Author: Carlin, Larry

December 14, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009

IBMA Showcase Band deadline -- If you are considering submitting your bluegrass band for a showcase slot at the next International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass conference in September of 2010 the deadline for doing such is January 15th. Go to the website for more info.

Old Fashioned deadline -- The annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Festival won’t be happening in Hollister until August 13th-15th, but you need to apply by December 31st, so get your applications in now. Info and an application form can be found here.

Plan ahead -- The next Bluegrass Slow Jam class at the Freight & Salvage in Berkelely will start on January 5th. Guest instructors include Bill Evans, Jim Nunally and Megan Lynch. For more info go to the link.

’bout Time on the air -- Tune into Mike Russell’s Monday Nite Bluegrass show on KKUP (91.5 in Cupertino) tonight to hear ‘bout Time playing live. They will be on from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6-8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Kingston Trio around the bay -- There are no original members left in the band, but the Birkenstock-wearing, chamomile-tea drinking audience won’t know or care when they go to see The Kingston Trio sing all of their hits from days of yore. You can see them at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on the 14th and at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF on the 15th.

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 Katy Rexford, Dore Coller, Jonathan Schiele, Dave Courchaine and Dan Booth. 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.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 15th. 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.

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 15th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 15th 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.

Slow jam at the Freight --Ran Bush will be hosting the Slow Jam at the Freight on the 15th from 7-9 p.m. For details, click on the link.

Christmas Jug Band -- The Christmas Jug Band is back for its annual holiday zaniness, and you have many chances to see them. They will play the 2 AM Club in Mill Valley on the 15th, the Freight in Berkeley on the 18th, The Mystic in Petaluma on the 19th, and at The Masonic in Mill Valley on the 21st and 22nd.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 15th you can see Cliff Wagner & the Old #7 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.

Almost Daily News musical holiday gift ideas. 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…

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: The David Grisman Quintet at the Freight in Berkeley 12/26-27; High Country New Year's Eve & CD Release Party, also Jim Nunally & Dix Bruce, at the Freight on 12/31; The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at the Freight 1/2-3; 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,  
Posted:  12/16/2009

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