Author: Carlin, Larry

November 13, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009

Paraskavedekatriaphobia -- Hopefully you don’t suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, which is a fear of Friday the 13th. If so, it has been a tough year for you, because this is the third time in 2009 that a Friday fell on the 13th day of a month. There are so many old-wives tales and oral traditions about what this date means and where it came from, yet one rumored cure for this ailment – yet to be tested on laboratory rats – is live bluegrass music! So get out and enjoy some this weekend! Just don’t step on any cracks in the sidewalk en route to a show today…

Brewglass Boys in Santa Cruz -- Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be sharing a night of bluegrass in Santa Cruz on the 13th with The Down Beets. The music starts at 9 p.m. at The Crepe Place.

Dobroless Brewglass -- It is worth repeating here from the other day that Brewglass dobro player Rick Hendricks, 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 stopped treating his cancer and he moved into the Coming Home Hospice center two days ago in SF. Rick is in good spirits and is receptive to short visits from friends, so get in touch if you can.”

Bill and Megan on tour -- The dynamic duo of Bill Evans & Megan Lynch can be seen playing a San Jose house concert on the 13th, workshops at the Freight during the day and a show at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore on the 14th. The Schwartz family bluegrass band Oak Grove will open this show.

Hot time in Alameda -- The place to be for great music this weekend in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub. Starting at 8 p.m. on the 13th it will be Americana with The Stadler-Gibbons Band, and on the 14th it will be folkgrass by the band Family Lines.

Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley in Chico -- On the 13th there will be a Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley Open Mic at the Terraces in Chico at 6:30 p.m. Performers are invited to enjoy the music from the mid 1800s to 1950s as well as acoustic music that fits in with the sound of this era. There is no charge for this second Friday of each month event. Fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, boogie-woogie and more are welcome. Performances are held to the ten minute rule. Brief historical presentations about the era’s music and/or composers are encouraged. The address is 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, off Bruce Road. For more info contact Bernie or Bob LoFaso at or

Jaybirds landing by the bay -- See John Reischman & The Jaybirds play at the Freight in Berkeley on the 13th, doing a Bluegrass Band Rhythm Workshop there on the 14th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and a show at the Redwood Bluegrass series in Mountain View on the 14th.

Michael Martin Murphey shows -- Noted cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey – who also has a new bluegrass CD out titled Buckaroo Blue Grass – will be at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 13th, at the Cowpoke Fall Gathering at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis on the 14th, and at the California Theatre in San Bernardino on the 15th.

Square dancing against cancer -- If you are in the mood to kick up your heels and do-si-do, there will be a benefit square dance in SF at the Swedish American Hall on the 14th to help old-time musician Bill Martin pay his medical bills after his recent bout with cancer. Playing will be The Black Crown String Band and The Water Tower Bucket Boys, with calling and dance instruction by Amy Hofer.

Rita Hosking in the South Bay -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, with special guest fiddler Leif Karlstrom, will be playing a house concert in the Redwood City/Woodside area on the 14th starting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. For more info contact Bob at

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 14th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Live on Arrival, featuring recent live concert recordings of some of your favorite bluegrassers. There will songs by Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, The Kathy Kallick Band, High Country, Bluegrass Intentions, Keith Little & Jim Nunally, The Mighty Crows, Homespun Rowdy, Blue & Lonesome, and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Natural Drift in Vacaville -- El Dorado County's premier bluegrass band Natural Drift will be traveling down to Vacaville on the 14th to perform a concert and fund raiser for the St. Paul's Methodist Church starting at 7:30 p.m. For addition information call (707) 447-8739.

Hillbillies in Palo Alto -- The Hillbillies From Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg) return to the Bay Area Contradance scene for an evening of mayhem on the 14th at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto starting at 8 p.m.

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

Dudes pickin’ grass -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 14th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

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. For info email Gary Vessel at

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 afternoon from 4-8 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 Rock
Posted:  11/16/2009

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