Author: Carlin, Larry

July 10, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Missing links. As everyone is well aware by now, the CBA site has been going through a rough patch for the past week or so, and a dedicated crew has been working seemingly 24/7 to get things back up and running again. Everyone was tired of the previous edition of the Almost Daily News, which had been up here since June 30th. Things are still not back to speed as far as posting the column on the site, so this current edition has none of the usual links in it. The theory here is that some news is better than no news. Thanks to Rick Cornish for somehow managing to post this column

Scott Gates in Tracy -- Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass on the 10th will be playing the Concert In the Park series in Lincoln Park in Tracy starting at 7 p.m. This is a free event.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Jammin’ in Ventura -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Thursdays at Zoey's Café, 451 E. Main Street, in Ventura from 6-9:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Friendly folks, great food and drink, and fun pickin'. Spectators are appreciated. For more info, contact Gene at

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company take place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 782-2739 or

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 10th you can see Jimbo Trout & The Fish People, and there is never a cover charge.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a bluegrass and fiddle jam session in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For details about the location please call Pat Calhoun at (707) 255-4936.

No Jammin’ in Historic Folsom -- The Thursday night jam in the historic Folsom area has been canceled due to smoke from the fires. Please check back next week to see if it will happening then.

Bluegrass on the Comstock -- The 4th Annual Bluegrass on the Comstock Festival will be happening in Virginia City from the 11th-13th in Virginia City, NV. Some of the bands you can see are Sawmill Road, Bound To Ride, Alhambra Valley, The Dalton Mountain Gang, and Wild Horse Drive. There will be a band scramble and a songwriting contest, as well as great food, a beer garden, onsite camping, and round the clock jamming.

Here come The Grascals -- The Grascals are playing a few shows in the state this weekend. On the 11th they will be in Santa Maria, on the 12th in Santa Ynez, on the 13th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and on the 14th at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. Go to the band’s web site for complete info.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- On the second and fourth Friday there is a jam at the Old Stan in Sonora, so head on over on the 11th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- On the 12th see Natural Drift playing bluegrass at Hemalayas in Cameron Park in the Sacramento Area.

Sacramento Jam & Potluck -- John and Janet Burger will host a house jam and potluck at their home on 12th. The music will start around 4 p.m. with a potluck dinner around 6. Bring your bluegrass instruments and be prepared to have fun. Arnie Gamble & Grace Clark plus the Western Lights and Bluegrass Hurricanes bands will be there to jam. Coffee, snacks, soft drinks, paper/plastic goods, etc., will be provided. Bring an appetizer, salad, hot dish, or dessert as well as any other beverage of your choice. The Burgers live at 4940 Flora Vista in the South Land Park area of Sacramento. Call (916) 453-8889 for more info.

Twisters in Alameda -- The Kentucky Twisters will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass at McGrath’s in Alameda on the 12th starting at 8 p.m.

KVMR 30th Anniversary & Birthday Party -- In Nevada City on the 12th go and celebrate KVMR’s 30th anniversary and birthday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Miners Foundry on Spring Street in Nevada City. The performers will be Dakota Sid, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band, Mountain Laurel, Richard March Band and Vikki Lee & the Pinecones. Tickets are $5 for KVMR members, $20 for non-members. For more info call (530) 265-9555.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- John Murphy & Carolina Special will be serving up traditional bluegrass at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma on the 12th starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great food in a family friendly atmosphere.

Jamming in the Southland -- On the 13th the monthly second Sunday jam at Tucker's Grove County Park in Santa Barbara will be starting at noon and going until whenever. For more info, e-mail Alan Aleksander at Also tomorrow there will a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena from 12:30-3:30 p.m. This free bluegrass jam is held on the second Sunday of every month in the Gallery, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
Posted:  7/14/2008

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