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Some Good-Old-Fashioned, Do-It-Ourselves Bluegrass Radio On Monday Night April 14

kkup-coverage-mapGood Old Fashioned Bluegrass radio will return to the airwaves on “Monday Night Bluegrass,” April 14, 2014. The program will air 6:00-9:00pm on KKUP Radio, 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas.

The program host will be Sully Roddy of KFAT fame. The musical guest will be Steep Ravine, which will make its Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival debut August 7-10, 2014.

Michael Hall of the Northern California Bluegrass Society will talk to the members of the hot new band about their music and their appearance at the upcoming Do It Ourselves Festival in Boulder Creek — and complete GOF festival information will also  be available. Two tickets to the DIO Festival will be given away to lucky listeners.

Sully Roddy at her farewell show on the old KFAT station.

Radio Fame: Sully Roddy doing her show on the old KFAT station in Gilroy.

Thanks to Mike Russell, Mr. Monday Night Bluegrass, for setting up this fine show.

Tune in! Turn on! There is bluegrass music every Monday evening on KKUP.

Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine

Two NCBS Scholarship Students Will Attend Music Camp This Coming Weekend


Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that two young students, 7 and 10 years old, have been awarded scholarships for this coming weekend’s Spring 2014 Walker Creek Music Camp near Petaluma.

The grants are made possible by generous donations to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

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 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.

Ingrid Noyes (not NCBS) runs the camp itself.  Information: Walker Creek Music Camp. The next scholarships will be awarded in September for the October 9-12 Fall Walker Creek Music Camp.

Breaking News: Eddie DuCommun Band To Perform On April 11, Camp Mather To Reopen, Velo Rouge Cafe Drops Music, Forbes Wins Journalism Award

Here is the breaking bluegrass news in Northern California:

Eddie DuCommun

Eddie DuCommun

Eddie DuCommun Band To Perform April 11 In Felton

The Eddie DuCommun Band will perform on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Don Quixote’s in Felton. The band is known for its devotion to the music of Vern Williams and other traditional bluegrass heroes. Also on the bill are Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players and The Naked Bootleggers.

Eddie’s many friends are encouraged to attend the show. Bandleader DuCommun, who also performs with many South Bay bluegrass bands and is a popular jammer at Northern California bluegrass festivals, is ill. He performed between the 1970s and the 1990s with such bands as The Bear Creek Valley Boys and The Mountain Creatures.  He often sat in with his sister Diana Donnelly’s band Sidesaddle in its early years.

His address is:

Eddie DuCommun
c/o Dick & Joyce Clark
6995 Old Miner’s Way
Mountain Ranch, CA 95246
(209) 754-3938

Camp Mather To Reopen On Time


Camp Mather will reopen on time for the summer season, having completed necessary repairs to the damage caused by the Rim Fire, and having assessed the effect of recent rains on nearby Cottonwood Creek, the camp’s water source. This is one of several key requirements to make a Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival possible.

Velo Rouge Cafe Drops Music

San Francisco’s Velo Rouge Cafe, the home of “Free Range Fridays” and many special bluegrass events over the past 9 years, no longer welcomes music. The tiny eatery near Golden Gate Park was best known for its Friday evening program on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend each October. Jeannie & Chuck Poling, organizers of the VRC shows, will seek another bluegrass-friendly location in The City.

John Seigenthaler Journalism Award To Hannah Forbes

The John Seigenthaler Journalism Award for the Outstanding Graduate in Public Relations at Middle Tennessee State University goes to Hannah Forbes of the Class of 2014, niece of the notorious Northern California Bluegrass Society flack Michael Hall, who, of course, immediately issued this announcement on the NCBS website and shamelessly promoted it on his Facebook page. For additional (boastful) information about Hannah Forbes, contact Hannah’s (Uncle Mike) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Good-b ye to bluegrass music at the Velo Rouge.

Good-bye to bluegrass music at the Velo Rouge.

Breaking News: King’s River Festival Cancelled, Woodshed’s New Home, Drought Affects Two Day Town & Strawberry, Bluegrass In Alameda, Sagebrush In North Carolina

kings-river-bluegrass-festival-logoHere is the Breaking Bluegrass News in Northern California:

No CBA Kings River Bluegrass Festival

The California Bluegrass Association has cancelled the Kings River Bluegrass Festival previously held at The Grove in Sanger in late September.

The Woodshed’s New Home: St. James Church in Willow Glen

Due to zoning regulations, the South Bay’s newest music non-profit, The Woodshed, will move its concerts from Keith Holland Guitars in Los Gatos to St. James Church in the Willow Glen section of San Jose. The first concert in the new location will be Houston & Jones on April 19, 2014.

woodshed-music-arts-logo1Drought Affects Two Day Town & Strawberry Music Festivals

Two Day Town, set for Livermore April 25-27 will be held in 2014, even though the festival venue will be closed beginning April 1 due to severe drought conditions on the West Shore of Lake Del Valle Regional Park. Special water conservation arrangements and rules will allow the festival to go forward.

Meanwhile, the reopening of Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, home of the Strawberry Music Festival, has been delayed due to the drought’s effect on the mountain creek that supplies water for the camp. Also, the Rim Fire damage to the pipeline from the creek to the camp has not yet been repaired. The Spring Strawberry festival had already been canceled, so only the Fall festival is affected. The City of San Francisco is owner of Camp Mather and is working on a pipeline repair.

roosters-roadhouse-logoNew Bluegrass Venue In Alameda

Peter Barnado, formerly of McGrath’s and the Frog & Fiddle, has brought bluegrass music back to Alameda at Rooster’s Roadhouse, 1700 Clement Avenue. Canyon Johnson will perform on April 25, 2014.

Sagebrush To Perform in Asheville

Sagebrush (Darryl Cornell, Melissa Blas, Doc Wilcoxson, John Cooper) of Morgan Hill will perform the band’s first out-of-state gig on April 16, 2014 at The Marketplace Restaurant in Asheville, NC.

IBMA Professional Development Webinar on Google Plus For Bluegrass Set For March 25

Google Plus Webinar

Google Plus Webinar

The International Bluegrass Music Association will present a professional development webinar IBMA’s Google+ 101 For The Bluegrass Community” on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 4:00pm Pacific Time. This is a Google+ webinar event and hangout developed for IBMA members and bluegrass fans whose short and long-term objective is to help orient & train bluegrass artists, bands and organizations to use Google+ effectively.

The instructors will be Taylor Coughlin, IBMA Special Projects Director and Henri Deschamps, an expert on online bluegrass promotion.

The Google+ community which accompanies this event is at:


and you are invited to join.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members can register for the FREE online seminar. The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.