Author: Carlin, Larry

January 7, 2009

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

The circle will not be unbroken -- Actor Jack Black has apparently taken an interest in bluegrass, according to a wire service story in the SF Chronicle last weekend. Black is married to Tanya Haden (no, not Harden, the sinister skater of Olympic gore and lore), whose father is legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden. As a child young Charlie grew up performing on his family’s country music radio show, and recently he released a roots/grass album called Rambling Boy that includes appearances by son-in-law Black, his wife Ruth Cameron, his four children, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Roseanne Cash, Elvis Costello, and Dan Tyminski, to name a few. There are songs on the disc by the Stanleys, Carter Family, Hank Williams and others. Go here to listen to some of the cuts. This is one fantastic album! You can also listen to a recent National Public Radio interview with Charlie here.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- At Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 7th from 6-8 p.m. experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. The band is Sarah Eblen, John Kael, Billy Pitrone and Annie Staninec.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass picked tonight at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing tonight at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly first Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose starting at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig 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.

Bluegrass in beautiful downtown Burbank -- If you are old enough to remember that phrase, you are indeed old enough! The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Streets of Bakersfield -- Bakersfield is the place to be starting on the 8th as everyone gears up for the 48 Hour Jam II on the 9th and 10th at the Doubletree Hotel. There will be non-stop picking in the jamming suites, halls, hotel rooms, elevators, and everywhere else in the hotel. On the 8th, the eve of the jam, you can see The Steep Canyon Rangers, who will be playing a dinner show at the hotel.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads 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

Peter Rowan plays bluegrass -- Mill Valley’s Peter Rowan is on tour this week around the bay backed by a full bluegrass band. See them at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 8th, at the Palms in Davis 9th, at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 10th, and in Angels Camp on the 11th. Playing with Peter will be Jody Stecher, Keith Little and Paul Knight.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 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

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 -- ON Thursday evenings, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Dark Hollow in SF -- 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 8th you can see Dark Hollow play. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

River City fest -- Fill up the tank and head north to Portland, OR, for the fifth annual
Posted:  1/9/2009

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