Strawberry Music Festivals 2013
Camp Mather, bordering Yosemite National Park

May 23 - 27th, 2013
Aug 29 - Sept 2nd, 2013

Announcements

04/21/14It has recently come to our attention that the permit for the Fall 2014 Festival at Camp Mather is in question due to concerns that have been raised over potable water supply and forest closure conditions on Evergreen Road. Last Tuesday, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a letter to San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department requesting that a permit be issued for the Fall 2014 Festival with language allowing the option for us to mitigate these concerns. For over 30 years, we have worked with the Tuolumne County Public Works Department and Cal Trans to insure the safe entry and exit of festival goers on Evergreen Road. We are confident in our ability to inform festival participants of the Forest Closure and the importance of complying with Forest Service regulations. Additionally, we are willing to supply potable water, as needed, at the Fall 2014 Festival. We are capable of dealing with all of the issues that have been raised and have done so successfully in the past. We also believe that those of you who wish to attend the Fall Festival will be willing to pack extra water, if necessary, as well as observe the Forest Closure along Evergreen Road and surrounding Camp Mather.

As you know, the permit for the Fall 2014 Festival is required for us to receive previously approved disaster relief funding from the Small Business Administration. Our loan with the SBA was approved, in part, because Strawberry Music Festival is an essential part of the economic recovery of the Groveland area and Hwy 120 corridor businesses. The residents and business owners of this community have suffered enough as a result of the Rim Fire and again during the month long closure of Yosemite National Park. Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator’s office have lent us their full support, because of the positive impact Strawberry has had on the economy and the integrity with which we have conducted our business for over three decades.

It is imperative that we get a permit that allows for us to mitigate issues at Camp Mather so that we can refund our customers and continue to produce future festivals. We remain committed to doing everything possible to make this happen. Please support us in our endeavor to hold the Fall 2014 Festival at Camp Mather by writing positive letters of support and sending them to San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. It is time to let our representatives and those who represent the residents of San Francisco know who we are and what Strawberry means to us.

Thank you,

The Strawberry Staff

 

Please send your letters to:

Mayor Edwin Lee
City Hall, Room 200
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org

03/25/14It has been awhile since our last announcement. Here is the latest information. Our disaster loan with the Small Business Administration has been approved for funding, since mid January. In order for this disaster relief funding to be dispersed to us, the SBA requires a signed permit for the Fall 2014 Festival at Camp Mather. We have good people from San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department and the Small Business Administration working with us to resolve remaining Rim Fire issues so that the permit can be signed. We are still here to take your calls and providing refunds to Fall 2013 ticket holders continues to be our highest priority.
-The Strawberry Staff
02/10/14It has come to our attention that some folks have misconstrued the reasons for why we have chosen not to produce a Spring Festival at Camp Mather in 2014. The decline in attendance over the past several years due to inclement May weather and schedule conflicts for families with school year ending responsibilities, as well as high production costs have made Spring Festival at Camp Mather untenable. A later weekend in early June is not available because of existing Camp Mather Programs. To reiterate, a Spring event is not entirely out of the question, but it will not take place at Camp Mather this season by no fault of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
02/05/14We have recently received good news from the Small Business Administration that our application for disaster relief has been approved. The disbursement of funds is contingent upon our providing additional documentation to the SBA, including a permit from San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for the Fall 2014 Festival at Camp Mather. We are currently working with SFR&PD to make that happen, as quickly as is possible.

We continue to receive questions about the status of the Spring Festival. It is unlikely that we will have a Spring Festival at Camp Mather this year, however producing a Spring Festival is not entirely off of the table. The moment we know for certain the status of Spring 2014, we will let you know.

Thank you,

Strawberry Staff
01/07/14Many of you have become disheartened that we have not been able to provide answers to your questions. Some of you would like to know why refunds and information about the upcoming season have been delayed. The cancellation of the Fall Festival, as a result of the Rim Fire, has been a hard blow to our operations. Many of you remember the times when Strawberry Music Festival sold out, both Spring and Fall each year, and the business was financially secure. During that time, the expense of providing the quality experience, that we have all come to love, increased significantly. While ticket prices have remained competitive, the unrivaled beauty of Camp Mather as a festival site has come at an exceptionally high cost. Immediately following soaring production costs, the economy crashed and spring weather took its toll on attendance. We were adapting to these changes, streamlining our operations, and looking at ways to become a viable member of today’s market when the Fall Festival was cancelled. Where we would have had a sold out show, generated revenue towards next season’s production, and possibly turned the tide of recent losses, instead we are left owing our Fall 2013 ticket holders refunds and the cost of producing another festival.

