My Strawberry family taught me how to love and care for one another. They taught me the importance of self-expression. At Strawberry, I was free to run barefoot, sing loud, catch and release tadpoles and trust those around me. Over the years I had my owies bandaged by “strangers”, danced beneath the birch trees by the lake and observed the overflowing joy exuded on those jubilant Sunday morning revival sessions. Strawberry planted the seed which grew into my adoration of bluegrass and folk music. Bonded by the love of music, my Strawberry family showed me a different way of communing, uncommon to my world back home of suburban living and parochial schooling.
It’s June! The most rainbowy time of the year! BGS is proud to celebrate Pride this month while the world marks the anniversary of the riots that began the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, nearly 50 years ago at The Stonewall Inn in New York City, with parades, parties, protests, and loads of glitter.
Queer voices are an integral part of the roots music communities we all love — and they always have been. Let’s revisit some of our favorite pieces and stories that focus on LGBTQ+ identities, music, and perspectives as we raise up this incredibly strong, vibrant, open, and loving community.
Besides being one of the only current all-female internationally touring roots music acts, they are also clearly a band with a strong devotion to making the world more peaceful and accepting through roots music. So when the opportunity arose for them to play on this year's Bluegrass Pride float, it was a natural fit.
Well, today is the first day of the 2018 CBA Father's Day Festival, and we couldn't be more excited to be back! We thought that now would be a great time to look back on our wonderful experience at the festival last year. We'll be sharing regular updates during the weekend, so you can see how far this little ragtag team has come in a year.
So here's where we were at the end of the festival last year. Hope you enjoy the nostalgia -- I know I have.