Author: Carlin, Larry

November 10, 2008
Monday, November 10th, 2008

One year and a day. The office here at the Almost Daily News headquarters, high atop a skyscraper in downtown SF, is festooned with empty champagne bottles, noise makers and confetti. And no, this is not as a result of the presidential election last week, nor due to the Phillies World Series title the week before. It was one year ago yesterday that my name and mug first appeared at the top of this column, and this is a cause for celebration of sorts around here. Since November 9, 2007, I have written 154 columns, with a count of 126,744 words, not including what you are reading here now. And boy, are my fingers ever tired!

All kidding aside, I must admit that it was with some trepidation that I agreed to take on the duties here. Not only did I have (figurative and literal) big shoes to fill, taking over for the highly talented and popular Rick Cornish, I was already maxed-out with so many other projects that I wondered how I would find the time and the content to write something at least three days a week. Somehow the time thing took care of itself, and as for news and info, I either seek it out or it arrives in my In Box. Along the way I add links when I can, and in general I try not to post news more than 2-3 days in advance, unless it is a special event or a festival. Otherwise the column would be even longer than it is now, and it would take forever to get done.

Occasionally it has been a challenge to find time every other day or so to write the column. “Real” work often rears its ugly head (like today), vacations are occasionally taken, and sometimes there are computer snafus (like the one the CBA site had in July). But the deadline and regimen have been good for me, and it is fun to put this thing together and then post it on the site. One of the advantages to writing the Almost Daily News as opposed to, say, what Mark Varner does with the Bluegrass Breakdown, is that I can see and correct mistakes as soon as I post the column. And seldom do I get it right the first time. But with instant editing the goal here is to be as exact as I can, though I am sure that I miss something every now and then.

It has been a real pleasure so far. Not only have I learned about venues and events around the entire state, I have also met many new folks along the way. The real hope here is that folks are actually reading the column and finding it useful. As long as you do, I will keep hacking away, bringing you as much bluegrass news that I can on a semi-regular basis. And of course, the wise words of B. Judd, the Bluegrass Philosopher…

Onward to the news…

Old-time fiddle tunes -- Just getting started on the fiddle and you want to learn some tunes? Go here to find all of your favorite old-time hits.

Bluegrass tacos-- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Yvonne Walbroehl, Dave Courchaine, Jerry Barush, Jerry Tenney, and Will Fourt. 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

Bluegrass in SF -- Amnesia is the place to go tonight to see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday and Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Deep Elem weekly -- On the 11th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. Their normal nights there were the first and fifth Wednesdays of the month, but starting tomorrow they will be there every Tuesday. This is a new night for music at Phil’s, so please go and support the live music there. No cover.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 11th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Get the facts first. Then you can distort them.”
Posted:  11/12/2008

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