The California Bluegrass Association presents…

Fall Campout

October 11 – 17, 2021 Lodi

Well, the planning is coming along so that we can get together October 11-17 2021 and play our favorite music in Lodi, CA!!!! We have been busy coming up with new ideas and I’d like to share a couple here with you.

We are going to try something a little different. If you have been to the campouts in Lodi, you may have seen the amphitheater to the north of the site. We have never used this before and so you will be the inaugural audience for two wonderful, youthful bands on Friday night! “Birches Bend” and “Ida Winfree and Mei Lin Heirendt”. We strive to have youthful musicians at our campouts because it is one of our bigger Youth Program fund raisers. So be prepared to donate for our Kids!!!!!

Another exciting change is that instead of a Saturday night dinner we will have food vendors on site! This will allow us to gather outside instead of inside. There are plenty of picnic tables close to where the food vendors will be. There is also a small stage and so if anyone wants to throw a band together to perform, you are welcome to do that!

The main reason we would have the dinner is to announce the new or returning board members after the ballots for the election had been counted. We will still do that, but it will be during the “All Member Meeting” on Saturday evening. We will also have some time to honor those members that were awarded the Bill & Faye Downs Super Volunteer Awards and the Lifetime Member Awards. This usually happens at the Father’s Day Festival and so is a little unusual, but exciting! The CBA Volunteers are so deserving of being recognized and honored. I hope you’ll attend that event on Saturday evening.

Another new thing is the ability to reserve camping sites. RV water and electric sites are $40 per night and Tent/car/van camping is $10 per night. There is plenty of room and you can reserve your site by contacting Deb at [email protected]. Showers and a RV dump station are available for your use. Payment will be taken at the time of your arrival.

We sure are excited to get our Bluegrass, Old Time and Gospel music lovers together again!!!

See You In Lodi – October 11 – 17, 2021

Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 E. Lockford St.
Lodi, CA 95240


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.