All You Need To Know To Go To A Day Of Bluegrass In St. Helena This Saturday

A Day Of Bluegrass In Napa!

A Day Of Bluegrass In Napa!

Welcomed By The Northern California Bluegrass Society

Welcomed By The Northern California Bluegrass Society

The NCBS-Welcomed A Day Of Bluegrass this Saturday, April 14 is the only bluegrass festival in Napa Valley and will feature some new Napa Valley bands and some great out of town talent.

This will be a relaxed, fun bluegrass gathering in a historic St. Helena venue with plenty of time and space for jams.

Our gracious hosts, Napa Bluegrass & The Golden State Revue, will greet you and your friends! Here is all you need to know to have a great time:

Performance Schedule:

SATURDAY, April 12

10:00am  – Complimentary Coffee, Pastries, Socializing, & Jamming

11:00 – Banjo Fiddle (replacing Pickle Creek due to a medical emergency)

Noon — Wild Cat Rangers

1:00pm — Sara Rodenburg

2:00 — Laura Lind

3:00 — Open Mike & Jamming

4:45 – The Central Valley Boys

5:45 — David Thom & Vintage Grass with Don Rigsby

7:00pm — Ed Neff & Friends

Show ends at 8:00pm.

Tickets: Only $25. There will be plenty of tickets at the door.

Venue: The Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall is located at 1313 Spring Street in downtown St. Helena.

Jamming: There will be outdoor jamming around the building. In addition, a bar one only block away will offer indoor jamming as well.

Directions: St. Helena is located in the Napa Valley, north of Napa on Highway 29. Coming from the south, turn left on Spring Street. 1313 Spring Street is about 2 blocks down on the left. There is plenty of free street parking.

Weather: A beautiful day in the Napa Valley — Sunny. High 73, Low 47.

Food: You are welcome to bring your own food and drink if you like. Food service will be available onsite, plus the charming eateries of downtown St. Helena await us.

Lodging: There are a number of small inns and motels near the festival location.

Fine Local Wineries: Yes, indeed!

Information: The NCBS Information Booth will be there to let you know about upcoming bluegrass events.

This is going to be a fun day of bluegrass music. Come on down and bring your friends!

Candidate Statements For NCBS Board Elections Due By June 1, 2014

The annual election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to  (Linda Descoteaux) lindadakota (at) gmail (dot) com, editor of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine, by June 1, 2014, for publication in the July-August issue.

Statements are limited to 100 words and submission of a picture is optional. Information: (559) 222-1468.

Bean Creek Will Perform At The 29th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair On May 3

San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

The FREE NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on Saturday, May 3 will present Northern California’s 2014 Best Bluegrass Band, the award-winning Bean Creek of Santa Cruz.

This is the 29th year for the fair that celebrates both springtime in Santa Cruz and the start of the outdoor California bluegrass season. The music is brought to you by the volunteers of the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society.

The Lampel Brothers With Jim Lewin, The Harmony Grits, and The Naked Bootleggers will round out the afternoon program.

The afternoon of music starts at Noon at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Avenue (near the Santa Cruz courthouse off Ocean Street). A raffle with summer festival tickets and other great prizes and (new!) vendors serving organic food will help make a fun, relaxing day in the park.

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Presents The Abbott Brothers August 7-10 In Tres Pinos

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will present The Abbott Brothers on August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The 21st annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands will feature camping, jamming, friends, food, fun, children’s activities, Kids On Stage, a low power FM broadcast of the stage to the camp, 3 stages, shade, hook-ups, restrooms & showers, craft vendors, and plenty of great music.

The festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Make your plans to be there!

The Abbott Brothers

The Abbott Brothers

Live Musical “Oh Brother” To Close This Weekend In Monterey

NCBS & CBA Welcome "Oh Brother", The Live Musical Play.

NCBS & CBA Welcome "Oh Brother", The Live Musical Play.

This weekend, a bluegrass/old-time musical play will close its 4-week run in Monterey. “A Tribute To Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” is based on the famed Coen Brothers movie. The Paper Wing Theatre Company’s production has all the music from the film’s popular sound track.

The play will be staged this Friday and Saturday evenings, April 11 & 12, 2014, at The Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Avenue; Monterey.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society and the California Bluegrass Association (Monterey) welcome the production. NCBS and CBA Members will receive a $5 discount by mentioning “Bluegrass.” The regular price is $25.

For reservations and tickets, call (831) 905-5684.


Laura Lind And Sara Rodenburg Set For A Day Of Bluegrass In St. Helena This Saturday

Sara Rodenburg

Sara Rodenburg

Laura Lind

Laura Lind

Individual performers Laura Lind and Sara Rodenburg are set to perform at Napa Valley’s A Day Of Bluegrass this Saturday in St. Helena.

The April 12, 10:00am-8:00pm show will also feature a full schedule of bluegrass bands at the Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall.

Full Performance Schedule

The second ADOB is presented by Napa Bluegrass and The Golden State Review. NCBS welcomes this event.

Two NCBS Scholarship Students Will Attend Music Camp This Coming Weekend


Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that two young students, 7 and 10 years old, have been awarded scholarships for this coming weekend’s Spring 2014 Walker Creek Music Camp near Petaluma.

The grants are made possible by generous donations to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

Donations for the NCBS fund can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846

Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisers. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp.

Ingrid Noyes (not NCBS) runs the camp itself.  Information: Walker Creek Music Camp. The next scholarships will be awarded in September for the October 9-12 Fall Walker Creek Music Camp.

The Golden State Revue & Napa Bluegrass Set To Host April 12 “A Day Of Bluegrass” In St. Helena

A Day Of Bluegrass in St. Helena

A Day Of Bluegrass in St. Helena

The Golden State Revue, Napa Valley’s favorite bluegrass band, will welcome fans and act as hosts for Napa Valley’s only bluegrass festival, A Day Of Bluegrass, in St. Helena this Saturday, April 12. The NCBS-welcomed festival is a presentation of both the newly-organized Napa Bluegrass & the band.

Performing Bands: Ed Neff & Friends, David Thom & Vintage Grass With Don Rigsby, The Central Valley Boys, Pickle Creek, Wild Cat Rangers, Sara Rodenburg, and Laura Lind.

The event will take place at the Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall in St. Helena from 10:00am-8:00pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for jamming.

Advance Tickets are now on sale. The venue is located at 1313 Spring Street.

The Golden State Revue

The Golden State Revue