The NCBS sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events, ranging from our three day long Good Old Fashioned festival to local jams.


Looking Ahead To The October 2014 Festivals In Northern California & Beyond

The Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA World Of Bluegrass

The Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA World Of Bluegrass

The evening dance at the Hawes Farm Harvest Hoedown.

Evening dance at the Hawes Farm Harvest Moon Hoedown.

Even in Northern California, something like winter weather eventually arrives and our little world of bluegrass music becomes an indoor phenomenon for a few months. The month of October brings that last glorious gasp of bluegrass surrounded by the daytime sun and out among the evening stars.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members won’t miss this final opportunity — and neither should you! Here are the listings for next month:


September 30-October 4 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

The Hangtown Halloween Ball

The Hangtown Halloween Ball

3-5 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Oakland Marriott City Center

Oakland Marriott City Center

10-11 – LA Bluegrass Situation, The Theater At The ACE Hotel, Los Angeles.

11-12 – Harvest Moon Hoedown, Historic Hawes Farms, Anderson.

12 — Old Time Fiddlers Convention & Festival, Stow House, Goleta.

13-19 – California Bluegrass Association Fall Campout, Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fairgrounds, Lodi.

CBA Fall Campout

The CBA Fall Campout

16-19 – Folk Alliance Region West Music Conference, Marriott City Center, Oakland.

17-19 – San Diego Fall Campout, Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails, Menifee.

17-19 – Pickin’ In The Vines Bluegrass Festival, Stetson Winery, Kingman, AZ.

24-26 – Hangtown Halloween Ball, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville.


Warren Hellman Exhibit Opens At San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum

Warren Hellman

Warren Hellman

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman opens on Thursday, September 18 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The exhibition will tell the story of the late San Francisco civic leader, founder of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and frequent NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival bandleader.

The museum installation portrays Hellman’s multi-faceted life, but is music-focused. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is documented with hundreds of photos.

The exhibit includes concert films from the Golden Gate Park event. It will also feature monthly live music performances during its two-year run.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes two live events associated with the exhibit:

October 26 — Banjo workshops and demonstration with Roger Siminoff.

November 20 — Eric & Suzy Thompson.

The exhibit and all events are free with museum admission.

2014-2015 Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Series Announced

The Claire Lynch Band

The Claire Lynch Band

The schedule for the 2014-2015 Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Series has been announced.

October 18, 2014 — Blue Diamond Strings (Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Suzy Thompson, Eric Thompson, Paul Shelasky, & Paul Knight)

November 1 – Kathy Kallick Band

December 6 – Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley

January 17, 2015 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

March 14 — The Claire Lynch Band

April 11 – Crary, Spurgin, & Evans

Two additional shows will be added to this southern peninsula-based series. These concerts are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Two Week Reminder: Nominations For 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Due By September 30

Two Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due by September 30, 2014.

Paper Nomination Forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the September festivals and events, including this weekend’s Plymouth festival.

(E-Mail Nominations) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians are also accepted. The categories are Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

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!