Author: Carlin, Larry

July 8, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Weekend edition. This action-packed episode of the column covers the next five days, as your intrepid Almost Daily News reporter was last seen trekking around the nether regions of the City of Brotherly Love in eastern Pennsyltuckey. Apologies in advance if any shows, fests or jams were overlooked here, as this column had to be punched out on the fly and in advance of normal publication time, with the thinking being “better some news than none at all."

Blue & Lonesome new CD in Berkeley -- See Blue & Lonesome on the 8th when they play once again at Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, in Berkeley. The show starts at 7 p.m. with two sets ending at 9. Dinner, drinks or dessert is all it will cost you. The band has a new CD titled Some Old Day and they will be releasing them all night long.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 8th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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 8th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

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.

Killer bluegrass from NY City -- The bluegrass band called The Five Deadly Venoms from New York City has two shows left to play in the Bay Area this week. They will be at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 8th and at BlueSix in SF on the 9th. The band offers world-class pickin' and some serious classic tunes.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 9th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

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.

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

Bluegrass in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in SF presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. See The Circle R Boys on the 9th.

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.

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.

Bluegrass on the Comstock -- There is a festival this weekend on the 10th-12th called Bluegrass on the Comstock in Miner’s Park in Virginia City, Nevada, featuring The Del Williams Band, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Faux Renwahs, Smiley Mountain Band, Ponderosa, Jessica Kilroy & The Herl Brothers and more.

Rita Hosking’s new CD -- Rita Hosking has a new CD out titled Come Sunrise, and you can get copies of it at two shows this weekend. On the 10th see her and her band Cousin Jack when they play the Georgetown IOOF Hall (with The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band), and then on the 11th at The Palms in Winters.

Scott Gates down south -- See Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes playing on the 10th with Nathan McEuen at Yolie’s in Ventura starting at 8 p.m., and then on the 12th the boys will be sharing the bill with This Just In at the Peter Strauss Ranch outdoor amphitheatre in Agoura Hills, a free show starting at 3 p.m.

Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley in Chico -- On the 10th there will be a Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley Open Mic at the Terrace in Chico at 6:30 p.m. Performers are invited to enjoy the music from the mid 1800s to 1950s as well as acoustic music that fits in with the sound of this era. There is no charge for this second Friday of each month event. Fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, boogie-woogie and more are welcome. Performances are held to the ten minute rule. Brief historical presentations about the era’s music and/or composers are encouraged. The address is 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, off Bruce Road. For more info contact Bernie or Bob LoFaso at or

Fiddlin’ at the Frog -- On the second Friday there is a jam at The Frog and Fiddle in Sonora, so head on over on the 10th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Special time in Sonoma -- It will be bluegrass at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 11th at 8 p.m. with Carolina Special. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Americana in Woodland -- The high-octane Americana band Houston Jones on the 11th will be playing a special show with the inimitable Joe Craven sitting in at the historic Woodland Opera House Theatre in Woodland starting at 8 p.m. The venue is a fabulous old concert hall with great acoustics and vibe.

GrassKickers in Fresno -- The Central Valley band  
Posted:  7/13/2009

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