Author: Carlin, Larry

September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Blue Berry -- The Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite over the weekend was great fun, with the Saturday music lineup of Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Suzy Bogguss, The Time Jumpers and The Del McCoury Band being one for the ages. Also tearing up the fest were Bearfoot and The Belleville Outfit. Frank Solivan Jr. (who will also be playing at the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills fest on the 18th-20th in Plymouth) really is a talented guy, and the CBA should be proud of him and his dad Frank Sr., who not only has worked the main stage entrance at Strawberry for years, but he also runs the Kids on Bluegrass program for the CBA.

Festive week and weekend -- The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention runs from the 9th-13th, and there will be films, workshops, jams and performances by Alice Gerrard, The Tall Boys, Eric & Suzy Thompson, The Knuckle Knockers, The Black Crown Stringband and many more. The Brown Barn Festival in San Martin on the 11th-13th will have Savannah Blu, Alhambra Valley Band, Angelica Grim & Friends, Dalton Mountain Gang, Jennifer Kitchen & Kitchen Help, John Murphy’s Carolina Special, Natural Drift, Notorious Shank Brothers, Sidesaddle & Company, OMGG and more. Also on tap for the weekend is the 4th Annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival at Anderson Marsh near Clear Lake on the 12th with Laurie Lewis & Nina Gerber, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band, Jim Nunally & Dix Bruce, Pat Ickes & Bound To Ride and others.

King of the Queen City -- The new book by Jon Hartley Fox titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records will be hitting the bookstores this week. Jon lives in Sacramento, and he has written countless liner notes for and reviews of American roots recordings. There was also a real nice story about Jon and the book that you can read in Monday’s Sacramento Bee.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 8th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 8th from 6-9 p.m. Mike Wilhoyte will be sittin’ in for an under the weather John Murphy. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 8th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Wild bluegrass in Mill Valley -- On the 9th the longtime Marin County bluegrass band called Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be putting on a CD release concert at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley at 7:30 p.m. The new CD is titled Wild Blue Grass, and the Throckmorton is the nicest venue in the county.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 9th 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.

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. On the 9th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

David Grier on tour -- Guitarist David Grier can be seen playing at Bill Wagman House Concerts in Davis on 10th, at a house concert in Reno on the 11th, and a house concert in Santa Cruz on the 12th.

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.

Savannah Blu grass in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in SF presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. See Savannah Blu playing bluegrass on the 10th. No cover.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

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.

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 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

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.

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Posted:  9/11/2009

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