Author: Carlin, Larry

September 14, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009

Foothills bluegrass. All roads lead towards the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth this weekend on the 18th-20th for the seventh annual Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival. Some of the bands to see there are Nell Robinson & Red Level, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Savannah Blu, Grasstowne, Ronnie Reno, Bluegrass Etc., Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Kitchen Help, Dalton Mountain, Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa and Bluegrass Conspiracy. And the Kids on Bluegrass. Start packing up the van now!

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Larry Cohea, Ran Bush, Mitch Polzak, Josh Jakus, and Betsy Maudlin. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 15th you can see The Brombies play. These shows are produced with Bluegrass Association of Southern California. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Jamvitational in Fairfax -- On the 15th at 9 p.m. the monthly Marin Jamvitational Marin Jamvitational (formerly the Bluegrass Showcase) and now hosted by Deirdre Donovan will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax. Inspired by and based on the format of the Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, on the third Tuesday of each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The players for the September Jamvitational will be Dan Large on mandolin, Joe Ridout on guitar, Tom Lucas on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle, and Deirdre Donovan on bass. The showcase is a lot of fun, so please go out and support bluegrass in Marin County.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 15th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever, featuring Larry Chung and Yvonne Walbroehl, will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 15th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 15th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week at the bottom of this column there are listings of upcoming festivals, county fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on each link to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events posted above. If there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. Here is what is coming up in the next few months: Millpond Music Festival in Bishop 9/18-20; American River Festival in Coloma 9/18-20; The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on 9/19-20; Kern County Fair 9/23-10/4; Hobbs Grove Festival in Sanger 9/25-27; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/28-10/4; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco 10/2-4; Johnson Farm Picking Party in Boulder Creek 10/3; CBA Campout in Colusa 10/14-18; Steve Kaufman in Sparks, NV, 10/24.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “It is never too early, but it is always too late.”
Posted:  9/16/2009

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