Author: Carlin, Larry

February 11, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The endless fest -- The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival began last weekend and it runs through the 14th at various venues in San Francisco 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.

Mighty Mike Melnyk -- The guy is unstoppable! Mike Melnyk has been busy taking photos at the SFBOTF, and the latest round of shots can be seen here. Stay tuned for more…

James King in Berkeley -- The James King Band and Dark Hollow will both be playing tonight at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Cowboy time in Tuolumne -- On the 11th Don Edwards & Waddie Mitchell will try their luck at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne starting at 8 p.m.

Hot strings in Fairfax -- Fretter’s Hot Strings will be playing some foot stompin’ Americana music tonight at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax starting at 8 p.m. The band is Ted Silverman, Adam Traum, Tony Robinson, George Smeltz and Jimmy Sweetwater. No cover.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

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.

Triple bill in SF -- Tonight you can see three bands for the price of one at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 9 p.m. The Deciders, Montana Slim String Band and The Bluegrass Revolution.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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 Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Three duos at the Plough -- At the Starry Plough in Berkeley on the 12th you can see the Foghorn Duo, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and Bill Evans & Megan Lynch. Show starts at 9 p.m.

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

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe in SF presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 12th see the Oaktown Ridge String Band and Evil Diane.

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.

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 Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7:30-11 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Farewell to the Shoes -- On the 12th at Café du Nord in SF The Whoreshoes will be playing their final gig before exploring other musical outlets. Also on the bill are The Burning Embers and 49 Special.

Ida Viper in Fairfax -- The Portland based band Ida Viper can be seen playing a show at Peri's Silver Dollar in Fairfax at 9:30 p.m. on the 12th. No cover.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”
Posted:  2/13/2009

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