Northern California Bluegrass Awards 2015 Nominees Are Announced

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the nominees for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. NCBS Members will soon receive their second round ballots in the mail. Congratulations!

1. Bluegrass Band

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Abbott Brothers

Alhambra Valley Band

Amber Cross Band

Anderson Family

Bangers & Grass

Bean Creek

Blue & Lonesome

Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Cabin Fever

California Swampgrass Band

Central Valley Boys

Cherry Pickers

Cliff Compton & Mountain Top

Courthouse Ramblers

Dark Hollow

Dim Lights

Front Country

Grassfire

Grasskickers

Highway One

Houston Jones

JEDD Brothers

Jimmy Chickenpants

Naked Bootleggers

One Button Suit

Poor Valley Band

Red Dog Ash

Rogue River

Sidesaddle & Co

Slide Road

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Steep Ravine

Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Sugar By The Pound

True Life Troubadours

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Whiskey Chimp

Windy Hill

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Mark Berkley

Ryan Breen

Tom Bull

Larry Chung

John Cogdill

Cliff Compton

Glenn Dauphin

Lou Felthouse

David Field

Avram Frankel

Pete Hicks

Frank Holmes

Bill Hunter

Snap Jackson

Travis Jones

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

John Kornhauser

Simon Linsteadt

Jim Mintun

Billy Pitrone

Jan Purat

Pete Siegfried

Alex Muddy Smith

Yoseff Tucker

Henry Warde

Thomas Wille

Robert Zeien

3. Female Vocalist

Annie Alvira

Paige Anderson

Gina Astesana

Regina Bartlett

Amber Cross

Joni Davies

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Diana Donnelly

Sarah Eblen

Kim Elking

Donna Federico

Dana Frankel

Mary Gibbons

Penny Godlis

Michelle Haft

Elida Ickes

Renee Kavon

Jennifer Kitchen

A. J. Lee

Linda Maki

Samantha Meyer

Louise Mintun

Samantha Olson

Angela Personeni

Hailey Pexton

Lynn Quinones

Gail Reese

Amy Scher

Carolyn Sills

Wendy Burch Steel

Yvonne Walbroehl

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

Brian Burke

Eric Burman

Stevie Coyle

Glenn Dauphin

David Field

Avram Frankel

John Gooding

Glenn Houston

Travis Jones

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

Alex Mayers

Jim Mintun

Steve Pottier

Curtis Rieser

Ron Rose

Michael Stadler

David Thom

Yoseff Tucker

Marty Varner

Yvonne Walbroehl

Mike Wilhoyte

Thomas Wille

Jenny Lynn Williams

Jason Winfrey

Robert Zeien

5. Mandolin

Kyle Abbott

Luke Abbott

Tom Bekeny

Bruno Brandli

Larry Chung

John Cogdill

Kim Elking

Bill Foss

Pete Hicks

Shane Kalbach

Hide Kawatsure

Brian Judd

Matt Kendall

Jack Kinney

Scott Klein

Ed Neff

Andy O’Brien

Steve Pottier

Dave Rietz

Tom Shewmake

Pete Siegfried

Michael Tuttle

Gary Vessel

Henry Warde

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott

Ryan Breen

Larry Cohea

George Goodell

Dave Guarente

Allen Hendricks

Rob Horgan

Bill Hunter

Pat Ickes

Snap Jackson

Jack Kinney

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Billy Moore

Jesse Personeni

Steve Rosen

Max Schwartz

Sonia Shell

Avram Siegel

Dixon Smith

Victor Skidanenko

Linus Tremaine

John Woolfolk

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny

Elicia Burton

Cactus Bob Cole

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Dennis English

Pete Hicks

Steve Joynes

Jack Kinney

Shane Kalbach

Paul Lee

Bryan McClenahan

Samantha Olson

Jan Purat

Jody Richardson

Tessa Schwartz

Alex Sharps

Matthew Songmaker

Dave Sullivan

Linda Sullivan

Jack Tuttle

Ella Naiman Warde

Mark Wardenburg

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Gary Anwyl

Regina Bartlett

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Will Forte

Avram Frankel

Tom Klein

Jim Mintun

Charlie Wallace

John Winter

Henry Zuniga

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Brian Clark

Rick Clemens

Sarah Eblen

David Field

Vicki Frankel

Penny Godlis

Dave Gooding

Bill Hamburgen

Emily Nishi Howard

Elida Ickes

Chris Kee

Jennifer Kitchen

Bruce Lacey

Jerry Logan

Joan Lowden

Kyle McCabe

Louise Mintun

Angela Personeni

Steve Pottier

Meghan Leslie Rieser

Ron Rose

Barbara Rosner

Max Schwartz

James Touzel

Pete Young

Joshua Zucker

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 as part of the FREE 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City.

