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KVMR's 29 Years of Live Remote Broadcasts

Steve Baker

With the addition of a pair of absolute California music festival gems, KVMR's summer live remote broadcast schedule is once again bursting at the seams...and then some.

The Strawberry Music Festival will join the festivities when it moves to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in mid-September, creating a historic first for KVMR when we're broadcasting two -- count 'em -- two different music festivals the very same weekend.  And they said it couldn't be done.

In addition, the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy joins the KVMR concert line-up on the Fourth of July weekend.

Add to that our 18th annual cover-to-cover California Worldfest broadcast (July 10-13), our remote broadcast from  the Nevada County Fair in August, and KVMR's own traditional Celtic Festival at the end of September.

It all starts with the tradition that a fresh-faced, newbie volunteer broadcaster named Eric Rice got started when he was told there was no way the station could broadcast the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. He and a few volunteers, instead, made sure that "no" became a yes.

And it's just kept going, year after year...through high winds, swaying signals, six inches of rain and other obstacles

Now it's state of the art digital sound that makes the listener feel like you're in the front row.

In fact, the 29th consecutive broadcast of the California Bluegrass Association event starts this coming  Thursday morning, 10 a.m., with four big days and three big nights of mandolins, fiddles, banjos and more blazing away.

KVMR favorites Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Ragged But Right join headliners like the Lonesome River Band, Roland White, The Deadly Gentlemen and Junior Sisk, among others.

The hour-by-hour schedule is at <http://fathersdayfestival.com/Schedule.aspx?StageID=1>

And a slightly older version of Eric Rice -- now a station Lifetime Achievement Award winner -- will be on hand to greet you at the KVMR broadcast booth to the left of the mainstage so stop by and say "howdy."

Things do indeed head to the High Sierra on Independence Day with the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, the Punch Brothers, Del McCoury, Chris Robinson and Ernest Ranglin among those scheduled during 4 p.m. to midnight (and maybe later) coverage on July 4th and 5that that venerable festival known for appealing to a younger clientele.

Meanwhile, Ozomatli and Delhi to Dublin will likely kick up some dust at California Worldfest, along with everything from bluegrass vocalist of the year Claire Lynch and Hawaii's revered band Hapa to the tongue-in-chic antics of Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, the luscious world sounds of siren Perla Batalla and infectious rhythms of Los Lonely Boys.

August brings the Nevada County Fair and KVMR's annual chance to interview small children and large farm animals. Once again, we'll be at the end of Treat Street, inviting you to be part of our live broadcast.

The Strawberry Music Festival line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you know we'll be making this venerable event feel very welcome at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with the first full power radio station broadcast of the festival, which had spent its first thirtysome years at Camp Mather near Yosemite.

And Greg Brown, The Bills, Laura Love, Tommy Malone of the Subdudes and the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, among others, will make sure the American River Music Festival broadcast keeps hopping September 13-14.

Yes, the live remote festival schedule concludes with KVMR's Celtic Festival Sept. 27-28.  Come for the music, stay for the magic.  Or listen to it on KVMR.

Eric Rice at Father's Day Bluegrass Fest