Berkeley Bluegrass Festival

For the seventh year, the Freight & Salvage celebrates incredible talent with the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, April 21-April 23, 2023. With concerts programmed by Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis and the Freight’s Artistic Director Peter Williams, plus instructional workshops curated by Ms. Lewis with Freight Education Associate Leah Wollenberg, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival brings together leaders of the genre, up-and-coming artists, and music fans for three days of concerts, jams, workshops (free for ticket holders!), and good old-fashioned merriment to kick off the summer music festival season.

MC’ed by Allegra Thompson


All shows take place at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St in the Littlefield Room, our state of the art listening room except for Gallery Stage performances which take place in the Freight & Salvage lobby before show time. Three Day Passes available (advance purchase only).


Mr. Sun

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Tray Wellington

Birches Bend (Lobby Stage at 6PM)

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM


Peter Rowan

Laura Love

Stash Wyslouch (Lobby Stage at 6PM)

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM


Sister Sadie

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Larry & Joe

Wilder Shore Stringband (Lobby Stage at 6PM)

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM


Bluegrass Fiddle: What To Do When You’re Not Soloing
with Brandon Godman and Yoseff Tucker

Sat, April 22 (11AM)

Building Melodic Basslines with Hasee Ciaccio
Sat, April 22 (11:00AM)

The Great Bluegrass Singalong with Laurie Lewis
Sat, April 22 (12:45PM)

Repairing White Racism in Bluegrass Music:
Exploring the Black Cultural Roots of Bluegrass with the Black Banjo Reclamation Project Workshop
Sat, April 22 (2PM)

Intro to Improvising Bluegrass Guitar with Stash Wyslouch
Sat, April 22 (3:30PM)

Vocal Stylings with Jaelee Roberts
Sun, April 23 (11AM)

Basic Bluegrass Fiddle with Deanie Richardson
Sun, April 23 (11AM)

Drive the Five with Gena Britt
Sun, April 23 (11AM)

Two Loars are Better than None: Mandolin with Ron Thomason and Brian Aldridge
Sun, April 23 (12:30PM)

Bluegrass Passion of the Land: A Conversation with Peter Rowan
Sun, April 23 (2PM)

Bluegrass/Country Jam with Richard Brandenburg
Sun, April 23 (3PM)

Venezuelan Strings – Gabán with Larry and Joe
Sun, April 23 (3:30PM)