Author: Carlin, Larry

July 20, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009

New bluegrass showcase in Fairfax -- Starting on Tuesday the 21st at 9:30 p.m. there will be a new monthly Bluegrass Showcase hosted by yours truly at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax in Marin County. Inspired by and based on the format of Tom Lucas's Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase promises to be a lot of fun, and some notable guest artist will be on hand from time to time. The players for the first showcase will be David Thom ( The David Thom Band) on mandolin, Chris Smith ( The Mighty Crows) on guitar, Chris Caputo on banjo, Paul Shelasky ( Blue & Lonesome, The David Thom Band) on fiddle, and me ( Wild Blue, Keystone Crossing) on bass. Come on out and support bluegrass in Marin County!

Sidesaddle & Co.’s 30th Anniversary Tour -- Everyone’s favorite bluegrass band from the South Bay, Sidesaddle & Company, is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this month, and this week they will be performing a series of shows in the Gold Country, so make your plans now. On the 22nd see them at the Concert in the Park series in Mountain Ranch from 6:30-8 p.m., on the 24th at 7 p.m. at a house concert in Sonora sponsored by the Calaveras County Arts Council (with Grass Menagerie opening)(email for tickets and location), and on the 25th at the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Roundup jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is normally hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, but someone else will be filling in for him tonight. After the jam at 8:30 p.m. Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup will play a couple of sets.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bill Ruskin will be sittin’ in on mandolin. Enjoy the music while having a meal.

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 Tom Lucas, Bernie Bishop, Red Rick, Neil Linden and Ran Bush. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 21st you can see This Just In play. These shows are produced with Bluegrass Association of Southern California. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 21st at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. Sittin’ in will be Jim Mintun on dobro and Ken Torke on mandolin. No cover.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 21st. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever, featuring Larry Chung and Yvonne Walbroehl, will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 21st from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “One deed is worth a thousand speeches.”
Posted:  7/22/2009

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