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!


NCBS Website Is Being Upgraded

The NCBS Website is being upgraded. There may be a few times when the full site is unavailable over the next few weeks while the work is completed. The fabulous new site will be ready shortly. Thanks for your patience!

Two Week Reminder: NCBS Board Of Directors Candidate Statements Due On June 30

Two Week Reminder: Candidate Statements for the August 11, 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors Election are due on June 30. E-Mail to  (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com (100 word limit).

Candidate Statements Due On June 30, 2018 for Annual NCBS Board Of Directors Election

The Annual Election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park (next to Bolado Park) in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com by June 30, 2018, for publication in the July issue of Bluegrass By The Bay and on the NCBS Website. Statements are limited to 100 words.

Congratulations To Berkeley’s Kara Kundert And The Rest Of The Leadership Bluegrass Class Of 2018

Congratulations to the International Bluegrass Music Association Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018!

New graduate Kara Kundert of Berkeley is the Bay Area’s representative.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA and NCBS Members are encouraged to apply for the next class, set for March 2019 in Nashville.

The Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018: Front row: Greg Blake, Jessica Grossman, Stacy Chandler, Patricia Ann Eaves, Cathy Fink, Jeff Miller Second row: Scott Napier, Mollie Farr, Katie Keller, Landon Elmore Third row: Maria Ivey, Patricia Imbrogno, Emma John, Ivy Shephard, Jef Walter Fourth row: Adam Kirr, George Jackson, Bil VornDick, Brett Martin, Kara Kundert, Matt Miller Back row: Patrick M’Gonigle, Dan Eubanks, Lenny Nichols, Jeffrey Ludin (Photo: Alane Anno)

Donations Now Being Accepted For The NCBS Walker Creek Scholarship Fund For The Spring Camp

The Walker Creek Ranch

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund is now collecting donations to assist students at the Spring Walker Creek Music Camp who need financial help. The camp will be held at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma on April 12-15, 2018.

Donations can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society,  PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846, Attention: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses the scholarships. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors (especially in light of the recent revisions to federal tax law). The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp.