Author: Carlin, Larry

June 5, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009

Alameda bluegrass -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda this weekend you can enjoy some fine Bay Area bluegrass acts beginning at 8 p.m. On the 5th Kitchen Help will perform, and on the 6th the The Kentucky Twisters will headline with The Bay Area Island Ramblers opening.

Lost Weekend weekend -- The Lost Weekend Western swing band is on a mini-tour this weekend, with special guest vocalist Maryann Price. They will be at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 5th, at Little Switzerland in Sonoma on the 6th and at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 7th.

Stairwells in Tiburon -- The Stairwell Sisters will be kickin’ and pickin’ up a storm on the 5th at Servino’s in Tiburon from 6-9 p.m.

Eric & Suzy in Oakland -- See Eric and Suzy Thompson as they perform Appalachian story-songs and bluegrass breakdowns, classic country blues, Louisiana Cajun dance music, and paso dobles from Puerto Rico. They will play at the Utunes Coffee House in Oakland on the 5th.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. The Sonoma Mountain Band will be picking traditional bluegrass music. On Sunday the 7th there is a Celtic jam starting at 6 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Scott Gates and John McEuen in Templeton -- John McEuen will be headlining the Fourth Annual Benefit Concert for Escuela del Rio in Templeton on the 6th. Joining John onstage are special guests the Nathan McEuen Band, featuring Scott Gates on the mandolin and Chuck Hailes on bass. All three sing for a blend of harmonies you won't soon forget. Nathan is a solid performer in his own right who has made a name for himself on the Central Coast and beyond for the past few years.

Patsy Cline tribute in Sonora -- Joni Morris pays tribute to the late country Patsy Cline on the 6th-7th at the Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora.

Savannah Blu in SF -- Getting ready for the big performance on Vern’s Stage at the CBA Father’s Day Festival, the Marin County band Savannah Blu will be pickin’ some bluegrass on the 6th at The Music Store SF from 2-4 p.m.

Fiddle workshop in Palo Alto -- Fiddler Barbara Lamb will be conducting workshops at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto on the 6th. Click on the Gryphon link for info.

Special night in SF -- Another Grass Valley band, 49 Special , can be seen playing bluegrass at the Americana Jukebox show on the 6th at the Plough and Stars in SF starting at 9 p.m.

Ren faire in South Shore -- The annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire will be taking place on the 6th and 7th at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 6th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Gearing Up For Grass Valley, Part II, with music from some of the Vern's Stage performers at the 34th annual Father's Day Festival: Nell Robinson & Red Level, Anderson Family Bluegrass, Bean Creek, Black Crown Stringband, David Thom Band, Highway One, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick's Tribute to Vern & Ray, Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Mighty Crows and Savannah Blu. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Upper crust jam -- On the 6th from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

CA Fiddlers in Orangevale -- The California Old Time Fiddlers’ Association will hold its 2nd annual fundraiser for the Fiddle Kids Music Scholarship Program on the 7th from 1-4 p.m. at the Orangevale Grange Hall. There will be an old-time fiddle and bluegrass show featuring five-time national fiddle champ Megan Lynch plus the Campbell Creek Gang and Justin Booth & the Fiddle Kids. All proceeds go to pay for kids’ beginning lessons on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, or bass. For more info call Ralph Standiford at (530) 676-0836 or email

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of the month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 6th join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

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 releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 6th at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coff
Posted:  6/8/2009

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