Resources

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.

News

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

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Donations Now Being Collected For Fall Camp

The Walker Creek Ranch

The Walker Creek Ranch

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, is now collecting funds from donors for the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund for students at the upcoming Fall 2015 Walker Creek Camp set for October 8-11.

The fund, which is managed by a NCBS committee, accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students.

Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846
Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

Donations to the NCBS 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 seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp.

Ingrid Noyes, not NCBS, runs the music camp, which is held at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

Walker Creek Music Camp

Last Call For Spring NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Donations

Walker Creek Ranch (Melnyk photo)

Walker Creek Ranch (Melnyk photo)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, will soon award scholarships from the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund to assist needy students at the upcoming Spring 2015 camp near Petaluma, set for April 9-12.

The fund accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students. Donations for the NCBS fund can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846, Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

Donations to the NCBS fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisers. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp. More information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp.

Breaking News: New Mother Lode COTFA Chapter, KCSM TV Programs Significant Bluegrass

First Meeting, COTFA Mother Lode Chapter

First Meeting, COTFA Mother Lode Chapter

Here is the breaking news in Northern California bluegrass music:

New California Old Time Fiddlers Association Chapter In Mother Lode

A new Mother Lode area chapter of the California Old Time Fiddlers Association met for the first time on March 1, 2015 at the Standard Community Church in Standard (Tuolumne County). The organization will meet first Sunday afternoons.

KCSM TV In San Mateo Programs Bluegrass Music Programs

KCSM-TV, the public broadcast service of the College of San Mateo, now programs a significant amount of bluegrass and related music. The San Mateo station is available on digital Channel 60 and on most cable systems in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The troubled station is slated to disappear in about two years when arrangements are finalized to convert the station’s allocated broadcast spectrum to cell phone transmission use. In the meantime, a wide variety of less commercial music styles such as bluegrass get air time, along with other lower-cost public television fare.

Woodsongs as seen on KCSM TV

Woodsongs as seen on KCSM TV

KCSM TV Program Information

Music City Roots as seen on KCSM-TV

Music City Roots as seen on KCSM-TV

The NCBS Information Booth Collecting Materials From Presenters, Ready For 2015 Events

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Information Booth

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Information Booth is gearing up for the 2015 live music season all around the state. The booth will have information about ALL area festivals, concerts, and workshops, including those presented by NCBS.

The booth will appear at approximately 25 events this year. The service is FREE to both promoters and fans. Area promoters and bands should send fliers for distribution to:

Michael Hall
610 Island Place
Redwood City, CA 94065

The next stop for the booth will be at the Rita Hosking Trio Woodshed Music & Arts Concert on February 28 in San Jose. The next festival will be the March 6-8 Brookdale Bluegrass Springfest 2015 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Everyone is welcome to stop by, say hello to our friendly booth volunteers, and check on the bounty of great bluegrass music coming to our area. See you where the music is!

Stop by and say hello at festivals and concerts all year long!

Stop by and say hello at festivals and concerts all year long!