Events

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

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FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Set For SUNDAY May 6 At The Duck Pond Stage

The Santa Cruz Duck Pond

The Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society will present the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on SUNDAY, May 6, 2018. The annual Rite Of Spring at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park will run from Noon-6:00pm.

The FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will feature performances by The Down Beets, The Naked Bootleggers, AJ Lee & Jesse Fichman, The Juncos, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, and more.

The longest-running bluegrass society gathering has been held on the first weekend in May since 1986.

Remembering Robert Zeien On Saturday April 28 At Holbrook Palmer Park In Atherton

Robert Zeien

The family and friends of the late bluegrass musician Robert Zeien will hold a gathering to celebrate his life on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at The Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton. All are invited.

The Pavilion, Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton.

Robert was the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Stoney Mountain Ramblers. He passed away on January 30, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. The band has performed at many NCBS events over the years.

There will be a service followed by some open mic time for people to share their memories of Robert. Bring your acoustic instrument for some informal jamming later in the afternoon.

Note that parking is very limited, so please carpool or consider alternatives to driving. Please RSVP to (Gary Anwyl) ganwyl (at) gmail (dot) com before Tuesday, 4/24.

– Gary Anwyl

Robert Zeien Obituary

Freight & Salvage To Host The Berkeley Bluegrass Festival May 18-20

Molly Tuttle

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Third Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, which will be held at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley on May 18-20, 2018. Full festival and individual show tickets are available.

FRIDAY, May 18 — Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with Molly Tuttle, Sean Watkins with the Bee Eaters, Crying Uncle, plus Fog Holler.

SATURDAY, May 19 — Molly Tuttle Band, Phantoms of the High Country, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, plus Bluegrass Pride.

SUNDAY, May 20 — Darol Anger’s Blur-Grass All-Stars, The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz, plus North Country Blue.


NCBS Announces The Band Line-Up For The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the band line-up for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 9-12, 2018 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos:

Bean Creek

Blue Summit

Bodie 601 Band

Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Dark Hollow

Faux Renwah

Goat Hill Girls

GrassKickers

Highway One

High Water Line

Jubilee

Kids On Stage

Loganville

Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band

North Country Blue

Red Dog Ash

Rogue River

Sidesaddle & Co

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Hossettes

The Jones Gang

The Quitters

Town Howlers

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Naked Bootleggers Will Perform At The FREE May 6 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The Naked Bootleggers will perform at the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on SUNDAY, May 6, 2018.

The relaxed afternoon the park will also feature performances by The Down Beets, AJ Lee & Jesse Fichman, The Juncos, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, and more.

The FREE and FUN Rite Of Spring at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park will run from Noon-6:00pm.

The annual bluegrass fair is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. The longest-running bluegrass society gathering has been held on the first weekend in May since 1986.

The Naked Bootleggers