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


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.


Mt. Cross Camp To Host The Spring 2018 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival

The Brookdale Bluegrass Spring Festival

The Spring 2018 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will be held on the Felton/Ben Lomond border at the Mt. Cross Camp.

The March 9-11 festival will be presented by Brookdale Bluegrass & welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

(Information about a possible Winter 2017 Brookdale event will be available here soon.)

13th Annual Holiday Hootenanny In San Carlos Set For Friday December 15

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the 13th Annual Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company Holiday Hootenanny in San Carlos on Friday, December 15, 2017. Details will be announced soon!

The 13th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

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.

NCBS Welcomes The Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series With The Goat Hill Girls On November 2

The Goat Hill Girls at the Summit House

The Thursday Bluegrass Series at the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill on Highway 17 will present The Goat Hill Girls in a FREE show on November 2.

The 6:00-8:30pm performance is presented by the The Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The place has good food and drink. Thanks for your support!