Bluegrass Vinyl Releases Set For Independent Record Store Day — April 18

record-store-day-logo-41815Independent record stores — and new vinyl records — are celebrated on Record Store Day, held on Saturday, April 18 this year.

Bay Area Record Stores (SF Chronicle)

The dean of the Bay Area independents -- Amoeba Music, San Francisco.

The dean of the Bay Area independents -- Amoeba Music.

New vinyl bluegrass releases include albums by Steve Earle & The Dukes, Robert Earl Keen, Mumford & Sons, Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, and Lee Ann Womack.

Other bluegrass records are also available.

22nd Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 6-9 At Bolado Park Event Center In Tres Pinos

The 22nd annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). The festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The relaxed summer gathering is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands. The main stage line-up this year: 35 Years of Trouble, Alabama Bow Ties, Barwick & Siegfried, Black Eyed Susies, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Carolyn Sills Combo, Central Valley Boys, Circle R Boys, Dark Hollow, Dave Earl & Friends, The Dim Lights, GrassKickers, Grasslands, Kids On Stage, Kitchen Help, The Mighty Crows, The Naked Bootleggers, One Button Suit, Rogue River, Sidesaddle & Co, Sidetrack, Spur Of The Moment, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, The Creak, and The True Life Troubadours.

The festival is known for great camp jamming all weekend long. The intimate festival also features shady camping for tents, limited hook-ups for RVs (advance registration is suggested), food, a raffle, children’s activities, the NCBS annual elections, a low-power broadcast of the stage to the camp, an open mic stage, and the opening First Stage in the camp on Friday afternoon. Thursday is reserved for camp jamming and socializing, with stage performances Friday-Sunday.

Tickets are available by mail and will soon be available online on this website. The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22, 2015. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate. For more information stop by the NCBS Information Booth at Parkfield, Grass Valley, and other area festivals.

Looking Ahead To The May 2015 Festivals In Northern California & Beyond

may-2nd-2015-flyerparkfield-bluegrass-festival-2015-posterThe Northern California outdoor bluegrass season kicks into high gear in May, with good weather and plenty of great festivals.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and their friends always look to the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair to get things rolling, with more bluegrass fun to follow. Here is a look ahead to next month. See you where the music is!


NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, May 2, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz.

berkeley-old-time-music-convention-bw-logoBluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, May 2, Dahlia Dell Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Strawberry at Grass Valley

Strawberry at Grass Valley

topanga-poster-2015-bwParkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 7-10, various venues, Parkfield. (Note new website for 2015)

Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, May 9, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Three Rivers Music Festival, May 9, Lions Roping Arena, Three Rivers.

Bluegrass In The Spring – Calico Spring Festival, May 9-10, Calico Ghost Town, Yermo.

Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, May 17, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.

Delfest, May 21-24, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.

pick-and-gather-poster-full-2015Strawberry Spring Music Festival, May 21-25, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Hickstival, May 21-25, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos.

Bottle Rock

Bottle Rock

Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, May 22-25, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.

Bottle Rock, May 29-31, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa.

Pick And Gather Festival, May 30-31, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

Redwood Mountain Faire, May 30-31, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.



Bluegrass Pickin' Picnic, Golden Gate Park

Bluegrass Pickin' Picnic, Golden Gate Park

Include The NCBS/SCBS In Your 2015 Tax Planning

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation and can be included in your planning for the 2015 tax year. Donations can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716.

The Society, founded in 1982, promotes bluegrass music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

IBMA World Of Bluegrass Registration Opens To Public On April 14

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass will be held in Raleigh, NC on September 29-October, 2015.

Registration opens to the public on April 14 on the IBMA Website.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.


Redwood Bluegrass Associates To Present Della Mae In NCBS-Welcomed Concert On May 2 In Mountain View

della-mae-improper-bostonian-magazine-coverRedwood Bluegrass Associates will present Della Mae in concert on Saturday, May 2 at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View.

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

The concert will be preceded by an open jam at the church beginning at 5:00pm. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm for the 7:30pm show.

This is the last program of the 2014-2015 RBA season.


29th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Coming May 2 At The Duck Pond Stage

ncbs-plain-logoThe 29th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will be brought to you by the NCBS/SCBS on Saturday, May 2, Noon-6:00pm at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park. It will be a great day in the park with your friends!


Redwood Bluegrass Associates To Present Crary Evans & Spurgin In Palo Alto Concert Saturday April 11

Bill Evans, Dan Crary, & Steve Spurgin

Bill Evans, Dan Crary, & Steve Spurgin

Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin will perform at a Redwood Bluegrass Associates Palo Alto concert on Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper Street.

An open bluegrass jam will begin at 5:00pm. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

A Della Mae concert on May 2 in Mountain View is the last show of the 2014-2015 RBA season.

All RBA concerts are welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.