NCBS Welcomes Two Fall Concerts To New San Jose Venue For The Woodshed

woodshed-music-arts-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome two fall concerts to the new San Jose venue for The Woodshed Music & Arts. These shows are:

Saturday, September 20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof

Friday, October 24 — Druha Trava

The Woodshed Concerts at St. James Church, San Jose.

The Woodshed Concerts at St. James Church, San Jose.

The concert series is now held at the intimate, historic St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose (2 blocks south of downtown Willow Glen).

ncbs-plain-logoThe Woodshed is a new non-profit organization that seeks to present a wide range of roots music, including bluegrass, in the South Bay.

Six Week Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards 2015 Nominations Due September 30, 2014

Six Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on September 30, 2014. Nomination forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the August and September festivals and events.

Nominations honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians may also be submitted by (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

Mike Fisher Replaces Retiring Elicia Burton On NCBS Board For 2014-2015

Elicia Burton

Elicia Burton

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mike Fisher, a longtime former board member and current volunteer for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, has rejoined the Board of Directors, replacing retiring board member and Society president Elicia Burton. Both Fisher and Burton hail from Boulder Creek.

All other board members were re-elected to serve until August, 2015. They include: Bruce Bellochio (Brookdale), Eric Burman (Bonny Doon), Bruce Edmundson (Sunnyvale),  Penny Godlis (Santa Cruz), Michael Hall (Redwood City), Brenda Hough (San Jose), Pan (Redwood City), and Mike Russell (San Mateo).

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Elicia Burton has also served the Society as treasurer, volunteer coordinator, raffle coordinator, Information Booth staff, hospitality director, and as a member of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee. She also produces the beautiful plaques given to the winners of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. She runs an antiques business in downtown Boulder Creek and plays fiddle in several bluegrass bands.

Mike Fisher also runs an antiques business and is best known for managing the gate at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. He also is on the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Committee and has served as NCBS treasurer. He plays the guitar and volunteers at many bluegrass festivals around Northern California. His son Mather was born at the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather, near Yosemite National Park.

Breaking News: Arhoolie Records Film To Bay Area Theaters, Richard Wodrich Fund, JD Rhynes Cookbook Coming

Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling

Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling

Here is the breaking news in Northern California bluegrass music:

“This Ain’t No Mouse Music” Film Hits Bay Area Theaters in September

This Ain’t No Mouse Music, the story of El Cerrito’s Chris Strachwitz and his roots music label Arhoolie Records, has been honored at film festivals all around the world. Now filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling will bring the feature documentary to movie theaters for the first time, including local screenings.

Chris Strachwitz

Chris Strachwitz

Here is the September schedule for our area:

FRIDAY-THURSDAY, September 19-25

The Roxie, San Francisco.

Dick Wodrich in The Normal Brothers, 1973.

Dick Wodrich in The Normal Brothers, 1973.

Rialto Cinemas, Elmwood, Berkeley.

Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol, Sebastopol.

Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

Bluegrass Musician, Promoter Richard Wodrich Lung Transplant Fund

Richard “Dick” Wodrich of Chico, a longtime bluegrass musician, promoter, and radio programmer, needs a lung transplant. A Lung Transplant Fund has been established through the Give Forward website to help pay the mounting bills — and you can help.

Richard Wodrich & Marci Goulart

Richard Wodrich & his wife Marci Goulart

He has been accepted for the transplant by the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, but needs additional funds.

JD Rhynes Cookbook Is Funded

JD Rhynes’ new cookbook, JD Rhynes Bluegrass Kitchen, has been funded through the Kickstarter website. The book and accompanying audio recordings by Northern California bluegrass musicians will soon be on their way!

Looking Ahead To The September 2014 Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals For Northern California

Larry Baker, Bluegrassin' In The Foothills

Larry Baker, Bluegrassin' In The Foothills

lodi-lake-bluegrass-poster-2014Welcome to the September festivals of interest to bluegrass fans around Northern California.

american-river-music-festival-stage-crowd-2014-logoThe schedule includes the newly-revived Strawberry Music Festival, now the second weekend of the month in Grass Valley, plus plenty of other bluegrass and bluegrass-related fun.

Strawberry At Grass Valley.

Strawberry At Grass Valley.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be everywhere — come on out and join us!


August 25-September 1 – Burning Man (Just added because Andy Owens & BanjerDan Mazer are having a Bluegrass  Music Camp — the first we know about in this event’s long history!), Black Rock City, Black Rock Desert, NV.

6 – Bluegrass At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.

old-time-bluegrass-jamboree-poster-2014berkeley-old-time-music-stage11-14 – Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

12-13 – Old Time Bluegrass Jamboree, Soper Reese Community Theatre, Lakeport.

12-14 – American River Music Festival, September 12-14, various venues, Coloma.

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

16-21 – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.

18-21 – Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.

Fiddletown Community Center

Fiddletown Community Center

19-21 – Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills, Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth.

19-21 – Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.

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

September 30-October 4 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

And…coming up October 3-5: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.


Black Rock City

Black Rock City

NCBS-Welcomed Winter Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Set For December 12-13 At Coatanoa

costanoa-coastal-lodge-camp-logoThe NCBS-welcomed Winter Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival will be held December 12-13, 2014 at Costanoa Lodge. Brookdale Bluegrass has presented the festival multiple times each year since 1998.

The lodge is located halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz on Highway One, in Coastside San Mateo County, and offers lodge rooms, tent cabins, and tent and RV camping onsite.

NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party Set For Saturday, October 18

NCBS Volunteer Party!

NCBS Volunteer Party!

ncbs-plain-logoThe annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Volunteer Party, thanking everyone who helped with any Society event or project over the past year, will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Volunteers will receive their coveted invitations soon to the best bluegrass party of the year!

If you didn’t volunteer this year, help out over the next year to secure your invitation in 2015.

Eric Burman, GOF Festival Director...and Volunteer!

Eric Burman, GOF Festival Director...and Volunteer!

Ten Week Reminder: NCBS Film Festival Deadline Is October 24

The deadline for film submissions for the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival is October 24, 2014. The eighth annual festival will be  be held on January 25, 2015 in Redwood City, as part of the weekend’s FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival. The festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and other Redwood City organizations, agencies, individuals, and businesses.

Film Submission Information