Author: Carlin, Larry

November 30, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009

Here come the holidays. The sounds of sleigh bells are being heard and the smell of chestnuts roasting over open fires permeates the air. According to the corporate media, last Friday was “Black Friday” and today is “Cyber Monday,” where supposedly many are sitting at their computers and letting their fingers do their holiday shopping for them. Here at the Almost Daily News, as always, the emphasis is on giving the gift of music in some form this holiday season – whether it be CDs, concert and festival tickets, instruments, or heck, even CBA memberships! There have already been some wonderful ideas posted on the CBA Welcome page, and I have my own suggestions as well that you can take a look at here. Buy direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man. These suggestions are obviously not all bluegrass related, but you may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Music – the gift that keeps on giving year round…

Mister Ed on the radio -- Tune in online tonight to the Wall To Wall Bluegrass show on the World Wide Bluegrass site to hear Bay Area bluegrass picker Ed Neff being interviewed by the Australian show host Geoff Morris. The show airs 6-9 p.m. PST, and Ed will be on between 7-8 p.m.

Special time in SF -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and you can see two bands for the no-cover price of one! 49 Special will be playing along with The Starlings, a band from the Seattle area, starting at 8:30 p.m.

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

Start the week with Bean Creek -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Bean Creek playing from 6-8 p.m., and then on December 1st see them play at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Jacob Groopman, Neil Linden, James Touzel, Steve Gale and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Mountain Drive at Phil's -- On the 1st at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Mountain Drive. No cover.

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: Peter Rowan at the Freight in Berkeley on 12/3 and at the RBA show in Mountain View 12/5; Nell Robinson CD release party at the Freight in Berkeley 12/10; Lil Ole Opry at Café International in SF 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, The Verboom Ranch in Orland on 1/26, CTMS Folk Center in Encino on 1/28, 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 Don Quixote’s in Felton 1/31; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Hard work never killed anyone, but why give it a chance?”
Posted:  12/2/2009

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