Author: Carlin, Larry

October 12, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009

All roads lead to Colusa -- The final CBA Campout of 2009 will be happening in Colusa starting on the 14th, and it would be great if you could attend, as it will be the last outdoor event of the year. The James King Band will be there on Friday the 16th, so this in and of itself is reason enough to go. There will be tons of jamming, a fund-raising spaghetti feed, Kids on Bluegrass, and an all around guaranteed good time.

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 this 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…

James King Band on tour -- The James King Band is all over the place these next six days, so there is little excuse for not seeing them. On the 12th it is The Ford Theatre in Hollywood, on the 13th at The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV, on the 14th at the Blue Lamp in Sacramento, on the 15th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, on the 16th at the aforementioned CBA Campout in Colusa, and on the 17th at the Great Basin Brewery in Sparks, NV.

Matt Flinner in Berkeley -- The Matt Flinner Trio will be playing a show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 12th 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.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Joe Kenny, Dave Courchaine, Dan Norton and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 13th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 13th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 13th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week at there are listings found here 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: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne 10/21; Bearfoot at Don Quixote's in Felton on 10/21, the Oaksong Concert Series at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 10/24, and at the Freight & Salvage on 10/25; 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; Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/22; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band in Mountain View 12/12; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/22; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.”
Posted:  10/14/2009

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