2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Photo Showcase Now Online

Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen

Coraline Kennedy

Coraline Kennedy

Woodbridge photo-journalists Donna Pacini-Christensen and Tim Christensen visited the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday and have produced a photography showcase of bands, volunteers and bluegrass fans at the event. The photo essay is on the Starry Night Productions website, under Friends of A Starry Night Productions.

Take a look to see your friends at the festival:

2014 Good Old Fashioned Photo Showcase

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

Donna is a native of Half Moon Bay and a graduate of the College of San Mateo. In addition to her photographic and literary endeavors, she and her husband Tim host open mic acoustic showcases at the Woodbridge Grange Hall and present poetry and music showcases in the Central Valley.

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Gina Astesana & Jessica Furui

Photo editor Tim is a Lodi native, a guitarist/songwriter, and a graduate of UC-Berkeley & San Francisco State University. He is a retired high school English and media/communications teacher.

Paul Knight

Paul Knight

This was the couple’s first visit to the GOF Festival. Thanks to Donna and Tim for their hard work on this project!

The 21st Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival was held August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

If you would like to identify additional people in these pictures, send (Donna) pacini.novelist (at) gmail (dot) com an e-mail.

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon

The Good Old Fashioned Super Moon of 2014.

Upcoming Northern California Bluegrass Society Fall Dates & Deadlines


Here are the official Northern California Bluegrass Society dates & deadlines for NCBS Members for the fall:

August 31 — Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills Festival deadline for NCBS membership discount.

September 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

September 20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

September 30 — Deadline for nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

September 30-October 4 — International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass Convention (NCBS is IBMA organizational member).

October 11 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

October 18 — NCBS Volunteer Party.

October 18 — Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Suzy Thompson, Eric Thompson, Paul Shelasky, & Paul Knight RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 23 — Trampled By Turtles & Elephant Revival Fox Theatre-Oakland concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 24 — Deadline for film submissions for the 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

October 24 — Druha Trava The Woodshed concert (NCBS-welcomed).

October 26 — Roger Siminoff Contemporary Jewish Museum banjo demonstrations & workshop (NCBS-welcomed).

November 1 — Kathy Kallick Band Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert (NCBS-welcomed).

November 8 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

November 20 — Eric & Suzy Thompson Contemporary Jewish Museum concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 6 — Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley RBA concert (NCBS-welcomed).

December 12-13 — Brookdale Bluegrass Festival at Costanoa (NCBS-welcomed).

December 13 — Historic Train Station Jam, Santa Clara (NCBS-welcomed).

The Woodshed To Present Two NCBS-Welcomed Concerts In San Jose In September & October

woodshed-music-arts-logoblah-blah-woof-woof-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome two concerts presented by the non-profit Woodshed Music & Arts organization in San Jose during September & October. Plan now to attend — advance tickets will soon be on sale on the Woodshed website.

druha-trava-rk-logoSeptember 20 (Saturday) – Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof

October 24 (Friday) – Druha Trava

bglogoThe new home for the concert series is the St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose (2 blocks south of the downtown restaurants of the Willow Glen neighborhood).

Convenient street and off-street parking is available near the intimate 60-seat house.

NCBS Lost & Stolen Instrument Page On This Website Is Free And Instantaneous

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

NCBS Stolen Instrument Page

The 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 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.

The page is listed under Resources in the left column on this website.

A Big Labor Day Weekend Of Bluegrass Around Northern California

david-grisman-bluegrass-experience-album-cover-muddy-roadspatsychords-name-bandThere will be a ton of great bluegrass around Northern California over the coming Labor Day. For the first time in over three decades, there is no local bluegrass festival to fill the holiday weekend.

Instead, there are plenty of shows to keep Northern California Bluegrass Society Members busy and happy — and you can also be busy and happy by coming along with us!

Here is the Wednesday-to-Wednesday schedule of bluegrass fun:

Fall Campout in Boulder Creek

Labor Day Weekend Campout in Boulder Creek


Burning Man Bluegrass Project, Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, Black Rock Desert, NV.

