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NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Donations For Fall 2016

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

A young bass player at music camp. (Photo: Brooks McGowan)

A young bass player at music camp. (Photo: Brooks McGowan)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund is now collecting donations for deserving students at the Fall 2016 Camp, set for October 6-9. A NCBS committee will award the scholarships from the fund.

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

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses scholarships. 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. Thanks for your support!

Ingrid Noyes runs the camp, which is held each spring and fall. Information: Walker Creek Music Camp,

NCBS Awards Scholarships To Walker Creek Music Camp Students And Thanks Generous Donors

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Committee that awards scholarships for deserving students from the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund has announced the recipients for the Spring Camp near Petaluma. Partial awards will go to two young adults and to two young sisters, making attendance possible for these music camp participants.

Ingrid Noyes‘ spring WCMC will be held April 8-11, 2016. The NCBS fund will soon accept donations for the fall camp.

A big thanks to the committee, to a brand new organizational donor — our friends in the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association, and to all the other loyal, generous donors who make it all possible!

At the Walker Creek Camp near Petaluma.

At the Walker Creek Camp near Petaluma.

NCBS Stolen & Missing Bluegrass Instrument Page Is Free Service On This Website

bglogoThe NCBS National Bluegrass Stolen Instrument Page (left column on this website) 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 and link-enabled for your convenience.


Breaking News: Annie Staninec Tours With Rod Stewart, Cousin Al’s Farewell Show, Studio 55 Marin To Close, Alan Munde & Bill Evans Banjo Workshop & Concert

Cuzin' Al Knoth

Cousin Al Knoth

Here is the breaking news in the world of Northern California bluegrass music:

Fiddler & Banjoist Annie Staninec Now Touring With Rod Stewart

Former NCBS member and GOF Kids On Stage performer Annie Staninec (Portland, OR) is currently touring with singer Rod Stewart. She was hired after Stewart saw her playing the banjo on her father Michel Staninec’s Sausalito front porch to entertain her younger siblings in a YouTube Video: Banjo Pickin’ Girl that went viral last winter. She plays banjo and fiddle in Stewart’s rock/pop band.

YouTube Video: Annie Staninec (on the left playing fiddle) with Rod Stewart

Cousin Al Knoth Sets April 10 Farewell Radio Show

Al Knoth of KTAO, KFAT, KPIG and KKUP radio fame will bring his 46-year-long bluegrass radio career to an end with a live broadcast set for 10:00am-Noon on Sunday April 10 on KPIG Radio, 107.5FM in the Monterey Bay Area, 94.9FM on the Central Coast, and streaming online. The West Coast bluegrass radio pioneer recently retired his two active shows, “Cousin Al’s Bluegrass Show” on KPIG and “Monday Night Bluegrass” on KKUP, due to health issues. The Farewell Show will feature live in-studio music performances and interviews with Peter Rowan, Bean Creek, Lone Prairie, and Matt Knoth & Friends, visits by Al’s many friends, and (there is no stopping it!) Al’s trademark wit and wisdom.

studio-55-speed-limitStudio 55 Marin Performance Venue To Close — Now On April 8th

UPDATE: Studio 55 Marin’s last show is now April 8th.

Studio 55 Marin, a regular bluegrass and acoustic performance venue in San Rafael, will close with a final show on June 4 featuring owner Ken Frankel’s band, the Sound Of Sirens. Studio 55 will become the second bluegrass-friendly North Bay venue lost this year, as Napa’s City Winery closed on January 1.

Call For Support Of Alan Munde & Bill Evans Workshop & Concert April 6 In Santa Cruz Mountains

A late addition to the teaching and performing tour by banjo legends Alan Munde & Bill Evans at The Great Room in the Santa Cruz Mountains on April 6 is in need of attendance support. This will be a rare South Bay/Santa Cruz appearance by Munde, who last appeared on a Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society stage in the mid-1980s with his then-band Country Gazette.

Workshop & Concert Information.

Thanks for your support!

Breaking News: Sam Bush Film At SF Noisepop Festival; The Steeldrivers, Bela & Abigail, Chris Stapleton Win Grammys

Sam Bush

Sam Bush

Here is the breaking  news in the world of Northern California Bluegrass Music:

Sam Bush Film  At Noisepop Festival In SF Sunday, February 21

The new documentary film, Revival: The Sam Bush Story will screen on Sunday, February 21, 6:00pm at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco as part of the Noisepop Festival. The program will feature a Q & A with Sam Bush and filmmaker Kris Wheeler.

The Steeldrivers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, & Chris Stapleton Win Grammy Awards

Bluegrass favorites The Steeldrivers (bluegrass), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (folk), and Chris Stapleton (country) won Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies in Los Angeles.

The Steeldrivers

The Steeldrivers