Author: Carlin, Larry

August 6, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Strawberry scramble -- The Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite on August 28th-31st (SteelDrivers, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Homespun Rowdy, Sam Bush, Ramblin’ Jack, Old 97s, Patty Griffin, Riders in the Sky) is sold out, but if you are patient and can wait until about a week before the fest begins, tickets will become available. They always have, and they will be there again. In the meantime, lurk on the ticket exchange list.

Goofy weather -- Yesterday some weather guessers in SF were heard on the radio saying “Possibility of showers overnight, then sunny for the rest of the week.” As most folks know, it never rains in August in the Bay Area. Rain never did fall, and according to amateur meteorologist and bluegrass impresario Mike Hall the weather will be ideal for this weekend’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival south of Hollister. The “Goofy” is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and here are some of the bands you will see when you go there: 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.

Mafia goes mainstream -- A new TV show titled Outsider’s Inn will be debuting on Country Music Television on the 15th and some members of the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band can be seen in the first episode. One critic has described it as “Newhart meets Curb Your Enthusiasm." Watch the trailer for the show here. Thanks to our “Man on the Street in Nashville” Randy Pitts for this tip.

Jammin’ in Merced -- The new bluegrass jam in Merced takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, and the next one is tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria on G Street and Yosemite Avenue. The Merced Bluegrass Society presents this jam. For more info email

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem, who play on the first Wednesday of the month. The band is Sarah Eblen, John Kael, Billy Pitrone and Annie Staninec.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- The jam at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in San Jose takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddlin’ Steve Pexton at

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place on the 6th starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Brothers in Berkeley -- On the 6th go see The Whiskey Brothers play at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam, which takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month, will be happening on the 7th at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 7th you can see Dark Hollow playing their normal first Thursday of the month show. No cover charge.

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) 782-2739 or

Jammin’ in Arnold -- There is a new jam on the first and third Thursdays in the town of Arnold called the Acoustic Attic Jam. It starts at 6 p.m. in the Cedar Center in front of the store. For info email

One man band -- Hey, with an instrument like this who needs sidemen? You wouldn’t have to arrange band rehearsals, worry if the banjo player will show for the gig, wonder whose turn it is for the next solo, etc. Thanks to Bluegrass Ambassador Darby Brandli for passing along this link.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
Posted:  8/8/2008

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