Author: Carlin, Larry

June 24, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Crunch Mountain Boys -- Two members of Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys were seriously injured in a hit and run car accident a couple of days ago. Mandolin player (and grandson) Nathan Stanley suffered two broken legs, and fiddler Dewey Brown and his wife Leslie also sustained injuries. You can read more about the incident on the Bluegrass Blog.

Steve Martin, banjoist -- It is summer rerun time for some shows, so if you missed comedian/actor/writer/banjo player Steve Martin on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Memorial Day you can see the episode in the SF Bay Area at 4 p.m. on KNTV on the 25th. Watch for young SoCal mandolin picker Scott Gates performing with the band.

Savannah Blu brew -- Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax with Savannah Blu playing on the 24th starting at 8 p.m. Great food, beer and bluegrass.

’Cue the Crows -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 24th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

La nuit special en Berkeley -- Bluegrass at a French restaurant? Certainement! 49 Special will be singing for their escargot and French fries tonight at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley starting at 7 p.m.

Fairfax Fiddle Summit -- Check out some fiddle players tonight at 9 p.m. at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 24th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

David Thom Band in San Rafael -- See the David Thom Band playing bluegrass at the San Rafael Downtown Farmer's Market on the 25th from 6-9 p.m.

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 Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Fiddles and more in Sonora -- Fiddle's Etc (old-time fiddle, country, bluegrass) will be sawing away on the 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza in Sonora. For more information call (209) 586-2042.

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

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

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.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 25th it will be a bluegrass and old-time jam.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Worry is a lot like a rocking chair. Lots of action that gets you nowhere.”
Posted:  6/26/2009

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