Author: Carlin, Larry

July 18, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008

Festing in Etna -- The Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna is the place to be this weekend. There is a big street jam on the night of the 18th, and on the weekend see Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Alhambra Valley Band, The Anderson Family Band, III Generation, Lost Highway, Piney Creek Weasels, and more.

Howlin’ at the moon -- That’s what folks will be doing on the 18th at the Velo Rouge Café (Arguello and McAllister) in SF from 7-9:30 p.m. Jeanie & Chuck Poling will be hosting this free, all ages show, with featured guests John McKelvy, Ray Bierl, Misisipi Mike Wolf, Denise Funari, Evie Ladin, Matt Lax and Chickwagon.

More Blue Highway -- Blue Highway can be seen playing on the 18th at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne and on the 21st at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. The band was also featured in the June edition of Guitar Player magazine.

SteelDrivers on Conan -- Rare is the time that bluegrass bands are seen on late night TV, so drink some java tonight and watch The SteelDrivers play on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien Show. If you miss this appearance, and you have tickets to Strawberry in August, you can see them play live at the fest at a more reasonable hour.

Bluegrass in Alameda -- See the Four Finger String Band on the 18th at 8 p.m. when they play at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda.

In the Steel of the Night -- If pedal steel guitars are your thing, then go to the Steel Guitar Extravaganza on the 18th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. See The Bobby Black Quartet, Joe Goldmark and The Seducers and Big Lou’s Polka Casserole w/David Phillips.

Hot twin bill in SF Former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan will be opening for David Bromberg & Angel Band on the 19th at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF.

Bluegrass comedy -- Longtime Bay Area banjo and fiddle player Tom Lucas has been studying comedy on and off for a couple of years, and he, along with 8 other fledglings, will be showcasing material on the 19th at 7 p.m. at The Clubhouse, located at 414 Mason Street in San Francisco. No word yet if any banjo jokes will be told…

Jammin’ in SLO -- On the third Sunday of every month there is a bluegrass jam at the Utopia Bakery, 2900 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. So head on over there on the 20th. Your host is Roger Siminoff. All are welcome. For info email Roger at

Stairwells at Jupiter -- The Stairwell Sisters will be raising a ruckus on the 20th at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. No cover, and the pizza is great.

Jammin’ in Gardena -- Another third Sunday jam takes place at the Bible Baptist Church, 1919 Marine Avenue, in Gardena, from 1-4 p.m. For more info call Glen Mason at (310) 643-5206.

Old-time jam in Sutter Creek -- On the 20th from 1-5 p.m. join the old-time and Celtic jam at the Backroads Coffeehouse, 74 Main Street in Sutter Creek.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- On the third Sunday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there is a jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. Bring your voice, your friends, a banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, bass or harmonica. No electric or percussion instruments, please.

Julay and Ray -- Julay Brooks will be joining Ray Bierl for his weekly gig at the DiBartolo Cafe on Grand Avenue in Oakland on the 20th from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Go on down, sip a coffee and hear some good songs.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- Folks will be jammin’ at Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill on the 20th from 5-8 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends. Contra Costa County VP Bob Schwartz is your host.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Never let your education interfere with your intelligence.”
Posted:  7/21/2008

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