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


Band Line-Up Announced For May 2 Bluegrass Fair At Duck Pond Stage In Santa Cruz

santa-cruz-sign-welcome-waveThe Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society has announced the bands for the Saturday, May 2 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair. The line-up:

The Naked Bootleggers

Harmony Grits

The Down Beats

True Life Troubadours

Eddie DuCommun Band

The FREE event will run Noon-6:00pm at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park next to the courthouse in Santa Cruz.

The relaxed afternoon affair will kick off the outdoor bluegrass music season with music, food, a raffle, information about upcoming festivals and concerts, grass, trees, blue skies, friends…and ducks. The first Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair was held in 1986.

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Skyline Special, Bluegrass Roundup Set For Santa Cruz Area Festival Ths Weekend

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Skyline Special, and Bluegrass Roundup will perform March 6-8, 2015 at this weekend’s Brookdale Bluegrass gathering at The Great Room in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Soquel.

Official Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Website

The Great Room Information

Festival Performance Schedule

Camping Information

Rick Ednie of Bluegrass Roundup

Rick Ednie of Bluegrass Roundup

Springfest 2015 is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The first Brookdale Bluegrass Festival was held at the old Brookdale Lodge in the San Lorenzo Valley near Boulder Creek in 1998 and has been held several times a year at various locations in the Santa Cruz Area. The Springfest 2015 will be the first at The Great Room.

Skyline Special

Skyline Special

Brookdale Bluegrass Springfest 2015 Adds Eddie DuCommun To March 6-8 Show

Eddie DuCommun has just been added to the Brookdale Bluegrass Springfest 2015. The festival is set for March 6-8 at The Great Room in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Soquel.

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this event.

Eddie Ducommun

Eddie DuCommun

Festival Information:

The Courtyard Stage

The Great Room

Brookdale Bluegrass

The Great Room

Full Festival Schedule

Camping Information

The March 2015 Bluegrass Highlights In Northern California & Beyond


Eddie & Martha Adcock

Eddie & Martha Adcock

The March winds will blow some mighty fine bluegrass shows into Northern California. Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be out to enjoy the music and the weather. Please join us!

Eddie Adcock, winner of the 2014 Steve Martin Prize For Banjoand wife Martha Adcock are doing a rare California tour this month despite their recent auto accident. Glad they are feeling better and able to come!

The Brookdale Springfest 2015 has a new home high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, while the California Bluegrass Association’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival is back in Sebastopol.

Redwood Bluegrass Associates returns to Palo Alto with a Claire Lynch concert, while Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun and John Reischman & The Jaybirds both come through the area this month.

Blaine Sprouse

Blaine Sprouse

There is much more music in March. Here are the month’s “highlights” — our effort at a selective listing for your consideration. There are many other fine performances not included here — see you where the music is!


1 — Blaine Sprouse, Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

1 — Black Eyed Susies, Wine Tyme, Capitola.

1 — Steep Canyon Rangers, Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto.

1 – The Rob Bayne Band, Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

1 – Foxes In The Hen House, Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station.

1 — Front Country, Fruition, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

1 –  Conspiracy of Beards (Leonard Cohen songs), We Became Owls, City Winery, Napa.


Adkins & Loudermilk

Adkins & Loudermilk

1 – Adkins & Loudermilk, Boulevard Music, Los Angeles.

1 –  Conspiracy of Beards (Leonard Cohen songs), We Became Owls, City Winery, Napa.

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

2 — Alabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

2 – Adkins & Loudermilk, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall, Ventura.

red-barn-community-music-series-logo-old-picture3 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose. First show in the upgraded patio performance space.

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

4 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley.

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

Blue Highway

Blue Highway

4 — David Thom, Bill Evans, Tom Bekeny, Paul Knight, Yoseff Tucker, Zodiac’s, Petaluma.

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

5 — Blue Highway, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

5 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, The Palms, Winters.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes Springfest 2015.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes Springfest 2015.

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

6 – Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, SUPERMULE, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

6 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

6-8 – Brookdale Bluegrass Springfest 2015, The Great Room, Santa Cruz Mountains (NCBS-welcomed).

6-8 – Bluegrass On The Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City, AZ.

7 — Windy Hill, Miss Lonely Hearts, Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

7 – Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Roundup, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

7 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

7 — Claire Lynch Band, Rancho Cordillera de Norte, Northridge.

7 — Sidesaddle & Co , (House Concert) ebehlmer (at) yahoo (dot) com, Gilroy.

7 — Fiddlestix, Red Barn, Los Osos.

8 — Alabama Bow Ties, Miss Lonely Hearts and more, Amnesia, San Francisco.

8 — The Crooked Jades, Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Gallery, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

8 — The Claire Lynch Band, (House Concert) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com (2 shows), Santa Cruz.


moes-alley-logo8 – Cheetah Conservation Fund Benefit With Shelley Phillips, Carol McComb & Kathleen Sarisch, Stevie Coyle, Shamrocks, Poison Oak (Lee Anne Welch, Mike Simpson, Jerry McMillan & Dave McCort), Don Quixote’s, Felton.

8 – Acton Street Ramblers, Rocket Frog Rodeo, The Creak, The Milk Bar, San Francisco.

8 — Four Shillings Short, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

8 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, The Little River Inn, Mendocino.

8 — Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Berryessa Brewing Company, Winters.

