Author: Carlin, Larry

August 1, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008

Savannah bluegrass -- Savannah Blu, a Marin bluegrass band featuring Dore Coller on guitar, Gary Kaye on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle and Dave Hanks on mandolin, will be appearing on the 1st at the Plough and Stars in SF with Dan Large on bass and on the 3rd at Jupiter in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. with Dave Gooding doing bass duty.

Pickin’ in the kitchen -- The Kitchen Help will be servin’ up some old fashioned bluegrass on the 1st from 8-10 p.m. at Bob’s Courthouse Café, 2198 Broadway Street, in Redwood City. Roxanna Dunn will be sittin’ in on banjo.

More burning biscuits -- The Biscuit Burners on the 1st will be at 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

Turn your radio on -- Tune in to KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 2nd for a wonderful afternoon of live, in-studio music. From 3-5 p.m., Folk Music & Beyond presents Toshio Hirano, the Japanese country/old time musician singing (and yodeling) the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, plus The Edlos, a four-man vocal ensemble also known as “The Bad Boys of A Capella.” From 6:30-8 p.m. Bluegrass Signal presents Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys , one of two dozen area bands performing at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, plus Dix Bruce, author of many Mel Bay books, including the new Parking Lot Pickers and other instructional materials.

Jammin’ in Marysville -- On the first Saturday of the month, from 3- 6 p.m., there is jamming going on at the Brick Coffee House Café, 316 D Street, in Marysville. All skill levels welcome. For info call (530) 743-5283.

Mark O'Connor in San Diego -- Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio will be playing on the 2nd at the Birch North Park Theatre in San Diego starting at 7:30 p.m.

Hot time in Alameda -- In Alameda on the 2nd at McGrath’s Pub starting at 8 p.m. check out the mystery bluegrass band calling themselves Instant Grassification.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the 2nd from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Grass Valley grass -- Mountain Laurel will be pickin’ some early morning bluegrass on the 2nd at the Growers Market at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Devil’s Slide in SF -- The bluegrass band Devil’s Slide will also be doing some early pickin’ on the 2nd at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market on 24th Street in SF from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The band is Richard Moore on mandolin, Jeff Kaplan on banjo, Aaron Zorndorf on guitar and Ryan Lim on standup bass.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Santa Clara Fiddlers -- The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional types of American music such as old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, as played on the fiddle and other acoustic stringed instruments. On the first Sunday of every month they hold their open jams at the Hoover Middle School in San Jose from 1-5 p.m.

Crows on the coast -- The Mighty Crows will be playing bluegrass at the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach at noon on the 3rd, and then later in the day most of the band (with Larry Cohea sitting in on banjo) will be part of the Paul Knight & Friends show at the Station House Cafe downtown Pt. Reyes Station from 5-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Santa Margarita -- On the first Sunday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Solomon's Cafe in Santa Margarita there is jam session. The first half-hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started. The remainder of the evening is an open jam for all pickers.

A man and his banjo -- On KQED (Channel 9 in the SF area) on the 3rd you can watch the recent documentary titled Pete Seeger: The Power of Song at 8 p.m. Here is a description of the film: “This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. The man who introduced America to its own folk heritage, he got a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. He deeply believes in the power of song and is convinced that individuals can make a difference. Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the US government, for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist - banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. Now almost 90-years old, his inspiring, but not always easy, story is told by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks and through a remarkable historical archive – a history that Seeger himself helped create.”

Jammin’ in Sutter Creek -- On the first Sunday of every month the old-time/Celtic jam session will be happening at Backroads Coffee House, 74 Main Street, in Sutter Creek from 1-5 p.m. For info call (209) 267-0440.

Quakes in San Gregorio -- The bluegrass band Earthquake Country will be playing on the 3rd at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there!

Jammin’ in Encino -- There is an old-time jam session on the first Sunday of every month from 1-4 p.m. at the CTMS Center for Folk Music in the town of Encino. See long-time friends and make new ones. Play your favorites and learn new tunes. Or just go and listen and relax on a Sunday afternoon.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.”
Posted:  8/4/2008

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