Author: Carlin, Larry

July 24, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009

Battle Mountain Bluegrass Festival -- If you happen to be anywhere near north/central Nevada this weekend then make your way to the Battle Mountain Bluegrass Festival in the town of Battle Mountain on the 24th and 25th. Some of the bands you can see there are Bound To Ride, Burnett Family Bluegrass, Jackstraw, The Brombies and Wild Creek.

Megan goes country -- See fab bluegrass fiddler Megan Lynch playing fiddle and mandolin and singing some harmonies with country star Pam Tillis on the 24th at the Colusa Casino Resort starting at 8 p.m.

David Thom Band in Sonoma -- The David Thom Band will be playing bluegrass at Murphy’s Irish Pub on the 24th from 8-10 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Sidesaddle & Co.’s 30th Anniversary Tour -- The South Bay bluegrass band Sidesaddle & Company is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this month, and this weekend they will be performing two shows in the Gold Country. On the 24th at 7 p.m. see them play at a house concert in Sonora sponsored by the Calaveras County Arts Council (with Grass Menagerie opening), and on the 25th it will be the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia starting at 8 p.m.

Anderson Family Bluegrass -- The Anderson Family will be playing bluegrass on the 24th at the Marysville Friday Night Market (3rd & D Streets) from 5-8 p.m., and then on the 25th see them at Whole Foods Market Ice Cream Social in Roseville starting at 5 p.m.

Scott Gates weekend -- You can see young mandolin wizard Scott Gates playing with Nathan McEuen and Chuck Hailes on the 24th at Zoey’s Loft in Ventura starting at 7 p.m., and then there are two gigs on the 25th: at the Bluegrass, Bluejeans and Beyond Festival in Fawnskin at 4 p.m., and then at the Thousand Oaks Library starting at 8 p.m.

Double bill in Altadena -- The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 24th at 7 p.m. presents Fur Dixon & Steve Werner and Susie Glaze & Hilonesome.

High-octane Americana -- This is the kind of music played by the Bay Area’s Houston Jones, and they have a full weekend. On the 24th they will be playing a free outdoor show in Gabrielson Park in Sausalito at 6:30 p.m., on the 25th at Mission Coffee Roastery in Fremont at 7 p.m., and on the 26th the Concert in the Park series in Los Gatos at 5 p.m.

Just Passin’ Thru in Arnold -- On the 25th enjoy bluegrass with Just Passin’ Thru at the Cedar Center in Arnold starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in Menlo Park -- John Fuller & Friends will be playing bluegrass on the patio on the 25th at Café Borrone in Menlo Park from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and there is no cover. Kerry Polling, Will Fourt, Alison Myoraku, John Fuller, Frankie Nagle and Matt Cunitz make up the band.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 25th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Across the Tracks: Rounder Records and it will feature music from Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, Alecia Nugent and NewFound Road. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Portrait of Patsy Cline in Newman -- See Joni Morris doing her Portrait of Patsy Cline show at the West Side Theatre in Newman on the 25th. Her performance is saturated with true showmanship, authentic sound and personality. Described as a fabulous entertainer with a double-barreled voice and dazzling costumes, Joni sings the songs of the late great Patsy Cline.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 25th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. Lucy Smith is your host.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. On the 25th the show will feature California bluegrass acts Tenbrooks, High Country, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Angelica Grim, Matt and George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys and Peter Rowan. He will also be playing some tracks from the new Adam Steffey album One More For The Road, which comes out on Sugar Hill Records in September, and cuts from Men of the Week, a traditional bluegrass band from Cedar Hill, MO. He welcomes requests, so email him at

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 25th at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam will be hosted by Gary Vessel.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 25th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Santa Cruz -- The Santa Cruz Fourth Sunday Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam is a friendly jam where everyone who plays bluegrass and old-time can get together to pick. The fun will take place at Oceanview Park on the 26th and it begins at noon with a group picnic followed by jamming starting at 1 p.m. There is plenty of room to spread out and more jam circles can be added. Oceanview also has a really nice playground and some picnic tables for child entertaining and snacking convenience. It does not have lots of parking, so you may need to unload your stuff, park, and then walk back. For more info go to the web site.

Slow jam in Berkeley -- The normal fourth Sunday afternoon slow jam workshop at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will be held this weekend on the 26th. People that are ready for slow-jamming can check out the gatherings on the afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Prerequisites: you should have a sense of humor, and be able to play basic chords on your acoustic instrument smoothly, at 60-100 beats per minute. There is a charge for thi
Posted:  7/27/2009

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