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


NCBS To Welcome Expanded Bluegrass Music At The Summit House On Highway 17, Los Gatos

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at The Summit House.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at The Summit House.

The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill will expand its bluegrass music offerings with shows every Thursday evening. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes regular bluegrass to this classic venue in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Highway 17 between Los Gatos and Scott’s Valley.

The Summit House has presented the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers once a month for the past year. Now, the Ramblers will be joined by additional bands. Showtime will be 6:00-8:00pm. This is a FREE show, with excellent food and drink available for bluegrass fans.

The Summit House is located at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos. Telephone (408) 353-2700.

Robert Cornelius is organizing this series. Details will be available shortly.

The view from The Summit House, Santa Cruz Mountains.

The view from The Summit House, Santa Cruz Mountains.

Five Week Reminder: December 31 Is Last Day To Submit Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Applications

Five Week Reminder: The Official Band Application deadline for bands wishing to perform on the main stage at the 2016 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in August 2016 is December 31, 2015.

Alison Steele & Sarah Farrrell Mackessey To Perform With Banjo Babes On December 13 In Felton

don-quixotes-sign-frontAlison Steele & Sarah Farrrell Mackessey of Boulder Creek will perform as part of the live tour of the Third Annual Banjo Babes Calendar & Album project at Don Quixote’s in Felton on December 13, 2015.

The duo is part of the Sugar By The Pound band. Steele and her banjo are presented in the calendar.

Don Quixote's

Don Quixote's

The program will feature some of the female banjo performers from the 2016 edition of the calendar which was produced under the direction of Erin Inglish.

Other performers include Erin Inglish & The Stringtown Ambassadors (Paso Robles), The Evie Ladin Band (Oakland), Sharon Martinson of The Littlest Birds (Colorado), The Small Glories (with Cara Luft of Canada’s Wailin’ Jennys).

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this event.


NCBS To Welcome The Holiday Hootenanny To San Carlos December 11

NCBS welcomes the Holiday Hootenanny!

NCBS welcomes the Holiday Hootenanny!

bglogoThe 11th Annual Holiday Hootenanny will be held at the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington Street, San Carlos, on Friday afternoon and evening, December 11, 2015.

The FREE event is organized by Scott Dailey and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Line-Up: The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Pathetic Honey String Band, Cryin’ Shame, & The Saloons.

devils-canyon-room-stage-barFood and beer will be available at this yearly after-work gathering.

Thanksgiving Week Offers Plenty of Bluegrass Music Around Northern California


Cold & In The Bay

Cold & In The Bay

Time for some non-turkey and non-shopping bluegrass fun! Here is your Thanksgiving Week Guide (Monday-Monday) to Northern California bluegrass.

This year, there are plenty of great live shows, including Old & In The Bay playing bluegrass for dinner on Thanksgiving Day itself at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.

Note that Amnesia is closed for some much-needed renovations through December 6 so there is no music there for the duration. For the first time this year, your Black Friday options include both the usual big sales and the alternative Free Day at 49 Redwood California State Parks.

Most bluegrass businesses fall squarely in the small, local category. That makes Small Business Saturday the perfect day for a visit. And note that the annual Record Store Day is Friday, November 27.

Regardless of your plans, we hope you enjoy your holiday weekend with your bluegrass friends and family!

phils-fish-market-frontMONDAY, November 23

driftwood-san-francisco-sign-couchCourthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

The Sam Chase, Riptide Benefit Concert, Slim’s, San Francisco.

Christine Lavin & Friends, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Taco Invitational Jam, Baja Taqueria, Oakland.

TUESDAY, November 24

Festival Speed, Burl Haggard, The Darlin’ Dos, Driftwood, San Francisco.

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

shelby-ash-turkey-trot-poster-112515THANKSGIVING EVE, November 25

High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

The Mother Truckers, Secret Town, The Vivants, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

Scott Law & Friends, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Them Traveling Birds, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, Oakland.

Joe Craven & Painted Mandolin, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, Fox Theatre, Redwood City.

Java Invitational Jam, Lulu Carpenter’s On Pacific, Santa Cruz.


Happy Thanksgiving from your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society!

Cold & In The Bay, Terrapin Thanksgiving Buffet, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.


The Dim Lights, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.

Jim & Louise Mintun, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

The T Sisters, David Luning Band, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma.

The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Banjo Fiddle, New Helvetia Brewing Company, Sacramento.

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

small_business_saturday_2015-logoSteep Ravine, Annie O’s Music Hall, Santa Rosa.

Alanna Fugate & Jonathan Bramel, Liz Ryder, Barking Dog Grill, Modesto.

Alex Muddy Smith, Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, Louie’s Place, La Grange.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, November 27-29

Sonora Christmas Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.


freight-signLaurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

The Barefoot Quales

The Barefoot Quales

Jimmy Chickenpants, The Ugly Mug, Soquel.

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Simon Linsteadt, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

The Barefoot Quales, Pinole Farmer’s Market, Old Town, Pinole.

Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

makers-market-felton-poster-112815Billy Pitrone & Jim Mintun, Holiday Arts & Crafts Gift Sale (featuring Sarah Eblen), Nancy Russell Studio & Gardens, Moss Landing.

The Naked Bootleggers, Smiley’s Saloon, Bolinas.

Barwick & Siegfried, California Organics, Nevada City.

california-organics-market-cafe-logoSugar By The Pound, Young & Lowe, Asher Of Our Satori, Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market, Felton Community Hall, Felton.

san-gregorio-storeLaura J, The Townhowlers, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Little Fuller Band, Eagle Tavern, Twain Harte.

Jim Mintun & Billy Pitrone

Jim Mintun & Billy Pitrone

SUNDAY, November 29

Maverick — A Bluegrass Duo, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica. (Canceled)

Blithedale Canyon, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

Bull Goose Loonies, Lilly Macs Pub, Sunnyvale.

The Taco Jam

The Taco Jam

Jay Howlett, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

CYBER MONDAY, November 30

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

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band Television Show Taping, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

Taco Invitational Jam, Baja Taqueria, Oakland.

Jim Nunally & Nell Robinson

Jim Nunally & Nell Robinson