Whether you’re a casual fan or as obsessed as we are, chances are pretty good you’re going to find some kind of bluegrass- or old-time-related activities going on most nights of the week in and around San Francisco. And that’s just right here. We’re smack in the middle of one of the liveliest bluegrass regions in the country, so don’t be afraid to venture into Berkeley, Oakland, San Rafael or Redwood City.
Bluegrass and Old-Time shows come in a few standard flavors:
Regular ol’ bar and club dates: Listen to pros and semi-pros play their hearts out for you in a dive bar or a low-down nightclub.
Jams: Pickers get together and play for themselves and whoever else happens to be around. These usually happen in the aforementioned dive bars.
Concerts: Sit in an auditorium and watch a bluegrass band onstage.
Festivals: Camp out for a night or two and listen to bands on outdoor stages, or pick all night with other bluegrass lovers.
Dancing: Don your boots and swirl around the floor under the guidance of an expert caller. Trucker hat optional.