Author: Carlin, Larry

November 20, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009

Open house at the Freight -- If you have not been to the new Freight & Salvage in Berkeley yet you can go to their free second Community Open House on the 21st from noon-4 p.m. There will be dancing in the aisles, singing on the stairs, and fiddling in the lobby during an afternoon's extravaganza of song circles, sampler workshops, student and teacher showcase performances, bluegrass acoustic blues jams, Irish traditional sessions, shape note sings, and much more. Get over there!

Woody Guthrie in Sonora -- The stage show Woody Guthrie's American Song is back for another run at Stage 3 in Sonora, and it will run from November 20th-December 20th. Conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer, the show is a “foot-stompin', roof-raisin', toe-tappin' heartbreakin', soul-soarin' musical journey of Woody Guthrie down highways, rail lines and back roads straight into the heart of America.”

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- It will be bluegrass by Natural Drift on the 20th when they play at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound.

String Break in Sausalito -- The Marin County bluegrass band String Break will be playing at Taste of Rome on Bridgeway in Sausalito on the 20th starting at 6 p.m. This is a nice cafe with great food on the waterfront, just a couple of blocks north of the tourist section. No cover.

Rita Hosking weekend -- Rita Hosking can be seen playing a concert on the 20th with Po’Girl at the Chico Women's Club, and then on the 21st it will be at the Village Homes Holiday Craft and Art Faire at the Village Homes Community Center in Davis in the early afternoon.

Jim Lauderdale in the Bay Area -- Country and bluegrass singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale will be appearing at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 20th and then at Rancho Nicasio in West Marin County on the 21st.

Special time in Alameda -- On the 20th 49 Special will be playing bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m., and on the 21st it will be roots, country and cowboy music from The Ray Bierl Trio.

Western swing in Tuolumne -- The Western swing big band Lost Weekend will be playing a show on the 20th at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne starting at 9 p.m.

Mountain music duo -- Dana & Susan Robinson, a duo from North Carolina that plays mountain music and songs of the American landscape, are touring in northern CA for the next week. You can see them on the 20th at the Oaksong Concert Series at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding, doing house concerts in San Anselmo on the 21st, SF on the 22nd, in Santa Cruz on the 27th, in Davis on the 28th, and at Main Street Music in Placerville on December 2nd.

Still crooked after all these years -- Crooked Still will have the Freight jumping on the 21st starting at 8 p.m., and on the 22nd you can see them at McCabe’s in Santa Monica.

High-octane Americana -- The Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band Houston Jones will be showcasing songs from their new Jericho Road CD at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 21st and then on the 22nd it will be the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Count Your Blessings, with bluegrass songs to get you ready for Thanksgiving. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Stairwells in Petaluma -- The Stairwell Sisters will be kicking up a storm at the Petaluma Church Concerts on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. Known for infectious shows that combine buck dancing with balladry and sass, the Sisters prove that playing old-time is indeed not a crime. Their third release, Get Off Your Money, was produced by the renowned Lloyd Maines.

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. 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 few days, and you can see them 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.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 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 4-8 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 Rockies. On the 21st hear songs by Nell Robinson, Grandpa Banana, Claire Lynch, Head For The Hills, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jesse McReynolds, Chris Jones, Laurie Lewis, The Earl Brothers, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson, Janet Beazley, and The Waller Brothers. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

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!

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 21st 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.

Sunday morning fun --
Posted:  11/13/2009

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