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

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The Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For August 2015

Cliff Compton

Cliff Compton

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-final-poster-2015August is Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival time in Northern California! The friendly, fun gathering of bluegrass musicians and their friends - new and old — is coming August 6-9. Don’t miss it!

There are festivals all around the state this month — Felton, Sutter Creek, San Diego, Calpine, and sadly, the very last Dead On The Creek festival in Willits.

Meanwhile, nearby Nevada is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival near Reno. Even the artsy Burning Man gathering in Nevada’ Black Rock Desert will enjoy some bluegrass this year, courtesy of our own BanjerDan Maser.

Check the highlights for great concerts with California-based bands (Steve Martin!) this month — as most of the eastern bands are back home.

There are many other fine shows not included in this selective listing — enjoy all the music with your NCBS Friends this month!

Dave Holodiloff

Dave Holodiloff

overland-oakland-sign-flag-jack-london-archAUGUST

July 31-August 1 — Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma.

1 – Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Roundup, Lulu Carpenter’s on Pacific, Santa Cruz.

1 — Cliff Compton & Mountain Top, 5th String Music Store, Sacramento.

1 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

1 — Jerry Day Celebration With The Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Cold And In The Bay, Sandy Rothman & Brian Godchaux, Leo’s Music Club, Oakland.

2 — Vintage Grass, Overland Country Bar & Grill Bluegrass Brunch, Oakland.

amnesia-night-sign2 — Jerry Garcia Birthday Bluegrass Bash With Dave Holodiloff Band, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

3 — The Lil’ Smokies, Alabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

iron-springs-pub-logo3 – Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3-8 — Old Fiddlers’ Convention, Felts Park, Galax, VA.

4 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

4 – Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

5 – Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Iron Springs Brewery, Fairfax.

Susie Glaze

Susie Glaze

5 — Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, Houston Jones, Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, South Lake Tahoe.

5 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Lulu Carpenter's

Lulu Carpenter's

5 – Java Invitational Jam (Every Wednesday), Lulu Carpenters on Pacific, Santa Cruz. (New location, formerly held at The Coffee Cat in Scott’s Valley)

5 – Fiddle and Banjo Show, Pappy McGregor’s, San Luis Obispo.

6 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

6 — The Rowan Brothers, Huey Lewis & The News, The Mountain Winery, Saratoga.

6 — Little Fuller, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

6-9 – NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister)

willits-town-sign7 – Cimmaron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

7-10 – Dead On The Creek, Uncle John’s Camp, Willits. (Sold out)

8 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Riverbend

Riverbend

8 – Martha Scanlan With Jon Neufeld, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

8 — The Wavebreakers, Branch Street Deli, Arroyo Grande.

8 – Nathan McEuen With Special Guest Amber Cross, Luthern Church, Templeton.

international-saw-players-association-logo-bw8-9 – Saw Player’s Picnic & Music Festival, Roaring Camp, Felton.

9 — Houston Jones, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

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

10 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

10 — Riverbend, Timber Creek Ballroom, Sun City, Roseville.

11 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

11 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Houston Jones

Houston Jones

Willowbrook Ale House

Willowbrook Ale House

11 — BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

12 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

12 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

12 — Houston Jones, Music In The Park, Stafford Park, Redwood City.

13 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

14 – John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band With Ron Block, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

14 — Pacific Grass and Electric, Youngest Of Elders, Oakland Artist Market, Ale Industries, Oakland.

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson

14 — Prairie, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Blue Moonshine

Blue Moonshine

14 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar and Grill, Salinas.

14 — Blue Moonshine, Amaya Rose Dempsey, Shell Cafe, Pismo Beach.

14 — The Mosey Boys, Hopmonk Listening Room, Sonoma.

14 & 15 – Watkins Family Hour Hosted By Sean & Sara Watkins, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

14-16 – Summergrass San Diego, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista.

a-grape-in-the-fog-front-sign14-16 – Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park & Deer Creek Park, Carson City, NV.

san-gregorio-general-store-full-front14-16 — Comatopia Sierra Mountain Music Festival, Sierra Valley Lodge, Calpine.

15 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay.

15 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, A Grape in the Fog, Pacifica

15 — Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine. Mission Pizza, Fremont.

bowers-mansion-poster-15comatopia-fest-poster-201516 — Rusty String Express, Overland Country Bar & Grill Bluegrass Brunch, Oakland.

16 – Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

16 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, The Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

16 – Muriel Anderson, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Livermore.

17 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

17 — Sideline, (House Concert) davidnaiditch (at) charter (dot) net, Altadena.

18 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

The Boxcars

The Boxcars

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

18 — Jimbo Trout, Nick’s Cove, Marshall.

19 – Muriel Anderson, Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

19 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

19 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

20 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

20 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

20 — Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Weill Hall & Lawn, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.

21 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Slide Road

Slide Road

cleophus-quealy-beer-co-sign-chalk22 — Slide Road, Overland Country Bar & Grill Bluegrass Brunch, Oakland.

22 – David Nelson & Eric Thompson, Suzy Thompson, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

22 – Old Belle, Clementine String Band, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

22 — International Jug Band Festival, Sutter Creek Inn, Sutter Creek.

22 — Muriel Anderson, The Strum Shop, Roseville.

22 — Dust In My Coffee, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City.

