Author: Carlin, Larry

February 27, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009

The man on the radio in the red shoes. No, we’re not talking about yours truly while co-hosting the live breakfast show every morning at the Strawberry Music Festivals. While it is true that I do wear red slippers – to go along with the snappy pajamas and robe – while hosting the show, the new documentary titled The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes is about this Garrison Keillor guy, who you may have heard of once or twice. He hosts a weekly show on National Public Radio called A Prairie Home Companion, and he has been doing such for about three decades now. So someone decided to follow him around with a camera, and the result is this film. It opens tonight at the Roxie in San Francisco, and if you can’t make it out to see it, the betting here is that before long it will appear on your local public TV station. Speaking of which, tonight on KQED Channel 9 in SF you can watch John Denver: A Song’s Best Friend at 8:30 p.m. which celebrates the late singer/songwriter's legacy of classic performances. Okay, he wasn’t bluegrass, but he wrote some great songs and was a wonderful performer.

BOB Fest -- The NCBS annual Bluegrass On Broadway festival started on the 26th in Redwood City and runs through the weekend. The Mighty Crows will be playing some bluegrass on the 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Angelica's Bistro. Nearby you can also see Hotwire with Tina Louise Barr and John Gwinner at Little India and Mountain Drive will be at Bob’s Courthouse Café.

Blue Highway by the bay -- 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 Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 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 Dillards in Winters -- 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 27th at The Palms in Winters.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 27th at 8 p.m. enjoy the traditional Celtic sounds of Dockside, and then on the 28th at 8 p.m. it will be bluegrass with High Country. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Twisters in Alameda -- On the 27th at McGrath’s Pub enjoy bluegrass with The Kentucky Twisters from 8-11 p.m.

Daltons in Fresno -- The Dalton Mountain Gang will be playing tonight in Fresno at Kuppajoe starting at 8 p.m.

Old-time meets new-time in Larkspur -- See The Stairwell Sisters and Corinne West & The Posse when they share the bill at the Lark Theatre in downtown Larkspur on the 28th starting at 8 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 28th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Round & Around, featuring more new releases and reissues, plus previews of the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 28th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5:30 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. Lucy Smith is your host.

Trails & Rails backstage -- Known for smooth harmonies, the band Trails & Rails will share their energy, enthusiasm and love for traditional and contemporary western and train songs, featuring toe-tappin' banjo, exciting guitar, mandolin and autoharp leads, and great stand up bass work. The stories about cowboys and trains will come alive for you as they sing. See them at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 28th starting at 7 p.m.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes, grateful to have a weekly gig, can be seen playing bluegrass on the 28th 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.

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

Jammin’ in Fresno County -- For all of you central California pickers, the last-Saturday-of-the-month-bluegrass-jam-and-potluck will take place in Squaw Valley on the 28th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Hwy. 180), in Squaw Valley. Coffee will be provided. Bring your dinner service and a potluck dish to share, and your beverage of choice (no alcohol). Also bring your instruments and, most important, prepare to have a great time. For more info contact Nancy at (559) 338-0026.

BOB on Saturday -- At the Peninsula Christian Center on the 28th for the Bluegrass On Broadway festival there will be all kinds of activities all day including the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and performances by Nell Robinson & Red Level, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Kitchen Help, and more.

Conspiracy in Turlock -- On the 28th at 7 p.m. the band Bluegrass Conspiracy can be seen playing hard-driving traditional bluegrass with tight vocals and instrumentals at Lamppost Pizza on West Main by the Turlock Cinemas. No cover.

Jammin’ in Sutter Creek -- On the 1st the old-time/Celtic jam session will be happening at Backroads Coffee House, 74 Main Street, in Sutter Creek from 1-5 p.m. For info call (209) 267-0440.

Bluegrass in SLO -- The Wild River Ramblers play from 2-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month at the Santa Maria Brewing Company in the town of Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County.

Quakes in San Gregorio -- The bluegrass band Earthquake Country will be playing on the 1st at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there!

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play every Sunday from 10-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace (near Grass Valley). This is a
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