Author: Carlin, Larry

November 16, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

Jamgrass in Felton -- At Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 16th you can see the Colorado jamgrass band Oakhurst play plus the Santa Cruz bluegrass band Mountain Drive starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Great music and good food.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gary Kaye, Red Rick, Ran Bush, Steve Hirst and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Haden Family in LA -- The LA Philharmonic on the 17th is presenting the Charlie Haden Family & Friends: “Rambling Boy” with special guest Jack Black at the Walt Disney Hall starting at 8 p.m. Renowned jazz bassist Charlie Haden revisits his bluegrass/country roots with his family and band that includes the Haden triplets (Tanya, Rachel, and Petra), brother Josh Haden, son-in-law and actor Jack Black, and a host of bluegrass musicians. Last year Charlie and family put out the CD Rambling Boy, a fabulous collection of bluegrass and traditional songs.

Scott Gates backstage -- Young SoCal mandolin phenom Scott Gates will be appearing on the 17th at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena along with Evan Marshall and Billy & The Hillbillies starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 17th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

Jamvitational in Fairfax -- On the 17th at 9 p.m. the monthly Marin Jamvitational, hosted by Deirdre Donovan, will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax. Inspired by and based on the format of the Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, on the third Tuesday of each month individual pickers are invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The players for the November Jamvitational will be Jerry Barush on mandolin, Joel Diamond on guitar, Gary Kaye on banjo, Tom Lucas on fiddle, and Bruce Campbell on bass. The showcase is a lot of fun, so please go out and support bluegrass in Marin County.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 17th from 6-9 p.m. The band will be joined by Hide Kawatsure on mandolin/vocals, Thomas Wille on guitar/vocals, and Jerry Logan on bass/vocals. Why no Yvonne, you ask? Yes, another unprovoked incident involving her bicycle and the road. No, it's not super serious, but bones need to heal, again. She'll be back with the band before the next set of holidays. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 17th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. No cover.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 17th you can see Sometimes In Tune play. These shows are produced with the Bluegrass Association of Southern California. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week there are listings found here of upcoming festivals, fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on the links to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events posted above. If there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. Here is what is coming up in the next few months: King Wilkie at the Freight in Berkeley on 11/18, The Palms in Winters on the 11/19, the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on 11/21, McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on 11/22, and at Don Quixote’s in Felton 11/23; Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/21; Laurie Lewis at the Freight 11/28; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band in Mountain View 12/12; The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; Special Consensus at the San Diego Bluegrass Society Concert 1/22, Boulevard Music in Culver City 1/23, Valley Harvest Church in Santa Ynez 1/24, Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore 1/29, Sutter Creek Theater 1/30, KPIG Radio at 10 a.m. and then in the evening and  
Posted:  11/18/2009

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