The NCBS sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events, ranging from our three day long Good Old Fashioned festival to local jams.


NCBS Welcomes The 2nd Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival May 19-21 At The Freight & Salvage

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the 2nd Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, May 19-21. Here is the evening festival concert schedule:

FRIDAY, May 19

7:00pm – Manning Music Band Class: The Tannery Pickers (Gallery Stage)

8:00 — Lonely Heartstring Band, The Lula Gals, Bean Creek


6:00pm – Wendy Burch Steel & The Redwood Trio (Gallery Stage)

7:00 — Robbie Fulks, The Bow Ties, 35 Years of Trouble, The Blue J’s

SUNDAY, May 21

5:30pm – The Page Turners (Gallery Stage)

6:30 – Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Keith Little Band, Vintage Grass

During the day on Saturday and Sunday there will be FREE workshops open to all. Each concert is separately ticketed and a discoounted all-festival pass is available.

Discount Advance Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Tickets Are Available Through July 22

Sound Engineer Paul Knight on the job at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Tickets are now available for purchase online or by mail. The fun, friendly 24th annual festival will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister) August 10-13, 2017.

Online Tickets are available on this website.

Mail Order Tickets can be purchased now.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases, while non-members receive a discountDiscount Advance Ticket sales end on July 22.

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

NCBS Membership

GOF Flyer

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

24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 10-13 In Tres Pinos

The 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

The small, friendly festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass talent and is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The bands on the main stage include 35 Years Of Trouble, AJ Lee & Blue Summit,Black Eyed Susies, Bodie 601 Band, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Circle R Boys, Courthouse Ramblers, Cryin’ Shame, Crying Uncle, Dark Hollow, Faux Renwah, Goat Hill Girls, High Country, Hot October, Kids on Stage, Nate Jones & The Sloe Sippers, Old Belle, Pathetic Honey String Band, Rogue River, Sidesaddle & Co, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, The Jones Gang, The Mountain & The Moon, and Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.

Additional bands will appear on two other stages. All of these bands will be enjoying the evening jams along with their many friends at the GOF gathering.

The festival’s new historical park home is right next to Bolado Park in the same beautiful valley and has more shade, more grass, a historical village (a great place to pick), and improved facilities. Additional improvements have been made since last year’s first outing at the historic park.

The event also features shade over the audience, food, hot showers, the NCBS elections, a raffle, nice camping, children’s activities, and friendly folks.

Discount advance tickets are now on sale either by mail or online on this website. Purchase by July 22 to save money. NCBS Members receive an extra discount on advance tickets as well.

The place has a bluegrass-friendly management — the San Benito County Historical Society.

Hidden Still Set For Thursday May 18 At The Summit House On Highway 17

The Santa Cruz Mountains’ own Hidden Still will play on Thursday, May 18, as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed FREE Thursday Bluegrass Series presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill.

Fine food and drink will be served as the music runs 6:00-8:30pm. The Summit House is located at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos (six miles south of Los Gatos).

Great views abound in every direction at the top of Highway 17.

NCBS Welcomes Bluegrass Music At FREE Redwood City May 20 Celebration

Time To Celebrate With Bluegrass!

On Saturday, May 20, 2017Redwood City will celebrate its 150th Anniversary as a city with a FREE celebration, starting with a bluegrass music concert featuring 27strings and The Stoney Mountain Ramblers on the Main Street Stage in downtown Redwood City.

The bluegrass begins at Noon in an area where multiple restaurants offer outdoor seating with a great view of the stage — perfect for a relaxed lunch outing with friends. Other seating is also available if you don’t wish to eat during the 2-hour show. Other music will follow on the Main Street and two other stages throughout the afternoon and evening.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society helped bring bluegrass music to the historical party and the NCBS Information Booth will be there to welcome everyone during the bluegrass show.

Redwood City 150th Anniversary

NCBS Information Booth