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Berkeley Bluegrass Festival & Free Workshops | Freight & Salvage

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 three days of concerts, jams, free workshops, and good old-fashioned merriment to kick off the summer music festival season.

Free workshops, jams and other activities (including a youth jam, sing-along, and family squaredance) will be offered throughout the weekend.

2019 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
May 16-19, 2019
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
FREE with RSVP (suggested donation $5-$20)
Tickets required for evening concerts

2019 Free Weekend Happenings:

Saturday, May 18

  • Noon: Youth Jam in Lobby (sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association)
  • 1 pm: The Kathy Kallick Band: Music for Kids and Families
  • 3:30 pm: Bass w/ Cary Black, Dobro w/ Greg Booth, Mandolin w/ Tom Bekeny, Singing w/ Tom Rozum

Sunday, May 19

  • 1 pm: Bluegrass Classics Sing-Along with High Country
  • 2:15 pm: Jerry Douglas – “Behind The Bar”, “Jerry Douglas will share some of his Dobro techniques for practicing, playing, and composing. He will take you behind the bar”
  • 3:30 pm: Banjo w/ Larry Cohea, Bass w/ Hasee Ciaccio, Fiddle w/ Brandon Godman, Guitar w/ Sullivan Tuttle, Mandolin w/ Butch Waller, Singing w/ Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton

2019 Evening Concerts

Friday, May 17th (Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm) – Paid Event

  • Hot Buttered Rum
  • Front Country
  • Blue Summit
  • High Water Line (on the Gallery Stage)

Saturday, May 18th (Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm) – Paid Event

  • The Earls of Leicester
  • The Kathy Kallick Band
  • Fog Holler
  • Lela and Rainy Miatke (on the Gallery Stage)

Sunday, May 19th (Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm) – Paid Event

  • Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Amy Scher & Hailey Pexton
  • North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)

Free / RSVP