NCBS National Stolen & Missing Instrument Page Is Free & Available On This Website

bglogoThe NCBS National Bluegrass Stolen & Missing Instrument Page is linked off the left column on this website. This is a free service for both theft victims and used instrument buyers that provides a central reporting location for the recovery of stolen or lost bluegrass instruments.

Musicians should immediately SELF POST information about stolen instruments. Instrument buyers should CHECK the page prior to purchase of any used instrument. The page is searchable.

24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Will Be Held August 10-13, 2017

The 24th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017.

Looking Ahead To The September 2016 Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

BanjerDan Mazer

Burning Man's BanjerDan Mazer

Strawberry's new music meadow at Westside.

Strawberry's new music meadow at Westside.

Ah, the first festivals of the fall season are upon us. There are the big ones — Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, & American River — and there are the charming small festivals, such as McCloud, Columbia, Fiddletown, & Lost Sierra.

Many folks will travel out of state for major music events like IBMA, Pickin’ In The Pines, Burning Man & Four Corners. The beloved Kings River festival will not happen this September, but the revived Julian festival has returned!

front-porch-music-festival-wente-logoJoin your NCBS Friends all around the area and throughout the month for some festival fun! Here is a look at the September fests:

SEPTEMBER

August 28-September 5 – BanjerDan (Still the only bluegrass!), Burning Man Contradance Camp, Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV.

san-francisco-folk-music-club-sign-woodmccloud-mountain-bluegrass-poster-161-4 — Strawberry Music Festival, Westside, Tuolumne.

2-4 — Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

2-5 — San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

four-corners-folk-fesival-poster-163 – Front Porch Music Festival, Wente Vineyards, Livermore.

3-4 – Santa Cruz Mountains Art, Wine, & Music Festival, Garrahan Park, Boulder Creek.

10 – Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.

millpond-music-festival-logo-stage10-11 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.

american-river-music-festival-poster-1616-18 – Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.

16-18 — Pickin’ In The Pines, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ.

Fiddletown Community Center

Fiddletown Community Center

16-19 – American River Music Festival, various venues, Coloma.

17 – Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.

18 – Julian Lions Bluegrass Festival, Frank Lane Park, Julian.

21-25 – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.

graeagle-town-billboard22-25 – Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

ibma-wob-logo-dates-1623-25 – Unity Festival, Russian River, Guerneville.

24 – Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest, Gazebo Park, Columbia.

September 27-October 1 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

September 30-October 2 — Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

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New NCBS Board Of Directors Elected At 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

NCBS Board of Directors

NCBS Board of Directors

The 2016-2017 Northern California Bluegrass Society Board of Directors was elected on August 13 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos. The new board will serve until elections are held in August 2017.

Incumbents Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell were re-elected.

Longtime Society volunteers David Field of Santa Cruz and Allan French of Mountain View were elected to the nine-member board.

Uriah Langmeyer and Alison Steele from the 2015-2016 board did not run again, but will continue to be involved in NCBS activities.

Benitolink Coverage of the Good Old Fashioned Festival (8/15/16)

Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Donations Now Being Accepted For Fall

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund is accepting donations for student scholarships at the Fall 2016 Camp, set for October 6-9. A NCBS committee manages the fund and awards the scholarships to students in need of financial assistance.

The Walker Creek Ranch

The Walker Creek Ranch

Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846
Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses scholarships. Donations to the NCBS fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716.

Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp. Thanks for your support!

Ingrid Noyes (not NCBS) runs the camp, which is held each spring and fall. Information: Walker Creek Music Camp,

Sunday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

SUNDAY, August 14

9:00am —  Extended Roots

10:00 — Cliff Compton and Mountaintop (Gospel Plus)

11:00 — Courthouse Ramblers

Noon — Dim Lights

1:15pm — Kids On Stage

2:15 — Mountain Fire Band

3:15 — Blue Summit

4:15 — Damdave & The Left-Hand Band

The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 11-14, 2016 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

Saturday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

SATURDAY, August 13

10:00am — Rambling Minors

11:00 — GrassKickers

Noon — Sidetrack

1:00pm — (Workshop/Lunch Break)

2:00 — One Button Suit

3:00 — Vintage Grass

4:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band

5:00 — (Workshop/Dinner Break)

6:00 — Stray Hollow

7:00 — Glad to Be Here

8:00 — Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band

9:00 — Sidesaddle & Co

The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 11-14, 2016 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

Friday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

FRIDAY, August 12

First Stage

Noon — Tomas & Friends

1:00pm — Edgewood Mountain Boys

1:45 — Down The Road Ramblers

2:30 — Sage & The Coyotes

Main Stage

3:00pm — Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine

4:00 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

5:00 — Pacific Drive

6:00 — Barwick & Siegfried

7:00 — Shepherd Canyon Band

8:00 — The Vivants

9:00 — Kitchen Help

The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival runs August 11-14, 2016 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.