The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Is Coming On May 3, 2014

santa-cruz-city-limit-billboardbglogoThe Santa Cruz Bluegrass FairYour Society’s Beloved Rite Of Spring — is coming on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, next to the courthouse off Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.

It’s FREE!

Great music with The Naked Bootleggers, Harmony Grits, The Lampel Brothers With Jim Lewin, and Bean Creek.

It will be a lovely spring day in the park, with food, fun, friends, and a raffle with tickets to all the great upcoming festivals — ain’t nothing like it in  the world!

NCBS/SCBS presents The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

NCBS/SCBS presents The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

Breaking News: Additions To The Bluegrass Schedule, The Hossettes

Rick Sparks

Rick Sparks

Here is the breaking news in Northern California bluegrass:

Late Additions To The Northern California Bluegrass Schedule

Some spring festivals and concerts are just now coming together and looking like lots of fun. Here are some late additions to the Northern California bluegrass schedule:

Saturday, April 19 – Rick Sparks & Karen Roemmich Barn Concert at Blue Moon Ranch in Bonny Doon. 4:30pm afternoon show, with jamming to follow in the evening. RSVP — (Eric & Barbara Burman) bluemoonranch (at) msn (dot) com.

Saturday, April 19 — Third Annual Seabright Stringfest, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz. Just-announced line-up of old-time & bluegrass bands all afternoon and evening. FREE.

Earl White & Adrienne Davis Of The Earl White Band

Earl White & Adrienne Davis Of The Earl White Band

Thursday-Monday, May 22-26 — Hickstival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos. Bluegrass campout with performances on Memorial Day Weekend. Thursday has been added and bands have just been announced.

These are all small, fun gatherings within easy driving distance of the Bay Area.

No Name Band Now Has A Name: The Hossettes

Nameless no more, the brand-new Davis-based, all-female bluegrass band has been christened “The Hossettes,” featuring Hailey Pexton, Angela Personini, Karen Wilhoyte, and Jenny Lynn Williams.

The Hossettes

The Hossettes

Faux Renwah To Return To 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-10

GOF favorite Faux Renwah will return to the main stage at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Official GOF Festival Flier

The 21st annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society and will feature great jamming bands and performances on 3 stages.

Chris Stevenson of Faux Renwah, Homecoming Queen, Douglas County High School, Gardnerville, NY (1967)

Chris Stevenson of Faux Renwah, Homecoming Queen, Douglas County High School, Gardnerville, NV (1967)

The Harmony Grits Return To The Stage Of The FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair On May 3

The Harmony Grits at the Bluegrass Fair

The Harmony Grits at the Bluegrass Fair

The Harmony Grits will return to the stage of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The FREE, beloved Rite of Spring will begin at Noon at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park (next to the courthouse) in Santa Cruz.

The fair is the longest-running Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society event.

Also on the bill: The Lampel Brothers With Jim Lewin, The Naked Bootleggers, and Bean Creek.

A raffle will offer tickets to the season’s bluegrass festivals and concerts, plus other great prizes. The NCBS Information Booth will have the details on live bluegrass music throughout the summer. Organic food will be available.

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

RBA To Present Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band On Saturday, May 3

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band in concert on Saturday evening, May 3, 2014. The program is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View.

An open jam hosted by Ed Cirimele will begin at the church at 5:00pm, with the concert to follow at 7:30pm.

This will be the final concert of the RBA Fall-Winter-Spring series.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

All You Need To Know To Go To A Day Of Bluegrass In St. Helena This Saturday

A Day Of Bluegrass In Napa!

A Day Of Bluegrass In Napa!

Welcomed By The Northern California Bluegrass Society

Welcomed By The Northern California Bluegrass Society

The NCBS-Welcomed A Day Of Bluegrass this Saturday, April 14 is the only bluegrass festival in Napa Valley and will feature some new Napa Valley bands and some great out of town talent.

This will be a relaxed, fun bluegrass gathering in a historic St. Helena venue with plenty of time and space for jams.

Our gracious hosts, Napa Bluegrass & The Golden State Revue, will greet you and your friends! Here is all you need to know to have a great time:

Performance Schedule:

SATURDAY, April 12

10:00am  – Complimentary Coffee, Pastries, Socializing, & Jamming

11:00 – Banjo Fiddle (replacing Pickle Creek due to a medical emergency)

Noon — Wild Cat Rangers

1:00pm — Sara Rodenburg

2:00 — Laura Lind

3:00 — Open Mike & Jamming

4:45 – The Central Valley Boys

5:45 — David Thom & Vintage Grass with Don Rigsby

7:00pm — Ed Neff & Friends

Show ends at 8:00pm.

Tickets: Only $25. There will be plenty of tickets at the door.

Venue: The Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall is located at 1313 Spring Street in downtown St. Helena.

Jamming: There will be outdoor jamming around the building. In addition, a bar one only block away will offer indoor jamming as well.

Directions: St. Helena is located in the Napa Valley, north of Napa on Highway 29. Coming from the south, turn left on Spring Street. 1313 Spring Street is about 2 blocks down on the left. There is plenty of free street parking.

Weather: A beautiful day in the Napa Valley — Sunny. High 73, Low 47.

Food: You are welcome to bring your own food and drink if you like. Food service will be available onsite, plus the charming eateries of downtown St. Helena await us.

Lodging: There are a number of small inns and motels near the festival location.

Fine Local Wineries: Yes, indeed!

Information: The NCBS Information Booth will be there to let you know about upcoming bluegrass events.

This is going to be a fun day of bluegrass music. Come on down and bring your friends!

Candidate Statements For NCBS Board Elections Due By June 1, 2014

The annual election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to  (Linda Descoteaux) lindadakota (at) gmail (dot) com, editor of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine, by June 1, 2014, for publication in the July-August issue.

Statements are limited to 100 words and submission of a picture is optional. Information: (559) 222-1468.