Author: Carlin, Larry

April 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Tax Man cometh. And he taketh away. No doubt everyone has taken care of their taxes by now. For those of you that uh, “forgot” that today is the big day, you may want to consider filing an extension by midnight tonight. For those of you that got theirs done weeks ago and now have discretionary funds to burn, there is plenty of good bluegrass going on that you can be part of. Heck, most of the events listed below are free. Can’t beat that!

Peter Rowan plays bluegrass -- The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band will be playing on the 15th 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 are Jody Stecher, Keith Little and Paul Knight.

Spring campout this weekend -- Everyone is headed to Turlock from the 16th-19th for the annual California Bluegrass Association Spring Campout 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. The bluegrass police will be taking attendance…

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 Homefire play.

Black Crown in SF -- John McKelvy, formerly guitarist and lead singer in The Earl Brothers bluegrass band, and his new band Black Crown Stringband can be seen playing on the 15th at the Cafe International in SF. The band is John on guitar, Tim Hicks on mandolin, Elise Engleberg on fiddle, Matt Knoth on banjo, and Rob Mellberg on bass.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served on the 15th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the picking. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque this evening at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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.

Bluegrass in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

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

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 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.

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

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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 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 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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Dime: a dollar with all the taxes taken out.”

Posted:  4/17/2009

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