Author: Carlin, Larry

November 6, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009

Dr. Ralph on Letterman -- It isn’t very often when bluegrass artists get to appear on the Late Show With David Letterman show. So tune in tonight (or set the VCR or TiVo) to see Ralph Stanley. It is unknown at this point if Ralph will be sitting on the couch talking with Dave or playing at the end of the show with the band.

Willie through the years -- There is a real nice photo spread of Willie Nelson through the years that you can look at in The Tennessean newspaper.

Bill and Megan around the bay -- The dynamic 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 6th they will be at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in San Jose, 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.

The Revival Tour -- The Revival Tour, billed as An Acoustic Collaborative Event and featuring a bunch of Americana players touring the country, has one final show in the Bay Area, and on the bill is Grass Valley’s band Anderson Family Bluegrass. You can see the show at Slim’s in SF on the 6th.

Conspiracy in Turlock -- On the 6th at 7 p.m. the band Bluegrass Conspiracy will be pickin' some hard-driving traditional bluegrass with tight vocals and instrumentals at Lamppost Pizza on West Main by the Turlock Cinemas. No cover.

Ramblers in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 6th starting at 8:30 p.m. The Bay Island Ramblers will be playing a mix of bluegrass and country songs.

Swingin’ in Oakland -- Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 6th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Café, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Upper crust jam -- On the 7th from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 7th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled The Music Of John Reischman. Composer/performer of the Bluegrass Signal theme, John returns to the Bay Area next week with his band The Jaybirds and they will be playing the Freight in Berkeley on the 13th and the Redwood Bluegrass show in Mountain View on the 14th. On this Signal show hear music from their four albums, John's two solo releases, and earlier recordings with the Good Ol' Persons and Tony Rice. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Sidesaddle in Morro Bay -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some bluegrass at the Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay on the 7th starting at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in Coalesce's Garden Chapel. Call (805) 772-2880 for info and tickets.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of the month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 7th join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 7th at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. The time is 7-11 p.m. Each attendee is asked to contribute $1 to cover the rent.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 7th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

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Posted:  11/9/2009

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