Author: Carlin, Larry

August 28, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009

Freight grand opening -- The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley opened at its new location on Thursday at 2020 Addison Street. The David Grisman Quintet show on the 28th is 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 & Tom Rozum will be hosting the Bluegrass Blowout with The Kathy Kallick Band, The Bluegrass Intentions, Jim Nunally & Keith Little, High Country, and more.

Bluegrass campout in Isleton -- The Lighthouse Resort & Marina 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

David Grier on tour -- Guitarist David Grier can be seen playing at Old Time Music in San Diego on the 28th, at Boulevard Music in Culver City on the 29th, and at the Cozmic Café in Placerville on September 1st. He will also be playing in Davis, Reno and Santa Cruz and Reno on September 10th-12th.

Coyote Hill in Sonora -- Coyote Hill will be performing at the final concert of Sonora's summer concert series on the 28th at 6 p.m. in the Courthouse Park in downtown Sonora. Don't miss Dick Todd, Clinton Day, Rick Barlow and Richard Sholer playing some great original Americana and bluegrass along with some cool covers.

Lonesome Holler in Sonoma -- It will be a fine night of old-time music at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma with the Lonesome Holler String Band starting at 8 p.m. on the 28th. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Conspiracy in Turlock -- On the 28th at 7 p.m. the band Bluegrass Conspiracy will be pickin' some hard-driving traditional bluegrass with tight vocals and instrumentals at Lamppost Pizza on West Main by the Turlock Cinemas. No cover.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- It will be bluegrass by Natural Drift on the 28th when they play at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound.

Ron DeLacy solo -- Irreverent songwriter Ron DeLacy will be performing his Somewhat Solo show – along with some help from Prairie Flower and Cactus Bob – at Stage 3 in Sonora on the 28th-30th. Ron is also one-half of the politically incorrect duo Doo Doo Wah.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 29th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled What's Goin' On? with musical previews of the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention with event organizer Suzy Thompson, plus another anticipation of the Bluegrass Blowout show at the new Freight & Salvage. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Country and swing in Benicia -- On the 29th at the The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m., Joanne Weil Heald & Charlotte Gibb will be blending their voices together creating a rich repertoire of country and swing favorites in the Americana style.

Showdown in SF -- Show up for Shelby Ash’s Honky-Tonk Showdown at Cafe du Nord in SF at 8 p.m. on the 29th, featuring Rancho Deluxe, The Cowlicks, 49 Special and the Slow Motion Cowboys. Four bands for the price of one!

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

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 29th is titled For People Who Care About Pets, and as you might expect, there will be songs and skits about cats and dogs. One of the singers will be Stephanie Davis, a songwriter/fiddler who used to live in the East Bay during the “Urban Cowboy Scare” a couple of decades back. She moved to Nashville and struck gold by getting some songs on some Garth Brooks albums. She now lives on her ranch in Montana. Singer/songwriter Greg Brown will also be featured. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 30th starting at 11 a.m

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 29th 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 29th 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 airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. 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 week's show hear some tracks from the new Monroe Crossing album Heartache and Stone as well as songs from such California bands as Dr Elmo & Wild Blue, B
Posted:  8/31/2009

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