Blue Summit is a genre fluid bluegrass band that first formed in 2016. They are a remarkable group of young musicians who have grown up performing in the California bluegrass community. One of their latest achievements includes a CBA showcase at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) event held in North Carolina. They have been gaining traction with their unique sound, sharing their music all over the west coast. Later this year, they plan to travel overseas for the first time.
Lead vocalist and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Female Vocalist of the Year nine times. She began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she had begun writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. AJ has traveled with many bands, including “The Tuttles with AJ Lee”, which had been featured at numerous festivals in an out of state. Now twenty-one, Ms. Lee is excited to share Blue Summit’s latest album consisting of all original material.
Jesse Fichman started playing guitar at the age of ten when he and his friends decided to form a bluegrass band. Since then, he has played in multiple bluegrass bands, multiple jazz combos, and a country band. Jesse graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in biology, and took a majority of the music classes offered there. He is a full time and original member of Blue Summit, and is studying and writing music on the side.
Sullivan Tuttle started to have an international following when he was just ten years old with a YouTube video of El Cumbanchero, which he played with his brother and sister - it now has over 1.6 million views from around the world. His musicianship was impressive at that young age and just keeps getting better. Over the last few years, Sullivan has developed a reputation for his songwriting and contemporary singing style, as well as his blazing guitar solos. He has appeared at major bluegrass festivals across the US, Canada, and has toured in the United Kingdom.
Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Chad Bowen has been with Blue Summit since May 2018. A hardworking musician, Chad has been playing bass with numerous bands in the Bay area for almost 10 years. Music has always been a huge part of his life. Growing up he played piano, guitar, and sang in choirs. Eventually he gravitated to the double bass where he finds himself today smiling big, holding down the low end and those sweet harmonies.
*Article correction - I was born in Walnut Creek, raised in Tracy, CA. - AJ
“While AJ Lee is only 19 years old, she’s been the new face of bluegrass for more than a decade.” -San Francisco Chronicle 2017
Other venues we've played at include:
The Curran Theater, San Francisco, CA
Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Don Quixotes, Felton, CA
Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Grass Valley, CA
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield, CA
Kate Wolf Music Festival, Laytonville, CA
Strawberry Music Festival, Tuolomne, CA
The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Hopmonk, Sebastopol, CA
Crow’s Nest, Santa Cruz, CA
Redwood City Music in the Park, Stafford Park in Redwood City, CA
Good Ol’ Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Hollister, CA
McCloud Bluegrass Festival, McCloud, CA
Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival, Quincy, CA
Showcase at IBMA, Raleigh, NC
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Music Festival
DIO Fest, Boulder Creek, CA
Amnesia, San Francisco, CA
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, Ferndale, WA