Bluegrass Stars Set For St. Helena Performances On Saturday, April 12 At “A Day Of Bluegrass”

David Thom

David Thom

Don Rigsby

Don Rigsby---

Ed Neff , David Thom, Don Risby and Yoseff Tucker are among the bluegrass stars headed to A Day Of Bluegrass in St. Helena on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Ed Neff & Friends, David Thom & Vintage Grass With Don Rigsby, and Tucker’s The Central Valley Boys are just some of the bands that will make up a full day of bluegrass music.

Performance Schedule

Ticket Information

Yoseff Tucker

Yoseff Tucker

The second ADOB festival is presented by Napa Bluegrass & The Golden State Revue and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

It will run 10:00am to 8:00pm at the Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall, 1313 Spring Street near downtown St. Helena.

A Day Of Bluegrass is Napa Valley’s only bluegrass festival, held in the lovely and bluegrassy town of St. Helena. It is expected to become a annual event. Thanks for your support!

Ed Neff

Ed Neff

Breaking News: Eddie DuCommun Band To Perform On April 11, Camp Mather To Reopen, Velo Rouge Cafe Drops Music, Forbes Wins Journalism Award

Here is the breaking bluegrass news in Northern California:

Eddie DuCommun

Eddie DuCommun

Eddie DuCommun Band To Perform April 11 In Felton

The Eddie DuCommun Band will perform on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Don Quixote’s in Felton. The band is known for its devotion to the music of Vern Williams and other traditional bluegrass heroes. Also on the bill are Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players and The Naked Bootleggers.

Eddie’s many friends are encouraged to attend the show. Bandleader DuCommun, who also performs with many South Bay bluegrass bands and is a popular jammer at Northern California bluegrass festivals, is ill. He performed between the 1970s and the 1990s with such bands as The Bear Creek Valley Boys and The Mountain Creatures.  He often sat in with his sister Diana Donnelly’s band Sidesaddle in its early years.

His address is:

Eddie DuCommun
c/o Dick & Joyce Clark
6995 Old Miner’s Way
Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
(209) 754-3938

Camp Mather To Reopen On Time


Camp Mather will reopen on time for the summer season, having completed necessary repairs to the damage caused by the Rim Fire, and having assessed the effect of recent rains on nearby Cottonwood Creek, the camp’s water source. This is one of several key requirements to make a Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival possible.

Velo Rouge Cafe Drops Music

San Francisco’s Velo Rouge Cafe, the home of “Free Range Fridays” and many special bluegrass events over the past 9 years, no longer welcomes music. The tiny eatery near Golden Gate Park was best known for its Friday evening program on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend each October. Jeannie & Chuck Poling, organizers of the VRC shows, will seek another bluegrass-friendly location in The City.

John Seigenthaler Journalism Award To Hannah Forbes

The John Seigenthaler Journalism Award for the Outstanding Graduate in Public Relations at Middle Tennessee State University goes to Hannah Forbes of the Class of 2014, niece of the notorious Northern California Bluegrass Society flack Michael Hall, who, of course, immediately issued this announcement on the NCBS website and shamelessly promoted it on his Facebook page. For additional (boastful) information about Hannah Forbes, contact Hannah’s (Uncle Mike) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Good-b ye to bluegrass music at the Velo Rouge.

Good-bye to bluegrass music at the Velo Rouge.

The Central Valley Boys Head For The Napa Valley For A Day Of Bluegrass On April 12

The Central Valley Boys

The Central Valley Boys

A Day Of Bluegrass

A Day Of Bluegrass

The Central Valley Boys are headed to Napa Valley’s only bluegrass festival, A Day Of Bluegrass, in St. Helena on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The NCBS-welcomed festival is a presentation of Napa BluegrassThe Golden State Revue.

The event will take place at the Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall at 1313 Spring Street in downtown St. Helena from 11:00am-6:00pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for jamming as well as a full schedule of stage performances.

The venue is a classic century-old small town performance hall that is perfect for bluegrass music. Advance Tickets are now on sale.

“Oh, Brother” Bluegrass & Old Time Musical Play Continues in Monterey Through April 12

NCBS & CBA Welcome "Oh Brother", The Live Musical Play.

NCBS & CBA Welcome "Oh Brother", The Live Musical Play.

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society and the California Bluegrass Association (Monterey) welcome a musical play based on the 2000 “Oh Brother” Coen Brothers movie to Monterey’s Paper Wing Theatre Company.

The musical play featuring bluegrass & old time music – “A Tribute To Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” — continues with performances on Friday & Saturday evenings on March 28 & 29, and April 4, 5, 11, & 12.

The play will be staged at The Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Avenue (at Lighthouse) in MontereyNCBS and CBA Members will receive a $5 discount by mentioning “Bluegrass.” The regular price is $25. For reservations and tickets, call (831) 905-5684.

NCBS Members Receive Discount & Priority Advance Registration Access For IBMA World Of Bluegrass

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will receive a discount and priority advance registration access for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

The convention will be held September 30-October 4, 2014 and includes the IBMA Business Conference, the  Bluegrass Ramble, the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the IBMA Awards Show, all in downtown Raleigh.

NCBS Member Benefits include:

– Pre-sale (early access) to Wide Open Bluegrass Festival tickets (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014)

– Pre-sale (early access) to IBMA Awards Show tickets (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014)

bglogo– Access to the IBMA Reserved Hotel Blocks before the general public (3/31/2014 – 4/13/2014) - NOTE: Hotel Reservations are contingent upon purchase of tickets/registration to at least one event.  A unique reservation code and link will be provided at checkout.