Before the fire was out and the ashes had cooled, we had begun working to secure disaster relief funds. Our application is now in its final stages of review, and we are confident that we will receive a positive decision any day. This entire process has taken much longer than any of us had anticipated and it was not our intention to keep you in the dark. Because of who we are as a community and all of our loyal support spanning three decades we are feeling optimistic about the outcome. Strawberry staff has been in “sprint mode” since the fire started, and we are now nearing the finish line of a race that we have never run before.

Strawberry was founded with the goal of bringing people together to enjoy music, family, and friends and we take the relationships forged since that time very seriously. You have our eternal gratitude for the faith that you have placed in us, and we will continue to do our very best to not let you down. Until the issue of refunds is resolved, we cannot and will not move forward with plans for the 2014 season. Our responsibility to our customers continues to be our top priority and bowing out is simply not an option for us.

Please know that as soon as we hear something, you’ll hear something.

The Strawberry Staff

12/27/13With great sadness, the Strawberry community is mourning the loss of shining star and dear friend, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell. Sarah has been with Strawberry since the beginning and the festivals will be forever changed by her absence. We are tremendously grateful for this friendship and to have been a part of this life well lived. Throughout her life and right until the end, Sarah shared freely the bounty of her love, music, and humor. Sarah, you will be sorely missed.

R.I.P. Sarah Elizabeth Campbell; May 13, 1953 - December 26, 2013
12/23/13The Strawberry staff would like to wish all of you Happy Holidays and a safe and Happy New Year! The office will be closed for the holidays and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014. We are committed to bringing you good news with the New Year, so stay tuned in January for information regarding refunds and the 2014 festival season.
12/4/13Benefit concert for Sarah Elizabeth Campbell
At the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia, CA

Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber, Stevie Coyle, Kathy Kallick, Carol McComb, Faux Renwah, and other special guests

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
$22.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door
To order tickets or for more information, please call (209) 352-7853

Tickets can also be purchased at the Columbia Mercantile, and in Sonora Tradewinds, and the Mountain Bookshop.

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell is an Austin, Texas song crafter—a songwriter’s songwriter—who’s musical career was born in Tuolumne County. Many locals know Sarah for her more than twenty years with the folk and bluegrass band Fiddlestix who played at Strawberry as the house band for many years. In 1990 she released her debut solo album Little Tenderness and her original songs have been covered by Jim Messina, Levon Helm and others. Last seen on the Strawberry main stage with John Prine at the Spring 2012 festival, Sarah has wooed audiences with her angelic voice and raw charisma on and off the stage. Over the years she has collaborated with a multitude of formidable artists, many of whom will come together to help raise money to defer medical expenses and pay tribute to this respected and much loved artist who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

11/27/13As the holiday approaches, we are grateful to all of you who have shared with us your overwhelming support and kindness. While we knew the process of cancelling the Fall Festival and reimbursing ticket holders would take time, we had no idea it would take this long. Please be assured that once refunds begin, which we hope will be soon, we will continue until everyone who wants a refund gets one. As soon as we have a date for refunds to begin, we will announce the details on our website, Facebook, and also send notification by mail to all Fall 2013 ticket holders.

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving- The Strawberry Staff
11/27/13We are very sad to announce that last week the Strawberry community lost long time friend, Jim Tanner. Working with Strawberry has been a family tradition for many members of the Melrose-Tanner family, starting with Jim’s brother, John Melrose, an original festival founder. Jim’s brother, Tom Tanner led Meadow Security at the festival for many years, his sister, Linda Melrose was in charge of Strawberry book keeping in the early years, and Jim’s son, Bill Tanner has also worked at the festival. Jim was our first computer programmer and led the festival Gates, along with his wife, Tina. We share the whole family’s sense of loss and are truly grateful for Jim’s friendship and contribution to the Strawberry Way.
10/25/13Thank you for your patience as we work through the difficult process of cancelling this year’s Fall Festival and on preparing to make Strawberry better than ever in time for Camp Mather’s 90th anniversary in 2014. We continue to work with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to sift through the aftermath of the tragic Rim Fire. While we do not currently have the resources to refund all tickets sold for the Fall 2013 festival, we look forward to making an announcement in the near future about how ticket holders may choose to receive either a refund or an exchange for a complimentary ticket to a future festival. We are 100% committed to seeing this through, insuring that the Strawberry tradition continues.

