Author: Carlin, Larry

July 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jamming farewells and hellos -- Three bluegrass jams have come to an end recently for a variety of reasons. The sad news out of Sonora is that The Frog & Fiddle, a venue that held jams on a couple of Fridays each month, closed this past weekend. The jam that used to take place on the fourth Saturday in Squaw Valley (near Fresno) is no longer, and the one that took place twice a month on Wednesdays at Round Table in San Jose has gone on hiatus. Thanks to all of the folks that kept these events going. The good news is that two new weekly jams have begun at the Paradise Store, just a half-mile off of Hwy. 154 on Paradise Road, about 11 miles north of Santa Barbara. On Wednesdays there is a bluegrass jam and barbeque starting at 4 p.m., and on Thursdays it is a mountain fiddle hootenanny, starting at 4 p.m. For more info, call (805) 965-3254. And there is a weekly Wednesday evening bluegrass/old-time circle that begins at 6:30 p.m. at Clubhouse-Rancho Santa Barbara, 333 Old Mill Road. Call organizer Yael Gott for more info at (805) 450-7571.

Music camp reminder -- The American River Acoustic Music Camp will take place from August 10th-14th in Coloma, and registration is still open. It will be held at the scenic American River Resort on the banks of the American River. Instructors for this yearís camp include Steve Palazzo (flat-picking guitar), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Kathy Barwick (dobro), Debbie McClatchy (old-time frailing banjo), Keith Little (vocals), Janet Beazley (banjo), Lisa Burns (bass), Chris Stuart (rhythm guitar and songwriting), Dix Bruce (mandolin & guitar), John Massey (beginning guitar), and Michelle Kiba will be teaching ukulele. Keith Greeniger returns this year with his inspirational songwriting classes, and Joe Craven will be camp artistic director. For more info go to the web site or call (530) 333-1018.

Sidesaddle at 30 -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 15th at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. The band turns 30 this month, and tonight will be a special night at Samís. One of Lee Anne's students will join them early in the evening, and the last set will be played by guest Celtic musicians Art Freidman on fiddle, Peter Tommerup on dulcimers, and Karl Franzen on everything else (guitar, mandolin, penny whistle, accordion, percussion and bazouki). There will also be special refreshments. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

New honky-tonk band in SF -- Julay Brooks, formerly of The Cash Magnets and Julay Brooks & The Nightbirds, has a new band called The Honky Tonk Dreamers, and they will be making their grand debut on the 15th in San Francisco at the Climate Theater at 9th and Folsom starting at 8 p.m. They play Western swing and classic country music. The band is Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, National, dobro, and guitar, Tony Marcus on fiddle and guitar, Jerry Logan on bass, and Julay on rhythm guitar.

Chojo in Soquel -- On the 15th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ugly Mug in Soquel you can enjoy the Americana sounds of the Chojo Jacques Trio, featuring Paul Olguin and Ken Owen. This show is sponsored by Fiddling Cricket Concerts.

Grass Less Traveled in Tulare -- See the band The Grass Less Traveled when they will be performing in Tulare on the 15th as part of the Concerts in the Park Series in Zumwalt Park from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs, something to eat and drink and enjoy a night of bluegrass in a park setting.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Black Crown in SF -- John McKelvy and his band Black Crown Stringband can be seen playing on the 15th at the Cafe International in SF. The band is John on guitar, Tim Hicks on mandolin, Elise Engleberg on fiddle, Matt Knoth on banjo, and Rob Mellberg on bass.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 15th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

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

Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Jamminí 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.

Fishpeople in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 16th see JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople playing hillbilly bebop-boogie.

Jamminí 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

Pickiní 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.

Jamminí 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.

Crazy in love with Patsy -- Crazy In Love With Patsy Cline is the name of a hot show featuring Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), Lavay Smith (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Likkers) and Carmen Gettit (Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums), and you can see them sing at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 16th and at Cafe Du Nord in SF on the 19th.

Jamminí 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

'bout time! in Los Altos -- See the bluegrass band íbout Time! pickin' on the 16th at the  
Posted:  7/17/2009

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