The Northern California Bluegrass Society brings people together to enjoy, play, and promote bluegrass, old time, and related acoustic music. Membership in the NCBS brings you in touch with musicians and musical events connected to the world of bluegrass.

NCBS exists because of your support! Through a growing network of bluegrass society members, the local bluegrass community is thriving. The NCBS board, individual members and other affiliated organizations plan bluegrass events like jams and campouts, and publicize them through channels like our local bluegrass radio DJs, internet media and our printed monthly magazine, Bluegrass By the Bay.

Membership Benefits include:

Membership dues are $20/year for individuals, $25/year for a family (under one roof). Lifetime memberships are also available at $500 for individuals, $750 for couples. To join or renew online with PayPal:

Type of Membership: Individual Membership – $20/year

Family Membership – $25/year

Lifetime Membership (Individual) – $500

Lifetime Membership (Couple) – $750
I am a: New Member

Renewing Member
I would like to receive Bluegrass by the Bay: Online Only

By Mail

To pay by check, send to:

NCBS Membership
P.O. Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846


Northern California Bluegrass Society Late Summer Official Dates & Deadlines

Here are the late summer official dates & deadlines for the Northern California Bluegrass Society:


11 — NCBS Santa Clara Historic Train Depot Jam.

22 — Discount Advance Ticket deadline for Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.


4 — Mail-in ballots must be received at PO Box for NCBS election.

6-9 — NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

7 — Nominations open for 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

8 — NCBS Board of Directors election.

The Big Party For Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteers Is On Saturday October 18

bglogoThe annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Volunteers on any Society event or project in the past year should have already received their coveted invitations to the best bluegrass party of the year!

If you have not yet received your invitation, check with your NCBS volunteer “boss,” or contact Volunteer Party Chair (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com, who will fix you up!

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 8 — Front Country The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

November 13 — First Aid Kit & Samantha Crain Fox Theatre-Oakland concert (.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).

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).

NCBS Election Set For August 9 At Good Old Fashioned Festival And By Mail

ncbs-plain-logoThe election for the 2014-15 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 9, 10:00am-5:00pm at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots must be received by August 5, 2014.

These candidates are on the ballot: Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, Brenda Hough, Pan (Logan), and Mike Russell.