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.

2014 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

Kids On Stage Celebrates 20 Years At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Kids On Stage!

Kids On Stage is ready for you!

The Kids On Stage program at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. making it way older than any of its current participants. The Northern California Bluegrass Society festival is set for Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The GOF performing kids program was one of the first in the nation and a very important part of the festival! All persons 17 & under who play or sing bluegrass music are encouraged to participate. Contact Kids On Stage Director  (Regina Bartlett) regiberry (at) aol (dot) com for more information.

Longtime staff is returning and some new younger staff has been added this year, including Marty Varner, Anaya Rose Dempsey, and Ryan McKinley.

Jerry Turner has designed and donated special Kids On Stage t-shirts for this year’s performers!

Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett

Here is the schedule:

Thursday-Sunday, AUGUST 7-10

Thursday — Gates open at NOON. Kids are welcome to come on over and help decorate the Kids On Stage Rehearsal Camp!

Friday —  Meet & greet all the other kids at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday — One hour rehearsals scheduled at 11:00am, 3:00pm, & 7:00pm.

Sunday — One hour rehearsal begins at 10:00am, dress rehearsal at noon, MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE at 1:15pm.

This is going to be some fun!

Kids On Stage

Kids On Stage play a serious song! (Dick Estel photo)

Houston Jones Returns To The GOF Festival August 7-10 At Bolado Park In Tres Pinos

Houston Jones

Houston Jones

Festival favorite Houston Jones will return to the main stage of the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park.

The Thursday-Sunday, August 7-10 festival is in the tiny hamlet of Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister, and is the annual benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate — and also Online.

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A Few Volunteer Positions Are Still Available For The GOF Festival August 7-10

Our crews are just about filled, but if you are interested, you can still volunteer and get in FREE to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Festival volunteers enjoy all the fun of making the festival happen while they work with their bluegrass friends.

Contact NCBS President & Volunteer Coordinator (Elicia Burton) EBFiddler (at) hotmail (dot) com phone (831) 246-1910 to check on the last few positions.

Blue Sun & He Brews Coffee Will Be Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Food Vendors

He Brews Coffee

He Brews Coffee

Blue Sun Cafe (Boulder Creek), the most popular food vendor in the 21-year history of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, will be back this year.

He Brews Coffee (Oregon) will also return.

So, plenty of good food will await us August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

Free camping for tents and RVs is included with all multi-day tickets. There is an extra charge for RVs hooked up to electricity.

Information: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

Blue Sun plays it cool at Strawberry.

Blue Sun plays it cool at Strawberry.

Red Dog Ash Set For Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Performance August 7-10 In Tres Pinos

Eli Arrigotti of Red Dog Ash

Eli Arrigotti of Red Dog Ash

Red Dog Ash (Turlock), a bluegrass band with a name drawn from deep in mining lore, is set to perform on the Main Stage at the 21st Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). This will be the band’s first appearance at the August 7-10 festival.

The friendly, relaxed gathering of California bluegrass bands and their fans is the annual benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s many music projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

mining-equipment-relief-carvingThe event features camping, jamming, three stages, food and craft vendors, a low-power broadcast of the main stage to the camp, shade over the audience, nominations for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, the NCBS board election, and restrooms and showers.

There will be plenty of tickets available at the gate — and Online.

Red Dog Ash

Red Dog Ash