Looking Ahead To The 2014 End Of The Year Festivals

Sonora Christmas Festival

Sonora Christmas Festival

Brookdale Bluegrass Festival

Costanoa Winterfest

Only a little time left for some festivals to help you end your year in the high bluegrass style. Enjoy!


28-30 – Sonora Christmas Festival, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.


12 — Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day, Worldwide.

12-13 – Brookdale Costanoa Winterfest 2014, Costanoa Lodge & Campground, Pescadero. (NCBS-welcomed)

December 30, 2014-January 4, 2014 – New Harmony New Year’s Camp, San Francisco Folk Music Club, Calistoga.


Two Week Reminder: Second Round Ballots Due From NCBS Members On December 5

redwood-city-sign-ped-broadwyTwo Week Reminder: Friday, December 5 is the due date for second round ballots from NCBS Members for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

The awards will be presented at the 8th Annual NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in a January 24, 2015 ceremony in Redwood City.

Band Line-Up Announced For 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny In San Carlos

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos.

The annual bluegrass & beer gathering will be held on Friday afternoon & evening, December 12, 2014.

The band line-up: Cryin’ Shame, Wires-n-Wood Reunion, California SwampGrass Band, Pathetic Honey, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, plus special guests and jamming.

This is a FREE event, with good food and, of course, excellent craft beer available.

Thanks to organizer Scott Dailey and to the Devil’s Canyon folks for a decade of great holiday bluegrass!


Eric & Suzy Thompson Set For Contemporary Jewish Museum Performance This Thursday, November 20

Suzy & Eric Thompson

Suzy & Eric Thompson

ncbs-plain-logoBluegrass/Old Time musicians Eric & Suzy Thompson will perform this Thursday evening on the stage of the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The  November 20, 6:30pm show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

contemporary-jewish-museum-logoThe ongoing Hellman exhibit (through 2016) will feature regular live music on the gallery stage. All shows are free with museum admission.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

RBA To Present Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley In A Los Altos Concert On December 6

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome a Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert with Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley that is set for Saturday, December 6 at 7:00pm. (Doors open at 6:30pm — note new times.)

The concert will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos (about 10 minutes away from the usual RBA show location at the church in Mountain View).

Two jams will precede the show — a regular open jam and a special slow jam hosted by John Kornhauser. Both will begin at  4:30pm.

Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann Bradley

The concert and the jam are part of a monthly RBA concert series that will continue through May.

The December 6 concert will be held in Los Altos.

The December 6 concert will be held in Los Altos.

This season, RBA concerts will take place in various locations in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Los Altos.

NCBS Now Collecting Donations For Spring 2015 Walker Creek Scholarship Fund

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, is collecting donations to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund. The fund accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students. A NCBS committee manages the fund.

Current donations will be used to assist students at the upcoming Spring 2015 camp near Petaluma. Ingrid Noyes (not NCBS) runs the camp. More camp information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp.

Donations to the NCBS fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisers. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. (Note that donors who do not seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp.)

Donations for the NCBS fund can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846

Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

Brookdale Bluegrass Announces Performance Schedule For Costanoa Winterfest

Brookdale Bluegrass has announced the schedule for the December 12-13, 2014 Costanoa Winterfest. A variety of accomodations are available at the Costanoa Lodge and Campground, on the coast off Highway One, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

FRIDAY, December 12

brookdale-winter-bluegrass-final-poster-14Open Jams (free admission)

SATURDAY, December 13

11:00am — BanjerDan’s Banjo Workshop

Noon — Lunch Break

1:00pm — Rainy Day Ramblers

2:00 — Bluegrass Roundup

3:00 — Peg Leg Reza & Blue Shoes

4:00 — Dinner Break and Ukekele Jam With Peg Leg Reza

7:00 — Sugar By The Pound

8:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band

9:00 — The Naked Bootleggers

10:00 — Saturday Night Jamming

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has welcomed all Brookdale Bluegrass events since 1998.


Six Week Reminder: 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application Due December 31

bglogoSix Week Reminder: The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application is due on December 31, 2014.

California-based bands are eligible to play the festival’s main stage.

The deadline is strictly enforced. Late applications will be considered for the wait list only.