Author: Carlin, Larry

May 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Down from the mountain. The Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite this past weekend was a lot of fun, with acts such as the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sawmill Road, Poor Man's Whiskey, The Wronglers, The Greencards, Natalie McMaster and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives putting on fine shows. The weather was simply beautiful, the antithesis to last yearís mud fest. And there was a fair amount of bluegrass jamming going on, most notably at camps hosted by the CBAís Lisa Burns, Darby & Bruno Brandli and Frank Solivan. But this was just a warm-up session for the CBAís Fatherís Day Festival coming up in just a few weeks in Grass Valley. If you havenít gotten your tickets yet, do so now by simply going here.

Steve Martin and Scott Gate on Ellen -- If you missed it yesterday, comedian/actor/writer/banjo player Steve Martin picked a song on The Ellen Degeneres Show, ably abetted by young mandolin picker Scott Gates. You can watch their performance here.

Racing for a Cure -- In August of 2003 Bay Area bluegrass picker Patti Garber (of the bluegrass band Grizzly Peak) was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the plasma cell in the bone marrow, so over the past six years, she and her husband Ted have been learning about the disease first-hand. Patti has committed to supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in Team in Training, a four-month endurance building and fundraising program, and she will participate in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco on October 18th. She has a goal to raise over $4000 for research to find a cure for all blood related cancers. Please support her in this valiant effort by contributing generously to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by going here.

Write with Guy -- Hey songwriters! Did you ever dream about maybe co-writing a song with one of the big guys? Well, now is your chance. Go here to read about a contest where you can win a co-writing session with Guy Clark.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 26th at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

Open mic at the Freight -- Most Tuesdays it is open mic night at the venerable Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. The event starts at 8 p.m. There is a $5.50 cover charge, but any performer that shows up with a paying audience member gets to play for free.

Hillbillies in Alameda -- Check out the Hillbilly Jazzbos playing Western swing and jazz Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street in Alameda on the 26th from 7-9 p.m.

Jamminí in San Diego -- On the fourth Tuesday of every month The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam at the Boll Weevil Restaurant in Miramar from 6-8 p.m.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Larry Lynch & The Sunshine Mountain Boys will be pickiní some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m., and on the 27th it will be The Mighty Crows. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Soldier Stories -- Bay Area bluegrass bandleader and singer Nell Robinson has formed a new group called the Soldier Stories Band along with Mayne Smith, Harry Yaglijian, Dave Gooding, Johnny Harper and Jonathan Schiele, and she has put together a really important show at the Freight & Salvage on the 27th. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum will be performing as well. Proceeds from the evening go to supporting veteran health care projects at two excellent non-profits. The music will showcase songs from the Revolutionary War to the present, from a variety of perspectives. They hope to both honor our veterans and raise awareness and funds for their health care. The musicians involved have a personal connection to this issue, a few are veterans, and all of our lives have been touched by soldier stories in some way. Go to the Freight link above for more info.

Jamminí in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served on the 27th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the picking. No cover.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hoedown Throwdown in Berkeley -- Square dances are being held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Ashkenaz in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. On the 27th The Brainstormers (Tom & Patrick Sauber & Mark Graham) will play, and Evie Laden will be calling. No experience necessary.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 27th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

Jamminí in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

Jamminí in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

'bout bluegrass -- On the 28th enjoy 'bout Time! playing bluegrass while shopping for vegetables at the Los Altos Farmerís Market from 4-8 p.m.

Jamminí in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Jamminí in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simun
Posted:  5/29/2009

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