The Strawberry Staff
9/16/13Just a reminder:

We know that many of you are anxious to travel to Camp Mather, as well as the surrounding area, to see it with your own eyes. We sympathize, however, Camp Mather is a private facility and access to the site would require permission from San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.
9/13/13First of all, thank you for your continued patience.

Last week we posed questions to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department officials regarding the status of the 2014 Festival Season. We had hoped and expected a response early this week. We are still waiting for that information, which is critical to the release of a plan outlining options for your Fall 2013 tickets. Hopefully they will be able to turn their attention to us very soon. We will continue to post updates as we receive them.
9/6/13A week and a day has passed since the gates would have opened to the Fall 2013 Festival. Now that you have returned from your holiday, we know you have questions about the status of the festival. Just today, we have received word from the City of San Francisco that it is not possible to reschedule during the 2013 season. Folks with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department have been inundated mitigating damages resulting from the Rim Fire, which still burns uncontained in the region, and we are grateful to them for taking the time to provide us with this information. Camp Mather has been saved, no structures have been burned, and the minimal damages incurred to our beloved camp can all be fixed in time. A huge debt of gratitude has been earned by those who worked tirelessly to protect this place from the encroaching flames. There is still much we don’t know about the status of our infrastructure on site, and as Highway 120 opens today, Evergreen Road remains closed. The magnitude of the fire’s impact on the area and utilities remains to be seen, with indefinite closures in place for neighboring National Forest and Park lands. We don’t know yet what this means for us in the long term, so we are waiting for information that will allow us to announce the options that will be available to those of you with Fall 2013 tickets. We should be able to tell you more next week, so stay tuned.

Each of us in the office is personally invested in the continued success of Strawberry Music Festival and your loyalty is our top priority. We have every intention of joining with you for many years to come to celebrate music, friendship, beauty, and the Strawberry Way!

Thank you for your continued support,
The Strawberry Staff
8/29/13We hope that wherever you are this weekend, you are enjoying your time with family and friends.

Please know the Strawberry office will be closed for Labor Day Weekend from Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2, 2013.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Thank you,
The Strawberry Staff
8/26/13 We know you have a lot of questions about the status of the Fall 2013 Festival. This is what we know:

Strawberry Music Festival is cancelled for August 29th – September 2nd. The event will NOT take place on Labor Day Weekend, so we wish you all a happy and safe holiday wherever you are.

The possibility of rescheduling the festival cannot be considered until the Rim Fire is contained, roads are opened, utilities restored, and most importantly our friends and neighbors have returned to their homes. In the meantime, please remain patient as we promise to keep you posted.

To all of the Strawberrians scattered around the state, country, and world, your many kind words and thoughts have been greatly appreciated, and we feel VERY fortunate to belong to such a compassionate community! We have grown to love this place together and share your concern for Camp Mather, as well as your support for the firefighters and residents affected by the Rim Fire. Your response to this situation overwhelmingly illustrates that the Strawberry Way lives beyond the festival in each and every one of us!

