NCBS-Welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series Returns June 30 With Hidden Still

The mountain view from the Summit House.

The mountain view from the Summit House.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series continues on June 30 with the band Hidden Still.

The FREE bluegrass programs are presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and are held from 6:00-8:30pm each Thursday evening at 23123 Highway 17, 6 miles south of Los Gatos, at the top of Highway 17.

The food and drink are good and the view is spectacular.

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Enjoy A Big 4th Of July Week Of Bluegrass Music For Northern California

Dr. Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

RIP Dr. Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

Bluegrass Music At The Rodeo

Bluegrass Music At The July 4th Woodside Rodeo!

It’s Fourth of July Week in Northern California and we have plenty of great bluegrass music for you! Here are the listings for Tuesday through next Wednesday.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be everywhere the music is — and you can join right in!

One sad note: Dr. Ralph’s Memorial Service takes place at 3:00pm (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, as we say goodbye to the last towering giant of the first generation of bluegrass musicians. See live streaming information below.

Bluegrass Fourth Of July Celebration

Bluegrass Fourth Of July Celebration

TUESDAY, June 28

Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

Dr. Ralph Stanley Memorial Service, Hills Of Home Park, McClure, VA. Live Stream Broadcast from television station WYMT (Hazard, KY) begins at 3:00pm Pacific Time.

WEDNESDAY, June 29

Blue Summit

Blue Summit

Michaela Anne, Ella & Henry Warde & Their Fine Country Band, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

THURSDAY, June 30

Hidden Still, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

Blue Summit, Wild Iris, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, June 30-July 3

High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.

FRIDAY, July 1

Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery, Davenport.

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.

Festival Speed, Papermill Creek Saloon, Forest Knolls.

Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Carpar Inn, Caspar.

Sonoma Mtn Music Fest 2016 Poster FinalCimmaron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

The Bills, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

FRIDAY-MONDAY, July 1-4

San Francisco Folk Music Club July 4 Campout, Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

SATURDAY, July 2

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

27strings, Sidewalk Performance, Café la Tartine, Redwood City.

Barwick & Siegfried, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

Sonoma Mountain Music Celebration, Five Springs Farm, Petaluma.

Sierra Mountain Band, Dardanelle Resort, Dardanelle.

The Mountain Men, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Southwestern Pilgrimage, Sierra Sweethearts, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.

SUNDAY, July 3

Peter Rowan, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association, Rose Garden Park, San Jose.

Nervous Pinatas, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Ventucky String Band, Sierra Nevada Resort, Mammoth Lakes.

MONDAY, The Fourth Of July

Edgewood Mountain Boys, Woodside Junior Rodeo, Woodside.

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

All American Music Festival, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival, Cerrito Vista Park, El Cerrito.

Genoa Americana Celebration, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

slaid-cleaves-posed-nameTUESDAY, July 5

Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

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

WEDNESDAY, July 6

Bean Creek, Music In The Park, Stafford Park, Redwood City.

Slaid Cleaves, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Dr. Ralph Stanley Memorial Service Will Be Tuesday, June 28 Near McClure, VA

Ralph Stanley

The young Ralph Stanley

The memorial service for Dr. Ralph Stanley will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Hills Of Home Park between McClure and Coeburn, VA. The location is the site of the annual Hills Of Home Bluegrass Festival and the longtime home of the Stanley family. The service will be open to the public.

Ralph Edmund Stanley was born on February 25, 1927 and died on June 23, 2016. The legendary bluegrass pioneer performed with his brother Carter Stanley as The Stanley Brothers beginning in 1946 and, following his brother’s death in 1966, as Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. His professional  bluegrass career spanned 70 years.

Dr. Ralph Stanley Memorial Service, Live Stream Broadcast from television station WYMT (Hazard, KY) begins at 3:00pm Pacific Time, June 28.

stanley-brothers-old-country-church-album-coverMemorial Service Information

NCBS Obituary

Nashville Tennessean Obituary

New York Times Obituary

Bristol TN/VA Herald Courier Obituary

2002 NPR Fresh Air Interview (19:12)

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is Looking For a Few Good Volunteers

ncbs-plain-logoJoin the bluegrass people who have joined the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Team and make the music happen!

Here is the 2016 volunteer information.

Thanks for your support!

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One Month Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Discount Advance Ticket Deadline Is July 22

One Month Reminder: Discount Advance Tickets for the 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are on sale through Friday, July 22, 2016.

