Author: Carlin, Larry

October 2, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009

Week of bluegrass -- The first part of this week your gallant Almost Daily News editor spent a sleep-deprived, bluegrass-induced wonderful three days in the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Nashville at the IBMA World of Bluegrass trade show. Not only was this a great event, side trips to the nearby Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Station Inn made for a busy few days. And now, just when some serious rest should be on the agenda, we’re headed off to SF’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday and Sunday (even though it starts ont he 2nd) for the 9th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Some of the acts worth seeing there are Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle & The Bluegrass Dukes, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Barefoot Nellies, The Claire Lynch Band, Natalie MacMaster, The Duhks, Hazel Dickens, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Del McCoury Band, The Wronglers and Emmylou Harris. This is a free event, and not for the faint at heart. Parking is non-existent, so ride a bike or take public transit. Claustrophobes beware!

Hardly Strictly Anything Goes -- To get a jumpstart on Hardly Strictly, on the 2nd everyone is going over to The Third Annual Hardly Strictly Anything Goes show, presented by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Velo Rouge Café in SF on the corner of Arguello and McAllister from 7-10 p.m. See Misisipi Mike, Doug Blumer, Pam Brandon, The Cowlicks, Eric Embry & Friends, The VeloTones, Maurice Tani, Don Burnham, Quake City Jug Band, The Henriettas, Gayle Schmitt, Chickwagon and more. Free for all ages.

Twin bill in Loomis -- Join Mountain Laurel and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack at the Harvest Moon Vittles & Fiddles benefit dinner and show on the 2nd at the historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis. This California Arts Day event – featuring a fresh, local meal by Cafe Zorro and bluegrass music – begins at 6 p.m. with a wine and beer mixer, and Capital Public Radio personalities Gary Vercelli and Chris Oshiroon will also be in attendance. The proceeds support Placer Arts public programs for families and children. For tickets call (530) 885-5670.

Triple bill Friday in SF -- Shelby Ash Presents offers up three bands on the 2nd at Café du Nord in SF starting at 9 p.m. See the Montana Slim String Band, Bucky Walters and The Inappropriators.

Swingin’ in Oakland -- Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 2nd starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Café, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

Pickin’ party in Boulder Creek -- The 9th Annual Johnson Farm Picking Party is happening in Boulder Creek on the 3rd from noon-7 p.m. The event is hosted by The Abbott Family, The Johnson Family and the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Celtic Festival in Grass Valley -- The 13th Annual KVMR Celtic Festival will be taking place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on the 3rd and 4th with Nine-8ths Irish, Dougie MacLean, Dervish, The Elders, The Black Irish Band, and more.

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 the 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.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Upper crust jam -- On the 3rd from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 3rd from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Across the Tracks, featuring new releases and reissues, including selections from Claire Lynch, Sam Bush, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Jim Lauderdale, and Loudon Wainwright's take on Charlie Poole. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of the month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 3rd join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

Triple bill Saturday in SF -- Shelby Ash Presents offers up three bands on the 3rd at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 9 p.m. See the Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands and The Shut-Ins.

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 a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requ
Posted:  10/5/2009

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