Author: Carlin, Larry

April 10, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009

Ramblin’ man on Wall Street -- Okay, he is not a bluegrass player, but Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is a national folk icon (he lives in West Marin) and just about everyone has seen him play somewhere along the way. At age 77, he has a new CD coming out and he was recently featured in that noted music publication The Wall Street Journal. Read the story here.

Brothers in Oregon -- The Earl Brothers are on tour in Oregon, so if you have friends up north, tell them to check out the show on the 10th at the Williams Grange in Williams, and on the 11th at the Pistol River Friendship Hall in Pistol River.

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

Blue weekend in Sonoma -- It will be a bluegrass weekend Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 10th and 11th at 8 p.m. featuring two bands from Marin County. Savannah Blu will be playing traditional bluegrass there on Friday, and Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be there on Saturday. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Jumpin’ Frog -- On the second Friday there is a jam at The Frog and Fiddle in Sonora, so head on over on the 10th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Americana Spring Musicale -- Jeanie & Chuck Poling will be hosting an uplifting program of song and good cheer at the Velo Rouge in SF on the 10th starting at 7 p.m. Along with the hosts you can see Misisipi Mike Wolf, Pam Brandon, Maurice Tani, The Lark Family, and special guests The VeloTones. This is a free event and all ages are welcome.

Alhambra Valley Band in Martinez -- See the Alhambra Valley Band playing fine bluegrass on the 10th starting at 8 p.m. at Armando’s in Martinez, located at 707 Marina Vista.

Thick and Thin Festival in Chico -- Check out the Thick & Thin Acoustic Music Festival at the 1078 Gallery in Chico on the 10th starting at 8 p.m. Original and traditional songs with 14 instruments and six voices making for an amazing evening, featuring members of Tarr'd & Feather'd, Wings of Swing, and Good Dog.

Double fun in Alameda -- McGrath’s Pub in Alameda will present the American sounds of The Stadler-Gibbons Band on the 10th starting at 8:30, and then on the 11th it will be traditional bluegrass by High Country.

Bluegrass in Sausalito -- The Marin band String Break, along with some special guests, will be playing bluegrass on the 10th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito starting at 7 p.m. This is a nice cafe with great food on the waterfront, a couple of blocks north of the tourist section.

Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley in Chico -- On the 10th there will be a Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley Open Mic at the Terrace in Chico at 6:30 p.m. Performers are invited to enjoy the music from the mid 1800s to 1950s as well as acoustic music that fits in with the sound of this era. There is no charge for this second Friday of each month event. Fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, boogie-woogie and more are welcome. Performances are held to the ten minute rule. Brief historical presentations about the era’s music and/or composers are encouraged. The address is 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, off Bruce Road. For more info contact Bernie or Bob LoFaso at or

Conspiracy in Turlock -- On the 10th at 7 p.m. the band Bluegrass Conspiracy can be seen playing hard-driving traditional bluegrass with tight vocals and instrumentals at Lamppost Pizza on West Main by the Turlock Cinemas. No cover.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 11th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Happy Birthday, George Shuffler and it will feature songs with the highly influential bassist and guitar player, mostly from his 20+ years as a member of the Stanley Brothers' Clinch Mountain Boys. The show will celebrate with a listen to music from those recordings, plus recent sessions with Laura Boosinger and James Alan Shelton, as well as his solo releases.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Old-time is not a crime in San Francisco! -- So head on out to the Café International for a triple bill of old-time bands on the 11th. See The Black Crown Stringband, Wagon, and The Courtney Janes, all for the price of none, as there is no cover. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Regular dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 11th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

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. For info email Gary Vessel at

Laurie Lewis in Oakland -- Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Chad Manning can be seen playing on the 11th at The Fifth Avenue Institute in Oakland. For info call (510) 444-8541 or email

Jammin’ in Chico -- The music circle jam (folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc.) in downtown Chico takes place on the second Saturday of each month at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, on the 11th from 2-5 p.m. For more info contact David at (530) 872-2084.

Tim Weed Band in West Marin -- Point Reyes resident Tim Weed and his band are very excited to be returning to The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station for a concert and birthday celebration on the 11th with a show starting at 7 p.m. There will be soulful vocals and beautiful harmonies, with banjo, mandolin, guitars, bass, violin and a host of percussion. Their concerts take audiences on an adventurous journey through h
Posted:  4/13/2009

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