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Bluegrass in the Sierra

The Nevada County Fairgrounds does it again by hosting another fabulous music festival. This time, it’s bluegrass – the 33rd Annual CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, the most important and biggest festival in this genre on the west coast.

Imagine, four days of workshops and jams and performances by some of the finest. One such is the hillbilly band, The Wilders, (shown on the cover). Any band that has a song entitled “Collard Greens” or the Washington Post saying in a review of their album, “Someone’s Got to Pay”: “The songs crackle with the unpredictability of a divorced man, a bottle of whiskey and a loaded pistol” has got to be worth listening to. They play three times today and on Friday, as well.

In fact, says Bruce Campbell of the California Bluegrass Association, “It would be very difficult to name any famous bluegrass act that has not played this festival at one time or another, and many top pros consider this event one of their favorite stops on tour.”

Close to 35 bands will be offering nonstop music and some great workshops, including The Lighter Side of Bluegrass, Turning Oldies into Newbies and Hatching a Headliner Band.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit, a picnic basket (although lots of vendors will be selling food, as well as crafts, CDs and instruments), sun screen and a hat.

You might run into Prospector theater critic and (who would have thought it) bluegrass afficienado, Hindi Greenberg, who says she simply sets up her chair for a couple of days to get her fill of this downhome music. A bona fide night owl she prowels the campground afterhours to enjoy the extraordinary jams that take place and for which the festival is well known. Hundreds of folks camp at the fairgrounds to take part in as much music as they can possibly cram in.

A great family event, the festival truly does have something for all ages, rain or shine.

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