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We are missing our festival community very much, as we head into Labor Day weekend, and hope you are all staying healthy and safe. Our collective heart currently resides with all of those affected by the wildfires burning in California, for the past several weeks, as well as those struggling these past months, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strawberry office remains closed, while we await guidance from state health officials as to how, and when, festivals and large events will be allowed to take place. We recognize though, that our annual gatherings are more like a musical family camp-out, than a concert, and that a healthy and robust Kids Program is essential to the Strawberry experience. The efforts being made to keep kids and staff safe, in learning and care facilities across the country, are of particular interest to our organization, and we wish educators, and care givers, the very best in these endeavors.

Many of you have asked what can be done to help Strawberry and other live music events survive the pandemic. We feel that the best thing anyone can do, is to follow the guidelines set forth by your state and county health department, to protect yourself and others, and stop the spread of COVID-19. The sooner we get this terribly infectious disease under control, the sooner we can all get back to making live music, and the Strawberry Jam can recommence.

The lineup for Spring 2021 is set to be the same as the postponed 2020 event. The performers are all looking forward to seeing you there, and so are we! We understand that some of you will not be able to attend the re-scheduled festival in 2021, so Strawberry is modifying our ticket policy to include more options for Spring 2020 ticket holders. Specific details about the new policy will be provided in October.

It is so hard to believe that this summer already nears an end, with so many milestones missed, and so much distance between family and friends. When it is safe to gather again, we are confident in the Strawberry community to work cooperatively to protect one another. Until that time, please stay healthy and do your best to help others stay healthy, as well.

Sending Strawberry love and virtual hugs!


Happy Thursday folks. Since we can’t be together today, we would like to share the next best thing; pictures and descriptions of your camps. We have received some really great submissions for our new Camp Gallery so far! Please keep those submissions coming and we will keep adding them into the gallery. Each camp has their own profile page that displays photos, bio, camp location, information about jams you host, and up to two videos.

To submit your material to the Camp Gallery, please fill out this form:

To start a conversation on our new Message Board, please sign-in or register here:

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend and that Strawberry lives with each of you wherever you are.


As the dates of the postponed Spring 2020 Strawberry Music Festival approach, we are starting to think about what (and whom) we will be missing during the holiday weekend. Usually, this would be the weekend that we begin setting up at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and festival goers, spread far and wide, simultaneously prepare for their migration to Strawberry. Each day from here on out marks a different milestone or memory for each of us, and being separate makes our shared experience very different and somewhat surreal. Regardless, it is such a comfort to know that we are together in spirit and so very inspiring to see some of the beautiful memories already being shared by attendees! 

At this coming Spring Festival, Strawberry planned to commemorate the year 2020 by opening the Main Street building to a special retrospective presentation. We are excited that much of the material (memorable photos, calendars, flyers, posters, program pages, mailers, ticket stock, t-shirts, Christmas cards, etc.) has been digitized. Starting on Wednesday, May 20th, we will unveil new pages on the Strawberry website, in order to share these memories. Additionally, we will host corresponding conversations on our new Strawberry Festival Message Board, at the same time. We will kick things off with the Strawberry Camp Gallery, and then follow up through the festival weekend: pages dedicated to our artisan and food communities, galleries of images, historical perspectives, and other goodies.

The best part of Strawberry has always been what you make of it. So, naturally we need your input to create a true picture of the Strawberry community. One of the new website pages is an improved version of our old gallery of Camps. The new gallery will display a name and thumbnail photo that links to a more extensive profile page for each participating camp. To list your camp in the new gallery, please use this form to submit your camp’s media. Please be aware that all material is subject to review and approval by our site moderator and should be family friendly.

Another way for us to support shared experiences, is to provide a safe space for collaboration, conversations, and creativity. We have renewed our moderated message board as an alternative to corporate social media. It’s a place where you can reach other festival goers without having your data mined, shared or sold, by us or anyone. We plan to ask some fun questions and start threads for topics such as DIY camp decor, but the best conversations will invariably be the ones you start yourselves. Please note that you will need to sign up, to use the message board; we promise to not sell your personal data.

So instead of packing this weekend, why not take some time to pull together your camp’s memories, send in your submission for the camp gallery, and register for Strawberry’s forum to be part of the virtual message board during Memorial Day weekend? And now let us segue from our new world story to the story world of the festival with Strawberry’s playlist, which now features a very special recording of B.Z. Smith’s retirement story as told at last year’s Sunday morning Revival.  

Despite the physical distance, our connections to one another have always stood the test of space and time. We hope the coming festival weekend, without a festival, still leaves you feeling recharged by the Strawberry way and look forward to the time when we can safely gather together again. Thank you for all your kindness, love, and support!


