The Creak Returns To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9 In Tres Pinos

The Creak

The Creak

San Francisco’s The Creak will return to the main stage of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival on August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Discount Online Tickets for the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are now available on this website and by mail. NCBS Members receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases, while non-members receive a discountDiscount Advance Ticket sales end on July 22.

Official GOF Flier

GOF Volunteer Form

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (since 1994) is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Snap Jackson To Receive Male Vocalist Northern California Bluegrass Award At Parkfield

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present Snap Jackson with his Northern California Bluegrass Award for Best Male Vocalist at the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival this weekend. He was unable to attend the formal ceremony during the January Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City due to a death in the family. Jackson tied with Billy Pitrone in the male vocalist category.

The NCBS Information Booth will be at the festival with the details of upcoming bluegrass events around the area. Stop  by and say hello to our friendly booth staff.

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Board Member & Volunteer John (Pan) Logan Heads To Colorado; Honored With Lifetime Membership

Pan performs on spoons on the 'Tweener Stage, 2009 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Pan performs on spoons at the 2009 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

John Logan, known to his friends by the single name Pan, has moved to Fountain, Colorado. He previously lived on his boat moored at the Docktown Marina in Redwood City.

Pan is a longtime Northern California Bluegrass Society Board of Directors member and volunteer. He has been a key volunteer at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in many capacities, from facilities construction to program and t-shirt design. He also helped with Bluegrass On Broadway, the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, the Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival, the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, and the CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. He also helped staff the NCBS Information Booth, produce the award plaques for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, and with Bluegrass By The Bay magazine.

His unconventional bluegrass instrument of choice is the spoons, which he plays so well that he is a welcome guest with bands onstage and in bluegrass festival jams.

Pan (right) with some NCBS bluegrass friends.

Pan (right) with NCBS bluegrass friends.

The NCBS Board Of Directors has named him an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society and has introduced him to his new bluegrass friends with a gift membership in the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.

He also worked with disabled and troubled youth and helped beautify Docktown’s landscaping. He had a long and colorful career as a commercial fisherman, in the shipyards, and as a community theater director on both Canadian coasts. He was the spoon-playing member of the popular Newfoundland folk rock band ZiggyduffHe is a graduate of Menlo College.

He is a native of Portola, CA. He will join his daughter Helen Walsh in Fountain.

John (Pan) Logan (Left) hard at work at The 2012 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. Pan (left) hard at work at the 2012 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Breaking News: Strawberry Festival Finds New Home, Schiminger Is New IBMA Executive Director, Ken Burns Country Music Documentary, Brown Barn Return Is Delayed

Paul Schiminger

Paul Schiminger

Here is the breaking news in the Northern California Bluegrass World:

Strawberry Music Festival Finds New Home In The Sierras

The Strawberry Music Festival, which lost its longtime Camp Mather venue due to the 2013 Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, has found a new home in the town of Tuolumne, near Sonora at a venue called Westside. The first festival in the new location will be the 2015 Fall Strawberry Festival, set for Labor Day Weekend. The 2015 Spring Strawberry will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on Memorial Day Weekend.

Paul J. Schiminger Named IBMA Executive Director

The Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association has announced that banjo-playing financial executive Paul J. Schiminger will become the organization’s new executive director on June 1, 2015. The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

Ken Burns To Produce Country Music Documentary Series

Filmmaker Ken Burns will produce a PBS documentary series on Country Music to air in 2018.

Return Of The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival Delayed Until 2016

The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival, held for 8 years ending in 2013, will return in 2016, not 2015 as originally announced. The event is slated for its original barn venue in San Martin, now under new ownership.

Westside, Tuolumne

Westside, Tuolumne

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Online Tickets Now Available On This Website

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Online Tickets for the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are now available on this website. The 22nd annual festival will be held at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister) August 6-9.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases, while non-members receive a discount. Discount Advance Ticket sales end on July 22.

The GOF is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Official GOF Flier

GOF Volunteer Form

Call For Films For Second Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association Film Festival Committee, chaired by the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Michael Hall, has issued a Call For Films for the Second Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, set for September 29-October 3, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

Bluegrass filmmakers are welcome to submit films for consideration by the committee. Films submissions are due by June 15, 2015.

Complete IBMA Film Information

The film festival will be a part of a huge week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, as bluegrass bands, business leaders, fans — and filmmakers — gather for the annual IBMA World Of Bluegrass convention. Convention registrants will be admitted to the film program.

World Of Bluegrass Information

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s existing film festival, next set for January 31, 2016, is not affected by the North Carolina festival. The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival, in its 9th year, is the original bluegrass film event and was the model for the new IBMA screenings. A call for films for the NCBS festival will be issued later this year.


One Month Reminder: NCBS Board Candidate Statements Due June 1

One Month Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015.

All You Need To Know To Go To The FREE May 2 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

ncbs-plain-logoCome On Down To The 29th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

Rite Of Spring: Come  to the FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair – the beloved annual spring gathering for bluegrass folks presented by your Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society!

The NCBS/SCBS Bluegrass Fair!

The NCBS/SCBS Bluegrass Fair!

Date & Time: Saturday, May 2, Noon-6:00pm.

Place: Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, 134 Dakota Avenue, next to the courthouse in Santa Cruz.

Cost: FREE.

Weather: Nice! Sunny. High 68, Low 46.

Band Schedule:


Noon — Harmony Grits

1:15pm — The Down Beets

2:30 — Eddie DuCommun Band

3:45 — The Naked Bootleggers

5:00 — The True Life Troubadours

Food & Drink: Available for purchase or bring your own. No alcohol, please.

Dogs: No.

Smoking: No.

Bring: Blanket or chairs for lawn seating.

Parking: On street, in downtown garages, or at the left side of the courthouse.

Raffle: Yes. Tons of tickets to upcoming summer bluegrass events and many other great prizes!

Information: The NCBS Booth will have complete information about the upcoming bluegrass festival season.

And remember — All of your friends will be there!

Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

santa-cruz-city-limit-billboardDirections: From Highway 17, continue on Ocean Street into Santa Cruz, past Water Street, then right into the Santa Cruz County Courthouse parking lot, to left of building, park and walk to Duck Pond Stage behind the Lawn Bowling Courts. Alternate Parking on the streets surrounding the park or in downtown Santa Cruz (and cross the pedestrian bridge into the park).


NCBS will welcome Della Mae to a Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert in Mountain View on the evening of May 2 — the perfect way to end a Great Day Of Bluegrass! Showtime is 7:30pm.