Author: Carlin, Larry

March 30, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009

Make mine plastic -- A woman from Santa Rosa has been charged with illegally selling guitar picks made from the shells of the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle. For two years, Qing Song allegedly brought turtle parts into the United States from China in the form of guitar picks. According to a story in the SF Chronicle, these picks are "highly desired by skilled musicians, despite their illegality because they are believed to produce a better tone than plastic picks.”

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.

Jammin’ in Chico -- There is a new bluegrass jam on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. in Chico at Café Culture. The site is located at 931 West 5th Street, across from the train station.

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

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gene Tortora, Ran Bush, Neil Linden, Gerry Tenney, and Wayblonde. 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 at Phil's -- On the 31st at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

Waybacks in SF -- The Waybacks will be playing two more shows in NorCal this week. On the 31st see them at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and on April 1st at Marilyn’s On K in Sacramento.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- The Seabright Beach Mountain Boys will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 31st from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Big tour ahead -- IIIrd Tyme Out is headed this way again, and plans need to be made now to attend one of the shows. On the 7th it will be the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, on the 8th at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, on the 9th at Don Quixote’s in Felton, on the 10th at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, in Weaverville, on the 11th at Willits High School, and on the 13th at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.”
Posted:  4/1/2009

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