Berkeley Bluegrass Festival (7PM)
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

showcasing Northern California's bluegrass excellence 

$36 adv / $40 door

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May 22 7:00 pm

Grand Finale 

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band with Herb Pedersen 

Max Schwartz & Pals

Rita Hosking Trio 

Gallery Stage: The Go To Hell Man Clan

 

The
 John 
Jorgenson 
Bluegrass
 Band,
 features 
four 
legendary 
musi ians
‐‐
John
 Jorgenson 
on 
guitar 
and
 mandolin, 
Herb 
Pedersen 
on 
banjo, 
Jon 
Randall 
on 
guitar,
 and
 Mark 
Fain 
on 
bass. 
Jorgenson 
and 
Pedersen 
are 
 founders
 (with 
Chris 
Hillman) 
of 
the 
formative 
country 
rock 
band: 
Desert 
Rose 
Band.

 

After 
working 
as 
a 
freelance 
musician
 in 
Southern 
California 
including 
a 
residence 
at 
Disneyland, 
Jorgenson 
met
 Chris 
Hillman
 and 
soon 
formed 
the 
Desert 
Rose 
Band.
 In 
1990 
he 
went 
on 
to 
found
 the 
Hellecasters 
and 
toured 
 with 
Elton 
John's 
band 
for 
six 
years. 
Artists 
ranging 
from 
Barbra 
Streisand 
to 
Bonnie 
Raitt
 to 
Earl 
Scruggs 
have 
 sought 
out 
Jorgenson's 
guitar 
work. 
John 
Jorgenson 
portrayed 
Django 
Reinhardt 
in 
the 
Hollywood 
feature
 film
 "Head 
in 
the 
Clouds." 
In 
2008 
Jorgenson 
won 
a 
Grammy 
for
 Best 
Country 
Instrumental 
with 
Brad 
Paisley
 and 
was 
 nominated 
for 
Best 
Bluegrass 
Album 
with 
Earl 
Scruggs.

 

Herb 
Pedersen 
was 
a 
member 
of 
legendary 
bluegrass 
band 
The 
Dillards 
as 
well 
as 
bluegrass 
super‐group 
Old 
and 
 In 
the 
Way 
and 
the 
Laurel 
Canyon 
Ramblers.
 A
 sought 
after 
singer 
and 
musician, 
he 
has
 worked 
with 
such 
music 
 legends
 as 
Chris 
Hillman, 
Earl 
Scruggs, 
Gram
 Parsons,
 Emmylou 
Harris, 
Tony 
Rice, 
Dan
 Fogelberg, 
Stephen 
Stills, 
 Linda 
Ronstadt, 
Kris 
Kristofferson,
 John 
Prine, 
Jackson 
Browne, 
Smokey 
Grass
 Boys, The 
New 
 Kentucky 
Colonels, 
and 
John 
Denver.

 

Jon
 Randall
 first
 gained 
recognition as 
guitarist 
for 
Emmylou 
Harris'
 band,
 the
 Grammy‐winning 
Nash
 Ramblers. 
 He 
has
 written
 hit 
songs 
for 
Brad 
Paisley, 
Alison 
Krauss 
and 
Travis 
Tritt, 
including 
“Whiskey
Lullaby,”
 the
 CMA 
 Song 
of 
the 
Year 
in 
2005
 for 
Brad 
Paisley 
and 
Alison
 Krauss
 (co‐written 
with
 Bill
 Anderson). 
He 
has 
toured 
with 
 Earl 
Scruggs 
and 
Sam 
Bush
 and 
recorded 
with 
Emmylou 
Harris,
 Lyle 
Lovett,
 Linda
 Ronstadt 
and
 many 
others.

 

Mark 
Fain 
toured 
and 
recorded 
as 
bass 
player 
for 
Ricky
 Skaggs 
and 
Kentucky 
Thunder 
for 
13 
years. 
He’s
 also
 toured 
and 
recorded
 with 
Alison 
Krauss, 
Dolly
 Parton, 
Alan 
Jackson,
 and
 Dwight 
Yoakam 
as 
well 
as 
producing 
 many 
artists 
in
 bluegrass, 
jazz, 
country, 
and 
gospel 
genres.

 

Max Schwartz was born in Boston and currently lives in Berkeley, CA. After moving to the Bay Area, he had the opportunity to learn to play bluegrass music. He started on guitar in a five-piece, family bluegrass band called Oak Grove. Since his dad also played guitar in the band, he decided to switch to banjo for the sake of having five different instruments, and in addition learned to play the fiddle and the bass. Soon after learning to play bluegrass, Max participated in the "Kids on Bluegrass" program under the direction of Frank Solivan Sr., where he met AJ Lee and Marty Varner, two of the most well-known young players in California. With them, alongside his brother Nate, he founded the acoustic quartet, Obviously Minor Guys & a Girl, more commonly known by the abbreviation "OMGG". Together they were invited to Nashville in 2009 and 2010 to perform at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) FanFest with some of the most talented bluegrass teenagers from across the country. They released an album in 2011, and had been on hiatus since September of that year, reuniting for two performances in June of 2015 and to record three new original songs, available on Soundcloud. In the past couple of years, Max has been playing as a member of Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, and has played with her many times, including at the 2015 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

 

Max Schwartz & Pals is Max Schwartz on bass, banjo and vocals, Nandi Forrest (pronounced "nun-dee") on guitar and vocals, Helen Foley on dobro, bass, and voclas; AJ Lee on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals.


Rita Hosking writes and sings classic country-folk originals. Her songs sound like they’ve been around for a while – and deserve to stay around a lot longer! Rita grew up in Northern California – in a haunted house on Hatchet Mountain, according to a story she told NPR’s Weekend Edition – and now lives in Davis. “She's been called the best kept secret in country-folk,” says the British newspaper the Daily Mirror, “and her razor-sharp songs and great live performances bear out the claim.” Acoustic Magazine praises her “timeless, unhurried elegance.” She’s released an album every two years since 2005, including her sixth and latest, Frankie and the No-Go Road, which The Guardian describes as “a reckoning with hope, disappointment, and hard-won wisdom,” bringing together “archetypal psychology and country music” to make “one of Americana’s finest concept albums,” showcasing Rita’s “sure musical touch and distinctive homespun vocal style.”

 

 

 

 

 

visit the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival page

visit the John Jorgenson website

visit the Max Schwartz website

visit the Rita Hosking website

visit the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival Workshops page

 

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