Contemporary Jewish Museum Warren Hellman Exhibit Opens September 18; NCBS To Welcome Concert & Workshop

contemporary-jewish-museum-logoThe Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco will present an exhibit honoring the late financier, civic leader, bluegrass philanthropist, festival host, musician and bandleader Warren HellmanHardly Strictly Warren Hellman will open on September 18, 2014.

The exhibit will be associated with live music programming throughout its two-year run.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Sunday, October 26 banjo demonstrations and workshop presented by NCBS member Roger Siminoff and the Thursday, November 20 concert by Eric & Suzy Thompson. More details will be announced soon.

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New Pictures Added To Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Essay & Showcase

Dan Warsinger

Dan Warsinger

Additional photographs by professional photographer Dan Warsinger have been added to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Essay & Showcase by Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen.

You can visit the photo webpage to see pictures of your friends:

GOF Photo Essay & Showcase

Donna Pacini-Christensen

Donna Pacini-Christensen

Dan Warsinger succeeded the late Ansel Adams as the official photographer for Yosemite National Park. He lives near the park and is also a busy wedding & event photographer. He also teaches photography workshops.

This was his first time at the Good Old Fashioned and his second visit to a bluegrass festival.

Because Donna and Tim could only attend the festival on Friday and Saturday this year, Dan’s pictures have been added to cover Thursday and Sunday.

Thanks to Dan, Donna, and Tim for their hard work on this project!

Tim Christensen

Tim Christensen

If you would like to add other names to the pictures, e-mail them to  (Donna) pacini.novelist (at) gmail (dot) com.

One Month Reminder: 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Due September 30

One Month Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on September 30, 2014.

Paper Nomination Forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the September festivals and events.

(E-Mail Nominations) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians may also be submitted  Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. A person may nominate up to three in each category.

The Bluegrass Highlights For September 2014 In Northern California

Bluegrassin' In The Foothills

Bluegrassin' In The Foothills, Plymouth

Relaxing to the music, Bluegrass At The Lake, Lodi.

Relaxing to the music, Bluegrass At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.

The month of September brings us Bill Monroe’s Birthday (September 13, 1911 — with the Freight & Salvage Bill Monroe Birthday Party on the 11th this year), plus great festivals all month long, and lots of other fine shows with both touring and area bands.

Come on out and join your friends who are Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society — they know where the music and fun will be. See you there!

SEPTEMBER

1 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

1 — Cowgirl Pallooza With 77 El Deora, Velvetta, The Patsychords, Jessica Rose, Judea Eden Trio, El Rio, San Francisco.

77-el-deora-logo1 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

1 — Front Country, Roscoe’s Happy Hour, 10-String Symphony, Amnesia, San Francisco.

1 — Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto.

2 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

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Zodiacs Petaluma

Zodiacs Petaluma

3 – The Cherry Pickers, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

3 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Irve, Berkeley.

3 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

4 — Bangers & Grass With Mike Witcher, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Victor Skidanenko of The TrueLife Troubadours

Victor Skidanenko of The TrueLife Troubadours

4 – Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

4 — The Bucket Draggers, Dredger Grill, Snelling.

5 — TrueLife Troubadours, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

5 — David Field, First Friday, Homeless Garden Project Downtown Store, Santa Cruz.

patsy-cline-birthday-carolyn-sills-145 — Sugar By The Pound, Edible Monterey Bay Release Party, San Juan Oaks Country Club, Hollister.

5 — Baloney Creek, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.

5 & 6 — Faux Renwah, Lava Cats, Hurst Ranch, Jamestown.

6 — Savannah Blu, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

6 — Kelley Luberecki & Friends, Momi Tobys Revolution Cafe & Art Bar, San Francisco.

6 — Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

artinaction_flyer_2-page-0016 — The Creak, B. R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen.

6 – Bluegrass At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.

7 – Savannah Blu, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

7 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association Jam, Hoover School, San Jose.

7 — Patsy Cline 82nd Birthday Bash With The Carolyn Sills Combo, Club Fox, Redwood City.

amnesia-day-sign8 – Toshio Hirano, Amnesia, San Francisco.

