Two Week Reminder: 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Are Due October 8, 2016

Two Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, & Bass. The awards honor primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

Hard copy nominations are accepted at the NCBS Booth at events or nominations may be made at any time by  (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For The End Of September

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh

Due to software upgrade work on the NCBS website several weeks ago, there was no monthly highlights article for September. Other coverage of suggested bluegrass events is being published during the month.

Here are some selected shows coming up for the end of September. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER 25-30

SUNDAY

Bernal Hillbillies, The Lucky Horseshoe, San Francisco.

Glad To Be Here, Farm Harvest Festival, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.

MONDAY

The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

TUESDAY

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, San Jose.

Iris Dement, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. (Sold out)

TUESDAY-SATURDAY

IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

WEDNESDAY

Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

THURSDAY

Still Searchin’, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Willowbrook Ale House

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

FRIDAY

Left Coast Country, The Mountain Men Collective, Cool Pistol String Band, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Kathy Barwick, Pete Seigfried, Mike Justice & Steve McLane, Acoustic Den Cafe, Roseville.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

October 29 NCBS Volunteer Party Invitations To Arrive In Early October

The 2016 Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

Volunteers and bands from all NCBS events and other projects over the past year will receive their invitations with all the exciting details in early October.

One Month Reminder: October 22 Is The Due Date For The 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

One Month Reminder: Saturday, October 22, 2016 is the due date for film submissions for the 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

The January 29, 2017 film festival is part of the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, set for January 27-29 in Redwood City.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

Looking Ahead To The 2016 October Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

The outdoor bluegrass festival season in Northern California ends next month, but some of the year’s best are in October, including the world’s largest bluegrass festival — Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, many Northern California bluegrass bands and fans will head for Raleigh, NC for the international bluegrass convention and music party — the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass.

There are many other great festivals and campouts to enjoy, including a new bluegrass festival at Prusch Farm Park in San Jose with many familiar faces.

Join your friends who are Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and catch some festival fun!

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

The CBA Fall Campout wil be held in Lodi.

OCTOBER

September 27 October 1 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

September 30-October 2 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

September 30-October 2 & 7-9 — Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX.

1 — Prusch Farm Mountain Music Festival, Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose.

1-2 – Dixon Lambtown Festival, Dixon May Fair Grounds, Dixon.

7-10 – Yosemite Songwriting Retreat, Yosemite Bug Resort, Midpines.

8 — El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito.

10 — Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival & Bluegrass Band Showdown, Cattle Track Theater, Scottsdale, AZ.

10-11 – Heritage Harvest Festival, Historic Hawes Farms, Anderson.

Formerly, the Hangtown Halloween Ball.

11 — Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival, Stow House, Goleta.

13-16 – Folk Alliance Region West Music Conference, Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA.

15 — The Bluegrass Festival, Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

17-23 – CBA Fall Campout, Grape Festival Fairground, Lodi.

20-23 —  Hangtown Music Festival, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville.

21-23 — Logandale Bluegrass Fall Festival, Clark County Fairgrounds, Logandale, NV.

22 – Northern California Women’s Music Festival, Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto.

Heathen Hill To Perform This Thursday At The Summit House On Highway 17

A Summit House mountain view.

The Santa Cruz-based Heathen Hill band will perform  at the FREE Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series on September 22.

The weekly series runs every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17 between Los Gatos & Scott’s Valley. The last Thursday of September will feature Hidden Still.

The series is presented by the Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Good food and drink are served during the performance. The place offers endless views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

NCBS Volunteer Party Set For Saturday, October 29

The Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

Volunteers and bands from all NCBS events and other projects over the past year will receive an invitation soon.

This Week’s Bluegrass Highlights For Northern California

Spencer & Rains

Due to software upgrade work on the NCBS website several weeks ago, there was no monthly highlights article for September. Other coverage of suggested bluegrass events is being published during the month.

Here are some selected shows coming up for the week of September 19-24. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER 19-24

MONDAY

Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

TUESDAY

Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Spencer & Rains, (House Concert) SV.houseconcerts (at) gmail (dot) com, Mountain View.

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

Billy D With Fiddlin’ Cal Garland & Brian Fisher, Lorin Rowan, Karen Bradley & Carl Green, Fenix, San Rafael.

Loudon Wainwright III, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

WEDNESDAY

Hot October Bluegrass Band, Wendy Burch Steel, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Sam's BBQ

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s Co, San Jose.

No Holds Barred, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Billy & Sara & Friends, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley

THURSDAY

Heathen Hill, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

Old Belle, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

Iris DeMent, Loudon Wainwright III, Golden State Theatre, Monterey

Iris Dement

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Alice’s Restaurant, Sky Londa.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

FRIDAY

SCGC Love Your Local Artist Night, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. (Sold out)

Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery, Davenport.

The True West, lille aeske, Boulder Creek.

Jeanie & Chuck Poling, The Wronglers, Tonya Newstetter & Niki Savage, Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson, Free Range Friday, La Promenade Cafe, San Francisco.

The Shook Twins

The Shook Twins, Go By Ocean, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

The Usual Suspects, The Fireside Lounge, Alameda.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Iris DeMent, Loudon Wainwright III, Uptown Theatre, Napa.

Sweet Lillies, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

Edgewood Mountain Boys, St. James Gate, Belmont.

Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Unity Festival, Russian River, Guerneville.

SATURDAY

Santa Cruz Guitar Company 40th Anniversary Concert, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

Sutter Creek Theatre

Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest, Columbia

Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

Sugar By The Pound, Junction Park, Boulder Creek.

The Jones Gang, Zion Lutheran Church, Oakland.

Dusty Shoes, Station Grill, Grover Beach.

Dolly Parton, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View.