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!


Candidate Statements For NCBS Board Elections Due By June 1, 2014

The annual election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to  (Linda Descoteaux) lindadakota (at) gmail (dot) com, editor of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine, by June 1, 2014, for publication in the July-August issue.

Statements are limited to 100 words and submission of a picture is optional. Information: (559) 222-1468.

NCBS Members Receive Discount & Priority Advance Registration Access For IBMA World Of Bluegrass

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will receive a discount and priority advance registration access for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

The convention will be held September 30-October 4, 2014 and includes the IBMA Business Conference, the  Bluegrass Ramble, the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the IBMA Awards Show, all in downtown Raleigh.

NCBS Member Benefits include:

– Pre-sale (early access) to Wide Open Bluegrass Festival tickets (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014)

– Pre-sale (early access) to IBMA Awards Show tickets (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014)

bglogo– Access to the IBMA Reserved Hotel Blocks before the general public (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014) - NOTE: Hotel Reservations are contingent upon purchase of tickets/registration to at least one event.  A unique reservation code and link will be provided at checkout.

– $20 discount to the full World of Bluegrass Business Conference (During the First Tier of ticket prices 3/31/2014 – 4/30/2014)

What else you need to know:

E-mail (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com (who will verify your NCBS membership).

The password to use is: 3ft965k. Online Tickets are available for Conference, Ramble, & Festival; Awards Show Tickets available via ibma.org,  or register by calling 888-GET-IBMA or (888) 438-4262. Pre-sale begins at 8:00am Pacific Time.

There is a limit of 8 festival tickets and 8 conference registrations. Note that conference registration includes a Bluegrass Ramble pass.

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival tickets are sold separately. Tickets are $70 per day, or $140 for 2-day pass, plus tax.

More details about this year’s World of Bluegrass will be available on IBMA Website beginning on Monday, March 31. If you have any questions, contact (Joe Lurgio) joe (at) ibma (dot) org (888) GET-IBMA.


Join NCBS And Your Bluegrass Friends On The Society Facebook Page

Plenty of elbow room for you on the NCBS Facebook Page.

Plenty of elbow room awaits you on the NCBS Facebook Page.

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society is on Facebook and you are welcome to join in!

There are plenty of official postings — along with many fun postings from our friends.

All you have to do is click on our NCBS Facebook Page and then “Like” us in time-honored Facebook fashion.

Here is the official page address for your convenience:


IBMA Digital Marketing Trends Webinar Set For February 25 — NCBS Discount

Digital Marketing Webinar

Digital Marketing Webinar

The International Bluegrass Music Association will present a professional development webinar Sittin’ on Top of the Digital Marketing World on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 4:30pm Pacific Time. The class will be taught by Eileen Tilson and Jessie Whitmire of Girlilla Marketing, a Nashville-based strategic digital marketing agency.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members can register for the online seminar at the IBMA Member Price of $20. The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

Is This Your Year To Be At The IBMA World Of Bluegrass In North Carolina?

bglogoibma-logoThe big annual worldwide gathering of bluegrass bands, organizers, and fans takes place each fall, now in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Californians need to plan ahead to make the trip, so take the time early in the year to consider and plan the adventure.

The 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass will be held September 30-October 4 at the Raleigh Convention Center and other nearby venues in downtown Raleigh. Tickets and hotel reservations will open up later this spring (to be announced on the IBMA website).

Band Showcase Applications are due on February 28, 2014. Here is the convenient Online Application Form.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA and NCBS Members receive the IBMA Member Discount for convention registration.

Make your plans and make it to Raleigh in 2014!