22 — Riverbend, Red Mule Ranch, Fiddletown.

23 – Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson

23 — Muriel Anderson, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

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

24 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

25 — BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

25 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

26 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

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

26 — Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

27 — Freight Fiddle Summit With Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, & more, Freight Salvage, Berkeley.

27 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

27-30 – Golden Old Time Campout, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma.

28 — The Brothers Comatose, Slim’s San Francisco.

28 – The Coffis Brothers, The Mountain Men, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

29 – Rusty String Express, Overland Country Bar & Grill Bluegrass Brunch, Oakland.

29 — Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

30 — High Country, Jupiter Pub, Berkeley.

30 — The Earl Brothers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

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

August 31-September 7 – Burning Man Festival, (BanjerDan will still be the only bluegrass!) Black Rock City, NV.

Sara & Sean Watkins

Sara & Sean Watkins

NCBS Presents The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-final-poster-2015The Northern California Bluegrass Society presents the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister), August 6-9, 2015.

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

The festival starts at noon on Thursday, a day reserved for informal camp jamming & socializing.

The First Stage kicks off the festival performances at noon on Friday afternoon, with the Main Stage following at 3:00pm. Music ends at 5:00pm on Sunday.

Small, fun, friendly and bluegrassy — that’s the festival vibe! Please come!

Detailed Festival Flyer

Online Tickets

Main Stage Schedule

First Stage Schedule

Camping Information

Maps & Directions

Food Vendors

Volunteer Form

NCBS Election

NCBS Membership

Maps & Directions To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

hollister-regional-mapThe 22nd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will run Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA (7 miles south of Hollister). Here is how to get there:

Address: 9000 Old Airline Highway (CA Highway 25), Tres Pinos, CA 95075.

Directions:

> From The Bay Area:

South on Highway 101 to just past Gilroy. Exit right, then left over bridge on Highway 25 and go southeast towards Hollister (follow signs to Pinnacles National Park).
Go through Hollister, then continue south on 25.

> From The Central Valley:

Exit I-5 at Highway 152 (Pacheco Pass) and go west
towards Gilroy. Turn left on Highway 156 just past Casa de Fruta and go south towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.

> From The Central Coast:
Bolado Park Event Center

Bolado Park Event Center

Take either Highway 101 (or Highway 1 to Highway 129 to 101) north & east towards San Juan Batista. Turn on Highway 156 near San Juan Batista and go east towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.

FROM HOLLISTER:

Drive south on Highway 25, following signs to the Pinnacles and Bolado Park.

Bolado Park Event Center (The San Benito County Fairgrounds), is 7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25 (and 2 miles south of the town of Tres Pinos). Enter the festival at Gate 1.

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NCBS Board Of Directors Candidates For August 8 Election

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Annual Election for Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, during the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots are due by August 4.

There are nine announced candidates running for nine positions.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele

WRITE-IN CANDIDATE

The following candidate has announced that she is running as a write-in, and submitted this statement and picture:

Alison Steele

You may know me as the banjo player for Sugar by the Pound.  I really enjoy the West Coast Bluegrass sound and want  to help the bluegrass community by serving on the NCBS Board of Directors.  I am a native Virginian and have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years.  It would be a joy to help with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival along with other Society events and projects. I would appreciate your vote!

CANDIDATES ON BALLOT

These candidates previously submitted candidate statements and are on the ballot that was published with their statements and photos in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

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Turner Classic Movie Channel To Present Bay Area Roots Music Filmmaker Les Blank Marathon Tuesday Evening, July 28

tcm-logodry-wood-les-blank-maureen-gosling-illusThe Turner Classic Movie Channel (TCM) will present a marathon of Les Blank documentary films, most focused on roots music and food, on Tuesday evening, July 28, beginning at 5:00pm Pacific Time and running close to 3:00am. This will be the first-ever broadcast of this 13-film program.

The late (1935-2013) Les Blank (Flower Films, El Cerrito, CA) was known for his unique films about roots musicians, including Tommy Jarrell, Clifton Chenier, Lightning Hopkins, Professor Longhair, Mance Lipscomb and many others. His longtime collaborators, Chris Simon (Utah) and Maureen Gosling (Berkeley) have been involved with the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival and other bluegrass-related film projects in recent years.

Les Blank

Les Blank

TUESDAY, July 28

Chris Simon & Les Blank on the Red Carpet, 2011 Academy Awards

Chris Simon & Les Blank on the Red Carpet, 2011 Academy Awards

(All Times Pacific)

5:00pm — Always For Pleasure (1978)

6:15 — Spend It All (1971)

7:15 — Dry Wood (1973)

8:00 — Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisana (1990)

8:37 — Poltergeist (Featurette) (1982)

8:45 — Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)

9:45 — Hot Pepper (1973)

10:45 — The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1970)

11:19 — All Talking… All Singing… All Dancing (1971)

11:30 — A Well Spent Life (1971)

Tommy Jarrell

Fiddler Tommy Jarrell

In Heaven There Is No Beer?

In Heaven There Is No Beer?

12:30am — Sprout Wings and Fly (1983)

1:15 – In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984)

2:15 — God Respects Us When We Work But Loves Us When We Dance (1968)

(Ends 2:42am, Wednesday, July 29)

TCM 7/28/15 Listings

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