Author: Carlin, Larry

March 16, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009

Wearing of the green. It is that time of year again for people to proclaim their Irish roots for 24 hours, and tomorrow is the day. If you want to celebrate with crazy people drinking green beer, just about every bar has some kind of special event going on. There are some Celtic shows listed below as well as the usual bluegrass ones. Whatever you choose to do, celebrate responsibly.

New Found Road this week -- The bluegrass band New Found Road will be at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 18th, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Sacramento on the 20th, and at the Verboom Ranch in Orland on the 21st.

Mac is traveling this way -- Mac Martin & The California Travelers (w/Kathy Kallick, Keith Little, Butch Waller, Paul Shelasky and Lisa Berman) will be playing three shows in the Bay Area later this week, so clear the calendar and make some plans. On the 20th they will be at the Asbury Methodist Church in Livermore, on the 21st at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View, and on the 22nd at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy the music while having a meal.

New jam in Chico -- The word in the blogosphere is that there is a new bluegrass jam getting started on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. in Chico at Café Culture, although there is no mention of it yet on the café’s website, so call before going. The site is located at 931 West 5th Street, across from the train station.

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam tonight at 8:30 p.m. the Rowdy band will be playing a couple of sets.

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

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 the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 17th you can see Tom and Patrick Sauber play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 17th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. Dave Walker of The Mighty Crows will be sittin’ in on bass. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 17th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever, featuring Larry McChung and Yvonne O’Walbroehl, will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 17th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Here’s to the fiddle that plays the tune! -- On Tuesday the 17th for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma the fun starts with Deirdre & Arias at 3 p.m. with an hour of Celtic music on harp, guitar and fiddle. Dockside will then play Celtic music followed by step dancing at 4:30, and at 7 the Spiral Mystics offer up far-ranging styles, from bluegrass and Celtic to folk and Appalachian.

Celtic grass in Sonora -- On the 17th there will be an Irish Celebration at Stage 3 in Sonora with Sean Brennan, Bill Schneiderman, Elida Ickes, Julie Johnson, Virginia Sutherst and more. Irish music and corn beef and cabbage in an informal evening of music and food. For tickets and info call (209) 536-1778 or And at The Frog and Fiddle you can see the Black Irish band play starting at 6:30 p.m.

St. Paddy's Day in Columbia -- The Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia from 5-8 p.m. will present an Irish Feast and the band Faux Renwah. $7 for a heaping plate of corned beef and cabbage beginning with the St Paddy's Day Stroll starting at 5 p.m.

Nine 8ths Irish on the big day -- The Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish, featuring Kathy Barwick on guitar, will be playing twice on the 17th. At 11 a.m. they will be appearing at the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at 1521 L Street in Sacramento, sponsored by deVere's Pub. Then they will be driving over the summit to play outdoors at the Ceol Irish Pub in Reno from 4-7 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Virtue has never been as respectable as money.”
Posted:  3/18/2009

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