Author: Carlin, Larry

June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Festive time. Just about everyone (including this intrepid Almost Daily News reporter)(stop by the Vern’s Stage on Friday for the early afternoon show to say hey, as I will be emceeing that portion) will be in Grass Valley this weekend for the CBA’s 34th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, which starts on the 18th and runs through the 21st. So this column is longer than usual, covering five days of activities. For those of you that cannot make it to the fest there are some local shows going on that you can attend, so whatever you do, have a grand Father’s Day Weekend by taking in some bluegrass. What better gift is there to give to dear old Dad?

Caveat Jammer -- In plain English, this means “jammer beware.” Meaning, as a result of the festival listed above, this column cannot say for certain that all of the regular jams listed below will actually be taking place these next few days. You should contact the jam hosts for confirmation.

Mark O’Connor String Institute -- Applications are now being accepted for the Mark O’Connor String Institute session from June 29th-July 3rd at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Serious pickers only need apply…

Fiddlin’ Mamas in Berkeley -- At the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 17th at 8 p.m. there will be a benefit show for Briana Walters featuring “fiddling mamas” Kaila Flexer, Maria Muldaur, Suzy Thompson, Bobbi Nikles and Irene Sazer.

Brewglass Boys mini-tour -- Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax with Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys playing on the 17th starting at 8 p.m. Then on the 18th you can see them playing the Thursday night bluegrass show at the Atlas Cafe in San Francisco at 8 p.m.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 17th it will be The Hey Boys, a slight variation of Homefire, the band that normally plays this night.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 17th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jamless in San Jose -- There is no jam in San Jose on the 17th at Round Table Pizza due to the CBA Festival.

Jammin’ 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.

Jammin’ 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.

Jammin’ 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 Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

No jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is normally the beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, but everyone at the store is in Grass Valley this week.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 18th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. Pat Palmer is your host. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Americana in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 19th at 8 p.m. Kevin Russell’s band Under the Radar will be picking bluegrass, newgrass, blues, swing, folk, and country. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Huck Finn Jubilee -- The annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville takes place on the 19th-21st with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Claire Lynch, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Sawmill Road, Scott Gates & Nathan McEuen and much more.

Live Oak Fest down the coast -- In Santa Barbara on the 19th-21st at the Live Oak Festival you can see Rodney Crowell, The Subdudes, The Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, Old Blind Dogs, Rancho Deluxe, The Cache Valley Drifters, The Basically Bluegrass Boys and others.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 20th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled I'll Never Grow Tired Of You, featuring live recordings of The Stanley Brothers in concert during the 1950s and '60s with guest co-host (and fellow Carter & Ralph fan) Todd Gracyk. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Scott Gates in Covina -- See Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes playing on the 20th with Nathan McEuen at The Fret House in Covina starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Mountain boy bands down the coast -- The Montara Mountain Boys will be playing bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 20th, and then on the 21st The San Bruno Mountain Boys will be pickin’ bluegrass from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 20th at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam is hosted by Gary Vessel.

Cool dudes --  
Posted:  6/22/2009

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