Author: Carlin, Larry

August 7, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009

Good Old Fashioned Fest -- Hollister is the place to be 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.

Music camp reminder -- The American River Acoustic Music Camp will take place from August 10th-14th in Coloma, and some of the classes are still open. It will be held at the scenic American River Resort on the banks of the American River. Instructors for this year’s camp include Steve Palazzo (flat-picking guitar), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Kathy Barwick (dobro), Debbie McClatchy (old-time frailing banjo), Keith Little (vocals), Janet Beazley (banjo), Lisa Burns (bass), Chris Stuart (rhythm guitar and songwriting), Dix Bruce (mandolin & guitar), John Massey (beginning guitar), and Michelle Kiba will be teaching ukulele. Keith Greeniger returns this year with his inspirational songwriting classes, and Joe Craven will be camp artistic director. For more info go to the web site or call (530) 333-1018.

Last weekend at the Freight -- The venerable Freight & Salvage, at 1111 Addison Street in Berkeley, will be moving at the end of this month to its new location uptown. The new place, at 2020 Addison Street, is going to be fantastic. 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. If you are nostalgic for the old place, or just want to see some great local bluegrass, The Earl Brothers will be playing some fine old music on the 7th, Phil Marsh & Friends are there on the 8th, and on the 9th there will be a special farewell open mic held for the last show. You can also read stories about the move in the Contra Costa Times here and here.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- It will be bluegrass at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 7th at 8 p.m. with The Sonoma Mountain Band, and on the 8th with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, also at 8. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

High-octane Americana -- The Americana band Houston Jones has an action-packed weekend on tap. On the 7th it will be McGrath’s Pub in Alameda, on the 8th at the Westside Theatre in Newman with Stevie Coyle also on the bill, and on the 9th they will be tearing it up at the Goofy Fest.

Dusting the strings -- The Infamous Stringdusters have two shows left on their west coast tour, and you can see them at The Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 7th and at the Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits on the 8th.

Potluck jam in Lincoln -- A potluck jam is happening on the 7th starting at 6 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 2380 Garden Bar Road, in Lincoln. For more info, call Tori at (916) 645-5544.

Sidesaddle opera -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass on the 8th at the Woodland Opera House starting at 7:30 p.m.

Spring Creek on tour -- The Colorado bluegrass band Spring Creek is around Northern California for the next week or so. 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.

Kathy Kallick Band in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass on the 8th is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Beginning at 8 p.m. The Kathy Kallick Band will be playing KK originals, including some from the Good Ol' Persons era, lots of standards and hot instrumentals, and a few new numbers and surprises. Kathy will be joined by regular band members Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals) and Dan Booth (acoustic bass, vocals), plus a couple of KKB first-timers: fiddler Paul Lee and banjo player Chris Caputo.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 8th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Live On Arrival with The Black Crown Stringband performing live in the studio. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

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

Dudes pickin’ grass -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 8th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

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. For info email Gary Vessel at

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 afternoon 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. This show will feature new tracks by Ricky Skaggs, Mike Jackson, Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Sawmill Road and Lou Reid & Carolina, plus songs by California-based bands Nell Robinson & Red Level, The Kathy Kallick Band, The Waller Brothers, Dalton Mountain Gang, Frank Solivan II & Dirty Kitchen, Blue & Lonesome, The Earl Brothers, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The David Thom Band, and more. Sky welcomes requests, so email him at

Music Camp fundraiser -- The Acoustic Barn in Newcastle presents Jennings & Keller on the 8th as a partial benefit concert for the American River Acoustic Music Camp starting at 7:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Kathy Barwick and Will Morebeck.

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Posted:  8/10/2009

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