Author: Carlin, Larry

September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bluegrass in the foothills -- Everyone is headed to the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth on the 18th-20th for the seventh annual Bluegrassiní 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.

Plan ahead -- After Plymouth, by no means should you be stashing away your camping gear. Next weekend, on the 25th-27th, donít miss the CBAís Hobbs Grove Festival in Sanger (near Fresno). On the bill are The Brombies, The Barefoot Nellies, The Anderson Family, Deep Elem, Dalton Mountain Gang, Baloney Creek, Grasskickers, Bluegrass Conspiracy, Uncle Ephus and more.

Old-time photos -- Ace photographer Mike Melnyk has already put together a slide show of the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention that took place last weekend, and you can watch it here.

Sharp pickiní Willie -- Tennessee musician Chris Sharp has been quietly making a name for himself. While out this way in the Navy from 1993 until 1995 he played in the Bay Areaís Alhambra Valley Band before heading east to Nashville. He toured with John Hartford until John passed away, he got a Grammy for his work on the O Brother soundtrack, toured with the Down From the Mountain road show and is in the movie. And now he is recording with Willie Nelson, and you can see Chris and Willie jamming here, with Chris playing Willieís guitar. Thanks to Lynn Quinones for this news.

Presidential close call -- There is a rather humorous report on the satirical news website The Onion that you can listen to here that describes President Obamaís near brush with a square dance. Fortunately the Secret Service jumped in to save the day. Thanks to Masha for this tip.

New slow jam in Chico -- The second slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 16th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and CBA, and will be on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

Jim and Dix at the Freight -- Jim Nunally & Dix Bruce are playing tonight at the new Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, starting at 8 p.m. Charlotte Gibb will be doing an opening set.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 16th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

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

Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Jamminí 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 16th at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

'bout time! in Los Altos -- The bluegrass band Ďbout Time will be playing on the 17th at the Los Altos Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m. This market has some excellent food vendors including Afghan, Indian, Mexican and of course the standards, rotisserie chicken, corn on the cob and baked potatoes. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stop by and enjoy the market and some bluegrass.

Jamminí 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

Bluegrass on the USS Potomac -- The East Bay bluegrass band High Country on the 17th at 7:30 p.m. will be pickiní on the USS Potomac, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's beautifully restored and functioning yacht, which is berthed at Jack London Square. This is a charitable benefit to help fund the 20 annual educational cruises conducted by the Potomac Association for East Bay school children, grades 5 through 8.

Pickiní 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.

Jamminí 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

Stephanie Bettman in Altadena -- Stephanie Bettman plays a mixture of bluegrass, folk, roots,
Posted:  9/18/2009

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