Author: Carlin, Larry

November 14, 2008
Friday, November 14th, 2008

Seasons Greetings! -- Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like bluegrass, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of bluegrass holiday greeting cards than these here by artist Karen Cannon. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have them on hand by December.

Scott Gates and Peace Thru Music -- On the 14th at the Bombay Bar and Grille in Ventura starting at 8 p.m. there will be a CD release party and fundraising event for Peace Thru Music. See Scott Gates, John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Matt Cartsonis, Crosby Loggins, Scott Gates, Chelsea Williams, Todd Hannigan, Dr. Surf, Paul Allen, and more. This great compilation CD features the stars above and many more. All proceeds of this CD go to putting music back in to the schools and stringed instruments into the hands of children across the United States.

Jody and Kate in Petaluma -- The Petaluma Church Concerts Series on the 14th at 8 p.m. will be presenting Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin. This longtime SF vocal duo blends folk, bluegrass and old-time music. With harmonies recalling the classic performances of the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, and the Carter Family. In concert they feature lively instrumental work on guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. A repertoire of traditional gems is augmented by original creations and select work by contemporary songwriters. The location is the First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B Street. For more info contact Lance Walker at

Jumpin’ Frog -- On the second and fourth Friday there is a jam at The Frog and Fiddle in Sonora, so head on over on the 14th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop. On the 15th see Bill vs. Daniel, otherwise known as the BVDs, starting at 7 p.m. This will be an acoustic set featuring bluegrass and traditional music.

Breaking strings -- The Marin County band String Break will be pickin’ some bluegrass on the 14th starting at 7 p.m. at Bob’s Courthouse Café, 2198 Broadway Street, in Redwood City.

Turn your radio on -- Hear Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup on the 15th at 1 p.m. when they play live On the Ham Jam with host Tim Lynch on KPIG (1510 AM). Later that night tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled “Grateful Grass (part 2),” featuring bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead songs, plus more of the bluegrass and old-time roots of the Dead. And on Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 15th in SF on KQED (88.5 FM) at 6 p.m. Emmylou Harris will perform. The show will be replayed on 16th starting at 11 a.m.

High Hills in Altadena -- The High Hills Bluegrass Band will be playing at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena on the 15th starting at 7 p.m.

High Country in Alameda -- High Country picks traditional bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub on the 15th from 8-11 p.m.

Sisters in Mountain View -- The Stairwell Sisters on the 15th will be kicking up a storm at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View starting at 8 p.m.

Fiddles and more in Murphys -- Fiddle's Etc (old-time fiddle, country, bluegrass) will be sawing away on the 15th from 8:30 -10:30 p.m. at Growler’s Pizza, 164 Highway 4, in Murphys.

Kitchen Help in Mountain View -- The bluegrass band Kitchen Help can be seen playing one set on the 15th at Red Rock Café in Mountain View starting at 9 p.m. Red Rock is a community based coffeehouse featuring local art, poetry and music.

Crows in SF -- The Mighty Crows will be playing bluegrass at the Riptide in SF on the 15th beginning at 9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8:30 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.

Jammin’ in Sutter Creek -- On the first and third Sundays 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.

All the world’s a stage! -- Take the Stage is an eight-week band performance workshop bringing together aspiring musicians from around the Bay Area to learn and perform Americana and roots music with expert coaching from professional musicians. The current workshop culminates in a performance at the Freight & Salvage on the 16th with the bands Madfish, Last Train Home, and Salvaged Mondays. These bands have been working hard, developing their sets and honing their harmonies and pickin' to present a very fun show for family, friends and the community. Then on the 18th three established bands – 'Bout Time!, Dan Mills & Wendy Molin, and Redwing – will get to play at the Freight. They have been working with coach Laurie Lewis over the past few weeks. Show time is 8 p.m. for both.

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

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