Author: Carlin, Larry

February 13, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day back to back. Omens, anyone? Are you still scrambling, trying to decide how to celebrate the big day on the 14th? Guys, how about taking her to see the newest edition of the Friday The 13th movie? Uh, hmmn…nah, scratch that. Hey, I know! There is plenty of bluegrass going on all over the place this weekend, so instead of spending your paycheck or TARP money on an overpriced dinner, take that special someone out to see a show! And if you don’t have a “someone,” heck, get out and see some live music anyway, as you sure aren’t going to meet anyone new while sitting on your couch with the remote in your hand idly watching everyone’s favorite game show American Idol

All good things must end -- The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival began last weekend and it comes to an end on the 14th at various venues in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. Some highlights of the fest are posted here, 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…

Life’s railway to heaven -- Country singer Molly Bee, who rose to fame in 1952 with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," died on the 7th in Oceanside, CA, after suffering a stroke. She was 69. The singer, comedienne and sidekick appeared on Tennessee Ernie Ford's daytime television as a teenager, and she was also in some movies. Read her obit here.

KKUP marathon -- The annual KKUP (91.5 FM) bluegrass, country and folk marathon in Cupertino starts at 3 p.m. on the 13th and runs through midnight on the 15th. Bean Creek will be playing some bluegrass live at 7:30 p.m. on the 14th. Go to the station’s site for the full band schedule.

Lucky charms -- Change your luck on Friday the 13th with an evening of bluegrass with 'bout Time! at Bob's Courthouse Cafe on the corner of Broadway and Middlefield in Redwood City. Bob's is a classic American diner serving beer and wine. Music begins at 7 and goes until 9.

Twin bill in Sutter Creek -- Tonight at the Sutter Creek Theatre there will be a hot show with Bill Evans and Megan Lynch and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack starting at 8 p.m.

Kathy and Laurie in SF -- Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and friends will be doing a Vern & Ray Tribute at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 13th starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass fest in Arizona -- The Colorado River Bluegrass Festival is happening on the 13th-15th in Bullhead City, AZ, across the river from Laughlin, NV. Some of the bands to see are The James King Band, Lost & Found, Bluegrass Patriots, Rarely Heard and Third Generation.

Triple bill in Berkeley -- The Earl Brothers will be picking original bluegrass at The Starry Plough on the 13th along with Ida Viper and Cliff Wagner and the Old Number 7. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Jumpin’ Frog -- On the second Friday there is a jam at The Frog and Fiddle in Sonora, so head on over on the 13th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop

Scott Gates in Ventura -- The Nathan McEuen Band (with Scott Gates on mandolin) will all be appearing on the 13th at the Bombay Bar and Grill in Ventura.

Punch Brothers on tour -- Okay, it’s not your granny’s bluegrass, but Chris Thile & Punch Brothers can be seen playing in Chico on the 13th, in Davis on the 14th and in Livermore on the 15th. Go to their site for details.

Triple bill at the Plough -- At the Plough and Stars in SF on the 13th see Harmon's Peak, Marin’s premiere old-time band The Roadoilers, and The Wronglers (w/Warren Hellman, Ron Thomason & Heidi Claire).

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 14th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Matters of the Heart, so expect lots of you know what songs. You can also listen online.

Birds in the kitchen -- John Reischman & The Jaybirds will be headlining a show at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 14th. The local band Kitchen Help will open the show starting at 8 p.m.

Banjo and fiddle workshops in SF -- Bill Evans will be teaching a melodic style banjo workshop and Megan Lynch will do a fiddle workshop titled "Improvising: It Doesn't Have To Be So Scary" at the Swedish American Music Hall in SF on the 14th. Workshops are from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and are open to all levels of players with one or more years of playing experience. $30 fee. For additional information and registration, contact Dave Zimmerman at

Three bands at the ministry -- See Homespun Rowdy, the Sonoma County bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome and the Del Williams Band play at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 14th.

Sweethearts in West Marin -- The annual Sweethearts of the Radio show, a benefit for KWMR radio, will take place on the 14th at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. It will be an evening of acoustic vocal duets featuring Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Ingrid Noyes & Michael Harmon, John Kael & Annie Staninec, and Johnny and June.

Kathy B at the Palms -- Renowned dobro player Kathy Barwick will be playing some lap steel with Sal Valentino at the Palms in Winters on the 14th. Then Sal will be playing the rest of the night with a string section. Opening is Roberta Chevrette. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.

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

Vipers in Alameda -- Ida Viper will be headlining at McGrath’s Pub on the 14th from 8-11 p.m.

Woebegone pickin’ -- On Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 14th on KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m. former Wailin’ Jennys singer Heather Masse and the Cajun band BeauSoleil will be featured. The show will be replayed on 15th starting at 11 a.m.

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Posted:  2/16/2009

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