Author: Carlin, Larry

January 18, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy MLK and Rick Cornish Birth Days! -- Today is the Monday national holiday when we celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader, who would have turned 81 years-old on the 15th. This day also happens to be the birthday of CBA Chairman of the Board Rick Cornish . As for the age of Rick? Uh, we’ll have to let you fill in the blank on this one. But if you want to wish him a Cyber-happy-b-day, just go here and make a posting.

Grascals RV Park -- How many bands can claim that they have an RV park named after them? This past weekend The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park in Dothan, Alabama, was officially named after the band while they played a concert there. The Grascals, besides winning the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, are one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit right now. They were Dolly Parton’s bluegrass band, and they have a great sound on their own. Their banjo player, Kristen Scott Benson, won the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. They are headed this way, and you can see them playing at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 25th, at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 26th (the Marin County bluegrass band Keystone Station opens), the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 27th, in Lincoln on the 28th, and at the Hanford Theatre on the 30th (The Nathan McEuen Band w/ Scott Gates opens). And what else is Dothan, AL, known for? Well, it was also the birthplace of the Bay Area’s own bluegrass singer Nell Robinson!

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

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Great music and good food.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Stacy Samuels, Jerry Barush, Deirdre Donovan, Wayblonde and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., 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, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

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.

Jamvitational on the move -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase, which used to be held on the third Tuesday of the month in Fairfax, will be moving this month to Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 19th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The good news about the move is that the new venue is not as hard to get to from the freeway, and the music will run from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. The players will be Aaron Bolano, Tom Brigham, Deirdre Donovan, Alec Oyung and Dan Large.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 17th. 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 19th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 19th the band Simon Pure will play. 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.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 19th 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.

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 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 O
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