For California bluegrassers, June is the month. Why? The Father's Day Bluegrass Festival held in Grass Valley. It's almost like the Mecca for bluegrass musicians. They come from all over California, from New Zealand, Colorado, Nashville. They come from everywhere. We've been going to this festival for years. We've "grown up" so to speak there. Some of the closest people that we have in our world, we've met there. Grass Valley is such a special place. Some of us have played with other bands at this festival, but as the Bow Ties we were chosen as one of the California Showcase bands. It's quite an honor, really. Sharing the stage with so many incredible and legendary acts from over the years. We played an evening set at the Pioneer Stage then for some ungodly reason, we had the morning opening set on the Main Stage Saturday morning. If you know anything about bluegrass festivals, you know that the *ahem* younger ones tend to stay up til weary hours of the morning pickin' bluegrass with our friends that we don't often get to see. Needless to say, we were a little worse for wear Saturday morning. But we got through it and the crowd was happy and we were happy to play music for them.
The following weekend we made an even farther trek out to Susanville, California. This high dessert community is all the way through and passed the Lassen Volcanic National Forest. What a beautiful, albeit long drive. We played two sets, opening the festival on Friday morning and then in the early afternoon Saturday. This is a great little festival. For those who don't like the crowds and dust of larger festivals, this is a great one to check out. There's a Super 8 motel right up the street with a pool. The warm weather plus the pool was a big bonus for our manager, Jessica. She was holding down the cannonball contests there with the younger kids.
Festivals are an amazing way to stay connected with folks all over the country. Sometimes we only see them once a year. But it's amazing how much you can connect with people, even if it's for such a small period of time. For now, we are back on to our monthly gig at Amnesia in the Mission District of San Francisco. Check us out every second Monday of the month. Labor Day weekend we'll be traveling up to Boise, Idaho for their Hermit Music Festival. This should be a fun one. If you're up that way, come check it out! Hope to see and pick with you soon.