Author: Carlin, Larry

August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Looking back at the Ramblers -- There was a wonderful piece on the Fresh Air Show With Terry Gross show on National Public Radio yesterday about the new three-disc set commemorating 50 years of the New Lost City Ramblers, the influential folk trio featuring the late Mike Seeger. You can read or listen to the story here. Mike is also remembered in a recent tribute on the Bluegrass Blog.

Strawberry fields forever -- The Strawberry Music Festival will be taking place just outside of Yosemite over Labor Day Weekend on the September 3rd-6th. Some of the acts you can see there are The Del McCoury Band, Bearfoot, The Time Jumpers, Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Alison Brown with Joe Craven, The Belleville Outfit, Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell and Suzy Bogguss. Unlike in previous years, the festival is not yet sold out. Go to the site for more info.

Bluegrass campout in Isleton -- The Lighthouse Resort & Marina, located at 151 Brannan Island Road in Isleton, began its second annual bluegrass campout on the 24th and it runs through the 31st. There will be jamming whenever and wherever folks get together. This is a resort located on the scenic Delta Loop next to the Mokelumne River and it has activities for all to enjoy (volleyball, basketball, miniature golf, horseshoes, tetherball, swimming pool, spa) plus an arcade room, clubhouse, fishing, a boat ramp, general store and a fine restaurant right on the river. For more info call (916) 777-5511 or email at

Brand new Freight -- The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley is opening at its new location uptown on Thursday 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. According to their site there may be standing room tickets available, but call first to make sure. 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 a recent SF Chronicle cover story in the Pink Section.

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.

Barbecued crows -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- Join the 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 Napa -- Head on out to the 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

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 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

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 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.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 27th it will be the 11th anniversary of the bluegrass and old-time jam.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Always use tasteful words. You may have to eat them.”
Posted:  8/28/2009

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