• California Bluegrass Association Announces Turn Your Radio OnLINE webcast series

    California Bluegrass Association Announces Turn Your Radio OnLINE webcast series

    SAN FRANCISCO — The California Bluegrass Association (CBA) has announced the launch of Turn Your Radio OnLINE, a webcast series starting Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, and continuing each Saturday through June 20. This new online music event is inspired by the CBA's annual Fatherís Day Festival, held in Grass Valley, California, since 1975.

    The lineup includes nationally known and popular California bands performing online from their "shelter in place" locations and broadcast over the web to bluegrass fans worldwide. Performers featured in the series include Tim OíBrien, Laurie Lewis, Molly Tuttle, Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Joe Newberry & April Verch, and many more.

    Mandolinists Frank Solivan and Teo Quale are included when the series kicks off on May 23.

    The webcasts will be accompanied by an online auction to raise funds for the CBA's newly announced COVID Artist Relief Fund. Items being auctioned include fine acoustic instruments, books, music lessons, historic bluegrass memorabilia, and items of interest from popular musicians.

    Turn Your Radio OnLINE will also feature live interviews, online interaction, and more, connecting with the energy of Californiaís thriving bluegrass scene. Watch for our expanded show on June 20.

    "Bluegrass and Old-Time music have always been about people gathering together," according to Theresa Gooding, president of the CBA. "We approached this project with a sense of urgency to create a new infrastructure and fun content, in order to connect our community and support our talented musicians."

    Geoff Sargent, CBA chairman, added: "Artists' livelihoods have been devastated. The CBA membership has mobilized to help raise money for these amazing bands, creating this exciting series of live performances to reach an even broader audience."

    The Performance Schedule and info about the Auction can be found at the series web site.

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