Author: Carlin, Larry

July 16, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kathy Kallick gives back -- Longtime popular Bay Area bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick is pleased to announce two series of Wednesday night bluegrass events in July and August. She will be hosting some bluegrass sessions at McGrath’s in Alameda on some Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with different players each time. On the 16th she will be playing with Tom Bekeny, Mark McCornack, Markie Sanders and Gene Tortora, and on the 30th with Tom Bekeny, Keith Little and other special guests. And she will be offering bluegrass vocal workshops at the 5th String in Berkeley on July 23rd, August 16th and 20th. Topics include an exploration of bluegrass vocal styles, finding your range, singing from the heart with nuance and much more. For the bluegrass sessions, just go to McGrath’s on the given dates. For vocal workshop info, contact Peter Thompson at

Two for the road -- The dynamic duo of Bill Evans & Meghan Lynch can be seen/heard at Monteloene’s Rock in Paso Robles on the 16th and at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 17th.

Moss Landing grass -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a bluegrass jam in the South Bay on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddlin' Steve Pexton at

Poor Man’s Whiskey in Larkspur -- On Thursday the 17th at 8 p.m. the next edition of the series Bluegrass Gold will take place at Sweetwater Station in Larkspur. The headliner will be Poor Man’s Whiskey, one of the hottest bluegrass bands to emerge from Sonoma County. Young, talented, and engaging, this septet has a knack for creating a hoedown wherever they go. PMW plays with an original style that fuses the bluegrass tradition with thick vocal harmonies, jazz runs, and improvisational jams. Their most recent CD is titled Roadside Attraction. For more information call the venue at (415) 924-6107.

Blue Highway in SF -- Blue Highway and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be playing a hot twin bill at Slim’s in San Francisco on the 17th.

Capital Justis -- Poetic Justis, the band featuring Michael Justis and Steve McLane on guitar, Kathy Barwick on the dobro and Warren Jones sitting in on the congas, will be appearing on the 17th at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and Michael has a brand new CD that he will be releasing from the stage.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 17th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Mystical Bromberg -- David Bromberg & Angel Band can be seen playing at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma on the 17th.

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

Atlas Cafe 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 17th see The Shut-Ins playing hula-billy. No cover charge.

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

Your favorite Martians -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass on the 17th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Joy to the world -- California Worldfest at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley starts on the 17th and runs through the 20th. No real bluegrass can be found on the roster, but you can see acts such as David Bromberg and Angel Band, Joe Craven, The Waifs, The Wailin’ Jennys and lots more.

Bluegrass fest in Etna -- If you are looking for bluegrass this weekend, then the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna is the place to go. See Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Alhambra Valley Band, The Anderson Family Band, III Generation, Lost Highway, Piney Creek Weasels, and more. There is a big street jam on the night of the 18th, with bands playing on the weekend.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.”
Posted:  7/18/2008

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