Author: Carlin, Larry

July 31, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009

Man of Constant Sorrow -- Grammy Award winner and bluegrass banjo legend Ralph Stanley’s autobiography will be coming out in October, and it will be titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times. Apparently he has some choice words to say about certain country and bluegrass singers, and you can read about this on the Bluegrass Blog.

Scott Gates weekend -- The Nathan McEuen Band, featuring Scott Gates on the mandolin and Chuck Hailes on bass, will be playing at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach on the 31st starting at 10 a.m. Then on the 1st at Boulevard Music in Culver City they will all be sharing the bill with Evan Marshall starting at 8 p.m.

Pickin’ time -- On the 1st enjoy 'bout Time! playing bluegrass while shopping for vegetables at the Santa Clara Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

High-octane Americana -- This is the kind of music played by the Bay Area’s Houston Jones, and they are on the road this weekend. See them on the 1st at Mama Hillybean’s in Tehachapi at 7 p.m., and on the 2nd it will be a show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena starting at 7 p.m.

Alameda bluegrass -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 1st you can enjoy some fine Bay Area bluegrass beginning at 8 p.m. with Kitchen Help.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 1st from 6:30-8 p.m. On the show this week hear the music of some of the bands that will be appearing at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival and the Dead On the Creek Festival. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Upper crust jam -- On the 1st from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of the month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 1st join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

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 1st hear songs by Adam Steffey, Sam Bush and Lou Reid & Carolina as well as California bands Sawmill Road, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Chris Clarke & Plow, Janet Beazley, Matt and George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Dalton Mountain Gang, The Earl Brothers, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Blue & Lonesome and The Waller Brothers. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 1st at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. The time is 7-11 p.m. Each attendee is asked to contribute $1 to cover the rent.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 1st 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 Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Americana and bluegrass in San Gregorio -- The Mild Colonial Boys will be playing Americana music on the 1st at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m., and on the 2nd it will be bluegrass with Earthquake Country. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Jammin’ in Marysville -- The 1st is the first Saturday of the month, so from 3-6 p.m. there will be jamming going on at the Brick Coffee House Café, 316 D Street, in Marysville. All skill levels welcome. For info call (530) 743-5283.

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play every Sunday from 10-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace (near Grass Valley). This is an acoustical event somewhere between a jam, a concert, and sing-along.

Western swing at the library -- The Saddle Cats will have the Pleasanton Library swinging and dancing on Sunday the 2nd starting at 2 p.m. This is a free event, and they will have copies of their new CD Herdin' Cats on sale. The band is Bobby Black, Richard Chon, Gordon Clegg and Bing Nathan.

Jammin' in Altadena -- On Sunday the 2nd from 12:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators.<
Posted:  8/3/2009

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