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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

Breaking News: Sunday Claire Lynch Band Concert Has New Venue & Time, Martin Guitar Accidentially Destroyed In Movie Scene

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

Here is the breaking news in the Northern California Bluegrass world & beyond:

Changes To Sunday, February 14 Santa Cruz Area Claire Lynch Concert

Due to a death in the family, the Sunday, February 14 Claire Lynch Band Concert, originally set for Inner Light Ministries in Soquel, will now be held as an afternoon House Concert in Santa Cruz, with (Steve Palazzo) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com doing the honors (Thanks, Steve!). There is a new time (3:00pm), a new venue (inquire), and a new ticket price ($25 by advance reservation only). The new time will allow you & your sweetheart to take in the show and still have time afterwards for a relaxed Valentine’s Day Dinner out & about in lovely & romantic Santa Cruz. The reorganized event still has tickets available.

Kurt Russell Mistakenly Smashes 145-Year-Old Martin Guitar In Movie Scene

The Martin Guitar Museum loaned a 145-Year-Old Martin Guitar for the filming of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” movie. The script called for actor Kurt Russell to use the guitar in a scene, then use another cheap guitar for smashing in shooting the next scene. Unfortunately, the guitar changeout was not communicated to Russell, who proceeded to smash the valuable Martin in error, while delivering his line to Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Music time’s over.” The museum has announced that it will no longer lend guitars to film companies.

Fortunately, insurance will cover the monetary loss. Unfortunately, the instrument is lost to history.

Kurt Russell in film scene just before guitar smash.

Kurt Russell in the film scene watches Jennifer Jason Leigh play the Martin guitar just before the big smashing.