Author: Carlin, Larry

January 29, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010

New music from Mountain Laurel -- The Mountain Laurel bluegrass band has their third recording out titled Another Sunny Day in California, and it is full of creative arrangements, original songs and tunes. They are having a CD release party on the 29th at 8:30 p.m. at the Palms Playhouse in Winters. Tickets are $15.

Special C -- Special Consensus is in Northern California this week, and you a few chances left to see them perform. They will play in Livermore at the Asbury United Methodist Church on the 29th (they will also be doing workshops from 4-6 p.m. before the show), 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.

Knockers square dance in SF -- Kick up your heals at the square dance the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center on the 29th starting at 7:30 p.m. All dances will be taught by caller Susan Pena, with music provided by the Knuckle Knockers and friends.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be pickin’ traditional bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 30th. Marin County's longest running bluegrass band is led by the entertaining Dr. Elmo ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer") on banjo. The group also consists of John Pierson on guitar, Dana Rath on mandolin, and Carl Tone on bass. For 19 years this band has been playing traditional bluegrass with a few of Elmo’s original songs thrown into the mix. The band released their new recording Wild Blue Grass some months back. Music starts at 8, no cover, and great food in a family friendly atmosphere.

Last chance for 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. See them at the Hanford Theatre on the 30th (The Nathan McEuen Band w/ Scott Gates opens).

Roundup time in Menlo Park -- Free financial advice as well as bluegrass, country and Americana music will be served up on the 30th by Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup, The Cowlicks and 49 Special at the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park starting at 8:30 p.m. $6 cover, and you must be 21 and over to attend.

Kitchen Help in San Gregorio -- Kitchen Help will be picking some bluegrass music on the 30th at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 30th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Moon Tunes. It will be a full moon that night, so a collection of bluegrass moon-themed songs seems appropriate. Hear music from Bill Monroe, Mac Martin, Seldom Scene, Dave Evans, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Del McCoury, Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, Whitstein Brothers, Betty Harper, Charlie Sizemore, Chris Jones, and others. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

’bout Time in Fremont -- Join 'bout Time for some bluegrass and fun on the 30th at Mission Pizza in Fremont starting at 7 p.m. Mission Pizza is very family friendly with great pizza and a very fine selection of draft beers. It is located just off 680 at the Washington Boulevard exit.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" 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.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

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. This show will feature several new CDs from the California bands such as High Country, The Earl Brothers and Lonesome Otis. He will also play cuts from recent releases from Josh Williams, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Southpaw Bluegrass Band, Triple L Band, and Billy Bright & Chojo Jacques. There will be an extended set of California bands played during the third hour with tunes from Lost Highway, Chris Hillman, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, The David Thom Band, Nell Robinson, The Earl Brothers, Laurie Lewis and others. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Grandpa Banana in Fairfax -- The longtime Marin (from Inverness) musician Grandpa Banana and his band will be having a CD release party at the on the 30th at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. His new recording is titled I’ll Do Anything For You.

High Country in Alameda -- The Bay Area bluegrass band High Country will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass on the 30th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. HC's new CD is titled Perfect Companions.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Hired Hands in Fairfax -- A slimmed down version of Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands will be playing on the 30th from 2-4 p.m. at the Iron Springs Brewe
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