Author: Carlin, Larry

December 28, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter music camp -- So you got a new guitar (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, etc.) for Christmas and your resolution for the New Year is to play some more. But you could sure use some classes to get you going? Well, then music camp is just right place for you! The new CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th near Petaluma in western Marin County, is starting to fill up, but there is still some room left. A finger-style guitar class, taught by Steve Baughman, has also been added for the first time. Go to the web page above 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.

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-time is not a crime on NPR -- Yesterday on the National Public Radio show Morning Edition there was a real nice story about old-time fiddler Henry Reed that you can listen to here.

Barefoot Whiskey in SF -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and The Barefoot Nellies will be playing their usual slot on this fourth Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m. They will be sharing their night with The Whiskey Brothers.

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.

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 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

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.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Markie Sanders, Neil Linden, Gerry Tenney, Joe Ridout and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 29th 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.

South Bay cowboy barbecue -- Lone Prairie will be singing some cowboy songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 29th from 6-9 p.m. They will also be one of the featured acts playing at the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival on March 13th. Reserve a table at Sam’s by calling (408) 297-9151.

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: 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; Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players CD release party for their new disc A Breath of Fresh Air at Valley Brew in Stockton 1/2; 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; Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest 1/23-24; The Tuttles with AJ Lee at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/23; The Grascals at the Great American Music Hall in SF 1/26, Black Oak Casino in Toulumne 1/27, in Lincoln on the 1/28, and at the Hanford Theatre on 1/30; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; The Nashville Bluegrass Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/13; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; The Dry Branch Fire Squad at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.”
Posted:  12/30/2009

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