Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 26, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The day after. Here’s hoping everyone had a merry day yesterday, and that today is filled with many happy returns...of those clothes you’ll never wear, the book you’ll never read, that DVD you’ll never watch, etc. For those of you that received guitars, mandos and banjos as tidings of joy, there are some jams going on down in the southland if you are ready to start playing already. Otherwise, for the most part it is a pretty quiet next day or two…

Going goofy -- If you want to submit your band for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 15th Annual Good Old Fashioned Festival (affectionately referred to as “The Goofy”) in Hollister in August (that’s right, the dates have been changed from July to August 8-10th), you must do so by this coming Monday the 31st. On the web site the submission date is incorrectly listed as “January 31st, 2007,” which was the submission date for last year’s fest.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- There will be some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. with Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma'ams, who will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. So head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

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.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- Every Thursday there is a bluegrass jam, so go tomorrow to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas. This jam/class is a 35 year tradition that until recently was led by bluegrass legend BanjoBob Cox. Bob retired last summer, and now Jason "BanjoJay" Weiss continues the tradition. So on Thursday the 27th take your instruments with you for a night of pizza, pickin', and grinnin'! This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Jammin’ in Ventura -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Thursdays at Zoey's Café, 451 E. Main Street, in Ventura from 6-9:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Friendly folks, great food and drink, and fun pickin'. Spectators are appreciated. For more info, contact at

Martian sightings! The Salt Martians bluegrass band plays every Thursday at the Tupelo Junction Café, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Great food, full bar, and happy hour specials. The Martians are Ken Gaston on guitar and lead vocals, Aaron Douglas on string bass and harmony vocals and Tim Mullins on banjo, dobro and harmony vocals. No cover.

Are you experienced? -- You have four chances to see The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience these next few days. On the 28th they will play two shows at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley (5 and 8 p.m.), and on the 29th you can go to the Trinity Performing Arts Center in Weaverville (6 and 9 p.m. shows). The band is David Grisman on mandolin, Sam Grisman on bass, Jim Nunally on guitar, Keith Little on banjo, and Chad Manning on fiddle.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.”
Posted:  12/28/2007

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