Author: Carlin, Larry

October 5, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009

Bluegrass detox -- After playing two bluegrass gigs the day before flying to Nashville to spend three days at the IBMA trade show in Nashville and then logging two nine-hour days at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park this weekend hunkered down by the Banjo Stage (Ralph Stanley, Rickey Skaggs, Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Hazel Dickens, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris and others), I think I may have overdosed on bluegrass. It was one long, heavenly high, but too much of a good thing is sometimes just too much. While I will be trying to take it easy (staying away from banjos!) these next few days, don’t let this keep you from getting out and pickin’ some or enjoying a show!

Hardly thankful -- Speaking of Hardly Strictly, if you had a good time there and you would like to thank Warren Hellman for putting on the free festival, spend 44 cents and write him an old-fashioned note and sent it to him at One Maritime Plaza, Twelfth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

And the winners are… Speaking of IBMA, the award winners for 2009 can be found here. Kudos to native Californian Rob Ickes for once again winning Best Dobro Player, to San Diego’s Chris Stuart and Marin County native Ivan Rosenberg for writing Best Song of the Year (“Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” by Dan Paisley), Los Angelino Steve Martin for Best Liner Notes, and Atascadero’s Roger Siminoff for Print Media Person of the Year.

Steve Martin on Letterman -- According to the Bluegrass Blog you can watch Steve Martin pickin' his banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers tonight on the Late Night With David Letterman Show which airs on CBS starting at 11:35 p.m., and tomorrow morning on The View.

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 the 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.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

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

Brewglass at Amnesia -- See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco on the 5th, starting at 8:30. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ 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.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will play their normal first Monday show tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6:30 p.m., and on Tuesday the 5th enjoy the Beans and spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Del in Chico -- See the Del McCoury Band playing some smokin' bluegrass at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico on the 6th.

Emmylou on tour -- It is not quite bluegrass, but close enough for this column. If you missed her at Hardly Strictly you can see Emmylou Harris playing on the 6th at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa (yeah, the venue is now named after a bank, but it will always be the Luther Burbank to us) and at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande on the 7th.

David Thom Band in Sonoma -- The David Thom Band will be pickin’ bluegrass on the 6th at the Sonoma Farmer’s Market in downtown Sonoma starting at 5:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association usually presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, but there is no band listed on their site for the 6th. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido, to see who will be playing this week.

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: The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station on 10/10 and in Berkeley on 10/11; CBA Campout in Colusa 10/14-18; Bearfoot at the Oaksong Concert Series at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 10/24; Steve Kaufman in Sparks, NV, 10/24; Frank Wakefield in Mountain View 10/24; Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers at the LA Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Hall 10/28; Cherryholmes at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico 11/3; John Reischman & The Jaybirds in Mountain View 11/14; Nell Robinson CD release concert at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley 12/10; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band in Mountain View 12/12; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Beaten paths are for beaten men.”<
Posted:  10/7/2009

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