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


Enjoy Some Thanksgiving Week Bluegrass In Northern California

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

amnesia-night-signEnjoy some bluegrass music with your turkey and your family! Here are the Thanksgiving Week shows for 2014. Join your NCBS friends and have some fun!

MONDAY, November 24

The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

Invitational Taco Jam, Baja Taqueria, Oakland.

The Courthouse Ramblers

The Courthouse Ramblers

TUESDAY, November 25

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

Roger Siminoff & BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

Allegra & Suzy Thompson of The Thompson Family

Allegra & Suzy Thompson of The Thompson Family

WEDNESDAY, Thanksgiving Eve

The Thompson Family, United Airlines Hub, Terminal 3, San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae (11:00am-2:00pm).

High Country, Albany Tap Room, Albany.

The Brothers Comatose, The T Sisters, The Chapel, San Francisco.

BanjerDan, Tognazzini’s Dockside Too, Morro Bay.

The Invitational Jam

The Invitational Jam

Howell Mountain Boys, Cadet Wine & Beer Bar, Napa.

Turkey Day Football on TV

Turkey Day Football on TV

Coffee Cat Invitational Jam With Leif Karlstrom, Steve Rosen, Gary Cunningham, Dan Mills, & Alex Mayers, The Coffee Cat, Scotts Valley.

Trails Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

THURSDAY, Thanksgiving Day

Craig Wilson of The Roustabouts

Craig Wilson of The Roustabouts

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Football: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks)

Claudia Hampe of Blithedale Canyon

Claudia Hampe of Blithedale Canyon


Blithdale Canyon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The Roustabouts Bluegrass Band, Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant, Bakersfield.

Wolf Hamlin & The Front Porch Drifters, The Bootcuts Band, Tell River, The Chapel, San Francisco.

Alhambra Valley Band, Armando’s, Martinez.

Suzy & Eric Thompson, Mark Marcin & Paul Knight, Dance Palace Church, Point Reyes Station.

Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

surf-spot-logoFRIDAY & SATURDAY, November 28 & 29.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, November 28-30

Joe Craven

Joe Craven

Sonora Christmas Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.


Savannah Blu Live Music Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

station-house-cafe-signThe Dim Lights, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, T Sisters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

SUNDAY, November 30

Fruit Jar Pickers, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready.

Glad To Be Here, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

Blithedale Canyon, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

The Bolos, Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands


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

The Alabama Bowties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Invitational Taco Jam, Baja Taqueria, Oakland.

TUESDAY, December 2

BanjerDan & Dulcie Taylor, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

The Howell Mountain Boys

The Howell Mountain Boys

Looking Ahead To The 2014 End Of The Year Festivals

Sonora Christmas Festival

Sonora Christmas Festival

Brookdale Bluegrass Festival

Costanoa Winterfest

Only a little time left for some festivals to help you end your year in the high bluegrass style. Enjoy!


28-30 – Sonora Christmas Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.


12 — Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day, Worldwide.

12-13 – Brookdale Costanoa Winterfest 2014, Costanoa Lodge & Campground, Pescadero. (NCBS-welcomed)

December 30, 2014-January 4, 2014 – New Harmony New Year’s Camp, San Francisco Folk Music Club, Calistoga.


Two Week Reminder: Second Round Ballots Due From NCBS Members On December 5

redwood-city-sign-ped-broadwyTwo Week Reminder: Friday, December 5 is the due date for second round ballots from NCBS Members for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

The awards will be presented at the 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in a January 24, 2015 ceremony in Redwood City.

Band Line-Up Announced For 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny In San Carlos

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos.

The annual bluegrass & beer gathering will be held on Friday afternoon & evening, December 12, 2014.

The band line-up: Cryin’ Shame, Wires-n-Wood Reunion, California SwampGrass Band, Pathetic Honey, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, plus special guests and jamming.

This is a FREE event, with good food and, of course, excellent craft beer available.

Thanks to organizer Scott Dailey and to the Devil’s Canyon folks for a decade of great holiday bluegrass!


Eric & Suzy Thompson Set For Contemporary Jewish Museum Performance This Thursday, November 20

Suzy & Eric Thompson

Suzy & Eric Thompson

ncbs-plain-logoBluegrass/Old Time musicians Eric & Suzy Thompson will perform this Thursday evening on the stage of the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The  November 20, 6:30pm show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

contemporary-jewish-museum-logoThe ongoing Hellman exhibit (through 2016) will feature regular live music on the gallery stage. All shows are free with museum admission.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum