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 San Benito County Historical 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.

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

The GOF Flyer 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.

Volunteer Form 2017 (PDF)

2017 GOF Main Stage Band Application


Join The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee For 2018!

Join the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee! The group will be meeting soon to plan the August 9-12, 2018 festival in Tres Pinos. The committee has a few opportunities for volunteers interested in important leadership positions with the 2018 event. Contact Festival Co-Directors  (Eric Burman) bluemoonranch (at) msn (dot) com (David Field) fieldmusic (at) sbcglobal (dot) net for more information.

2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application Is Due On December 31, 2017

* Deadline for Band Applications*

Deadline for Band Applications for the 2017 GOF is “December 31st, 2017″

It’s that time again!  Any band interested in performing at the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival  (the Bands will perform August 10th 11th,12th ) needs to submit the following materials and information by December 31st, 2017 to:


C/o Penny Godlis

481 N Santa Cruz Ave. #242

Los Gatos, CA  95030-5300

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.

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.

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.

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

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



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

Please check all that apply:

___     Friday        August 10th (music from   3 pm – 10 pm)

___     Saturday   August 11th (music from 10 am – 10 pm)

___     Sunday      August 12th (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.

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  ( pennyag44 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  ( pennyag44 (at) gmail (dot) com

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.


Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee Will Meet Soon To Plan 2018 Event

The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee will be meeting soon to plan the August 9-12, 2018 festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos.

The committee has a few opportunities for volunteers interested in important leadership positions with the 2018 event. Contact Festival Co-Directors (Eric Burman) bluemoonranch (at) msn (dot) com & (David Field) fieldmusic (at) sbcglobal (dot) net for more information.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee Has Important Leadership Opportunities For Interested Volunteers

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee has opportunities for volunteers interested in important leadership positions with the 2018 event. Contact (Penny Godlis ) pennyag44 (at) gmail (dot) comfor more information.

NCBS Announces Dates For The 25th Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 9-12, 2018

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the dates for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The landmark event will be held August 9-12, 2018.