New Organization Forming To Continue Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concerts In The Fall

The last Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert was held earlier tonight, ending a 25-year run under that organization, which took over from the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, which started the concerts back in 1984.

Now, a new organization is being organized to continue this South Bay series in the fall. Contact (Lois Kellerman) loiskelll (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information and to volunteer to help out at this important juncture.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has supported the concerts for the past quarter of a century and will continue to do so in the future.

Final Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Is Saturday April 22 In Mountain View

The final Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert, ending a long South Bay/Santa Cruz tradition, will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Masonic Hall, 890 Church Street in Mountain View. The Grand Finale will present The Faultliners with 27strings as the opening act. Showtime is 7:30pm with the doors opening at 7:00pm.

The series began in 1984 as a presentation of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society and was spun off as a separate non-profit concert organization in 1992. The RBA’s 25-year run as custodian of the popular Saturday evening bluegrass programs will come to an end as the current volunteers retire from many years of bluegrass service. A new group of dedicated bluegrass volunteers plans to re-launch this important element of Bay Area bluegrass life in the fall.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society has welcomed all RBA concerts since 1995.

The RBA has rolled back the admission price for the final show to an early 1990s level. Enjoy!

A free open jam will begin at 5:00pm.

The 2017 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Is FREE, Set For Sunday May 7 At The Duck Pond Stage

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair of 2017 will be held at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park on Sunday, May 7 (note new date). The beloved event, held each May since 1986, is FREE.

The bands of 2017 are AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Bean Creek, The Brookdale Bluegrass Band, The Down Beets, The Harmony Grits, & The Henry & Ella Warde Band.

Bring a picnic! Bring a blanket (or chair)! Bring your friends! Enjoy a great spring day in the park with your picnic, your blanket and your friends! This is the best day for bluegrass of 2017.

The fair is the longest-running presentation of the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society.  Don’t miss it in 2017!

27strings & The Stoney Mountain Ramblers To Entertain At Redwood City Anniversary Celebration May 20


The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Redwood City will celebrate its 150th Anniversary as a city with a big FREE celebration.

Bluegrass bands 27strings and The Stoney Mountain Ramblers will open the day’s entertainment at noon on the Main Street Stage (at Broadway) in downtown Redwood City.

Other music will follow on the Main Street and Courthouse Square stages throughout the afternoon and evening.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society helped bring bluegrass music to the party and will have an infomation booth to welcome everyone during the bluegrass show.

Redwood City 150th Anniversary Information

Coming This Saturday Night: The Last Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert

This Saturday evening, April 22, 2017 is the final (for now) Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert,

It will be held  at the Masonic Hall, 890 Church Street, Mountain View.

All RBA programs since 1995 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The “Grand Finale” will present The Faultliners and 27strings.

An open jam will begin at 5:00pm, followed by the 7:30pm concert. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

Hidden Still To Perform On Thursday April 20 At The Summit House On Highway 17

Highway 17 leads to the Summit House and bluegrass music.

The Thursday Bluegrass Series at the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill will present Hidden Still from 6:00-8:30pm this Thursday, April 20.

This is a FREE show. Good food and drink will be served during the show.

The series is presented by the Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Robert Cornelius books the bands.

The Summit House is located at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos (six miles south of Los Gatos) on Highway 17. There is free bluegrass every Thursday night.

The Key Official NCBS Events For April-June 2017

Here are the key official Northern California Bluegrass Society events for April-June 2017.


20 — Hidden Still, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

22 — Final Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert With The Faultliners & 27strings, Masonic Hall, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed)

27 — Blue Summit, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)


4 — Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

5 — Molly Tuttle, Kathy Kallick & Suzy Thompson Benefit Concert for the CBA Pride Parade Float, Ashkenaz, Berkeley. (NCBS-welcomed)

7 — NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair With AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Bean Creek, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, The Down Beets, Harmony Grits, and Henry & Ella Warde, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. FREE. (Note new date)

11 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

18 — Hidden Still, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

20 — Bluegrass at the Redwood City 150th Anniversary Celebration With 27strings & The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Main Street Stage at Broadway, Redwood City. FREE. (NCBS-welcomed)

25 — Sagebrush, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

27-29 — Pick & Gather Festival With The Brookdale Bluegrass Band & more, Riverdance Farms, Livingston. (NCBS-welcomed) (Note new dates)


1 — Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

8 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

25 — California Bluegrass Association LGBTQ Pride Parade Float, Market Street, San Francisco. (NCBS-welcomed)

New Dates For Riverdance Farms Pick & Gather Music & Food Festival In Livingston

Wading in the Merced River, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Pick & Gather Festival presented by Riverdance Farms in Livingston (near Merced).

The 13th annual gathering will be held on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 27-29, 2017.

Please make note of the new Memorial Day Weekend dates and the expanded schedule for this year’s event.

The Brookdale Bluegrass Band will headline, joined by a full schedule of performers to be announced.

The event will offer live music, camping, fruit in season for picking, good food and information about organic farming, river education, and swimming in the Merced River. Workshops will include music, flyfishing, kayaking, and more.

A kayak lesson for festival attendees on the Merced River.