NCBS-Welcomed Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Set For December 12-13 At Coatanoa

costanoa-coastal-lodge-camp-logoThe NCBS-welcomed Winter Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival will be held December 12-13, 2014 at Costanoa Lodge. Brookdale Bluegrass has presented the festival multiple times each year since 1998.

The lodge is located halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz on Highway One, in Coastside San Mateo County, and offers lodge rooms, tent cabins, and tent and RV camping onsite.

NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party Set For Saturday, October 18

NCBS Volunteer Party!

NCBS Volunteer Party!

ncbs-plain-logoThe annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party, thanking everyone who helped with any Society event or project over the past year, will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Volunteers will receive their coveted invitations soon to the best bluegrass party of the year!

If you didn’t volunteer this year, help out over the next year to secure your invitation in 2015.

Eric Burman, GOF Festival Director...and Volunteer!

Eric Burman, GOF Festival Director...and Volunteer!

Ten Week Reminder: NCBS Film Festival Deadline Is October 24

The deadline for film submissions for the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival is October 24, 2014. The eighth annual festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Film Submission Information

Venue Search Committee For 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Welcomes Suggestions

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-empty-stage-end-2014The Northern California Bluegrass Society has held the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister) for its entire 21-year history.

Periodically, the Society conducts a formal examination of other venues to determine if Bolado Park is still the best available location for the annual event, taking into account facilities, cost, and other factors. Even if a decision to move the festival does not happen, the process insures that the current location best meets our needs. If another venue wins out, then we can all enjoy the advantages of the new location.

NCBS members and other attendees are invited to suggest venues that should be considered in the review that will take place this fall. Email your ideas to (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for your support!

Seven Week Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Due On September 30

Seven Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on September 30, 2014. Nomination forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the August and September festivals and events. Nominations honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians may also be submitted by (e-mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com. Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass.

NCBS Welcomes Elephant Revival & Trampled By Turtles For October 23 Concert

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes an alt-bluegrass concert featuring Trampled By Turtles (Duluth, MN) and Elephant Revival (Nederland, CO) on October 23, 2014 to the Fox Theater in Oakland. The show is presented by Another Planet Entertainment.


NCBS Collects Funds For Fall Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarships

Ingrid Noyes

Ingrid Noyes

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, is collecting donations to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund. The fund accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students.

A NCBS committee manages the fund. Current donations will be used to assist students at the upcoming Fall 2014 camp near Petaluma, set for October 9-12, 2014. Ingrid Noyes runs the camp. More information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp.

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

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

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

Sunday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

SUNDAY, August 10

9:00am –  Amazing Dr Zarcon’s Breathing Machine

10:00 — 27strings (Gospel Plus)

11:00 – Courthouse Ramblers

Noon – Slide Road

12:45pm — Lunch Break

1:15  – Regina Bartlett Presents Kids On Stage

2:15 – Ventucky String Band

3:15 – Stoney Mountain Ramblers

4:15 – Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Festival ends at 5:00pm

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 21st annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).