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


Two Week Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Band Applications Are Due On December 31st

Two Week Reminder: December 31, 2017 is the Deadline for Band Applications for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, which will be held the second weekend of August, 2018.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

13th Annual Holiday Hootenanny Set For December 15 At The Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company In San Carlos

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, San Carlos

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the 13th Annual Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company Holiday Hootenanny in San Carlos on Friday, December 15, 2017. Doors will open at 4:00pm.

This year, for the first time, the program will feature two stages. Main Stage Bands will include The Brookdale Bluegrass Band, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Pathertic Honey String Band, & John Henry’s FarmThe Wildcat Mountain Ramblers will be among other acts to perform on the Second Stage.

The FREE late afternoon & evening gathering will offer fine craft beer and good food. The event is presented by Devil’s Canyon and organized by Scott Dailey.

Final San Francisco Weekend For Bright Star Musical At The Curran Theater

This is the final weekend for the San Francisco run of Steve Martin & Edie Brickel’s Americana/Bluegrass musical Bright Star at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The final show is on Sunday, December 17.

DISCOUNT TICKETS are available for bluegrass fans: The code FRIDAYJAM unlocks 30% Off Tickets For Friday Night Shows (and 20% off all other nights).

Besides the discount, there will be special before & after-show performances by area bluegrass bands on Friday night December 15, so plan to attend that evening if your schedule allows.

The additional Friday performers include Big Money in Bluegrass, Jed’s A Millionaire, & Beats Workin’.

All performances are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

A Big Bluegrass Friday Night In San Carlos & San Francisco On December 15

This Friday evening December 15 will be a big one for bluegrass in San Carlos & San Francisco! The NCBS will welcome two events to our area:

BRIGHT STAR, San Francisco

The Steve Martin-Edie Brickell-penned Americana/Bluegrass musical Bright Star will enjoy a special night at the Curran Theater in San Francisco on December 15, with several local bluegrass bands playing before and after the regular program.

The production’s last daily show is December 17. The discount code FRIDAYJAM unlocks 30% Off Tickets For Friday Night Shows (and 20% off all other nights).


The 13th Annual Holiday Hootenanny will be presented by the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos, with four great bands playing onstage from 5:00-11:00pm on December 15, with additional performances and jamming taking place throughout the evening.

This is a FREE event, with craft beer and food available.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers At The Summit House This Thursday, December 14

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at the Summit House.

The Wildcat Mountain Rambers, host band for the FREE Thursday Bluegrass Series at the top of Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, will perform on December 14th. Good food and drink will be served.

The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill has FREE bluegrass each week starting at 6:00pm. All performances are presented by the The Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.