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Bluegrass on Broadway
March 13, 2010, 02:42 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Andrew Scheiner/Daily Journal Swing Tonic members, from the left, Billy Wilson, Art Peterson, Larry Goldfield and Dan Falsetto perform on Friday night at Sweet Basil in Redwood City as part of Bluegrass on Broadway.

Wondering how to spend the weekend without breaking open the wallet? Give bluegrass a try.

Redwood City is playing host to the third annual Bluegrass on Broadway Festival in downtown, offering free Bluegrass entertainment with a variety of concerts and films thanks to the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

"It’s a great way to give Bluegrass a try,” said Michael Hall, president of the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The event kicked off Thursday with a Bluegrass jam.

Saturday features an all-day concert, from 10:30 a.m. to whenever, and awards show at the Tapestry Church, 1305 Middlefield Road. A special film presentation, "Yodeling Lady Lolita,” by Bruce Bellagio, starts the events followed by performances by Common Cents, Nell Robinson & Friends, Art Peterson & The Swingtones, Loganville Acoustic and High Country. The Northern California Bluegrass Awards, which will feature additional performances, runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. An award winners jam hosted by Bean Creek will start at 5:15 p.m. All jammers are welcome.

Sunday will feature the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at the community room in the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

Movies to be shown include "The Crooked Jades: Old Time Is Not A Crime,” by Jim Swenson and Doug Williford; "The New Lost City Ramblers In Always Been A Rambler,” by Yasha Aginsky, presented by The Arhoolie Foundation; "The Waltz To Westphalia: The Journey Of An American Fiddle Classic,” by Joe Weed; and "Wade Mainer Concert Film,” provided by the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

The Bluegrass on Broadway Festival is supported by and produced in cooperation with the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Friends Of The Library and Tapestry Church, plus other area businesses and individuals.

For more information visit or call 596-9332.


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