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

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Welcome The Courthouse Ramblers August 7-10

The Courthouse Ramblers

The Courthouse Ramblers

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will welcome The Courthouse Ramblers back to the main stage August 7-10, 2014. The festival benefits the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The 21st annual GOF will be held at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). Top California bands will perform on 3 stages, while the campground will be filled with great jamming.

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Faux Renwah To Return To 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-10

GOF favorite Faux Renwah will return to the main stage at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Official GOF Festival Flier

The 21st annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society and will feature great jamming bands and performances on 3 stages.

Chris Stevenson of Faux Renwah, Homecoming Queen, Douglas County High School, Gardnerville, NY (1967)

Chris Stevenson of Faux Renwah, Homecoming Queen, Douglas County High School, Gardnerville, NV (1967)

Some Good-Old-Fashioned, Do-It-Ourselves Bluegrass Radio On Monday Night April 14

kkup-coverage-mapGood Old Fashioned Bluegrass radio will return to the airwaves on “Monday Night Bluegrass,” April 14, 2014. The program will air 6:00-9:00pm on KKUP Radio, 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas.

The program host will be Sully Roddy of KFAT fame. The musical guest will be Steep Ravine, which will make its Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival debut August 7-10, 2014.

Michael Hall of the Northern California Bluegrass Society will talk to the members of the hot new band about their music and their appearance at the upcoming Do It Ourselves Festival in Boulder Creek — and complete GOF festival information will also  be available. Two tickets to the DIO Festival will be given away to lucky listeners.

Sully Roddy at her farewell show on the old KFAT station.

Radio Fame: Sully Roddy doing her show on the old KFAT station in Gilroy.

Thanks to Mike Russell, Mr. Monday Night Bluegrass, for setting up this fine show.

Tune in! Turn on! There is bluegrass music every Monday evening on KKUP.

Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine

Candidate Statements For NCBS Board Elections Due By June 1, 2014

The annual election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to  (Linda Descoteaux) lindadakota (at) gmail (dot) com, editor of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine, by June 1, 2014, for publication in the July-August issue.

Statements are limited to 100 words and submission of a picture is optional. Information: (559) 222-1468.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Presents The Abbott Brothers August 7-10 In Tres Pinos

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will present The Abbott Brothers on August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The 21st annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands will feature camping, jamming, friends, food, fun, children’s activities, Kids On Stage, a low power FM broadcast of the stage to the camp, 3 stages, shade, hook-ups, restrooms & showers, craft vendors, and plenty of great music.

The festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Make your plans to be there!

The Abbott Brothers

The Abbott Brothers