Author: Carlin, Larry

February 8, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010

Bluegrass in Parade -- Yeah, sure, we know that all CBA members read the Parade Magazine supplement that appears in most Sunday newspapers, but just in case you missed it this past weekend, there was a nice story about a bluegrass gathering that happens every weekend in the town of Molt, Montana, and you can read the story here.

CBA winter music camp -- The CBA Winter Music Camp starts one week from today on the 15th and runs through 18th near Petaluma in western Marin County. There is still time to attend, so go to the web page above more info.

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

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Jonathan Boran, Tom Lucas, Jerry Barush, Gerry Tenney and Dave Courchaine. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 9th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 9th 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.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 9th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

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: SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; Missy Raines & The New Hip at Petaluma Church Concerts 2/12, at the Sutter Creek Theatre on 2/13, and a Santa Cruz house concert on 2/14; The Nashville Bluegrass Band at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 2/12, at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/13, and at the Freight in Berkeley on 2/14; the 4th Annual Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival at the Havasu Landing Campground 2/12-14; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Roland White at the Palms in Winters 2/18; Jim Hurst at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 2/18, at Subud Hall in Sebastopol 2/19, the Oak Songs show in Redding 2/20, and a house concert in Folsom 2/21; Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA, 2/25-28; Soggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Quartzite, AZ, 2/26-27; The Dry Branch Fire Squad at the Palms in Winters 3/3, the Freight in Berkeley 3/4, Sausalito Presbyterian Church 3/5, and Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Boulder Creek Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival 3/5-7; Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival special bluegrass program featuring Waiting for a Train and Always Been A Rambler 3/7; Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City 3/11-14; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at Cal State Northridge 3/13, Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo 3/14; Nell Robinson with The Jaybirds CD release show at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF 3/19; The CBA Presents The Gibson Brothers and The Tuttles with AJ Lee at The Morgan Hill Grange 3/20; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1;
Posted:  2/10/2010

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