Author: Carlin, Larry

August 15, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008

IBMA nominations -- The IBMA has officially announced their 2008 finalists for their award nominations for this year and you can look at the list at the link above. If you are an IBMA member you are eligible to vote for the winners. Since there is the usual dearth of nominees west of the Mississippi please consider San Diego’s Chris Stuart for Print Artist of the Year, Loren Witcher of Los Angeles for Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project, The River City Bluegrass Festival of Portland, OR, for Bluegrass Event of the Year, and of course, native northern Californian Rob Ickes for Dobro Player of the Year.

Bluegrass Bonanza in SF -- The monthly Bluegrass Bonanza series at the Plough and Stars in SF on the 15th will feature Bucky Walters, an up-and-coming hillbilly band hailing from Arcata. This young acoustic sextet offers an original high energy performance and a foot-stompin' fun atmosphere. Their sound has a nostalgic bluegrass vibe that maintains a fresh, hot-pickin' intensity, attracting music lovers across the board.

Hot summer nights in Temecula -- There is a series of free Friday night shows from 6-9 p.m. in old town Temecula called Hot Summer Nights that has multiple bands playing. One of the acts you can see there tonight is Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass.

Order in the court! -- 'bout Time! will be pickin’ some bluegrass on the 15th from 8-10 p.m. at Bob’s Courthouse Café, 2198 Broadway Street, in Redwood City.

Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass -- The 23rd Annual Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival will be taking place on the 15th-17th at the Bower’s Mansion Regional Park in Nevada between Reno and Carson City. See Sidesaddle, Sawmill Road, Wild Creek, Wild Horse Drive, The Bar BQ Boys and lots more.

Savannah grass -- Savannah Blu, a Marin bluegrass band featuring Dore Coller on guitar, Gary Kaye on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle and Dave Hanks on mandolin, will be appearing on the 16th at Shelby Ash's Music Store in SF from 1-3 p.m., and on the 17th at the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach from noon-3 p.m.

Pickin’ potluck in Folsom -- John & Loretta Hettinger will be hosting their annual bluegrass jam and potluck on the 16th at their home, located at 113 Puffer Way, in Folsom. This event has been well attended by Sacramento folks in the past, and this year they welcome all CBA pickers and guests. The music will start around 4 p.m. and the potluck will start around 6. There will be three rooms plus the front and back yards for jamming. Their neighbors never complain, and they say they really enjoy the music. Sodas, water, coffee, ice, ice chests, and paper goods will be provided. Bring your instruments, a potluck dish to share and any other beverages you enjoy. If you want to stay overnight, they have lots of floor space available. For more info and driving directions, call (916) 990-0719 or email

Twisters in Alameda -- Don’t miss the Kentucky Twisters when the pick some bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 16th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in SLO -- On the third Sunday of every month there is a bluegrass jam at the Utopia Bakery, 2900 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. So head on over there on the 17th. Your host is Roger Siminoff. All are welcome. For info email Roger at

The doctor is in! -- Tune into Ray Edlund’s Pig in a Pen radio show on KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley on the 17th from 3-5 p.m. to hear him chat with Dr. Elmo about the halcyon bluegrass days of yore three decades back as well as the upcoming Brown Barn Festival in San Martin in early September. Yeah, most everyone knows Elmo as the “Reindeer Guy,” but what most folks don’t know is that he has been playing traditional bluegrass on the five-string banjo since the early 70s when he was in the band The Homestead Act. When the band split up he and his former partner Patsy had an act together for awhile, and since 1991 Elmo has been leading Wild Blue, Marin County’s longest running bluegrass band. Wild Blue will be playing at the Brown Barn Festival on September 6th.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- The 17th is the third Sunday so this means that from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. Bring your voice, your friends, a banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, bass or harmonica. No electric or percussion instruments, please.

Laurie Lewis in Shasta -- The Mount Shasta Summer Concert Series presents Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Phillips on the 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Gardena -- Another third Sunday jam takes place at the Bible Baptist Church, 1919 Marine Avenue, in Gardena, from 1-4 p.m. For more info call Glen Mason at (310) 643-5206.

Jumpin’ Jupiter -- Spend a sunny Sunday afternoon outdoors with the Dark Hollow bluegrass band on the 17th when they play at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- Out in Pleasant Hill on the 17th a jam will ensue at Smokin' Okies, a BBQ restaurant that hosts a monthly bluegrass jam from 5-8 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.

Take the stage -- There new workshop titled Take the Stage that will be starting in September at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. It is an eight-session program designed to give amateur musicians a chance to participate in a band of their peers, and it culminates in a live performance at the Freight in November. In two-hour sessions each week, band participants will develop a set of songs by learning singing, harmony vocals, soloing, playing backup, band dynamics and more. Nell Robinson is the program director and David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy will lead the workshops. Guest instructors include Kathy Kallick, Megan Lynch and Jim Nunally. There is an advanced track for existing bands coached by Laurie Lewis. Signups are happening now and there is also a welcome party and jam for participants this Sunday the 17th.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.”
Posted:  8/18/2008

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