Author: Carlin, Larry

October 9, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009

Changing of the seasons. The days are sadly getting shorter and there is a definite nip in the air as the temperatures are starting to cool off some. Autumn officially arrived less than two weeks back, and there are signs of the season everywhere. Pumpkins are on display and ads for Halloween costumes wherever you turn. Almost makes you want to pack away the camping gear for the winter. But don’t do that yet! There is one more CBA Campout coming next week in Colusa, starting on the 14th, and attendance is practically mandatory. It promises to be the last great outdoor event of the year. Don’t be one of those that only get to live the event vicariously through others by reading the postings on the Message Board after the event is over…

Dailey and Vincent in the WSJ -- The renowned bluegrass publication known as The Wall Street Journal has a feature story today that you can read here about the duo Dailey & Vincent, who just last week won Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the IBMA awards.

Always Been A Rambler and dancing in SF -- On the 9th the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center in SF is presenting live music, dancing and two films. Starting at 7 p.m. it will be Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story, a 20-minute short about Toshio Hirano, the Japanese bluegrass musician now living and performing in SF, and Always Been A Rambler, the recent documentary about the New Lost City Ramblers. After the films at 8:30 p.m. there will be live music by The Knuckle Knockers and The Grey Wolves, with calling by Susan Pena. Thanks to Allen French for this tip.

Western swing in Berkeley -- The Lost Weekend big band will be playing Western swing at the Freight in Berkeley on the 9th starting at 8 p.m.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 9th will be playing at The United Methodist Church in Walnut Creek from 7-8 p.m.

Ukeing it up in Wine Country -- Don’t miss the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena at Beringer Vineyards on the 9th-11th. Significant parts of the festival are free, but there are also ticketed events.

Hot time in Alameda -- The place to be for great music this weekend in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub. Starting at 8 p.m. on the 9th it will be high-octane Americana with Houston Jones, and on the 10th it will be bluegrass by the band Kitchen Help.

Laurie Lewis in Oakland -- Laurie Lewis & Friends will be appearing at the Utunes Coffee House at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland on the 9th starting at 8 p.m. Joining Laurie are Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber and Andrew Conklin.

Matt Flinner on tour -- Lance Walker's Petaluma Church Concerts series resumes this month with The Matt Flinner Trio on the 9th starting at 8 p.m. Matt's music evokes the sonic textures of the best acoustic jazz while paying homage to his many influences in bluegrass, folk and Celtic music. Matt is considered one of the hottest mandolin players on the acoustic scene and draws inspiration from such diverse inspirations as Miles Davis, David Grisman and the Bothy Band. Flinner also performs as a member of the new acoustic trio Phillips, Grier & Flinner, and as a member of Darrell Scott's band. You can also see them play a house concert in Santa Cruz on the 10th, at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 11th, and at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 12th.

Conspiracy in Turlock -- On the 9th at 7 p.m. the band Bluegrass Conspiracy will be pickin' some hard-driving traditional bluegrass with tight vocals and instrumentals at Lamppost Pizza on West Main by the Turlock Cinemas. No cover.

Bill & Megan logging some miles -- After putting on some smokin' showcases at IBMA in Nashville last week, the duo Bill Evans & Megan Lynch can be seen playing on the 10th at The Stage Door in Mt. Shasta (fiddle and banjo workshops from 3:30-5 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.) and then on Sunday the 11th it will be the Wisteria Ways House Concert series in Oakland starting at 3 p.m. To register for the workshops contact Maria Nadauld at (510) 582-2797 or Check out the duo’s new website at the link above.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band -- Internationally acclaimed bluegrass singer and songwriter Peter Rowan will be performing with his bluegrass band at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on the 10th and at the Unity Church of Berkeley on the 11th from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. The band features Paul Knight on bass, Jody Stecher on mandolin, and Keith Little on banjo.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 10th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is all about Frank Wakefield, who will be playing a series of shows in the Bay Area later this month. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

ChipFest in Sebastopol -- The annual ChipFest concert will be happening on the 10th at the Youth Annex in Sebastopol starting at 8 p.m. Each year friends gather for an evening of great music to remember master musician and bluegrass picker Chip Dunbar, who passed away from a heart attack three years ago. See The Mighty Chiplings, Leftover Dreams (Tony Marcus & Patrice Hahn), Sara Winge & Friends, The Rhythm Rangers, Haute Flash Quartet, and Mick Loveland & The Post-Modern Hicks.

Free folk fest in El Cerrito -- The First Annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival will be taking place on the 10th from noon until 10 p.m. at Windrush School in El Cerrito, with concerts, workshops open mike and more. See Eric and Suzy Thompson, Mudlark, Leftover Dreams (with Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan), Euphonia, Misner & Smith, Faith Petric, West of Shannon, Duck River Band with Chad Manning, Jump-In and much more.

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 afternoon 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<
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