High Country

High Country

Bluegrass In The Park, Clovis

Bluegrass In The Park, Clovis

WEDNESDAY, August 27

High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

Carolyn Sills Combo, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

THURSDAY, August 28

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, City Winery, Napa.

bluegrass-freakout-poster-2014Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

The Littlest Birds, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

FRIDAY, August 29

Savannah Blu,  Smileys, Bolinas.

Appellation Bluegrass Band, Branch Street Deli, Arroyo Grande.

Narrow Gauge Ramblers, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.

Prairie, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, California Organics, Nevada City.

Faux Renwah, Lava Cats, Hurst Ranch, Jamestown.

The Mountain Men, The Brothers Strong, Gypsy Shack, Jamestown.

Sugar By The Pound, Take 1, Joe’s Bar, Boulder Creek.

Banjo Fiddle, Rootstock, Winters.

Alasdair Fraser’s Valley Of The Moon Scottish Fiddling School Concert, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz.

Maria Muldaur, “Way Past Midnight” (concert, discussion and more), Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, August 29-31

Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Kenney Grove Bluegrass CampoutKenny Grove Park, Fillmore.

FRIDAY-MONDAY, August 29-September 1

San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

SATURDAY, August 30

Jim, Billy & Sarah, Scott’s Valley Farmer’s Market, Scott’s Valley Community Center, Scott’s Valley.

Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

houston-jones-logo-red-blackThe Bearcat Stringband, Canyon Johnson, One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, The First Annual Bluegrass Freakout, Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley.

faux-renwahs-logo-pinkThe Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Houston Jones, Emerald Lakes Country Club, Redwood City.

Faux Renwah, Lava Cats, Hurst Ranch, Jamestown.

Silly String Band Back-To-School Celebration, Barking Dog Grill, Modesto.

Dirty Rotten Snake In The Grass, The Mountain Men, The Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

spealeasy-lounge-mic-stage-signSUNDAY, August 31

Paul Knight & Friends, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach, then at The Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station.

Fruit Jar Pickers, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready.

Frog Rocket Radio, Chill Out Cafe, Santa Cruz.

Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

fishstock-poster-201410 String Symphony, Rainy & The Rattlesnakes, Tattletale Snakes, House Concert, Arnold. RSVP: (415) 779-2093.

appellation-bluegrass-band-logo1Aprylle Gilbert, The Trout Farm Inn, Felton.

Fishstock, Jenner Community Center, Jenner By The Sea.

The Cherry Pickers

The Cherry Pickers

MONDAY, Labor Day

Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Cowgirl Pallooza With 77 El Deora, Velvetta, The Patsychords, Jessica Rose, Judea Eden Trio, El Rio, San Francisco.

Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

The Alabama Bowties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto.

Sidesaddle & Co

Sidesaddle & Co

TUESDAY, September 2

Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

sand_dollar_2008_045WEDNESDAY, September 3

Supermule, Oakland City Center Concerts, 12th Street BART Station, Oakland.

Blue & Lonesome

Blue & Lonesome

Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Irve, Berkeley.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

The Cherry Pickers, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Opening August 27 & Into The Fall: Former NCBS Board Member Gary Mansperger has a photo exhibit at Pacific Coffee Roasting Co. in Aptos. FREE.

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys

NCBS Welcomes Elephant Revival & Trampled By Turtles To An Another Planet Entertainment Concert October 23

another-planet-entertainment-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome an Another Planet Entertainment concert featuring Trampled By Turtles (Duluth, MN) and Elephant Revival (Nederland, CO) at Oakland’s Fox Theater on October 23, 2014. Advance Tickets are now on sale.

The Fox Theatre in Oakland

The Fox Theatre in Oakland

Two Month Reminder: 2015 NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions Due October 24, 2014

The deadline for film submissions for the 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival is October 24, 2014. The film event will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Film Submission Information

The BOB festival and the film festival receive principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

The 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival -- January 25, 2015.

The 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival -- January 25, 2015.

Redwood Bluegrass 2014-2015 Concert Series To Be Announced Soon

bglogoRedwood Bluegrass Associates will soon announce its 2014-2015 Bluegrass Concert Series for the southern San Francisco peninsula area. The monthly concerts have been held October-May for the past 23 years.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has welcomed all RBA shows since 1995.