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With a big warm welcome, we are thrilled to announce our final two Main Stage performers for Spring 2024: Marley’s Ghost, and Jimbo Scott and Yesterday’s Biscuits!

Visit the Spring 2024 Lineup page to learn more about each performer and to watch videos of their incredible artistry. Also, check out the Strawberry Playlist to listen to music from each of our Spring Festival performers.

Stay tuned for more lineup announcements on the way! Sign up for email announcements to receive notifications about ticket sales, lineup announcements, and the latest in festival news.

Buy camping tickets online, or call us M-W, 10-2 at (209) 984-8630.

Strawberry Music Festival 
May 22-27, 2024
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA


He’s our jump-in-the-lake, pull your heartstrings, pioneering bluegrass crooner. He can wield a guitar, mandolin, fiddle, or banjo like one of those Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers fly swatters in the hands of your Arkansas grandma. And, his iconic voice and songs have become blissfully anthemic for us here at Strawberry.

He’s played (at least) 37 times on our stage since 1984, in various configurations such as: Tim O’Brien Band, Hot Rize, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Tim O’Brien & the O’Boys, Tim O’Brien Band with Jerry Douglass, Hot Rize feat. Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, and many more.

On June 16th, he drops his newest record, “Cup of Sugar.” No doubt, this Grammy-winning, hall-of-famer will awe us once again with his brilliant artistry, humanity, a lil’ bit o’ humor, and a top-notch band in support. 

For the 38th time (or more) let’s give a huge WELCOME BACK to Mr. O’Brien with the Tim O’Brien Band, this spring at Strawberry!

Go even deeper with Tim and the gang in “Beyond”! Check it out:

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Rolling Stone sums it up well:  “Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley shred.”

As “two of the finest musicians playing today” (No Depression), Ickes and Hensley evoke excited analogies from the press, like “dual lightning strikes in a bottle” (Guitar Player), “an acoustic firestorm” (Vintage Guitar), and even “Afghan kite fighters” (Premier Guitar).

Put together a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year and a Tennessee-born guitar prodigy who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 11, and no doubt, they WILL electrify the scene! 

Check out their bio to read about the famous collaborators and enthusiastic admirers of this GRAMMY nominated duo. (Y’know, like, Tommy Emmanuel, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Allison Krauss, Vince Gill, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Marty Stuart, STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL – OK we’ll stop, you just have to read it). 

We are tickled pink that these regulars at the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry are coming to Strawberry again this spring. Musical sparks are gonna fly, folks! 

Don’t walk, RUN to the music meadow when these guys hit the stage! On that note, check out the video for “Moonlight Run”:

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Welcome back, Big Richard! Whether it’s shifting a paradigm or dazzling us with virtuosic tunes, this band knows how to have fun.

“Colorado quartet Big Richard plays music that sounds at once traditional and fresh, ramming through decades of male-dominated songwriting with aggression and an urgency to smash the patriarchy. And yet, the veritable supergroup — composed of some of the state’s most accomplished bluegrass and old-time artists — is fundamentally playful,” (The Denver Post).

Indeed, band members have “wry senses of humor to match their boundless talent” (Boulder Weekly). 

Big Richard is platinum recording artist Bonnie Sims on mandolin, multi-genre musician Dr. Joy Adams on cello, Hazel Royer on bass and guitar, and Eve Panning on fiddle, and they will be masterfully mashing up genres on the main stage this spring at Strawberry!

Check out a sampling of their boundless talent with Greasy Coat:

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We’re pleased to announce that the following Strawberrians are the lucky winners of our Calendar Giveaway Drawing: Gary Kramer, Hayley Durham, Jill Harry, and H. Eleng.

If you weren’t one of the lucky five, you can still purchase one of these beauties for $30 (tax & shipping included). Purchase your calendar here, and while you’re at it, make sure to secure your tickets for Strawberry Spring 2024!


This bluegrass and gospel group is comprised of Jerry Cole, Eli Johnston, and Stephen Burwell, all being former members of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s last touring band before he retired. Add mandolin extraordinaire, Jesse Brock and vocal powerhouse, John Meador, and you’ve got a tight-knit crew that is taking the bluegrass world by storm.


In fact, at last year’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s Music Awards, Authentic Unlimited took home Vocal Group of the Year, AND New Artist of the Year.  

While their music is plenty to endear and impress, you might notice that on their website, they list each band member’s parents by name. That’s right – the parents get some credit! We love that. And most of all, we love them.

Don’t miss this band of bluegrass poet-maestros when they take our own Spring Strawberry by storm! Or, er, perfect 75 degree weather?

Listen, watch, and get swept away in the stormy strands of “Long Gone”:

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Want more Strawberry in your life? Join our email list and get early access to Strawberry promotions, updates, and announcements. And if you sign up before January 31st at noon, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of five Strawberry calendars! 


Already a subscriber? Then you’re automatically entered! 

On Wednesday, January 31, at noon (12pm PST), we’ll draw five names from our email subscriber list at random. Winners will be announced Thursday, February 1.

Rest assured! If you aren’t one of the lucky five, you can still purchase one of these beauties for $30 on our website (tax & shipping included). Purchase your calendar here, and while you’re at it, make sure to secure your tickets for Strawberry Spring 2024!


Pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph cut his teeth playing church services in his native New Jersey before he burst into the musical world of folks like Eric Clapton, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Leanne Rhymes, John Mayer and more. How? His red-hot, fervent instrumental work and heartfelt, enthusiastic originals are absolutely phenomenal.

Rolling Stone named Randolph one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he’s earned four Grammy nominations, Blues Music Awards, and more. On TV you might hear his theme songs for the NY Knicks called “Get There,” and NFL Thursday Night Football, with “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That.”

What’s more, he utilizes his passions for humanity to drive meaningful social change. In doing so, he founded the Robert Randolph Foundation, which focuses on creating platforms for youth to gain knowledge and transform their lives regardless of their cultural, social or racial backgrounds. Thank you, Mr. Randolph!!

We’re absolutely thrilled that he’s bringing his brilliance to our little festival in the hills – be prepared to get smitten!

But first, get baptized in the spirit of the Robert Randolph Band with the video “Baptise Me”:

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The Spring Discount is available now through 3/20/24. Use coupon code TAKE10 to take $10 off qualifying adult camping tickets. (5-Day and 5-Night tickets excluded.)

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For phone orders, please call the office Mon-Wed, 10am-2pm, at 209-984-8630.

Take advantage of these great savings and be a part of this year’s extraordinary gathering of Strawberrians. We look forward to another epic reunion of family and friends, and an incredible festival experience this Spring!


Some of you may have noticed that the moon phases were dated incorrectly in this year’s Strawberry calendar. We apologize, and hope this does not cause too much of an inconvenience.

In an effort to mitigate this error, we have included an updated 2024 Full Moon Schedule below. You can print the moons as labels with this template, or print the image below as-is and display next it to your calendar for accurate reference.

We appreciate your understanding as we embrace this as a humorous anecdote in the Strawberry tapestry of calendar lore. 

“A flaw in the tapestry is what makes it unique.”