Author: Carlin, Larry

August 21, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009

Old-time is golden in Booneville -- The CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival starts today and runs through the 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.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- The new all-star bluegrass band called The Brother Creek Mountain Boys will be making its debut appearance at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. The band is David Thom on mandolin, Chris Smith on guitar, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, Chris Caputo on banjo, and yours truly on doghouse bass. On the 22nd High Country will be playing its usual fourth Saturday show at the pub at 8 p.m. And on Sunday the 23rd it will be Celtic music with the band Greenhouse from 6-8 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Summergrass in San Diego County -- The 7th Annual Summergrass Festival in the town of Vista in San Diego County on the 21st-23rd has a hot lineup of Kenny & Amanda Smith, Newfound Road, Sawmill Road, The Brombies, The Bluegrass Patriots, The Bladerunners and more.

Bowers Mansion Festival -- The 24th Annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival is happening this weekend on the 21st-23rd in Reno/Carson City, NV. Some of the bands to see there are The Silver State String Busters, The Monday Night Volunteer Band, Ragged Rogues, Riffle Hitch, Strange On The Range, West Wind and Wild Horse Drive. There will also be a contra dance, a Sunday morning gospel show, jamming and camping.

Honky Tonk Dreamers in Alameda -- Julay Brooks, formerly of The Cash Magnets and Julay Brooks & The Nightbirds, has a new band called The Honky Tonk Dreamers, and they will be playing on the 21st in Alameda at McGrath’s starting at 8 p.m. They play Western swing and classic country music. The band is Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, National, dobro, and guitar, Tony Marcus on fiddle and guitar, Jerry Logan on bass, and Julay on rhythm guitar.

Savannah Blu grass in Marin -- See the Marin County band Savannah Blu on the 21st when they play at Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas starting around 9 p.m.

Boys down the coast -- The Montara Mountain Boys will be playing bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay on the 22nd from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

It’s 'bout time! -- See the bluegrass band ’bout Time! pickin' on the 22nd at the Sunnyvale Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and then on the 23rd at Rengstorff House in Mountain View from 2-3 p.m.

A little chardonnay with your bluegrass? -- On the 22nd the Marin County bluegrass band Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue can be seen playing an afternoon show from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the DeLorimier Winery outside of Geyserville. Bring a picnic and taste some wine.

GrassKickers in Fresno -- The Central Valley band The GrassKickers will be pickin’ some grass at the Patio Cafe in Fresno on the 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Visalia -- The newly located Visalia bluegrass jam will take place on the 22nd at the Cellar Door, 101 W. Main Street, from noon until 4 p.m. For more info contact Barrett Blain at

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

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

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 22nd from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Happy New Home, Freight & Salvage! The Freight's new venue is about to open next week, so Peter will be celebrating with a program of "home" songs, done by musicians who have played the Freight, plus a few selections from the new two-CD set titled Live At the Freight. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 22nd at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. Lucy Smith is your host.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 22nd 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 pickin’ on the 22nd 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.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 22nd will feature Iris DeMent and the old-time sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 23rd starting at 11 a.m.

Jammin’ in Santa Cruz -- The Santa Cruz Fourth Sunday Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam is a friendly jam where everyone who plays bluegrass and old-time can get together to pick. The fun will take place at Oceanview Park on the 23rd and it begins at noon with a group picnic followed by jamming starting at 1 p.m. There is plenty of room to spread out and more jam circles can be added. Oceanview also has a really nice playground and some picnic tables for child entertaining and snacking convenience. It does not have lots of parking, so you may need to unload your stuff, park, and then walk back. For more info go to the web site.

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Posted:  8/24/2009

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