NCBS Board Of Directors’ Candidates For August 8 Election

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Annual Election for Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, during the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots are due by August 4.

There are nine announced candidates running for nine positions.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele


The following candidate has announced that she is running as a write-in, and submitted this statement and picture:

Alison Steele

You may know me as the banjo player for Sugar by the Pound.  I really enjoy the West Coast Bluegrass sound and want  to help the bluegrass community by serving on the NCBS Board of Directors.  I am a native Virginian and have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years.  It would be a joy to help with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival along with other Society events and projects. I would appreciate your vote!


These candidates previously submitted candidate statements and are on the ballot that was published with their statements and photos in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

NCBS Membership

Turner Classic Movie Channel To Present Bay Area Roots Music Filmmaker Les Blank Marathon Tuesday Evening, July 28

tcm-logodry-wood-les-blank-maureen-gosling-illusThe Turner Classic Movie Channel (TCM) will present a marathon of Les Blank documentary films, most focused on roots music and food, on Tuesday evening, July 28, beginning at 5:00pm Pacific Time and running close to 3:00am. This will be the first-ever broadcast of this 13-film program.

The late (1935-2013) Les Blank (Flower Films, El Cerrito, CA) was known for his unique films about roots musicians, including Tommy Jarrell, Clifton Chenier, Lightning Hopkins, Professor Longhair, Mance Lipscomb and many others. His longtime collaborators, Chris Simon (Utah) and Maureen Gosling (Berkeley) have been involved with the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival and other bluegrass-related film projects in recent years.

Les Blank

Les Blank

TUESDAY, July 28

Chris Simon & Les Blank on the Red Carpet, 2011 Academy Awards

Chris Simon & Les Blank on the Red Carpet, 2011 Academy Awards

(All Times Pacific)

5:00pm — Always For Pleasure (1978)

6:15 — Spend It All (1971)

7:15 — Dry Wood (1973)

8:00 — Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisana (1990)

8:37 — Poltergeist (Featurette) (1982)

8:45 — Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)

9:45 — Hot Pepper (1973)

10:45 — The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1970)

11:19 — All Talking… All Singing… All Dancing (1971)

11:30 — A Well Spent Life (1971)

Tommy Jarrell

Fiddler Tommy Jarrell

In Heaven There Is No Beer?

In Heaven There Is No Beer?

12:30am — Sprout Wings and Fly (1983)

1:15 – In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984)

2:15 — God Respects Us When We Work But Loves Us When We Dance (1968)

(Ends 2:42am, Wednesday, July 29)

TCM 7/28/15 Listings


Great Food Returns To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

blue-sun-cafe-boothBlue Sun Cafe (Boulder Creek), the most popular food vendor in Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival history, will be back this year, joined by the returning favorite He Brews Coffee (Oregon).

Good food awaits us August 6-9, 2015 at Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

He Brews Coffee

He Brews Coffee

Free camping for tents and RVs is included with all multi-day tickets. There is an extra charge for RVs hooked up to electricity, which is limited.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

Breaking News: King’s River Festival Returns, IBMA Seeks Youth Bands

kings-river-bluegrass-festival-logoHere is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass music:

King’s River Bluegrass Festival To Return September 13

The California Bluegrass Association has announced that the King’s River Bluegrass Festival will return as a one-day event on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at The Grove in Sanger. Interested bands should contact Festival Director Stan Allen before July 30.

IBMA Seeks Youth Bands For World Of Bluegrass In Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music Association is seeking Youth Bluegrass Bands (ages 5-25) to perform at the World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, NC, on the IBMA Youth Council StageOctober 2-3, 2015. Contact (Taylor Coughlin) taylor (at) ibma (dot) org at IBMA before August 3 to apply.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

The Naked Bootleggers To Appear On Berkeley TV This Weekend


Berkeley Community Television & Media

Berkeley Community Television & Media

This weekend, July 25-27, the Naked Bootleggers will be featured as part of a series of performances from the 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair that will run throughout the month of July on Berkeley Community Television. The one hour shows will run three times each weekend on Channel 28 (Saturdays, 8:00pm, Sundays, 4:00pm, Mondays, 8:00pm). The concert films will also appear on the web.

Berkeley Community TV Website

The concert programs were filmed and produced by program host Beebee Simmons. The free annual bluegrass fair is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park in early May each year.

The Naked Bootleggers

The Naked Bootleggers

Three Month Reminder: NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions Due On October 20

Three Month Reminder: Submissions for the 9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival (January 31, 2016 in Redwood City) are due on October 20, 2015.

Looking Ahead To The August 2015 Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

jug-band-festival-poster-15bowers-mansion-poster-15August will be a busy month for Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and their friends as we fan out to festivals all around California.

Please come out and join us at the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (August 6-9) and other gatherings! Here are the festivals for the month:


July 31-August 1 — Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma.

3-8 — Old Fiddlers’ Convention, Felts Park, Galax, VA.

6-9 – NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The Last Dead On The Creek Festival

The Last Dead On The Creek Festival

summergrass-poster-windmill-157-10 – Dead On The Creek, Uncle John’s Camp, Willits. (Sold out)

8-9 – Saw Player’s Picnic & Music Festival, Roaring Camp, Felton.

14-16 – Summergrass San Diego, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista.

14-16 – Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park & Deer Creek Park, Carson City, NV.

22 — International Jug Band Festival, Sutter Creek Inn, Sutter Creek.

27-30 – Golden Old Time Campout, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma.



One Day Reminder: Wednesday July 22 Is Last Day For GOF Festival Advance Discount Tickets

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

One Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 2015 for the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Online Advance Tickets

Official GOF Flyer

NCBS Membership