Author: Carlin, Larry

November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The return of the King -- Some years back the young band King Wilkie took the bluegrass world by storm when they first came on the scene in 2003. In 2004 the band won IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year award. Their premier recording Broke rose to the top of the bluegrass charts. After the release of their second album in 2007 the band went through some cast changes, and earlier this year leader Reid Burgess and friends released their new concept album King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers, based on a fictional world of musical siblings and other characters, featuring guest artists such as Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Abigail Washburn, and others. The current incarnation of the band is all over the state these next six days, and you can see them at the Freight in Berkeley on the 18th, at The Palms in Winters on the 19th, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on the 21st, at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on the 22nd, and at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 23rd.

Bluegrass musical in SF -- The Custom Made Theatre Company in SF is presenting a new production of the late Harry Chapin’s bluegrass musical Cotton Patch Gospel. The show will be previewing on the 20th of this month and running through December 19th at the Next Stage in San Francisco. This is a progressive and musically joyous look at the Jesus story told through a very modern lens. Using 26 songs, one amazing actor, three singers, and a bluegrass band, Cotton Patch is for everyone who wonders if the peace and love promised by the gospels is still possible in our modern world. It is a musically joyous show for people of all faiths or for those with none at all. The music will be performed by Pam Brandon (a.k.a. Belle Monroe), David Finch, Jeff Kaplan and Matt Lauer.

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. Tonight see Homefire play.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 18th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- There is a new bluegrass and old-time jam that started two weeks ago at The Coleman Still in Santa Clara, and it takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. And, there is a contest going on to name the jam. For details, go here and submit your entry by the 18th of this month.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 18th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 18th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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.

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

Scott Gates in Pioneertown -- SoCal mandolin whiz kid Scott Gates will be appearing on the 19th at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown (north of Palm Springs) along with Nathan McEuen starting at 7 p.m.

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.

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

Trip bill at the Freight -- On the 19th you can see Harmon’s Peak, The Wronglers (Warren Hellman’s band) and The Roadoilers, Marin’s favorite old-time ensemble, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 19th join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

Martian sightings 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
Posted:  11/20/2009

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