KKUP Monday Night Bluegrass To Feature Bill Evans & The Naked Bootleggers

The Naked Bootleggers

The Naked Bootleggers in the wild.

new-kkup-logo-2NCBS-related events and musicians will be featured on Monday Night Bluegrass for November 9, 2015. The KKUP Radio program will run 6:00-9:00pm at 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas and will be Streamed Live at <www.kkup.org>.

KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon

KKUP Over The Air

Mike Russell is the show’s host and Michael Hall will interview the bands for the live performance portion of the long-running bluegrass radio broadcast.

Bill Evans of Richmond will bring his banjo to play some tunes live in the studio and talk about this week’s California Banjo Extravaganza shows in Santa Cruz, Winters, Palo Alto & Berkeley.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Extravaganza’s Saturday evening Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert in Palo Alto.

Later in the evening, NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Chair Ona Stewart will bring his Santa Cruz-based band, The Naked Bootleggers to KKUP for a live in-studio performance and an update on the band’s busy schedule.

The 2015 California Banjo Extravaganza line-up.

The 2015 California Banjo Extravaganza line-up.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Is On Facebook

The NCBS Facebook Page!

The NCBS Facebook Page!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is on Facebook — now, that is something you can Like!

NCBS Facebook Page

2015-2016 RBA Concert Season Is Welcomed By NCBS

The 2015-2016 Redwood Bluegrass Associates concerts are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The November concert will be held at Etz Chayim Hall in Palo Alto. The remainder of the season will take place at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge.


November 14 — California Banjo Extravaganza (Riley Baugus, Ryan Cavanaugh, & Bill Evans, plus John Reischman, Sharon Gilchrist, Chad Manning, & Jim Nunally).

There will be no December concert.


January 23 — Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray

February 20 – Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

March 19 – Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

April 16 – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

May 7 – The Tuttles with A. J. Lee

Two Month Reminder: 2016 Good Old Fashioned Band Applications Are Due December 31, 2015

Two Month Reminder: Bands wishing to perform on the main stage at the NCBS 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival must apply by December 31, 2015.

Official GOF Band Application

NCBS To Welcome Banjo Babes National Tour To Don Quixote’s On December 13

The Littlest Birds

The Littlest Birds

don-quixotes-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the live national tour of the Third Annual Banjo Babes Calendar & Album project to Don Quixote’s in Felton on December 13, 2015.

The Performers:

Erin Inglish & The Stringtown Ambassadors

Alison Steele (of Sugar By The Pound),

Evie Ladin Band

The Littlest Birds (Sharon Martinson)

The Small Glories (with Cara Luft of the Wailin’ Jennys).

The project is under the direction of Erin Inglish.

RBA To Present The California Banjo Extravaganza In Palo Alto November 14

Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present the 4th Annual California Banjo Extravaganza, organized by Richmond’s Bill Evans, at the Etz Chayim Hall, 4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto on Saturday, November 14.

The program will feature banjo players Riley Baugus, Ryan Cavanaugh, & Bill Evans.

All RBA concerts are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For January 29-31, 2016

Civic Cultural Commission

Civic Cultural Commission

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held in Redwood City January 29-31, 2016.

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show will be held on Saturday, January 30.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival will take place on Sunday, January 31.

bglogoAdditional bluegrass programs will take place throughout the weekend.

The FREE festival is made possible with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services, the Redwood City Public Library, John  Dabney, and other Redwood City area businesses and individuals.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival 2016 Band Application — Due On December 31, 2015

Here is the 2016 Main Stage Band Application for the 2016 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. It is due by December 31, 2015.

* Deadline for Band Applications*

Deadline for Band Applications for the 2016 GOF is “December 31st, 2015″

It’s that time again!  Any band interested in performing at the 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival  (the Bands will perform August 12th,13th, 14th ) needs to submit the following materials and information by December 31st, 2015 to:


C/o Penny Godlis

481 N Santa Cruz Ave. #242

Los Gatos, CA  95030-5300

1. Band Recording: Ideally the recording (CD or cassette) please no DVD’s, should have at least five songs and represent the current membership and performance style of the band.  It doesn’t have to be quality- just clear enough for the band committee to make a good and fair evaluation.

2. Band Photo: Prior to the festival we feature photos of performing bands both in this magazine

and in promotional materials. Please submit a photo of your current band that you’d like to see in

publication (and indicate who is who on the back of the photo).  Avoid dark photos that don’t scan

very well.  Photo size is not that important.

3. Band Description:  Pretend you’re a reporter for this magazine who is doing an article on your

Band , and write a few paragraphs describing  your group.    Some important information you might provide in your description includes:

.  Names of band members and instruments they play, vocals (leads or harmonies.)

.  Style of music you play (traditional bluegrass, old timey, contemporary, originals, etc.)

.  Brief biographical “story” of each member

.  History of your band

.  How you came up with your band name

.  Recordings you’ve done (don’t worry, most bands at GOF haven’t recorded yet)

.  Interesting places at which you’ve performed

.  Regular gigs you’d like readers to know about

Both the GOF committee and this magazine will use these materials to help promote the festival and your band.  We aren’t expecting fancy layouts or custom-printed materials - a simple letter is just fine.

4. Contact Person:  We need the name, phone number, mailing address (and ideally e-mail address)

of the band’s “agent” or key contact person.



5. When you can Perform: Please let us know which days your band can perform at the festival.

Please check all that apply:

___     Friday        August 12th (music from   3 pm - 10 pm)

___     Saturday   August13th (music from 10 am - 10 pm)

___     Sunday      August14th (music from   9 am - 5:00 pm)

Remember the music begins at 3:00 pm on Friday.




The more flexible your band is for scheduling the greater your chance of being booked.

See page two for more info.

Page Two

Some frequently asked questions:

Can our band use previously submitted or published materials?

All bands MUST submit a recording, photo, and band description, BUT you can certainly use previous tapes, photos, and band descriptions if they accurately reflect your current band membership, performance level, and information.  We’d prefer a new set of materials though, since last year’s band applications/press kits may not be complete anymore.  Please call Penny Godlis (831-423-2154 home phone) or (408-234-7641 Cell Phone) if you have any questions. Or email me at pennyg44@gte.net

Are New Bands Welcome?

Definitely!  The band committee is always looking for new bands to feature at the festival.  The GOF was started mainly to give up-and-coming local bands a venue to perform for a larger bluegrass audience.

We’re an established local band and have played at GOF several times–do we still need to send in an application?

YES!  To be fair to everyone, all bands need to apply by the deadline to be considered by the festival committee. If all of the Band members are the same and you wish to use a previous year’s band packet, please call or e-mail Penny Godlis before the deadline.


If you have any questions about the band application process, please contact Penny Godlis at  (831-423-2154 Home phone) or  (408-234-7641 Cell phone) email pennyg44@gte.net

Late Applications:

When we receive the Band packets we work very quickly to get a lineup for publication.  Bands that apply late may be put on a waiting list.