Author: Carlin, Larry

August 13, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Scott Gates is on the move! -- Young SoCal mandolin player Scott Gates is going to be shutting down his Pacific Ocean Bluegrass band soon and moving forward with an all-adult (except for him) ensemble. It will have Becky Green on bass, Alex Finazzo on guitar, Dan Sankey on fiddle and banjo and Will Jaffe on dobro. Scott will still be playing on occassion with the regular POB players and he will remain dear friends with all of them. He has a few final gigs left with the POB name before debuting with The Scott Gates Band. They will be appearing at festivals all over the place, beginning in Julian in September. Also Scott is working on his third CD project which is being produced by Jonathan McEuen, son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen. He recently finished recording a track called "Stroll Through Trinidad" with The Nathan McEuen Trio, and it will appear on a CD to benefit getting music back in the schools. Also on this CD will be rock legend Dave Mason, Crosby Loggins, Nathan McEuen and many others. Scott will be touring this fall with Nathan and also with Steve Smith & Hard Road.

Kathy and friends in Alameda -- Longtime popular Bay Area bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick will be hosting a bluegrass session at McGrath’s in Alameda on the 13th at 8 p.m. featuring Tom Bekeny, Mark McCornack, Steve Pottier and an up and coming fiddler named Laurie Lewis.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. Head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Shades of Blue in Grass Valley -- The new group Shades of Blue, featuring Tom Shewmake, Melissa Copenhaver, Brian Burke and normally Kathy Barwick (but not tonight since she is at music camp) can be seen playing at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone goes to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 14th you can see The Mountain Men play, and there is never a cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a bluegrass and fiddle jam session in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For details about the location please call Pat Calhoun at (707) 255-4936.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Thursdays at Zoey's Café, 451 E. Main Street, in Ventura from 6-9:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Friendly folks, great food and drink, and fun pickin'. Spectators are appreciated. For more info, contact Gene at

Weekly Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

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) 316-4745 or

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.”
Posted:  8/15/2008

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