Spring 2015 Strawberry Music Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA

May 21st-25th, 2015

IMPORTANT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Camping and day tickets are available online and at the festival gate.

Bonnie Raitt will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Sam Bush will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) The Mavericks will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Peter Rowan's Big Twang Theory will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Anders Osborne will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Eileen Jewell will perform at the Spring 2015 festival The Duhks will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Ray Bonneville will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Marley's Ghost will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) A.J. Ghent will perform at the Spring 2015 festival The New Orleans Suspects will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Sam Baker will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Chicago Farmer will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) Dustbowl Revival will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Della Mae will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Fall 2014 Festival at Nevada County Fairground (Grass Valley, CA) David Myles will perform at the Spring 2015 festival Front Country will perform at the Spring 2015 festival The Dixie Giants will perform at the Spring 2015 festival The Easy Leaves will perform at the Spring 2015 festival

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Welcome to the 2015 Strawberry Music Festival Season

Our 34th Year of Festivals

With the onset of the 2015 festival season, we are reminded how fortunate we are to be part of such an amazing community of music lovers. Thanks to a very special group of people including patrons, staff, contracted services, concessionaires, artisans, musicians, and venue management we are able to produce a music festival that celebrates the things we love most; friends, family, food, art, laughter, and music! We could not be more grateful for your part in making the Fall 2014 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a resounding success.

The Spring 2015 Festival will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Thursday, May 21st - Monday, May 25th. Deemed the most beautiful fairgrounds in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds offers beautifully forested camping, tree lined meadows, permanent bathhouses, level terrain, with lots of indoor and outdoor space for family fun and entertainment, in an easily accessible location. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills, charming gold rush towns Grass Valley and Nevada City are just minutes away with lots of services including lodging options, restaurants, stores, gas stations, and recreation. This year the Spring Festival presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top notch children's programming, workshops and activities for all ages, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Come see why Strawberry is so much more than a music festival!


The Fall 2015 Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, on September 3rd – 7th at the historic Westside property in Tuolumne CA. Steeped in history and natural beauty, Westside is easy to get to but is still somewhat off the beaten path. The property is a geographic bridge to the quiet and charming town of Tuolumne, with lots of recreation opportunities just a short walk or bicycle ride away. We hope that you will support join us for this first time event!

While we continue to update our website with the latest information available, if you have any questions please call the Strawberry office at (209) 984-8630. Our staff is eager to share information about the festival. See you there!


5/14/2015 Festival Office Hours and Important Festival Information

It’s just one week until the Festival Gates open and we can hardly wait!
  • Monday May 18th- The answering service will be forwarding our messages to the festival office in Grass Valley. We will be happy to answer questions or take ticket orders and will return calls as quickly as possible.
  • Wednesday May 20th- The office will be closed and messages will be forwarded on an hourly basis throughout the festival. The office will remain closed until Monday, June 1st and messages that do not require immediate attention will be returned at that time.
  • Thursday May 21st- The Festival Gate opens at 8:00am.
  • Thursday, May 21st we will begin Pre-Banding campers at 6:30am. Every person in the vehicle must have a physical ticket, a print at home, or a mobile delivery 4 Day Camping ticket in order to be Pre-Banded. Please DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 6:30 AM. There is no stopping, parking or lining up on McCourtney Road leading into the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Pre-Banded campers will not be allowed to go into the camping areas until the Gates open at 8:00am. Tickets at Will Call will be available 24/7 once the Gate has opened at 8:00am on Thursday and requires identification. If you have lost or left your tickets at home, please ask for assistance at the Gate.
  • You can still purchase tickets online, for Print at Home, Will Call, or Mobile delivery until 6:00am on Thursday, May 21st at http://bit.ly/1zYmjvr or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
See you there!
5/14/2015 Fresh off the Presses, the Workshops and Kids Stage Schedule, and the Recreation and Activities Schedule!
5/10/2015 It’s just days now until the gates open for the Spring 2015 Festival and we can hardly wait! The Main Stage, Workshop Stage, and Kids Stage schedules are now available on the Performer Page. See you there!
5/4/2015 This Spring, Hog Ranch Radio presents Main Street Late Night!

