Author: Carlin, Larry

May 4, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009

Mother’s Day Weekend. Okay guys, Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and you can’t figure out what to get for Mom or your wife. Well, how about tickets to the CBA Father’s Day Festival in June? This way you can treat them and yourself at the same time, as you will have the perfect presents to present to your loved ones, and, at the same time, you will get to have a great time yourself listening to some great bluegrass on your day come June. It is a win-win situation for everyone!

Pete’s Party -- That was quite a 4.5 hour bash that friends of Pete Seeger put on at Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday for his 90th birthday. It was also a fundraiser for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a non-profit group founded by Seeger to preserve the Hudson. Besides the luminaries mentioned in Friday’s column, also in attendance were Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kris Kristofferson, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Ani DiFranco and Del McCoury. Read the story here. The good news is that the event was filmed, so look for it sometime down the road on PBS. Also, in yesterday’s SF Chronicle there was a review of a new book about Seeger that has just come out, and it is titled The Protest Singer, written by Alec Wilkinson.

Blanshard update -- Last week it was mentioned here that East Bay bluegrass mandolin picker Bob Blanshard, who was injured two weeks back in a serious bicycle accident, was at Kaiser in Oakland. He's still dealing with multiple broken bones and other injuries, but he has been moved to another facility. If you want show your support, you can either send a card to his home address (6616 Pine Needle Drive, Oakland, 94611) or leave a message on his machine at (510) 653-5454.

Parkfield ahead -- The 11th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival will be taking place on the 7th-10th, and some of the bands you can see there are Special Consensus, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Sawmill Road, The Kathy Kallick Band, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Sidesaddle & Co., Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, LeRoy Mack & BG Gospel Band, and many more.

Jammin’ in Chico -- There is a new bluegrass jam on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. in Chico at Café Culture. The site is located at 931 West 5th Street, across from the train station.

Scott Gates and Nathan McEuen in Altadena -- See the fine duo of Scott Gates and Nathan McEuen when they play on the 4th at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena starting at 8 p.m.

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gene Tortora, Deirdre Donovan, Steve Hirst, Bernie Bishop, and Stephen Breen. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen, heard and enjoyed playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on Tuesday the 5th they will be at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. They will also be in Parkfield this weekend.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Brewglass at Amnesia -- See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight, starting at 8:30. No cover.

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

Music in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association is presenting a night of bluegrass on the 5th with Gone Tomorrow starting at 8 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “An alarm clock is a small mechanical device to wake people who have no children.”
Posted:  5/6/2009

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