Author: Carlin, Larry

June 8, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009

Countdown to Grass Valley -- Tents and tarps are being pulled out of garages, coolers loaded with drinks, shopping lists being written, and excitement is building. Everyone is headed to the CBA Father’s Day Festival next week, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, do not despair. There are still some available whether you want to go for the entire event or just for a day or two. It is the bluegrass event of the year, so don’t miss it!

Take The Stage -- Summer and fall applications are now being accepted for the next rounds of the Take The Stage musician workshops in the East Bay. Go the web site for more info.

Calling all hipsters! -- Missy Raines & The New Hip fuse bluegrass virtuosity with a jazz-tinged groove, and they are on tour this week all over Northern California. The band is multiple IBMA Bass Player of the Year award winner Missy Raines, Michael Witcher on resonator guitar, Ethan Ballinger on mandolin, and Dylan Hodges on guitar. On the 9th see them at Don Quixote’s in Felton, on the 11th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, on the 12th at the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek, on the 13th at the Youth Annex Building in Sebastopol (for info call Kevin at 707 824-1858 or, and on the 14th at The Palms in Winters.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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 Tom Lucas, Dave Courchaine, Red Rick, Steve Hirst, and Gene Tortora. 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.

’bout Time helping out -- The South Bay band ‘bout Time! will be playing two sets of bluegrass on the 9th at Maltby's Restaurant and Tavern in Los Altos. This is a fund raiser for The American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which unites communities across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Maltby's has a great menu and a very good bar. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8. There is no cover charge. So stop by if you can, to support the Relay for Life and hear some bluegrass.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 9th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 9th 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 9th 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 -- “Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.”
Posted:  6/10/2009

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