Friday Night Singer Songwriter Circle - Join us for this first time showcase in the round featuring David Myles, Rita Hosking, Dan Bern, Hannah Kile, and Willy Tea Taylor. Hosted by festival favorite, Amy Airheart

Saturday Night Jam - Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of music with The Duhks as well as Twain Harte’s most wanted The Little Fuller Band. Hosted by the one and only Wes Robertson.

The doors at the Main Street Building open at 10:30pm and showtime is 11:00pm. Tickets cost $10.00 and will be available at the door (21 & over). Show is open to the public!
4/30/2015 Unfortunately, we must share the news that Nina Gerber regretfully has had to cancel her appearance at the Spring Festival due to medical reasons. She assures us that it’s nothing major; but untimely and requires a bit of restful recuperation. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she is up and at her old licks in no time.

Get well soon, Nina!
4/28/2015 We are over the moon with delight in announcing that Strawberry legend, Amy Airheart will be hosting our Late Night Singer Songwriter Circle this Spring! Amy Airheart, the inspiration for Amy’s Orchid Cafe, will be back in all her glory to host our brand new Late Night Show. Taking place Friday after the Main Stage and broadcast live over Hog Ranch Radio, the Singer Songwriter Circle will feature dynamic talent in a warm theater setting, and will be open to the public.

