Spring 2016 Strawberry Music Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA

May 26th-29th, 2016

Fall 2016 Strawberry Music Festival
Westside, Tuolumne, CA

September 1st-4th, 2016

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Lots more photos in our Photo Gallery!


Announcements

2/4/2016 We’re happy to welcome singer-songwriter Shannon McNally to the Fall Festival Lineup. Shannon McNally conjures ghosts and heroines, thieves, lovers and redeemers in a transcendent folk-blues, country-rock moonshine she’s been pulling straight from the still for nearly 20 years. Drink from the cup of McNally’s sweet, southern creativity and heartfelt vocal intonation when you watch her perform Bohemian Wedding Prayer at Music in the Hall in Oxford, MS..
1/28/2016 After a decade long hiatus, Asleep At The Wheel will be joining us to close Thursday night at the Fall Festival. Nominated for Best Recording Package at the 2015 Grammy Awards for their latest release, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Asleep At The Wheel is making Western swing fresh again, still. Warning: don’t watch "Boogie Back To Texas" unless your feet are free for tapping. And then take advantage of the last day of All Festival Pass savings .
1/28/2016 Reminder: There’s just one more day left to get All Festival Pass savings. Order online or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 until midnight, call the office at (209) 984-8630 until 5pm, or send your check to P.O. Box 664, Jamestown, CA 95327 postmarked January 29th. While the place may change, Strawberry is still your home away from home for Memorial and Labor Day weekends. See you there!
1/28/2016 It’s turning out to be a stellar Saturday for the Fall Festival and we are pleased to announce that Ruthie Foster will set the stage for Los Lobos to close the evening. Making her fifth Strawberry appearance, Ruthie Foster is back with her infectious blend of soul, rock, folk, and gospel. Since she last graced the Main Stage with her power house vocals, Ruthie has been busy touring with the best in blues and gaining a host of accolades with her award winning style. Watch her raise the roof with her own volume of original beauty at Antone’s performing Phenomenal Woman.
1/26/2016 Meet the young bluegrass band that everyone is talking about! Coming to the Fall Festival from Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies are growing audiences nationwide with their award winning performances. This 6 piece bluegrass bonanza is rooted in tradition, while blurring the lines between genres with their keen originality. Enjoy a sample of the pickin’ that won them the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition and watch them perform Fell Asleep at the Top Hat Lounge.
1/22/2016 RV Sites are set to go on sale at 9:00am on Monday, February 1st. You can reserve your Full Hook-Up Site or Partial Hook-Up Site by calling the office at (209) 984-8630. For more information about RV Sites, see our RV Site Guidelines.
1/22/2016 The All Festival Pass deadline is one week away on January 29th. You’ll be able to order by phone at (800) 838-3006 or online through Brown Paper Tickets until midnight. Or to talk to a live Strawberry representative, call (209) 984-8630, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm. Buy now to get All Festival Pass savings for attending both festivals. Thanks and see you there!
1/20/2016 We’re in for a real treat on Thursday night with The James Hunter Six joining the Spring Festival lineup. Crafting original tunes that feel familiar is James Hunter's specialty. Lead by Hunter’s tangy trill, The James Hunter six is an ensemble of the right elements to transport the listener to another time. Let them take you on a R&B, doo-wap, rock n’ roll odyssey to the smooth side and watch this live performance of Minute by Minute.
1/19/2016 The Friday night Singer Songwriter Showcase made it’s debut last year at Spring Strawberry and is back by popular demand. This Spring the Singer Songwriter Showcase will feature Mary Gauthier, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Potenza, Tim Chaisson, and Dave Gunning. Watch Tim Chaisson’s Bad On Me to see just one example of what is bound to be a magical evening when these talented songwriters share the stage!
1/15/2016 Set to play the Spring Festival, The East Pointers are infusing youth and originality into old world Celtic traditional music with their beautiful instrumentation and wistful vocals. All accomplished musicians in their own right, singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson and his cousin Koady Chaisson, hail from a long line of folk musicians on Prince Edward Island and Jake Charron is from Ontario, Canada. Together the trio is a charismatic representation of home and history delivered with high energy stamina. Kick up your heels or raise your glass to the sound of the East Pointers performing original song Woodfordia.
