Author: Carlin, Larry

August 17, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009

Coming attractions -- There is a new weekly segment just added here to the Almost Daily News. For folks that want to plan ahead, each Monday henceforth at the bottom of this column there will be a list of upcoming festivals, county fairs, campouts and more. All you have to do is click on each link to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events found here. If there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. For now, here is what is coming up in the next two months: The Yolo County Fair 8/19-23; Bluegrass Family Campout at Isleton 8/24-31; Summergrass in San Diego 8/21-23; Bower's Mansion Bluegrass Festival in Reno/Carson City, NV, 8/21-23; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/3-6; Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/9-13; 4th Annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival at Anderson Marsh 9/12; The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on 9/19-20; Brown Barn Festival in San Martin 9/11-13; Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills in Plymouth, 9/18-20; Hobbs Grove Festival in Sanger 9/25-27; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/28-10/4; Kern County Fair 9/23-10/4; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco 10/2-4; CBA Campout in Colusa 10/14-18.

Old-time weekend ahead -- Everyone is looking forward to the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on August 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County. There will be workshops, jams, partying and a square dance on Saturday night. Food will be sold on the grounds, or you can bring your own, plus it's a very short walk to grocery stores, great local cafes and restaurants. This new event will be presented by the CBA, the Sonoma Country Folk Society, and the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For more info contact Mark Hogan at

Stage Freight -- The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will be opening at its new location uptown next week at 2020 Addison Street, and the first official shows – The Fiddle Summit on the 27th and the David Grisman Quintet on the 28th – are already sold out. 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. There are still openings for the fall session of TTS for banjo, fiddle, mando, or dobro (there are enough guitars already), so contact for more info. On the 29th the West Coast Live radio show will be broadcasting live 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. On Sunday the 30th Laurie Lewis will be hosting the Bluegrass Blowout. And here you can read about the move in Sunday’s SF Chronicle’s cover story in the Pink Section.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is normally hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, but someone else will be filling in for him tonight.

Jug Band Fest in SF -- After the jam at Amnesia on the 17th it will be the tail end of the San Francisco Jug Band Festival, with special guest Maria Muldaur along with Devine’s Jug Band and Mr. Honeydrop’s Soultubbers.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bill Ruskin will be sittin’ in on mandolin. Great music and good food.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Deirdre Donovan, Joseph Adams, Steve Hirst and Joe Rideout. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Smokin’ grass in Fairfax -- On the 18th at 9:30 p.m. the second installment of the new monthly Bluegrass Showcase hosted by yours truly will take place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax in Marin County. Inspired by and based on the format of Tom Lucas's Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase is a lot of fun, there is no cover, so come on out and support bluegrass in Marin County!

New slow jam in Chico -- The first slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will commence on the 18th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and CBA, and will on-going every third Tuesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which t
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