Northern California Bluegrass Society Honors Volunteers This Saturday October 18

A Volunteer Party Jam

A Volunteer Party Jam

ncbs-plain-logoThe annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party is set for this Saturday, October 18.

It’s time to honor the folks who make the music happen all year long!

Volunteers on any Society event or project in the past year (and all band members who performed at an NCBS event) should have already received an invitation to the party.

If you volunteered in the past year, but do not have your invitation, check with your NCBS volunteer “boss,” or contact NCBS Volunteer Party Chair (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com (650) 218-9845, who will take care of you!

Looking Ahead To The November-December Festivals Around Northern California & Beyond

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014

Here is a look at the November-December 2014 bluegrass and more festivals around Northern California and beyond.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be first in line for fun — please come on out and join us at these end-of-year gatherings. You will be glad you did!

NOVEMBER

7-9 — Band Sessions — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Yosemite Bug Resort, Midpines. (Postponed to Spring, 2015)

Tent cabin in the moonlight, Costanoa Lodge & Campground.

Tent cabin in the moonlight, Costanoa Lodge & Campground.

8 — Point Music Film Festival & Bluegrass Concert, Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego.

wickenburg-name-scenic-view14-16 – Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championships, Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, Wickenburg, AZ.

15 — Harvest Fest, Auburn Events Center, Auburn.

26-28 — Sonora Christmas Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.

DECEMBER

12 — Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day, Worldwide.

12-13 – Brookdale Winter Bluegrass Festival, Costanoa Lodge & Campground, Pescadero. (NCBS-welcomed)

December 30, 2014-January 4, 2014 – New Harmony New Year’s Camp, San Francisco Folk Music Club, Calistoga.

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Roger Siminoff At SF Contemporary Jewish Museum On Sunday October 26

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Roger Siminoff

Roger Siminoff

NCBS member and banjoist Roger Siminoff will offer three different banjo-related events at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on Sunday, October 26. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes his appearance.

Earl Scruggs & Roger Siminoff

The late Earl Scruggs with Roger Siminoff back in the day.

Admission to all events is free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, October 26

The museum at 736 Mission Street will be open 11:00am-5:00pm.

Meet the Banjo — An introductory lecture & demonstration for children (& adults) inspired by the current Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman exhibit at the museum.

Art Beyond Sight — As part of a worldwide October 26 effort to bring the museum experience to the sight-impaired, Roger will perform a short program on banjo in the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman exhibit gallery.

Studio of the Senses: Sound – A banjo-making demonstration for families with the famed luthier & teacher (with museum staff) in the CJM Art Studio.

Awesome Orchestra

Awesome Orchestra

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Other programs of interest that day at the CJM:

Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Screened in the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman exhibit gallery. (The movie is open to teens only.)

The Awesome Orchestra performing wide-ranging music by Jewish composers.

The ongoing Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit opened on September 18, 2014. Live musical performances will be associated with the exhibit throughout its two-year run.

NCBS Volunteer Party Is This Saturday October 18

Michael Hall, Dick Clark & Jean Brandon at the 2001 NCBS Volunteer Party.

Michael Hall, Dick Clark & Jean Brandon at the 2001 NCBS Volunteer Party.

bglogoThe 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party is set for this Saturday, October 18.

Volunteers on any Society event or project in the past year (and all band members) should have already received an invitation to the best bluegrass party of the year!

If you volunteered in the past year, but do not have your invitation, check with your NCBS volunteer “boss,” or contact NCBS Volunteer Party Chair (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com (650) 218-9845, who will take care of you!

Not invited this time, but want to be at the big party next year? Just volunteer to help with an NCBS event you care about anytime over the next year!

Druha Trava Comes To The Woodshed In NCBS-Welcomed Concert On October 24

Woodshed Music & Arts Concerts

Woodshed Music & Arts Concerts

bglogoThe new South Bay Woodshed Music & Arts organization presents the bluegrass band Truha Trava from the Czech Republic on Friday, October 24 at St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue, in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.

The 7:30pm concert will be welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The next bluegrass show at The Woodshed (also NCBS-welcomed) will be San Francisco’s Front Country on Saturday, November 8.

Complete Woodshed Schedule

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Two Week Reminder: October 24 Is Due Date For NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions

Two Week Reminder: October 24, 2014 is the deadline for film submissions for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival.

The nation’s oldest bluegrass music film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The FREE film festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Film Submission Information

Walker Creek Fall Music Camp Begins, NCBS Donors Fund Youth Scholarships

bglogoThe Walker Creek Fall Music Camp begins today and runs through Sunday near Petaluma. The camp, run by Ingrid Noyes, offers instruction for adults and children.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund, financed by generous donors who support bluegrass music education, awarded partial scholarships that enabled four young students to attend the fall camp. Thanks for your support!

The next Walker Creek camp will be held in the spring.

Two Alt-Bluegrass Concerts Coming To Oakland In October & November

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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome two alt-bluegrass Another Planet Entertainment concerts to the Fox Theatre in Oakland in October & November.

October 23 – Trampled By Turtles & Elephant Revival

November 13 – First Aid Kit & Samantha Crain

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