Author: Carlin, Larry

November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran’s Day -- The Veteran’s Day holiday used to be celebrated on the second Monday of November, but now it is once again celebrated on the official date, which is today. This is always a special day when we pause, take some time to salute and give thanks while remembering all of those brave men and women that have proudly worn the uniform…

Brewglass dobro -- Rick Hendricks, dobro player with the bluegrass band Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys in San Francisco, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year after suffering a seizure. According the band bass player Tom Drohan, “Rick had surgery to have a tumor removed and underwent radiation therapy and chemo, with the usual side effects of those treatments. His health has been declining lately and he went into the hospital last Wednesday. His doctors have now reportedly stopped treating his cancer and he has moved into the Coming Home Hospice today in SF. Rick is in good spirits and is receptive to short visits from friends, so get in touch if you can.”

French bluegrass -- Blue & Lonesome will be playing at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 11th, starting at 7 p.m. How about a little pate foie de gras or les escargots to go along with your chardonnay and that high lonesome sound?

Duhks season -- The Canadian band The Duhks are playing a few shows in the state over the next few days. They fuse traditional bluegrass, Celtic, folk rock, Afro-Cuban jazz and soul. See them at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 11th, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on the 12th, and at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana on the 13th.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs 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 Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam each Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 11th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

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.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 11th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing on the 11th at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly second Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

German swing -- The Western swing band The Saddle Cats can be seen playing on the 12th at 8:30 p.m. in Alameda at the Speisekammer, a charming little German restaurant/biergarten. Have a little schnitzel or spaetzle and maybe a stein of good German beer.

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.

Bluegrass on the radio -- Tune into KDVS (90.3 FM) in Davis at 11 p.m. on the 12th to hear the Anderson Family Bluegrass band playing live. You can also listen online.

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

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 Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session 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

Martians 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 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.

Hulabilly in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 12th it will be the The Shut-Ins playing their patented version of hulabilly music.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “He who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit.”
Posted:  11/13/2009

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