Author: Carlin, Larry

September 21, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009

Headed south -- After the fabulous Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival in Plymouth this past weekend (thank you Larry and Sondra Baker!) many folks just got on Route 99 and are driving south to attend the CBA’s Hobbs Grove Festival in Sanger (near Fresno) on the 25th-27th. 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.

Headed southeast -- Some CA bluegrass folks are also gearing up for a trip to Nashville next week to attend the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass gathering. Bill Evans & Megan Lynch will be playing some showcases there, and the CBA will have a suite at the Ramada Renaissance while checking out future Grass Valley Festival performers. It is always a great time, and it is not too late to attend if you have the time to go.

Swimming against breast cancer -- Bay Area bluegrass radio host Peter Thompson will once again be participating in the annual Swim A Mile For Women With Cancer event that will take place on October 3rd and 4th at Mills College in Oakland. Peter has raised over $7,000 over the past few years by doing the swim, and you can help him and the cause by going here to make a donation. And tune into his Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF every Saturday evening from 6:30-8 p.m.

Redwood Bluegrass -- Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View recently announced their show lineup for their coming season (October to May). Their monthly shows are presented on Saturday nights at the Mountain View Presbyterian Church. Make plans now to see the Frank Wakefield Band on October 24th, John Reischman & the Jaybirds on November 14th, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band on December 12th, The Tuttles with AJ Lee on January 23rd, the Nashville Bluegrass Band on February 13th, Dry Branch Fire Squad on March 6th, Joy Kills Sorrow on April 10th, and The Kathy Kallick Band on May 1st.

Bluegrass jamming class at the Freight -- You can signup now for the next Intro to Bluegrass Jamming Class with Bill Evans and Ran Bush that will start at the Freight in Berkeley on October 6th. The class will run from 7-9:15 p.m. on Tuesday evenings through November 24th. Guest instructors include Alan Bond and Jim Nunally. This is a practical, hands-on course. You'll do lots of playing in both the large group and in smaller breakout groups and you'll learn at least one new song per week. The folks at the Freight can't answer questions about the class, so if you have questions contact Ran for more information (510) 525-8156.

Early holiday gift idea -- Here is something to give for a holiday present to all of your banjo playing friends/enemies…

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

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 Tom Lucas, Stacy Samuels, Steve Hirst, Jeff Crossley and Wayblonde. 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.

Scott Gates in San Diego -- On 22nd starting at 7:30 p.m. at Dizzy’s in San Diego see The Nathan McEuen Band featuring Scott Gates on mandolin, Chuck Hailes on bass and their trio of harmony voices. Opening the show will be southern California's up-and-coming family band The Wimberleys.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 22nd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 22nd 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.

'bout time! in Mountain View -- The bluegrass band ‘bout Time will be playing on the 22nd at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View from 7-9 p.m.

Triple Berkeley bluegrass bill -- On the 23rd there will be a hot show at the new Freight & Salvage in Berkeley featuring three stellar Bay Area bluegrass bands. See Homespun Rowdy, The Mighty Crows and Blue & Lonesome starting at 8 p.m.

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: Kern County Fair 9/23-10/4; the free Kinda Sorta Bluegrass Festival at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on 9/26-27 with The Brother Creek Mountain Boys, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Green String Farm Band, The David Thom Band and others; Hobbs Grove Festival in Sanger 9/25-27; IBMA World of Bluegras
Posted:  9/23/2009

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