Author: Carlin, Larry

February 25, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Remembering Lance McCollum -- On Sunday, March 1st, in the town of Colfax there will be a benefit concert for the family of the late luthier Lance McCollum, who died suddenly February 1st of an aortic aneurysm. It will be held at 3 p.m. at the Colfax Theater. McCollum (whose actual birthday would have been March 1st) will be remembered with a musical event featuring many of the local and regional musicians who were touched by his friendship and craftsmanship. The concert will feature Christine & Rob Bonner, Maggie McKaig, Luke Wilson & Murray Campbell, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Kelly Fleming, The Blues Gurus, Reggie Hall, Doug Smith, Steve Hawkins, Todd Halliwell, Eric Menig, Ted Smith, Bill Day, and many more. Tickets are $20 and are available at Rainbow Music, Evangeline’s, Basement Wines in Colfax, and at Cherry Records in Auburn.

Blue Highway is here! -- Celebrating 15 years together, the smokin’ bluegrass band Blue Highway (with Bay Area native Rob Ickes on dobro) has arrived in sunny/rainy California. They will appear tonight at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, at the Palms in Winters on the 26th ( Mountain Laurel opens), 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 15th Anniversary web page.

The darlin’ Dillards -- Everybody’s favorite TV show bluegrass band – The Darlins from The Andy Griffith Show – were really the band known as The Dillards in real life. Rodney and Doug Dillard are back together again touring as The Dillards, and you can see them play on the 25th at 8 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and on the 27th at The Palms in Winters.

BOB Fest -- The NCBS annual Bluegrass On Broadway festival starts on the 26th and runs through March 1st in Redwood City. Lots of great events! For complete details, go to the site.

Dobro workshop this weekend -- Blue Highway’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.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- Tonight see The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m.

Crows on the barbie -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Fairfax Fiddle Summit -- Check out some fiddle players tonight at 9 p.m. at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, featuring John Pedersen and friends.

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.

Swing your partner -- The Eric and Suzy Thompson Band will be appearing at the Hoedown Throwdown at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 25th. Joining them will be their friends Maxine Gerber and Brendan Doyle. The series is hosted by Evie Ladin who will be calling, and all dances will be taught. No experience is necessary.

Fiddles and more in Sonora -- Fiddle's Etc (old-time fiddle, country, bluegrass) will be sawing away on the 26th from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza in Sonora. For more information call (209) 586-2042.

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.

Mike Marshall and friends in Petaluma -- East Bay mandolin maestro Mike Marshall will be appearing with Big Trio on the 26th at the Petaluma Church Concerts series in Petaluma.

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.

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 every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Martians have landed -- 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 San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 26th you can join in the bluegrass and old-time jam, now in its 11th year.

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 -- “Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.”
Posted:  2/27/2009

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