of, and for someone who is pretty active in the local bluegrass scene, this is pretty cool. If youíd like to catch some of these shows (many are free, and the rest are very reasonably priced), take a look at

As usual, coming on the heels of the SFBOT is the CBAís first festival of the year, the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival in Sebastopol on March 13th This yearís lineup looks terrific: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue, Ed Neff and Blue & Lonesome, The Kathy Kallick Band, 49 Special, Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack, Evo Bluestein and, one of my personal faves, Lone Prairie. This is a lot of music all packed into a great day at a great venue, and somehow they still manage to provide great food, drink, jamming and workshops. If you donít go to this festival, spring might never arrive Ė please donít make this cold winter continue!

For more information on the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival, go to the CBA Website ( and click the Events tab. Tickets are on sale now!

Of course, when we cast our gaze to the horizon, we see, shining in the distance, the 35th Fatherís Day Festival. Less than 6 months to get our picking and singing in shape for that big event. Play early, play often!

Posted:  2/10/2010

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