Author: Carlin, Larry

October 19, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009

Bluegrass Country -- There is special programming this week on WAMU's Bluegrass Country for their fall membership drive, and like other public radio stations, this (mostly) bluegrass internet station relies on listener donations to pay the bills and keep the great music happening. In addition to three daily programs – the shows of Lee Michael Demsey, Ray Davis, and Katy Daley – Bluegrass Country presents two dozen other weekly programs including Bluegrass Signal with California’s own Peter Thompson. Bluegrass Signal is webcast five times each week: Monday at 4 p.m., Tuesday at 10 p.m., Wednesday at 3 a.m., Thursday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. There are lots of great CDs and Ralph Stanley’s newly published autobiography being offered as thank-you gifts. The CBA is a supporter of Bluegrass Country, so why not you?

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

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 Annie Staninec, Markie Sanders, Ray Bierl, Tom Lucas and John Kael. 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.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 20th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

Jamvitational in Fairfax -- On the 20th at 9 p.m. the monthly Marin Jamvitational, hosted by Deirdre Donovan, will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax. Inspired by and based on the format of the Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, on the third Tuesday of each month individual pickers are invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The players for the October Jamvitational will be Ted Silverman on mandolin, Red Rick on guitar, Jonathan Schiele on banjo, Jill Cruey on fiddle, and Deirdre Donovan on bass. The showcase is a lot of fun, so please go out and support bluegrass in Marin County.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 20th from 6-9 p.m. The band will be joined by Hide Kawatsure on mandolin/vocals, Thomas Wille on guitar/vocals, and Jon McNeill on bass/vocals. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 20th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 20th you can see the Stephanie Bettman Band play. These shows are produced with the Bluegrass Association of Southern California. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week there are listings found here of upcoming festivals, fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on the links 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 at the Freight on the 10/22, a workshop at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto on the afternoon of 10/24 followed by a concert that evening at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View, and at Don Quixote’s in Felton on 10/25; 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 CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.”
Posted:  10/21/2009

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