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


Thursday October 2 IBMA Awards Show Will Be Streamed Live, Broadcast on Satellite Radio

ibma-logoThe International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:30pm Pacific Time will be streamed live on two websites and broadcast live on satellite radio.

The 25th annual program will be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC. and will include award presentations and live bluegrass music performances.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, which presents the awards show as part of the week-long IBMA World Of Bluegrass international convention.

ibma-awards-show-14-graphicStreaming Websites:


Music City Roots

Satellite Radio:

“Bluegrass Junction” — Sirius/XM (Channel 61)

The Northern California & Beyond Bluegrass Highlights For October 2014

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

October will be a busy month for Northern California bluegrass — it’s the end of the outdoor festival season and the beginning of the indoor concert season, so there should be plenty of entertainment for everyone.

Top of the list: The NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party on October 18 will honor the folks who make the music happen around here!

Oh… and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass comes to Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco October 3-5. Enjoy!


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

David Rawlings & Gillian Welch of the David Rawlings Machine

David Rawlings & Gillian Welch of the David Rawlings Machine

Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen

1 — Emmylou Harris, Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto.

1 — David Rawlings Machine, Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz.

1 — Blithdale Canyon Band, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

1 — Paul Knight & Friends, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

1 — Robert Earl Keen, City Winery, Napa.

2 — Emmylou Harris, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Stanford.

2 — Mountain Dojo, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

IBMA World Of Bluegrass

IBMA World Of Bluegrass

2 — Vintage Grass, Forchetta-Bastoni, Sebastopol.

2 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

3 — The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Starry Plough, Berkeley.

atlasfront13 — Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, City Winery, Napa.

3 — David Rawlings Machine, Gundlach Bundshau Winery, Sonoma.

3 — Caitlin Jemma & The Long Gone Stringband, The Cherry Pickers, Hotel Utah, San Francisco.



3 — Toby Gray & Lauren Thomsen, Haute Enchilada Cafe, Moss Landing.

the-new-parrish-red-white-black-logo3 – The Harmed Brothers, The Mountain Men, Tom Vandenavond, Official Unofficial Hardly Strictly After Party,  Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

3 — Hot Buttered Rum, Supermule, The Independent, San Francisco.

3 — Rising Appalachia, The T Sisters, The New Parrish, Oakland.

3 – Leo Kottke, Livermore Center For The Performing Arts, Livermore.

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband

hardly-strictly-bluegrass-14-logo3-5 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

4 — The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Kemo Sabe, One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, Official Unofficial Hardly Strictly After Party, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

4 — Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

surf-spot-logo4 — Vintage Grass, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

5 – Live Music Brunch with Vintage Grass featuring David Thom, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

5 — Overlook Mountain Boys & Lone Prairie Reunions, Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

The Overlook Mountain Boys back in the day.

The Overlook Mountain Boys back in the day.

5 — David Rawlings Machine, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara.

sweetwater-logo5 — Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

5 — The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Arcata Theater Lounge, Arcata.

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

6 — David Rawlings Machine, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles.

7 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

7 – Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls Of Leicester, The Troubadour, West Hollywood.

7 — Rising Appalachia, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

David Grisman & Del McCoury

David Grisman & Del McCoury

Front Country

Front Country

8 — Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

8 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

8 – Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls Of Leicester, Belly Up, Solana Beach.

9 — David Thom Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

9 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Alehouse, Petaluma.

10 — Del McCoury & David Grisman, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

10 — Front Country, Steep Ravine, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

yosemite-bug-pic-logo10 — Peter Rowan, Terre Roche, Songwriter’s Retreat Concert, Yosemite Bug Resort, Midpines.

10 — The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah.

10 – Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

Stevie Coyle

Stevie Coyle

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

11 — Stevie Coyle, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

phils-fish-market-sign11 — Far Northern Music Showcase, A Benefit For KKRN, Gray Pine Farm, Oak Run. Free — Reservations required, dinner & limited camping available (530) 472-3303.

11 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

11 — Del McCoury & David Grisman, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

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

12 — Savannah Blu — Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

12 — California Honeydrops, Banana Slug String Band, Gazebo School Benefit, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur.

sams-bbq-dancing-pig-logo12 — Old Time Fiddlers Convention & Festival, Stow House, Goleta.

far-northern-showcase-poster-1413 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

13-19 — CBA Fall Campout, Grape Festival Fairground, Lodi.

14 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

14 – Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls Of Leicester, Cargo, Reno, NV.

15 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas

15 – Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls Of Leicester, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

15 — Marty Stuart, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood.

16 — The Vivants, One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, Amnesia, San Francisco.

16 — Small Town Therapy, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

16 – The von Trapps, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

17 — Run Boy Run, American Nomad, Ashkenaz, Berkleley.

17 — Front Country, Palms Playhouse, Winters.

17 — The Naked Bootleggers, Grant Farm, Sugar By The Pond, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

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

Blue Diamond Strings

Blue Diamond Strings

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

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

bglogo18 — NCBS Volunteer Party, undisclosed location (by invitation only).

18 – Blue Diamond Strings, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View (NCBS-welcomed).

18 — Fiddlestix, Fifth String, Sacramento.

18 — Run Boy Run, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

18 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

18 — Skyline Special, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

Dark Hollow

Dark Hollow

19 — Dark Hollow, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

Lulu Carpenter's

Lulu Carpenter's

19 — Montara Mountain Boys, San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

19 — Steep Ravine, Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol.

