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


Yonder Mountain String Band Comes To Oakland’s Fox Theatre April 3

another-planet-entertainment-logoncbs-plain-logoAnother Planet Entertainment will present the Yonder Mountain String Band in concert at the Fox Theater-Oakland on Friday, April 3, 2015. Ben Sollee will be the opening act. The program is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Fox Theatre in Oakland

The Fox Theatre in Oakland

Lampel Brothers, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers & Heathen Hill Set For March 6-8 At Brookdale Springfest

The Lampel Brothers

The Lampel Brothers

Springfest 2015 will present The Lampel Brothers, The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers and Heathen Hill as part of a full schedule of bands March 6-8. The long-running festival is produced by Brookdale Bluegrass.

Full Festival Schedule

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Camping Information

The event is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Music performances will be indoors beginning Friday evening and running through Sunday afternoon.

The new location for the spring Brookdale gathering is The Great Room, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, off San Jose-Soquel Road between Los Gatos and Soquel.

Camping, evening bonfires and food will be available at the festival.

Heathen Hill

Heathen Hill

Rita Hosking Trio Set For Saturday February 28 Concert At Woodshed In San Jose

Woodshed Music & Arts Concerts At St. James Church

Woodshed Music & Arts Concerts at St. James Church

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking

Woodshed Music & Arts will present the Rita Hosking Trio at St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. The show will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

There is plenty of street parking near the intimate church venue, south of the restaurants along Lincoln Avenue in the Willow Glen neighborhood.

This concert is welcomed by NCBS.

Kids On Stage Returns To The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9

Note: NO Music at Sam’s BBQ in San Jose this week due to patio upgrade.

Kids On Stage will return to the main stage of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos.

The 22nd annual benefit that supports the Society’s many projects throughout the year will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015.

The new KOS director is Isaac Cornelius of Los Gatos. Over the years, the program has launched the careers of many young California bluegrass stars. The program is open to any attendees under age 18 at the festival.

Kyle Abbott, Annie Staninec, & Luke Abbott perform with Kids On Stage at the 1998 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Kyle Abbott, Annie Staninec, & Luke Abbott perform with Kids On Stage at the 1998 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. (Photo: Leslie Abbott)

Berkeley Community Media Airing Music From 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair On Cable & Website

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Eddie Ducommun

Eddie Ducommun performing at the 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair -- as seen on TV!

Berkeley Community Media is airing musical performances from the 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair as part of the station’s Heads Up Berkeley television program.

The portion of the show featuring the Eddie Ducommun Band with Meghan Leslie, Curtis Leslie, Luke Abbott & Dave Magram is currently available on Channel 28 (Berkeley Community Television) and online.

The one-hour concert program was filmed and produced by Beebee Simmons.

TV Producer Beebee Simmons

TV Producer Beebee Simmons

For those outside of the Berkeley city limits, the complete show can be viewed on the Berkeley Community Television website.

berkeley-community-media-logo-free-speechWatch the TV program online:

Eddie Ducommun Band (Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair 5/3/14)

Additional programs featuring other acts from the 2014 event are in production and will be aired later this year.

Enjoy this year’s event live and in person:

The FREE 2015 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will be presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society at Noon on Saturday, May 2 at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (Illustration by Linda Descoteaux).

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (Illustration by Linda Descoteaux).