Author: Carlin, Larry

December 9, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Level-headed Nell -- Bay Area bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson, who has a band called Red Level, will be having a CD release party at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Thursday the 10th at 8 p.m. for her wonderful new recording titled Nell Robinson in Loango, which was produced by Grammy-winners Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally. They, along with other Bay Area bluegrass all-stars (Keith Little, Tony Marcus, Tom Rozum, Andrew Conklin) and special guests The Henriettas and Richard Brandenburg, will be playing with Nell on this show. Read reviews of the CD here.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Rick Hendricks, longtime dobro player with Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, passed away on Monday the 7th while friends and former band mates were singing "I'll Fly Away" at the tribute night in his honor at Amnesia in SF. Read Brewglass mandolin player Ted Silverman’s touching tribute on the CBA Message Board as well as comments from others. Rick will be missed by many in the Bay Area music community… Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of the popular Irish folk act from the 50s The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, died on the 4th in Ireland. He suffered for years with incurable pulmonary fibrosis. He was 74. You can read his obit in the SF Chronicle.

Bruce Molsky in NorCal -- Old-time musician Bruce Molsky is currently on tour up north, and you can see him at the Freight on the 9th, at the Sonoma County Folk Society in Sebastopol on the 11th, and at the Humboldt Folk Society on the 12th and 13th playing a dance and show as well as holding a workshop.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 9th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

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. On the 9th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

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.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 9th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Geoff Muldaur by the bay -- Geoff Muldaur, who was a member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band back in the day, can be seen on the 9th playing a house concert in Mountain View, on the 11th at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon, and on the 12th he will be with his band The Texas Sheiks (featuring special guest Jim Kweskin) at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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

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

Martians 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 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

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.

Swingin’ 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 10th it will be The Saddle Cats playing the finest in Western swing.

Woody Guthrie in Sonora -- The stage show Woody Guthrie's American Song is back for another run at Stage 3 in Sonora, and it runs through 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.”

Bluegrass musical in SF -- The Custom Made Theatre Company presents a new production of the late Harry Chapin’s bluegrass musical Cotton Patch Gospel and it runs 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. The music is performed by  
Posted:  12/11/2009

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