Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 30, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007

Too much fun. As 2007 comes roaring to a close, it has been one long bluegrass holiday season for me. In the past nine days I have played two shows and attended five pickin’ parties, with two more yet to come before getting back to reality on January 2nd. The fingers are sore, sleep has been hard to come by, and the holiday spirit is on the wane. But man, what a great time it has been! I can’t think of a better way to wind up the year than by playing as much music as possible with friends in the Bay Area bluegrass community. While I am not one for making any resolutions for the New Year, as long as the pickin’ continues, 2008 promises to be a good one. And here’s hoping that all of you have a healthy, prosperous and bluegrass-filled New Year!

Sight for sore eyes -- Last night at a pickin’ party in Novato it was a pleasure to see Patti Garber come walking up the stairs. Patti and her husband Ted have been leading the Bay Area bluegrass band Grizzly Peak for many years. As most of you know, Patti has been battling cancer for some time now, and while she had a tough period this fall, she is getting back out again. In a few weeks she will be celebrating her birthday, and then in February Grizzly Peak will be playing at the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival.

Hot time in Santa Rosa -- Sheila Groves & Flatt Lonesome will be playing today at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa from 5-8 p.m. This band is a very fun country-rock/country-folk/grass band focusing on a lot of classic country cover tunes with some originals. No cover, and good food and great beers.

High Country New Year’s Eve -- Led by mandolinist Butch Waller, for almost 40 years High Country has been delighting audiences in Northern California and points beyond with their hard-driving traditional bluegrass. On the 31st see them play their annual year-end show at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, starting at 8 p.m. Also on the bill is the dynamic duo of Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally. There will be hot pickin', a fabulous buffet, silly hats, plus sparkling cranberry-apple juice at the stroke of midnight.

Early New Year's bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday and Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing, you can experience live bluegrass. Bean Creek alternates with The Courthouse Ramblers on Mondays. On the 31st it is the regularly scheduled Bean Creek night, so they will be there through the dinner hours (6- 8 p.m.) for anyone who might want to have a nice early meal accompanied by some tasty bluegrass. Banjo player Rob Horgan is out of town, so in his stead will be Luke and Kyle Abbott. There may even be a few special guests

New Year’s Dance in Sonora -- On the 31st at 8 p.m. you can kick up your heels and usher out ’07 with contra, square and circle dancing to old-time tunes and Irish jigs and reels. The location is the Aronos Women's Club, 37 E. Elkin, in Sonora. Admission is $7, and for more info go here or call Wayne or Susan at (209) 989-0213.

New Yeow's Eve -- The annual New Yeow’s Eve Party will take place starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Jack Douglas Saloon in Columbia featuring Doodoo Wah, Faux Renwah, and Uke-n-Reed. Ticket are $25 per person, and this includes hors d'oeuvres and midnight champagne. For more details call Mike at the Saloon at (209) 533-4176.

Bluegrass festival in Portland next weekend -- What better way is there to start off the New Year than by going to the Fourth Annual River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, on the 4th-6th? Some of the acts you can see there are the David Grisman Quintet, Tim O’Brien, The Dan Tyminski Band, Bryan Bowers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Dry Branch Fire Squad, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, The Flatlanders, David Grier, and Darol Anger & The Republic of Strings. Wow!

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “New Years Resolutions: In one year and out the other.”
Posted:  1/1/2008

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