26th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Coming August 8-11 In Tres Pinos

The 26th Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11, 2019.

The fun, friendly gathering of California bluegrass bands, jammers, and their fans will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The event is the annual benefit for the year-round work of the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

 

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Donations For April Session

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is now collecting donations to fund  scholarships for the Walker Creek Spring Music Camp run by Ingrid Noyes at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp will run the weekend of April 11-14.

The NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund assists students who need financial help in order to attend. NCBS is a IRC Section 501(c)(3) organization that manages the fund and awards the scholarships.

Donations can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846. Donations may be tax-advantaged. Consult your tax advisor. Info: Walker Creek Music Camp.

Fun at the Walker Creek Music Camp.

Blue Summit To Perform At The Summit House On Thursday Evening February 21

Blue Summit will perform Thursday evening, February 21 in the Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series. The FREE program will run 6:00-8:30pm. Good food and drink will be served.

The long-running weekly series is presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17, six miles south of Los Gatos.

Blue Summit (Photo: Snap Jackson)

San Benito County Historical Park In Tres Pinos Will Host Bluegrass Festivals In April & August

The San Benito County Historical Park will host bluegrass festivals in April and August this year. The San Benito County park in Tres Pinos is run by the San Benito County Historical Society. They are:

The Brookdale Spring Bluegrass Festival, April 19-21, 2019 — Presented by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed  by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 8-11, 2019 — Presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 8-11, 2019.

Brookdale Bluegrass Festival To Present The Stoney Mountain Ramblers April 19-21 In Tres Pinos

The Spring 2019 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, April 19-21 will present The Stoney Mountain Ramblers.

The festival is presented by Brookdale Bluegrass and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Tickets are on sale now. Free camping is included in all tickets.

Festival Performance Schedule

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

KKUP Bluegrass Folk & Country Marathon Is This Weekend At 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas

The KKUP Bluegrass, Folk, and Country Marathon is this weekend on the community radio station’s on-air signal at 91.5FM in the South Bay and Monterey Bay Areas, and Online. The station broadcasts more bluegrass music throughout the year than any other outlet in our area.

The marathon proper will run from Friday, February 15 at Noon until Sunday, February 17 at Midnight. The fun will begin with a Kick-Off Show on Thursday, February 14, 7:00-10:00pm. A Wrap-Up Show will run 6:00-9:00pm on Monday, February 18.

There will be plenty of live music all weekend long. The official marathon shirt features Patsy Cline. Many NCBS Members will be on-air as announcers and performers. This will be a nice listen for everyone in the local bluegrass community.

Wildcat Mountain Ramblers Set For Valentine’s Day Show At The Summit House

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers are set to perform a Valentine’s Day Show this Thursday evening, February 14 from 6:00-8:30pm. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes The Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series.

The FREE weekly series is presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17, six miles south of Los Gatos. Good food and drink will be served.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at the Summit House.

NCBS President Michael Hall Named To IBMA Foundation Board Of Directors

Northern California Bluegrass Society President Michael Hall has been named to the IBMA Foundation Board Of Directors, the philanthropic organization affiliated with the International Bluegrass Music Association. The foundation was formerly known as The Foundation For Bluegrass Music.

Hall has been active with various IBMA projects for the the past three decades in addition to his local work for the NCBS.

The other members of the board are: Fred Bartenstein, Fred Bartenstein & Associates; Kissy Black, President, Lotos Nile Consultants; Sam Blumenthal, The Blumenthal Foundation; Richie Brown, Founder, Boston Bluegrass Union, Harvard University; Becky Buller, Becky Buller Band; Peter D’Addario, St. Louis Cardinals; Tom Kopp, Emeritus Professor, Miami University of Ohio; Ruth McLain,  Morehead State University Bluegrass Program, McLain Family Band; Peter Salovey, President, Yale University & Bandleader, The Professors of Bluegrass; Alan Tompkins, President, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation; and Wendy Tyner, Wintergrass Festival.

2019 grants by the Foundation include an award to the California Bluegrass Association for its Japan project at Grass Valley in June (“Fostering Closer Ties with Japanese Pickers and Fans”) and to the San Diego Bluegrass Society for its “Summergrass Kids Camp” in August at Vista.

In past years, awards have included a grant to the Northern California Bluegrass Society for its “NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund” and a college scholarship that enabled Palo Alto’s Molly Tuttle to attend the Berkelee College of Music.

The foundation accepts IRC Section 501(c)(3) tax-advantaged donations to support worthy bluegrass projects nationwide.

IBMA Foundation Information

Michael Hall

 

Northern California Bluegrass Society Will Present The 26th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 8-11

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the 26th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival on August 8-11, 2019.

The relaxed, friendly gathering of California bluegrass bands is set for the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival returns in August 2019 for the 26th time!