Author: Carlin, Larry

August 11, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008

No Lillys -- The long awaited West Coast tour of the Lilly Mountaineers, with Everett Lilly on mandolin – despite what it said in the Pink Section of the SF Chronicle on Sunday – has been canceled due to an illness in the band. They were supposed to play at Amnesia in SF tonight and at Don Quixote’s in Felton tomorrow. In their place at Amnesia members of Homespun Rowdy, 49 Special and the AJ Roach Band will come together for a special John Hartford Tribute. Dan Booth, Alisa Rose, Jim Chayka, Adam Roszkiewicz, and Dave Zimmerman will be performing the entire Steam Powered Aeroplane recording from start to finish.

More Grass Valley photos -- Photographer extraordinaire Mike Melnyk has posted hundreds of more Grass Valley photos on his site. Go here for Music Camp shots and here for Festival ones.

A breath of fresh air -- In case you missed it this past Friday Ricky Skaggs was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross. It was a re-airing of a show from a few years ago, and you can listen to it here.

Hardly Strictly in the morning fishwrap -- There is a story in today’s SF Chronicle about the free upcoming Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival that will take place in Golden Gate Park on October 3rd-5th. You can read the story here. Some of the acts that will be there are Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Bill Evans String Summit w/Megan Lynch, and lots more. Before you start complaining about all of the non-bluegrass bands on the bill please bear in mind that it is a free event, the word “Hardly” is in the title, and it is not mandatory that you attend.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday and Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

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

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 12th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Of course it is very easy to be witty tomorrow, after you get a chance to do some research and rehearse your ad-libs.”
Posted:  8/13/2008

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