When was the last time you visited the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate? I don’t make it out there often — it’s way up in the hills out by the Oakland Zoo, which just is not a section of town I frequent.
They used to show movies there during the summer, which I thought was really cool. But I don’t recall hearing about summer movies last year, and there are none listed on their website calendar, so I’m assuming they’ve given up on that program. Sad.
But this weekend, there’s another great reason to make the trek up there — the 6th annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt festival.
The event is a fundraiser for the Greenbelt Alliance, a local non-profit devoted to protecting open space and creating vibrant communities in the Bay Area. You may be familiar with with their involvement with the MTC’s Sustainable Communities Strategy or perhaps their advocacy on Oakland’s Broadway-Valdez Specific Plan. They’re a wonderful organization, and if you want to learn more about their work, just poke around their website for a while.
Anyway. The concert. Aside from benefitting a great organization, it’s also just a lot of fun. The grounds at Dunmsuir-Hellman are really pretty, the whole thing is nice and relaxed, you can bring a picnic, plus it’s family friendly! From the Greenbelt Alliance:
Bluegrass for the Greenbelt returns on June 3 & 4!
The 6th annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt festival is back and better than ever. This year the festival will take place June 3 & 4, with camping on June 3 and most of the music on June 4.
So there are two parts to the event. The first is on Friday night:
Kick off the weekend with a special performance by Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally plus an open mic hosted by Chuck & Jeannie Poling.
Nell Robinson has a brand-new harmony-driven duo with award winning guitarist Jim Nunally, reminiscent of classic country duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette as well as singing siblings like the Louvin and Stanley Brothers. Think Del McCoury meets Iris Dement.
Tickets for Friday’s show (starting at 7pm, doors open at 6) can be purchased online for $13 (including processing fees).
For $34 (including fees), you can get tickets for Saturday’s day-long event (doors open at 10am, show starts at 11):
Join Greenbelt Alliance for foot-stomping, hot finger-pickin’ licks, and angelic harmonics at the 6th 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.
Featured bands for this year’s line-up on the main stage include: one of the best-kept secrets in the music world, Marley’s Ghost, a wonderful combination of youth and experience, the Kathy Kallick Band, award-winning Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, and local favorites The Brothers Comatose.
The small stage will feature the Tuttles with AJ Lee, and Arann Harris and the Farm Band.
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. New this year is the option to camp overnight on June 3 with a performance by Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally!
Proceeds benefit Greenbelt Alliance. For more than 50 years, Greenbelt Alliance has been working to protect the region’s natural areas and working farms to create sustainable cities.
Want to go to both? You can do that, and don’t even have to go home in between with the overnight camping package, available for $55 (including fees).