Author: Carlin, Larry

January 8, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010

The streets of Bakersfield -- There is lots of jamming going on at The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield on the 8th and 9th. Odds are being taken on how many times the fiddle tune "The 8th of January" will be played...

Kids playing bluegrass -- The young band OMGG has a big show on the 8th at the Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church in Walnut Creek starting at 7:30 p.m. The band is AJ Lee, Max Schwartz, Nate Schwartz and Marty Varner.

Scott Gates in Ventura -- Scott Gates, Nathan McEuen and Chuck Hailes can be seen playing at Java Joe’s in Ventura on the 8th.

Circling the bay -- This is a big weekend for the Bay Area bluegrass band The Circle R Boys. On the 8th they will be playing at the Utunes Coffee House in Oakland at 8 p.m., on the 9th it will be The Bistro in Hayward, and on the 10th see them at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma enjoy the traditional bluegrass of Carolina Special on the 9th starting at 8 p.m., and on the 10th it will be Celtic and Americana with Shades of Green from 6-8 p.m. No cover, fine food and beer at reasonable prices, and kids are welcome.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is usually a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue, but with the big event in Bakersfield it is unknown whether or not this jam here will be taking place.

Cosmic Rita -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will be appearing on the 9th at The Cozmic Cafe in Placerville.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 9th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled The Greatest Hits of 1952, with songs by Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Don Reno, Red Smiley & the Tennessee Cut-Ups, Jimmy Martin & Sonny Osborne, Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Mac Wiseman & the Country Boys, the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Betty Harper & the Black Mountain Boys, and Wade Mainer. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Blu Grass in SF -- The Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blu will be crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the 9th to perform at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 9 p.m.

Big show in The Valley -- Gloriana and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players will be causing quite a stir in the Central Valley town of Modesto on the 9th. Show starts at 8 at the State Theatre.

Upper crust jam -- On the 9th from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 9th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 9th will be broadcasting from San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House featuring “modern bluegrass” by fiddler Sara Watkins, formerly of the band Nickel Creek. Gosh, with all of the talent in the Bay Area you’d think that old scrunch face could have hired, say, a Bay Area bluegrass band, instead of paying a lot of money to fly in an act from out of town. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 10th starting at 11 a.m.

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play every Sunday from 10-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace (near Grass Valley). This is an acoustical event somewhere between a jam, a concert, and sing-along.

Slow jam at the Freight -- Ran Bush will be hosting the Sunday afternoon Slow Jam at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 10th. The jam is from 1-4 p.m., and the cost is $14 at the door or $135 for a six month pass. Contact Ran (510) 525-8156 with questions or for more information, or go the link above.

Jammin' in Altadena -- On Sunday the 10th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries. For info contact David at

Jammin’ in Orangevale -- From 1-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month the California Old-Time Fiddlers’ Association meets at the Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, in Orangevale. (916) 966-9067.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.”
Posted:  1/11/2010

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