Thank you for your continued support,
The Strawberry Staff
8/21/13
We are monitoring the situation with the Rim Fire closely. We have no new information at this time. Once we receive an official update, we will post it immediately on our website and our Facebook page. Some information available at http://www.mymotherlode.com or http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3660/.
8/13/13
With great sorrow we announce the passing of Lilly Eatmon, Strawberry Meadow Gates crew member for nearly 20 years. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Eatmon family. We share the following encouragement below from Lilly's family: “Momma passed away on August 2nd. When you go to the Fall festival, get some bread pudding with rum sauce, smile and be happy… and above all, enjoy the music! For Lilly. For Momma!”
8/12/13STRANGE ON THE RANGE COMING THIS FALL: In their own words, Strange on the Ranges plays a variety of “rowdy bluegrass, old-time, swing and string bandy-stuff.” Hailing from the Reno area, members of the band include Bill McKean, Zeke Griffin, Scott Gavin and Charlotte Overby. What better way to kick off the Fall festival than with an upbeat, danceable band! Here they are showing their diversity with While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
8/6/13The Strawberry Hog Says It All: As any Strawberry festival goer knows, the Strawberry Hog ads a dimension to our experience that can be explained, but when felt, makes all the difference. Collected here are broadcast moments that helped unite the Strawberry community wherever they roamed throughout camp. Enjoy the voice of Thom O’Hair, broadcast veteran and Strawberry Hog originator from the Strawberry archives.
8/5/13COMING THIS FALL: CHICAGO FARMER Cody Diekhoff is a singer-songwriter whose mid-West upbringing is at the heart of the stories he tells. His music relates to folks who work hard and put in a long day no matter where they’re from. His latest release, Backenforth, IL is filled with Guthrie-inspired songs that are about “finding your place in life – that sweet spot where we all belong.” And man ‘o mister, if there’s one place we all belong, it’s Strawberry. Here he is performing a great pool hall song, For Dad.
8/2/13RAY BONNEVILLE COMING THIS FALL: The music of Ray Bonneville can be characterized as hard-driving blues, but if you ask him, he calls it “an offspring of traditional blues.” His raw energy and playing style creates an intoxicating groove; one that has a “remarkable ability to bridge blues, folk and Americana to create his own unique sound.” Ray draws inspiration from the places he’s been, writing about characters who stumble their way through a rough and tumble world. See why the Folk Americana Alliance voters chose his song I Am the Big Easy as Song of the Year in 2012.
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7/31/13It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ron DeLacy, a true friend of Strawberry, father of Max DeLacy on the Strawberry staff, and a beloved member of the Columbia community. Ron was surrounded by a great deal of love in his final days. Here we remember him in happier times doing his great Dino voice at Suttercreek and performing YOEW. The Modesto Bee also published a fitting tribute to Ron.
7/31/13COMING THIS FALL: THE HILLBENDERS To say that the Hillbenders put out a lot of energy during a performance would be a gross understatement. These gents are out to “make bluegrass hip again.” They do it by mixing genres and playing really fast, like many a jam band today. They’re firmly rooted in bluegrass traditions, yet happy to innovate their way into the future. No matter how you slice it, it makes for a really good time. Speaking of innovation, here they are mixing it up with Talking In Your Sleep.
7/29/13THE HAUNTED WINDCHIMES COMING THIS FALL: The music of the Haunted Windchimes is rooted in the sound of traditional folk and American roots. You’ll hear elements of bluegrass, blues and country, laced with a uniquely vintage quality. Sung in beautiful three-part harmony, their songs paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. The group has three CD’s to their credit; the latest entitled Live at the Western Jubilee. Get to know what makes their sound special by viewing Say You’re Sorry.
7/26/13COMING THIS FALL: THE DEL MCCOURY BAND When folks talk of bluegrass legends, one of the first names to come up is Del McCoury. He’s been recording for over 50 years and by Richard Thompson’s account “he’s still experimenting to bring other kinds of music into the bluegrass form.” The boys in the band include sons Rob and Ronnie, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram. It’ll be an evening of a special blend of home grown music and good times. Here they are performing Don’t Stop the Music.
7/24/13COMING THIS FALL: HOT BUTTERED RUM Hot Buttered Rum headlines the main stage on Thursday night - gladly taking on the job of making sure y’all have a good time. Their music combines multiple genres into a riveting blend of Americana and they thrive on the chemistry of live shows. They are best friends who long ago decided to form a band while on a hiking trip in the High Sierras. What a natural fit for Strawberry! You can warm up to their sound in this video of A Great Many Things.
7/22/13Well folks, you asked for it so we’re bringing it back - the Fall Street Team kicks off today! It’s easy to join the team and qualify to win some cool prizes including two Adult 4 Day camping tickets for the Fall Festival! Visit the Street Team page for more details.
7/22/13COMMING THIS FALL: KATHY KALLICK BAND: Kathy Kallick is a Strawberry veteran who’s appeared over the years with her current band as well as the Good Ol’ Persons. She’s well-respected as a pioneer of the West Coast bluegrass sound that holds true to the Monroe-based tradition and is a prolific writer of original music, with 17 albums to her credit. Members of the band are equally talented and musically accomplished including Tom Bekeny, Annie Staninect, Greg Booth and Sharon Gilchrist. Enjoy the down-home feeling that comes from this performance of My Little Cabin Home.
