It’s Time For Promoters & Bands To Send Flyers To The NCBS Information Booth For Distribution During The 2016 Season

NCBS Information Booth

NCBS Information Booth

ncbs-banner-in-boothThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Information Booth will be out during the 2016 Live Music Season all around Northern California.

The booth will have flyers and sage advice about ALL area festivals, concerts, and workshops (including those events presented by the NCBS itself).

The booth will appear at approximately 25 events this year (about every two weeks or so). The service is FREE to both music presenters and music fans.

ncbs-booth-table-indoors-penny-mikeNow is the time for promoters and bands to send flyers for distribution. Send flyers at any time to:

Michael Hall
610 Island Place
Redwood City, CA 94065

There is plenty of great bluegrass music coming to our area this year and NCBS will help find the perfect events for you and your friends.

The booth’s first outing for this season will be at the Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert on February 20 in Mountain View. The first of many festivals will be the March 18-19 Brookdale Bluegrass Spring Festival in Boulder Creek.

Everyone is welcome! Come by and say “hello” to our friendly booth volunteers, who will, of course, say “hello” right back. Yes, that is exactly how it works!


RBA Presents Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass February 20 In Mountain View

bglogoRedwood Bluegrass Associates will present Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass in concert on Saturday, February 20 in Mountain View.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes all RBA shows.

The new home of the long-running RBA concert series is the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church Street, near downtown Mountain View.

The 7:30pm concert will be preceded by an open jam beginning at 5:00pm.

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

February Thursday Bluegrass Series At The Summit House Begins With The Goat Hill Girls

The Goat Hill Girls

The Goat Hill Girls

Thursday Bluegrass Series

Thursday Bluegrass Series

The NCBS-welcomed Thursday Bluegrass Series, FREE at the Summit House, will begin the month of February with the all-women Goat Hill Girls. The band: Kim Elking — mandolin, Sonia Shell — banjo, Lee Anne Welch — fiddle, Linda Maki — guitar, and Suzanne Suwanda — bass.

The FREE weekly series will run every Thursday. Here is the rest of this month’s schedule:


11 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

18 — Kitchen Help

The view from The Summit House, Santa Cruz Mountains.

The view from The Summit House, Santa Cruz Mountains.

25 — Happy Trails

The show will run 6:00-8:30pm in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of Los Gatos on Highway 17, at 23123 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033. Phone: (408) 353-2700. Good food and drink will be available and the view is spectacular!

Thanks to the Summit House for presenting bluegrass and to Robert Cornelius for booking the series — and:

Thanks for your support!

Spring Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Line-Up Announced For March 18-19, 2016

Scopazzi's Restaurant

Scopazzi's Restaurant

Brookdale Bluegrass has announced the line-up for the 19th Annual Springfling Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, set for March 18-19, 2016 in Boulder Creek.

The festival is held twice a year in the San Lorenzo Valley. All Brookdale Bluegrass events since 1998 have been welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Bands: The Townhowlers, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, David Holodiloff Band, Alison Steele, Hunter Austin Project, Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, True Life Troubadours, and more.

Due to the ongoing renovation of the festival’s original home, the Brookdale Lodge, the March gathering will be held at Scopazzi’s Restaurant in downtown Boulder Creek. Additional details will be announced shortly.


2016 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class Is Announced

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the 2016 Leadership Bluegrass Class, including the Bay Area’s Darby Brandli. The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA and NCBS Members are encouraged to apply for future classes. Congratulations to members of the LB Class Number 17:

Alan Bibey – Grasstowne; Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Daniel Boner – East Tennessee State University; Elizabethton, Tennessee

Dustin Boyd – Planet Bluegrass; Boulder, Colorado

Darby Brandli – California Bluegrass Association; Oakland, California

Janet Brightly – Consultant, Greyfox and Wintergrass; Annandale, Virginia

Angus Finnan – Folk Alliance International; Kansas City, Missouri

Jocelyn Gold – Gold Heart; Hamilton, Virginia

Katherine Hanson – FDA Leadership Development; Ijamsville, Maryland

Kelsi Harrigill – Flatt Lonesome; Trinity, Alabama

Lisa Husted – Greyfox Bluegrass Festival; Whitesboro, New York

Leah James – International Bluegrass Music Association; Nashville, Tennessee

Chris Joslin – International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, Kentucky

Tony Kamel – Wood & Wire; Austin, Texas

Brad Kolodner – WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Baltimore, Maryland

Devon Leger – Hearth Music; Shoreline, Washington

Marian Leighton Levy – Rounder Records; Newburyport, Massachusetts

Kimber Ludiker – Della Mae; Hendersonville, Tennessee

David Morris – Bluegrass Today/Paddle Faster Publishing; Gaithersburg, Maryland

Laurie Okun – City of Raleigh/Raleigh Convention Center; Raleigh, North Carolina

Patrice O’Neill – Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass; Milton, Washington

James Reams – James Reams & the Barnstormers; Litchfield, Arizona

Salvatore Sauco – Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance; East, Rhode Island

Annie Savage – Colorado Bluegrass Music Society; Lafayette, Colorado

Lee Stivers – The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers; Washington, Pennsylvania

Lucas White – Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Diana Wyland – Independent Artist & Teacher; Silver Spring, Maryland

The February 2016 Bluegrass Highlights For Northern California & Beyond

Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland

valentine-stop-fiddling-around-and-be-mineThe romantic month of February 2016 is upon us, with great bluegrass music everywhere in Northern California, ready to be shared with those you love!

