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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!

NCBS Walker Creek Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Donations For Spring Students

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, is collecting donations to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

The fund accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students. A NCBS committee manages the fund. Current donations will be used to assist needy students at the upcoming Spring 2015 camp near Petaluma, set for April 9-12. More information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp.

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.

Breaking News: Peter Thompson Weekdays, California Worldfest Has New Owner, Molly Tuttle To Nashville

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

Peter Thompson To Host National Weekday Bluegrass Radio Show

40-year radio veteran Peter Thompson will host a one hour national bluegrass radio show Monday-Friday at 8:00am Pacific Time on BluegrassCountry.org, produced by WAMU radio in Washington, DC. The program will originate from the studios of KALW in San Francisco and focus on west coast bluegrass musicians. Previously, a portion of Thompson’s 20-year-old “Bluegrass Signal” program on KALW (6:30-8:00pm Saturdays) had been rebroadcast on WAMU’s national online service. The local Saturday program will be unaffected by Thompson’s new duties. The new program launches on March 2.

Center For The Arts Is New Owner Of California Worldfest

Grass Valley’s Center For The Arts is the new owner of California Worldfest — the California World Music Festival — held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The 19-year-old festival was previously staged by Dan DeWayne of Chico. The 2015 festival will be held July 16-19.

Molly Tuttle To Nashville

Molly Tuttle of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, a Palo Alto native and a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, is now a resident of Nashville, TN.