As a nonprofit organization, the NCBS is run by a board of directors elected by the membership. The 2012-13 board members are:

  • Nancie Barker
  • Bruce Bellocchio
  • Eric Burman
  • Bruce Edmundson
  • Penny Godlis
  • Michael Hall
  • Brenda Hough
  • Pan Logan
  • Mike Russell

The original Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (circa 1983) which was taken at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor beach. From left to right: Walt Bamber, Kim Elking, Vance Townsend, “Bruddah” Glenn Christensen (co-founder), Karen Quick (co-founder), Bill Parker, Dick Clark, and Earle White. This was back in the days when order was kept at board meetings with battery-operated ray-guns.


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.

NCBS Board Elects Officers For 2014-2015

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors has elected officers for 2014-2015. They are:

President — Eric Burman

Vice-President — Mike Russell

Co-Secretaries — Bruce Bellochio & Brenda Hough

Treasurer — Bruce Edmundson


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).