Author: Carlin, Larry

May 11, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009

Gifts that keep on giving -- Buying a meaningful gift for someone can sometimes take a lot of time and thinking. Sure, flowers are nice, but they only last a few days. CDs used to be a perfect present, but with everyone going iPod these days, folks are downloading songs off of iTunes instead of purchasing entire CDs. Books are always an idea, but your taste in literature is not necessarily someone else’s. About the perfect offering you can present to someone is a gift that keeps on giving year round, and what better than a membership to the CBA? For only $25 a member can get discounts on festival and concert tickets, get to vote for board members and also read the Bluegrass Breakdown either on line or in hard copy that is sent to their house. Did you forget to buy Mom a Mother’s Day present? Wondering what to give Dad on his big day next month? It is easy to do. Just go here, and give the gift of bluegrass!

Dobro workshop -- Greg Booth, an excellent dobro player from Alaska, will be hosting a dobro workshop on the 13th at the 5th String in Berkeley. Greg is down from Alaska for two weeks to play with the Kathy Kallick Band (at Parkfield this past weekend and the Freight & Salvage on the 16th). Regarded by many as Alaska's greatest steel guitarist for the last 35 years, Greg has won national acclaim by winning the 2007 Rockygrass dobro contest and by participating in the Wintergrass Resomania events. The workshop is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and it costs $30. The Fifth String is at 3051 Adeline in Berkeley. To reserve a spot email his busy bass playing son Dan at

Bill and Megan in concert -- See Bill Evans & Megan Lynch in an intimate concert on the 13th for the Music Box Series at the Climate Theater, 285 9th Street in SF. Tickets/donation $7 to $15. Their recent CD let’s do something... just got a great review by David Royko in the May edition of Bluegrass Unlimited.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is Monday so this means that at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Betsy Maudlin, Dave Courchaine, Joe Kenny, Steve Swan and Rich Ferguson. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 12th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

John McEuen and friends in Altadena -- On the 12th at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena banjo player John McEuen will be playing a show and he has invited his son Nathan McEuen, mandolin player Scott Gates, and Matt Cartsonis to join him.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 12th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 12th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Everyone grows older. That doesn’t mean we have to act old.”
Posted:  5/13/2009

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