Author: Carlin, Larry

September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pretty in pink -- The Colorado Case Company has put together a program with a national breast cancer organization to raise money and provide pickers with a really unique product. During the month of October only they are offering all of their CCC branded rigid cases, soft cases and case covers in pink with an embroidered ribbon. They will donate 25% of their case sales to the fund for breast cancer research and outreach. These cases will have all the same features they always offer, but will be in a color only available through this program, and only through October. This offer also applies to custom and stock products. Make a statement to your family, friends and fans. If nothing else, you will never have a problem finding your case in a room full of cases…

Never too old to pick -- Okay, yesterday’s story in the SF Chronicle is not about a bluegrass musician, but it applies to musicians everywhere. Read this, have tissues nearby, and pass it along to anyone that says “I’m too old to learn” or “I’m too old to play anymore”…

Hobbs Grove -- The place to be this weekend is 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.

Kinda Sorta bluegrass in Sonoma -- The free Kinda Sorta Bluegrass Festival will be taking place in the town of Sonoma on 26th and 27th at Murphy’s Irish Pub starting at 1 p.m. with The Brother Creek Mountain Boys, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Green String Farm Band, The David Thom Band and others. This event is a benefit for the Sonoma Community Center.

Always Been A Rambler in SF -- The documentary on the New Lost City Ramblers titled Always Been A Rambler, produced by the Arhoolie Foundation and directed by Yasha Aginsky, will be playing in San Francisco September 25th-October 1st at the Roxie Theatre in the Mission District. It will show nightly at 7 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. matinees on the 26th and 27th. The director will be on hand to answer questions on the 25th.You can also view a real nice trailer of the film on the site.

Berkeley bluegrass -- There will be a hot show tonight 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.

Guinness at 250 -- deVere’s Pub in Sacramento will be celebrating the 250-year anniversary of the Guinness brewery on the 23rd. Enjoy music from Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish (featuring Kathy Barwick on guitar), Sacramento Fire Department's Pipes and Drums, Irish dancers, corned beef and cabbage, and of course 20 oz. pints of the special Guinness 250 draft while it lasts.

Jammin’ in Vacaville -- The new Vacaville jam will be happening on the 23rd at Winestyles in the Vacaville Town Square from 7-9 p.m. Parking is available off Dobbins Street. For more info call John Erwin at (707) 448-1970.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 23rd at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

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.

Classic country barbeque -- The Country Classics will be singing some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 23rd 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.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- Join the weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

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.

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 Napa -- Head on out to the 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

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 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.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 24th it will be the bluegrass and old-time jam.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, and wisdom is looking both directions anyway.”
Posted:  9/25/2009

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