Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Our largest event, the Good Old Fashioned has been held each summer since 1994. It features three wonderful days of California bands on the main stage, as well as hot campground pickers on the side stage between main acts. The GOF is also legendary among festival fans for both the quality and quantity of campground jamming.

The festival takes place on the second weekend in August at Bolado Park, just south of Hollister.  There is a tree-filled, shady campground for tent camping and a spacious meadow for RVs. The weather in August is typically comfortably warm during the day, with nights that range from mild to cold (pack layers!) The GOF is kid friendly, with a Kids on Stage program for budding bluegrass musicians and a wonderfull volunteer-staffed crafts and activities corrall next to the audience area.

Please note that there are absolutely no dogs or pets of any kind permitted at Bolado Park, except for service dogs, which must be in uniform at all times.  Any ticketholders or volunteers who arrive with a pet will not be allowed to enter the festival grounds. To avoid unpleasantness and enjoy your festival, please respect this policy and make other arrangements for your pet.

Handicapped camping spots are available. Please contact Mike Fisher at 831-336-2185 to reserve a spot.

The GOF Flier also serves as ticket order form for mail order tickets. Tickets are also available online, in the Members Area for NCBS members or here for non-members.
Applications are now being accepted from bands that would like to play at the 2010 festival.

We always need volunteers to help run the festival. Click here for the volunteer form.

2015 GOF Main Stage Band Application


Six Week Reminder: 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application Due December 31

bglogoSix Week Reminder: The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application is due on December 31, 2014.

California-based bands are eligible to play the festival’s main stage.

The deadline is strictly enforced. Late applications will be considered for the wait list only.


Isaac Cornelius To Head Kids On Stage Program At 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Isaac Cornelius on bass with the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers.

Isaac Cornelius on bass with the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Isaac Cornelius of Los Gatos will head the Kids On Stage Program at the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. He will replace the late Regina Bartlett, who organized the popular program for the past 15 years.

Kids On Stage is open to all under-18 GOF attendees. The program does not teach children how to sing or play instruments, but organizes young musicians into performing groups that rehearse and appear on the festival’s main stage. It is one of the most popular sets at the August festival. The GOF program, started in 1995, is one of the oldest performing kids offerings in the nation.

Kids On Stage 2014 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Kids On Stage 2014 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Isaac is a veteran of KOS, and at age 17 will bring his experience as a performer to the project. The remaining longtime adult KOS crew is expected to return as well.

Isaac plans to study music therapy in college. He has volunteered as the assistant stage manager at the festival in past years and is a valuable GOF team member. In addition to participating in KOS, Isaac is a member of his family band, the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers.

He will announce his plans for 2015 as we get closer to the festival. He is available to talk to interested children and parents at (408) 402-1325.

Welcome Isaac!

2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application, Due December 31, 2014

* Deadline for Band Applications*

Deadline for Band Applications for the 2015 GOF is “December 31st, 2014″

It’s that time again!  Any band interested in performing at the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos near Hollister (the Bands will perform August 7th, 8th or 9th) needs to submit the following materials and information by December 31st, 2014 to:


C/o Penny Godlis

481 N Santa Cruz Ave. #242

Los Gatos, CA  95030-5300

1. Band Recording: Ideally the recording (CD or cassette) please no DVD’s, should have at least five songs and represent the current membership and performance style of the band.  It doesn’t have to be quality- just clear enough for the band committee to make a good and fair evaluation.

2. Band Photo: Prior to the festival we feature photos of performing bands both in this magazine

and in promotional materials. Please submit a photo of your current band that you’d like to see in

publication (and indicate who is who on the back of the photo).  Avoid dark photos that don’t scan

very well.  Photo size is not that important.

3. Band Description:  Pretend you’re a reporter for this magazine who is doing an article on your

Band , and write a few paragraphs describing  your group.    Some important information you might provide in your description includes:

.  Names of band members and instruments they play, vocals (leads or harmonies.)

.  Style of music you play (traditional bluegrass, old timey, contemporary, originals, etc.)

