Author: Carlin, Larry

June 15, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy campers. The word from our sources at the CBA Music Camp at the Nevada Country Fairgrounds in Grass Valley is that everyone is having a fine time getting settled in and attending workshops before the big CBA Father’s Day Festival starts on Thursday. All roads lead to the site by later this week, and it will be one grand festival. What’s not to like? Claire Lynch, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, The SteelDrivers, Stairwell Sisters, The Bluegrass Brothers, Daily & Vincent and all of the local bands that will be performing on Vern’s Stage. See you there!

More happy campers-- Sounds like the attendees at the colossal Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee had a grand time as well this past weekend. While not a bluegrass festival, the event did have the Del McCoury Band, The Tony Rice Unit, Cherryholmes, The SteelDrivers and Merle Haggard there. The SteelDrivers will also be in Grass Valley. That well known music fishwrap called The Wall Street Journal has interviews and some videos that you can watch.

Archie Green memorial -- As mentioned here some weeks back, Archie Green, noted San Francisco folklorist, musicologist and author of numerous books (including The Big Red Songbook), died on March 22nd in San Francisco. He was 91. Green is credited with winning Congressional support for passage of the American Folklife Preservation Act of 1976 which established the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The will be a celebration of the life and work of Archie on the 21st at the McKenna Theatre Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State University from 1-4 p.m. It will be a musical tribute with Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, Elaine Purkey and others. For more info or to RSVP, contact Derek Green at

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy the music while having a meal.

Rowdy Embers in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam tonight at 8:30 p.m. the Rowdy band will share the bill with The Burning Embers.

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

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

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Mitch Polzak, Deirdre Donovan, Bruce Campbell and Gerry Tenney. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 16th you can see Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band play. These shows are produced with Bluegrass Association of Southern California. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Asleep at the Wheel -- On the 16th at 7:30 p.m. if you have tickets you can see Asleep at the Wheel when they play at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico. Or, see them at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 17th.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 16th at Phil’s 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.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 16th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever, featuring Larry Chung and Yvonne Walbroehl, will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 16th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “First rule of intelligent tinkering.... save all the parts.”
Posted:  6/17/2009

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