Author: Carlin, Larry

February 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CBA Music camp -- Registration for the 2009 CBA Summer Music Camp in Grass Valley on June 14th-17th starts today, so what are you waiting for? Call now! The instrumental and vocal class instructors are listed in the February issue of the Bluegrass Breakdown. Go to the web site for more info, or call Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.).

Blue Highway soon to be headed south on I-5 -- Celebrating 15 years together, the smokin’ bluegrass band Blue Highway (with Bay Area native Rob Ickes on dobro) is headed this way. They will play at Wintergrass and then they will appear at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 25th, at the Palms in Winters on the 26th, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 27th, the Redwood Bluegrass show in Mountain View on the 28th, and in Potter Valley on March 1st. Check out their special 15-Year Anniversary web page.

Dobro workshop ahead -- BH's dobro wizard Rob will be conducting a workshop for all levels of dobro players on the 28th at a location in Burlingame from noon-3 p.m. For more info go to his site.

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 the Seabright Beach Mountain Boys, a special show featuring Jim Mintun, Louise Mintun, Larry Cohea, Jim Lewin and Peter Hicks.

Black Crown in SF -- John McKelvy, formerly guitarist and lead singer in The Earl Brothers bluegrass band, and his new band called the Black Crown Stringband can be seen playing on the 18th at the Cafe International in SF. The band is John on guitar, Tim Hicks on mandolin, Elise Engleberg on fiddle, Matt Knoth on banjo, and Rob Mellberg on bass.

Scott Gates in Nashville and Memphis -- The Nathan McEuen Trio (with Scott Gates on mandolin) will be appearing on the 18th at Douglas Corner in Nashville starting at 8:30 p.m. From Nashville the trio will be headed to Memphis for the Folk Alliance gathering where they will be performing numerous showcases.

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque this evening at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Bluegrass in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Wintergrass -- The annual Wintergrass Festival starts on the 19th and runs through the 22nd in Tacoma, WA. As usual, it is a great lineup. Some of the acts that will be on hand are The SteelDrivers, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Blue Highway, 3 Ring Circle, The Bee Eaters, Hot Buttered Rum and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys.

Rita in Altadena -- The Rita Hosking Duo can be seen on the 19th performing at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena along with Fur Dixon and Steve Werner.

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.

BOB Fest jam -- The NCBS annual Bluegrass On Broadway festival will run February 26th-March 1st in Redwood City, and on the 19th a kick-off jam will take place at 5th Quarter Pizza in Redwood City.

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

Live fish 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 19th see JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople.

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

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 5:30-7:30 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 Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam which has been running for over 9 years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 5th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.”
Posted:  2/20/2009

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