Author: Carlin, Larry

July 23, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Respecting the elders -- Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder have a new CD out that is titled Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947. Read a story about it here from CMT. See the band play in Costa Mesa on the 29th at the Pacific Amphitheatre. They will also be back at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF’s Golden Gate Park early October.

Jimmy and Moondi coming to town -- Bluegrass veterans Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein have been traveling the country opening shows for Emmylou Harris. For reasons unknown the show on the 26th at the Masonic Auditorium in SF was canceled, so instead the duo will be playing a special show at The Music Store in SF’s West Portal district on the 26th starting at 2 p.m. Both of these guys were in the band Chesapeake years ago, and it is worth the price of admission just to hear Moondi sing, as he is one of the finest singers in bluegrass. For examples go back and listen to him sing “Are You Tired of Me My Darling” or “Bed of Roses” (duet with Linda Ronstadt). Don’t miss these guys!

Have fiddle, will travel -- The Earl Brothers from SF are looking to add a fiddle to the band. They play “original hillbilly mountain music” (is there another kind?) and they recently released a new CD titled Moonshine. For info about the gig go here.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- On the 23rd at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience real live cowboy music with the Trail Rides Band.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. Head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- The Mighty Crows will be entertaining you with bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 23rd from 6-9 p.m. Hyperbole Mountain will play a short opening set. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 24th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

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

Dancing in the garden -- The Stairwell Sisters will be playing a free show on the 24th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens in SF. This is a free outdoor event, so bring lunch!

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.

Backyard Birds in Berkeley -- The Starry Plough Bluegrass Night, hosted by Jacob Groopman, takes place once a month, and the next show is on the 24th. The club is located in Berkeley. Julay Brooks & The Nightbirds will be playing with special guests Harry Yaglijian on mandolin and Ray Bierl on fiddle. Also on the bill are The Backyard Party Boys. The show starts at 9 p.m. and has a $7 cover.

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 normally Larry Cohea on banjo. 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 takes place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Swingin’ cats at the Atlas -- The Atlas Cafe in SF’s Mission District presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and swing music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. and there is never a cover charge. On the 24th see The Saddle Cats play.

Carrie Hassler on tour -- Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain will be playing a series of shows up north this week. On the 24th they will play the Monterey Live show in Monterey; the 25th it will be the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne; on the 26th see them play in Clovis; and on the 27th it will be at Don Quixote’s in Felton.

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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The only thing a heated argument ever produced is coolness.”
Posted:  7/25/2008

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