Author: Carlin, Larry

February 6, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009

Rains have finally begun to fall in Northern California, and to this we say “Bring it on!” There was such little rainfall in January that there are already plans being made for water rationing this summer in some areas. Whatever you do, don’t let the wet weather dampen your spirits, as there is one heck of a lot of bluegrass going on all over the place this weekend, especially in SF with the start of The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival. It runs through the 14th at various venues in the city and around the Bay Area. Some highlights of the fest will be posted here from time to time, but for complete info, go to the site.

Claire Lynch is here -- Nashville award-winning bluegrass singer Claire Lynch and her band can be seen in Sebastopol on the 6th (707-824-1858 for info), at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 7th, and at the Freight in Berkeley on 8th.

Savannah Blu grass -- The Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blu will be playing on the 6th at 33 Revolutions in El Cerrito from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. and then on the 7th see them at The Atlas Cafe in SF along with Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup and Don’t Look Back starting at 4 p.m.

Workshops in San Diego -- Steve Kaufman will be holding flat-picking guitar workshops on the 6th and 7th at the Old Time Music Store in San Diego as well as playing a concert there on the evening of the 7th.

Square dance in SF -- The Make Out Room is the place to be on the 6th to swing your partner at a square dance with Pearson's Pork Pies and calling by Evie Ladin starting at 7 p.m. After the dance The Black Crown Stringband and The Gallus Brothers will perform.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. The Sonoma Mountain Band will be playing traditional bluegrass music. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Triple bill in Alameda -- The Dalton Mountain Gang, The Barefoot Nellies and The Backyard Party Boys will all be partying at McGrath’s Pub on the 6th from 8-11 p.m.

Ramblers in Santa Barbara -- The Rincon Ramblers, featuring fiddlin’ Phil Salazar, will be playing at Zoey’s Café in Ventura on the 6th starting at 8 p.m. Other members are Jon Wilcox (mandolin), Dan Wilson (guitar), Jack Joshua (bass), and Bill Flores (everything).

Earl Brothers weekend -- The Earl Brothers will be picking original bluegrass at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 6th, and then on the 7th see them and The Gallus Brothers at Peri’s in Fairfax.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 7th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Happy Birthday, Wilma Lee Cooper. Known as Hank Williams' favorite singer, Wilma Lee might not have been strictly bluegrass, but she blazed some trails while making powerful music, first with Stoney Cooper, then on her own, for some 50 years.

Scott Gates in Culver City -- The Nathan McEuen Band (with Scott Gates on mandolin) will be playing a show at Boulevard Music in Culver City on the 7th starting at 8 p.m. Scott will also be opening the show with Bonnie Jean.

Hot duo in Grass Valley -- Kevin Burke & Cal Scott play on the 7th at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Grass Valley. Kevin is an amazing Irish fiddler, and Cal is a multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and producer.

Woebegone pickin’ -- On Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 7th on KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m. the duo Daily and Vincent will be featured. The show will be replayed on 8th starting at 11 a.m.

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of each month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 7th join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

Mighty threesome in Berkeley -- The Mighty Crows, High Country and The Alhambra Valley Band will be sharing a bill on the 7th at the Starry Plough in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 7th at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. The time is 7-11 p.m. Each attendee is asked to contribute $1 to cover the rent.

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

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 7th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Marysville -- The 7th is the first Saturday of the month, so from 3-6 p.m. there will be jamming going on at the Brick Coffee House Café, 316 D Street, in Marysville. All skill levels welcome. For info call (530) 743-5283.

Eric Uglum and Sons in Bakersfield -- Eric Uglam and Sons (Austin and Christian Ward) are part of Chris Stuart & Backcounty, and sometimes they perform as a trio. See them play a house concert on the 8th at 4 p.m. in Bakersfie
Posted:  2/9/2009

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