7/19/13We're ready to kick off the Fall Strawberry Street Team effort next Monday and wanted to give you all a heads up that some fun prizes, along with one Grand Prize are in store for all who participate. Details to come on Monday.
7/19/13MARY GAUTHIER COMING THIS FALL: Mary Gauthier is a passionate, Grammy-winning performer whose songs “carry so much emotional punch, they can leave you staggering.” Her songs are deeply truthful and relatable, earning her a solid reputation as a highly influential singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many. With six albums to her credit - her latest is Live at Blue Rock - the accolades are many, but she still aspires to work hard, dig deeper and deliver just what the doctor ordered. Mercy Now is a good example of her ability to profoundly connect with each and every one of us.
7/17/13COMING THIS FALL: 10-STRING SYMPHONY Rachel Baiman(formerly of Belfry Fellows) and Christian Sedelmyer (formerly of the Farewell Drifters) met in Nashville and realized a shared passion for the range and depth of the five-string fiddle (thus the band’s name).They represent that special gift that Nashville offers music lovers everywhere: “world-class musicians with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs.” Their synchronicity has been called compelling, their vocal dynamics and acoustic innovation mesmerizing. You can get up close and personal with their music in this video of I’ll Be Here in the Morning.
7/12/13SARAH POTENZA AND THE TALL BOYS COMING THIS FALL:On their first outing to Strawberry, Sarah and the Tall Boys rocked the house! There was a mutual feeling of love in the air by festival’s end and we’re glad to have them back! They specialize in original country/soul music that features Sarah’s powerful voice backed by the talented musical arrangements coming from the Tall Boys. You’ll be hooked from the first song. Grab your honky tonk boots and have a good time! You can check out what to expect for their Thursday night set in Friday Night Man.
7/10/13MARLEY'S GHOST COMMING THIS FALL: When it comes to festival regulars, Marley’s Ghost is certainly on the frequent flier list. They’re longtime festival veterans whose music we’ve witnessed grow and evolve over the years, cementing their place in our hearts. Their latest CD, Jubilee, was produced in celebration of their 25th Anniversary. It is rich with vocal harmonies, upbeat rhythms and traditional American storytelling; having been labeled a “roots music tour-de-force.” Get ready for an evening of hometown entertainment. Here’s a nice example of their versatility in Should I Be Singin’ the Blues.
7/8/13COMMING THIS FALL: SAM BAKER is driven to write “beautiful story songs about everyday living” that are simple on the surface, poetic underneath. His songs share his positive outlook on life and an ever-grateful attitude for essential things. There’s a bigger story that explains his perspective, but we’ll let him tell you that himself. He has a new CD out this summer entitled “Say Grace” and it’s bound to be a chart topper before you know it. In this video of Waves. you’ll get a good feel for his sound.
7/3/13THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS COMING BACK THIS FALL The California Honeydrops own the Saturday afternoon slot. Year after year, their music has created a frenzy of dance activity, singing, and joyful times so infectious, even the trees get in on the action. It simply can’t be helped with the sound they lay down. Call it blues, soul, or New Orleans line jazz – any title will do. This band intends for you to FEEL the vibe and get movin’, so let’s not disappoint. Here’s the title track from their new CD Like You Mean It.
7/1/13COMING THIS FALL: Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory. Peter Rowan has played with the greats of bluegrass, keen on the power of collaboration all along the way. With the Big Twang Theory, he’s come back to his bluegrass/country roots in search of that gold ole’ country twang we all know and love. It’ll be a show to remember with the talents of Michael Witcher on dobro, Paul Knight on bass, guitar-Goddess Nina Gerber, and his son, Michael Carter Rowan (Chartz) on drums. Here they are performing a number of tunes during a performance last spring.!
6/27/13DID YOU KNOW? In addition to the performers on the Fall lineup, Strawberry has the pleasure of featuring additional artists throughout the weekend including Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong plus an appearance by Hattie Craven.
6/26/13MASTERS OF THE FIDDLE COMING THIS FALL: Natalie MacMaster is no stranger to the Strawberry stage and this time around, she’s on tour with her husband Donnell Leahy as the Masters of the Fiddle. Together, they’ll treat us to the best of French, Celtic, Cajun and American Bluegrass styles in a manner that only true masters can deliver. It’ll be a foot-tapping, heart-pounding afternoon of dance and frivolity, Cape Breton style! Get your tappin’ shoes ready and enjoy the preview.
6/24/13COMING THIS FALL: Leading off the main stage on Saturday night, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will set out to make “good, honest, insightful music, that’s not afraid of a good time,” much like a Strawberry audience. They can be described as a hybrid of Americana, folk, rock, bluegrass, and sweet old country & western. Their choice instrumentation, original material, and strong cohesion typically leave audiences with a lasting impression. We’re up for that, right? Here they are performing The Burden of Sea Captains
