Looking Ahead To The July Festivals In Northern California & Beyond

NCBS welcomes the SSU Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival.

NCBS welcomes the SSU Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival.

NCBS welcomes the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

NCBS welcomes the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

The July 2015 festival schedule in Northern California is the strongest in years. Time for some mid-summer bluegrass fun! Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be everywhere this month and you are welcome to join in!

Here are the July festivals:

JULY

June 30-July 3 — High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.

1-4 – San Francisco Folk Music Club July 4 Campout,  Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

Sonoma Mtn Music Fest 2016 Poster Final

High Sierra Music Festival

High Sierra Music Festival

2 — Sonoma Mountain Music Celebration, Five Springs Farm, Petaluma.

4 – All American Music Festival, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

4 – City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival, Cerrito Vista Park, El Cerrito.

4 – Genoa Americana Celebration, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

8-9 – Yosemite Music Festival, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

9 — Shasta String Summit, Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous, Weed.

The Redwood Ramble

The Redwood Ramble

10 — Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival, Weill Hall & Lawn, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. (NCBS welcomed)

14-17 – Redwood Ramble, Camp Navarro, Navarro. (Sold out)

California WorldFest

California WorldFest

14-17 – California Worldfest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

14-17 — Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY.

16 – Shasta String Celebration, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

16 — Bluegrass In The Valley, The Guitar Merchant, Canoga Park.

23 — Summer Mountain Music & Arts Festival, Cedar Crest Vineyards, Manton.

24 — Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS welcomed)

29-31 – Rockygrass, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO.

31 – Napa Porchfest, various front porches, Napa.

Coming In August: The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

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Candidates On Ballot For NCBS Board Of Directors Election August 13

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The following candidates have filed to be on the ballot for the NCBS Board Of Directors Election on August 13, 2016 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival and by mail:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

Five Week Reminder: July 22 Is Cheap Ticket Deadline For Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Tickets

Five Week Reminder: Discount Advance Tickets for the August 11-14 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are on sale through July 22, 2016.

Online GOF Tickets

Sam Bush Set For NCBS-Welcomed Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival July 10 At SSU

Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival

Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin master Sam Bush will perform at the Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park on Sunday, July 10.

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience & The Jeff Austin Band are also on the afternoon bill.

The NCBS-welcomed festival will be held at Weill Hall & Lawn, the new indoor/outdoor on-campus venue.

Sam Bush

Sam Bush

The Return Of Dr. Zarcon Set For August 11-14 At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

dr-zarcons-breathing-machine-logoThe Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine will return to the stage of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 11-14 at the San Benito County Historical Park, next to Bolado Park. The 23-year-old festival is still held in the small beautiful valley in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

The annual gathering of bluegrass friends and family is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

NCBS Membership

GOF 2016 Flier

Discount Advance Tickets are now on sale on this website. NCBS Members receive a deep discount by purchasing advance tickets. Non-Members receive a discount. The discount advance ticket deadline is July 22, 2016.

Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine

Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Set For July 24 At The Surf Spot In Pacifica

The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

The second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival will be held on Sunday, July 24 at The Surf Spot in Pacifica.

The FREE event is presented by The Surf Spot Restaurant and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Bands will include Festival Speed, The Dim Lights, Redwood Ramblers, Sara Rodenburg, and the Foggy Coast Kids.

Good food and drink will be available.

New At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival This Year: Dogs Are Welcome

Dog Owners are welcome to bring their beloved companions to the August 11-14, 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. (Previously, dogs were not allowed at this event.)

The new policy has become possible as a result of the festival’s move to its new home at the San Benito County Historical Park. The roomy venue offers room for a Dog Camping Area that will allow dog owners plenty of space to enjoy the company of their pets, while other festival attendees will not have to be concerned about any interference with their usual bluegrass fun.

NCBS looks forward to seeing all the responsible pet owners and their charges at the festival!

Bluegrass dogs will have their own camping area at the 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Bluegrass dogs will have their own camping area at the 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

The Father’s Day Week Guide To Bluegrass For Northern California

cba-fathers-day-festival-poster-16fathers-day-happy-blue-textFor many Northern California bluegrass fans, Father’s Day means going up to Grass Valley for the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. NCBS Members will be everywhere at the Nevada County Fairgrounds all week long! But some folks won’t be able to make it to the festival this time around, so here are the listings for shows elsewhere (Monday-Monday). Enjoy some bluegrass music this weekend!

MONDAY, June 13

The Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

The Boxcars, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

The Bow Ties

The Bow Ties

Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

TUESDAY, Flag Day

Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Amber Cross, Atascadero Lake Pavilion, Atascadero.

Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

WEDNESDAY, June 15

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

THURSDAY, June 16

The Gibson Brothers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Sam's BBQ

Sam's BBQ

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, June 16-19

Route 66 Bluegrass Festival, Victorville Fairgrounds, Victorville.

CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Telluride, CO.

Mill Creek Ramblers

Mill Creek Ramblers

FRIDAY, June 17

Dusty Green Bones Band, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

The Gibson Brothers, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis

Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Sugar Pine, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, June 17-19

Live Oak Music Festival, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

SATURDAY, June 18

la-honda-fair-poster-16Rita Hosking Band, Armadillo Music, Davis.

The Cherry Pickers, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Banner Mountain Boys, Prospector’s Nursery, Nevada City.

phils-fish-market-logoSATURDAY-SUNDAY, June 18-19

La Honda Music & Art Fair, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

SUNDAY, Father’s Day

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

The Jones Gang, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

The Muddy Roses, Secret Town, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

thee-parkside-outside-corneramnesia-day-signMONDAY, First Day Of Summer

Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.