In addition to our events calendar to help you find live shows, festivals, and jams, we want to help you keep up with bluegrass in other ways. That’s what the Resources area is all about.


It’s Time For Promoters & Bands To Send Flyers To The NCBS Information Booth For Distribution During The 2016 Season

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Information Booth

ncbs-banner-in-boothThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Information Booth will be out during the 2016 Live Music Season all around Northern California.

The booth will have flyers and sage advice about ALL area festivals, concerts, and workshops (including those events presented by the NCBS itself).

The booth will appear at approximately 25 events this year (about every two weeks or so). The service is FREE to both music presenters and music fans.

ncbs-booth-table-indoors-penny-mikeNow is the time for promoters and bands to send flyers for distribution. Send flyers at any time to:

Michael Hall
610 Island Place
Redwood City, CA 94065

There is plenty of great bluegrass music coming to our area this year and NCBS will help find the perfect events for you and your friends.

The booth’s first outing for this season will be at the Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert on February 20 in Mountain View. The first of many festivals will be the March 18-19 Brookdale Bluegrass Spring Festival in Boulder Creek.

Everyone is welcome! Come by and say “hello” to our friendly booth volunteers, who will, of course, say “hello” right back. Yes, that is exactly how it works!


2016 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class Is Announced

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the 2016 Leadership Bluegrass Class, including the Bay Area’s Darby Brandli. The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA and NCBS Members are encouraged to apply for future classes. Congratulations to members of the LB Class Number 17:

Alan Bibey – Grasstowne; Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Daniel Boner – East Tennessee State University; Elizabethton, Tennessee

Dustin Boyd – Planet Bluegrass; Boulder, Colorado

Darby Brandli – California Bluegrass Association; Oakland, California

Janet Brightly – Consultant, Greyfox and Wintergrass; Annandale, Virginia

Angus Finnan – Folk Alliance International; Kansas City, Missouri

Jocelyn Gold – Gold Heart; Hamilton, Virginia

Katherine Hanson – FDA Leadership Development; Ijamsville, Maryland

Kelsi Harrigill – Flatt Lonesome; Trinity, Alabama

Lisa Husted – Greyfox Bluegrass Festival; Whitesboro, New York

Leah James – International Bluegrass Music Association; Nashville, Tennessee

Chris Joslin – International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, Kentucky

Tony Kamel – Wood & Wire; Austin, Texas

Brad Kolodner – WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Baltimore, Maryland

Devon Leger – Hearth Music; Shoreline, Washington

Marian Leighton Levy – Rounder Records; Newburyport, Massachusetts

Kimber Ludiker – Della Mae; Hendersonville, Tennessee

David Morris – Bluegrass Today/Paddle Faster Publishing; Gaithersburg, Maryland

Laurie Okun – City of Raleigh/Raleigh Convention Center; Raleigh, North Carolina

Patrice O’Neill – Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass; Milton, Washington

James Reams – James Reams & the Barnstormers; Litchfield, Arizona

Salvatore Sauco – Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance; East, Rhode Island

Annie Savage – Colorado Bluegrass Music Society; Lafayette, Colorado

Lee Stivers – The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers; Washington, Pennsylvania

Lucas White – Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Diana Wyland – Independent Artist & Teacher; Silver Spring, Maryland

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page Is A Free Service Available On This Website

ncbs-plain-logoThe NCBS National Bluegrass Stolen Instrument Page is linked off the left column on this website. This is a free service for both theft victims and used instrument buyers that provides a central reporting location for the recovery of stolen or lost bluegrass instruments.

Musicians should immediately SELF POST information about stolen instruments.

Instrument buyers should CHECK the page prior to purchase of any used instrument.

The page is searchable.

Breaking News: Freight & Salvage Situation Update, NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Bluegrass Agent Lance Leroy

Here is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass:

Update On The Freight & Salvage Troubles

Freight & Salvage

Freight & Salvage

Hilary Perkins (aka Nell Robinson), an especially knowledgeable observer, has provided a detailed Freight & Salvage Situation Update on the ongoing troubles at the Berkeley Society For The Preservation Of Traditional Music dba the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. This has been a matter of frustration for bluegrass & folk musicians for the past several years and has not been solved. It now looks like our music community will have to look elsewhere for support. Is a replacement Freight on the way? We will keep you informed about future developments.

2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Announced

There will be another National Public Radio Music Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Many bluegrass bands participated in the hugely popular inaugural 2015 contest and the (alas, non-bluegrass) winner was from the Bay Area. The tiny desk is in an office in Washington, DC. Your band has the music. That is all we need. More Information will be available soon.

Larry Leroy with the famed Martha White Flour bus.

Larry Leroy with the famed Martha White Flour bus.

Super Bluegrass Agent Lance Leroy, Strong Bluegrass Traditionalist & IBMA Founder

Lance Leroy, a longtime bluegrass talent agent to the stars and a fierce bluegrass traditionalist, died today. He was 84 years old. He was best known for booking Lester Flatt following the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys. He also played a big role in booking Jimmy Martin’s post country-era career, The Bluegrass Cardinals & The Johnson Mountain Boys in their prime, and, for a time, The Del McCoury Band. He helped found the International Bluegrass Music Association and was always admired for his professionalism and for being a perfect Southern gentleman at all times.

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 <>.

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.