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Festival Speed has been a Marin county bluegrass band since 2014. They select songs from all corners of the bluegrass repertoire, striving for a sound that is both traditional and modern. The band shares a love of bluegrass music that’s easy to see when we perform, focusing on tight harmonies and tasteful instrumentals.

Music festivals are an important part of life for  the band. It’s where they meet new friends, get inspired, and improve our playing from countless hours of all night jamming in the campground. The name Festival Speed came from the original banjo player Rich, who would say the words “at festival speed” before starting a song he wanted to play fast.

Though located in Marin County, they’ve played at venues throughout the bay area. Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax, The Plough and Stars in SF, Winter’s Tavern in Pacifica, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, Brewter’s in Petaluma, Papermill Creek Saloon in Forrest Knolls, The No Name Bar in Sausalito, Cato’s Ale House in Piedmont.