Author: Carlin, Larry

August 25, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008

Strawberry jam -- If you have been sitting on the fence all summer wondering if you could attend the Strawberry Music Festival this weekend, well, wonder no more. Sure, the festival has been sold out for months. But as predicted here, tickets have now started to become available on the Strawberry Ticket Exchange list. Just go to the site, register, and check out the offerings. Some of the acts you could see there are The SteelDrivers, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Homespun Rowdy, Sam Bush, Ramblin’ Jack, Old 97s, Patty Griffin and Riders in the Sky.

Suzy & Eric in Oakland -- Late this afternoon at Pizzaiolo in Oakland catch the Suzy Thompson & Eric Thompson duo when they play from 5:30-7 p.m. on the back patio. The normal Monday act is Red Handed with Suzy, Laurie Lewis and Nell Robinson, but due to conflicts it will be Suzy and Eric instead. With fiddle, guitar and old-time banjo, these two will cook up some hot tunes that you can enjoy along with farm fresh daily specials. The address is 5008 Telegraph.

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.

Kitchen Help in Mountain View -- Kitchen Help will be playing a half-hour set of bluegrass tonight at 9 p.m. at the Red Rock Café in Mountain View.

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

Nellies in SF -- It is Monday so this means that it is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF. Tonight you can see the The Barefoot Nellies starting at 8:30 p.m.

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.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up by The Courthouse Ramblers in Moss Landing tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in San Diego -- On the fourth Tuesday of every month The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam at the Boll Weevil Restaurant in Miramar from 6-8 p.m.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Larry Lynch & The Sunshine Mountain Band will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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.

Three-part harmony -- Kathy Kallick is offering up a one-time harmony class on the 27th at the 5th String in Berkeley with Keith Little and Butch Waller, two of the finest and most experienced harmony singers around. There are still a few spaces left, so e-mail her here if you are interested. The cost is only $50.

Slow jam class in Berkeley -- There is also a new slow jam class beginning soon at the 5th String. Starting on Tuesday the 16th of September and running eight weeks until Tuesday the 4th of November, it is open to beginning and intermediate bluegrass and old-time players, or anyone that wants experience playing and singing at a moderately slow tempo in a supportive, fun jam setting. The main instructors will be Ran Bush and Bill Evans, with guest instructors Megan Lynch, Evie Ladin, Keith Little, Jim Nunally and Kathy Kallick. Class size will be limited to allow for individual attention, with 2-3 instructors on hand each night to demonstrate topics and join in the music. The class will run from 7-9:30 p.m., and will cost $20 per player, per session. A $10 early bird discount will be given if you register for four sessions and send in your money by Sept 4th. You will be encouraged to attend for at least the first four sessions, as the instructors will be teaching as well as playing. A class syllabus will be provided, along with a song list, practice tips, and ideas on how to improve your playing and singing. Please note: the folks in the store cannot answer questions about the class. If you're interested or have questions reply directly to Ran Bush at (510) 525-8156 or via email at

Bluegrassin’ in September -- L&S Promotions has booked another powerful line-up for the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival in Plymouth on September 19th-21st. Make plans now to see Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Gibson Brothers, The Bluegrass Brothers, New Found Road, Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Sawmill Road, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, and The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band. The Emerging Artists will be Natural Drift, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Gritchy MaGrally and The Four Fingered String Band along with the late night dance band Rick Barnes & Silvermoon. Buy early bird tickets before September 1st and save cash!

Hats off to Rita -- Speaking of Rita Hosking, she was recently selected as a finalist in the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest through the Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Oregon. This is a big honor for her, and she will be playing there on the 6th. She will also be recording her third album this fall with Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen, Caroline Herring,) in Austin, TX. Needless to say, she is very excited about this.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The other candidate is going around the country stirring up apathy."
Posted:  8/27/2008

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