Author: Carlin, Larry

April 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No banjo joke! -- Comedian and banjo player Steve Martin will make his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on May 30th. He will perform songs from his new album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Performing with him will be friends Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien.

Swedish grass -- East Bay pickers Mike Marshall and Darol Anger will be joining forces tonight with the Swedish acoustic trio Vasen at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. You can also see them on the 2nd at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.

No jamminí fools -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place this evening on April Fools Day starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Waybacks in Sacto -- The Waybacks will be playing on the 1st at Marilynís On K in Sacramento.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickiní some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up tonight at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Deep Elem in Moss Landing -- At Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem.

Jamminí 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.

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing tonight at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly first Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

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

Jamminí in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose starting at 6:30 p.m. 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 Fiddleín 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.

Bill and Megan at the Freight -- The hot duo of Bill Evans & Megan Lynch will be playing a show on the 2nd at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. Their new CD let's do something... is currently #6 on the Folk-DJ charts, right up there with releases from Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Jorma Kaukonen. This weekend they will be playing shows and putting on workshops in San Diego and Granada Hills. More info about these events will appear here on Friday, or you can go to their web site for details.

Jamminí in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads to Todayís Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickiní, and grinniní. 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 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 2nd 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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jamminí 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

Jamminí 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.

Pickiní 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.

Jamminí in Sacto -- On Thursday evenings, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Dark Hollow in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 2nd you can see Dark Hollow play. No cover charge.

Jamminí 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

Jamminí in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Posted:  4/3/2009

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