Author: Carlin, Larry

April 6, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009

Good news from the Foothills -- “With great consideration, attention, understanding and the love of the music, L&S Promotions will continue the great fun and fan favorite with the 2009 Plymouth Bluegrassin' in the Foothills on September 18th-20th once again at the Amador County Fairgrounds. Watch our website for news, ticket and festival information. We all understand this crazy economy has taken its toll on many and is real life! One thing L&S understands is that this music seems to be the one power that brings us together and at least for a temporary time gives us a sense of freedom, warmth, friendship, fun and togetherness that keeps us all within reach of sanity and away from what we hear in the news.” Thank you, Larry and Sondra Baker!

Fiddlin’ Joe -- Congratulations to San Rafael fiddler Joe Osborn, who came in second in the adult division at The California State Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in Oroville over the last weekend in March. Griffin Stoller of Belvedere took first in the junior division.

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 Dan Miller, the founder and publisher of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. You can read part two of the interview here.

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Betsy Maudlin, Larry Cohea, David Thom, Bruce Campbell and Erika Walther. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen, heard and enjoyed playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on Tuesday the 7th they will be at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Brewglass at Amnesia -- See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight, starting at 8:30. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

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.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 7th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with a version of Deep Elem. Regular band members John Kael and Annie Staninec will be joined by special guests.

IIIrd Tyme Out -- The IIIrd Tyme Out tour starts tomorrow, so clear the calendar and make reservations now. 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 -- 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.

Music in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association is presenting a night of contemporary folk music on the 7th with Del Dios Highway starting at 8 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Woody’s kid -- Arlo Guthrie will be presenting The Lost World Tour in Livermore on the 7th and in Sacramento on the 8th.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Everyone hates me because I'm paranoid.”
Posted:  4/8/2009

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