1/14/2016 What do you get when you blend a powerhouse of rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Blues, folk, and traditional Mexican music with over 40 years of high energy, live shows? Last seen at Strawberry ten years ago, Los Lobos is making a much anticipated return at the Fall Festival. Make sure you’re standing up when you check out this performance of Mas Y Mas.
1/14/2016 With a couple of weeks left to purchase the All Festival Pass, we thought we would share some of the improvements that are underway for the Fall Festival:
  • Grass is seeded at the Music Meadow and Kids Program area.
  • Camping areas are being developed and expanded.
  • The Restroom/Shower building is being relocated to a more central location.
  • Roads will be named, signed, and designated on the map. The Message Board will return to help you find friends and camp jams.
  • Respect and consideration for others will be encouraged in performance areas.
  • The camp jam culture and Hog ranch radio listenership are to be nurtured in every way possible.
  • Programs such as the Breakfast Club, Band Scramble and Learn to Jam will be highlighted.
  • Seating will be provided in the Food Court.
Stay tuned for more news and photos of upcoming developments at the home of the Fall Festival.
1/12/2016 The Kruger Brothers are returning to the Strawberry Stage for the Spring Festival after their popular debut in 2013. This North Carolina based trio is known for their masterful instrumentation, earnest vocals, and world class showmanship. Watch the Kruger Brothers as they explore and expand traditional Americana in this live performance of Orange Blossom Special.
1/7/2016 We’d like to end the first week of the new year by welcoming Mavis Staples back to Strawberry at the Spring Festival. Mavis Staples has wowed audiences for well over 50 years with her larger than life voice and expressive renditions of classic R&B and gospel anthems. Wind down your busy week with the smooth sound of soul and listen to the full album stream of 2013 release One True Vine.
1/7/2016 You’ll remember singer-songwriter Kevin Russell from the legendary band, The Gourds. Now he’s back with the latest incarnation on a musical journey that is fusing American music styles. Let’s welcome Shinyribs to the Fall Festival lineup and get prepared to have a down home good time, with a band that defies traditional descriptions. Enjoy this live performance of their original tune Song of Lime Juice and Despair.
1/5/2016 We are pleased to welcome David Luning to the Fall Festival lineup. Watch the official music video of Whiskey Bottle to enjoy a sample of what people are calling “gritty, joyful, soulful Americana” singing and songwriting.
1/4/2016 Today both Strawberry and Tuolumne County communities are mourning the loss of our dear friend Richard Burleigh. You may remember him and his joyful smile from the coffee booth, but Richard is responsible for bringing art and music to our mountain home for over 30 years as organizer of Fire on the Mountain and founder of the Christmas Crafts Fair, the Sonora Blues Festival and more. Richard was the first to offer a warm welcome to Strawberry into this community, and he will be missed dearly. A celebration of life will be held at the Motherlode Fairgrounds, in Sonora, CA, on Sunday, January 10th at 11:00am and will be a Pot Luck.
12/21/2015 Happy rainy Solstice everyone! Please note that our office will be closed from Wednesday, December 23rd until Monday, January 4th. You will still be able to purchase tickets online during that time for the Spring Festival, the Fall Festival, or get your All Festival Pass for savings on both festivals. You can also call Brown Paper Tickets at 1 (800) 838-3006 to buy tickets or for customer service 24/7.
12/18/2015 We’re so glad it’s Friday because we get to announce that Darlingside will perform at the Spring Festival. Cap off a long week with their official video, The God of Loss, illustrating a symphony of sound and harmony that escapes genre. Enjoy and a nice weekend!
12/16/2015 And for another survey request fulfilled, we are happy to announce that the David Grisman Sextet will be joining us for this year’s Spring Festival. Playing his own style of bluegrass-jazz fusion, affectionately dubbed as “Dawg” music, mandolin maestro David Grisman never leaves home without a cast of talented friends. From the looks and sounds of this video featuring David and friends playing Minor Swing, we are in for a real treat!
12/15/2015 For fifty years Del McCoury has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans, so we are thrilled that The Del McCoury Band will be returning to Strawberry for the Fall Festival in 2016! Take an afternoon break to enjoy the signature McCoury sound that is traditional with an open mind and just keeps getting better with age! We’re starting off this chilly afternoon with the Streets of Baltimore presented by FreshGrass.
12/15/2015 The holiday card is in the mail and we hope it finds your family in good health! The holiday card signals the beginning of ticket sales, offers a preview of the lineup, and for many years its cover has been adorned with original artwork by David Boring. This card is a friendly reminder that somewhere its Berry time!

