Author: Carlin, Larry

August 3, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009

Freight on the move -- Most folks know by now that the venerable Freight & Salvage, at 1111 Addison Street in Berkeley, will be moving this month to its new location uptown. The new place, at 2020 Addison Street, is going to be fantastic, and the first official show (already sold out) there will take place on the Thursday the 27th. However, there are still tickets available for the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 28th and other fine shows that following weekend. And if you want to get a sneak preview of the new digs, The Summer Session Showcase of the Take The Stage musician workshops will take place there on the 25th, starting at 7 p.m. On the 29th the West Coast Live radio show will be broadcasting live (though it is still unknown if there will be a charge for this show or not) from 10 a.m. until noon, and after this show there will be a free open house from noon until 5 p.m., with jams and workshops going on. Ran Bush will host a bluegrass jam, Pete Madsen will be doing acoustic blues, Mike deSilva will conduct the ukulele session, Tim Hicks will lead an old-time jam along with Eric & Suzy Thompson, and there will be lots more activities. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will play a show later that evening. As for the current location the days are winding down there, so if you are nostalgic for the old place, The Earl Brothers will be playing pure mountain music on the 7th, and the last night for scheduled shows will be on Sunday the 9th. You can also read stories about the move in the Contra Costa Times here and here.

Old-fashioned weekend ahead -- All roads lead to the south to Hollister on the 7th-9th for the all-California band Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, presented by the NCBS. Some of the great bands you can see playing there are Page Brownton & Sidetrack, Dalton Mountain Gang, 49 Special, Bean Creek, Alhambra Valley Band, OMGG, The Wronglers, Barefoot Nellies, Dark Hollow, Circle R Boys, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Kitchen Help, Houston Jones, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Kids on Bluegrass and Earthquake Country.

New band from the south land -- The Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is a new SoCal based bluegrass band featuring some current members of Cliff Wagner & The Old #7. Winners of the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Band Contest, Rocky Neck features Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, Craig Ferguson, and Andrew Paddock. Go to their web site to hear some tunes, and keep your eyes and ears open for these folks.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Bean Creek bonanza -- Bean Creek starts off the month with a bang, as on the 3rd they will play their normal first Monday show at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday the 4th enjoy the Beans and spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday the 5th they will be back at Phil’s, and then on Friday the 7th they will play a set at the Goofy Fest.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Eric Embry, Dan Large, Dave Courchaine and Thomas Willie. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Brewglass at Amnesia -- See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight, starting at 8:30. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ 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.

Dusting the strings -- The Infamous Stringdusters will be playing a series of gigs in NorCal this week. You can see them at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 4th, at The Palms in Winters on the 5th, at The Great American Music Hall in SF on the 6th (with the Stairwell Sisters), at The Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 7th, and at the Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits on the 8th.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association usually presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, but there is no band listed on their site for the 4th. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido, to see who will be playing this week.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On Tuesday the 4th The Abbot Family will be filling in for Deep Elem, playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is. It’s always room temperature.”
Posted:  8/5/2009

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