Author: Carlin, Larry

August 4, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008

Going goofy -- Everyone is getting excited about the upcoming Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (affectionately known as “The Goofy”) that is presented every summer south of Hollister by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. It starts on Friday the 8th and runs through Sunday the 10th, and some of the acts on the bill are Nell Robinson & Red Level, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Kitchen Help, Courthouse Ramblers, The Wronglers, Homespun Rowdy, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, The Mighty Crows, Houston Jones, Highway One, Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band and Grizzly Peak.

Music camp -- American River Acoustic Music Camp will take place on the 10th-14th in Coloma. There are some slots still open, and it will be held at the American River Resort on the banks of the American River. Instructors for this year’s camp include Steve Palazzo (flatpicking guitar), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Kathy Barwick (dobro), Debbie McClatchy (old-time frailing banjo), Keith Little (vocals), Janet Beazley (banjo), Lisa Burns (bass), Chris Stuart (rhythm guitar and songwriting), Dix Bruce (mandolin & guitar), John Massey (beginning guitar), and Michelle Kiba will be teaching ukulele. Keith Greeniger returns this year with his inspirational songwriting classes, and Joe Craven will be camp artistic director. For more info go to the website or call (530) 333-1018.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- Kelvin Gregory has organized a bluegrass jam on the first Monday of every month at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield. The jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin Gregory at (661) 392-7973 or

Brewglass at Amnesia -- Don’t miss Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight, starting at 8:30. Get a sneak preview of what’s to come at the Goofy and Strawberry. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Busy beans -- Bean Creek has a busy start to the month. Tonight you can see them play bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on Tuesday the 5th they will be at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Jammin’ in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area, the North County Bluegrass Association holds their Bluegrass Night jam every first Tuesday of the month. This is a free event that is open to members and the general public, offering live bluegrass and folk music from 7-10 p.m. Meet at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

Plan ahead -- IIIrd Tyme Out is coming to the state in September to play a series of shows, and you will have ample opportunity to see them. On the 7th it will be the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the Soho Restaurant and Music Club on the 9th Santa Barbara, the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center in San Diego on the 10th, Asbury United Methodist Church Livermore on the 12th, Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert in Mountain View on the 13th, the Blue Goose Produce Shed in Loomis on the 14th (with Sawmill Road sharing the bill), the Sierra Nevada Big Room Chico on the 16th, and the Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill on the 17th.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.”
Posted:  8/6/2008

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