Events

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

News

New Banner For GOF Festival To Appear At 2016 Festivals Leading Up To August 11-14 Gathering

The 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos next door to Bolado Park. The new GOF Festival Banner will be appearing in the NCBS Information Booth at festivals all summer long. The August 11-14, 2016 gathering is a fun showcase of top California bluegrass bands.

Discount Advance Tickets are available on this website. NCBS Members receive a deep discountNon-Members receive a discount.

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Discount Advance Online Tickets

Northern California Bluegrass Society Membership

GOF Festival Flyer

Historical Park Location Map

The brand new Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival banner will be out to greet you at festivals all summer long!

The brand new Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival banner will be out to greet you at festivals all summer long! (Photo: Stan Dye)

May Schedule Announced For NCBS-Welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series

summit-house-logo-thinThe FREE Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series, presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, continues in May. Robert Cornelius organizes the performances.

ncbs-plain-logoThe intimate bluegrass programs are each Thursday evening 6:00-8:30pm at the top of Highway 17 between Los Gatos and Scott’s Valley, where the mountain view, the food, and the drink are all tasty, tasty, tasty!

The Goat Hill Girls

The Goat Hill Girls

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

MAY

5 — The Goat Hill Girls

12 — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

19 — Heathen Hill

26 — TBA

Second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Is FREE, On May 21 In Pacifica

foggy-mountain-bluegrass-festival-spring-16-posterThe second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 at The Surf Spot on the coast in Pacifica — a lovely, bluegrass-friendly city that is nearby, but a world away.

A great line-up of bluegrass performers, good food and drink, and a nice outdoor music venue awaits!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this fun, FREE event. Ya’ll come!

Lovely Pacifica -- nearby, but a world away.

Lovely Pacifica -- nearby, but a world away.

IBMA’s 2016 Bluegrass Film Festival Issues Call For Films Due May 31st

3rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

3rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association Film Festival Committee, which is chaired by NCBS President Michael Hall, has issued a Call For Films for the Third Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, to be held September 27-October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. Bluegrass filmmakers are welcome to submit films for consideration by the committee. Films submissions are due by May 31, 2016.

The film festival will be a part of a big week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, as bluegrass bands, business leaders, fans, and filmmakers gather for the annual IBMA World Of Bluegrass convention. Convention registrants will be admitted to special film programs during the week. while weekend screenings will be free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s ten-year-old film festival will be held on January 29, 2017, as part of the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival and is not affected by the Raleigh festival. The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival in Redwood City is the original bluegrass film event and was the model for the IBMA festival. A call for films for the NCBS festival will be issued later this year.

ncbs-plain-logoThe NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

IBMA Film Festival Information

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

RBA To Close 2015-16 Season Presenting The Tuttles With A. J. Lee On May 7 In Mountain View

bglogoRedwood Bluegrass Associates will present The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) in the organization’s 2015-16 season-ending concert at the Mountain View Masonic Hall.

The Saturday, May 7 show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The 7:30pm concert will be preceded by an open jam at the hall beginning at 5:00pm. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

The Mountain View Masonic Hall is at 890 Church Street, near downtown restaurants. There is plenty of parking in the Masonic lot, the nearby public library lot and on the street.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee