Saturday At The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival

SATURDAY, April 20

10:00am — Workshops

Noon — BanjerDan Mazer

1:00pm — Laura Lind

2:00 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

3:00 — Toby Gray & His Harlan County Covey

4:00 — Dinner Break & Open Mike

6:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band

7:00 — Blue Summit

8:00 — Peter Rowan

10:00 — Jamming

The April 19-21, 2019 Spring Brookdale Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos is presented by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

All You Need To Know To Go To The Spring Brookdale Bluegrass Festival This Weekend

The long-running Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will be held this weekend at a familiar location far from its original home in the Santa Cruz Mountains — The San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. That is where the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is held. Here is All You Need To Know To Go:

Dates: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Location: San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Highway 25, Tres Pinos, CA (7 miles south of Hollister and next to Bolado Park).

Schedule:

FRIDAY, April 19

7:00pm — Stoney Mountain Ramblers

8:00 — The Town Howlers

9:00 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

SATURDAY, April 20

10:00am — Workshops

Noon — BanjerDan Mazer

1:00pm — Laura Lind

2:00 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

3:00 — Toby Gray & His Harlan County Covey

4:00 — Dinner Break & Open Mike

6:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band

7:00 — Blue Summit

8:00 — Peter Rowan

10:00 — Jamming

SUNDAY, April 21

10:00am — Workshops

Noon — Blue Summit

1:00pm — Laura Lind & Tina Louise Barr

2:00 — Easter Jam

3:00 — Festival Ends

Tickets: There will be plenty of tickets at the gate. Purchase Tickets Online.

Camping: Free RV and tent camping. Showers and restrooms, but no hook-ups.

Lodging: Available in Hollister (7 miles).

Food & Beer: Available onsite and at nearby establishments in Tres Pinos (1 mile) and Hollister (7 miles).

Jamming: Yes.

(NO) FOOD: Due to a last-minute vendor cancellation, THERE WILL BE ***NO*** ONSITE FOOD AT THE FESTIVAL.

The nearest restaurants are 1 mile north in Tres Pinos. There are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores 7 miles north in Hollister.

Please plan ahead and bring your own food!

Fun: Yes.

Weather: Indoors All Weekend — 72 degrees and sunny. FRIDAY: Partly Cloudy, High 81, Low 50. SATURDAY: Partly Cloudy, High 64, Low 46. SUNDAY: Sunny, High 71, Low 46.

Presented by Brookdale Bluegrass & Welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

And Remember — All Of Your Friends Will Be There!

The Summit House To Present Blue Summit In A Mountaintop Performance On April 18

The Summit House will present Blue Summit on April 18 as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Thursday Bluegrass Series.

The FREE show will run 6:00-8:30pm. Good food and drink will be served.  The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains (and 6 miles south of Los Gatos), has bluegrass every Thursday evening.

The Summit House

NCBS/SCBS To Present Mission Blue At The FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Sunday May 5

The FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on Sunday, May 5, 2019 will feature Mission Blue. The NCBS/SCBS will present the Noon-6:00pm program at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park (near the courthouse in Santa Cruz).

The other bands are Luke Abbott, Blue Summit, The Down Beets, & The Harmony Grits. Bring a picnic and your friends!

Mission Blue

 

NCBS Announces The Late Night Line-Up For The 26th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the Late Night Line-Up at the Historic Dance Hall Stage for the 26th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 8-11, 2019 at the San Benito County Historical Park.

The bands are:

The Jones Gang

Brookdale Bluegrass Band

The festival will also have performances on the Main Stage, The ‘Tweener Stage, The First Stage, and throughout the camp.

GOF Festival Main Stage Line-Up

NCBS President Michael Hall To Help Organize IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Retreat In Kentucky

Northern California Bluegrass Society President Michael Hall will help organize the International Bluegrass Music Association Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Retreat to be held at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY on April 15-17, 2019. Retreat attendees will discuss issues that currently face the bluegrass music world, as well as study bluegrass history and culture.

Interested NCBS Members are encouraged to apply for the Leadership Bluegrass Class held every March in Nashville. Class graduates are invited to the retreats, which are held in the spring of each odd-numbered year, in addition to other alumni events. Hall has been actively involved in visioning and running the retreats for the last 16 years. He is retiring from this role following this week’s event.

The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA. Hall is a member of the Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2003.

The Ohio River, Owensboro, KY.

NCBS To Welcome The Pick & Gather Festival At Riverdance Farms, Livingston June 1-2

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the 2019 Pick & Gather Festival at Riverdance Farms, Livingston, near Merced. The gathering will take place June 1-2. Note that the new festival dates will be on the weekend after Memorial Day.

The event will feature bluegrass and other music, camping, information about farm-to-table food, water quality, organic farming, swimming in the Merced River and other charming bucolic pursuits. More information will be available soon.

Luke Abbott Set For Sunday May 5 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair At The Duck Pond Stage

Multi-instrumentalist Luke Abbott will make a rare appearance at the FREE Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Noon-6:00pm program presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society will be held at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park near the courthouse in Santa Cruz.

The fun afternoon program will also feature Blue Summit, Mission Blue, The Down Beets & The Harmony Grits.

Luke Abbott

Brookdale Bluegrass Spring 2019 Festival To Present Blue Summit April 19-21

The Spring 2019 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival will present Blue Summit (Santa Cruz).

The gathering is set for the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos on the weekend of April 19-21, 2019. Free camping is included in all weekend tickets. Day tickets are also available.

Here is the Festival Performance ScheduleThe event is staged by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Blue Summit

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Makes Spring Awards

The NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund awarded tuition assistance to help some young and old Northern California musicians to attend this weekend’s spring camp near Petaluma.

The scholarships will assist one adult viola player in attending the camp, as well as two young sisters who play the fiddle. These students would not have been able to be at the camp without the fund’s help.

Also, an award was made from the NCBS fund to add to the camp’s new Young Adult Scholarship Fund, which is intended to help impecunious attendees in an age group that is underrepresented at the camp. The support for Young Adults was suggested by NCBS Board of Directors Member Jesse Fichman. There is one recipient this spring.

Thanks to the Generous Donors and to the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Committee. The fund will soon begin collecting donations to help deserving students who want to attend the upcoming fall camp. Thanks for your support of local bluegrass music education!

Ingrid Noyes runs the camp each spring and fall.