Author: Carlin, Larry

June 30, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008

A flick to look forward to -- Keep your eyes and ears open for a new documentary titled The Stripling Brothers: A Fiddling Legacy, which is about two old-time Alabama fiddlers named Robert and Lee Stripling. With all of the unoriginal sequels and movies made from TV shows in theatres now, don't look for this film to be playing at your friendly neighborhood octoplex anytime soon…

“What’s that sound?” -- The Alison Krauss & Robert Plant show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley this past Friday was sold out, and there is a review of the concert in today’s SF Chronicle. They sent a rock & roll writer to cover the show, and, as you might expect, he seemed a little disappointed by the amount of banjo and mandolin playing. If you are one of the lucky ones with tickets down south tonight, you can see the show at Humphrey’s in San Diego.

Music camp reminder -- The American River Acoustic Music Camp will take place from August 10th-14th in Coloma, and registration is now open. It will be held at the scenic American River Resort on the banks of the American River. Instructors for this year’s camp include Steve Palazzo (flatpicking guitar), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Kathy Barwick (dobro), Debbie McClatchy (old-time frailing banjo), Keith Little (vocals), Janet Beazley (banjo), Lisa Burns (bass), Chris Stuart (rhythm guitar and songwriting), Dix Bruce (mandolin & guitar), John Massey (beginning guitar), and Michelle Kiba will be teaching ukulele. Keith Greeniger returns this year with his inspirational songwriting classes, and Joe Craven will be camp artistic director. For more info go to the web site or call (530) 333-1018.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up tonight in Moss Landing at Phil’s Fish Market from 6:30-8:30 p.m. by a family band from Colorado called The O’Brien Family. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Hot time at Amnesia -- The Burning Embers will be playing a mixture of bluegrass and honky-tonk at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight.

Jammin’ in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area, the North County Bluegrass Association holds their Bluegrass Night jam every first Tuesday of the month. This is a free event that is open to members and the general public, offering live bluegrass and folk music from 7-10 p.m. Meet at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Beans and barbeque -- Bean Creek can be seen welcoming in the month of July with bluegrass on Tuesday the 1st at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Happiness is having a large, loving close-knit family in another city.”
Posted:  7/2/2008

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