Author: Carlin, Larry

January 22, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010

Late night yuck fest -- And we are not talking “yuks,” as in laughing at jokes. Does anyone really care about what comedian is on TV at what time after 11:30 p.m.? One carrot-topped mirth maker will host his last show on NBC tonight after getting paid a paltry $45 million dollars to go away (at least until September). Meanwhile the lantern-jawed jokester will be moving back to his old slot at 11:35 in March. Off to the side the once-red-headed wisecracker on CBS is having a grand old time making light of the situation. If your life revolves around watching any one of these vidiots every night, a life is something you need to get. Try reading a book to fall asleep. Better yet, wander off to dreamland listening to some good old-fashioned bluegrass on your iPod or CD player…

Portland Old-Time photos -- If you missed the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering last weekend or if you did happen to make it up to the event, there is a wonderful photo slide show of the fest that you can enjoy looking at here.

Special events -- Special Consensus is in the state, and you 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.

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 the Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist on the 22nd and at the Freight in Berkeley on the 24th.

Honoring Norton -- On the 22nd and 23rd there will be A Celebration Of A Life: Tribute To Norton Buffalo at the Fox Theatre in Oakland starting at 7 p.m. The legendary Bay Area harmonica player passed away in November. Among the performers at the show will be Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis, Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers and The Steve Miller Band.

Traumatic grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma enjoy the traditional bluegrass of The David Thom Band on the 22nd starting at 8 p.m., and on the 23rd it will be Americana with Adam Traum & The Traumatics at 8 p.m. No cover, fine food and beer at reasonable prices, and kids are welcome.

McGrath’s in Alameda -- On the 22nd at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 9 p.m. it will be rockabilly and roots with The Greg Cross Band, and then on the 23rd the finest in Bay Area bluegrass (via Alaska) will be rendered by 49 Special starting at 8:30 p.m.

Bluegrass taking flight in Martinez -- The Redwing Bluegrass Band will be pickin’ on the 22nd at Armando’s in Martinez with Rough Road Ahead opening at 8 p.m. Redwing is Redrick Horlick, Alan Dreyfuss, Bob Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Polly Frizzell.

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.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" now takes place every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

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 4-8 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. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

SFBOT Benefit -- The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival won’t be happening until February, but you can help support the event on the 23rd at 9 p.m. by attending the SFBOT Benefit at Café du Nord in SF. The bands on the bill will be The Brothers Comatose, Bluegrass Revolution and the Barefoot Nellies. Looks like you have to have the letter B in your band name to get the gig…

The future of bluegrass -- The Tuttles with AJ Lee can and should be seen playing on the 23rd at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View starting at 8 p.m.

Help from the kitchen -- Kitchen Help will be pickin’ some bluegrass at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park on the 23rd from 1-3 p.m.

No ordinary Joe -- Bill Wagman’s House Concerts series in Sacramento will be hosting Joe Craven on the 23rd for a benefit for the American River Music Camp. A $20 donation is requested with all proceeds benefitting the camp. Music starts at 8 p.m. For information and reservations email Bill at or by phone at (530) 753-3472.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Lonesome, Sad & Blue on Windy Mountain. Inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame this year, the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers are an under-recognized first-generation band whose members included Charlie, Curly Ray, and Ezra Cline, plus Larry Richardson, Bobby Osborne, Paul Williams, and the Goins Brothers. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Down home ragtime -- The Ragtime Skedaddlers bring you syncopated hits like Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer" in period arrangements for two mandolins and guitar
Posted:  1/25/2010

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