The Northern California & Beyond Bluegrass Highlights For September 2015


Bill Monroe (1911-1996)

Bill Monroe (1911-1996)

This month, we celebrate Bill Monroe’s 104th Birthday on September 13 and the 50th Anniversary of the First Bluegrass Festival that was held on Labor Day Weekend, 1965. Meanwhile, we have plenty of bluegrass to keep us busy in Northern California all month long.

Festivals range from McCloud in the north to Sanger in the south, with a new home at Tuolumne for Strawberry in between. NCBS & CBA are looking forward to the new Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Pacifica.

50th Anniversary of the Bluegrass Festival (1965-2016)

50th Anniversary of the First Bluegrass Festival (1965-2015)

The old-time folks will meet in Berkeley and the Americana crowd in Lodi and Coloma. Many other festivals take place throughout the month, while Marty Stuart, Mountain Heart, Nora Jane Struthers, The Lowest Pair, Susie Glaze, Dan Walsh, and Emmylou Harris have Northern California concert dates. Meanwhile Californians will be everywhere at the International Bluegrass Music Association Convention in Raleigh, NC at the end of the month.

strawberry-im-going-toIt is a great time to be a bluegrass fan! See you where the music is!

This is a selective list of some excellent shows — there are many other top live bluegrass music events in our area during September.


tenaya-park-concerts-poster-915August 31-September 7 – Burning Man Festival, (BanjerDan & Andy Owens — the only bluegrass!) Black Rock City, NV.

1 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

sams-bbq-dancing-pig-logo1 — The Mosey Boys, Sonoma Farmer’s Market, Sonoma.

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

2 — Bangers & Grass, Memorial Park, Albany.

2 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

3 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

3 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.

mission-pizza-logo3 — The Bad Actors, Tenaya Park, Fresno.

3-7 – Strawberry Music Festival, Westside, Tuolumne.

san-francisco-folk-music-club-logo4 – Cimmaron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

front-country-leos-poster-95154 – Monroe Expedition, China Peak Mountain Resort, Lakeshore.

plough-stars-red-square-sign4-6 – Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

4-7 – San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

5 — Front Country, Lady Crooners, The Town Howlers, Leo’s Music Club, Oakland.

5 – The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine, Beth Bombara, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

santa-cruz-mountains-art-wine-festival-155 – Front Porch Music Festival, Wente Vineyards, Livermore.

5 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The Lowest Pair

The Lowest Pair

5-6 – Santa Cruz Mountains Art, Wine, & Music Festival, Garrahan Park, Boulder Creek.

6 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

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

7 – Jay Howlett, Jennings & Keller & Friends, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

7 — Front Country, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

alabama-bow-ties-bluegrass-logo7 — The Alabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

8 – The Lowest Pair, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

8 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

8 — BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

rocky-neck-bluegrass-band-national-heirloom-expo-15freight-sign8-10 – Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, The National Heirloom Exposition, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.

9 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

9 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers. Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

10 — Bill Monroe Birthday Tribute With Laurie Lewis & more, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

10 — Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Club Fox, Redwood City.

11 — High Country, The Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.

11 — True Life Troubadours, The Craftsman, San Jose.

carolyn-sills-patsy-cline-poster-1511 – Young & Lowe, lille æske, Boulder Creek.

11 – Doug Bremseth & Lonesome Moon, Bluegrass In The Park, Veteran’s Memorial Square, Clovis.

11 — Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

california-organics-market-cafe-logo11 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar & Grill, Salinas.

11 — Free Range Stringband, California Organics, Nevada City.

11-12 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.

12 — Sidesaddle & Co, Los Altos Hills Hoedown, Westwind Community Barn, Los Altos Hills.

sf-live-arts-logo-address12 – Houston Jones, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band, SF Live Arts, St. Cyprian’s Church, San Francisco.

12 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

12 — Steep Ravine, Castora Cellars, Templeton.

12 — Dan Walsh, The Ugly Mug, Soquel.

pajaro-street-grill-outside-patio-sign-night12 – Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.

12 – Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

12 – Americana Music At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.

12 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

13 – King’s River Bluegrass Festival, The Grove, Sanger.

13 — Rusty String Express Live Bluegrass Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

13 — David Grier, St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, Pacific Grove.

13 — Dan Walsh, The Open Book, Grass Valley.

Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck

Molly Cherryholmes of Mountain Heart

Molly Cherryholmes of Mountain Heart

13 — Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco. (Two shows)

14 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

14 — Mountain Heart, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

14 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

15 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

16 — Mountain Heart, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

Glad To Be Here

Glad To Be Here

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart

16 — Cold & In The Bay, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

16-20 – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.

17 — Bluegrass & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

17 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Smothers Theatre, Malibu.

17 — Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, Jake Peavy, Slim’s San Francisco.

17 — Doug Bremseth & Lonesome Moon, Tenaya Park, Fresno.

cold-and-in-the-bay-poster-sweetwater-9161518 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Cascade Theatre, Redding.

Nora Jane Struthers

Nora Jane Struthers

18 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

18 — The Pine Needles, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

18-20 – Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.

18-20 – Pickin’ In The Pines, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ.

18-21 – American River Music Festival, various venues, Coloma.

19 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Scott’s Valley Farmers Market, Community Center, Scott’s Valley.

19 — Nora Jane Struthers, Leo’s, Oakland.

19 — The Vivants, Mildred Owens Concert Hall, Pacifica.

Fiddletown Community Center

Fiddletown Community Center

The Caspar Inn

The Caspar Inn

19 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Caspar Inn, Caspar.

19 — Dan Walsh, Red Rock Coffee House, Mountain View.

19 — Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford. (Sold out)

19 – Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.

jack-london-state-park-historic-marker20 – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS/CBA welcomed)

20 —  Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Tulare County Fair, Tulare.

