Two Week Reminder: 2015 Good Old Fashioned Main Stage Band Applications Due On December 31

Two Week Reminder: Main Stage Band Applications for the 22nd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on December 31, 2014.

The Clarridge Family Fiddlers (2003)

The Clarridge Family Fiddlers (2003)

The McCrae Brothers (2003)

The McCrae Brothers (2003)

This deadline is strictly enforced.

California-based bluegrass bands are eligible to play on the main stage.

The GOF is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Yodeling Lady Lolita (2003)

Yodeling Lady Lolita (2003)

Looking Ahead To The January 2015 Bluegrass Festivals And Beyond

The CBA Great 48 Jam hits the Streets of Bakersfield in January.

The CBA Great 48 Jam hits the Streets of Bakersfield in January.

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

The Peninsula Home of Bluegrass Music

A new year of bluegrass festival fun awaits us in 2015. Here are the January festival listings — join with your friends who are NCBS Members to start the new year in the classic Northern California bluegrass style!

JANUARY

December 30, 2014-January 4, 2014 – New Harmony New Year’s Camp, San Francisco Folk Music Club, Calistoga.

san-francisco-folk-music-club-logoblythe-ca-city-logo-tree8-11 — CBA Great 48 Jam With A (Separate) Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Concert, Doubletree Hotel, Bakersfield.

western-folklife-center-elko-logo16-18 — Blythe Bluegrass Festival, Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe.

22-25 — The NAMM Show, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim.

23-25 — NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway, including the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival and the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, various venues, Redwood City.

the-namm-show-logo26-31 — National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center, Elko, NV.

San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum To Feature Laurie Lewis In Concert On January 15

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San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco will present Laurie Lewis in concert on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30pm. The live solo performance in the Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman exhibit space is free with museum admission.

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

The HSB/Hellman exhibit will run through September 2016 and will feature monthly live music performances, including bluegrass shows, by artists who have performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The exhibit also includes film of musical performances from the festival, so there is plenty of entertainment for bluegrass and roots music fans.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the Laurie Lewis appearance and other selected performances from the Third Thursdays evening series.

NCBS Announces The 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Finalists

The Finalists for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards have been announced:

1. Bluegrass Band

Abbott Brothers

Bean Creek

Central Valley Boys

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

2. Male Vocalist

Luke Abbott

Pete Hicks

Snap Jackson

Billy Pitrone

Yoseff Tucker

3. Female Vocalist

Regina Bartlett

Sarah Eblen

Mary Gibbons

A. J. Lee

Louise Mintun

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

Avram Frankel

Steve Pottier

Yoseff Tucker

Marty Varner

Yvonne Walbroehl

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny

Kim Elking

Pete Hicks

Ed Neff

Michael Tuttle

6. Banjo

Luke Abbott

Larry Cohea

Rob Horgan

Snap Jackson

Sonia Shell

7. Fiddle

Tom Bekeny

Pete Hicks

Alex Sharps

Jack Tuttle

Mark Wardenburg

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Kathy Barwick

Helen Foley

Avram Frankel

Jim Mintun

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Sarah Eblen

Dave Gooding

Louise Mintun

Max Schwartz

There are 6 finalists in one category due to a tie.

The FREE Awards Show And Concert will be held on Saturday, January 24 as part of the 8th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City.

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s BOB Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, John Dabney, and other Redwood City-area businesses and organizations.

Three Week Reminder: 2015 GOF Main Stage Band Applications Due December 31st

Three Week Reminder: Main Stage Band Applications for the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on December 31, 2014.

The 2015 GOF Stage will be ready for your band -- apply by December 31.

The 2015 GOF Stage will be ready for your band -- apply by December 31.

All You Need To Know To Go To Costanoa Winterfest 2014 This Saturday

costanoa-mapHere is All You Need To Know To Go To The Brookdale Bluegrass Costanoa Winterfest 2014:

Cabin Fever Festival Fun: The annual (since 1998) winter Brookdale Bluegrass gathering offers the chance to enjoy the fun of a summer festival amidst the seasonal rains in Northern California. Indoor performances and jams will help chase away the December bluegrass blues! The weekend event is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Tickets: Plenty will be available Online in advance for $30 and at the door for $35.

ncbs-plain-logoLodging: A wide variety of accommodations in available at Costanoa Lodge & Campground, including lodge rooms, tent cabins, regular cabins, RV camping, and tent camping.