6/20/13CHRIS WEBSTER & NINA GERBER COMING THIS FALL: Chris Webster is said to have a magical singing style, the kind that makes you want to cry for no other reason than you feel moved. Kick it up a notch with Nina Gerber’s guitar playing and you have a smokin’ hot duo that will leave you wondering what just happened. Together, they deliver soulful tunes straight from the heart. See for yourself in this video of Wild Ride
6/13/13COMING THIS FALL: Here’s some great news to kick off your weekend: Strawberry has just confirmed that the Jerry Douglas Band will be performing at the Fall festival on Saturday night. Members of the band include bassist Viktor Krauss, Luke Bulla on violin and others to be announced. Here, Jerry talks about his latest CD, "Traveler," which takes his music to places he’s never been before. It’s gonna be a great show!
6/7/13COMING THIS FALL: Patty Griffin has been one busy artist since last visiting Strawberry in 2008. She made “Downtown Church,” an album of classic gospel tunes in 2010, toured with the Band of Joy and has just released a brand new album entitled “American Kid.” Her new music features a group of “remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs,” written as a tribute to her father. Here she is singing 'Go Wherever You Wanna Go'.
6/4/13COMING THIS FALL: When the Mavericks first came onto the music scene in the late 80s, they took the country by storm, blurring the lines between musical genres and gaining fans everywhere. Fast forward to 2013 and we find them producing music that is more inspired than ever. After an eight-year hiatus, they've released a new CD titled 'In Time' and are eager to share it with Strawberry audiences later this summer. Here they are performing 'Come Unto Me.'.
5/31/13Strawberry couldn't be more pleased to announce that a fabulous group of artists have just been added to the Fall festival lineup including: Patty Griffin, the Masters of the Fiddle (featuring Natalie MacMaster), Marley's Ghost and the Mavericks, who have reunited after an eight-year hiatus. With performers of this caliber, Strawberry audiences will be in for a real treat!
5/29/13What a wonderful weekend!!! Thank you for joining us for a truly magical festival. Great weather, outstanding music, fun times with our Strawberry families. We look forward to seeing you all later this summer for the Fall Festival.
5/13/13We've been having an awful lot of fun sharing photos, videos and other festival details on the Strawberry Facebook page. In the process, we've learned that a lot of folks don't realize that you need NOT have a Facebook page of your own to be able to view and enjoy what we've been posting. If you haven't already, join the fun by visiting our Facebook page soon!
3/19/13For some great Strawberry audio and video check out our new Media Archive page.
3/6/13COMING THIS FALL: You loved them in 2011 and we’re sure you’ll love them again this Fall. Please help us welcome back five guys whose band was conceived on a backpacking trip in the Sierras, Hot Buttered Rum. They’re considered "a postmodern string band from San Francisco that combines bluegrass, reggae, folk and jazz into a riveting blend of Americana." Should get a fun stage show! You can sample a set of their music from a Bay Area performance last month.
2/28/13Ever wonder what goes on at the Strawberry Music Festivals? No need to wonder any longer. Strawberry is pleased to share a video documentary shot behind-the-scenes at the Spring 2012 Festival by Sacramento Sportscaster, Pat Walsh and producer, Geoff Taylor. The 30-minute video does a great job of introducing folks to the festival and features a tour of camp, interviews with artists and a host of talented festival folks playing to their hearts content. Get the popcorn ready and enjoy!
2/21/13COMING THIS FALL: Peter Rowan will take the Strawberry stage again this fall, this time with his band, The Big Twang Theory. The band includes Michael Witcher, Paul Knight, Nina Gerber and Rowan's son, guitarist-singer Michael Carter Rowan (Chartz). Says Rowan, "I have always wanted a band that was rooted in bluegrass, but could add the twang of Hank Williams, Carl Perkins and Buddy Holly." Here they are performing a number of tunes during a performance last spring. Enjoy!
2/13/13COMING THIS FALL: Strawberry is pleased to announce the addition of the Kathy Kallick Band to the Fall lineup. A respected singer songwriter, Kallick is a Strawberry veteran who's appeared many times over the years with her current band, plus the Good Ol’ Persons, and a host of other friends. It will be great to have her band back playing that Monroe-based brand of bluegrass that she has made famous on the west coast.
2/1/13COMING THIS FALL: Boy are we pleased to welcome back Sarah & the Tall Boys! Not only did Strawberry fans love their multiple shows at the Spring festival last year, the band had a blast themselves. A quick visit to their website reveals that they've moved to Nashville (from Chicago) and are working on new songs. We wish them the best and look forward to new material later this year. For now, enjoy "My Last Two Dollars" as you start your weekend.
1/29/13COMING THIS FALL: Well folks, we think you’ll agree that this next performer has earned her reputation as a highly influential singer/songwriter. Strawberry is pleased to announce that award-winning recording artist Mary Gauthier has been added to the Fall lineup. Not only has she achieved award-winning success in her own right, but her music has drawn acclaim from greats like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Enjoy this live performance from the Grand Ole Opry stage and please help us make her feel welcome.
1/25/13COMING THIS FALL: Well it’s Friday and the least we can do is give you a jolt of excitement for your weekend! Strawberry is pleased to present the high energy pickers of the Hillbenders. There’s a great video to give you a thorough introduction to their music and the energy you can expect to see on the stage later this Fall at http://tinyurl.com/abd3s28.

