22nd Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 6-9, 2015 At Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the newly-renamed Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA.

The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

RBA To Present Keith Little & The Littleband, Blaine Sprouse In Mountain View February 7

Keith Little & The Littleband

Keith Little & The Littleband

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present Keith Little & The Littleband With Special Guest Blaine Sprouse at the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View on Saturday, February 7.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the 7:30pm show. An open jam begins at 5:00pm at the church. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

The monthly RBA series will continue through May.

Blaine Sprouse

Blaine Sprouse

Yonder Mountain String Band Set For April 3 In Oakland

another-planet-entertainment-logoncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Another Planet Entertainment presentation of the Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fox Theater-Oakland on Friday, April 3, 2015.

Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band

Brookdale Bluegrass Announces Initial Line-Up For March 6-8, 2015 Festival

Brookdale Bluegrass has announced that the line-up for the March 6-8, 2015 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will include Houston Jones, Sourdough Slim, Sugar By The Pound, Jean Butterfield, BanjerDan, and the Brookdale Bluegrass Band. More bands will be added. The festival will be held at The Great Room in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Soquel and Los Gatos. More information will be available soon. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this event.

Looking Ahead To The February 2015 Northern California & Beyond Festivals


KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon

KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon

The winter festival season starts up strong in February all around Northern California and the western USA.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be there — and you can join us! Here are the month’s listings:


5-8 – SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN.

6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28 – HiLLBiLLY ROBOT Festival, various venues, San Francisco.

6-8 – Colorado River Bluegrass Music Festival, Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ.

Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp

Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp

12-16 – KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon, 91.5FM, South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas.


18-22 – Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp, Westin & Sheraton Hotels, Kansas City. MO.

20-22 – Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza Hotel, Denver, CO.

20-22 – WinterWonderGrass Festival — Colorado, Nottingham Park, Avon, CO.



bullhead-city-az-sign21 – Cousin Jack’s Winterfest, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

February 27-March 2 – Wintergrass International Music Festival, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue, WA.

Coming In Early March: Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, March 6-8, The Great Room, Santa Cruz Mountains (NCBS-welcomed).

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SUNDAY, January 25

NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

Noon-5:00pm — Community Room, Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

G2 — Mind Over Matter (David Elfgrin, Sweden)

A second generation Stockholm bluegrass band comes to the US.

At The Feed & Seed (April Janow & Dax Cuesta, (sic) Films, NC)

A small Southern town welcomes bluegrass music.

Mipso In Japan (Jon Kasbe, NC)

A young American bluegrass band visits Japan in this short film.

Do What You Love (Katarzyna Kochany, Ontario, Canada)

A musical video with an Arizona bluegrass band.

Banjo Romantika (Lee Bidgood & Shara Lange, East Tennessee State University, TN)

The story of bluegrass music in The Czech Republic.

The Cricket (Andrew Cartoun, Stoney Lonesome Productions, CT)

A short about recording acoustic music in the days of the wax cylinder.

Broadcast: A Man And His Dream (Jordan Nance, NC)

The story of WPAQ Radio in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

6:30-8:00pm – Dark HollowWRUMC Youth Choir, Gospel Bluegrass Concert, Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road.

The 8th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 23-25 in Redwood City.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Return, Named Best Bluegrass Band In Northern California Bluegrass Awards

The popular family act The Tuttles With A. J. Lee returned to the winner’s circle, claiming another title as best bluegrass band in the Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 24, 2015. Jack Tuttle won for best fiddle player, Michael Tuttle for best mandolin player, and A. J. Lee as best female vocalist.  The Tuttle family is from Palo Alto and Lee is from Tracy.

The 8th annual awards were presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society as part of the weekend-long Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Other individual winners included Snap Jackson (Stockton) and Billy Pitrone (Santa Cruz), who tied as best male vocalist. Lisa Burns (Mountain View) and Louise Mintun (Santa Cruz) tied for best bass player. Other winners: Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) best guitar player, Larry Cohea (El Cerrito) best banjo player, and Jim Mintun (Santa Cruz) best Dobro player.

Lifetime achievement honorees were the longtime duo Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson), Strawberry Music Festival owner Charlie Cran, and Penny Godlis, the key organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 24

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

10:00am-5:00pm — Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue.

10:00am — Special Film Presentations:

Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary Tribute (Alec Oyung, CA)

Plus, additional rare early California bluegrass footage.

Noon — Alison Steele & Erin Valdivia (Boulder Creek)11:00 — Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower (La Grange)

12:30pm — Grace Clark (Livermore)

1:00 — Dark Hollow (San Francisco)

2:00 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Without Molly (Palo Alto)

3:00-5:00pm – Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show

(Includes additional musical performances by Billy Pitrone & Sarah Eblen, Bill Hunter, Michael Tuttle, Grace Clark, and Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower.)

6:00-8:30pm – 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway.

The 8th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 23-25 in Redwood City.