2016 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For Tres Pinos August 11-14

The 23rd annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is set for the San Benito County Historical Park (next to Bolado Park) in Tres Pinos on August 11-14, 2016. Discount Advance Tickets are now on sale on this website and by mail.


Postponed: Saturday’s NCBS-Welcomed Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival At The Surf Spot Is POSTPONED

Thanks for your support!

Thanks for your support!

The Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival set for this Saturday, May 21 at The Surf Spot in Pacifica has been POSTPONED due to likely rain.

The make-up date will be announced shortly. Updated information will be available on this Northern California Bluegrass Society Website and also on The Surf Spot Website.

Thanks to Michael Alexander & The Surf Spot Restaurant for presenting bluegrass music on the coast!


Looking Ahead To The Northern California June Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals


The month of June is big on the bluegrass festival calendar for Northern California and all across the country. School gets out and it is time for camping, jamming, and having fun!

Our area has a fine line-up of events next month — join your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society to advance your bluegrass music lifestyle.


Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, June 3-5, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Pick And Gather Festival, June 4-5, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

Redwood Mountain Faire, June 4-5, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.

huck-finn-jubilee-40th-logo-16telluride-bluegrass-festival-2016-band-stage-crowd-mountains-name-datesThe Grove Campout, June 4-5, The Grove, Sanger.

Huck Finn’s Jubilee, June 10-12, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

live-oak-music-festival-logo-16-name-datesLa Honda Music & Art Fair, June 18-19, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 11-18, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

susanville-bluegrass-festival-poster-16CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Route 66 Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, Victorville Fairgrounds, Victorville.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, various venues, Telluride, CO.

The late Faith Petric, San Francisco Folk Music Club

The late Faith Petric, San Francisco Folk Music Club

Live Oak Music Festival, June 17-19, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 11, Cyprian’s Center, San Francisco.

International Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, June 22-25, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

Susanville Bluegrass Festival, June 24-26, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.

The late Kate Wolf

The late Kate Wolf

romp-bluegrass-festival-illus-red-whiteKate Wolf Music Festival, June 23-26, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.

High Sierra Music Festival, June 30-July 3, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.


IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Extends Submission Deadline To June 15, 2016

ibma-logoThe International Bluegrass Music Association Film Festival Committee, which is chaired by NCBS President Michael Hall, has extended the deadline for the Call For Films for the Third Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, to June 15, 2016. (Film submissions were originally due by May 31, 2016.)

IBMA Film Festival Information

The film festival will be held September 27-October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. Bluegrass filmmakers are welcome to submit films for consideration by the committee.

The film festival will be a part of a big week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, as part of the annual IBMA World Of Bluegrass convention. The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival in Redwood City is the original bluegrass film event and was the model for the IBMA festival.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s ten-year-old film festival will be held on January 29, 2017, as part of the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival and is not affected by the Raleigh festival. A call for films for the NCBS festival will be issued later this year.

The Blue J’s Set For May 21 Performance In Pacifica At FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

surf-spot-logoThe Blue J’s will perform at the FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 21.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed event will be held 11:00am-6:00pm at The Surf Spot, 4627 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacifica.

The venue’s outdoor patio is a beautiful place and good food and drink will be available. Last September’s inaugural festival was a huge hit! Thanks to The Surf Spot for presenting great bluegrass music!

Full Festival Line-Up

The Blue J's

The Blue J's

NCBS-Welcomed 2016-17 Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Season Is Announced

The 2016-17 Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Season has been announced. All RBA programs since 1995 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

October 22, 2016 — Kathy Kallick Band

November 19 — Front Country

January 21, 2017 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

February 18 — Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

March 18 — John Reischman & The Jaybirds

(April & May concerts — TBA)

All You Need To Know To Go To The FREE 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair On Saturday, May 14

Come On Down To The Historic 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

Rite Of Spring: Come  to the FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair – the beloved annual spring gathering for bluegrass folks presented by your Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society!

The NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

The NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, Noon-6:00pm.

Place: Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, 134 Dakota Avenue, next to the courthouse in Santa Cruz.

Cost: FREE.

Weather: Nice! Sunny. High 61, Low 56.

Band Schedule:


Noon — Harmony Grtits

1:15 — The Naked Bootleggers

2:30 — Abbott Brothers

3:45 — Bent with Honey

5:00 – True Life Troubadours

Food & Drink: Available for purchase or bring your own. No alcohol, please.

Dogs: No.

Smoking: No.

Bring: Blanket or chairs for lawn seating.

Parking: On street, in downtown garages, or at the left side of the courthouse.

Raffle: Yes. Win tickets to upcoming summer bluegrass events and many other great prizes!

Information: The NCBS Booth will have complete information about the upcoming bluegrass festival season.

And remember — All of your friends will be there!

Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

santa-cruz-city-limit-billboardDirections: From Highway 17, continue on Ocean Street into Santa Cruz, past Water Street, then right into the Santa Cruz County Courthouse parking lot, to left of building, park and walk to Duck Pond Stage behind the Lawn Bowling Courts. Alternate Parking on the streets surrounding the park or in downtown Santa Cruz (and cross the pedestrian bridge into the park).

The Dim Lights Return To The Surf Spot In Pacifica For The Second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival On May 21


surf-spot-logoThe Dim Lights (Pacifica) will return to the stage of the second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 21.

The FREE event will be held 11:00am-6:00pm at The Surf Spot, 4627 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacifica.

The outdoor venue is a beautiful place for music. Good food and drink will be available.

The first, hugely successful Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival was held last September.

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights