Author: Carlin, Larry

April 3, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009

A man of many faces. After seeing the same photo above for the past year and half, I felt it was time for a change. I asked Rick Cornish if it would be possible to use a new or, perhaps, multiple photos. He and the web guru came up with a plan whereby the photo can be changed at any time. So a half-dozen or so new mastheads have been created with pictures taken over the past 40 years. There has even been a light-hearted discussion about the change on the Message Board. The photo that is up there now was taken while playing an outdoor gig on stage in 1978 in State College, PA, when the beard wasn't white, the hair was redder, and there was more of it. As Randy Pitts correctly guessed during the discussion, that is indeed a hat that was purchased at an Amish market. And believe it or not, I still have it! But, unlike t-shirts and pants from bygone eras that “strangely” no longer fit, the hat now goes on my head a lot easier than it used to, since there are fewer follicles to jam into it. Stay tuned for other new/old photos to appear anon…

Speaking of "heady" subjects, this is by far and away my longest ADN column ever. Maybe all of the talk about the new photos has uh, gone to my head...

Bluegrass jamming class -- A new bluegrass jam class at the 5th String in Berkeley will be starting on the 7th and it will run through May 26th. The time is 7-9:15 p.m. This class is open to all players and singers and will get you prepared for the upcoming festival season. This is a practical, hands-on course. You'll do lots of playing in both the large group and in smaller breakout groups and you'll learn at least one new song per week. To get the most out of this class, you should be able to play chord changes on your acoustic instrument smoothly at 80-120 beats per minute. Classes are $22.50 in advance or $25.00 at the door per session. Please note: the folks at the 5th String can't answer questions about the class. For more info contact Ran Bush at (510) 525-8156.

IIIrd Tyme coming -- 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.

Flatpicking workshop next week -- Highly acclaimed bluegrass flatpicking guitarist Tim May, best known for his work with the bands Crucial Smith and Plaidgrass, will hold a flatpicking workshop in Sacramento on the 7th at 7 p.m. The two-hour workshop, geared to intermediate to advanced players, will be held at the home of Kathy Barwick and Jon Fox. The cost for the workshop is $40. Call (916) 739-6101 for more information or to reserve a spot. Space is limited so call today.

Mighty Special time in Alameda -- Tonight at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda from 8-11 p.m. see The Mighty Crows, who won the Northern California Bluegrass Award for Band of the Year in February, and then on the 5th enjoy 49 Special, who will also be playing main stage at Father’s Day in June.

Houston Jones weekend -- The high-octane Americana band Houston Jones and Stevie Coyle will play live on the 3rd at 5 p.m. on Dave Stafford’s radio show on KKUP (91.5) in Cupertino, on the 4th the band will be at Armando’s in Martinez, and on the 5th HJ and Stevie will play at the Little Fox in Redwood City.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. The Sonoma Mountain Band will be picking traditional bluegrass music. On Sunday the 5th there is a Celtic jam starting at 6 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

A day of music -- On the 4th there will be a Day of Music benefiting the American River Acoustic Music Camp (ARAMC) that will be held at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis. The featured performer will be the reunited trio City Folk (Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer), on stage for an 8 p.m. evening concert. The trio, acclaimed for their tight three-part harmonies, formed City Folk in 1989 and last toured nationally in 1995, recording three CDs along the way. Greeninger will be ARAMC's songwriting instructor once again this year. During the day there will be workshops with Rob Bonner (guitar), Kathy Barwick (guitar), and vocals with Keith Little. All day jams will be happening as well, so bring your instruments or just come to listen.

Bill and Megan down south -- The hot duo of Bill Evans & Megan Lynch will be playing shows and teaching workshops this weekend in Southern CA. On the 4th see them at Old Time Music in San Diego with workshops in the afternoon and a concert at night, and then on the 5th it will be a similar situation at the Blue Ridge Pickin Parlor in Granada Hills.

Woody’s kid -- Arlo Guthrie will be presenting The Lost World Tour on the 4th at the JCC in SF, at UC Santa Cruz on the 5th, in Livermore on the 7th, and in Sacramento on the 8th.

A century of uke playing -- Ukulele player Bill Tapia, at the ripe young age of 101, is still touring, and you can see him and his band play on the 4th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Read the story about him in the SF Chronicle.

New jam in Motown -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Cello, banjo and accordion together!-- No, this is not an April Fools joke. Moira Smiley and VOCO perform original songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe on cello, banjo and accordion. Sprinkled throughout their songs are rompin' stompin' body percussion sets - always a show-stopping pleasure. Also voted number one a cappella band in the U.S., the four members of VOCO create post-folk, improvisational-built sounds. See them at the Westside Theatre in Newman on the 4th and at the Freight & Salvage on the 5th.

Alhambra Valley Band in Benicia --See the Alhambra Valley Band playing fine bluegrass on the 4th from 8-10 p.m. at the Camel Barn in Benicia, located at 2060 Camel Road.

Posted:  4/6/2009

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