9 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

9 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

9 — Claire Lynch Band, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Chico.

9 – Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, Joshua Lowe & Patti Maxine, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

The Kathy Kallick Band

The Kathy Kallick Band

10 — Amber Cross, BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

10 — Abbott Family, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

10 — Black Mountain Radio, Tabard Theatre, San Jose.

11 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

11 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

12 — Kathy Kallick Band, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

sonoma-county-bluegrass-folk-festival-15-poster12 – Claire Lynch Band, The Palms, Winters.

12 — Crary Evans & Spurgeon, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, Folsom.

13 — Kathy Kallick Band, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose.

13 — The Naked Bootleggers, Little Fuller Band, Sugar By The Pound, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

13 — Claire Lynch Band, The Barefoot Movement, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

13 — Working Girl Blues With Laurie Lewis, Mary Gibbons, T Sisters, Melody Walker, Allegra & Robin, Avery Hellman, Calliope, Rita Hosking, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

13-22 – South By Southwest, various venues, Austin, TX.

14 — The Dim Lights, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

14 — Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, Fox Theatre, Oakland.

David Thom

David Thom

14 — Claire Lynch Band, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto. (NCBS-welcomed)

14 – Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol.

14 — Peter Rowan, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

the-palms-logo14 — David Thom Band, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.

14 — Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Lighted Window Concert, Campbell United Church of Christ, Campbell.

14 — Barwick & Siegfried, The Palms, Winters.

14 — The Sam Chase, Slim’s, San Francisco.

14 – Steve Kaufman & Friends, Slide Mountain Bluegrass Band, Mountain Music Parlor, Reno.

15 – Keith Little with Michael Witcher & Sharon Gilchrist, Foothill Community Concert Series, Foothill Presbyterian Church, San Jose.

15 — Circle R Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

15 — The Coffis Brothers, The Mountain Men, Slim’s, San Francisco.

15 – The Barefoot Movement, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

16 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

17 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

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

17 – Them Travelin’ Birds, BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

Mathew Songmaker (Illustration: Will Miller)

Mathew Songmaker (Illustration: Will Miller)

Mr Sun

Mr. Sun

18 – Mr. Sun Featuring Darol Anger, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

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

18 — Black Eyed Susies, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

19 — Blue & Lonesome, 18th Anniversary Party, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

19 – Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

19 – Mr. Sun Featuring Darol Anger, The Palms, Winters.

Old Belle

Old Belle

20 — Sons of Jefferson With Matthew Songmaker, The Mountain Men, Dakota Cree, The Maltese, Chico.

20 – Mojo Navigators, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

20-22 – WinterWonderGrass — Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley.

20-22 – Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Temecula.

21 — Old Belle, The Town Howlers, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

21 — Maverick — A Bluegrass Duo, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

21 — The Robinson Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

21 — Grand Opening Bluegrass Jam, lille aeske, Boulder Creek.

21 — Poor Valley Band, Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

21 –  Amber Cross & James Moore, Parkfield Cafe, Parkfield.

21 — County Line Pickers, Pie Ranch, Davenport.

22 — Blue & Lonesome, Jameson’s Roaring Donkey, Petaluma.

22 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

22 — Houston Jones, Dana Street Roasting Company, Mountain View.

last-stage-west-logo23 — Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

24 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

25 — High Country, Albany Tap Room, Albany.

25 — Pert Near Sandstone, The Painted Horses, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

25 — Eddie Adcock Concert & Workshop, Interview by Roger Siminoff, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

25 — Elephant Revival, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

freight-signgreat-american-music-hall-front-sign26 – Eddie & Martha Adcock, House Concert, Garden Farms.

26 — T Sisters, The Lady Crooners, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

26 — Open Mic Night, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.

27 — The Dim Lights, Pacifica Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

27 — Eddie & Martha Adcock, Red Dog Ash, Peer Recovery Art Project, Modesto.

27 — Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Oaksong Society, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

28 — True Life Troubadours, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

28 — Houston Jones, Pacifica Performances, Mildred Owens Concert Hall, Pacifica.

28 – Putah Creek Crawdads, Keith Little, The Palms, Winters.

28 — The Punch Brothers, Harrah’s Tahoe, Stateline, NV.

phils-fish-market-entrance-sign28 — Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, Grass Valley.

28 — Nell Robinson With Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, & Maxine Hong-Kingston, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga.

28 – Eddie & Martha Adcock, Red Dog Ash, Stage 3 Theatre Company, Sonora.

28 — Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

28-29 – Blue Water Music Festival, Sawdust Art Festival Grounds, Laguana Beach.

summer-tymes-logo29 — Nell Robinson, With Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, & Maxine Hong-Kingston, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

sams-bbq-pig-cook-logo30 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

31 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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


NCBS Welcomes The Claire Lynch Band To RBA Palo Alto Concert On March 14

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome The Claire Lynch Band to a Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert at the First Presbyterian Church Of Palo Alto on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The Claire Lynch Band

The Claire Lynch Band

Please note the new location for this RBA concert:

First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

The concert schedule remains the same:

5:00pm — Open Jam

7:00 — Concert Doors Open

7:30 — Concert Begins

The monthly RBA series continues with Crary, Evans & Spurgeon on April 11 in Palo Alto and Della Mae on May 2 in Mountain View.