– $20 discount to the full World of Bluegrass Business Conference (During the First Tier of ticket prices 3/31/2014 – 4/30/2014)

What else you need to know:

E-mail (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com (who will verify your NCBS membership).

The password to use is: 3ft965k. Online Tickets are available for Conference, Ramble, & Festival; Awards Show Tickets available via,  or register by calling 888-GET-IBMA or (888) 438-4262. Pre-sale begins at 8:00am Pacific Time.

There is a limit of 8 festival tickets and 8 conference registrations. Note that conference registration includes a Bluegrass Ramble pass.

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival tickets are sold separately. Tickets are $70 per day, or $140 for 2-day pass, plus tax.

More details about this year’s World of Bluegrass will be available on IBMA Website beginning on Monday, March 31. If you have any questions, contact (Joe Lurgio) joe (at) ibma (dot) org (888) GET-IBMA.


The Early-Season Bluegrass Festivals In Northern California & Beyond


NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

It’s spring and our thoughts turn to the start of the bluegrass festival season!  We will miss the Spring Strawberry Music Festival, sadly still recovering from the Rim Fire near Yosemite with high hopes for a return this fall. As far as we can tell, LA’s Bluegrass Situation will not return this May.

Meanwhile, the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival has moved from May back to April, but the Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation has moved from March to May to balance things out on the schedule.

Great news! The NCBS-welcomed A Day Of Bluegrass is back on in Napa Valley in April.

Here are the April-June bluegrass & beyond bluegrass festivals of interest to Northern California bluegrass fans.  Make your plans to join your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society for some great weekend fun!




Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, April 4-6, various venues, Modesto.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, April 5, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale.

Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 10-13, Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX.

A Day Of Bluegrass, April 12, Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall, St. Helena. (NCBS-welcomed)

Seabright Stringfest, April 19, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz.

The DIO Festival

The DIO Festival

CBA Spring Campout, April 21-27, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock.

Seabright Stringfest

Seabright Stringfest

Merfefest, April 24-27, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.

DIO Fest, April 25-27, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.

Two Day Town, April 25-27, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore.

Bluegrass in the Ko’olaus, April 25 - 28, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI.


1-3 — Bluegrass Jam & Campout, Elks Lodge, Hesperia.

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, May 3, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz.

Ramona Bluegrass Festival & Old West Fest, May 3-4, Ramona Community Park, Ramona.

parkfield-cafeParkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 8-11, various venues, Parkfield.

Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, May 10, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

pick-gather-poster-2014Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, May 10, Dahlia Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Pete Hicks of Hickstiville

Pete Hicks of Hickstival

Three Rivers Music Festival, May 10, Lions Arena, Three Rivers.

Calico Ghost Town Bluegrass & Western Spring Festival, May 10-11, Calico Ghost Town Regional Park, Yermo.

Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, May 18, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.

Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, May 21-26, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.

Hesperia Lakes

Hesperia Lakes

Delfest,  May 22-25, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.

Hickstival, May 23-26, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos.

Bottle Rock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa.

Pick And Gather Festival, May 31-June 1, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

Redwood Mountain Faire, May 31-June 1, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.


Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, June 6-8, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 12-21, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

fathers-day-39th-fest-2014-logohuck-finn-dual-2014-logoCBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 12-15, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Huck Finn’s Jubilee, June 13-15, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

Live Oak Music Festival, June 13-15, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

Amador City Banjo Festival, June 14, various venues, Amador City.

susanville-bg-festival-poster-2013La Honda Music & July Art Fair, June 14-15, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

Susanville Bluegrass Festival, June 16-22, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 19-22, various venues, Telluride, CO.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 21-22, Presidio Middle School, San Francisco.

romp-bw-logokate-wolf-fest-logo-blue-purpleInternational Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, June 25-28, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

Kate Wolf Music Festival, June 27-29, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.



Performance Schedule Announced For April 12 A Day Of Bluegrass In St. Helena

Sara Rodenberg

Sara Rodenburg

Napa Bluegrass and The Golden State Revue have announced the performance schedule for A Day Of Bluegrass, welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The second festival will be held at the Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall in St. Helena. Ticket Information.

SATURDAY, April 12

10:00am  – Complimentary Coffee, Pastries, Socializing, & Jamming

11:00 – Banjo Fiddle (replacing Pickle Creek)

Noon — Wild Cat Rangers

1:00pm — Sara Rodenburg

2:00 — Laura Lind

3:00 — Open Mike & Jamming

4:45 – The Central Valley Boys

5:45 — David Thom & Vintage Grass with Don Rigsby

7:00pm — Ed Neff & Friends

Show ends at 8:00pm.

Don Rigsby

Don Rigsby

29th Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Is Free On Saturday May 3 At The Duck Pond Stage

NCBS/SCBS Bluegrass Fair

NCBS/SCBS Bluegrass Fair

The NCBS Information Booth will be at the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair.

The NCBS Information Booth

The FREE 29th annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, beginning at Noon at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park (next to the courthouse) in Santa Cruz.

The beloved rite of spring for area bluegrass fans is the longest-running Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society event.

A raffle will offer tickets to the season’s bluegrass festivals and concerts, plus other great prizes. The NCBS Information Booth will have the details on live bluegrass music throughout the summer. Organic food will be available.

The Bands: The Lampel Brothers With Jim Lewin, Bean Creek, The Naked Bootleggers, and The Harmony Grits.