There are tremendous improvements being made for the Spring 2015 Festival, including additional patron and staff camping, reviving the Sunday Morning Revival, new Late Night programming, moving the Strawberry Recreation Activities to expansive fields and shady nooks convenient to the Music Meadow, more staff to assist, and most of all the return of old friends like Amy AIrheart and Dallas Dobro! Folks, there is plenty of nice forest and meadow camping available ready to accommodate groups large and small for this grand event!
4/16/2015 Back by popular demand! On Thursday night, Nina Gerber will be performing her collection of Lullabies along with Dobroist Michael Witcher at the Pine Tree Stage. The Sandman is sure to make an appearance as this magical duo lulls you into sweet dreams under starry Strawberry skies.
4/14/2015 Joining us at the Spring 2015 Festival for our Singer Songwriter Circle and Sunday Morning Revival will be local favorite Rita Hosking! Taking place Friday night after the Main Stage as a Hog Ranch Radio broadcast and live performance our brand new late night event features dynamic, emerging talent and is open to the public!
3/26/2015 For our final Main Stage lineup announcement let's give it up for singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Willy Tea Taylor! Listen to Young When I Left Home and see where his distinctive voice takes you along that old dirt road.
3/24/2015 Please welcome Dan Bern for his debut appearance on the Strawberry Stage, Saturday morning. Armed with a guitar and his voice, singer songsmith Dan Bern is raw, topical and always honest. When you have a few moments to feel something painfully real that begins and ends with love, share in Dan’s Kid’s Prayer. Stay tuned for Workshop and Late Night Stage announcements!
3/24/2015 We are happy to announce that Day Ticket sales will begin and the full Main Stage lineup will be posted on the website Friday morning, March 27th. This is an exciting lineup for any given day or for the entire festival, so stay tuned to see who plays when!
3/18/2015 Steeped in New Orleans Jazz in the Dixieland style, The Dixie Giants are a mix of music educators, jazz students, and wine maker in training. Hailing from Sonoma, they are said to parade the streets whooping and playing up a storm. We can’t wait for this storm to blow in, around camp, and right onto the Main Stage. Whether it’s New Orleans classics, a Dixieland twist on modern pop/rock songs or originals written in the traditional style, The Dixie Giants will bring the energy big time! See them take to the streets and perform their tune February.
3/16/2015 It’s Monday morning and we could all use some good news. For our latest announcement, let’s welcome The Easy Leaves to the Spring 2015 Lineup. “Get Down” and “Keep It Country” while The Easy Leaves bring honky-tonk to the Music Meadow in double time. Original words to original sounds, Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield’s harmoniously wayward rhythms will move you literally and figuratively. Watch their official YouTube video of Crack the Bottle to see what we mean! Get ready for a toe-tappin’, gal-swingin’ good time where rockabilly and country collide on Thursday Afternoon.
3/14/2015 Let's show a big round of Likes for the Canadian singer-songwriter lead, David Myles Trio, guaranteed to woo Strawberry crowds on Friday night! From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David effortlessly injects any song with irresistible energy. Get a taste of his timeless syle by watching the video for Long Dark Night or prepare to be entertained when you see Santa Never Brings me a Banjo.
3/12/2015 Impressing audiences from coast to coast with their soulfully, assertive instrumentation, we are happy to announce Della Mae at the Spring 2015 Festival. These female ambassadors of American roots music have played points far and wide with the U.S. State Departments’ American Music Abroad program. Prepare to be amazed when you hear them play Empire . Sign up for a free download of "Boston Town" off their upcoming self titled release, here.
2/14/2015 Just a reminder, RV Sites are now available for purchase. You can reserve your RV Site with a Visa or Mastercard, by calling the office at (209) 984-8630. For more information, please read the RV Site Guidelines or view the RV Site Map on the Ticket Page. See you there!
2/9/2015 Joining us at the Spring 2015 Lineup will be The Mavericks, Anders Osborne, Eilen Jewell, and New Orleans Suspects. This is going to be a fun show with lots of exciting talent, so stay tuned as we fill the last few slots available on the Main Stage! See you there!
1/28/2015 We are pleased to announce that Sam Bush, The Duhks, A.J. Ghent, Dustbowl Revival, Front Country and Marley’s Ghost are to take the stage at the Spring 2015 Festival! Stay tuned for more exciting lineup announcements. See you there!
12/16/2014 We are very pleased to announce that artists for the Spring 2015 Festival are to include Bonnie Raitt, Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory, Ray Bonneville, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, Sam Baker, and Chicago Farmer! Tickets are now on sale, so don’t miss out on special winter prices. Visit our Ticket page for more information or Buy Tickets Now.
12/11/2014With the announcement of the Spring 2015 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, many of you are wondering if and when we will return to Camp Mather. At this point, we cannot say if this exodus, from our festival home of over 30 years, is temporary or permanent. While we will not rule out a return to our beloved Mather, no circumstances have been presented that would allow us to do that at this time. Charged with the responsibility of preserving the Strawberry tradition for future generations, we are not in a position to be put off, mislead, or forced to fight. Last year we beat the odds when we were granted the federal disaster relief loan, issued refunds and exchanges for Fall 2013 tickets, and produced the Fall 2014 Festival in Grass Valley, despite the lack of cooperation we received from officials at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department. As we search for our mountain home, we must be able to trust venue management to communicate honestly and work with us instead of against us. Wherever we go and however long it takes, we are committed to providing the finest festival experience possible that is accessible to all ages and abilities. In the meantime, we are making our best effort to get Spring tickets on sale before Christmas and look forward to making a very big lineup announcement soon! Please stay tuned and stay positive!
11/26/2015Great news folks! We could not be happier to announce that the Spring 2015 Festival is taking place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend- Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 24th. We’ve already got some great music in the works and look forward to more exciting announcements regarding lineup and ticket sales beginning before Christmas. The office will be closing at noon today for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Tuesday, December 2nd.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday,
Strawberry Staff
9/24/2014A resounding THANK YOU goes out to all who attended and participated in the Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival! The Strawberry Way was in full force at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and the spirit of this amazing community could be easily felt. We could not be more grateful to the Fall 2013 ticket holders that waited patiently for us to provide this festival and refunds. Working with the staff at the Nevada County Fairgrounds has been a pleasure, and we are grateful to them and the greater community for such a gracious reception. We intend to do whatever it takes to keep this tradition alive for the next generation of Strawberry Kids; so stay tuned for information regarding the 2015 Festival Season.

Thank you!
Strawberry Staff

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