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


Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass Set For February 20 NCBS-Welcomed Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert

danny-paisley-weary-river-album-coverDanny Paisley & The Southern Grass will perform in a Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert on Saturday, February 20 in Mountain View.

The show will be held at the new home of the long-running RBA concert series — the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, at 890 Church Street, in Mountain View. An open jam will begin at 5:00pm, with concert doors at 7:00pm for the 7:30pm show.

The current RBA monthly season will run through May.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes all RBA shows.

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers Set For Thursday NCBS-Welcomed Series In The Santa Cruz Mountains

Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series

Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series

The Thursday Bluegrass Series continues with the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers on February 11 at the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this weekly series. Here is the rest of this month’s schedule:

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers perform at The Summit House.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers perform at The Summit House.


18 – Kitchen Help

25 – Happy Trails

The show will run 6:00-8:30pm in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of Los Gatos at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: (408) 353-2700.

Thanks to the Summit House for presenting bluegrass and to Robert Cornelius for booking the series.

Plenty Of Bluegrass Fun For You & Your Valentine All During President’s Day Week In Northern California

Happy Valentine's Day from NCBS!

Happy Valentine's Day from your NCBS friends!

The Claire Lynch Band

The Claire Lynch Band

This week, it’s Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and the best weekend of radio every year — the KKUP Bluegrass Marathon, online and on-the-airwaves in the South Bay & Monterey Bay.

Note the late change in the Claire Lynch Sunday concert, while Belle Monroe’s Brewglass Boys have a big Friday show in San Francisco. Nu-Blu has just added a new show on February 17 in Cottonwood.

There will be plenty of great shows for you and your sweetie! Here are the Wednesday-Wednesday listings — Enjoy!

FEBRUARY 10, Ash Wednesday

nu-blu-posed-seated-couch-nameMr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

Robert Cornelius & Suzanne Suwanda of the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Robert Cornelius & Suzanne Suwanda of the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Claire Lynch Band, Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Sparks, NV.

FEBRUARY 11, Thursday

Willowbrook Ale House

Willowbrook Ale House

Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

mission-pizza-logoClaire Lynch Band, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

Nu-Blu, UU Concert Series, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Chico.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The String Slingers, Alice’s Restaurant, Sky Londa, Woodside.

FEBRUARY 11-15, Thursday-Monday

KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon, 91.5FM, South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas and streaming online.

Pete Seeger on the 2016 official KKUP shirt.

Pete Seeger on the 2016 official marathon shirt.

FEBRUARY 12, Mavericks Surfer Competition

Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, One Grass Two Grass, Mother Corn Shuckers, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

Dead Winter Carpenters​, Cold & In The Bay, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

Hilltown, Pajaro Bar & Grill, Salinas.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Rita Hosking Trio, Mark & Cindy Lemaire, Point Richmond Acoustic, First Methodist Church, Point Richmond.

Claire Lynch Band, Oaksongs, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

Avram Frankel & Jim Mintun, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

Riverbend, David Tell & Willie, Christ Community Church, Carmichael.

Heathen Hill, Trout Farm Inn, Felton.

Daughter Rea, Pathetic Honey String Band, Mountain Men Collective, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

FEBRUARY 13, Saturday

KWMR Sweethearts Of The Radio, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

cowgir-lwineryHarmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Just Picked String Band, Cowgirl Winery, Carmel Valley.

Claire Lynch Band, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, (House Concert) foghouseconcerts (at) gmail (dot) com, San Francisco.

20 Years of Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys

20 Years of Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys

Houston Jones Final Performance, Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, House Concert, Oakland.

The Mountain Men Stringband, Riley Hill & Brand New Still, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower With Muddy Barnes, Louie’s Place, La Grange.

Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Festival Speed, Minus Mary, Myrtle Lane, Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito.

High Country, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.

Blithedale Canyon, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

FEBRUARY 14, Valentine’s Day

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

More Pretty Girls Than One With Kid’s Afternoon Dance (Caller - Robin Fischer), Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension Brunch, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Leroy McNees & Gloryland, La Crescenta Baptist Church, La Crescenta.

Amber Cross, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Bolinas.

Claire Lynch Band, (House Concert) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com, Santa Cruz. (Concert reorganized due to death in family — originally was at Inner Light Ministries, Soquel.)

FEBRUARY 15, President’s Day

Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Windy Hill (Follows Handsome Ladies Women-Only Jam), Amnesia, San Francisco.

The T Sisters

The T Sisters

FEBRUARY 16, Tuesday

Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

cottonwood-exit-signThe T Sisters, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

FEBRUARY 17, Wednesday

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

carolyn-sills-combo-logo-bwCarolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Nu Blu, Old Kennett String Band, The Studio, Cottonwood.

Houston Jones

Houston Jones

19th Annual Springfling Brookdale Festival Set For March 18-19 In Boulder Creek

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

The 19th Annual Springfling Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will be held March 18-19, 2016 in Boulder Creek due to the ongoing renovation of the festival’s original home, the nearby Brookdale Lodge. The March festival will be held at Scopazzi’s Restaurant, 13300 Big Basin Way, in downtown Boulder Creek.

scopazzis-restaurant-lounge-sign-nightAll Brookdale Bluegrass events since 1998 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The twice-yearly weekend gathering is held in March & December.

The Spring Line-Up: Bean Creek, The Town Howlers, The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, David Holodiloff Band, Alison Steele, Hunter Austin Project, Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, True Life Troubadours, and more TBA.

The Town Howlers

The Town Howlers

The Key Northern California Bluegrass Society 2016 Spring Events

ncbs-plain-logoHere are the key Official Northern California Bluegrass Society events for the spring of 2016:


20 — Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Redwood Bluegrass Associates (NCBS-welcomed)


18-19 — Spring Brookdale Bluegrass Festival (NCBS-welcomed)

19 — Mike Compton & Joe Newberry, Redwood Bluegrass Associates (NCBS-welcomed)


16 — The Jayme Stone Lomax Project, Redwood Bluegrass Associates (NCBS-welcomed)


7 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, Redwood Bluegrass Associates (NCBS-welcomed)

14 — NCBS/SCBS 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

21 — Spring Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival (NCBS-welcomed)