1/23/13COMING THIS FALL: Imagine a 10 String Symphony on the Strawberry stage! Unlikely? Not if it comes packaged Strawberry style. Check out this Nashville duo that’s gaining acclaim for their “mesmerizing acoustic innovation.” We’re pleased to welcome 10-String Symphony to the Fall lineup. You can learn more about their talents on their website or on YouTube.
1/18/13COMING THIS FALL: No festival would be complete without it’s share of GREAT storytellers, and this Fall, you’re in for a real treat with SAM BAKER. A native Texan, Sam has traveled the world, and will share his deeply introspective music with you while strumming his guitar and playing harmonica. Check out his music on You Tube.
1/10/13As many of you are back at work this week, we thought we’d lift your spirits with a "Strawberry stroll" down memory lane from last year’s festivals - enjoy!


We’d love to share your photos in the coming weeks as well. Stay tuned for more details on how your memories can translate into prize winnings! Otherwise, watch for more artist announcements and keep track of the complete lineup on the performers page.
12/15/12Be sure to keep an eye on the Preliminary Lineup, we've posted the initial list, and will be adding to it as more are announced.
11/1/12Greetings fellow Strawberrians! Tickets for the 2013 Strawberry Music Festivals went on sale at 9:00 a.m. on November 1st, 2012. Special for the 2013 season; we are offering two new ticket types!

2-Day Adult Camping Ticket

Early bird discounted price only $150.00/ Full Price at $170.00

  • Good for Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th for the Spring Festival and Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd for the Fall Festival. A 2-Day Camping ticket can be upgraded for $20.00 at the Festival Gate.

Teen Camping Ticket

  • Good for Ages 13-19, must be accompanied by an adult. Only $100.00
  • Good for all four days of camping, Thursday, May 23rd through Monday, May 27th for the Spring Festival and Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd for the Fall Festival.

See You There!