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

Venue Search Committee For 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Welcomes Suggestions

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-empty-stage-end-2014The Northern California Bluegrass Society has held the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister) for its entire 21-year history.

Periodically, the Society conducts a formal examination of other venues to determine if Bolado Park is still the best available location for the annual event, taking into account facilities, cost, and other factors. Even if a decision to move the festival does not happen, the process insures that the current location best meets our needs. If another venue wins out, then we can all enjoy the advantages of the new location.

NCBS members and other attendees are invited to suggest venues that should be considered in the review that will take place this fall. Email your ideas to (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for your support!

Sunday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

SUNDAY, August 10

9:00am –  Amazing Dr Zarcon’s Breathing Machine

10:00 — 27strings (Gospel Plus)

11:00 – Courthouse Ramblers

Noon – Slide Road

12:45pm — Lunch Break

1:15  – Regina Bartlett Presents Kids On Stage

2:15 – Ventucky String Band

3:15 – Stoney Mountain Ramblers

4:15 – Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Festival ends at 5:00pm

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 21st annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Saturday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

SATURDAY, August 9

10:00am – Naked Bootleggers

11:00 – California Pearly Blue

Noon – Rogue River

1:00pm  – Workshops/Lunch-Break

2:00 —  Faux Renwah

3:00 – Grassfire

4:00 – Highway One

5:00 – Workshops/Dinner-Break

6:00 – Houston Jones

7:00 – Windy Hill

8:00 – Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band

9:00 – Bean Creek

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 21st annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Friday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

FRIDAY, August 8

First Stage

Noon — Eddie DuCommun

1:00pm — Amber Cross

2:00 — TrueLife Troubadours

Main Stage

3:00pm — Rhythm Roundup

4:00 — Rainy Day Ramblers

5:00 — Abbott Brothers

6:00 — Jimmy Chickenpants

7:00 — Steep Ravine

8:00 — Red Dog Ash

9:00 — Sidesaddle & Co

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 21st annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

All You Need To Know To Go To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival This Weekend

OLD FASHIONED FUN AT THE FESTIVAL: The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is now 4 days long, but it is still fun, relaxed, intimate, and close-to home. This weekend’s Thursday-Sunday gathering features 25 great California bands on the main stage and many more bands on the ‘tweener stage.  Plus, the First Stage beginning at Noon on Friday in the RV camping area will feature 3 different bands.

The GOF offers flushy restrooms, hot showers, shade in the audience area, a low-power broadcast of the stage to the camp, excellent sound by Paul Knight and Colleen Conley, shaded tent camping, plenty of convenient, close-in RV camping with both full  hook-ups (water, sewer, power) and electric-only hook-ups, children’s activities, a raffle, the NCBS election, food and craft vendors, nominations for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, and easy handicapped access, along with plenty of fun jamming!

Bolado Park is set in a beautiful valley of ranches and vineyards. The park is engaged in the process of upgrading all facilities. The GOF is a benefit for the NCBS and helps the Society’s volunteers provide services to area bluegrass community all year long. Bolado Park is 7 miles south of Hollister and enjoys pure clean air.

TICKETS: There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

Gate Prices:
3-Day Adult        $95
2-Day                        74
1-Day Sat.                47
1-Day Fri or Sun    37
Youths (Ages 13-17)  - 50% discount
Seniors (65 & above)  - above prices discounted to $85/69/42/32.
Children (12 & under) - FREE

Thursday Ticket $15.  Gates open at NOON on Thursday.

CAMPING: Camping is FREE with all multi-day tickets. RVs that hook-up to electricity (or more services) pay $25 per night.

MUSIC SCHEDULE:

There are no stage performances on Thursday afternoon, which is reserved for jamming and socializing.

(The ‘Tweener Stage alternates with the Main Stage.)

FRIDAY, August 8

First Stage — RV Camping Area

Noon — Eddie DuCommun

1:00pm — Amber Cross

2:00 — TrueLife Troubadours

Main Stage

3:00pm — Rhythm Roundup

4:00 — Rainy Day Ramblers

5:00 — Abbott Brothers

6:00 — Jimmy Chickenpants

7:00 — Steep Ravine

8:00 — Red Dog Ash

9:00 — Sidesaddle & Co

SATURDAY, August 9

Main Stage

10:00am – Naked Bootleggers

11:00 – California Pearly Blue

Noon – Rogue River

1:00pm  – Workshops/Lunch-Break

2:00 —  Faux Renwah

3:00 – Grassfire

4:00 – Highway One

5:00 – Workshops/Dinner-Break

6:00 – Houston Jones

7:00 – Windy Hill

8:00 – Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band

9:00 – Bean Creek

SUNDAY, August 10

Main Stage

9:00am –  Amazing Dr Zarcon’s Breathing Machine

10:00 — 27strings (Gospel Plus)

11:00 – Courthouse Ramblers

Noon – Slide Road

12:45pm — Lunch Break

1:15  – Regina Bartlett Presents Kids On Stage

2:15 – Ventucky String Band

3:15 – Stoney Mountain Ramblers

4:15 – Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Festival ends at 5:00pm

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:

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, 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.

Gas stations, food stores, etc. are plentiful in Hollister and limited in Tres Pinos. The closest ATMs are in Hollister.

NO PETS: NO DOGS ALLOWED, except service dogs.

CAMP BROADCAST: KGOF will provide a low-power broadcast of the stage to the camp on your FM radio.

WEATHER: Sunny & beautiful all weekend. Thursday: High 85, Low 59. Friday: High 84, Low 57. Saturday: High 84, Low 57. Sunday: High 86, Low 58.

SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!

And remember, all of your friends will be there!