Author: Carlin, Larry

January 6, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Weapons of mass destruction -- Not only is the oft maligned banjo painful to the ears of the uninitiated, who knew that it had also been deemed a “deadly weapon” under Colorado state law? Denver banjo player Joseph Stancato faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly hitting another man upside the head with his banjo on New Year's Eve. Read the story here. And in Palo Alto on New Year's Eve Allison Garcia was arrested after smashing a guitar over her boyfriend's head in the manner of El Kabong of yore. He apparently turned down her offer to do a striptease, and, well, one thing led to another. It won’t be long now before instruments will not be allowed on airplanes…

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- Everyone is packing and getting ready to pick for two days straight at The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield that will be happening on the 8th and 9th. Start off the New Year right!

Scott Gates down south -- After surviving an ugly car wreck this past weekend, young mandolinist Scott Gates is ready to play some music. You can see him performing on the 6th with Nathan McEuen at Movino’s Wine Bar in Ojai starting at 8:45 p.m. Then on the 8th it will be Scott, Nathan and Chuck Hailes playing at Java Joe’s in Ventura

David Thom Band in Fairfax -- Tonight at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax The David Thom Band will be offering up some hot, fresh bluegrass starting at 9 p.m. The band is David on guitar, Andy Shaw on banjo, Mary Shaw on bass and special guest Harry Yaglijian sittin’ in on mandolin. The Sleeping Lady offers great food and drink at reasonable prices.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Blue & Lonesome in Berkeley -- The Sonoma County bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome can be enjoyed playing tonight at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley starting at 7 p.m.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Deep Elem at Phil’s -- Deep Elem on the 6th will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6 p.m.

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

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

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.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. 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.

Dreamers in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 7th you can see the The Honky Tonk Dreams play. The Dreamers are Julay Brooks on guitar, Tony Marcus on guitar & fiddle, Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, lap steel and dobro, and Jerry Logan on bass. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- Head on out to the 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

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 that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, 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 Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 7th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “In real life, I assure you there is no such thing as algebra.”
Posted:  1/8/2010

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