20 — Vintage Grass, Broadway Under The Stars, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen.

20 — David Grier, House Concert, Morgan Hill. RSVP Required: (408) 710-2957.

20 — Black Eyed Susies, Wine Tyme, Capitola.

20 — Front Country, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

20 — CCMC Jamathon, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto.

21 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

The Tackle Box, Chico

The Tackle Box Bar & Grill, Chico

black-eyed-susies-band-posed-bs-flowers21 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

22 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

22 — BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

23 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Aubrie Sellers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

23 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

24 – Sons of Jefferson, The Tackle Box, Chico.

24 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

great-american-music-hall-logo24 — Birds Of Chicago, John Elliott & Steve Poltz, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

graeagle-town-road-sign24 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

24 — Grassfire, Tenaya Park, Fresno.

24-27 – Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

25 — One Grass Two Grass, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, 19 Broadway, San Francisco.

25 — Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery, Davenport.

25 — True Life Troubadours, Revolution Cafe, San Francisco.

25 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Lulu Carpenter’s on Pacific, Santa Cruz.

26 — Handsome Ladies, Bluegrass Disciples, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

lulu-carpenters-building-frontpatio-cafe-fresno-logo26 — Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

26 — Grass Less Traveled, The Patio Cafe, Fresno.

26 — David Thom Band, The Skunk Train, Willits.

26 — The Crooked Jades, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.

26-27 — The Dim Lights, Montara Mountain Boys, more, Pacific Coast Fog Fest, various venues, Pacifica.

28 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

28 — Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

29 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

September 29-October 3 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

30 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

30 — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley.


NCBS & CBA Welcome New Bay Area Bluegrass Festival On September 20

surf-spot-logofoggy-mountain-bluegrass-festival-72-poster-15The Northern California Bluegrass Society and the California Bluegrass Association welcome the Bay Area’s newest bluegrass festival on Sunday, September 20!

Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup Set For First Annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival September 20

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup

Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup

San Francisco’s Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup is set to perform at the First Annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival presented by The Surf Spot and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and the California Bluegrass Association.

The Foggy Mountain festival is the most recent addition to Pacifica’s impressive line-up of bluegrass music offerings. The small coastal city in northern San Mateo County has numerous bluegrass concerts, eating and drinking establishment shows and jams, and usually includes bluegrass music in its local community festivals. The Surf Spot has emerged as one of the top regular Pacifica bluegrass music venues.

Now, for the first time, Pacifica has its very own annual bluegrass festival!

jeanie-chucks-country-roundupThe FREE outdoor event will run 11:00am-6:30pm on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Surf Spot Restaurant, 4627 Coast Highway, Pacifica.

The Surf Spot offers tasty food and drink. Reservations are recommended. Phone: (650) 355-7873.

Festival Performance Schedule

Jeanie & Chuck

The Surf Spot

NCBS Website

CBA Website

Stolen & Missing Instrument Page Is A Free NCBS Service On This Website

ncbs-plain-logoThe 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.

This is a FREE NCBS service.

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

September 20 Performance Schedule Announced For Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival In Pacifica

Scott Dailey of the Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Scott Dailey of the Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, the California Bluegrass Association, and The Surf Spot have announced the Performance Schedule for the First Annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Pacifica on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

surf-spot-logoSUNDAY, September 20

11:00am – Helen Foley, Dana Frankel & Friends

11:45 — Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup

1:15pm – The Dim Lights

2:45 — Cabrillo School Stringband

3:30 — Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Round-Up

5:00 — Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Helen Foley

Helen Foley

Dana Frankel

Dana Frankel

The FREE festival will be held at The Surf Spot Restaurant, 4627 Coast Highway, Pacifica.

Jammers are welcome!

The Surf Spot will serve an array of great dining and drinking opportunities in this beautiful place for music.


One Month Reminder: 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Due On September 26

One Month Reminder: 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations by NCBS Members are due on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The nominations will be accepted at the NCBS Information Booth at August and September events.

Nominations are also accepted by  (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories (Nominate up to 3 in each): Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, & Bass.

The 9th annual awards will honor primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians.

The awards ceremony will be held in Redwood City on Saturday, January 30 during the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. Admission is FREE to all BOB events, including the awards ceremony & concert.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s BOB Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. and other Redwood City-area businesses, organizations and individuals.

NCBS/CBA Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Line-Up Announced For September 20

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

The line-up has been announced for the First Annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival at The Surf Spot Restaurant in Pacifica. The bands:

Cabrillo School Stringband (Pacifica)

Helen Foley, Dana Frankel & Friends (Los Altos)

Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup (San Francisco)

Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Round-Up (Santa Cruz)

Stoney Mountain Ramblers (Menlo Park)

The Dim Lights (Pacifica)

Rick Ednie

Rick Ednie

jeanie-chucks-country-roundupThe FREE Sunday, September 20, 2015 gathering will run 11:00am-6:30pm and will have plenty of opportunities for jamming as well as stage performances. The Surf Spot will offer fine food and drink throughout the outdoor event.

The new festival is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. and the California Bluegrass Association.

Redwood Bluegrass Associates Sets New Venues In Mountain View & Palo Alto

Mountain View Masonic Hall

Mountain View Masonic Hall

Redwood Bluegrass Associates has announced that two new venues will host the 2015-2016 South Peninsula concert series.

The first concert (Piedmont Melody Makers) on October 17 will be held at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church Street, Mountain View.

bglogoThe second concert (California Banjo Extravaganza) on November 14 will be held at Etz Chayim Hall, 4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto.

The remaining concerts (mostly monthly through May) will be back at the Masonic Hall in downtown Mountain View.

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

Etz Chayim Hall, Palo Alto

Etz Chayim Hall, Palo Alto