Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec 12, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New CBA rep -- Congratulations to Henry Zuniga, who last Saturday the CBA Board appointed as Area Vice President for Central San Joaquin Valley (Fresno, Kings, Madera and Mariposa Counties).

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 Ventura -- The second and fourth Thursday evening jam at Zoey’s in Ventura will be taking place tomorrow from 6-9:30 p.m. For more info e-mail Gene at

Hot fiddlin’ -- You have two chances to see Darol Anger and Mike Marshall play this week. On the 13th they will be at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and then on the 14th you can see them when they take to the stage at The Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne City. Joining the boys for both shows will be the amazing fiddling siblings Tristan and Tashina Clarridge.

More hot fiddlin’ -- On the 14th at 8 p.m. Apapaziz Productions presents violin virtuoso Gilles Apap & Friends (Phil Salazar, Bayou Seco, Peter Feldman & The Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers) in concert at the Marjorie Luke Theater in Santa Barbara. The very talented violinist Gilles celebrates the release of his latest CD titles D 'n A (Gilles Apap & Friends). The disc is an exciting compilation of old-time bluegrass and Cajun tunes.

Blu grass in Fairfax -- The new Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blu will be playing a mix of traditional and newgrass on the 14th at Café Amsterdam in Fairfax starting at 8 p.m. The band is Gary Kaye on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle, Dore Coller on guitar, and Dave Hanks on mandolin.

Belmont hoot -- The 3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny will take place on the 14th from 5 p.m-2 a.m. at the Devil's Canyon Brewery in Belmont. The evening will feature multiple bands plus special guests and a late-night jam. You can see Moonshine String Posse, Wires-n-Wood, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Pathetic Honey, Matt Stivers & Friends, Craig Eddy & Friends and others. The brewery is only open to the public one day a month, so this is a special occasion. Best of all, there is no cover.

High altitude bluegrass -- The Bay Area band Hot Buttered Rum has two gigs coming up this weekend. On the 14th you can see them at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz at 8:30 p.m., and then on the 15th they will be headlining at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma at 8 p.m. The guys play a mix of original jamgrass plus some trad tunes.

Slow jam class -- Starting on the 8th of January at The 5th String music store in Berkeley you can join a new slow jam series from 7:30-9 p.m. The class will be open to beginning and intermediate bluegrass and old-time players, or anyone that wants experience playing and singing at a moderate tempo in a comfortable jam setting. Instructors will include Bill Evans, Evie Ladin, Megan Lynch, Jim Nunally, Eric Thompson and others each week. Class size will be limited to allow for individual attention, with 2-3 teachers on hand each night to join in the music and coach the players. The class will be eight weeks long on Tuesday nights. Cost will be $20 per player each session. For more info email Ran Bush at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way.”

The Almost Daily News by Larry Carlin is updated almost daily. If you have news that you would like to share with our bluegrass community, let me know and I’ll spread the word. E-mail me here.

Posted:  12/14/2007

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