About NCBS

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a non-profit organization that exists to promote bluegrass music in northern California. The NCBS is member supported and run by volunteers. Its operations are overseen by the board of directors, also volunteers, elected by the membership.

The NCBS was founded in 1982 as the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Over the years its scope grew to cover more than just the Santa Cruz area, and in 1999 the membership voted to change its name to the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

As we are a non-profit organization, donations are both tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!


Upcoming Northern California Bluegrass Society Fall Dates & Deadlines


Here are the official Northern California Bluegrass Society dates & deadlines for NCBS Members for the fall:

August 31 — Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills Festival deadline for NCBS membership discount.

September 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

September 20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

September 30 — Deadline for nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

September 30-October 4 — International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass Convention (NCBS is IBMA organizational member).

October 11 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

October 18 — NCBS Volunteer Party.

October 18 — Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Suzy Thompson, Eric Thompson, Paul Shelasky, & Paul Knight RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 23 — Trampled By Turtles & Elephant Revival Fox Theatre-Oakland concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 24 — Deadline for film submissions for the 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

October 24 — Druha Trava The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 26 — Roger Siminoff Contemporary Jewish Museum banjo demonstrations & workshop (NCBS-welcomed).

November 1 — Kathy Kallick Band Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert (NCBS-welcomed).

November 8 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

November 20 — Eric & Suzy Thompson Contemporary Jewish Museum concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 6 — Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 12-13 — Brookdale Bluegrass Festival at Costanoa (NCBS-welcomed).

December 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

NCBS Lost & Stolen Instrument Page On This Website Is Free And Instantaneous

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

The FREE Northern California Bluegrass Society National Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments.

The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments.

Musicians should immediately post about the loss of an instrument. Used instrument buyers should check the page prior to purchase.

Please post again when instruments are recovered.

The page is listed under Resources in the left column on this website.

Vice President Mike Russell To Serve As NCBS President Until New Board’s First Meeting


Mike Russell

Mike Russell

With the retirement of Northern California Bluegrass Society President Elicia Burton and the election of the new 2014-15 NCBS Board of Directors, the Society’s Vice-President, Mike Russell of San Mateo, has assumed the office of President and will serve until the first meeting of the new board on September 30.

Russell is a longtime NCBS volunteer, board member, and Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee member. He is the current President of the NCBS sister organization Redwood Bluegrass Associates. He is best known to bluegrass fans as a long-running host of KKUP’s “Monday Night Bluegrass” program in the South Bay and Monterey Bay areas. He also handles the live low-power festival broadcast at the GOF each August.

He is station engineer for KFAX, KDOW, KSCU and KKUP radio stations around the Bay Area. He is a broadcast graduate of the College of San Mateo.

Mike Fisher Replaces Retiring Elicia Burton On NCBS Board For 2014-2015

Elicia Burton

Elicia Burton

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mike Fisher, a longtime former board member and current volunteer for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, has rejoined the Board of Directors, replacing retiring board member and Society president Elicia Burton. Both Fisher and Burton hail from Boulder Creek.

All other board members were re-elected to serve until August, 2015. They include: Bruce Bellochio (Brookdale), Eric Burman (Bonny Doon), Bruce Edmundson (Sunnyvale),  Penny Godlis (Santa Cruz), Michael Hall (Redwood City), Brenda Hough (San Jose), Pan (Redwood City), and Mike Russell (San Mateo).

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Elicia Burton has also served the Society as treasurer, volunteer coordinator, raffle coordinator, Information Booth staff, hospitality director, and as a member of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee. She also produces the beautiful plaques given to the winners of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. She runs an antiques business in downtown Boulder Creek and plays fiddle in several bluegrass bands.

Mike Fisher also runs an antiques business and is best known for managing the gate at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. He also is on the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee and has served as NCBS treasurer. He plays the guitar and volunteers at many bluegrass festivals around Northern California. His son Mather was born at the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather, near Yosemite National Park.

Official August 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Society Dates & Deadlines

ncbs-plain-logoAugust 1 — Call For Films issued for 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

August 5 — Deadline for receipt of mailed ballots for NCBS Board Of Directors Election.

August 7-10 — Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

August 8 — Nominations Open for 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

August 9 — NCBS Board Of Directors Election (10:00am-5:00pm).