Performance Schedule:

FRIDAY, December 12

brookdale-winter-bluegrass-final-poster-14Open Jams (free admission)

SATURDAY, December 13

11:00am — BanjerDan’s Banjo Workshop

Noon — Lunch Break

1:00pm — Rainy Day Ramblers

2:00 — Bluegrass Roundup

3:00 — Peg Leg Reza & Blue Shoes

4:00 — Dinner Break and Ukekele Jam With Peg Leg Reza

6:00 — Sugar By The Pound

7:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band With Scott Gates

8:00 — Scott Gates & Eric Antrim

9:00 – The Naked Bootleggers

10:00 — Saturday Night Jamming

Directions:

From The San Francisco Bay Area: Go west on Highway 92 to Half Moon Bay, then left (south) on Highway 1 for 25 miles. From Santa Cruz: Go north on Highway 1 for 25 miles.

Costanoa Lodge is south of the town of Pescadero, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, off the east side of Highway 1. The address is 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, CA 94060.

Weather: This is an indoor festival.  Outside: Partly Cloudy. FRIDAY NIGHT: Low 44. SATURDAY:  High 60, Low 44.

Services: Costanoa offers a nice restaurant and bar and a camp store for your convenience. The nearby town of Pescadero has several restaurants and stores, plus a gas station. The Highway 1 Brewing Co. is a few miles up Highway 1 from Costanoa.

And remember —  All of your friends will be there!

Friday December 12 Is Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day — Celebrate Locally With NCBS & With Your Bluegrass Friends Around The World

NCBS Welcomes The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

NCBS Welcomes The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

NCBS Welcomes The 2014 Costanoa Winterfest.

NCBS Welcomes The 2014 Costanoa Winterfest.

Friday, December 12 is the Third Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day.

Lee Marcus, a banjo player from South Carolina, launched the event on Facebook in 2012 (on “12-12-12″) and the rest is bluegrass history. The event spread to five continents the very first year.

There are no rules — if you love bluegrass, you can celebrate at home, at work, or anywhere you choose! You can celebrate alone or with others! You can celebrate with live or recorded music by others — or by making your own bluegrass music!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society suggests two FREE local December 12 gatherings to jump-start your BMAD fun, both welcomed by the NCBS:

Holiday Hootenanny, organized by Scott Dailey at the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, San Carlos. Bands and jamming. FREE.

Costanoa Winterfest 2014, presented by Brookdale Bluegrass at the Costanoa Lodge & Campground, Pescadero. Friday (FREE) is jamming only. This event continues with bands and jamming on Saturday, December 13.

ncbs-plain-logoOther ways to enjoy the big bluegrass holiday: Hot Rize in Mill Valley, Peter Rowan in Berkeley, Shook Twins in Oakland, Riverbend in Woodland, Sons of Jefferson in Chico, Barwick & Siegfried in Auburn.

Coming to a world near you on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Coming to a world near you on Friday, December 12, 2014.

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny Is After Work This Friday In San Carlos

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Pathetic Honey

Pathetic Honey

The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, organized by Scott Dailey and presented by the Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, is this Friday after work, from 4:00-11:00pm on December 12, 2014.

Admission is FREE, with craft beer and food available.

The gathering is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

An Open Jam will begin at 4:00pm.

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington Street, San Carlos.

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington Street, San Carlos.

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5:30 — Cryin’ Shame
6:30 — Stoney Mountain Ramblers
7:30 — Wires -n- Wood
8:00 — The California Swampgrass Band
9:00 — Pathetic Honey
10:00 — All Star Jam

The brewery and performance space is located in the original Tesla automobile research and development facility at 935 Washington Street, San Carlos.

NCBS Welcomes The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

NCBS Welcomes The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!