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

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.

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).