9 — The Avett Brothers, Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata.

10 — Savannah Blu, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

10 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

10 – John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Eric Schoenberg Guitars, Tiburon.

10 – The Bills, Ray Bonneville, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

10 — Keith Greeninger, Rio Theater, Santa Cruz.

11 — Marverick — A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

Nora Jane Struthers & Partyline on the move this month.

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line on the move this month.

11 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Palms Playhouse, Winters.

11 — Bill Monroe Birthday Tribute Hosted By Laurie Lewis, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

11 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

11 — Jean Butterfield, The Naked Nut, Oakhurst.

11-14 — Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

12 — High Country, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.

12 — The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento.

12 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, T Sisters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

12 — Elm Street, Marvin Gardens, Belmont.

12-13 – Old Time Bluegrass Jamboree, Soper Reese Community Theatre, Lakeport.

12-13 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.

12-14 — American River Music Festival, September 12-14, various venues, Coloma.

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Fall Strawberry comes to Grass Valley.

Fall Strawberry comes to Grass Valley.

13 – The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Greek Theatre, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley.

13 — Sugar By The Pound, Cameron Marks September Party & Trunk Show, Santa Cruz.

13 — The Cherry Pickers, The Jugtown Pirates, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

13 — The Hillbenders, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

13 — Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.

13 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.

13 — Greg Brown, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

14 — Highway One Trio, Pescadero Country Store, Pescadero.

14 — Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Bakersfield Museum Of Art, Bakersfield.

old-crow-medicine-show-posed-name15 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

sams-bbq-pig-cook-logo16 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

16 — Nina Gerber & Chris Webster, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

16-21 — Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.

17 — Bangers & Grass With Mike Witcher, Memorial Park, Albany.

17 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

plough-stars-red-square-sign18 — Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit (opens for 2-year run), Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

18 — Hilltown, Safari Club, Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.

18 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles.

18-21 — Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

The Bay Park Hotel, Monterey

The Bay Park Hotel, Monterey

19 — Red Dog Ash, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Bartley Ranch Park, Reno, NV.

Bartley Ranch Park, Reno, NV.

19 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Golden State Theatre, Monterey.

19-21 — Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills, Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth.

skunk-trains-sign-illustrations19-21 — Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.

20 — David Thom Band, The Skunk Train, Willits.

20 — Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

fiddletown-historic-marker20 — Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.

20 — Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

steep-revine-trampin-on-album-cover20 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco.

20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof, The Woodshed, St. James Church, San Jose. (NCBS-welcomed)

21 — Steep Ravine, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

21 — Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Stanford Live, Stanford.

21 — Jim Hurst, (House Concert) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com, Santa Cruz.

21 — George Kahumoku Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i (Hawaiian Masters), Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Ed Neff of Blue & Lonesome

Ed Neff of Blue & Lonesome

21 — Strange On The Range, Bartley Ranch, Reno, NV.

21 — The Barefoot Movement, The Ranch At Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach.

21 — T Sisters, Windrush Farm, Petaluma.

22 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

22 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, NV.

23 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

24 — Carolyn Sills Trio, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Sugar By The Pound

Sugar By The Pound

25 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

25 – Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto.

26 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Point Arena Theater, Point Arena.

26 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

26 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Tony Futado, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

27 — TrueLife Troubadours, Joe’s Bar, Boulder Creek.

27 – Sugar By The Pound, Santa Cruz Harvest Festival, various venues, Boulder Creek.

27 — Whiskey Puppy & Tennessee Studs, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

27 — Black Eyed Susies, Art Bar, The Tannery, Santa Cruz.

Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan

27 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Humbolt Hills Hoedown, Mateel Community Center, Redway.

27  – The Dim Lights At Pacific Coast Fog Festival, North Stage, Pacifica.

28 – Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson & Paul Kowert, Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State Universitry, Arcata.

28 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Joe’s Garage, San Mateo.

28 – Paul Knight & Friends With Sharon Gilchrist, Avram Seigel, Blaine Sprouse & special guests, Windrush Farm, Petaluma.

28 — Jim Hurst, Western Lights Trio, The Strum Shop, Roseville.

28 — The Skinny, One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, Jupiter Pub, Berkeley.

