Author: Carlin, Larry

July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Digesting bluegrass -- Pete Wernick, a.k.a. Dr. Banjo, and his bluegrass music camp are featured in the August edition of Reader’s Digest.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys will be pickin’ some traditional bluegrass music to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 30th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

More burning biscuits -- The Biscuit Burners are on tour out west this week, and you have many chances to see them play. On the 30th it will be at Don Quixote’s in Felton; the 31st you can find them at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley; on August 1st it will be the Songs of Sonoma series at The Cotati Room in Cotati; on the 2nd they will be at the Mountain Sage in Groveland; and on the 3rd the Inyo Council for the Arts will be hosting them in Bishop

Fire Chiefs in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up by The Grass Fire Chiefs in Moss Landing on the 30th at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The band is “Chief” Bill Ruskin on mando and vocals, John Kael on banjo and vocals, Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals and Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals. No cover.

Kathy and friends in Alameda -- Longtime popular Bay Area bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick will be hosting a bluegrass session at McGrath’s in Alameda on the 30th at 8 p.m. featuring pickers Tom Bekeny, Keith Little, Dan Booth and Brian Godchaux.

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

Bluegrass in Mountain View -- 'bout Time! will be playing two sets of bluegrass on the 31st at Red Rock Coffee, located 201 Castro Street in Mountain View. They are trying to build up a bluegrass venue down there and they could really use your support.

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.

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

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., and there is never a cover charge. On the 31st join the bluegrass & old-time music jam.

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.

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening 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.

Bluegrass campout in Isleton -- The Lighthouse Resort & Marina in Isleton this week is holding its first annual bluegrass campout through August 3rd. There will be jamming whenever and wherever folks get together. This is a private membership resort located on the scenic Delta Loop next to the Mokelumne River and it has activities for all to enjoy (volleyball, basketball, miniature golf, horseshoes, tetherball, swimming pool, spa) plus an arcade room, clubhouse, fishing, a boat ramp, general store and a fine restaurant right on the river. By Saturday night, participants will vote on pickers to play for the Saturday night paid dance performance at the club house. RV campsites are $20 per night per RV or you can go just during the day for free. There are 30 RV sites reserved for the event. For more info call (916) 777-5511 or email at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich old women than motorcycle gangs.”
Posted:  8/1/2008

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