Breaking News: King’s River Festival Returns, IBMA Seeks Youth Bands

kings-river-bluegrass-festival-logoHere is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass music:

King’s River Bluegrass Festival To Return September 13

The California Bluegrass Association has announced that the King’s River Bluegrass Festival will return as a one-day event on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at The Grove in Sanger. Interested bands should contact Festival Director Stan Allen before July 30.

IBMA Seeks Youth Bands For World Of Bluegrass In Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music Association is seeking Youth Bluegrass Bands (ages 5-25) to perform at the World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, NC, on the IBMA Youth Council StageOctober 2-3, 2015. Contact (Taylor Coughlin) taylor (at) ibma (dot) org at IBMA before August 3 to apply.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

The Naked Bootleggers To Appear On Berkeley TV This Weekend

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Berkeley Community Television & Media

Berkeley Community Television & Media

This weekend, July 25-27, the Naked Bootleggers will be featured as part of a series of performances from the 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair that will run throughout the month of July on Berkeley Community Television. The one hour shows will run three times each weekend on Channel 28 (Saturdays, 8:00pm, Sundays, 4:00pm, Mondays, 8:00pm). The concert films will also appear on the web.

Berkeley Community TV Website

The concert programs were filmed and produced by program host Beebee Simmons. The free annual bluegrass fair is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park in early May each year.

The Naked Bootleggers

The Naked Bootleggers

Three Month Reminder: NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions Due On October 20

Three Month Reminder: Submissions for the 9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival (January 31, 2016 in Redwood City) are due on October 20, 2015.

Looking Ahead To The August 2015 Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

jug-band-festival-poster-15bowers-mansion-poster-15August will be a busy month for Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and their friends as we fan out to festivals all around California.

Please come out and join us at the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (August 6-9) and other gatherings! Here are the festivals for the month:

AUGUST

July 31-August 1 — Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma.

3-8 — Old Fiddlers’ Convention, Felts Park, Galax, VA.

6-9 – NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The Last Dead On The Creek Festival

The Last Dead On The Creek Festival

summergrass-poster-windmill-157-10 – Dead On The Creek, Uncle John’s Camp, Willits. (Sold out)

8-9 – Saw Player’s Picnic & Music Festival, Roaring Camp, Felton.

14-16 – Summergrass San Diego, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista.

14-16 – Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park & Deer Creek Park, Carson City, NV.

14-16 – Comatopia Sierra Mountain Music Festival, Sierra Valley Lodge, Calpine.

22 — International Jug Band Festival, Sutter Creek Inn, Sutter Creek.

27-30 – Golden Old Time Campout, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma.

comatopia-fest-poster-2015August 31-September 7 – BanjerDan (Still the only bluegrass!), Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV.

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One Day Reminder: Wednesday July 22 Is Last Day For GOF Festival Advance Discount Tickets

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

One Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 2015 for the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Online Advance Tickets

Official GOF Flyer

NCBS Membership

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival First Stage Schedule Announced

BanjerDan Mazer

BanjerDan Mazer

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the performance schedule for the First Stage at the August 6-9, 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Thursday at the GOF is reserved for jamming and socializing. The popular, informal First Stage will open the festival’s performances on Friday afternoon.

The Main Stage will follow, beginning at 3:00pm.

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FRIDAY, August 7

Old Belle

Old Belle

Noon — BanjerDan (Atascadero)

1:00pm — Old Belle (San Francisco)

2:00 — Eric Antrim & Scott Gates (Bakersfield)

Eric Antrim

Eric Antrim

The last day to purchase Discount Advance Tickets to the festival is this Wednesday, July 22.

The 22-year-old festival is a benefit for the NCBS and a showcase of top California bluegrass bands.

Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Three Day Reminder: Wednesday, July 22 Is Last Day To Buy Discount Advance Tickets To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Three Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 2015 for the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Online Advance Tickets

Official GOF Flyer

NCBS Membership

Breaking News: New East Bay Bluegrass Venues, Gibson Brothers To Host IBMA Awards, The Handsome Ladies Collective Jams Open To New Members

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Eric & Leigh Gibson

Eric & Leigh Gibson

Here is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass music:

Cleophus Queley Beer Company

Cleophus Queley Beer Company

New East Bay Bluegrass Venues

Two brand new bluegrass music venues have come to the East Bay. The Overland Country Bar & Grill in Oakland’s Jack London Square has launched a weekend bluegrass brunch, Saturdays & Sundays 11:00am-2:00pm. Old Belle opened the series on July 18 and The Dim Lights With Helen Foley will perform on July 19.

Old Belle

Old Belle

Meanwhile, the Cleophus Quealy Beer Company in San Leandro is set to be a regular bluegrass performance and jam place. The Andrew Barron Band & The True Life Troubadours will be there on July 25th.

The Handsome Ladies jam at Amnesia.

The Handsome Ladies jam at Amnesia.

Gibson Brothers To Host IBMA Awards Show

Leigh & Eric Gibson of the The Gibson Brothers will host the October 1, 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Awards Show during the World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, NC.

The Handsome Ladies Open Jams To New Members

The newly-formed bluegrass women’s collective The Handsome Ladies (San Francisco) has regular jams open to beginning and experienced female musicians in both public and private settings, as well as other events. New Members are welcome. The Ladies’ next jam will be at Amnesia in San Francisco on Monday, July 20 beginning at 6:30pm.