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    Today's column from Mark Varner
    Monday, September 1, 2014


    Before I give you my impressions of the NCBS's Good Old Fashioned Festival, allow me to encourage everyone to attend the upcoming Bluegrassin' in the Foothills Festival. The location is Plymouth and the dates are September 19-21. Bluegrass festivals in California are an endangered species, with many popular festivals ending, unfortunately. Let's bring back the glory days of this festival and show the kind of support it takes to make running the event financially worthwhile and the kind of fun that has brought devotees back for many years.

    I had the pleasure to attend the NCBS event down in San Benito County recently. The Northern California Bluegrass Society put on their big August party at Bolado Park in Hollister, and as always, it was joyful, laid back and a pickerís delight. The intimate festival, which has been going on longer than many of the attendees have been alive, has supported the central California bluegrass and old time music community with the result of our area being a hot bed of talent. For many acts this is their first festival appearance. For others, like Sidesaddle, itís a long tradition.

    Folks start showing up on Thursday to find a nice camping spot in the somewhat limited shade. Many are volunteers, showing up to get the early work done, but most are there to start picking early and to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the festival site. Itís lovely country up there near Tres Pinos.
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