Author: Carlin, Larry

July 13, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday jams. Is there a better way to start off a new week than by picking bluegrass with old friends and newcomers? Mondays and Tuesdays are some of the busiest nights of the week for jamming, and with any luck one of the jams listed below is at a venue near you. Get out and do some pickin’!

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Larry Chung, Yvonne Walbroehl, Dave Courchaine, Steve Hirst, and Dan Norton. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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.

Seldom Scene makes the scene -- The Seldom Scene could and should be seen playing at Yoshi’s in SF for two shows on the 14th, and then on the 15th they will be the only bluegrass band that will be featured at the Mendocino Music Festival in downtown Mendocino. The Tuttles will open the show at Yoshi’s.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 14th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 14th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 14th from 6-9 p.m. LeeAnne Welch will be sittin’ in on fiddle. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Chojo and Billy in SF -- Chojo Jacques and Billy Bright will be sittin’ in with Andrew Freeman on the 14th at Giordano's in SF starting at 8 p.m. Be part of the fun as a live recording of the show will be taking place.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Reza Honarkhah, longtime bartender, cook and all around good guy at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda, passed away on July 8th from cancer. He was only 50 years old. Friends will be remembering him at the pub on Sunday the 19th at 2 p.m. If you have any photos please take them with you or send them via mail.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “There are no hard times for good ideas.”
Posted:  7/15/2009

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