29 — Tennessee Studs & Whiskey Puppy, Amnesia, San Francisco.

30 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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Sir Walter Raleigh on banjo.

Sir Walter Raleigh on banjo.

30 — David Thom Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Somoma.

30 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

30 – Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson & Paul Kowert, Cascade Theatre, Redding.

September 30-October 4 — IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

Early October: The world’s largest bluegrass festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, will come to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park October 3-5.

And…on Saturday, October 4, Ralph Stanley is coming to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz!

David Rawlings & Gillian Welch of the David Rawlings Machine.

David Rawlings & Gillian Welch of the David Rawlings Machine.

2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Showcase Now Online

Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen

Coraline Kennedy

Coraline Kennedy

Update 9/2/14: Additional photographs from Dan Warsinger have been added and the photo essay now covers the entire Thursday-Sunday event.

Woodbridge photo-journalists Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen visited the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday and have produced a photography showcase of bands, volunteers and bluegrass fans at the event. The photo essay is on the Starry Night Productions website, under Friends of A Starry Night Productions.

Take a look to see your friends at the festival:

2014 Good Old Fashioned Photo Showcase

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

Donna is a native of Half Moon Bay and a graduate of the College of San Mateo. In addition to her photographic and literary endeavors, she and her husband Tim host open mic acoustic showcases at the Woodbridge Grange Hall and present poetry and music showcases in the Central Valley.

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Photo editor Tim is a Lodi native, a guitarist/songwriter, and a graduate of UC-Berkeley & San Francisco State University. He is a retired high school English and media & communications teacher.

Paul Knight

Paul Knight

This was the couple’s first visit to the GOF Festival. Thanks to Donna and Tim for their hard work on this project!

The 21st Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival was held August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

If you would like to identify additional people in these pictures, send (Donna) pacini.novelist (at) gmail (dot) com an e-mail.

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon of 2014.

Upcoming Northern California Bluegrass Society Fall Dates & Deadlines

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Here are the official Northern California Bluegrass Society dates & deadlines for NCBS Members for the fall:

August 31 — Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills Festival deadline for NCBS membership discount.

September 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

September 20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

September 30 — Deadline for nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

September 30-October 4 — International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass Convention (NCBS is IBMA organizational member).

October 11 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

October 18 — NCBS Volunteer Party.

October 18 — Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Suzy Thompson, Eric Thompson, Paul Shelasky, & Paul Knight RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 23 — Trampled By Turtles & Elephant Revival Fox Theatre-Oakland concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 24 — Deadline for film submissions for the 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

October 24 — Druha Trava The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 26 — Roger Siminoff Contemporary Jewish Museum banjo demonstrations & workshop (NCBS-welcomed).

November 1 — Kathy Kallick Band Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert (NCBS-welcomed).

November 8 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

November 8 — Front Country The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

November 13 — First Aid Kit & Samantha Crain Fox Theatre-Oakland concert (.NCBS-welcomed)

November 20 — Eric & Suzy Thompson Contemporary Jewish Museum concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 6 — Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 12-13 — Brookdale Bluegrass Festival at Costanoa (NCBS-welcomed).

December 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

The Woodshed To Present Two NCBS-Welcomed Concerts In San Jose In September & October

woodshed-music-arts-logoblah-blah-woof-woof-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome two concerts presented by the non-profit Woodshed Music & Arts organization in San Jose during September & October. Plan now to attend — advance tickets will soon be on sale on the Woodshed website.

druha-trava-rk-logoSeptember 20 (Saturday) – Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof

October 24 (Friday) – Druha Trava

bglogoThe new home for the concert series is the St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose (2 blocks south of the downtown restaurants of the Willow Glen neighborhood).

Convenient street and off-street parking is available near the intimate 60-seat house.

NCBS Lost & Stolen Instrument Page On This Website Is Free And Instantaneous

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

The FREE Northern California Bluegrass Society National Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments.

The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments.

Musicians should immediately post about the loss of an instrument. Used instrument buyers should check the page prior to purchase.

Please post again when instruments are recovered.

The page is listed under Resources in the left column on this website.