Author: Carlin, Larry

Jan. 13, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gone fishing! After the rush of the holiday season, all of the recent rains and the specter of a long, cold and wet winter, I figured it was time to get out of Dodge for week or so to maybe seek some sunshine. I will be gone until the 21st, and in my stead will be the founder of this column, the esteemed and youthful (well, as “youthful” as anyone who is about to turn 60 in a few days can be!) Rick Cornish. If you have any news to report or complaints to be filed, he’s the man for this week.

Memorial reminder-- Today is the day for the memorial celebration for the late bluegrass picker/photographer Tom Tworek in Palo Alto. For details, go here.

Jammin’ in Altadena -- There is a free bluegrass jam on the second Sunday of every month at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The Backstage is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries. Contact David Naiditch at (626) 797-1827 or email him at

Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice -- Now in its 31st year, the Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice is Southern California's only all-bluegrass music radio program featuring the best of today's bluegrass music along with a mix of oldies, local artists and bluegrass gospel music. It also features news and information about San Diego's bluegrass music scene. Listen in down south from 10 p.m.-midnight on KSON-FM at 97.3 and 92.1 or online.

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah -- Kitchen Help, the new bluegrass ensemble led by Dark Hollow bassist Jennifer Kitchen, will be playing a special set at the Red Rock Cafe in Mountain View on 14th from 9-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 15th. 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.

SFBOT Benefit -- There will be a house concert on the 17th at 8 p.m. to benefit the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival in Oakland. The bands are on the bill are Dark Hollow with special guest Tom Lucas on banjo, and Nell Robinson & Red Level. The address is 2360 Scout Road in Oakland. Donation is $15. To make a reservation, call Tom Lucas at (510) 339-1872 or email

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 18th at 8 p.m. some hot traditional bluegrass will be served when Savannah Blu makes its pub debut. Members are Gary Kaye on banjo, Dave Hanks on mandolin, Dore Coller on guitar, and Steve Kallai on fiddle, along with a special guest on bass. Great food is available and there is no cover there either.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”

The Almost Daily News is updated almost daily. If you have news that you would like to share with our bluegrass community, for this week let Rick know and he’ll spread the word. E-mail him here.
Posted:  1/12/2008

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