Festival Speed

Festival Speed

Thu, April 6, 2017

8:00 pm

$0.00

Free

This event is 21 and over

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Festival Speed
Festival Speed
Festival Speed seeks to honor the towering progenitors of our genre by playing pure, 190 proof, soul-stirrin', traditional bluegrass. We started as a group of friends who met at local jams and festivals. Looking to move beyond the jam scene, we formed a band in the spring of 2014. With a focus on blending all our instruments and voices together to match the bluegrass sound of our favorites, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Festival Speed has created a sound that is both modern and vintage. When we first started practicing together, our original banjo player (who ended up moving to Cleveland) would use the term "festival speed" to encourage us. Every song we practiced began with "This one needs to be played at festival speed!" Since we had all spent our fair share of time at bluegrass festivals, we knew what happens when you spend an entire weekend jamming (with little sleep) - you play at Festival Speed!

Joe Osborn (fiddle/vocals) - Joe came out of the movie "Deliverance" in 1973 determined to play the banjo. After buying two copies of the soundtrack album, Gordon Terry's amazing fiddling on "Rueben's Train" made him want to fiddle as well. 42 years later, he is still playing. On fiddle, he has won the Western Open adult fiddle championship, the Auburn Bluegrass Fest contest, the Fiddletown Fiddle Championship, and many other contests. He's studied with former Bluegrass Boys Gene Lowinger and Bobby Hicks, as well as champion contest fiddler Megan Lynch.

Julie Steier (mandolin/vocals) - Julie grew up in Southern California, and moved to Marin in 1990. She picked up the guitar at a young age, playing along with classic rock sounds of the 80's with little awareness of her bluegrass roots (her parents are from Kentucky and Indiana). After attending Strawberry Music Festival in 2004 and a magical late night walk around the camp listening to people jamming, became hooked on bluegrass. Switched to mandolin shortly after that. Biggest influences are Bill Monroe (of course), Sharon Gilchrist, David Grisman, Sierra Hull, Chris Thile, Jenni Lyn Gardner....(I could go on, there are so many to aspire to)Josh Bernstein (banjo/vocals) - Josh emigrated from Vermont and now lives in Mill Valley. His musical journey started with clarinet at age 9, then banjo at age 10. At 12, he got his first saxophone. Focusing on jazz and funk, he tried for years to blend the sounds of the likes of John Coltrane and Maceo Parker. Now back to banjo, he wonders what it would sound like to add Earl Scruggs to the Coltrane and Maceo mix. In addition to playing a mean banjo, he also builds them. He recently finished a small scale banjo for his young son to carry on the tradition. He is a physician and proud father of 2.

Bob Hoffman (guitar/vocals) - born LA Ca 1954. Southern California beach kid who moved to SF bay area in 1976 and discovered the sound he'd been searching for, accidentally encountering KFAT radio and the hard core and blessed sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanleys. Put aside guitar playing for 15 years while raising two kids with wife Lisa and maintaining an active family dentistry practice. Returned to playing with a fervor 6 years ago and doing the best he can to make up for lost time.

Bass Player – We love playing with Joe’s son Andrew (who plays with The Rambling Minors and is extremely talented, can’t say enough about his bass playing). But if it’s a bar on a school night, then we ask our good friend Karen Wilhoyte, or Jessica Furui, or Joe Helm, or whoever is in town and available!
Venue Information:
19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA, 94930
http://www.19broadway.com/