Author: Carlin, Larry

August 5, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pete Seeger at 90 -- Back in May of this year folk troubadour legend Pete Seeger had his 90th Birthday Celebration in New York City with a little party at Madison Square Garden. A partial list of performers included Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Bela Fleck, Tony Trishka, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez. Needless to say, it was quite a night, and as predicted here, the event was taped and on the 5th at 8 p.m. (and 6th at 2 a.m.) in the SF Bay Area you can watch the party on KQED-TV Channel 9. Immediately following this show you can also watch the documentary from last year titled Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. But viewers beware! The odds are that there may be more than a few erstwhile “pot smoking, 60s rejects, liberal wackos” seen in both of these shows…

Congrats to WAMU -- The National Association of Broadcasters recently announced the winner of the third annual NAB HD Radio Multicast Award, and WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, will receive the award for its stream on the web. The award will be presented at the NAB Radio Luncheon in September in Philadelphia. WAMU features 70 weekly hours of content, including the Bay Area’s own Peter Thompson’s show Bluegrass Signal as well as The Katy Daley Show, The Ray Davis Show and Stained Glass Bluegrass.

Going goofy-- Everyone is headed 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.

Dusting the strings -- The Infamous Stringdusters are playing a series of gigs in NorCal this week. You can see them 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.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place this evening starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Bean Creek at Phil’s -- Bean Creek on the 5th will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6:30 p.m., and then on Friday the 7th they will play a set at the Goofy Fest.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151. On Saturday the 8th catch them at the Woodland Opera House starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing tonight at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly first Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

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

Jammin’ 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.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Spring Creek on tour -- The Colorado bluegrass band Spring Creek is headed west and will be around Northern California for a week or so. On the 6th they will play the Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV, on the 8th they’ll be part of the Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits, on the 11th see them at Don Quixote’s in Felton, on the 14th it will be the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco (with Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys and The Black Crown Stringband), and on the 15th at the Mountain Sage Concert Series in Groveland.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 6th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Turn your radio on -- Tune in on Thursday nights from 8-10 p.m. to Glenn Horn's Basically Bluegrass program on KCBX (90.1 FM) in San Luis Obispo.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the 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

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeli
Posted:  8/7/2009

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