Author: Carlin, Larry

April 8, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

IIIrd Tyme around -- IIIrd Tyme Out is here! See them 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.

Appalachia PBS series -- Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People is a new Public Broadcasting film series by Jamie Ross and Ross Spears, and it is narrated by Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek. It will start running soon on public stations across the country, but on KQED in San Francisco it will not appear as part of its regular programming on Channel 9. Instead it will appear only on its Comcast Channel 190. It features an all-star cast, including Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson and best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, as they explore the intersection of natural history and human history in one of America’s grandest treasures.

Blue Grass Boy tour -- Peter Rowan lives in Mill Valley, and over 40 years ago he learned at the master’s knee, as he was the guitarist and singer in Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys from 1964-67. The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band will be playing a series of shows around the bay next week. On the 15th they will be at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, on the 16th at the Lark Theater in downtown Larkspur, on the 17th at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, on the 18th at Don Quixote's in Felton, and on the 19th at the Little Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Playing with Peter will be Jody Stecher, Keith Little and Paul Knight.

Woody and son-- Arlo Guthrie will be presenting The Lost World Tour in Sacramento on the 8th., and then on the 9th you can see This Land is Your Land, a tribute to the life and legacy of Arlo’s father Woody Guthrie, performed by Country Joe McDonald in a two-act play with music. The show will include songs by Woody and others, readings from his writings, and Country Joe’s reminiscences of his own family. The show will take place on the 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad Street, in Nevada City. This is a fundraiser for the Foothill Theatre.

“Oregon, My Oregon” -- The odds are that The Earl Brothers will not be singing the Oregon state song while they are on tour in the state these next few days. But if you have friends up north, then tell them to check out one of the shows and maybe even request this song. On their way up there you can see the Brothers play original mountain music on the 8th at the Stage Door Cabaret Coffee House in Mt. Shasta, then on the 9th they will cross the border and play at Sam Bonds Garage in Eugene, on the 10th at the Williams Grange in Williams, and on the 11th at the Pistol River Friendship Hall in Pistol River.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Jammin’ 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.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 9th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Stephanie Bettman in Altadena -- Stephanie Bettman plays a mixture of bluegrass, folk, roots, and jazz with sophisticated lyrics and killer instrumentation set in a folky mountain vibe. See her at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 9th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ 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.

Pickin’ 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.

Jammin’ 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

Mountain music in the city -- The Atlas Cafe in SF presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 9th see The Pork Pies play old-time mountain music.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

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.

Jammin’ 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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off guard and allow you opportunity to commit more.”
Posted:  4/10/2009

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