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Parkfield Bluegrass Festival set for May 7-10 

On May 7 through the 10, in Parkfield, the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast (BMSCC) will proudly present the 17th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Parkfield, known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” springs to life every Mother’s Day Weekend with the festival.


The Parkfield Pickers, courtesy of the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival.

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.

The festival has just launched a brand new website: Headlining Parkfield 2015 is the internationally known band Bluegrass Etc. along with zany California favorite Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Back by popular demand will be Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players. Also featured will be The Sonoran Dogs, Next Generation, The Hay Dudes, Steep Ravine and many more!

There will be instrumental workshops for young and old, and family-friendly activities galore. The festival will once again feature a multitude of activities for youngsters including the popular Kids on Bluegrass program hosted by Gerry Higbie and featuring Santa Barbara favorites The Honeysuckle Possums. Beginning musicians as well as old pros are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam into the wee hours. Attendees are also encouraged to pack hiking shoes and bikes to facilitate exploring the surrounding area.

Parkfield offers rolling hills, lofty oaks and open pasture for as far as city eyes can see. Acres of flat, grassy, tree-shaded “boondocks” campsites will be available for pup tents or RVs. A limited number of electrical hook-ups can be reserved with early ticket purchases. Special shower stalls featuring sunlight discretely peeking in and horseshoes to hold the towels are the campers’ favorite. There will be raffles, appreciation gifts for mom on Mother’s Day and colorful vendors.

For advance ticket purchases and other details, please refer to the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival’s website at Tickets are also available by mail. Call (805) 994-0929 with questions.



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