Author: Carlin, Larry

April 13, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009

CBA Music Camp update -- All classes for the CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley in June are full except Level 1 Old-Time Banjo, which has space for a few more beginning players. Tim Hicks will be teaching this class. Get in before it is too late!

Bela in the news -- Banjo picker Bela Fleck has been in the news quite a bit of late. Recently he interviewed Earl Scruggs (read the interview here on the BMI site) and earlier today he was on the Morning Edition Show on National Public Radio, talking about his documentary Throw Down Your Heart. You can read or listen to the report here.

Bluegrass paparazzi -- Shutterbug extraordinaire Mike Melnyk has posted his photos from the Sebastopol Festival from last month, and you can and should look at the slideshow here.

Elvis does bluegrass! -- No, not that Elvis. We’re talking about Elvis Costello, who, according to the Bluegrass Blog site, in June will be releasing an acoustic recording titled Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. Okay, maybe he won’t be singing Bill Monroe songs, but the album was produced by T Bone Burnett, recorded in Nashville in three days, and features a number of bluegrass musicians. Joining Costello were Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (bass). Jim Lauderdale and Emmylou Harris added some harmonies.

Johnny does Elvis! -- Speaking of the other Elvis, through the wonders of YouTube you can now watch a slightly humorous version of a young Johnny Cash doing a bad impersonation of the King here on stage from back in the day.

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.

Spring campout this weekend -- It is time to air out the tents and to fire up the RV, as this coming weekend everyone is headed to Turlock for the annual California Bluegrass Association Spring Campout. It starts on the 16th and runs through the 19th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. It is a real nice location, with lots of shade trees and grassy areas for camping and jamming, plus ample indoor space in case of inclement weather.

Last call for IIIrd Tyme -- IIIrd Tyme Out has one more gig on their West Coast tour, and you can see them on the 13th at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen, heard and enjoyed playing bluegrass tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Betsy Maudlin, Dave Courchaine, Neil Linden, Steve Swan and Alan Bond. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 14th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 14th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 14th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going.”
Posted:  4/15/2009

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