Author: Carlin, Larry

Jan. 20, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fit, rested and ready. This is the state of your Almost Daily News intrepid reporter after having just spent a week away from everything. Muchos gracias to Rick Cornish for taking the time to cover for me here during his birthday week. My partner Claudia and I met up with some family members in Florida and we went for a five-day cruise in the Caribbean. Not only was it a wonderful and relaxing trip, we took a journey to the halcyon days of yore as we were without cell phones, TV and internet access (the latter was available on the ship at the cost of $.50 a minute, but I refused to go near the thing since this was supposed to be a vacation!). If you’ve never gone on a cruise and you have the time and money, you should give it a try sometime. The only thing missing on this trip was some bluegrass music. And heck, there are bluegrass cruises advertised from time to time (there is even a posting here on the Message Board about one in 2009), and you can find these by simply doing a search for “bluegrass cruises.”

Crows in/on the air -- Tune into Ray Edlund’s Pig In A Pen radio show today on KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley from 3-5 p.m. and hear The Mighty Crows playing live bluegrass. You can also listen on line, and if you can’t listen in real time, you can hear the show later on as it is archived on KPFA’s web site.

Jammin’ in SLO -- On the third Sunday of every month there is a bluegrass jam at the Utopia Bakery, 2900 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. So head on over there today. Your host is Roger Siminoff. All are welcome. For info email Roger at

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday and Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Normally Bean Creek alternates with The Courthouse Ramblers on Mondays, but this week there is a change in the schedule. On the Monday the 21st it will be Pete Hicks & The Trail Ride Band, and Bean Creek will play on Wednesday the 23rd instead.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF that takes place on the third Monday of every month, followed by performances. The jam starts at 6:30 p.m., and it is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam on the 21st at 8:30 p.m. you can see Five Dollar Suit play, followed by one of David’s bands, the Folkslayers of Yore. The Slayers are David Z on guitar, Jim Chayka (banjo), Joe Kenny (mando), Adam Roszkiewicz (stunt guitar), and Dave Walker (bass). They play a mix of bluegrass standards, more progressive future-chestnuts, and exciting instrumentals.

Rustler’s Moon tour -- You have three chances this week to see the all-star band Rustler’s Moon w/ Kathy Kallick & Bill Evans perform. Kathy and Bill have made their marks on both the local and national bluegrass scene, and their current music with Tom Bekeny (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Cindy Browne (acoustic bass) is rooted in traditional bluegrass, based on their original compositions, and influenced by a breadth of styles. For these shows the band also will include the wonderful fiddler/vocalist Megan Lynch. See them on the 24th at 8 p.m. at the Larkspur Café Theatre in Larkspur, on the 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, and on the 26th at 8 p.m. for RBA’s concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, which will also feature The David Thom Band.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “To succeed in politics it is often necessary to rise above your principles.”
Posted:  1/22/2008

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