Author: Carlin, Larry

October 26, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009

Banjo player sought in hootenanny spree! -- Read this hilarious story in The Onion about a serial banjoist who has been wreaking havoc in the Boston area. For the uninitiated, The Onion is a satirical publication, and this story is not true. But as far as fake stories go, it is better than the phony balloon boy escapade that the cable networks recently went gaga over…

Grandpa Banana -- The West Marin musician and instrument dealer known simply as Grandpa Banana has a new bluegrass CD out titled I'll Do Anything For You, and you can read a story about him in the Marin Independent Journal. While lately he is known for his banjo playing, back in the day he played guitar and keyboards in the band called The Youngbloods, who had a huge hit with the song “Get Together” ( “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, gotta love one another right now”). He also has a business called Vintage Instruments, and if you are looking for great guitar, banjo, mando, etc., Banana has some great stuff on hand.

More Ralph -- The new book by Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times was published on the 15th of this month and Dr. Ralph has been getting some good ink. Read the review in Mother Jones magazine by Bay Area writer and old-time musician Michael Mechanic.

Steve Martin in LA -- The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the show Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo on the 28th at 8 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Special guest Abigail Washburn will also perform. This will be the accomplished comedian/instrumentalist’s first public music show in Los Angeles in decades, and it follows his recent sold-out performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Go to the link above for tickets and information.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 p.m. you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

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.

Scarefoot Nellies in SF -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and The Barefoot Nellies will be getting a jump on the Halloween weekend when they play their usual slot on this fourth Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Larry Cohea, Red Rick, Bruce Campbell, Gerry Tenney and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 27th 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.

South Bay kitchen barbecue -- Kitchen Help will be pickin’ some bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 27th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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: Cherryholmes at the Napa Valley Opera House 10/29, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico on 11/3, and at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka on 11/4; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on 11/5, at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in San Jose on 11/6, Pleasanton Library on 11/8, San Jose house concert on 11/13, workshops at the Freight during the day and a show at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore on 11/14; John Reischman & The Jaybirds in Mountain View 11/14; Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/21; 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; Special Consensus at the San Diego Bluegrass Society Concert 1/22, Boulevard Music in Culver City 1/23, Valley Harvest Church in Santa Ynez 1/24, Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore 1/29, Sutter Creek Theater 1/30, KPIG Radio at 10 a.m. and then in the evening and Don Quixote’s in Felton 1/31; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.”
Posted:  10/28/2009

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