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


One-Day Reminder: Last Day To Nominate Bands & Musicians For 2015 Awards Is Tuesday September 30

One-Day Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on  Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Submit the names of your favorite primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians via (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Nominate up to three in each category.

Plenty Of Californians At The IBMA World Of Bluegrass Convention This Week

ibma-wob-raleigh-2014-illustrationThe International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina this Tuesday-Saturday, September 30-October 4, 2014. That’s the other side of the country, but Californians will be everywhere at the convention, as this event continues to have a strong left coast influence. Here are the local people who are involved, helping shape the future of our music.

Molly Tuttle, Jamie Deering, and The LA Bluegrass Situation are nominated for Momentum Awards.

The Bluegrass Ramble will include Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, The Earl Brothers, Front Country, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

Michael Hall chaired the committee that organized the first International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Film Festival, which will launch during the convention. Peter Rowan is the subject of one of the film fest’s offerings, The Tao of Bluegrass — The Story of Peter Rowan. Joe Weed will emcee the screening and discussion of The Porchlight Sessions film, presented by Alison Brown’s Compass Records. Rick Bowman’s film Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin In B will be screened as part of the festival.

Deering Banjos will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award.

Neil Rosenberg will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Frank Solivan (mandolin) are nominated for individual awards on their instruments and their bands, Blue Highway and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, are also nominated in multiple award categories. Frank is also nominated as top male vocalist and Stuart Duncan is nominated on fiddle.

ibma-bluegrass-ramble-graphic-14Rob Ickes, Alison Brown, and Mike Witcher are involved in various projects nominated for recording awards. Randy Pitts and Neil Rosenberg have been nominated for the liner notes award.

The Earl Brothers are showcasing at the convention, and will be introduced by Darby Brandli.

Bill Evans will be a presenter at the International Bluegrass Music Awards show, which will be co-produced by Amy Reitneour and Chris Stuart. Rob Ickes‘ band, Blue Highway and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform on the awards program.

Kathy Kallick, Lisa Aschmann, Amy Reitnouer, Mike Tatar, Yvonne Tatar, Betty Wheeler, Elizabeth Wightman, and Dwight Worden will present professional seminars at the convention.

Peter Thompson will participate in the DJ Taping Sessions.

Lorrie Sanders is organizing an in-person gathering for the California-based Facebook page Bluegrass — The Music That Matters Most To Us on the steps of the Raleigh Convention Center.

Lucy Smith will head up the California Bluegrass Association’s California Suite team, including Regina Bartlett, Frank Solivan, Sr, Kay Wilkes, Tom & Sharon Bailey, Montie Elston, and Geoff Sargent. The CBA is an official sponsor of the World Of Bluegrass.

The Wide Open Bluegrass festival will include performances by Bill Evans and Stuart Duncan.

The Kids On Bluegrass performers will include Helen Foley, Josh Gooding, John Gooding, Jake Gooding, Jesse Personini, & Amaya Rose Dempsey.

ibma-wide-open-bluegrass-graphic-14Vendors at the convention will include Dana Thorin of the Music Caravan, Deering Banjos, and Roger Siminoff, Kali Nowakowski, and Amy Sullivan of Siminoff Strings (introducing their new Straight Up Strings For Banjo).

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member and active participant in the Nashville, TN-based IBMA organization.

Three-Day Reminder: Tuesday, September 30 Is Due Date For 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations

Three-Day Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due this Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

E-Mail Nominations are the timely way to submit the names of your favorite Northern California primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians . The categories are Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

One Month Reminder: October 24 Is Deadline For Bluegrass Film Submissions To NCBS Festival

One Month Reminder: October 24, 2014 is the deadline for film submissions for the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

The 8th annual film fest will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The BOB festival and the film festival receive principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Film Submission Information

8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

NCBS Volunteer Party Set For Saturday, October 18

bglogoThe annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Volunteers on any Society event or project in the past year should have already received their coveted invitations to the best bluegrass party of the year!

If you do not have your invitation, check with your NCBS volunteer “boss,” or contact Volunteer Party Chair  (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com, who will fix you right up!