Countless converging communities are now reeling from the sad news of Kreg Nelson’s sudden passing, this past weekend. Many of us know Kreg from his time as head of the Backstage Security crew at Strawberry, and the hundreds of guests that he checked in, over many years’ time, will always remember being greeted by Kreg’s incredible warmth, larger than life smile, and good humor.

That spirit of genuine kindness and inclusivity made him easy to love, wherever he went, even when he was being brutally honest or telling a really bad joke. Any of us would gladly welcome the worst that he could give. Kreg sported a style of being in the world that was both polished and raw at the same time. He carried himself with grace and charm, in a way that no one else dare attempt to imitate. He was totally one of a kind, and yet, we could all use a lot more Kreg Nelson in the world.

When a giant heart falls, the shock wave of grief is not only heard, but felt deeply, and shared among many. The Strawberry community offers its deepest condolences to Kreg’s family and enormous extended family of friends. R.I.P. dear friend, you are missed.


“Requests, questions and heckles encouraged” — Strawberrians, let’s do this. Join John Craigie (humorous storytelling, serious folk) for his Facebook Live show on Saturday May 9, at 6:00pm PST!”

…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

#JohnCraigie #Yippee


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Today, Strawberry is launching a new forum that includes a Ticket Exchange and Message Board. If you have tickets to the Spring 2020 Strawberry Music Festival and are unable to use them at the 2021 Spring Festival, you can list them for sale on the Ticket Exchange. The Message Board is a place for general discussion and for connecting Strawberrians during our long hiatus until next year. To participate in this forum, and make a post to the Ticket Exchange and/or Message Board, you will need to register with a username and password. It just takes a few minutes to sign up at If you need help with the registration process, you can email our Webmaster and volunteer forum moderator, at

We are so grateful for all the support and kindness we have received during this stressful time. We hope you are all staying healthy and safe, and that this forum will be a good independent source for Strawberry connections and camaraderie.


March 27, 2020

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health directive that all non essential gatherings should be postponed or canceled until further guidance is issued, the Spring 2020 Strawberry Music Festival has been postponed until next year.

We recognize the severity of the situation and that we must all act together to endure. The Strawberry community has survived three previous catastrophic cancellations in the past. To get through this crisis, we will once again need your patience and trust.

In order to deliver on our promise to provide a safe festival experience AND to be a supportive force for both our festival community and greater performing arts community, Strawberry Music Festival is taking the following actions:

  • All tickets to the postponed Spring 2020 Festival will be honored at next year’s Spring 2021 Strawberry Music Festival, taking place on May 27th – 31st at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in Grass Valley, CA. In keeping with our published ticket policy, ticket refunds will not be offered at this time.
  • All performers who are scheduled to appear on the Main Stage have been paid deposits regardless of whether they are able to reschedule. Everyone we have heard back from is excited to return next year, and we expect to have a nearly identical lineup for Spring 2021.
  • Our staff is working from home now, and as soon as this year’s business is concluded, the Strawberry office will be closed for the season. During that time, we will receive and return messages remotely on a limited but regular basis. Updates and announcements will continue throughout the summer season on our social media sites and via email.
  • Strawberry Music will continue to be a voice for our musical community and supportive of the performing arts through our social media presence, as well as in collaboration with our non-profit partner Rock In Road.

This is a time of great stress and sadness. We would like nothing more than to be able to gather, but not until it is safe for everyone. We are with you in spirit and are very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the Spring 2021 Strawberry Music Festival. Please stay healthy and safe.

With love from the Strawberry Staff


In an effort to practice social distancing and minimize the risk of catching and/or spreading the COVID-19 virus, Strawberry staff will be working from home for the next two weeks, starting Friday, March 13th. During this office closure, we will be checking messages and returning calls regularly. Tickets and festival information are also available online 24 hours daily at

Right now, we are still planning to hold the Spring 2020 Strawberry Music Festival, on May 21st – 25th, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in Grass Valley, CA. It is still too soon to know what impact COVID-19 virus will have on the festival and its attendees. We are monitoring the situation closely, and are preparing contingencies to protect the health and safety of our patrons and participants. We expect to have more information by the end of the month. Please be informed of the latest public health recommendations by visiting the California Department of Public Health at , the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at, and the World Health Organization at

In the meantime, we will continue to spotlight and promote the musicians who are scheduled to play at Strawberry this year. Many of these touring musicians will be hit hard by the cancellation of upcoming public appearances and can use our continued support. We hope that you are in a good place to receive this music. Please stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you there.


You can now view the Strawberry’s Spring 2020 Main Stage Schedule. Day and Evening Tickets (without camping) will go on sale Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00 am. And that’s no foolin’! Stay tuned for more fun festival news on the way, including the Main Stage TBA, plus Big Bear, Amy’s Orchid Lounge, and Revival lineup announcements.

Plan your day and plan your stay at the Strawberry Music Festival – Spring 2020 taking place on May 21 – 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in Grass Valley, CA. To buy tickets or for more information visit