Major touring acts coming to our area include Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Claire Lynch Band, Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Noam Pikelny, Radim Zenkl, Nu-Blu, Martha Scanlan, The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Aoife O’Donovan, Della Mae, Jim Lauderdale, and even the Charlie Daniels Band.

The big festivals are in places like Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, and Montana.

The fun, small, close to home festivals are in Point Reyes Station, San Jose, Mariposa, and San Francisco. Enjoy!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series high in the Santa Cruz Mountains rolls on with top local bands beginning with the Goat Hill Girls. Thanks for your support!

Bean Creek accepts Best Bluegrass Band Award, January 30, 2016.

Bean Creek accepts Northern California Best Bluegrass Band Award, January 30, 2016.

belle-monroe-brewglass-boys-posed-tableBelle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys (together far longer than most modern marriages) celebrates by headlining a huge bill as part of the Hillbilly Robot Festival at SF’s Great American Music Hall. Our own Alabama Bow Ties are set for a huge concert down on the Central Coast. And, a brand new band will perform in a brand new Hollister concert venue: Riley Hill & Brand New Still at the Old Schoolhouse. Check it out.

Finally, the band soon-to-be-formerly-known-as Houston Jones will play its last under that name this month before becoming The Jones Gang. Your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society will be out in force to enjoy the shows on this selective list and the many other fine bluegrass performances this month. Please Join Us!


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

1 — Paper Wings, Powderbears, Bear Valley.

1 – Alabama Bow Ties, Redwood Ramblers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

2 – Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

3 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

3 — Festival Speed, Revolution Cafe, San Francisco.

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

3 — Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.

The Goat Hill Girls

The Goat Hill Girls

highway-one-brewing-company-logo4 — The Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

4 — Hoot & Holler, Bearcat Duo, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

4 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

4 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

4-7 — Big Sky Big Grass Festival, Big Sky Resort, Bozeman, MT.

4-7 – SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN.

hillbilly-robot-sign-microphonestudio-55-speed-limit5 — Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Highway One Brewing Company, Pescadero.

5 —  Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

5 – David Nelson & Eric Thompson, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

5 – Barwick & Siegfried, Luna’s Cafe, Sacramento.

the-palms-logo5 – Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

5 — I See Hawks In LA, The Palms, Winters.

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 – Hillbilly Robot Festival, various venues, San Francisco.

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

The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse

6 — Kendra McKinley, The Grillhouse Redwood Shores, Redwood City.

6 — The Gilly Girls With Evo Bluestein & Special Guests, Mia Cuppa Cafe, Fresno.

6-7 — Riley Hill & Brand New Still, Bluegrass Club At The Old Schoolhouse, Hollister.

freight-sign7 — Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

7 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

Sam's BBQ

Sam's BBQ

7 — Suzy Thompson & Del Rey, (House Concert) leslie (at) playingbyear (dot) com, Santa Cruz.

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

8 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

9 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

9 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

9 — Dead Winter Carpenters, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

10 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

10 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

10 — Claire Lynch Band, Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Sparks, NV.

11 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch



11 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

11 – Claire Lynch Band, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

11 — Nu-Blu, UU Concert Series, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Chico.

11-15 – KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon, 91.5FM, South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas and streaming online.

12 — Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, One Grass Two Grass, Mother Corn Shuckers, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

12 – Dead Winter Carpenters​, Cold & In The Bay, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Mike Witcher

Mike Witcher

12 — Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

12 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar & Grill, Salinas.

12 — Rita Hosking Trio, Mark & Cindy Lemaire, Point Richmond Acoustic, First Methodist Church, Point Richmond.

12 —  Claire Lynch Band, Oaksongs, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

12 — Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

12 — Avram Frankel & Jim Mintun, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

12-14 – Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza Hotel, Denver, CO.

13 — KWMR Sweethearts Of The Radio, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

KWMR-Bumper Sticker-cmyk13 — Claire Lynch Band, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

13 – Mike Witcher & Jordan Tice, (House Concert) foghouseconcerts (at) gmail (dot) com, San Francisco.

13 — Houston Jones Final Performance, Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, House Concert, Oakland.

13 — The Mountain Men Stringband, Riley Hill & Brand New Still, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

13 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

13 — Festival Speed, Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito.

13 — High Country, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.

13 — Blithedale Canyon, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

More Pretty Girls Than One

More Pretty Girls Than One

14 – Leroy McNees & Gloryland, La Crescenta Baptist Church, La Crescenta.

14 — More Pretty Girls Than One With Kid’s Afternoon Dance (Caller - Robin Fischer), Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

14 — Amber Cross, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Bolinas.

14 — Claire Lynch Band, Inner Light Ministries, Soquel.

