With an average age less than 15 years old, 35 Years of Trouble is one of the youngest bands performing traditional and contemporary bluegrass and gospel songs in Northern California.  All four members are veterans of the “Kids on Bluegrass” program at the annual Grass Valley bluegrass festival, as well as the kids program at the Good Old Fashioned bluegrass festival.  In fact, it was while jamming together at the GOF festival a few years back that the kids determined that their collective ages added up to 35 years.  Although they’re a few years older now, the name “35 Years of Trouble” stuck, as they started playing regularly at street fairs and farmer’s markets.   The band features solid instrumental work and strong vocal trios.  They have performed at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, CBA Father’s Day Festival - Vern’s Stage, the Freight & Salvage, and various street fairs and private events. 

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The band is excited to be performing at the Good Old Fashioned festival again! the Good Old Fashioned has been held each summer since 1994. It features three wonderful days of California bands on the main stage, as well as hot campground pickers on the side stage between main acts. The GOF is also legendary among festival fans for both the quality and quantity of campground jamming.


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Peet's Coffee, 1776 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA

The band will be playing outside Peet's Coffee on beautiful 4th street in Berkeley. Special guests include the amazing Daisy Kerr (filling in for John Gooding) and guitar, and Helen Foley (filling in for Megan January) on bass. It's free! (...but tips gladly accepted)

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Hickstival, Bolado Park, 9000 Airline Hwy, Tres Pinos, CA 95075

We'll be performing at the annual Hickstival camp-out at Bolado Park, just south of Hollister California. It'll be a fun and informal event. We'll be taking the stage sometime in the afternoon or early evening -- so please come for the day (or camp out for the weekend!). Details in the link below.

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La Promenade Café, 3643 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

This show is gonna be a doozy. We’re heading for the hills – the bluegrass hills, that is – with an all-bluegrass lineup on a mission to raise funds for a great cause.

35 Years of Trouble will be joined by hosts Jeanie and Chuck and the amazing Redwood Rodeo.

The show is free, but we’ll be working the tip jar like you’ve never seen. All proceeds go to underwrite the cost of the California Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Pride Parade float. Yes! For the very first time, the twanging of banjos and crying of fiddles will be echoing down Market Street in front of the biggest single-day crowd in San Francisco.


35 Years of Trouble - Kensington Farmers' Market

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Kensington Farmers' Market, Oakview Avenue between Colusa Circle and Santa Fe Avenue,, Kensington, CA

We're open for business every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, rain or shine, on Oakview Avenue between Colusa Circle and Santa Fe Avenue in Kensington, California, and serving the neighboring communities of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito. Our market features live music and live produce. We are a non-profit, community-based organization that believes sustainable community is just as important as sustainable agriculture.

We are also a California Certified Farmers' Market, which means that our vendors are certified by the state to ensure that they grow or make what they sell. Come on over on any Sunday and enjoy! http://www.kensingtonfarmersmarket.org/


35 Years of Trouble - NCBS Award Show

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue., Redwood City, CA

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

35 Years of Trouble is very honored to be named one of the five finalists for bluegrass band of the year by the Northern California Bluegrass Society! Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year and come out to hear us play, we're looking forward to a great 2017!

10:00am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue.

10:00am — Special Film Presentation: The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

11:00 — 35 Years Of Trouble

Noon — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

1:00pm — The Blue Js

2:00pm — Bean Creek

3:00-5:00 — Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show with additional musical performances.

6:00-8:00pm — 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

8:00-10:00pm — Edgewood Mountain Boys, Freewheel Brewing Company, 3737 Florence Street.

35 Years of Trouble at Cleophus Quealy Beer

Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, 448 Hester Street , San Leandro, CA 94577

Join us at Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. as they celebrate two years of brewing unique, small batch beers in San Leandro!

The party starts at noon, and 35 Years of Trouble takes the stage 2:00pm - 3:30, followed by our Bluegrass friends Dim Lights and Windy Hill. They'll be food and unique brews from one of the finest micro-breweries in the area. And it's free!

Bluegrass and Brew -- what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!


35 Years of Trouble - KPFA

94.1 FM or kpfa.org

35 Years of Trouble will be on the Radio at KPFA Sunday 10/30!!! Tune in at 3PM to hear them live!


35 Years of Trouble - Potrero Hill Festival

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20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets, San Francisco, CA

https://potrerofestival.com/ The 27th Annual Potrero Hill Festival takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. Come celebrate the Potrero community and enjoy local food vendors and artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment and much more! Join us for this one-of-a-kind community event for all ages!


35 Years of Trouble - Sonora

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