Author: Carlin, Larry

January 16, 2009
Friday, January 16th, 2009

Blythe Bluegrass Festival -- Everyone is headed down to The 22nd Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival from the 16th-18th to see Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Dailey and Vincent, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Cedar Hill, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band and Sawmill Road.

Old-time is not a crime in Portland -- The 10th Annual Portland Old-Time Gathering started on Wednesday and runs through the 18th with The Flat Iron Stringband, Foghorn Caleb Klauder Country Band, Ebenezer, The Earl White Band and lots more.

Rhonda sightings -- Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are in state and you can see them play on the 16th at the Morgan Hill Grange Hall, on the 17th at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, and on the 18th at the aforementioned Blythe Bluegrass Festival.

Blue Moon over Pacifica -- The band Blue Moon Medicine can be seen playing on the 16th at The Chit Chat Cafe in Pacifica from 7:30-9 p.m. Members are Quentin Smith, Marva Seaton, Uke Lorenz and Ansgar Lorenz.

Fiddling April -- Canadian fiddler April Vertch will be displaying her diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary tunes ranging from French Canadian and Appalachian to bluegrass, Celtic, Brazilian and old-time tonight at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

Peter Rowan down south -- One-time Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan will be playing two solo shows this weekend. On the 16th see him at McCabe’s in Santa Monica and on the 17th at Acoustic Music in San Diego.

Bluegrass Bonanza in SF -- 49 Special will be headlining the Bluegrass Bonanza show on the 16th at the Plough and Stars in SF. 49 Special performs original and traditional bluegrass with a hint of classic country. They blend traditional and modern influences to create an exciting sound that is uniquely their own.

Flatt Lonesome in Santa Rosa -- Tonight you can enjoy the honky-tonk songs of Flatt Lonesome (featuring Layne Bowen on mandolin) when they play at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30 p.m.

Americana night at Slim’s -- On the 16th three Bay Area female-fronted bands will be on the bill at Slim’s in SF. See Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands, 77 El Deora and Loretta Lynch.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 17th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled In Memory of Butch Baldassari, and it will be a memorial tribute to the recently-deceased mandolinist, teacher, composer, author, producer, record label head, and all-round good guy, with selections from his recordings with Weary Hearts, Lonesome Standard Time, Richard Greene & The Grass Is Greener, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, as well as a sample of his solo releases. You can also listen online.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Bluegrass in Clovis -- Out in Clovis on the 17th at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium there will be a one-day bluegrass festival. Admission includes instrumental workshops and musical entertainment for six hours. See the bands The Grass Less Traveled, The Dalton Mountain Gang and The Grasskickers. There will also be a buffet dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more info call (559) 324-2750.

Earl Brothers in SF -- The Earl Brothers will be picking original bluegrass at the Noe Valley Ministry on the 17th starting at 8:15 p.m. Also on the bill is the Celtic-influenced band Culann’s Hounds.

Scott Gates in Ventura -- The Nathan McEuen Band (with Scott Gates on mandolin), John McEuen, Jonathan McEuen and Sally Jaye will all be appearing on the 17th at a Zoey’s Live show at the Elks Club in Ventura starting at 7 p.m. For info call (805) 652 1137 and tell them Scott sent you!

High Country in Alameda -- High Country picks traditional bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub on the 17th from 8-11 p.m.

Woebegone pickin’ -- On Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 17th on KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m. country and bluegrass singer Patty Loveless will be featured. The show will be replayed on 18th starting at 11 a.m.

Devil’s Slide bluegrass -- The bluegrass band Devil’s Slide can be seen playing on Sunday the 18th at the 21st Amendment in SF from 2-5 p.m.

Kathy Kallick in Berkeley -- The Kathy Kallick Band will be performing an afternoon show for kids on the 18th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley from 3-4:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8:30 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.

Circle Boys down the coast -- The Circle R Boys will be picking traditional bluegrass music at the San Gregorio General Store on the 18th from 2-5 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the third Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. No electric or percussion instruments, please. For info email Roger at

Arhoolie benefit -- The Board of Directors of The Arhoolie Foundation, in cooperation with Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, is presenting an intimate music and food party to benefit the Arhoolie Foundation on the 18th from 2-7 p.m. You can see The Savoy Family Band, Ry Cooder, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, and Los Cenzontles, who will all participate in a fun-filled afternoon of musical combinations with good food and joy. Cajun food will be p
Posted:  1/19/2009

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