14 — Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Carolyn Sills Combo, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

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

15 — Windy Hill Follows Handsome Ladies Women-Only Jam, Amnesia, San Francisco.

16 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

16 — The T Sisters, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

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

Danny Paisley & The Southern GRass

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Sidesaddle & Co

Sidesaddle & Co

17 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

17 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

17-21 – Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp, Westin & Sheraton Hotels, Kansas City. MO.

18 — Kitchen Help, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

atlasfront118 – Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

18 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

18 — Radim Zenkl, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

18 — Mountain Dojo, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

18-20 – Colorado River Bluegrass Music Festival, Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ.

19 – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

19 — Left Coast Country, The Town Howlers, Hillbilly Robot Festival, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

alabama-bowties-playing-gof-stagemission-pizza-logo19 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

19 – Jeff Austin Band, Windy Hill, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

19-21 – WinterWonderGrass Festival — Colorado, Nottingham Park, Avon, CO.

20 – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, Masonic Hall, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed)

20 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

french-gulch-hotel-logo-bw20 — The Alabama Bow Ties, Knights Of Columbus Benefit Concert, Castoro Cellars, Templeton.

20 – Heathen Hill, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

20 – Jim Lauderdale, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

20 – Sons Of Jefferson, French Gulch Hotel, French Gulch.

21 – Festival Speed & The Bearcat Duo Sunday Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

21 – The Bernal Hillbillies, The Lucky Horseshoe Bar, San Francisco.

21 — Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Martha Scanlan

Martha Scanlan

the-parkside-red-wall-sign21 — The Mosey Boys, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

21 — Festival Speed & Bearcat Duo Bluegrass Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

21 – True Life Troubadours, Sour Mash Hug Band, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

21 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.

22 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

22 — The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

Aofie O'Donovan

Aoife O'Donovan

23 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

23 — Edgewood Mountain Boys, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.

24 – Martha Scanlan With Jon Neufeld & Sam Amidon, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

24 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

24 — Aoife O’Donovan, Largo, Los Angeles.

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

25 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

25 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

25 — Happy Trails (Patti Maxine, Lee Anne Welch, Lori Silcher, Suzanne Suwanda), Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

The Rambling Minors

The Rambling Minors

lille aeske

lille aeske

25 – The Infamous Stringdusters With Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae, The Troubadour, West Hollywood.

25-28 – Wintergrass International Music Festival, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue, WA.

26 — Aoife O’Donovan, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara.

26 — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Rambling Minors, Alameda Elks Club, Alameda.

Noam Pikelny

Noam Pikelny

26 — The McCoy Tyler Band, lille aeske, Boulder Creek.

26 — The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

26 — True Life Troubadours, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

26 — Noam Pikelny, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

26 — Martha Scanlan, Will Fourt & Sheila Golden, CASFS Hay Barn, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.

26 —  Avram Siegel, Beppe Gambetta & Mike Witcher, Diesel Books, Oakland.

26 — The Cherry Pickers, Caspar Inn, Caspar.

26 — Charlie Daniels Band, Uptown Theatre, Napa.

27 – Aoife O’Donovan, Folktale Winery, Carmel By The Sea.

27 – Cousin Jack’s Winterfest, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

27 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Morgan Hill Grange, Morgan Hill.

28 – Aoife O’Donovan, The Chapel, San Francisco.

28 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Pickwick Gardens, Burbank.

28 – Martha Scanlan With Jon Neufeld, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

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

29 — Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub. Kensington.

29 — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

29 — Aoife O’Donovan, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, Petaluma.

Della Mae

Della Mae

Sunday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

LOST & FOUND FROM SATURDAY: Hat with long cloth neck cover & a blanket. Contact (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

SUNDAY, January 31

9th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

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

Broadcast: A Man & His Dream (Jordan Nance & Beth Crookham, NC)

The Waltz To Westphalia (Joe Weed, CA)

The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, VA)

(Plus additional historical California film fragment)

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s FREE 9th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival runs January 29-31, 2016 in Redwood City.

Santa Cruz’s Bean Creek Takes Top Honors At 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Bean Creek, a strongly-traditional bluegrass band from Santa Cruz, won top honors at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held on January 30 in Redwood City. This is the second time that the unit has been named Best Bluegrass Band by voters.

The top Male & Female Vocalists, Yoseff Tucker (San Francisco) and A. J. Lee (Tracy) were also repeat winners.

Three other members of The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) won as best players of their respective instruments: Jack Tuttle (Fiddle), Michael Tuttle (Mandolin), and Sullivan Tuttle (Guitar).

Other individual honors went to Paul Knight of Marshall (Bass), Luke Abbott of Santa Cruz (Banjo), and Jim Mintun of Santa Cruz (Dobro).

Jerry Ashford (Camas, OR) Larry Cohea (El Cerrito), Elmo Schropshire (Novato) & Butch Waller (Oakland), pioneers of California bluegrass music, received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The 9th annual awards show is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, a free weekend of live bluegrass performances and a bluegrass film festival. The BOB 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, John Dabney, Debbie Weiner, and other Redwood City area businesses, organizations and individuals.