20 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

22 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

23 — The Kentucky Twisters, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine

23 — Druha Trava, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

23 — Trampled By Turtles, Elephant Revival, Fox Theatre, Oakland (NCBS-welcomed).

23 — Iris Dement, Miner’s Foundry, Nevada City.

23 — Marty Stuart, Maurice Tani, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

23 — Britgrass Invasion, Slim’s, San Francisco.


Sugar By The Pound

Sugar By The Pound

24 — Druha Trava, The Woodshed, St. James Church, San Jose (NCBS-welcomed).

24 — Front Country, Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol.

24 — Sugar By The Pound, Casa Nostra Ristorante, Ben Lomond.

24 — Nell Robinson & Rose of No Man’s Land, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, McCabes, Los Angeles.

24 — Iris Dement, Pieta Brown, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

24 — Hot Buttered Rum, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart

24 — Marty Stuart, State Theater, Modesto.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

24, 25, 26 — Bob Dylan, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

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

25 — Iris Dement, City Winery, Napa.

25 – Nell Robinson & Rose of No Man’s Land, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

25 — Marty Stuart, Fox Theater, Bakersfield.

25 — Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Roger Siminoff

Roger Siminoff

Nell Robinson

Nell Robinson

26 — Steep Ravine, Hopmonk Tavern, Novato.

26 — Dusty Green Bones Band, Mountain Standard Time, Milk Bar, San Francisco.

26 — Roger Siminoff Banjo Demonstration & Workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (NCBS-welcomed).

27 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

28 — Mountain Standard Time, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

28, 29, 30 — Bob Dylan, Paramount Theatre, Oakland.

29 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Willowbrook Ale House

Willowbrook Ale House

30 — Maverick - A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

30 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

slims-logo-bw31 — Supermule, Henhouse Prowlers, Immigrant Union, Slim’s, San Francisco.

31 — Prairie, Mission Pizza, Fremont.


One-Day Reminder: Last Day To Nominate Bands & Musicians For 2015 Awards Is Tuesday September 30

One-Day Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on  Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Submit the names of your favorite primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians via (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Nominate up to three in each category.

Plenty Of Californians At The IBMA World Of Bluegrass Convention This Week

ibma-wob-raleigh-2014-illustrationThe International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina this Tuesday-Saturday, September 30-October 4, 2014. That’s the other side of the country, but Californians will be everywhere at the convention, as this event continues to have a strong left coast influence. Here are the local people who are involved, helping shape the future of our music.

Molly Tuttle, Jamie Deering, and The LA Bluegrass Situation are nominated for Momentum Awards.

The Bluegrass Ramble will include Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, The Earl Brothers, Front Country, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

Michael Hall chaired the committee that organized the first International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Film Festival, which will launch during the convention. Peter Rowan is the subject of one of the film fest’s offerings, The Tao of Bluegrass — The Story of Peter Rowan. Joe Weed will emcee the screening and discussion of The Porchlight Sessions film, presented by Alison Brown’s Compass Records. Rick Bowman’s film Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin In B will be screened as part of the festival.

Deering Banjos will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award.

Neil Rosenberg will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Frank Solivan (mandolin) are nominated for individual awards on their instruments and their bands, Blue Highway and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, are also nominated in multiple award categories. Frank is also nominated as top male vocalist and Stuart Duncan is nominated on fiddle.

ibma-bluegrass-ramble-graphic-14Rob Ickes, Alison Brown, and Mike Witcher are involved in various projects nominated for recording awards. Randy Pitts and Neil Rosenberg have been nominated for the liner notes award.

The Earl Brothers are showcasing at the convention, and will be introduced by Darby Brandli.

Bill Evans will be a presenter at the International Bluegrass Music Awards show, which will be co-produced by Amy Reitneour and Chris Stuart. Rob Ickes‘ band, Blue Highway and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform on the awards program.

Kathy Kallick, Lisa Aschmann, Amy Reitnouer, Mike Tatar, Yvonne Tatar, Betty Wheeler, Elizabeth Wightman, and Dwight Worden will present professional seminars at the convention.

Peter Thompson will participate in the DJ Taping Sessions.

Lorrie Sanders is organizing an in-person gathering for the California-based Facebook page Bluegrass — The Music That Matters Most To Us on the steps of the Raleigh Convention Center.

Lucy Smith will head up the California Bluegrass Association’s California Suite team, including Regina Bartlett, Frank Solivan, Sr, Kay Wilkes, Tom & Sharon Bailey, Montie Elston, and Geoff Sargent. The CBA is an official sponsor of the World Of Bluegrass.

The Wide Open Bluegrass festival will include performances by Bill Evans and Stuart Duncan.

The Kids On Bluegrass performers will include Helen Foley, Josh Gooding, John Gooding, Jake Gooding, Jesse Personini, & Amaya Rose Dempsey.

ibma-wide-open-bluegrass-graphic-14Vendors at the convention will include Dana Thorin of the Music Caravan, Deering Banjos, and Roger Siminoff, Kali Nowakowski, and Amy Sullivan of Siminoff Strings (introducing their new Straight Up Strings For Banjo).

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member and active participant in the Nashville, TN-based IBMA organization.

Three-Day Reminder: Tuesday, September 30 Is Due Date For 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations

Three-Day Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due this Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

E-Mail Nominations are the timely way to submit the names of your favorite Northern California primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians . 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.