Author: Carlin, Larry

January 20, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Special time of year -- Special Consensus is headed to the state, and you will have ample chances to see them perform. They will play a San Diego Bluegrass Society Concert on the 22nd, at Boulevard Music in Culver City on the 23rd, at the Valley Harvest Church in Santa Ynez on the 24th, at The Verboom Ranch in Orland on the 26th, at the CTMS Folk Center in Encino on the 28th, in Livermore at the Asbury United Methodist Church on the 29th, at the Sutter Creek Theater on the 30th, on KPIG Radio at 10 a.m. on the 31st and later that evening at Don Quixote’s in Felton.

Fiddle fever -- The Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest is happening this weekend on the 23rd and 24th in Cloverdale, so resin up that bow and get ready to head on up the road.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Carl Smith, country singer from the ‘50s who had many hits, was married for a few years to June Carter and was the father of Carlene Carter, died in Franklin, TN, on the 16th. He was 82. Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle, best known for performing with her sister Anna, died of cancer in Montreal on the 18th. She was 63. She was the mother of performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and she was once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright III.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 20th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

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

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The bluegrass and old-time jam at The Coleman Still in Santa Clara takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 20th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

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

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 20th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bee Eaters on tour -- The Bee Eaters consist of four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the new generation of acoustic musicians. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge (both former multiple winners at Cloverdale). The result of the foursome's collaboration is an elegant fusion of tradition and innovation. See them at St. John's Episcopal Church in Aptos on the 21st, at the Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist on the 22nd, and at the Freight in Berkeley on the 24th.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 21st will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

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 Napa -- There is a 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

Crowing in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 21st enjoy the bluegrass of The Mighty Crows.

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.

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

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in<
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