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.


Fall Walker Creek Music Scholarship Donations Now Being Accepted By NCBS

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The 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.

Walker Creek Music Camp Faculty Recital

Walker Creek Music Camp Faculty Recital

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.  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.

Donors who do not seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp.

Walker Creek Fall Music Camp 2015

Walker Creek Music Camp Website

Alabama Bow Ties Set For Good Old Fashioned; On KKUP Monday Night Bluegrass June 8

The Alabama Bow Ties (San Francisco) are set to play at the August 6-9 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. The 22nd annual festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass SocietyAdvance Tickets are on sale through July 22.

The band will perform on Monday Night Bluegrass on KKUP Radio, 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas, 6:00-9:00pm on June 8. The hot new traditional bluegrass band will talk live in the studio about the GOF and the other festivals on their summer schedule. Janet Thompson and Mike Thompson will also play live. And…Max Schwartz of the OMGG Reunion band will call in for a live interview. Mike Russell hosts the show and Michael Hall will do the interviews.

The Alabama Bow Ties

The Alabama Bow Ties

Cuzin’ Al Knoth To Celebrate 45 Years On Bluegrass Radio

Cuzin’ Al Knoth will celebrate his 45th year as a bluegrass radio show host in the South Bay/Monterey Bay areas later this summer with a special broadcast on KPIG Radio in Freedom, CA. NCBS will welcome this historic event. More details will be announced soon.

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

bglogoThe FREE Northern California Bluegrass Society National Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments.

The searchable page is listed under Resources in the left column on this website. The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments.

Musicians should immediately post about the loss of an instrument. Used instrument buyers should check the page prior to purchase. Please post again when instruments are recovered.

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