San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

The NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, held each Feburary, marked  its 14th anniversary in 2013.  The festival features many wonderful performances, workshops, and dances spread over multiple days and venues throughout San Francisco and the SF Bay Area.

For full details, please visit the SFBOT festival website at


Revival Of San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival Set For October 11-15

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

The revival of the long-running San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will take place October 11-15, 2017 at various venues in San Francisco.

A free closing concert will take place at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park on Sunday afternoon, October 15.

The original festival was organized by a quasi-independent committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The revival is a project of several area bluegrass organizations, including the NCBS. Additional support will be provided by the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department.

More information will be available soon.

NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival On Hiatus In 2014

The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, founded by Michael Hall in 2000 and presented by the SFBOT Committee of the Northern California Bluegrass Society each February for 14 years, will be on hiatus in 2014, but will be reorganized and return in 2015.

The hiatus is needed due to changes in leadership and grant funding sources.

The hugely-successful 10-day urban bluegrass event features numerous performances in the clubs and concert halls of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Thanks to all of the volunteers, supporters, bands, and venues who have worked hard on behalf of the festival over the years.

NCBS will continue to present these 7 NCBS-owned and NCBS-welcomed festivals throughout 2014:

January: NCBS Presents Bluegrass On Broadway (January 19, 24-26, Redwood City).

March: Brookdale Bluegrass Presents The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival At Costanoa (March 5-9, Pescadero) (NCBS-welcomed).

April: (Bluegrass festival TBA in Napa Valley)

May: NCBS/SCBS Presents The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (May 3, Santa Cruz).

August: NCBS Presents The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (August 7-10, Tres Pinos).

November: Native Revival Nursery Presents The Poppy Farm Fair & Bluegrass Jubilee (November 2, Aptos) (NCBS-welcomed).

December: Brookdale Bluegrass Presents The Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival At Costanoa (December 12-13, Pescadero) (NCBS-welcomed).

SFBOT Volunteer After-Party Set For March 9 At Cafe Du Nord

earl-brothers-outlaw-hilly-posterThe annual NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival Volunteer After- Party will be held on Saturday evening, March 9, 2013 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.

The “Hillbilly Hoedown” is open to everyone and is FREE to all 2013 SFBOT volunteers. Our host is SFBOT volunteer Shelby Ash. Start time is 8:00pm.

The Trespassers

The Trespassers

The Bands: The Earl Brothers (San Francisco), The Trespassers (Yosemite), and Emily Bonn & The Vivants (San Francisco).

The recently-concluded 14th annual festival ran February 7-17, 2013 at sold-out venues throughout San Francisco, Alameda, Marin & Contra Costa counties.

It is the nation’s leading urban bluegrass & old time music event. Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers and the SFBOT Committee!

Emily Bonn & The Vivants

Emily Bonn & The Vivants

Thanks To The 2013 San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival Volunteers

14th Annual SFBOT!

14th Annual SFBOT!

The 11-day 2013 NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival was a huge success, with fantastic music at sold-out shows all across the northern portion of the Bay Area.

Bluegrass music is alive and well in the San Francisco area!

Thanks to the hard working members of the SFBOT Committee and to all of the volunteers and venues that made it happen!

Details about the March 9, 2013 SFBOT Volunteer Party (FREE to volunteers, open to all bluegrass fans) at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco will be announced soon!

The NCBS SFBOT Festival Closing Weekend Shows

Evie Ladin

Evie Ladin

It’s the closing weekend of the 14th Annual NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival.

This is your last chance to come out for some urban bluegrass fun if you haven’t already!

Complete Festival Schedule

SATURDAY, February 16

(Click here for the Saturday SFBOT Workshop Schedule.)

Misisipi Mike Wolf

Misisipi Mike Wolf

Big Square Dance: Jordan Ruyle, Triple Chicken Foot, Knuckle Knockers, Swedish American Hall, San Francisco.

St. Cyprian's Church

St. Cyprian's Church

Sin & Salvation: The Mountain Men, Misisipi Mike’s Southern Comforts, Fret Not, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco.

Got Banjos? — Bill Evans, Evie Ladin Band, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

The Alt-Bluegrass Show: The F**king Buckaroos, Big Jugs, SUPERMULE, Cafe du Nord, San Francisco.

Traditional Bluegrass and Western Swing: Windy Hill, The West Coast Ramblers, The Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley.

Brothers Comatose, Arann Harris & the Farm Band, Willy Tea Taylor, The Chapel, San Francisco.

Triple Chicken Foot

Triple Chicken Foot

SUNDAY, February 17

Triple Chicken Foot, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, San Francisco.

Closing Night Concert: The Crooked Jades, Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Cafe du Nord, San Francisco.