12/14/2015 We’re very pleased to welcome Nova Scotia Singer Songwriter Dave Gunning to the Spring 2015 Festival lineup. Though many of his songs remain rooted in the province Dave is proud to call home, they have proved they can travel well. A genuinely engaging performer and storyteller, we’re so glad that his travels will lead him to the Strawberry stage! Enjoy a sample of Dave’s maritime style of song crafting and listen to I Robbed the Company Store
12/11/2015 We’re very happy to welcome The Wood Brothers back to Strawberry for the Spring Festival. If you missed their epic performance at the Fall Festival, you are in for a real treat this Spring. Get a taste the trio's raw charisma and unique sound on the Bloody Sunday Sessions...
12/11/2015 Ticket Sales Begin: Tickets for the 2016 Season are now on sale! To buy tickets choose Spring, Fall, and for a limited time get All Festival Pass for savings on both festivals. For ticket prices and details visit Tickets and feel free to call us with any questions you may have M-F, 9-5 at (209) 984-8630
12/10/2015 Ticket sales for the 2016 Festival Season are about to begin and we want to give you every reason to give the gift of Strawberry this Christmas. For the Spring Festival, that means your gift includes a live performance on Friday night by festival favorite, Tim O’Brien. Visit Tim’s site and listen to a track to wake up soft and smooth to the sound of "Pompadour".
12/09/2015 In 2016 we are focused on nurturing what makes Strawberry YOUR festival. Of all the many wonderful traditions that have taken hold over the years, jamming has always been at the heart of the camp experience. In the months leading up to both festivals, we want to talk about all the fun things that are going to happen and help you find them once you get there. Feel free to use this thread to invite visitors to your special camp gathering or jam and then post your camp location on the message board when you arrive at the festival. And remember to keep an ear to the Hog for the latest information on live performances from camp to stage. Now and for all time, your camp is the most important stage at the festival, so come home, and bring your instruments and FM radio with you!
12/09/2015 Did someone say grass!!! Many of the improvements you’ve requested are underway at both festival locations. The Music Meadow and Kids Area at Westside are both being expanded and grass has been planted. Moving further into the interior of the Westside property, there are a lot of nice camping areas that are being developed for the Fall Festival. Additional potable water locations, the message board, and improved festival signage are all in the works for both locations as well. Check back soon for up to date photos of the progress!
12/08/2015 We’re excited about the return of several celebrated traditions for the 2016 Season. In addition to the return of Strawberry Music Festival Holiday Card we are pleased to announce the return of the All Festival Pass. The All Festival Pass is a great deal on 4 Day Camping tickets to both festivals and will be available through January 29th. We are also pledging to bring back the iconic message board, in order to help you find each other and the places you love to visit. We’re just getting started with the return to the new normal in 2016, so when you return to Berryland, you’ll have a return on your investment that can’t be quantified. Keep those comments coming, because we are listening!
12/08/2015 For a preview of the Spring Festival lineup we are very pleased to announce that Mary Gauthier and Sarah Potenza will be joining us, both from the cancelled Fall 2013 Festival lineup! With the release of “Trouble & Love” in 2014, singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier continues to dig deep into her musical well of experience that spans a lifetime of love, loss, and transformation. Sarah Potenza wooed audiences nationwide with her monster vocals in 2015 when she made it to the top twenty on NBC’s popular TV show, “The Voice”. Watch Sarah’s blind audition and then listen to what it sounds like When a Woman Goes Cold. We’ve waited long enough to see each of these powerfully talented ladies make their return to the Strawberry stage! Several other acts have just been confirmed, so stay tuned for more lineup announcements soon.
12/04/2015 We’re excited to announce that ticket sales for the 2016 season will begin on Friday, December 11th! The Spring Festival will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend and the Fall Festival will be at Westside over Labor Day weekend. Get your tickets early for the best deals and stay tuned for the latest festival news and lineup announcements!
11/25/2015 The season of celebration is upon us, and what we are most thankful for is all the many years of making music together! Please look forward to receiving our holiday card and for Spring Festival ticket sales to begin before Christmas, and for Fall Festival ticket sales to begin early in the New Year. We hope you and yours have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Strawberry Staff
11/03/2015 We’ve been busy reviewing all of your great feedback from the Fall 2015 Festival and are loving all of the great suggestions! There is a lot of potential for Westside to be a very comfortable and authentically beautiful place for music to be played and memories to be made. We want to thank everyone who came and/or supported this event. We’re committed to the continued improvement of the festival experience in both new locations and look forward to keeping you informed of the progress. Click to fill out the Strawberry Fall 2015 Survey or submit your festival feedback go to Submit Feedback. Please stay tuned for information regarding ticket sales for the 2016 Festival Season, as well as the return of the beloved Holiday Card! The Holiday Card signals the beginning of ticket sales, has the season’s first lineup announcements, offers the best discounts available, and features original artwork to brighten the days between Berries. If you are not on our mailing list, click here to get in on the fun: Mailing List

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