KKUP Bluegrass Folk & Country Marathon Set For February 8-12 With Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Tickets

The 2108 Bluegrass Folk & Country Marathon to support bluegrass and related programming on community radio station KKUP – Cupertino will be held February 8-12 at 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas, and online at www.kkup.org.

Among the many premiums that await your donation are tickets to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (August 9-12, 2018).

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Twelfth Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For January 25-27, 2019

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that the Twelfth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 25-27, 2019 in Redwood City.

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Set For Saturday May 5 At The Duckpond Stage

The NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (founded 1986) is set for Saturday, May 5, 2018, Noon-6:00pm at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. The FREE afternoon of bluegrass music will be held under beautiful springtime skies.

New Bluegrass Band Mission Blue To Debut At The Summit House February 8

The Thursday Bluegrass Series at The Summit House brings FREE music to the Santa Cruz Mountains and will present the brand new group Mission Blue this week.

The full bluegrass band features Dana Frankel (Santa Cruz) and Avram Frankel (Pacifica). On this evening, Billy Moore and Dave Gooding will round out the ensemble.

The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill show on February 8 will run from 6:00-8:30pm. Good food and drink will be served at the top of Highway 17,  six miles south of Los Gatos.

The performance is presented by the The Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Brookdale Bluegrass Announces That Spring Festival Will Be Held In Tres Pinos

Brookdale Bluegrass has announced that the Spring 2018 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, previously set for the Mount Cross Camp in Ben Lomond, will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. The March 9-11 dates and line-up are unchanged. More details will be available soon.

All Brookdale Bluegrass Festivals since 1998 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Joyce Clark, Bluegrass Volunteer & Sidesaddle Fan At the Core Of The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society

Joyce Clark

Joyce & Dick Clark

Joyce Clark, a key early volunteer who helped bring bluegrass music to the South Bay and Santa Cruz and brought new supporters to the fledgling band Sidesaddle, died on January 30, 2018. She was 75 years old.

Joyce and her husband Dick Clark were among the founders of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society and helped organize concerts, campouts, meetings, and bluegrass bowling fundraisers, and helped host popular social gatherings at the Society camp at bluegrass festivals throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The couple traveled nationally to support Sidesaddle, Northern California bluegrass and the SCBS. They were regular volunteers at the SCBS membership and information booth.

Joyce Clark was at the core of the SCBS, the glue of its fellowship and the heart of its activities. Her warmth, kindness, cheerfulness and general good humor were felt by everyone who knew her. Her smile, good heart, laugh, and gentle wit enlivened every occasion. For many new bluegrass fans of that era, their first and fondest memories of the bluegrass community were of Joyce welcoming them to the music and to the SCBS camp at festivals. She never met a stranger, and was always wickedly funny, warm and understanding. She became everyone’s confidant and showed unconditional love. Her personality influenced the developing cultural of the early bluegrass society and guided those who took charge of the organization long after she moved away.

Joyce & Dick Clark

Dick & Joyce Clark received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

The couple loved the all-women South Bay bluegrass band Sidesaddle and were fixtures at almost all early performances. They were two of the organizers of the Sidesaddle Fan Club, and Joyce was the band’s den mother.

After retirement, “DicknJoyce” moved from their longtime home in Santa Clara to Mountain Ranch, where they have lived for almost two decades. There, they began volunteering at the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. Joyce will be remembered by VIP visitors to that event from across the country as the smiling lady, embodying hospitality, at the festival’s backstage gate.

She was born Joyce Brown in Riverbank, CA. She is survived by her husband, son Richard and his wife Sophia, and daughter Laura. Her grandchildren are Josh and TC. Her grandchild is Little Josh. Her daughter Candice predeceased her.

– Craig Nelson & Michael Hall (Thanks to Barb Scott, Richard & Sophia Clark)

Dick & Joyce Clark and Judy & Dick Dowell accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Donations For The NCBS Spring Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Now Accepted

The Spring Walker Creek Music Camp at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma will be held April 12-15, 2018. Ingrid Noyes runs the camp.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund is now collecting donations to assist students who need financial help. Donations can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society,  PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846, Attention: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses the scholarships. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp.

Stoney Mountain Ramblers Guitarist & Lead Vocalist Robert Zeien, Dedicated Father & Husband

Robert Zeien

Local musician Robert Zeien passed away Tuesday, January 30 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was guitarist and lead vocalist for the Stoney Mountain Ramblers, playing with them for 16 years and over 285 gigs. He was 53 years old.

Robert Zeien sings with The Stoney Mountain Ramblers.

Robert and the Stoney Mountain Ramblers have been fixtures at NCBS events over the years – including the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival,  the Brookdale Bluegrass Festivals, Bluegrass on Broadway and the inaugural Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. SMR made numerous appearances on KKUP Radio’s Monday Night Bluegrass, and Robert is composer of a bluegrass KKUP station identification jingle.

In the months since receiving his diagnosis, Robert continued cheerfully living life to its fullest with family and friends. He rallied to play one last gig at the Summit House five days before he passed away.

Robert was a dedicated father, husband and band-member. Always kind, gentle, soft-spoken and humble, and always up for picking “one more.” His energy, good humor and love of music will be missed.


– Gary Anwyl, Scott Dailey, & Bill Hamburgen