Author: Carlin, Larry

November 4, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seasons Greetings! -- Halloween is over, and nothing says “Happy Holidays” like bluegrass. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of bluegrass holiday greeting cards than these here by artist Karen Cannon, who also has a booth at Father's Day every year. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have the cards on hand by December.

The doctor recommends bluegrass -- Speaking of Christmas and bluegrass, Dr. Elmo is the Novato musician who has been singing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” for the past 30 years. As noted here some months back, he also released a bluegrass album recently with his band Wild Blue. The title of the new recording is Wild Blue Grass, and you can read reviews of it here in the CBA’s Bluegrass Breakdown and in the Marin Independent Journal.

Showcase your bluegrass band in Europe -- The 13th Annual European World of Bluegrass Festival (EWOB) will be held in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands, on May 13th-15th, 2010. The deadline to apply for a showcase is November 20th. Go to their site and get your application, and send your band info, bio, CD via the US Mail. The EWOB Festival is always held in the Netherlands (Holland), and typically features 42 bands, including 4-5 guests from the USA and Canada. EWOB received IBMA's coveted "Bluegrass Event of the Year" Award in 2003.

Old-time simmering on the front burner -- The North Bay old-time band called The West County Professional Tea Sippers has a brand new CD out titled The Kettle Is On, so go to their site and get one while they are hot.

Country music, by George! -- Classic country singer George Jones, who has had countless hits (and marriages) in his 50 plus years of performing traditional country music, at age 78 has some sagacious opinions to share about the current state and sound of the country music business. Read his words of wisdom here.

The Revival Tour -- The Revival Tour, billed as An Acoustic Collaborative Event and featuring a bunch of Americana players touring the country, continues in California this week, and one bright spot on the bill is Grass Valley’s band Anderson Family Bluegrass. You can see the show at The Blank Club in San Jose on the 4th, The Blue Lamp in Sacramento on the 5th, and Slim’s in SF on the 6th.

New jam in Santa Clara -- There is a new bluegrass and old-time jam starting tonight at The Coleman Still in Santa Clara, and it will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. And, there is a contest going on to name the jam. For details, go here and submit your entry by the 18th of this month.

Deep Elem at Phil’s -- Deep Elem on the 4th will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6 p.m.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 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.

Laurie Lewis has gone to the dogs -- On the 5th at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland there will be the gala and world premiere of Sniff, The Dog Movie at 6 and 9 p.m. A couple of Laurie’s songs are used in this entertaining part-documentary, part-fiction movie about dogs and people. She will be playing one of the songs before the 6 p.m. showing, and will be joined by Tom Rozum, Kathy Kallick, Larry Cohea and Andrew Conklin. The East Bay all-female Eastern European folk ensemble Kitka will be singing before the 9 p.m. showing.

Gold country bluegrass benefit -- Mountain Laurel will be playing a dinner and show benefit for Disabled American Veterans at the Colusa Casino on the 5th. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $30 per person.

Bill and Megan around the bay -- The fabulous duo of Bill Evans & Megan Lynch has a series of shows going on in the Bay Area over the next two weeks so you will have little excuse for not going out to see them. On the 5th it will be the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in San Jose on the 6th, the Pleasanton Library on 8th, a San Jose house concert on the 13th, and workshops at the Freight during the day and a show at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore on the 14th.

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.

Old-time in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 5th you can see the Black Crown Stringband play. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- Head on out to the CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town<
Posted:  11/6/2009

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