The festival runs August 11-14 at the San Benito County Historical Park, next to Bolado Park in Tres Pinos.

Online GOF Tickets

GOF Flyer

NCBS Membership

Iconic Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley, Carter’s Brother & Leader Of The Clinch Mountain Boys, Dies At Age 89

Dr. Ralph Stanley

Dr. Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016.

Ralph Stanley receives an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University.

Ralph Stanley receives an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University.

Iconic bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, the quiet, shy half of The Stanley Brothers who, following the sudden 1966 loss of his brother Carter persevered to achieve international fame, died on June 23, 2016 at age 89.

Following his brother’s death, he led Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys until his passing. The band also included at times, his son, Ralph Stanley II, and his grandson, Nathan Stanley.

Banjo player and singer Stanley was revered as the senior surviving performer of the first generation of bluegrass musicians. His career spanned over seven decades, not even ending with his long-announced “retirement” at the end of 2014.

Ralph Stanley in a recent Mountain View, CA performance.

Ralph Stanley in a recent Mountain View, CA performance.

Although The Stanley Brothers were famously overlooked by the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Ralph Stanley was an early admittee to the International Bluegrass Hall Of Honor (now the International Bluegrass Hall Of Fame). He also held the most utilized Honorary Doctorate ever granted. The honor was bestowed in 1976 by Lincoln Memorial University, and added to his formal education that ended after only a few years in elementary school. For the remainder of his life, he was known and formally addressed by all true bluegrass fans as Dr. Ralph Stanley. Stanley was honored with a second Honorary Doctorate from Yale University in 2014, along with many other honors.

Onstage, Dr. Stanley was low-key, earnest, and sincere. He spoke slowly and carefully, always commanding the respect and attention of his fans between songs. The thrill for his listeners came from his banjo and his signature high lonesome vocals. His vocals cried and soared with the terrible pain of his lyrics. His most famous performance for the general public came in the Hollywood film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, when he sang the old tune O Death. His other big hit, the banjo instrumental The Clinch Mountain Backstep, was best known to hard-core bluegrass fans. Along the way, he popularized Man Of Constant Sorrow and Rank Stranger, among many other bluegrass standards.

oh-brother-where-art-thou-cd-coverRalph Stanley did not come easily into the bluegrass fold. For many years, he called his music “mountain music,” and strongly resisted having his music grouped with that of other bluegrass pioneers. In his later years, he changed course and fully embraced his critical role in having established and popularized the bluegrass genre.

Perhaps more than any of the other bluegrass creators, he rejected off-mountain musical influences, and played his music clear, clean, straight, simple, and unadorned. In important ways, his music was significantly more “hard-core” than other famous progenitors of the bluegrass style, including the Father Of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe.

Dr. Ralph first performed in church and, with his brother, enjoyed a long pre-fame run on radio stations WNVA and WCYB (”The Farm And Fun Hour” at noon each weekday) along the Tennessee/Virginia border. These 1950s programs established the band and led it to national stature.

Ralph Edmund Stanley was born February 25, 1927 in the rural community of Big Spraddle Creek, Dickenson County, Virginia. He is survived by his wife Jimmie Stanley and his children, Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes Stanley, Tim Stanley, and Ralph Stanley II, and his grandson Nathan Stanley.

Ralph & Carter, The Stanley Brothers.

Ralph & Carter, The Stanley Brothers.

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers Set For Mountaintop Bluegrass On Thursday June 23

ncbs-plain-logoThe FREE Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series, presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, continues with the Stoney Mountain Ramblers on June 23.

The establishment serves up an incredible view of the sunset over the Santa Cruz Mountains, fine food, and good drink.

The series (which started at the beginning of January) will conclude its first 6 months on June 30 with the band Hidden Still. Thanks for your support!

summit-house-logo-thinThe bluegrass programs are held each Thursday evening 6:00-8:30pm at the top of Highway 17, 6 miles south of Los Gatos.

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

San Benito County Historical Society To Host August 11-14 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

san-benito-county-historical-society-logo-building-trees-illusThe San Benito County Historical Society will host the August 11-14, 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

ncbs-plain-logoThe 23-year-old gathering has previously been held next door at Bolado Park and is a benefit for the NCBS.

The Cottage Saloon, San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos.

The Cottage Saloon, San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos.

The view of the hills from the Historical Village Plaza.

The view of the hills from the Historical Village Plaza.