.  Brief biographical “story” of each member

.  History of your band

.  How you came up with your band name

.  Recordings you’ve done (don’t worry, most bands at GOF haven’t recorded yet)

.  Interesting places at which you’ve performed

.  Regular gigs you’d like readers to know about

Both the GOF committee and this magazine will use these materials to help promote the festival and your band.  We aren’t expecting fancy layouts or custom-printed materials - a simple letter is just fine.

4. Contact Person:  We need the name, phone number, mailing address (and ideally e-mail address)

of the band’s “agent” or key contact person.



5. When you can Perform: Please let us know which days your band can perform at the festival.

Please check all that apply:

___     Friday        August 7th (music from   3 pm - 10 pm)

___     Saturday   August 8th (music from 10 am - 10 pm)

___     Sunday      August 9th (music from   9 am - 5:00 pm)

Remember the music begins at 3:00 pm on Friday.




The more flexible your band is for scheduling the greater your chance of being booked.

See page two for more info.

Page Two

Some frequently asked questions:

Can our band use previously submitted or published materials?

All bands MUST submit a recording, photo, and band description, BUT you can certainly use previous tapes, photos, and band descriptions if they accurately reflect your current band membership, performance level, and information.  We’d prefer a new set of materials though, since last year’s band applications/press kits may not be complete anymore.  Please call Penny Godlis (831-423-2154 home phone) or (408-234-7641 Cell Phone) if you have any questions. Or email me at

Are New Bands Welcome?

Definitely!  The band committee is always looking for new bands to feature at the festival.  The GOF was started mainly to give up-and-coming local bands a venue to perform for a larger bluegrass audience.

We’re an established local band and have played at GOF several times–do we still need to send in an application?

YES!  To be fair to everyone, all bands need to apply by the deadline to be considered by the festival committee. If all of the Band members are the same and you wish to use a previous year’s band packet, please call or e-mail Penny Godlis before the deadline.


If you have any questions about the band application process, please contact Penny Godlis at  (831-423-2154 Home phone) or  (408-234-7641 Cell phone) email

Late Applications:

When we receive the Band packets we work very quickly to get a lineup for publication.  Bands that apply late may be put on a waiting list.


New Pictures Added To Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Essay & Showcase

Dan Warsinger

Dan Warsinger

Additional photographs by professional photographer Dan Warsinger have been added to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Essay & Showcase by Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen.

You can visit the photo webpage to see pictures of your friends:

GOF Photo Essay & Showcase

Donna Pacini-Christensen

Donna Pacini-Christensen

Dan Warsinger succeeded the late Ansel Adams as the official photographer for Yosemite National Park. He lives near the park and is also a busy wedding & event photographer. He also teaches photography workshops.

This was his first time at the Good Old Fashioned and his second visit to a bluegrass festival.

Because Donna and Tim could only attend the festival on Friday and Saturday this year, Dan’s pictures have been added to cover Thursday and Sunday.

Thanks to Dan, Donna, and Tim for their hard work on this project!

Tim Christensen

Tim Christensen

If you would like to add other names to the pictures, e-mail them to  (Donna) pacini.novelist (at) gmail (dot) com.

2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Showcase Now Online

Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen

Coraline Kennedy

Coraline Kennedy

Update 9/2/14: Additional photographs from Dan Warsinger have been added and the photo essay now covers the entire Thursday-Sunday event.

Woodbridge photo-journalists Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen visited the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday and have produced a photography showcase of bands, volunteers and bluegrass fans at the event. The photo essay is on the Starry Night Productions website, under Friends of A Starry Night Productions.

Take a look to see your friends at the festival:

2014 Good Old Fashioned Photo Showcase

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

Donna is a native of Half Moon Bay and a graduate of the College of San Mateo. In addition to her photographic and literary endeavors, she and her husband Tim host open mic acoustic showcases at the Woodbridge Grange Hall and present poetry and music showcases in the Central Valley.

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Photo editor Tim is a Lodi native, a guitarist/songwriter, and a graduate of UC-Berkeley & San Francisco State University. He is a retired high school English and media & communications teacher.

Paul Knight

Paul Knight

This was the couple’s first visit to the GOF Festival. Thanks to Donna and Tim for their hard work on this project!

The 21st Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival was held August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

If you would like to identify additional people in these pictures, send (Donna) pacini.novelist (at) gmail (dot) com an e-mail.

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon of 2014.