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


Three Bluegrass Film Festivals Set For North Carolina, Arizona & California

Three bluegrass film festivals are set to take place in North Carolina, Arizona, and California. The two new festivals are based on the Northern California Bluegrass Society festival that is held as part of the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City each January.


September 30-October 1 — 3rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. The festival is free and open to the public.

10 — 3rd Annual Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival & Bluegrass Band Showdown, Cattle Track Theater, Scottsdale, AZ.


29 — 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival, Redwood City Main Library, Redwood City. Film submissions for the 2017 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival are due on October 22, 2016.

Summit House To Feature Still Searchin’ On September 29 In Thursday Bluegrass Series

The bluegrass band Still Searchin’ will perform on Thursday, September 29 as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Thursday Bluegrass Series presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill.

Thursday Bluegrass Series

The FREE show will run 6:00-8:30pm high in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Highway 17. There are great views in every direction.

The Summit House, home of good food and drink, is 6 miles south of Los Gatos at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway.

Robert Cornelius organizes this ongoing weekly music series that brings great music to the top of the world.

NCBS And CBA Represented At International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass This Week In Raleigh NC

NCBS President Michael Hall, the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

California will be well-represented at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass this week in Raleigh, NC. Both the California Bluegrass Association and the Northern California Bluegrass Society — and their members — will contribute to the convention and bluegrass festival that will run September 27-October 1. The two Northern California clubs are longtime organizational members of the IBMA.

The Molly Tuttle Band will perform at the IBMA convention.

The CBA is an official sponsor of the gathering and will offer its famed California Hospitality Suite that presents top bands in an intimate showcase setting.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival in Redwood City is the model for the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival that will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Many California bluegrass musicians and organizers will perform, emcee, lecture, mentor, and network throughout the week. See you where the music is!

Frank Solivan performs in the California Suite at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass.

Two Week Reminder: 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Are Due October 8, 2016

Two Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, & Bass. The awards honor primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

Hard copy nominations are accepted at the NCBS Booth at events or nominations may be made at any time by  (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For The End Of September

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh

Due to software upgrade work on the NCBS website several weeks ago, there was no monthly highlights article for September. Other coverage of suggested bluegrass events is being published during the month.

Here are some selected shows coming up for the end of September. Enjoy!



Bernal Hillbillies, The Lucky Horseshoe, San Francisco.

Glad To Be Here, Farm Harvest Festival, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.


The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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


Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, San Jose.

Iris Dement, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. (Sold out)


IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.


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

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.


Still Searchin’, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Willowbrook Ale House

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.


Left Coast Country, The Mountain Men Collective, Cool Pistol String Band, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Kathy Barwick, Pete Seigfried, Mike Justice & Steve McLane, Acoustic Den Cafe, Roseville.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.