Author: Carlin, Larry

March 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 18 , 2009

Need to save some cash? Unless you are an AIG exec, the guess here is that everyone could stand to save some money these days. One sure way to do such is to buy your early bird tickets (before March 31st) for the CBA’s Father’s Day Festival, that will take place June 18th-21st in Grass Valley. Do it now, before you start working on your income taxes…

Songwriter's blog -- Northern California bluegrass singer/songwriter/artist Rick Jamison continues with his songwriter’s blog called On Songwriting. In addition to providing insights, tips and examples, Rick also features other songwriters, sharing their thoughts, experience and wisdom on songwriting. The most recent interview is with one of the country’s best female bluegrass singers/songwriters, the Bay Area’s own Kathy Kallick. You can read part two of the interview here.

Martha in real time -- Martha Scanlan, former lead singer of the popular old-time band Reeltime Travelers, and her band are on tour in the state this week. On the 18th you can see them at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, on the 19th at The Palms in Winters, on the 21st at The Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, and on the 22nd at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz.

Pickin’ brothers -- Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are dang busy these next five days. They can be seen playing the Berkeley Contra Dance on the 18th at 8 p.m., a house concert in Santa Rosa on the 19th at 7:30 p.m. (707-539-2441 or for info), the Santa Rosa Contra Dance at Monroe Hall on the 20th at 8 p.m., the 5th Annual Spring Fling at the Monterey YMCA on the 21st at 7:30 p.m., and the Hayward Contra Dance on the 22nd at 4 p.m.

New Found Road nearby -- 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.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Black Crown in SF -- John McKelvy, formerly guitarist and lead singer in The Earl Brothers bluegrass band, and his new band called the Black Crown Stringband can be seen playing on the 18th at the Cafe International in SF. The band is John on guitar, Tim Hicks on mandolin, Elise Engleberg on fiddle, Matt Knoth on banjo, and Rob Mellberg on bass.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served on the 18th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the picking. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque this evening at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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.

Bluegrass in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Merced -- The next the third Wednesday of the month jam will be on the 18th from 7-9:30 p.m. at Bob Gilbert's home, which is at 1474 Antigua Drive in Merced. For more info call (209) 722-2039.

Shakers in Berkeley -- Join the Todalo Shakers (Eric & Suzy Thompson, Frannie Leopold, WB Reid, Steven Strauss) for a night of vintage jug band, swingy pop songs from the 1920s, ragtime fiddling, and more when they.will be appearing at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 19th starting at 8 p.m.

Justis in Sacramento -- Kathy Barwick will be playing lap steel on the 19th at the Fox and Goose in Sacramento with Poetic Justis. Show time is 8 p.m. PJ is Kathy, Michael Justis, Steve McLean, Warren Jones and Frank Mouton.

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

Cherryholmes -- The family bluegrass band Cherryholmes will be at the CalPoly Theatre in San Luis on the 19th, The Heritage Theatre in Campbell on the 20th, and at the San Rafael Civic Center on the 21st.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam which has been running for almost ten years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 19th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

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 jrsimunic@hotmail.
Posted:  3/20/2009

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