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The lineup for the 2014 Fall Festival is listed below. The lineup can also be viewed as a Schedule Grid if you prefer. Lastly, the lineups for previous festivals can be found in the Performer Archive.

Fall 2014

ThursdaySeptember 11

5:15 PMStrange on the Range

Hailing from Reno, Strange on the Range is known for adding their own flair to traditional bluegrass standards, swing and rock tunes. What a great way to kick off the festival! The band features Bill McKean on guitar, Scott Gavin on Banjo, and Zeke Griffin on mandolin. Joining them on bass is Bob McNamara. Please join them to inaugurate our beloved festival in its new setting.

6:30 PMEliza Gilkyson with special guest Nina Gerber

A long-time Strawberry favorite, Eliza Gilkyson is back to take us on a soulful journey with her latest release, The Nocturne Diaries. Her new songs share compassionate hope and deep concerns for the world around us in her customary poetic style. Joined by Nina Gerber, their music will take you to the edge of your own perspective and ask you to look further.

7:45 PMKeith Little & the LittleBand, with special guest Blaine Sprouse

Keith Little is one of those amazing multi-instrumentalists who’s well-known in Northern California as a member of the David Grisman Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. For the Little Band, he’s pulled together a cast of musicians who can “really serve it up” including Michael Witcher, Josh Tharp, Luke Abbott, and Steve Swan – busy, sought-after musicians in their own right. They’ll be joined by acclaimed fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, most recently from the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

9:00 PMJohn Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

To say that John Jorgenson is musically diverse barely scratches the surface of his talents. He’s a virtuoso musician, equally comfortable playing bluegrass, jazz, pop, and classical alike. Jorgenson has toured the world, collaborating with Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan. Jorgenson’s Bluegrass Band, featuring the talents of Jon Randall, Herb Pedersen, and Mark Fain, will be the perfect ticket to lay the foundation of your bluegrass weekend in true Strawberry style.

FridaySeptember 12

11:15 AMSteep Ravine

Leading off the day, Steep Ravine will awaken your senses to an evolving brand of bluegrass. Their unique sound blends folk and bluegrass in compelling new directions. Rooted in rich string instrumentals and tight harmonies, Steep Ravine (named for a hiking trail on Mt. Tamalpais) freely explores compatible genres like jazz and swing on their debut CD, Trampin’ On. Laurie Lewis says their style “is as refreshing as the western breeze blowing off the Pacific.”

12:30 PMChris Webster and Nina Gerber

Chris Webster is said to have a magical singing style that makes you want to cry for no apparent reason other than you feel moved. Her style of soul hits a nerve deep within us all. Add the equally-soulful guitar stylings of Nina Gerber and you get a visceral, awe-inspiring experience that will transport you to another reality. Bring a picnic and everything else you need – you won’t want to miss a note.

1:45 PMLos Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs combine traditional Conjunto folk (a cultural blend of Latin and country music) with contemporary rock, jazz, and blues. At the center of their sound are the accordion and bajo sexton. Founder Max Baca of Texas Tornadoes fame is renowned for his skill on the 12-string bajo sexton, making the instrument hip for audiences worldwide. Call it TexMex, call it salsa, call it whatever you want. You’ll want to get up and move!

5:45 PMHot Buttered Rum

It was a hiking trip in the mountains that solidified Hot Buttered Rum as a band. Years later, their loyal fan following throughout the Bay Area has made them a recognizable name in roots music. Their music combines multiple genres into a riveting blend of Americana. They thrive on the chemistry of live shows, which is a perfect fit for Strawberry indeed!

7:00 PMDave Alvin and the Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin is a regular to the Strawberry stage. Over the years, he has inspired and amazed us with his own unique brand of rockin’ country blues and we love him for it. This time around, he’ll share some music from his new CD recorded with brother Phil, Common Ground. It’s a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, a blues icon from the 1930s who successfully crossed over from one genre to another, much like Alvin in his career.

8:30 PMHot Rize featuring Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers

Looking for a complete entertainment experience? Hot Rize is your ticket to an evening of authentic bluegrass performed masterfully by musicians infamous for their skill, and gut-busting laughter as they transform into Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. You won’t want to leave your seat as they playfully switch genres from bluegrass to country swing. Look for the fringed guitar and get ready for fun. It’ll be a night you won’t soon forget. Flyswatter anyone?

SaturdaySeptember 13

11:15 AM10 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.

12:30 PMThe Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

This band sets 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 ol’ country western. Their skilled instrumentation, original material, and strong cohesion typically leave audiences wanting more. We’re up for that, right?

1:45 PMLoCura

LoCura is the quintessential definition of musical diversity. Their sound is a fusion of styles they call “Califas Flamenkito.” Imagine the good time you’ll have dancing to Latin, punk, funk, reggae, and Cuban rhythms working together! They’re self-described Rumba addicts who are as diverse in their music as they are in their cultural backgrounds and personalities. Put it all together and you’ve got an infectious experience you won’t want to miss.

5:45 PMAchilles Wheel

Leading off the Saturday night set are local favorites, Achilles Wheel, a high-energy roots and world music rock and roll band. At the center of their sound is Jonny Mojo, surrounded by Paul Kamm, Shelby Snow, Gary Campus, and Mark McCartney. Testament to the band’s belief in the chemistry of their live performances, their debut CD, 13 Hours was recorded in one straight shot. Talk about a jam session!

7:00 PMMarcia Ball

Each time Marcia Ball comes to play, she just about brings the house down with her style of boogie. This time, we expect no different! A recipient of six Living Blues Awards, nine Blues Music Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, Marcia Ball knows how to take you on a journey through story and song. She and her long-time band will knock you off your feet with their “one-of-a-kind musical gumbo.”

8:30 PMTower of Power

Get ready for some serious groove, Oakland-style, with the one and only Tower of Power. With new singer, Ray Greene comes a new attitude that co-founder Emilio Castillo says is contagious. “Everybody in the band is saying ‘Wow, what is happening?’” After nearly five decades delivering the best in Rhythm and Blues music, “things are really kicking into high gear.” And, that’s the way Tower of Power likes it!

SundaySeptember 14

12:00 PMT Sisters

If you were lucky enough to catch the T Sisters “tweener” at the Spring 2013 Festival, you know you’re in for a real treat. Their music draws heavily on elements of folk, country, gospel, R&B, and fellow sibling bands like The Andrews Sisters. On their debut album, Kindred Lines, their harmonies intertwine with Americana and folk influences, forming a testament to family, musical traditions, and sisterly creativity nurtured since childhood.
1:15 PMThe 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 of the great jam bands 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.

2:30 PMThe California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops own the Saturday afternoon set. 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’. Let’s not disappoint. Here’s the title track from their new CD Like You Mean It.

5:00 PMKathy 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.

6:30 PMJerry Douglas Band

Acclaimed dobroist Jerry Douglas is practically synonymous with Strawberry, having performed too many times to count and through several different musical incarnations over the years. This time, he’s touring with bassist Viktor Krauss, Luke Bulla on violin and Doug Belote on drums. Of his latest record, Traveler, Jerry says he’s experimenting, taking his music to places he’s never been before. What a compelling reason to catch their set! Here, Jerry talks about the making of Traveler and his fellow musicians in the band.

8:00 PMPatty Griffin

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 last year released her seventh album entitled American Kid. Her new music features a group of “remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs,” written as a tribute to her late father. As catharsis goes, what better place than Strawberry to heal and be transformed? Here she is singing Go Wherever You Wanna Go.