Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 28, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007

IBMA Showcase Band deadline -- If you are considering submitting your bluegrass band for a showcase slot at the next International Bluegrass Music Association Conference in September of 2008 the deadline for doing such is January 15th. Go to the website for more info.

Ailing Fred -- Longtime CBA member Fred Stanley from Copperopolis has been in the hospital for over a week, suffering from a tumor that was discovered on some nerves that control his vocal chords. For more info, go to this link on the Message Board. Fred and his wife Melinda are both pickers (he plays guitar, she picks the banjo) and they been very much involved with the CBA for a long time. Years ago they organized a twice a month jam out that way, and you can read about them and the jam in a story from the Calaveras Enterprise .

Jammin’ in the Foothills -- The fourth Friday jam will be happening tonight at the Smoke Café in downtown Jamestown from 7-9:30 p.m. However, according to Rick Cornish, the exciting news up in Sonora is that Peter Barnato, owner of McGrath’s Pub in Alameda, has purchased the Old Stan, an historic eatery with a full bar, at 117 S. Washington Street in the town of Sonora. Apparently Peter is going to make it into a major bluegrass and acoustic venue, and the second and fourth Friday Jamestown jams will move to the Old Stan on January 11th.

Toe tapping in Point Reyes Station -- Out at the Station House Cafe tonight in the West Marin town of Point Reyes Station from 7-10 p.m. Under the Radar will be playing bluegrass, swing, folk, blues and country music. UTR is Kevin Russell on guitar, Michael Capella on dobro, Ted Dutcher on bass, and Layne Bowen on mandolin.

Do the holidays have you feeling blue and lonesome? -- Then head on out to Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 29th to see Blue & Lonesome pick some hot bluegrass on a cold winter night. The band is Ed Neff on mandolin, Larry Cohea on banjo, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Mike Wilhoyte on guitar. Music starts at 8 p.m., and there is no cover. Murphy’s is Sonoma’s home for bluegrass music.

IBMA on the air -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show in SF on the 29th when he will be broadcasting the 2007 IBMA Awards Show (recorded at the Grand Ole Opry on October 4th) on KALW (91.7 FM) from 6:30-8 p.m. You can also listen online.

Jammin’ in Fresno County -- For all of you central California pickers, the last-Saturday-of-the-month-bluegrass-jam-and-potluck will take place in Squaw Valley on the 29th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Hwy. 180), in Squaw Valley. Coffee will be provided. Bring your dinner service and a potluck dish to share, and your beverage of choice (no alcohol). Also bring your instruments and, most important, prepare to have a great time. For more info contact Nancy or Henry at (559) 476-0446 or (559) 476-0447.

Merry old souls -- The Old Soles duo will be playing from 6-8 p.m. on the 29th at the Kirkwood Inn (across from the ski resort on Highway 88). The Soles are Geff Crawford and Masha Goodman, and they play a mix of old-timey fiddle tunes, Irish jigs & reels, lovely waltzes and gentle songs.

SoCal bluegrass -- On the 29th down in the southland you have two opportunities to see some live bluegrass. The Windy Ridge Bluegrass Band will be playing at Me ’N Ed's Pizza in Lakewood from 6:30-10 p.m., and The Grateful Dudes will be pickin’ at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Marry an orphan, and you'll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws.”
Posted:  12/30/2007

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