Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Jerry Douglas, Amy Scher & Hailey Pexton

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival

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

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Bluegrass doesn’t get any better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. She’s Berkeley’s own, she’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays guitar and fiddle. Tom Rozum sings, swaps jokes, and plays mandolin, mandola, and guitar, Patrick Sauber plays banjo, Brandon Godman plays fiddle, and Hasee Ciaccio plays bass. If you’ve never heard them before, you need to hear them as soon as you can. And if you’ve already heard them, chances are you want to hear them again. Singout! calls Laurie “one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure,” and Country Standard Time says that she “has recorded some of the finest folk-inspired music of the past three decades.”

“Dobro’s matchless contemporary master” - The New York Times

Dobro master and 14-time GRAMMY winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.

Three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music as a solo artist, band leader for The Jerry Douglas Band and his GRAMMY winning bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, as well as a member of groundbreaking ensembles including Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers. Douglas shines and soars.

Amy Scher & Hailey Pexton

Amy Scher and Hailey Pexton have come together as a duo, united by their magnetic harmony singing and love for early bluegrass and country music. Inspired by California's contribution to traditional styles, they bring you familiar sounds spanning from the Stanley Brothers to Bakersfield's own Buckaroos.

North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)

North Country Blue includes young bluegrass musicians from Northern California. Their young age (just 14 and 15 years old) has not stopped them from making quite a splash with their arrival on the scene in 2017. All of the band members -- Ida Winfree (mandolin, guitar), Megan January (bass) and Tessa Schwartz (fiddle) -- have come up through the ranks of the California Bluegrass Association’s youth programs, and they have years of prior band experience among them despite their young ages.

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)



  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
  • This is part of a 4-day festival. For full festival info & schedule, click here.

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