Author: Carlin, Larry

February 5, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010

Super weekend -- There is a rumor going around that some football game of some supposed import is going to be played this Sunday. Instead of watching two teams play that you really don’t care about – and being bombarded with an endless amount of moronic commercials along the way – why not get out of the house to see or pick some bluegrass instead? There is quite a bit of good music going on, and heck, and it sure beats wasting hours in front of the tube on what is supposed to be a nice sunny Sunday. It is a super time to work on your pickin’ and singing!

Vote early and vote often -- The young bluegrass band known as OMGG (Obviously Minor Guys and Girl) is competing in the Livermore Talent Competition. The finals will take place on the 28th of this month and the winners will be decided by judges. In the meantime you can vote for the People’s Choice Award by going to the web link above. Go to the site now and make the “obvious” choice…

Patsy Cline in Half Moon Bay -- A production of Always…Patsy Cline starts on the 5th and will run through the 27th of this month at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay. The lineup of musicians includes Pat Campbell on bass, Steve Shufton on piano, Mark Holzinger on guitar, Charlie Wallace on steel, Tim Seifert on drums, Brantley Kearns on fiddle, Ross Dankin on guitar and Catie Chase as Patsy.

Swingin’ in Oakland -- Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 5th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Café, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma enjoy the blend of bluegrass and Americana played by the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 5th from 8-10 p.m., and then on the 7th it will be the monthly Celtic jam starting at 6 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Ghosts on tour -- Billed as the “one band music festival” because of the many styles of music that they play, Marley’s Ghost will be having a CD release party at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 5th starting at 8 p.m. On the 6th see them at the Sebastopol Community Center, on the 10th at Matt's Music in Paso Robles, on the 11th at River Valley Church in Bakersfield, on the 12th at Boulevard Music in Culver City, and on the 13th at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Redwing takes flight in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 6th starting at 8 p.m. The East Bay bluegrass band Redwing will be pickin' all of your favorite tunes and more.

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.

Bazaar scene -- The Marin County acoustic duo Barbwyre (Jon Mitguard and Dana Rath) will be traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge to play at the Bazaar Café in SF on the 6th starting at 7 p.m. Also on the bill is noted West Marin banjo player Tim Weed, so there will be some serious picking to accompany your café treats. Where else are you going to go to hear pedal steel and classical banjo?

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. On the 6th he will be playing an hour of Colorado bluegrass, and also playing new CDs from Anne & Pete Sibley, High Country, The Earl Brothers, and Billy Bright & Chojo Jacques. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

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!

Upper crust jam -- On the 6th from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Little Black Train -- Enjoy old-time and bluegrass by Little Black Train, who will be having a CD release party on the 6th at the Red Barn in Los Osos. They will also perform live on KCBX 90.1 FM around 3 p.m. on the show Song Town with Sonnie Brown. Listeners outside the area can tune in on line. With an all-star lineup of veteran string wizards Kenny Blackwell, John Weed, and Stuart Mason, the band will perform vintage fiddle tunes and old-time songs from their new release titled, appropriately enough, Little Black Train. The Red Barn show begins at 7 p.m. with a pot luck supper starting at 6. No tickets are required but suggested donation is $10 at the door. BYOB and a dish to share for the pot luck supper.

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 6th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled NBB Is Coming. Since the inception of the Grammy award for Bluegrass Album of the Year, only one band – the Nashville Bluegrass Band – has had all seven of its releases nominated for the award, which they've won twice. They've won a slew of other aw
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