Upcoming Bluegrass Film Festivals Set For Arizona, North Carolina, & California

arizona-bluegrass-film-festival-14The Northern California Bluegrass Society pioneered the bluegrass film festival as an event form and we are happy to seeing it taking off across the country! Here are the upcoming festivals:

AUGUST, 2014

2 — Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival, 1st annual, Arizona Bluegrass Association, American Legion Hall, Chandler, AZ. Free.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

ibma-logo-black-yellowSeptember 30-October 4 — IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, 1st annual, International Bluegrass Music Association,  World of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Details. Free with convention registration Tuesday & Wednesday. Free to the public Friday & Saturday.

JANUARY, 2015

25 — NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival, 8th annual, Northern California Bluegrass Society, Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, Redwood City Public Library, Redwood City, CA. Free (grant support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission). The annual Call For Films will be announced August 1.

Kids On Stage Celebrates 20 Years At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Kids On Stage!

Kids On Stage is ready for you!

The Kids On Stage program at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. making it way older than any of its current participants. The Northern California Bluegrass Society festival is set for Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The GOF performing kids program was one of the first in the nation and a very important part of the festival! All persons 17 & under who play or sing bluegrass music are encouraged to participate. Contact Kids On Stage Director  (Regina Bartlett) regiberry (at) aol (dot) com for more information.

Longtime staff is returning and some new younger staff has been added this year, including Marty Varner, Anaya Rose Dempsey, and Ryan McKinley.

Jerry Turner has designed and donated special Kids On Stage t-shirts for this year’s performers!

Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett

Here is the schedule:

Thursday-Sunday, AUGUST 7-10

Thursday — Gates open at NOON. Kids are welcome to come on over and help decorate the Kids On Stage Rehearsal Camp!

Friday —  Meet & greet all the other kids at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday — One hour rehearsals scheduled at 11:00am, 3:00pm, & 7:00pm.

Sunday — One hour rehearsal begins at 10:00am, dress rehearsal at noon, MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE at 1:15pm.

This is going to be some fun!

Kids On Stage

Kids On Stage play a serious song! (Dick Estel photo)

Houston Jones Returns To The GOF Festival August 7-10 At Bolado Park In Tres Pinos

Houston Jones

Houston Jones

Festival favorite Houston Jones will return to the main stage of the 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park.

The Thursday-Sunday, August 7-10 festival is in the tiny hamlet of Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister, and is the annual benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate — and also Online.

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A Few Volunteer Positions Are Still Available For The GOF Festival August 7-10

Our crews are just about filled, but if you are interested, you can still volunteer and get in FREE to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Festival volunteers enjoy all the fun of making the festival happen while they work with their bluegrass friends.

Contact NCBS President & Volunteer Coordinator (Elicia Burton) EBFiddler (at) hotmail (dot) com phone (831) 246-1910 to check on the last few positions.

Blue Sun & He Brews Coffee Will Be Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Food Vendors

He Brews Coffee

He Brews Coffee

Blue Sun Cafe (Boulder Creek), the most popular food vendor in the 21-year history of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, will be back this year.

He Brews Coffee (Oregon) will also return.

So, plenty of good food will await us August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

Free camping for tents and RVs is included with all multi-day tickets. There is an extra charge for RVs hooked up to electricity.

Information: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

Blue Sun plays it cool at Strawberry.

Blue Sun plays it cool at Strawberry.

Breaking News: Strawberry Is Back This September, JD Rhynes’ Bluegrass Cookbook Funding Deadline

Here is the breaking news in the world of California bluegrass:

nevada-county-fairgrounds-signStrawberry Music Festival Is Back In September; Tickets On Sale

The Strawberry Music Festival, to say the least, faced some adversity over the past year but is now back — big time! The Fall event will be held September 11-14, 2014 (new dates) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley (new location). Tickets have gone on sale, so after two missed festivals, your ‘Berry fix is now available. For the first time ever at this festival, RV hook-ups are offered (via an August 1 lottery). We like it when quality area festivals roar back to life…thanks for your support!

jds-bluegrass-kitchen-logoAugust 11 Funding Deadline For J.D. Rhynes’ “Bluegrass Kitchen” Cookbook

California bluegrass icon and bluegrass cook J.D. Rhynes‘ popular, homey and tasty recipes published over the years in the CBA’s Bluegrass Breakdown will be collected into the “JD’s Bluegrass Kitchen” cookbook if a Kickstarter fundraising campaign is successful. The deadline is August 11, 2014. Plus, the accompanying CD will set some of the dishes to bluegrass music — besting that “potato salad”  thing tuning forks down.

Red Dog Ash Set For Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Performance August 7-10 In Tres Pinos

Eli Arrigotti of Red Dog Ash

Eli Arrigotti of Red Dog Ash

Red Dog Ash (Turlock), a bluegrass band with a name drawn from deep in mining lore, is set to perform on the Main Stage at the 21st Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). This will be the band’s first appearance at the August 7-10 festival.

The friendly, relaxed gathering of California bluegrass bands and their fans is the annual benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s many music projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

mining-equipment-relief-carvingThe event features camping, jamming, three stages, food and craft vendors, a low-power broadcast of the main stage to the camp, shade over the audience, nominations for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, the NCBS board election, and restrooms and showers.

There will be plenty of tickets available at the gate — and Online.

Red Dog Ash

Red Dog Ash


Looking Ahead To The August 2014 Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-10, Tres Pinos.

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-10, Tres Pinos.

Kenney Grove

Kenney Grove

August will be a busy month for Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and their friends as we fan out to festivals all around California and beyond.

Please come out and join us at the 21st annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival and other gatherings!

Here are the festival choices for this month:

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Summergrass San Diego

Summergrass San Diego

AUGUST

2 – Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma.

2 — Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival, American Legion Hall, Chandler, AZ.

2-3 — The Inside Track Music Festival, Prospect Theatre, Modesto.

3 – Bear Valley Music Festival — Iron Horse Concert, (Festival dates in July & August), Bear Valley Village, Bear Valley.

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

Some early arrivals at the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival near Carson City, NV.

7-10 – NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

string-threads-2014-poster8-11 – Dead On The Creek, Uncle John’s Camp, Willits.

9 – Photosynthesis, A Music & Photography Festival, Annenberg Space For Photography, Century Park, Los Angeles.

15-17 – Summergrass San Diego, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista.

15-17 – Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park & Deer Creek Park, Carson City, NV.

21-24 – Golden Old Time Campout, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma.

bear-valley-map25-31 – Siskiyou Strings And Threads Bluegrass Festival, Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, Yreka.

29-31 – Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

29-31 – Kenney Grove Bluegrass Campout, Kenny Grove Park, Fillmore.

san-francisco-folk-music-club-logoAugust 29-September 1 – San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

Note: The Fall Strawberry Music Festival, previously held on Labor Day Weekend, will take place September 11-14 at a new location, the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

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