Author: Carlin, Larry

January 19, 2009
Monday, January 19th, 2009

Happy MLK and Inauguration Days! Today is the Monday national holiday that we celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 80 years-old on the 15th. And tomorrow the country will witness an historic occasion when Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African-American President of the U.S. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, it will be a momentous event, and the odds are that many will be tuning in. You can either watch on your computer or on your old-fashioned Magnavox.

On the mend -- Two CBA folks of note have either spent time in the hospital recently or are still there. Rick Cornish was there for a short visit (see the Message Board postings) and now Ken Reynolds is in there (read here). With any luck both of these find gents will get healthy and be back in action real soon.

Scott and Kenny -- SoCal mandolin player Scott Gates went into the recording studio last Thursday the 15th and laid tracks on Kenny Loggins' new album that will be coming out this summer. Kenny wanted an improvisational mandolinist and hired Scott to play on the project. The two of them hit it off and Scott was thrilled to play on the CD.

Crows landing in SF -- Try to remember that The Mighty Crows will be playing some smokin’ bluegrass tonight at Amnesia in SF starting at 9 p.m.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the music while having a meal.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ 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.

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

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 20th you can see The Bladerunners play with an opening set by Sometimes In Tune. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Ray Bierl in Alameda -- East Bay picker Ray Bierl will be performing at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda on the 20th from 7-9 p.m. He promises to have some timely Inauguration Day songs of hope and celebration to mix in with the ones about the dying hobos, lonesome cowboys and truck drivers.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 20th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. This is a relatively new night for music at Phil’s, so please go and support the live music at the restaurant. No cover.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 20th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 20th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The price of power is responsibility for the public good.”
Posted:  1/21/2009

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