Author: Carlin, Larry

August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yolo County Fair -- The Yolo County Fair starts on the 19th and runs through the 23rd, and, as you would expect, there are lots of activities to take part in. There is also a variety of music on the schedule, and even some bluegrass. The Notorious Shank Brothers play on the 19th, By The Way on the 20th, and Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys on the 23rd. Check out the entertainment schedule here.

Pete Seeger birthday and show in SF -- Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger had his 90th Birthday Celebration in New York City this past May, and the party was taped for PBS. If you have not seen the show yet it will air again on KQED-TV Channel 9 in SF on the 19th at 7:30 p.m., and on the 20th at 1:30 a.m. (People outside the SF/Bay Area should consult their local PBS listings.) However, you can see also Pete perform live and in person during his This Land Is Your Land show that is coming to the Masonic Auditorium in SF on September 18th. Also on the bill are The Waybacks and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 19th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

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

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

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 19th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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.

Saddle Cats in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 20th the joint will be jumpin’ to the Western swing sounds of the Saddle Cats.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored 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

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 Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 20th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. Pat Palmer is your host. 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.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 20th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Stephanie Bettman in Altadena -- Stephanie Bettman plays a mixture of bluegrass, folk, roots, and jazz with sophisticated lyrics and killer instrumentation set in a folky mountain vibe. See her at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 20th starting at 8 p.m.

Justis in Sacramento -- Dobro and guitar player Kathy Barwick will be playing with the band Poetic Justis (with Michael Justis, Frank Mouton and Steve McLean) at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento on the 20th at 8 p.m. There is no cover for this show.

Old-time gathering in Booneville -- Everyone in NorCal is headed to the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on the 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County. There will be workshops, jams, partying and
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