NCBS Jam At South Bay Historic Railroad Society Train Show Set For Saturday November 1

Historic Santa Clara Train Depot

Historic Santa Clara Train Depot

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Santa Clara Depot Jam will be part of the South Bay Historic Railroad Society’s Train Show on November 1.

The FREE 2-day train event will run Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2. The bluegrass jam will be on Saturday, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The jam and train show will be held at the historic Santa Clara Train Depot (now the railroad museum) at 1005 Railroad Avenue, just off The Alameda in Santa Clara.

Jam time in Santa Clara.

Jam time in Santa Clara.

The venue is the location of the long-running NCBS-welcomed Second Saturday Jam organized by Mary & Chuck Kennedy.

All bluegrass jammers and listeners are welcome.

Eric & Suzy Thompson Set To Perform At Contemporary Jewish Museum On November 20

Eric & Suzy Thompson

Eric & Suzy Thompson

Eric & Suzy Thompson will perform on the stage of the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on Thursday, November 20.

The show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The 6:30pm performance is free with museum admission ($5 after 5:00pm). The ongoing Hellman exhibit will feature regular live music on the gallery stage.

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

Halloween Week Is Scary Full Of Bluegrass Music Around Northern California

Slide Road

Slide Road

Happy Halloween from your NCBS friends!

Happy Halloween from your NCBS friends!

Halloween week will be a great time to enjoy some live bluegrass music with your friends who are Northern California Bluegrass Society Members. Here are the Tuesday-Tuesday listings. Enjoy!

TUESDAY, October 28

Mountain Standard Time, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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

Banjo Fiddle, Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, Davis.

Mountain Dojo, Rite Spot Cafe, San Francisco.

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, & THURSDAY, October 28, 29 & 30

Bob Dylan, Paramount Theatre, Oakland.

WEDNESDAY, October 29

The Leftover Crows, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

THURSDAY, October 30

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

Blue & Lonesome

Blue & Lonesome

Maverick - A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Bill Evans’ “The Banjo in America,” Stanford University Continuing Studies, Stanford.

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Cottonwood Restaurant, Truckee.

Rainy Day Ramblers, The Speakeasy Club, Modesto.

T Sisters, The Rendezvous, Chico.

FRIDAY, Halloween

Supermule, Henhouse Prowlers, Immigrant Union, Slim’s, San Francisco.

The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

T Sisters, Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa.

The Mountain Outlaw Band,The Jespersons, Fiddlin Fritz and the Plumbar Boys, Little Hollywood and the Honky Tonk Hillbillys, The Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

Suspect Terrane, Nevada Day, Genoa, NV.

The Salty Suites

The Salty Suites

The Day Of The Dead

The Day Of The Dead

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, October 31-November 1

The Salty Suites, Logandale Fall Festival, Logandale, NV.

SATURDAY, The Day Of The Dead

Kathy Kallick Band, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed)

Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

David Thom Band, Ray’s Deli, Petaluma.

South Bay Historic Railroad Society Train Show Bluegrass Jam, Historic Santa Clara Depot, Santa Clara. (10:00am-2:00pm — NCBS-welcomed)

One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, Old Belle, Canyon Johnson, Bearcat Stringband, 50 Mason Social House, San Francisco.


Skyline Special, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

Nell Robinson

Nell Robinson

Carolyn Sills Combo, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Nevada Theatre, Nevada City.

Sugar By The Pound, Crooked Road Ceili Band, Chava, Corralitos Open Farm Tour, The Market Place, Corralitos.

High Country, Los Banos Arts Council, Ted Falasco Arts Center, Los Banos.

Dave Rainwater, Stage 3, Sonora.

T Sisters, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

Nell Robinson & The Rose of No-Man’s Land, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

Amaya Rose Dempsey, Chateau Leateau Winery, Paso Robles.

SUNDAY, November 2 (Return To Standard Time)

aromaslogo1Kathy Kallick Band, Joe & Hattie Craven, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

boograss-poster-14Peter Rowan, Aromas Grange Hall, Aromas.

Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association Jam & Kid Fiddle Contest, Hoover School, San Jose.

The Springhouse, Monica Pasqual, The Moss House, Oakland.

Pacific Grass & Electric, Them Traveling Birds, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

The Stragglyrs, Los Gatos Farmer’s Market, Los Gatos.

Stadler Gibbons Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, New West, Repertory East Playhouse, Newhall.

Pacific Grass & Electric

Pacific Grass & Electric

MONDAY, November 3

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

The Alabama Bowties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

TUESDAY, Election Day

Vote, then go listen to music!

Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Eric Burman & BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

Banjo Fiddle

Banjo Fiddle

Kathy Kallick Band Set For Mountain View Concert This Saturday November 1

Kathy Kallick

Kathy Kallick

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present the Kathy Kallick Band this Saturday, November 1.

The show will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View.

The concert will begin at 7:30pm, and will be preceded by a 5:00pm open jam and by a simultaneous slow jam hosted (this month) by Richard Brandenburg.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this concert.

2015 NCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Set For Saturday May 2 At San Lorenzo Park

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The longest-running Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society event, the beloved Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The FREE rite of spring will once again be held at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, next to the courthouse in Santa Cruz.

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Fun times at the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Woodshed Music & Arts Presents Front Country In San Jose November 8

woodshed-music-arts-logobglogoWoodshed Music & Arts presents San Francisco’s Front Country in concert on Saturday, November 8 at St. James Church in San Jose. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this show.

The church is located at 1565 Lincoln Avenue, two blocks south of the restaurants in the Willow Glen area of San Jose.

Front Country

Front Country

Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Set For December 12-13 At Costanoa Lodge

The Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival is set for December 12-13, 2014 at Costanoa Lodge & Campground near Pescadero, on Highway One halfway between Half Moon Bay & Santa Cruz in Coastside San Mateo County. The festival is presented by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Costanoa Lodge & Campground

Costanoa Lodge & Campground

NCBS Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson To Be Honored

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the FREE weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Penny Godlis of Santa Cruz is the key longtime organizer of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, held since 1994 at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. She is a bass player, guitarist, and banjoist who has performed with High Tide, The Birch Lake Ramblers, and her current band, Rogue River. She has served for most of the past two decades on the NCBS Board of Directors and the GOF Committee. She has also helped with other Society events and projects. Although she spent many years playing music in Southern California, she was drawn to Northern California by the Strawberry Music Festival and then became a mainstay of the NCBS.

Charlie Cran of Jamestown was one of the founders of the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival and has been the sole owner of Strawberry Music, Inc. since the early 1990s. Under his leadership, the renamed Strawberry Music Festival has been nationally-recognized as a prescient creative force in integrating bluegrass music into a broader, “big tent” environment that has led to widespread acceptance by legions of new fans while preserving vibrant performance opportunities for traditional bluegrass music. He most recently led the festival through the loss of its longtime beloved venue, Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park, a near-crippling blow. The rejuvenated twice-yearly festival is now looking forward to a bright future.

Bob Cole and Chris Stevenson of La Grange led the host band Fiddlestix for the first decade of the Strawberry Music Festival and have recently revived that unit while continuing to perform as Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, and with Faux Renwah, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals, and other bands. The duo’s career has ranged from success on Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, to Nashville’s Opryland Music Park, to an appearance in the movie Back To The Future III, and as regulars at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The duo organized the La Grange Fiddle & Banjo Contest for many years, and have volunteered with the uniquely-named Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest. The couple’s Camp Obey Bob is the unofficial keeper of the Strawberry festival spirit.

The NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and from other Redwood City area organizations, businesses, and individuals.