Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen to headline Bay Area bluegrass festival

Greenbelt Alliance has announced that Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, two legendary country rock pioneers with bluegrass roots will headline the June 5th Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Festival. Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen were members of the popular country group Desert Rose Band and both were prominent players in the west coast country-rock scene.

Hillman was a member of influential groups The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers while Pedersen worked with west coast groups such as the Pine Valley Boys, Vern & Ray, The Dillards and the Laurel Canyon Ramblers.

Join Greenbelt Alliance on June 5 for foot-stomping, hot licks, and soulful harmonics at the 5th annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt festival. This fun-filled day of bluegrass music features two stages and kid-friendly activities at the historic Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in the Oakland Hills.

Also featured are boundary-bending hot upstarts Crooked Still, The Wronglers, and award-winning Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands.

The small stage will feature The Tuttle Family with A.J. Lee, Nell Robinson and Red Level, and A.J. Downing & Buick6. Find out more on Facebook.

Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drink for sale. The Dunsmuir mansion will be open for tours, and children can enjoy pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. The event is accessible by public transit with free bio-shuttle rides from the BART

Proceeds from the Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Festival will benefit Greenbelt Alliance. For more than fifty years, Greenbelt Alliance has been working to protect the region’s natural areas and working farms and to create sustainable cities.

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
When: Gate opens at 10 a.m. Performances from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets: $40 ($45 at the door); children 12 and under free: Buy your tickets at www.slims-sf.com
Location: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Dr., Oakland Hills
Information: (415) 543-6771 or BluegrassForTheGreenbelt.org

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Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen to headline Bay Area bluegrass festival

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