Parkfield Bluegrass Festival set for May 5-8
Music fans are invited to camp for the weekend or drive in for a day
–On May 5-8, in Parkfield, the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast, or BMSCC, will present the 18th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Parkfield, known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” springs to life every Mother’s Day Weekend with, “the best little bluegrass festival anywhere.”
Bluegrass music fans take over this small country village once a year for four days of concerts, workshops, children’s activities, camping and round the clock music jams. Attendees are welcome to come for the weekend with their RVs or tents. Single day admissions are also available and the festival is a great day-trip outing from almost anywhere in San Luis Obispo or Monterey Counties.
Headlining Parkfield 2016 will be Crary, Evans, and Surgin, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and Gold Heart. Other performers will include: Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, the Amber Cross Band, Honeysuckle Possums, AJ Lee and the Valley Ramblers, Evie Ladin Band, Cuesta Ridge, Sweetwater String Band, One Button Suit and Burning Heart Bluegrass. Jug Tucker is traveling in from North Carolina. There will be 24 instrumental, vocal and dance workshops for young and old led by featured band members.
The festival will once again feature a multitude of activities for youngsters including the popular Kids’ Bluegrass Program, with banjo-man Gerry Higbie at the helm assisted by the Honeysuckle Possums. All kids up to age 16 are welcome – be they beginners or experienced pickers. Instruction will be provided for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, dobro, singing and mountain flat foot dancing. Loaner instruments will be available for kids. The students will show off their new found talents on stage on Sunday. Kid activities will also include a craft creation class and a bedtime sing-along.
New this year will be walking tours of the San Andreas Fault lead by a USGS geologist and expanded parking for single day attendees. Returning this year will be the popular Friday night barn dance in the Community Center. The dance will feature Evie Ladin Band and flatfoot/clogging lessons.
For advance ticket purchases and other details, go to www.parkfieldbluegrass.org. Tickets are also available by mail. Early bird ticket pricing is available through April 10. Call (805) 994-0929 with questions.