Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $10 - $20 sliding scale
Bluegrass Pride is a once-only concert featuring the biggest names in Bay Area and California bluegrass banding together in a number of one-time groupings leading to a “gang twang” jam at the end. This is a fundraiser for the unprecedented Bluegrass and Old-Time float in the San Francisco’s Pride Parade. All proceeds from the concert will go to the California Bluegrass Association, which is sponsoring the Pride Parade contingent. Many of the musicians will be performing on the float, led by fiddler Brandon Godman.
The evening will present the musicians, not in their regular bands, but in several small band groupings and solo spots, as well as everyone together at the finale. Along with tonight’s organizer, singer-guitarist Kathy Kallick Band (leader of her own band and founder of Good Ol’ Persons), Bluegrass Pride features singer-fiddler Laurie Lewis (founder of such bands as Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, and the Right Hands), award-winning singer-guitarist Molly Tuttle (The Tuttles with AJ Lee), fiddler Brandon Godman (float organizer, formerly with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, now in Windy Hill, the Right Hands and other bands), fiddler-guitarist-singer Suzy Thompson (Thompsonia, Aux Cajunals, Todalo Shakers), bassist-singer Allegra Thompson (Thompsonia), bassist Emily Mann (Paper Wings, Crooked Jades), banjo player Larry Cohea (High Country), fiddler-mandolinist Tom Bekeny (Kathy Kallick Band, High Country), and mandolinist-singer Tom Rozum (Laurie Lewis, Right Hands).
The California Bluegrass Association’s first-time entry in the Pride Parade is a colorful 20-foot trailer carrying three live bands organized by fiddler Brandon Godman, playing sets in turn, supported by a powerful sound system. Dozens of bluegrass and old-time fans will march alongside the trailer. Participation in the walking contingent is open to anyone, and accommodations have been made for people with mobility issues. Marchers can join by signing up at https://goo.gl/forms/VHFEtpv76vx2Dbzz1.
The Pride Parade is held Sunday, June 25, along Market Street in San Francisco. It includes at least 240 contingents numbering more than 30,000 people, with hundreds of thousands of spectators. More than half the contingents represent community groups and nonprofits. Corporate sponsors include Blue Shield of California, Xfinity, McDonalds, Sutter Health, Chase Bank, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.