Author: Carlin, Larry

September 25, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009

Nashville bound -- Your intrepid Almost Daily News reporter is headed to Nashville this weekend to attend the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass trade show. As you might expect, while in Nashvegas there will be little time for sitting in front of a computer and meeting deadlines, so with any luck at all there will be a long column posted on Monday that will cover most of the week’s activities before dashing back to SF to attend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. And with Hobbs Grove going on this weekend, can there possibly be a busier week in the year for bluegrass activities?

More old-time photos -- Top-notch shutterbug Mike Melnyk has now posted four days worth of photos from the recent Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention, and you can view them here, here, here and here.

Hobbs Grove Bluegrass -- The place to be from now through Sunday is the CBA’s 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.

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 starting tonight on the 25th and running through 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.

Busy weekend in Sonoma -- It will be a fine night of Americana music at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 25th with Kevin Russell’s fine band Under The Radar starting at 8 p.m. Then the free Kinda Sorta Bluegrass Festival will be taking place on the 26th and 27th starting at 1 p.m. On Saturday see The Brother Creek Mountain Boys, Adam Traum & The Traumatics, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue and The Brothers Comatose. On Sunday it will be Thick Soup, The David Thom Band and The Green String Farm Band. This event is a benefit for the Sonoma Community Center. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Dirt Band -- See The Dirt Band at the Kern County Fair on the 25th and at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Centennial Celebration of the City of Huntington Beach. Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen will also on the bill on the 26th.

Greenstone Quarry in SF -- Greenstone Quarry will be playing two full sets of progressive acoustic, hardly strictly, good-timey music at Giordano Brothers in SF’s North Beach section on the 25th starting at 8:30 p.m. They will also be playing there on Thursday the 1st. No cover.

KWMR fund drive -- Public Radio station KWMR in West Marin will be having a fund drive hootenanny on the 26th with Chuck's Wagon, a band in from Australia, Michael Stadler & Mary Gibbons, Richard Brandenberg, Tim Weed & Deb Dailey and Jeanie & Chuck Poling. There will be a barbeque and live music in front of the station.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 26th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-4:45 p.m. Lucy Smith is your host.

Chili Cook-Off & Jam -- On the 26th Mel & Bonnie Chapman will host their annual chili cook-off and jam at their home near Placerville. Everyone is to bring some kind of chili for a blind tasting by the whole group. There will be great prizes for the best, the most unusual, and the hottest chili. Bring your chili (and a side dish if you’d like), your instruments and favorite songs. They have several rooms for different styles of music. The party will start at 5 p.m. and run until late. For more info call (530) 621-0409 or (530) 409-6708, or email

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 26th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Happy Birthday, Kathy Kallick! and he will be playing selections from each of her 14 releases along with some recent recordings. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

String Break in Sausalito -- The Marin County bluegrass band String Break will be playing at Taste of Rome on Bridgeway in Sausalito on the 26th starting at 6 p.m. This is a nice cafe with great food on the waterfront, just a couple of blocks north of the tourist section. Sittin’ in with the band will be Dane Miller on fiddle and Ted Garber on dobro.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 26th will be the season opener, and it will feature the Sam Bush Band and others. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 27th starting at 11 a.m.

Fog Fest -- The Pacifica Fog Festival is going on this weekend, and while it is mostly a rockin’ and blues kind of fest you can see Houston Jones as well as Cliff Wagner & The Old #7 play. Bring a jacket and hat, as it is the Fog Festival

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 26th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 26th at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam will be hosted by Gary Vessel.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays
Posted:  9/28/2009

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