The California Bluegrass Association presents…

Father’s Day Festival

The CBA will be bringing you top named, nationally-recognized Bluegrass and Old-time bands – as well as your favorite California bands. We’ll be announcing the line-up soon!

The Father’s Day Festival features three stages. The CBA welcomes your band’s application. Bands may simultaneously submit to both Vern’s Stage and the California Showcase, according to the guidelines of each stage.

VERN’S STAGE presents an opportunity for up to 17 California Bluegrass and Old-time bands to perform at the festival each year.  Bands originally selected for the canceled 2020 festival were reinvited and we are happy to announce that we’ve been able to fill all our openings with those bands.  Band submissions will therefore not be accepted for the  2022 festival.  Band submission details for the 2023 Vern’s Stage will be posted here in September, 2022.

The CALIFORNIA SHOWCASE hosts five California-based non-fulltime and non-professional Bluegrass, Old-time, and gospel bands to play on the Pioneer and Main Stages each year.  Please note that the bands previously selected for the canceled 2020 FDF will play in the 2022 Showcase.  Band submissions will therefore not be accepted for the 2022 festival.  Bands wishing to submit for the 2023 Showcase should follow the following procedure.  All bands submitting to California Showcase (CS) must be California-based non-fulltime and non-touring bands, who have not been a CS band for the previous 3 years (see NOTE at bottom).  Bands should send submissions in mp3 format to the Showcase Coordinator at [email protected], along with contact information and names of band members.  Each submission shall contain three songs, at least one of which is a slower number.  To preserve judging neutrality, video and CD submissions will not be accepted.  Submissions for the 2023 festival must be received by no later than September 1, 2022. NOTE: given the two-year FDF cancellation, bands that bands were selected in 2018 and prior may apply for CS 2023, and bands that were selected in 2019 and prior may apply for CF 2024.

The MAIN STAGE features headliner Bluegrass and Old-time bands from California and outside the state. Selection is managed by the CBA Entertainment Coordinator and the Talent Acquisition Group. Please contact [email protected].