NCBS Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson To Be Honored

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the FREE weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Penny Godlis of Santa Cruz is the key longtime organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, held since 1994 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. She is a bass player, guitarist, and banjoist who has performed with High Tide, The Birch Lake Ramblers, and her current band, Rogue River. She has served for most of the past two decades on the NCBS Board of Directors and the GOF Committee. She has also helped with other Society events and projects. Although she spent many years playing music in Southern California, she was drawn to Northern California by the Strawberry Music Festival and then became a mainstay of the NCBS.

Charlie Cran of Jamestown was one of the founders of the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival and has been the sole owner of Strawberry Music, Inc. since the early 1990s. Under his leadership, the renamed Strawberry Music Festival has been nationally-recognized as a prescient creative force in integrating bluegrass music into a broader, “big tent” environment that has led to widespread acceptance by legions of new fans while preserving vibrant performance opportunities for traditional bluegrass music. He most recently led the festival through the loss of its longtime beloved venue, Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, a near-crippling blow. The rejuvenated twice-yearly festival is now looking forward to a bright future.

Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson of La Grange led the host band Fiddlestix for the first decade of the Strawberry Music Festival and have recently revived that unit while continuing to perform as Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, and with Faux Renwah, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and other bands. The duo’s career has ranged from success on Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, to Nashville’s Opryland Music Park, to an appearance in the movie Back To The Future III, and as regulars at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The duo organized the La Grange Fiddle & Banjo Contest for many years, and have volunteered with the uniquely-named Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest. The couple’s Camp Obey Bob is the unofficial keeper of the Strawberry festival spirit.

The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and from other Redwood City area organizations, businesses, and individuals.

Three Day Reminder: Film Festival Submission Deadline Is This Friday October 24

Three Day Reminder: The deadline for film submissions for the 8th annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival is this Friday, October 24. The film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the free weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Film Submission Information

RBA To Present Kathy Kallick Band In NCBS-Welcomed November 1 Concert

The Kathy Kallick Band

The Kathy Kallick Band

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present the Kathy Kallick Band in a Saturday, November 1, 2014 concert. The program will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View (Cuesta at Mirramonte).

NCBS welcomes all RBA concerts.

The concert will begin at 7:30pm, and will be preceded by a 5:00pm open jam and by a slow jam hosted by Richard Brandenburg.

New: This season’s RBA concerts will be held at various venues in Mountain View, Los Altos, & Palo Alto.

Two NCBS-Welcomed Concerts Set For Thursday & Friday This Week

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

Druha Trava

Druha Trava

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome two concerts this week.

On Thursday, October 23, NCBS welcomes an Another Planet Entertainment concert with Trampled By Turtles and Elephant Revival to the Fox Theatre in Oakland.

On Friday, October 24, NCBS welcomes a Woodshed Music & Arts concert with Druha Trava to St. James Church in San Jose.

Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles

Sunday October 19 NCBS Facebook Page Ticket Giveaway To Sweden’s First Aid Kit November 13 Concert

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Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain

On Sunday afternoon, October 19, the Northern California Bluegrass Society will give away tickets to the Fox Theater-Oakland concert by Sweden’s First Aid Kit on the NCBS Facebook Page.

ncbs-plain-logo“Like” the NCBS Facebook Page and watch for your chance to win tickets!

Fox Theatre, Oakland

Fox Theatre, Oakland

First Aid Kit will perform in the Another Planet Entertainment presentation on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00pm.

Samantha Crain from Oklahoma is the opening act.

NCBS welcomes this concert to the Bay Area.

Update: The contest was held this afternoon and is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Opening RBA Concert Is Saturday October 18 With Blue Diamond Strings

Blue Diamond Strings

Blue Diamond Strings

Blue Diamond Strings will perform at the opening concert of the Redwood Bluegrass Associates 2014-2015 season. The new band is Eric Thompson, Kate Brislin, Jody Stecher, Suzy Thompson, Paul Shelasky, and Paul Knight. Jack Tuttle will lead the pre-concert slow jam.

The Saturday, October 18 concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View (Cuesta at Miramonte).

Both the regular jam and and the new slow jam will begin at 5:00pm. Doors will open at 7:00pm. The concert will begin at 7:30pm.

NCBS has welcomed all RBA concerts since 1995.

Planning Note:

This season, the RBA concert series will be held at several different venues in Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Mountain View, and start times for the Saturday evening series will vary, so attention to concert details is essential.

RBA Website

One Week Reminder: Film Submissions For NCBS Festival Due October 24

One Week Reminder: October 24, 2014 is the deadline for film submissions for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass Film Festival. The bluegrass music film festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the free weekend NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Film Submission Information

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

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!