NCBS President Michael Hall Interviewed On “Backstage View” About Bluegrass Film Festivals

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Film Festival Director

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Film Festival Director

Northern California Bluegrass Society President Michael Hall was interviewed by bluegrass video journalist Scott Wilkins at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina last September about bluegrass film festivals. The “Backstage View” interview has been released and is linked below.

Michael Hall — Film Festival Interview (17:15)

Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Host Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Topics include the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival at the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City each January and the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, as well as the bluegrass film festival in Arizona, the Northern California Bluegrass Society, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and current bluegrass films.

A Call For Films for the September, 2016 IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival has been issued, with submissions due on June 15.

The NCBS Film Festival will issue a Call For Films in early July for the January 2017 event that is part of Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City.

Backstage View Information

A Big Memorial Day Week Of Bluegrass Music & Fun All Around Northern California

Strawberry At Grass Valley.

Spring Strawberry At Grass Valley.

Happy Memorial Day from your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society!

Happy Memorial Day from your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society!

It will be a big week of bluegrass music all around Northern California for Memorial Day.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be out having fun with our music and you can join in!


Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

Vintage Grass, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

Edgewood Mountain Boys, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.


bangers-and-grass-poster-526161The Krüger Brothers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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


Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.


Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Tim O’Brien, Caleb Caudle, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

The Krüger Brothers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

Lance Canales & The Flood, Amber Cross, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Chris & Lorin Rowan, Terrapin Crossing, San Rafael.

Blue Summit (Members), Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)


Delfest, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.


Strawberry Spring Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

FRIDAY, May 27

Morgan Canyon Band, Bluegrass in the Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Clovis.

morgan-canyon-band-outside-playing-signdead-winter-hot-buttered-poster-5272816The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, May 27 & 28

Dead Winter Carpenters, Hot Buttered Rum, then Head For The Hills, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.


Bottle Rock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa. (Sold out)


The Mountain Fire Band

The Mountain Fire Band

Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The Coffis Brothers, lille æske, Boulder Creek.

Mountain Fire, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

valley-ford-ca-road-nameVintage Grass, Rocker Oysterfellar’s, Valley Ford.

The Salty Suites, The Fret House, Covina.

Edge of the West, Jim Lewin & David Thom, Rossi’s 1906, Sonoma.

The Growling Old Men, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.

Jim & Louise Mintun

Jim & Louise Mintun

SUNDAY, May 29

Jim & Louise Mintun, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

Peter Feldmann & Blaine Sprouse

Peter Feldmann & Blaine Sprouse

Peter Feldmann & Blaine Sprouse, House Concert, RSVP: (805) 688-9894, Goleta.


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

The Mountain Men, Amnesia, San Francisco.


Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

The Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers

Two Month Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Discount Ticket Deadline Is July 22, 2016

Two Month Reminder: Discount Advance Tickets for the August 11-14 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are on sale through July 22, 2016. Northern California Bluegrass Society Members receive a deep discountNon-Members receive a discount.

Discount Advance Online Tickets

Sunday, July 24 Is Rescheduled Date For Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival In Pacifica

surf-spot-logoThe Surf Spot in Pacifica has announced that Sunday, July 24, 2016 is the rescheduled date for the 2nd Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

The FREE event was originally set for May 21, but was postponed due to weather concerns at the coastal location.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this festival, which is presented by The Surf Spot Restaurant.

More information will be announced shortly.

NCBS Board Of Directors Candidate Statements Due June 1st For August 13th Election


The annual election for the Northern California Bluegrass Society Board Of Directors will be held at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park, next to Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on Saturday, August 13, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by mail.

Candidate Statements are due to  (Linda Descoteaux) lindadakota (at) gmail (dot) com, editor of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine, by June 1, 2016, for publication in the July-August issue.

Statements are limited to 100 words and submission of a picture is optional. Information: (559) 222-1468.

2016 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For Tres Pinos August 11-14

The 23rd annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is set for the San Benito County Historical Park (next to Bolado Park) in Tres Pinos on August 11-14, 2016. Discount Advance Tickets are now on sale on this website and by mail.


Postponed: Saturday’s NCBS-Welcomed Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival At The Surf Spot Is POSTPONED

Thanks for your support!

Thanks for your support!

The Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival set for this Saturday, May 21 at The Surf Spot in Pacifica has been POSTPONED due to likely rain.

The make-up date will be announced shortly. Updated information will be available on this Northern California Bluegrass Society Website and also on The Surf Spot Website.

Thanks to Michael Alexander & The Surf Spot Restaurant for presenting bluegrass music on the coast!


Looking Ahead To The Northern California June Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals


The month of June is big on the bluegrass festival calendar for Northern California and all across the country. School gets out and it is time for camping, jamming, and having fun!

Our area has a fine line-up of events next month — join your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society to advance your bluegrass music lifestyle.


Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, June 3-5, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Pick And Gather Festival, June 4-5, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

Redwood Mountain Faire, June 4-5, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.

huck-finn-jubilee-40th-logo-16telluride-bluegrass-festival-2016-band-stage-crowd-mountains-name-datesThe Grove Campout, June 4-5, The Grove, Sanger.

Huck Finn’s Jubilee, June 10-12, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

live-oak-music-festival-logo-16-name-datesLa Honda Music & Art Fair, June 18-19, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 11-18, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

susanville-bluegrass-festival-poster-16CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Route 66 Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, Victorville Fairgrounds, Victorville.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, various venues, Telluride, CO.

The late Faith Petric, San Francisco Folk Music Club

The late Faith Petric, San Francisco Folk Music Club

Live Oak Music Festival, June 17-19, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 11, Cyprian’s Center, San Francisco.

International Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, June 22-25, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

Susanville Bluegrass Festival, June 24-26, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.

The late Kate Wolf

The late Kate Wolf

romp-bluegrass-festival-illus-red-whiteKate Wolf Music Festival, June 23-26, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.

High Sierra Music Festival, June 30-July 3, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.