NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Page Is Free Service On This Website

bglogoThe FREE Northern California Bluegrass Society National Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments.

The searchable page is listed under Resources in the left column on this website. The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments.

Musicians should immediately post about the loss of an instrument. Used instrument buyers should check the page prior to purchase. Please post again when instruments are recovered.

The Dim Lights Return To The GOF Main Stage At Tres Pinos August 6-9

The Dim Lights (Pacifica) will return to the main stage of the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos.

GOF Flyer

Online Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

The 22nd annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

A Big Memorial Day Week Of Great Bluegrass

There will be plenty of great bluegrass all around Northern California (and beyond) throughout the long Memorial Day Weekend. Here is your guide to the music (Wednesday-Wednesday).

Sam Bush will be playing all over the area all week long and there are many other great shows. Come on out and join your NCBS Friends where the music is!

Sam Bush

Sam Bush

beverly-smith-john-grimm-album-coverWEDNESDAY, May 20

Sam Bush, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

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

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

albatross-pub-signWhiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.

Stadler-Gibbons Band, Strings, Berkeley.

Beverly Smith & John Grimm, (House Concert) Concerts (at) InstantHarmony (dot) com, Mountain View.

Asleep At The Wheel, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass, Twin Oaks Tavern, Penngrove.

Java Invitational Jam, Coffee Cat, Scott’s Valley.

atlasfront1Ellen Stapenhorst, Greg Newlon & Bev Barnett, House Concert, Campbell.


Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

fox-goose-hanging-signGayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

mystic-theatre-logo-bwSam Bush, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The Duhks, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Mike Justis Band, Fox & Goose, Sacramento.

Beverly Smith & John GrimmHouse Concert, Davis.

Western Lights Trio, American Fly Fishing Co, Sacramento.

Asleep At The Wheel, SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo.

Carolyn Sills

Carolyn Sills

Leslie Abbott of The Black Eyed Susies

Leslie Abbott of The Black Eyed Susies


Delfest, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.


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

FRIDAY, May 22

Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery, Davenport.

Rising Appalachia, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

Steep Ravine, Kendra McKinley, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

Sam Bush, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

Staddler-Gibbons Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

The historic Holbrooke Hotel

The historic Holbrooke Hotel



Banner Mountain Boys, Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Notorious Shank Brothers, Berryessa Brewing Co, Winters.

Grasskickers, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Clovis.

Beverly Smith & John Grimm (House Concert) barkingcarpet (at) sbcglobal (dot) net, Fairfax.

Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine

the-riptide-blue-signJames Nash & The Nomads, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, May 22, 23, & 24

Alex Muddy Smith, Boomtown Hotel & Casino, Verdi, NV.


Hickstival, Bolado Park  Event Center, Tres Pinos.

Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.


Jimbo Trout & The Fish People, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay.

Billy Pitrone Sarah Eblen & Jim Mintun, Westside Farmers Market, Santa Cruz.

True Life Troubadours, The Riptide, San Francisco.


St. James Church, San Jose

St. James Church, San Jose

Rising Appalachia, Lightning In A Bottle, Monterey.

David Thom Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo With Special Guest Jim Mintun, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose. (NCBS-welcomed) Sold out.

Cliff Compton

Cliff Compton

Cliff Compton & Mountain Top, Woodbridge Grange Hall, Woodbridge.

Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville

Ray Bonneville, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

California Old Time Fiddlers, Happy Valley Strawberry Festival, Anderson.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Bakersfield Rock & Country Festival, Bakersfield.

Dave Holodiloff Band, The Ugly Mug, Soquel.

The Back Forty, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.

amnesia-sign-upper-windowSUNDAY, May 24

BanjerDan, The Pour House, Paso Robles.

The Last Strawberry Music Festival at Grass Valley

The Last Strawberry Music Festival at Grass Valley

Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Winters Tavern, Pacifica.

Wally Barnick, Poalillo Vineyards, Paso Robles.

A. J. Lee & Friends, May Fiddle Jam, United Methodist Church, Castro Valley.


The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam, Baja Taqueria, Oakland.

BanjerDan, Bang the Drum Brewery, San Luis Obispo.

davenport-roadhouse-frontTUESDAY, May 26

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

BanjerDan & Spanky Baldwin, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

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

Sherry Austin & Henhouse, The Roadhouse, Davenport.

BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.


David Thom

David Thom

David Thom & Don Rigsby, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

High Country, Albany Tap Room, Albany.

sams-bbq-pig-cook-logoBlue Diamond Strings, City Winery, Napa.

Rising Appalachia, SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo.

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

city-winery-napa-logo-bwTrail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Jimbo Trout & Steve Bass, The Tee Off Bar & Grill, San Francisco.

Java Invitational Jam, Coffee Cat, Scott’s Valley.

The Invitational Jam

Java Invitational Jam

Two Week Reminder: Board Of Directors Candidate Statements Due On June 1

Two Week Reminder: Candidate Statementsncbs-plain-logo for the 2015-16 NCBS Board Of Directors Election are due on June 1, 2015.

Looking Ahead To The June 2015 Festivals In Northern California & Beyond

The Big 40th Anniversary!

The Big 40th Anniversary!

route-66-poster-bands-2015June is the most important summer festival month in California and across the country. Ready, Set, Go! Here are the listings for Northern California (and beyond).

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be out in force to enjoy the music. Please join us!


5-7 – Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

6 – Singing Rails Railroad Music Festival, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown.

12-14 – Huck Finn’s Jubilee, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

kate-wolf-wolf-illus-201513-14 – La Honda Music & Art Fair, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

live-oak-illus-201513-20 – Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

18-21 – CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

18-21 — Route 66 Bluegrass Festival, Victorville Fairgrounds, Victorville.

romp-bluegrass-festival-illus-red-white18-21 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Telluride, CO.

19-21 – Live Oak Music Festival, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

20 – San Francisco Free Folk FestivalCyprian’s Center, San Francisco.

24-27 – International Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

La Honda Music & Art Fair

La Honda Music & Art Fair

telluride-bluegrass-festival-2015-mountain-crowd-poster25-28 – Kate Wolf Music Festival, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.

26-28 – Susanville Bluegrass Festival, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.


Grasslands To Perform For First Time At August 6-9 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Grasslands (Fountain Valley) will perform for the first time at the August 6-9, 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The 22nd annual gathering of top California bluegrass bands and musicians is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Discount Online Tickets can be purchased on this website or by mail until July 22. See the GOF Flyer for mail-in ticket purchase information. NCBS Members receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases, while non-members receive a discount.



One Month Reminder: IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Submissions Due By June 15

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA.

Film Submissions for the 2nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival are due by June 15, 2015.

The Raleigh, NC event during the September 29-October 3 World of Bluegrass Convention is based on the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival held each January in Redwood City. Contact (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Fun Coming August 6-9, 2015 At Bolado Park

gof-color-poster-hat-blue-2015The Northern California Bluegrass Society will bring bluegrass fun to Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on August 6-9, 2015. Discount advance tickets are available until July 22.

Discount Advance Tickets