Author: Carlin, Larry

February 20, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009

Bill and Megan on the go -- Bill Evans and Megan Lunch return to 33 Revolutions Record Shop & Café in San Pablo on the 20th starting at 8 p.m. The venue is now serving wine and beer in addition to coffee beverages and great soups and salads. This is a great place to hear music in the Bay Area and is within walking distance of the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. Admission is free but the hat will be aggressively passed. Then on the 21st see them perform in concert for the Fresno Folklore Society in the Fresno Art Museum's Bonner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at Patricks Music, National Hardware or by phone to Pat at (559) 431-3653.

Grass in winter -- The annual Wintergrass Festival started yesterday 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. Get a plane ticket now!

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 20th at 8 p.m. enjoy the traditional bluegrass sounds of Blue & Lonesome, and then on the 22nd at 8 p.m. it will be Celtic music with Greenhouse. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Lake Havasu fest -- The Third Annual Lake Havasu Bluegrass Festival starts today and runs through the 22nd. Some of the acts you can see there are The Dillards, IIIrd Generation, The Anderson Family Band and the Virtual Strangers.

Lonesome Boys down the coast -- Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys with guest Kenny Blackwell on mandolin will be playing a show on the 20th at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara and then at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos on the 21st.

Flatt Lonesome in Santa Rosa -- On the 20th enjoy the honky-tonk songs of Flatt Lonesome (featuring Layne Bowen on mandolin) when they play at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30 p.m.

Blue Moon over Pacifica -- The band Blue Moon Medicine can be seen playing on the 20th at The Chit Chat Cafe in Pacifica from 7:30-9 p.m. Members are Quentin Smith, Marva Seaton, Uke Lorenz and Ansgar Lorenz.

Earl Brothers California world tour -- The Earl Brothers will be picking original bluegrass at Monteleone’s Rock in Paso Robles on the 20th, at the Red Barn in Los Osos on the 21st, and at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on the 22nd.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- The bluegrass band Natural Drift will be playing at Hemalayas in Cameron Park on the 20th starting at 7:30 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse bluegrass backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound. No cover.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 21st 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.

Workshops in Santa Barbara -- Guitar and mandolin player John Moore and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger will be holding workshops in Santa Barbara on the 21st and 22nd. They will also play a house concert on the night of the 21st. The price is $100.00 per person for the four-hour workshop. For more info about the workshops and show, contact Barry McGuire at or call (805) 570-4627.

Potluck jam in El Dorado -- The CBA House Jam & Potluck of the Month will be happening on the 21st. Al & Karen Orozco will host a jam and potluck at their home/ranch south of El Dorado. The music will start around 4 p.m. with a potluck dinner around 6. Bring your bluegrass instruments and favorite songs, and come prepared to have fun picking with your friends and making new ones. They have lots of rooms for multiple jams. The hosts will provide coffee, sodas, water, and paper/plastic goods, so bring an appetizer, salad, hot dish, or dessert as well as any other beverage of your choice. For directions and more info, go here to John Hettinger’s newsletter.

Evil Diane in the house -- Evil Diane (with Evie Laden of the Stairwell Sisters) can be seen playing a house concert in Berkeley on the 21st. Joining them will be Misisipi Mike (Misisipi Rider, the Bootcuts) on guitar, Keith Terry (Crosspulse, Slammin) on bass and percussion, and special guest Paul Kotapish (Wake the Dead, Euphonia) on mandolin. Contact Audrey at for location and reservations.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Across the Tracks, featuring new releases and reissues. You can also listen on line.

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

High Country in Alameda -- High Country picks traditional bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub on the 21st from 8-11 p.m.

Slow jam in Berkeley -- The normal second and fourth Sunday afternoon slow jam workshop at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will be held on the 22nd. People that are ready for slow-jamming can check out the gatherings on the afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Prerequisites: you should have a sense of humor, and be able to play basic chords on your acoustic instrument smoothly, at 60-100 beats per minute. There is a charge for this jam, so go to the web site for more info.

Jammin’ in Coulterville -- On the 22nd join the old-time/Celtic jam at the Java Lounge Magnolia Saloon in Coulterville from 2-6 p.m. For more info email

Paul and Friends -- West Marin bass man Paul Knight has lots of friends, and he occasionally he invites some out on a Sunday at the Station House in Point Reyes Station starting at 5 p.m. with no cover. On the 22nd see the Stadler/Gibbons Band.

Jammin’ in Temecula -- On the fourth Sunday of every month there is an open jam session at The Nettworks Ranch, which is in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley, a few miles north of where the 215 and 15 freeways split off, in that triangle. Take Scott Road west two miles off 215, or Bundy Canyon Road east four miles off of 15. Turn south on Dai
Posted:  2/23/2009

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