Author: Carlin, Larry

January 25, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010

Bluegrass star of tomorrow! -- Congratulations to young bluegrass pickers Angelica Grim and TJ Doerful, who are now proud parents to Jakob Doerful, who entered the bluegrass world picking and screaming on January 19th. Read the Message Board thread here and add your greetings too.

Cloverdale news -- Although the official results have yet to be posted on the Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest web site, some partial news has arrived over the transom here at Almost Daily News world headquarters. Keystone Station fiddler Kenny Blacklock and his wife Katy Bridges came in first in the twin fiddle division, he came in second in the old-time category (behind Paul Shelasky), and she came in fourth in Texas-style; their nine-year-old daughter Marika Blacklock came in ninth in the junior-junior category, while Tim Elson placed first; South Bay fiddler Danita Rast came in first in the waltz and Texas-style, and Tessa Schwartz came in fourth in the peewee group. Congrats to all!

Stars all out for Norton -- Many music all-stars came out to honor the late Bay Area musician Norton Buffalo this past weekend. Read the story in the SF Chronicle.

Peter Feldmann in the news -- Longtime bluegrass musician Peter Feldmann was featured last week in a story in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal. He has a band called The Very Lonesome Boys.

Snow job -- Bill Evans & Megan Lynch were supposed to play a show on the 24th at the Stage Door in Mt. Shasta, but the gig got snowed-out. They’ll be back in northern CA for some shows in March. Stay tuned!

The Grascals -- 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 now here, 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).

Barefoot Nellies in SF -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and The Barefoot Nellies will be playing their usual slot on this fourth Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Special events -- Special Consensus is in Northern California this week, and you have ample chances to see them perform. They will play in Bakersfield on the 25th, 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.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 p.m. you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6-8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gene Tortora, Neil Linden, Ben Bernstein, Steve Gale, and Steve Hirst. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 26th 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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: 40 Years in Your Ears Cuzin' Al's 40th Anniversary Bluegrass Show live on KPIG 107.5 FM in Freedom (also on 1510 AM in Piedmont/SF, KZAP 96.7 FM in Paradise/Chico, and KPYG 94.9 FM in Cayucos/San Luis Obispo) with bands Lone Prairie, Black Crown Stringband and Bean Creek from 6-9 p.m. on 1/31; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; 4th Annual Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival, Havasu Landing Campground, 2/12-14; Missy Raines & The New Hip at Petaluma Church Concerts 2/12; The Nashville Bluegrass Band at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 2/12, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/13, and at the Freight in Berkeley on 2/14; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18;  
Posted:  1/27/2010

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