Author: Carlin, Larry

June 22, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday morning, coming down. The CBA’s 34th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, as everyone who was there can attest, was one grand gathering of the bluegrass cognoscenti. The hardest part of the event was packing up and leaving, knowing that it will be another 51 weeks until the next one. Lots of great music, jamming and visiting with friends old and new, as well as the young and somewhat wizened. A great time was had by all in attendance, and for those of you who could not make it, check out Mark Varner’s Welcome Column in the upper right hand corner of this page, go to the Message Board and stay tuned for Mike Melnyk’s fabulous photos. Best quote of all, overheard at 1 a.m. in the men’s loo while 13 year-old picker Marty Varner and his banjo pickin' friend were taking a nature break: “Hey man, don’t play the banjo in here! You should never play the banjo while someone is going to the bathroom!”

Mando mania in Santa Cruz -- Down in Santa Cruz on the 22nd-28th The Mandolin Symposium returns for its 6th year for six days of exciting and challenging mandolin experiences. The purpose of the symposium is to expose students of the mandolin at every level to the diversity of music and technique that has developed over the past few hundred years throughout the world and here in the Americas. Hang, pick and learn from David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Peter Ostroushko and others.

Barefoot Earls in SF -- Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and since this is the fourth Monday this means it is time again for The Barefoot Nellies playing their usual slot, starting at 8:30 p.m., with Adam "Roscoe" Roszkiewicz sittin' in on guitar. The Earl Brothers will also be playing a set.

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.

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Larry Cohea, Dave Walker, Dan Booth, Chris Smith and Mark Wardenburg. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up by The Courthouse Ramblers in Moss Landing tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

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.

Cowboy music in Santa Cruz -- Renowned cowboy singer Don Edwards will be singing at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 23rd starting at 7:30 p.m. Heaven On Horseback is his newest CD and it includes songs by Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams as well as spiritual classics like “Amazing Grace,” “The Great Speckled Bird” and Kristofferson’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.”

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 23rd 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.

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.

Quaking in Alameda -- The Quake City Jug Band can be seen playing classic swing, blues, folk, and jazz at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street in Alameda on the 23rd from 7-9 p.m.

Jammin’ 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 barbeque -- Larry Lynch & The Sunshine Mountain Band will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 23rd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.”
Posted:  6/24/2009

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