Brookdale Bluegrass’ Costanoa Wintergrass 2014 Line-Up Is Announced

brookdale-winter-fest-14-posterThis winter’s Brookdale Bluegrass gathering, now known as Costanoa Wintergrass 2014, will be held Friday-Saturday, December 12-13 at Costanoa Lodge & Campground near Pesacadero.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this popular, long-running (since 1998) “cabin fever” bluegrass event.

The Saturday line-up has been announced: The Naked Bootleggers, Bluegrass Roundup, Sugar By The Pound, and the Rainy Day Ramblers, along with the host Brookdale Bluegrass Band.

Peg Leg Reza & Blue Shoes has just been added to the line-up, replacing Willie Tea Taylor.

Friday evening (free admission) will be devoted exclusively to bluegrass jamming. There will be a banjo workshop on Saturday morning.

A variety of lodging and camping options are available onsite.

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NCBS Welcomes First Aid Kit & Samantha Crain To Oakland’s Fox Theatre November 13

another-planet-entertainment-logoncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes Sweden’s First Aid Kit and Oklahoma’s Samantha Crain to the Fox Theatre in Oakland on Thursday, November 13. The concert is presented by Another Planet Entertainment.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum Programs Bluegrass & Old Time Music With Eric & Suzy Thompson

contemporary-jewish-museum-logoeric-suzy-thompson-adam-eve-cd-coverThe Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is programming bluegrass & old time music in connection with the ongoing Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit.

Eric & Suzy Thompson will perform on Thursday, November 20. The show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

The 6:30pm performance is free with museum admission ($5 after 5:00pm).

The Hellman exhibit will feature regular live music about once a month through 2016.

Redwood Bluegrass Associates Sets Winter 2014-15 Concerts

Redwood Bluegrass Associates has announced its monthly wintertime concerts for 2014-15. All RBA concerts are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

DECEMBER: Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Los Altos. December 6, 2014, 7:00pm.

JANUARY: The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View. January 17, 2015, 7:30pm.

FEBRUARY: Keith Little and the Little Band, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View, February 7, 2015, 7:30pm.

The concert series runs through May.

NCBS Welcomes Front Country To The Woodshed Series In San Jose

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woodshed-music-arts-logo1This Saturday evening, November 8, Woodshed Music & Arts will bring San Francisco’s Front Country to St. James Church in San Jose. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the concert.

The intimate venue is located at 1565 Lincoln Avenue, two blocks south of the nearest  restaurants. Eat before you come.

ncbs-plain-logoThis will be the final bluegrass show on the organization’s 2014 schedule. The series, which recently moved from Los Gatos to the Willow Glen neighborhood, presents a wide variety of folk and roots music styles.

Winter Brookdale Festival To Feature Jamming December 12, Band Performances December 13

The 2014 Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will feature free jam sessions on Friday evening, December 12, followed by a full day of band performances on Saturday, December 13. The festival will be held at the Costanoa Lodge & Campground near the tiny coastal community of Pescadero, on Highway 1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

The twice-yearly gathering has been held since 1998, first at the Brookdale Lodge, then in downtown Boulder Creek, and now on the coast at Costanoa. NCBS welcomes this event, which is presented by Brookdale Bluegrass.

Costanoa Lodge & Campground

Costanoa Lodge & Campground

The Spring 2015 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will be held March 6-8 at Costanoa, preceded by an instructional jam camp taught by Pete Wernick March 3-6.

Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley Set For Saturday December 6 RBA Concert At New Location

Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley

Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley in concert on Saturday evening, December 6. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the concert is set for 7:00pm.

NEW: This concert will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road in Los Altos (10 minutes away from the usual RBA show location at the church in Mountain View).

Note that 2014-15 RBA concerts will be held at several different south-Peninsula venues with varying start times — check the schedule for details.

Two jams will precede the December show — a regular open jam and a special slow jam hosted by John Kornhauser. Both will begin at  4:30pm.

The concert and the jam are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The monthly RBA concert series will continue through May.