Author: Carlin, Larry

June 29, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009

Grass Valley photos -- If you haven’t seen the pictures yet, then you must look at these slide shows from the CBA's Father’s Day Fest by Mike Melnyk, Dave Weiland and Michael Sharps.

Bela and banjo in the NY Times -- The banjo is sure getting a lot of coverage these days, thanks to Steve Martin and Bela Fleck. Read the latest story about Bela in the New York Times.

Plan ahead -- Now that the Father's Day Festival has come to pass all eyes are set on the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on August 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County. Food will be sold on the grounds, or you can bring your own, plus it's a very short walk to grocery stores, great local cafes and restaurants. There will be no scheduled performances, but there will be workshops, jams, partying and a square dance on Saturday night. This new event will be presented by the CBA, the Sonoma Country Folk Society, and the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For more info contact Mark Hogan at

Simpler Times at Amnesia -- Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and tonight a new trio called Simpler Times will make its debut. The band is Adam Roszkiewicz, Dan Booth and Jacob Groopman. San Francisco's hot group 49 Special will open the evening and close the evening with a big jam session.

Mandos at the Freight -- Monday is International Mandolin Night at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, with Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg, Danilo Brito and Emory Lester starting at 8 p.m.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen, heard and enjoyed playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market tonight in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Neil Linder, Red Rick, Nicole Solis, and James Touzel. 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

Shank Brothers in Woodland -- Not just any Shank Brothers, but the Notorious Shank Brothers can be seen playing at the Woodland Farmer’s Market on the 30th from 6-8 p.m., located in Freeman Park at 1001 Main Street.

South Bay cowboy barbeque -- Lone Prairie will be singing some cowboy songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 30th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after.”
Posted:  7/1/2009

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