Author: Carlin, Larry

March 9, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009

Goofy lineup -- The 16th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held from August 7th-9th in Bolado Park in Hollister, and the lineup has been announced. See 49 Special, Alhambra Valley Band, The Barefoot Nellies, Bean Creek, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Circle R Boys, Common Cents, The Dalton Mountain Gang, Dark Hollow, Earthquake Country, Faux Renwah, Houston Jones, Jimmy Chickenpants, Kids on Stage, Kitchen Help, Mountain Drive, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Old Soles, OMGG, Page Brownton & Sidetrack, Smiley Mountain Band, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Tenbrooks, The Wintons, The Wronglers and Yodeling Lady Lolita.

Tom Rozum mandolin workshop -- On Sunday the 15th the annual Inverness Mandolin Gathering will be taking place in a private home out in West Marin in the town of Inverness. Before the event there will be a mandolin workshop from 1-3 p.m. for a cost of only $25 with Tom Rozum. A longtime fixture on the Bay Area music scene, Tom is best known for performing with Laurie Lewis. He plays primarily mandolin, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. In this workshop Tom will talk about his approach to the mandolin and, if there is interest, the mandola as well. The workshop starts at 1 p.m., lasts until the last question is asked, and costs $25. For more info or to register contact host David Crummey at (530) 739-3183 or After the workshop the picking will go on into the night. The Gathering is open to everyone who owns a mandolin, plays a mandolin or just enjoys mandolin music.

50 years of Del -- Del McCoury's record label has announced their upcoming May 12th release of Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury. The anniversary package will be a five-disc CD special edition box set embracing the 50-years of bluegrass music from bluegrass music's legend. Read more about it at

Is the CD dead? -- Read the story by Chet Flippo on CMT and judge for yourself.

New jam class -- East Bay banjo player Avram Siegel will be starting another eight-week session of his jam classes soon. The classes are fun as well as a great way to meet players and further develop your bluegrass abilities. For info email him at

Camper for sale -- Tired of sleeping on the ground at festivals yet you can’t afford a motor home? Then the next best thing is a popup camper that you can pull on a trailer hitch. CBA member Mason Harris has one for sale, and for info you can go here.

Daily & Vincent in Bakersfield -- The multi-IBMA award-winning Dailey & Vincent will be in concert tonight at 7 p.m. at the Valley Baptist Church. Call Gary Young for advance tickets at (661) 979-0786 or pay $25 at the door.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is Monday so this means that at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 7-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Dore Coller, Dave Courchaine, Joel Diamond, Stephen Breen and Will Fourt. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 p.m. you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 10th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 10th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 10th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Weekend fests -- The Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be taking place in Sebastopol on the 14th, and it is a one-day festival co-sponsored by the CBA & the Sonoma County Folk Society. This year’s festival at the Sebastopol Community Center will feature Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, The Stadler/Gibbons Band, Rosebud Blue, The Ray Bierl Trio, The Earl Brothers, and the Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band. The Brookdale Spring Bluegrass Festival in the Santa Cruz Mountains will be happening on the 13th-15th. Some of the acts to see are The West County Professional Tea Sippers, The Rose Creek Ramblers, Faux Renwah, Chojo Jacques & Billy Bright, Harmon’s Peak and The Stoney Mountain Ramblers.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “In some situations the right answer is the best answer, the wrong answer is the second best answer, and no answer is the worst answer.”
Posted:  3/11/2009

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