Author: Carlin, Larry

October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baseball fever! -- By now just about everyone is brimming with excitement about the start of the World Series tonight in New York City, when the Philadelphia Phillies defend their 2008 World Championship title against the much beloved/behated Yankees. Who can even be thinking of bluegrass right now with the Fall Classic about to begin? This could be one of the best Series in…uh…oops, sorry here. I guess I got a little carried away with this. Most folks in California have forgotten about baseball ever since the L.A. Dodgers and Angels were eliminated in the playoffs. But this Philly guy has cleared the calendar for the next week or so in order to watch the games. However, if you’d rather see or play some bluegrass instead, well, go right ahead, as there is enough listed below to keep you busy. And right about now you may be asking, “Uh, bluegrass content here, Carlin?” Okay, here it is: Philly manager Charlie Manuel was born in West Virginia and raised in VA, so there is probably bluegrass in his blood. And in today’s SF Chronicle sportswriter Henry Schulman refers to Philly right fielder Jason Werth as a possible “banjo hitter”…

Steve Martin and the Rangers 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. On the 30th Martin and the Rangers will play at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 28th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- Bluegrass is being served on the 28th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, play cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

Boulder Acoustic Society on tour -- The Boulder Acoustic Society is playing on the 28th at the DaSilva Ukulele Company in Berkeley, at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 29th, at Mission City Coffee in Santa Clara on the 30th, at the North Columbia School House in Nevada City on the 31st, and at Amnesia in San Francisco on November 1st.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Cherryholmes in Napa -- Cherryholmes can be seen playing at the Napa Valley Opera House in the town of Napa on the 29th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 29th will be the monthly bluegrass and old-time jam.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin’ in Napa -- The CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session takes place at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The sign of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas at the same time.”
Posted:  10/30/2009

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