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!

News

Two Week Reminder: Board Of Directors Candidate Statements Due On June 1

Two Week Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015.

Three Week Reminder: NCBS Board Of Directors Candidate Statements Are Due By June 1, 2015

Three Week Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015. The statements will appear in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine. The election will held held 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos and by mail.

NCBS Board Member & Volunteer John (Pan) Logan Heads To Colorado; Honored With Lifetime Membership

Pan performs on spoons on the 'Tweener Stage, 2009 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Pan performs on spoons at the 2009 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

John Logan, known to his friends by the single name Pan, has moved to Fountain, Colorado. He previously lived on his boat moored at the Docktown Marina in Redwood City.

Pan is a longtime Northern California Bluegrass Society Board of Directors member and volunteer. He has been a key volunteer at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in many capacities, from facilities construction to program and t-shirt design. He also helped with Bluegrass On Broadway, the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, the Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival, the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, and the CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. He also helped staff the NCBS Information Booth, produce the award plaques for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, and with Bluegrass By The Bay magazine.

His unconventional bluegrass instrument of choice is the spoons, which he plays so well that he is a welcome guest with bands onstage and in bluegrass festival jams.

Pan (right) with some NCBS bluegrass friends.

Pan (right) with NCBS bluegrass friends.

The NCBS Board Of Directors has named him an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society and has introduced him to his new bluegrass friends with a gift membership in the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.

He also worked with disabled and troubled youth and helped beautify Docktown’s landscaping. He had a long and colorful career as a commercial fisherman, in the shipyards, and as a community theater director on both Canadian coasts. He was the spoon-playing member of the popular Newfoundland folk rock band ZiggyduffHe is a graduate of Menlo College.

He is a native of Portola, CA. He will join his daughter Helen Walsh in Fountain.

John (Pan) Logan (Left) hard at work at The 2012 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. Pan (left) hard at work at the 2012 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

One Month Reminder: NCBS Board Candidate Statements Due June 1

One Month Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015.

Candidate Statements For NCBS Board Elections Due By June 1, 2015

bglogoThe 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 8, 2015, 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, 2015, for publication in the July-August issue.

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