Roger Siminoff At SF Contemporary Jewish Museum On Sunday October 26


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


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


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


NCBS Welcomes Blue Diamond Strings To A Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert On October 18

Blue Diamond Strings

Blue Diamond Strings

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes Blue Diamond Strings to the opening concert of the 2014-2015 Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Season. The new traditional bluegrass and old-time band is a collaboration of bluegrass veterans Eric Thompson, Kate Brislin, Jody Stecher, Suzy Thompson, Paul Shelasky, and Paul Knight.

The Saturday, October 18 concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View. Note that this season, the southern Peninsula RBA concert series will be held at several different venues in Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Mountain View.

Jack Tuttle

Jack Tuttle

An open jam will precede the concert as in past years.

New this year: A slow jam will also be available. Jack Tuttle (of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee and Gryphon Stringed Instruments) will lead the October slow jam session.

The jamming begins at 5:00pm and the concert will follow at 7:30pm (concert doors open at 7:00pm).

Regina Bartlett, Performer & Advocate For Children In Bluegrass, Dies At IBMA Convention

Regina Bartlett 1948-2014

Regina Bartlett (1948-2014)

Regina Bartlett of Watsonville, a longtime bluegrass, country & folk performer, songwriter, and a dedicated advocate for children in bluegrass music, died on October 1 at the International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, but had lived most of her life in California. She was 66 years old.

Regina was best known for directing the Kids On Stage program for the past 15 years at the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos. She also assisted with the Kids On Bluegrass program at the CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, and helped with children’s programs at other California festivals.

Regina Bartlett in rehearsal with her kids.

Regina Bartlett in rehearsal with her kids.

She was a regular performer at most of the NCBS-related festivals over the years. Her last band performance for NCBS was at the August 2014 GOF festival. Her first instrument was a dulcimer and she most often played guitar on stage. Regina organized the then Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society stage at the Santa Cruz County Fair during the 1990s.

R Notes & Plants With The Regimobile.

R Notes & Plants With The Regimobile.

Regina was a dedicated bluegrass jammer who traveled to many bluegrass festivals each year in her trademark “Regimobile.” She enjoyed her music until the very end. She jammed until 4:00am, and then retired to her room in the hotel, where she died in her sleep. She grew up in West Virginia and Ohio and had planned to end her eastern trip with a visit to friends and relatives back home.

Regina was teacher, cheerleader, and mentor to young people starting out in bluegrass. She was also a fierce advocate on behalf of child performers, insisting that they be treated equally with adults at all times.

She was a graduate of Bishop Conaty High School in Los Angeles and later studied music education and performance at CSU-Long Beach and Cabrillo College, and at Long Beach City College in Florida. She was the owner of R Notes and Plants, which specialized in music and succulent plants. She also taught music at Calabasas and Bradley Elementary Schools.

Regina Ann Bartlett is survived by her daughter Christine Mossor Kelichner, and grandchildren Jordan, Brandon, and Michelle, plus brother Richard Bartlett and sisters Debbie Butler, Michelle Bartlett, and Patricia Molano.

Regina Bartlett with her last Kids On Stage group at the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Regina Bartlett with her last Kids On Stage group at the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.