Author: Carlin, Larry

May 15, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009

Here we are halfway through the National Bluegrass Month of May, and there is no rest for the weary. There are a lot of great shows, jams and festivals going on this weekend, so get out of the house and enjoy some bluegrass! But if life is just too exciting for you at this time, then take a Zen-like break and chill out by watching CBA board member Montie Elston mowing his lawn here.

Looking for Lonesome Pine Fiddlers photos -- If you have a picture of the original Lonesome Pine Fiddlers with Paul Williams, someone at Music Mill Entertainment is looking for one. If you can help please contact Rick at

Greencards on tour -- The Greencards will be all over the Northern California and beyond for the next week. On the 15th it will be at the Crystal Bay Club Casino in Crystal Bay, NV, on the 17th at the Sierra Nevada Tap Room in Chico with Carrie Rodriguez, on the 18th at Don Quixote’s in Felton, on the 20th at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, on the 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco with Marty Stuart, on the 23rd at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, and on the 24th at the Strawberry Music Festival.

LA old-time gathering and fiddle/banjo contest -- The Fourth Ever Los Angeles Old-Time Social started on the 14th and it runs through the 16th. There are concerts, workshops, parties, jams and a big square dance. On the 17th everyone then will be going to the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival. A wide spectrum of musicians will perform, including Central Coast favorites like Peter Feldmann with his old-time Mother’s Boys band, and Whiskey Chimp.

Special weekend -- On the 15th see 49 Special playing hard-driving bluegrass music at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, and then on the 16th they will be playing some at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- The bluegrass band Natural Drift on the 15th will be playing at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 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.

David Thom in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. The David Thom Band will be picking traditional bluegrass music. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Sonoma Mountain in Santa Rosa -- On the 15th enjoy the bluegrass of The Sonoma Mountain Band when they play at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa starting at 8:30 p.m.

Coyote Hill in Groveland -- Coyote Hill will be playing a show on the 15th at 5 p.m. at The Mountain Sage Nursery in Groveland. The band is Richard Sholer on guitar and mandolin, Dick Todd on banjo, fiddler Rick Barlow and Clinton Day on bass. They play American roots music, a mix of folk, bluegrass, blues, country, swing and jazz. This is a special event open to the public, and is the first of the summer concert series hosted by the Nursery and the Tuolumne River Trust, as a kick off party and concert for the Paddle to the Sea 2009 event. Also playing is the band Pathetic Honey.

Marley’s Ghost in Mill Valley and Sutter Creek -- Known for its irrepressible humor and lively stage presence, Marley’s Ghost is one of the most popular and well-loved folk roots band on the concert scene. Renowned for inspired four-part harmonies, the group is as much English folk roots as Jamaican reggae, plus bluegrass, gospel, country, R&B, Cajun, even Scottish bagpipe tunes. The band has been performing together and wowing audiences for 30 years. On the 15th see them at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, and on the 16th at the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek.

Anderson Family in Petaluma -- The will be an Anderson Family Bluegrass Band concert in Petaluma on the 15th at 7 p.m. at Miwok Valley School, 1010 St Francis Drive, in Petaluma. Proceeds benefit Guitars in the Classroom, a program for teaching teachers to play guitar and sing with their students.

GrassKickers in Clovis -- The GrassKickers on the 15th kick off the first in a second-season series of free, family-oriented, Friday-night concerts sponsored by the Clovis Senior Center and the CBA. Opening act at 6 p.m., followed by the Kickers’ concert at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic.

Snap Jackson in the valley -- The Americana folk/grass band Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players on the 16th will be at the Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill at 8 p.m., and on the 17th at The Waterloo Club in Stockton at 3 p.m.

Bluegrass in Reno -- Take a break from gambling on the 16th and enjoy bluegrass at West Street Market, 148 West Street, in downtown Reno, starting at 4 p.m. This is a free event. There will be bands performing on stage as well as designated jamming areas throughout the market. For more info, email Kathi at

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 16th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Back To Old Kentucky, Part II, a place that has inspired dozens of memorable bluegrass songs. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Scott Gates in Bakersfield -- The Scott Gates/ Nathan McEuen Band, with Chuck Hailes on bass, will be playing at the Worley House Concert in Bakersfield on the 16th starting at 7 p.m. For info call (661) 327-4900.

Gayle Lynn in Berkeley -- Enjoy some fine country music with Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands when they play at the Starry Plough on the 16th. Gayle has a wonderful new CD out of original material titled Just Came Around. Also on the bill are Misisipi Rider and 77 El Deora.

Kathy Kallick in Berkeley -- The Kathy Kallick Band will be headlining a show on the 16th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. 49 Special opens the show.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new re
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