Author: Carlin, Larry

April 17, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009

San Anselmo fiddler in the Marin IJ -- There was mention in this column and in the Bluegrass Breakdown recently about the fabulous new novel titled Scroll and Curl by Marin County music store owner and old-time musician John Pedersen. John, the longtime leader of Marin’s finest old-time band The Roadoilers and proprietor of Amazing Grace Music in San Anselmo, has written a delightful tale about an old-time band that goes on the road to play some gigs that also gets caught up in a mysterious plot after one of the members finds a cheap fiddle at a yard sale. Anyone that has every toured or played in a band will especially love this book. As a result of the Breakdown story, today Pedersen is featured in the Marin Independent Journal as well. John will be doing a book signing at 4 p.m. on the 25th at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Spring campout weekend -- Most everyone is out in Turlock this weekend 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. Go and join the fun!

Peter Rowan plays bluegrass -- The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band will be playing 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.

Natural Drift weekend -- The bluegrass band Natural Drift on the 17th will be playing at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m., they will be celebrating Earth Day on the 18th at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center in Mehany Regional Park, and on the 19th it will be the Sunrise Unity Church Annual Chili Cookoff in Citrus Heights from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse bluegrass backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound.

Belle Monroe in Berkeley -- Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be headlining a show on the 17th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

Jack Hardy on tour -- Jack Hardy sings original folk songs set firmly in the centuries-old tradition of Celtic balladry. He will perform in a house concert in Davis on the 17th, be at the Community Center in Anaheim on the 18th, play a house concert in Ventura on the 19th, and at the Clubhouse in San Luis Obispo on the 21st.

Flatt Lonesome in Santa Rosa -- On the 17th enjoy the honky-tonk songs of Flatt Lonesome (featuring Layne Bowen on mandolin) when they play at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Chico -- There is a jam in downtown Chico hosted by old-time Michael Springer on the third Saturday of each month from 2-5 p.m. at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Street. Those who play clawhammer banjo, fiddle, or guitar – or would like to listen or learn – are encouraged to attend.

Mountain boys down the coast -- The Montara Mountain Boys will be playing bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 18th, and then on the 19th The San Bruno Mountain Boys will be pickin’ bluegrass from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 18th at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam will be hosted by Gary Vessel.

Scott Gates in Granada Hills -- The Nathan McEuen Band, featuring Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes, will be playing at the Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor on the 18th starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

Crows saving the Earth -- The Mighty Crows will be appearing at the Palo Alto Earth Day Celebration on the 18th. The event will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center located at 1305 Middlefield Road, and The Crows will play between 10:20 and 1:05 or so. Go enjoy the live music, local organic food, activities for the kids and maybe even learn something along the way.

Earls making waves -- The Earl Brothers, purveyors of original old mountain music, can be seen playing at 9 p.m. out by the beach in SF at the Riptide on the 18th.

Ray Bierl in Santa Clara -- East Bay musician Ray Bierl will be performing a solo set at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara at 8 p.m. on the 18th, opening for Don Burnham and The Bolos. This show is part of the Fiddling Cricket concert series.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 18th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the third Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. No electric or percussion instruments, please. For info email Roger at

Jammin’ in Sutter Creek -- On the first and third Sundays of every month the old-time/Celtic jam session will be happening at Backroads Coffee House, 74 Main Street, in Sutte
Posted:  4/20/2009

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