Author: Carlin, Larry

August 14, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009

Triple bill in SF -- The Colorado bluegrass band Spring Creek on the 14th will headlining a show at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco (with Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys and The Black Crown Stringband), and on the 15th Spring Creek will appear at the Mountain Sage Concert Series in Groveland.

Crazy in love with Patsy -- Crazy In Love With Patsy Cline is the name of a hot show featuring Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe), Lavay Smith (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Likkers) and Carmen Gettit (Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums), and you can see them sing at Rancho Nicasio in Marin County on the 14th.

Say what? -- Astute readers at this point are muttering to themselves, “Huh? How can Pam/Belle play two gigs, 20 miles apart, on the same night?” Well, Belle & Her Brewglass Boys will go on at 8 p.m. at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF, and after she is done (will a limo be waiting outside?) she will dash off to West Marin to make it in time to sing on the second set at the Rancho.

Conspiracy in Turlock -- The California version of the band known as the Bluegrass Conspiracy can be seen skulking around and playing bluegrass at Lamppost Pizza in Turlock on the 14th starting at 7 p.m. Enjoy a beer, a pie, and the high lonesome sounds.

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 14th starting at noon and playing at various times throughout the day. Then on the 15th see them play The Song Tree Concert Series, located at 820 N. Fairview Avenue in Goleta, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Old-time square dance in SF -- The Ladies Banjo Society is presenting a summertime square dance at the Community Music Center in SF’s Mission District on the 14th from 8-11 p.m. Swing your partner to the tunes of the Squirrelly Stringband and the Pork Pies. Calling will be done by Jordan Ruyle and Amy Hofer. All ages are welcome, and all dances will be taught. The Center is located at 544 Capp St (between 20th and 21st Streets) in San Francisco. $10 admission, with proceeds to benefit old-time friend and world-renown caller Bill Martin.

'bout time! in Campbell -- The bluegrass band ‘bout Time will be playing on the 15th at the Campbell Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The market is held at Campbell and Central Avenues in downtown Campbell. This is a really big market with plenty of farm fresh vegetables and fruits, and many artisan and craft vendors. Stop by and enjoy the market and some bluegrass.

Bill & Megan concert and workshop -- Bill Evans & Megan Lynch will be playing a house concert on the 15th at the home of Ralph Standiford, 2413 Pinon Road, in the town of Rescue (12 miles north of Folsom off Green Valley Road), starting at 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation, and seating is limited. For info call (530) 676-0836 or email to reserve your seat. On the 16th in Folsom they will teach fiddle and banjo as well as an intro to jamming workshops at the home of John Hettinger. The workshops will go from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and then both will teach the Intro to Jamming Workshop from 4-6 p.m. Instrumental workshops are $30 and the jamming workshop is $20. Contact Maria Nadauld to pre-register by phoning (510) 828-6961 or email to All workshops are open to all levels of players.

Alison at the White House -- The White House Summer Music series in late July presented A Country Music Celebration with Alison Krauss & Union Station, modern country artist Brad Paisley and legendary country singer Charley Pride. You can read the story in the NY Times. During her set, at one point Alison pointed out that “Something’s going right if there’s a banjo in the White House.” If you have access to the Great American Country network the performance will air at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday the 15th.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 15th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend will be a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Mike Seeger, one of the most influential acoustic musicians of the past half-century. The program presents a wide variety of Mike’s music: his collaborations with Alice Gerrard, Bob Baker, Hazel Dickens, Paul Brown, David Grisman, and his folksinger siblings; his recordings of the first bluegrass album(s) and many Stanley Brothers concerts; his 50 years as a founding member of The New Lost City Ramblers; and his many solo recordings, including several made at a music camp nearly 30 years ago by Bluegrass Signal producer/host Peter. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

High Country in Alameda -- There will be bluegrass pickin’ on the 15th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8 p.m. High Country will be playing some of the finest bluegrass heard anywhere.

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 15th 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.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass jammin’ on the 15th 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.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it normally airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA, with this week's show going until 8 p.m. 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 this show hear cuts from the new albums by Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and Mike Jackson. Songs will be played by some of the bands that will be at the upcoming Summergrass Bluegrass Festival -- New Found Road, Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, Bluegrass Patriots and Sawmill Road. And some new tracks from The Mighty Crows, Dalton Mountain Gang, Butch Waller, High Country, Blue & Lonesome, Nell Robinson & Red Level, The David Thom Band, 49 Special, and
Posted:  8/17/2009

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