Author: Carlin, Larry

March 20, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009

Mac is here -- 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 this weekend. 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.

Roadhouse swing in Berkeley -- D'Lilah Monroe (a.k.a. Belle Monroe) & The Tom Cats will be hitting the stage for some hot roadhouse swing at the Starry Plough in Berkeley on the 20th at 9 p.m. Also on the bill are The Country Casanovas.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- The bluegrass band Natural Drift will be playing tonight at Hemalayas in Cameron Park. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse bluegrass backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound. No cover, dancing, and great food.

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

New Found Road in Sacto and Orland -- The bluegrass band New Found Road will be at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Sacramento on the 20th and at the Verboom Ranch in Orland on the 21st.

Argentinian bluegrass? -- At the Sutter Creek Theatre on the 20th there will be a hot show with Los Pinguos, who came to the US from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a mixture of Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajón and harmonizing vocals. Vivacious and infectious, the sound of Los Pinguos has claimed fans worldwide, from their hometown to the streets of Los Angeles. Show starts at 8 p.m. On the 21st they will be at the Marin JCC in San Rafael.

Sin and Redemption night at the Plough -- At the Plough and Stars in SF on the 20th Shelby Ash Presents the Sin & Redemption show with The Earl Brothers and Hyperbole Mountain and starting at 9:30 p.m.

Flatt Lonesome in Santa Rosa -- On the 20th enjoy the honky-tonk songs of Flatt Lonesome (featuring Layne Bowen on mandolin) when they play at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30 p.m.

Two bands, two nights -- See The Trespassers and Drivin’ Nails playing bluegrass and old-time at the Frog & Fiddle in Sonora on the 20th and 21st. For more info email

Pickin’ brothers -- Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are dang busy these next five days. They can be seen playing 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.

Jammin’ in Chico -- There is a jam in downtown Chico hosted by old-time Michael Springer on the third Saturday of each month from 2-5 p.m. at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Street. Those who play clawhammer banjo, fiddle, or guitar – or would like to listen or learn – are encouraged to attend.

Contra dance in Sonora -- Join the Contra dance on the 21st at the Aronos Women's Club, 37 E. Elkin Street in Sonora. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., and then dancing will begin 7:30. For info call Wayne and Sue at (209) 989-0213.

Puppy Studs on tour -- Whiskey Puppy and the Tennessee Studs are coming to a town near you real soon. Puppy, from Portland, OR, plays bluegrass and old-time, and the Studs are Amsterdam's best bluegrass band. See them both at McGrath's in Alameda on the 21st, the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on the 22nd, at Amnesia in SF on the 23rd, at Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville on the 25th, at the Humboldt Brewery in Arcata on the 26th, and at the Stage Door in Mt. Shasta on the 27th.

Patsy Cline tribute in Grass Valley -- Joni Morris pays tribute to the late country Patsy Cline on the 21st in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley starting at 7:30 p.m.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 21st at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam will be hosted by Gary Vessel.

Reeltime Martha -- 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 21st see them at The Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, and on the 22nd at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz.

Scott Gates in Ventura and Temecula -- The Nathan McEuen Band (with Scott Gates on mandolin) will be at Zoey’s Loft in Ventura on the 21st and on the 22nd seem them in Old Town Temecula on stage one at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 21st 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.

Slow jam in Berkeley -- The normal second and fourth Sunday afternoon slow jam workshop at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will be held on the 22nd. People that are ready for slow-jamming can check out the gatherings on the afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Prerequisites: you should have a sense of humor, and be able to play basic chords on your acoustic instrument smoothly, at 60-100 beats per minute. There is a charge for this jam, so go to the web site for more info.

Jammin’ in Coulterville -- On the 22nd join the old-time/Celtic jam at the Java Lounge Magnolia Saloon in Coulterville from 2-6 p.m. For more info email

Jammin’ in Temecula -- On the fourth Sunday of every month there is an open jam session at The Nettworks Ranch, which is in the Temec
Posted:  3/23/2009

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