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The NCBS website ( has moved to a new host

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

After several months of development, the NCBS website at has moved to a new hosting provider and has a new format that will adapt properly to different size devices – cell phones, tablets or desktop computers. The address has been moved to the new website ( This old website will continue to be available at but all future development will be on the new site.

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers Set To Play Thursday At The Summit House Near Los Gatos

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers will play the Thursday Bluegrass Series at The Summit House on March 8, 2018.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at the Summit House.

The FREE bluegrass music program in the Santa Cruz Mountains is 6 miles south of Los Gatos. The music will run from 6:00-8:30pm. Good food and drink will be served.

The performance is presented by The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Coming Soon: Blue Summit on March 15.

Joyce Clark, Bluegrass Volunteer & Sidesaddle Fan At the Core Of The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Joyce Clark

Joyce & Dick Clark

Joyce Clark, a key early volunteer who helped bring bluegrass music to the South Bay and Santa Cruz and brought new supporters to the fledgling band Sidesaddle, died on January 30, 2018. She was 75 years old.

Joyce and her husband Dick Clark were among the founders of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society and helped organize concerts, campouts, meetings, and bluegrass bowling fundraisers, and helped host popular social gatherings at the Society camp at bluegrass festivals throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The couple traveled nationally to support Sidesaddle, Northern California bluegrass and the SCBS. They were regular volunteers at the SCBS membership and information booth.

Joyce Clark was at the core of the SCBS, the glue of its fellowship and the heart of its activities. Her warmth, kindness, cheerfulness and general good humor were felt by everyone who knew her. Her smile, good heart, laugh, and gentle wit enlivened every occasion. For many new bluegrass fans of that era, their first and fondest memories of the bluegrass community were of Joyce welcoming them to the music and to the SCBS camp at festivals. She never met a stranger, and was always wickedly funny, warm and understanding. She became everyone’s confidant and showed unconditional love. Her personality influenced the developing cultural of the early bluegrass society and guided those who took charge of the organization long after she moved away.

Joyce & Dick Clark

Dick & Joyce Clark received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

The couple loved the all-women South Bay bluegrass band Sidesaddle and were fixtures at almost all early performances. They were two of the organizers of the Sidesaddle Fan Club, and Joyce was the band’s den mother.

After retirement, “DicknJoyce” moved from their longtime home in Santa Clara to Mountain Ranch, where they have lived for almost two decades. There, they began volunteering at the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. Joyce will be remembered by VIP visitors to that event from across the country as the smiling lady, embodying hospitality, at the festival’s backstage gate.

She was born Joyce Brown in Riverbank, CA. She is survived by her husband, son Richard and his wife Sophia, and daughter Laura. Her grandchildren are Josh and TC. Her grandchild is Little Josh. Her daughter Candice predeceased her.

– Craig Nelson & Michael Hall (Thanks to Barb Scott, Richard & Sophia Clark)

Dick & Joyce Clark and Judy & Dick Dowell accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Stoney Mountain Ramblers Guitarist & Lead Vocalist Robert Zeien, Dedicated Father & Husband

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Robert Zeien

Local musician Robert Zeien passed away Tuesday, January 30 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was guitarist and lead vocalist for the Stoney Mountain Ramblers, playing with them for 16 years and over 285 gigs. He was 53 years old.

Robert Zeien sings with The Stoney Mountain Ramblers.

Robert and the Stoney Mountain Ramblers have been fixtures at NCBS events over the years – including the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival,  the Brookdale Bluegrass Festivals, Bluegrass on Broadway and the inaugural Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. SMR made numerous appearances on KKUP Radio’s Monday Night Bluegrass, and Robert is composer of a bluegrass KKUP station identification jingle.

In the months since receiving his diagnosis, Robert continued cheerfully living life to its fullest with family and friends. He rallied to play one last gig at the Summit House five days before he passed away.

Robert was a dedicated father, husband and band-member. Always kind, gentle, soft-spoken and humble, and always up for picking “one more.” His energy, good humor and love of music will be missed.


– Gary Anwyl, Scott Dailey, & Bill Hamburgen

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Your NCBS Friends!

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society!

Bluegrass Loses Two Friends & Leaders — Pete Kuykendall And Delbert Doty

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Delbert Doty

Delbert Doty (left) with Don Pidd preparing the roof of the new San Benito County Historical Park stage in 2016.

Bluegrass lost two good friends and two leaders today — Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine publisher Pete Kuykendall of Broad Run, VA, and Delbert Doty of Hollister, CA, the longtime president of the San Benito County Historical Society. While neither was a NCBS member, both contributed to the success of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Pete Kuykendall was a bluegrass musician, songwriter, promoter, DJ, and journalist, who brought essential business skills to bluegrass music at an early time when professionalism was lacking and the development of the music was in doubt. He took over the newsletter of a small non-profit organization in the Washington, DC area and developed it into the national bluegrass magazine of record. He also co-founded the International Bluegrass Music Association and brought the concept of Leadership Bluegrass to the IBMA.

Pete Kuykendall (left) runs the Bluegrass Unlimited booth at a festival, with Ralph Stanley & Renfro Profitt.

When the NCBS’ fledgling GOF Festival caught Pete’s attention as a source of new west coast bluegrass energy, he and his wife Kitsy Kuykendall came all the way to California as a fully-paid vendor (turning down our offer of a free BU booth) to lend support — and credibility — to the new event. Kitsy saw The Waybacks on the GOF stage and booked them for a slot at the IBMA convention, the band’s first appearance at the national level.

Pete Kuykendall

Peter V. Kuykendall was 79 years old.  Under the name Pete Roberts, he performed as an early member of the Country Gentlemen, and wrote numerous bluegrass songs, some of which were included in the soundtrack for the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Pete’s funeral will be held on Wednesday August 30 at 10:00 am at the Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA. Visitation will be on Tuesday evening from 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in his name to the Bluegrass Trust Fund or the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Delbert Doty played a significant role in building out the historical village at the San Benito County Historical Park, the new home of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. His last major project was the new stage, which has been named in his honor by the SBCHS. He helped with the negotiations that brought the bluegrass festival to the park in 2016.

Delbert Leon Doty’s Celebration Of Life will be held on Friday, September 1 at 2:00pm at the historical park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos.

Peter V. Kuykendall (1938-2017)

Barry Hazle, 69, Former Society Board Member, Concert Presenter, Agent, & Radio Host

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Maline & Barry Hazle on the job at the Strawberry Music Festival.

Former Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (NCBS/SCBS) board member Barry Hazle has died. He was 69 years old. He was known for his friendly, booming voice and a laid back attitude that masked a strong volunteer drive in support of bluegrass and related acoustic music.

After his retirement from the City of Sunnyvale Public Safety Department and our board of directors, he and his wife Maline moved to Redding, where he organized The Oaksongs Society For The Preservation Of Way Cool Music and for a time managed bluegrass performers Marley’s Ghost and James King.

He was also a bluegrass radio host on North State Public Radio, where he first helped produce the Good Old Fashioned Folk  Music Show and then moved to his own program, The Shasta Serenade, which featured bluegrass and Americana music.

Barry and Maline were also longtime volunteers at the Strawberry Music Festival.

Barry Hazle

NCBS Fund Accepts Donations For Spring 2017 Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarships

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The Walker Creek Ranch

Donations to assist spring 2017 students for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund are now being accepted. The Spring Camp will be held April 7-10 at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846
Attn: 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 scholarships. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp.

Information: Walker Creek Music Camp. Ingrid Noyes, not NCBS, runs the twice-yearly camp.