The California Bluegrass Association presents…

Fall Campout

October 11 – 17, 2021 Lodi

The CBA Fall Campout will be held in Lodi October 11-17, 2021, and the CBA is excited to get our Bluegrass, Old-time, and Gospel music lovers together again!

We have been busy coming up with new ideas, and here are a few:

The amphitheater on the north of the site will host – for the first time ever – the bi-annual campout youth concert.  Two wonderful youth bands will perform on Friday night: Birches Bend and Mei Lin, Ida and Friends. We have traditionally featured youthful musicians at our campout concert because this show is one of our biggest fund raisers for the great Youth Program. So be prepared to donate for our Kids! The concert will be held from 7pm – 9pm. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 15.  Please note the Covid statement at the end of this section.

Another exciting change is that instead of a Saturday night dinner, we will have food vendors! This will allow us to gather outside instead of inside the festival hall. We hope to have two vendors on Friday and Saturday: Road Dog II with their hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and tri-tip and Taco Fiesta serving tacos and burritos. There are plenty of picnic tables close to the food vendors. And nearby is a small stage just in case anyone wants to throw a band together to perform….and who knows what might happen under the streetlight……!


The All-Member Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday evening. This is when you will meet the new Board of Directors for the CBA and be able to ask questions or hear about upcoming events and other important issues. We will also honor the 2021 Bill & Faye Downs Super Volunteer and Honorary Lifetime Member awardees. The CBA Volunteers are so deserving of being recognized and honored.


After the Meeting we invite you to bring a dessert to share at the Dessert Potluck and CBA Youth Program raffle.

We are very excited to tell you about the Fall Decorating Contest! We’ve been inspired in the past by a campsite that always dresses up for the occasion and we thought other people would have fun with this! So, bring your Fall Decorations and dress up your site! There will be a prize!!!!

We have a new Campsite Reservation process which is working well!! RV water and electric sites are $40 per night and Tent/car/van camping is $10 per night. There is still plenty of room, but you should reserve your site soon by contacting Fall Campout Director Deb Livermore at [email protected]. Showers and a RV dump station are available.


See you October 11 – 17, 2021 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds!

(413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi)


 The CBA welcomes you to the Fall Campout.  Please read the following guidelines and help keep your fellow campers healthy by voluntarily adhering to them.

 VACCINES:   All attendees to the Fall Campout must be fully vaccinated or tested to ensure they are free of COVID. That means that everyone eligible to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under the latest CDC rules should complete their vaccine regimen prior to attending – OR – be tested within 72 hours of their arrival, with negative results.  We understand that due to health conditions, some folks are not able to take the vaccine and will rely on testing to ensure they are safe.  And kids under 12 may not be eligible.

 TESTING:  For attendees that are not yet fully vaccinated, please complete your COVID test within 72 hours of your initial arrival.  Many local testing centers are available to make this easy for you.

 MASKS:  Under current State and  County regulations, masks are required for everyone who is not fully vaccinated in indoor public places.  It’s also recommended that people who are fully vaccinated also wear masks in cramped indoor areas. This includes the restrooms and other indoor spaces at the Campout.  Fortunately, most of the fun will be outdoors.  Masks are highly recommended when you are near others outdoors for extended periods of time.

 HONOR SYSTEM:   We know the California Bluegrass Association community is dedicated to safety, friendship, and honesty.  Our COVID policy for vaccination and testing is based on the honor system.  If you are not fully vaccinated or tested, or have any symptoms, or have been around sick people, we’ll count on you to stay home, so we can all get together safe and sound next year.

 VENDORS: All vendors and CBA event volunteers will all be checked to be sure they adhere to the requirements for either being fully vaccinated or recently tested.

 VACCINE-ONLY JAMS:  Some participants may host jams where folks are playing and singing together outdoors.  Due to the possibility of spreading COVID to immune-compromised attendees, some jams may be marked as “Fully Vaccinated People Only, Please”.  We ask that you respect these rules.

 STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE:   Most importantly, we expect that attendees will respect each other’s choices on masking, keep socially distanced, and be sure to avoid attending this event if they are not fully vaccinated and untested or feeling sick.  This way, we know that we’ll all be able to see you at the next Father’s Day Festival in June.


Birches Bend

Ranging in age from 13 – 16, these youth are the future of Bluegrass. The band features Lucy Khadder (fiddle, vocals), Jasper Manning (mandolin) and Sophia Sparks (mandolin and vocals) with David Grisman Quintet alumni Chad Manning on guitar and Jim Kerwin on bass. Expect to be delighted by their artful new interpretations of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music as well as their original compositions. They have an eclectic reach with a sound that remains uniquely their own.
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The band met through a common love of bluegrass music, and through studying at the venerable Manning Music studios in Berkeley, CA. They have performed together since 2018, bringing their talents to farmer’s markets and a variety of public venues as well as house concerts in the East Bay. In December 2018, the band was featured in a theatrical run of An Appalachian Christmas to great acclaim. After leading CBA youth jams and performing in the Kids On Bluegrass program at the Father’s Day Festival in 2019, they also participated in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Kids on Bluegrass program in Raleigh, NC and performed as a California Bluegrass Association showcase band as part of the 2019 IBMA festival. In September, 2019, the band was awarded 1st place at the 2019 Berkeley Old Time Music Festival String Band Contest.

Now that things are reopening, they look forward to performing at Del McCoury’s namesake festival, DelFest in Cumberland, MD, Americana Festival in Quincy, CA, CBA’s Fall Campout, and at next summer’s High Sierra Music Festival in July 2022.

Mei-Lin and Ida

Ida Winfree (17) and Mei Lin Heirendt (15) are talented young musicians based in Northern California. Each grew up in musical families and met at the California Bluegrass Association’s annual Father’s Day Festival. Together, the two mix bluegrass, country, Americana, and numerous originals into their sound. Both are skilled singers, they take turns on lead vocal and blend their harmonies beautifully. Keep an eye out for their new band, West 45.

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Ida Winfree was the Youth Ambassador for the California Bluegrass Association from 2017-2019. She is the mandolin player for North Country Blue, which has played countless festivals and released multiple top-notch recording projects. She has also been invited to sit in with well-known bluegrass bands Sideline and One Button Suit.

Having started classical violin at the age of 7, Mei Lin Heirendt was the 2017 Concertmaster for the Music In The Mountains Youth Orchestra. Since then, she has shifted her focus primarily to bluegrass. She performs regularly with her local trio, Boston Ravine, which recently released a new album titled Ragged Road. Mei Lin has had the honor of sitting in with highly respected bluegrass bands The Grascals and The Kathy Kallick Band.