Author: Carlin, Larry

February 12, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine’s weekend -- Nothing says “I love you” more than bluegrass. Take your special someone out to see a show or heck, why not go to a jam? Who needs chocolate, flowers and a fancy dinner when you can have banjos, fiddles and guitars instead? Hey, why not take her to the CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma that starts on the 15th? Or, do you want to make your own chocolate bluegrass instruments? Then go here and see if you can get the mold sent to you overnight…

SF Bluegrass Fest -- The SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival begins on Friday the 12th and runs through Sunday the 21st. There are too many shows and venues to mention here, but there is a lot going on in SF, Marin and in the East Bay. Go to the site at for complete info, and start taking notes.

Red Molly on tour -- The New York Americana/roots/female trio Red Molly is playing a series of shows in the state over the next few days, and you can see them at the Freight in Berkeley (Stairwell Sisters open) on the 12th, at the West Side Theatre in Newman on the 13th, and at the Cal Arts Academy in Fresno on the 14th.

Ghosts down south -- Billed as the “one band music festival” because of the many styles of music that they play, Marley’s Ghost can be seen on the 12th at Boulevard Music in Culver City and on the 13th at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Missy the hipster -- Noted Nashville bass player Missy Raines & The New Hip will be playing jazzgrass at the Petaluma Church Concerts on the 12th, at the Sutter Creek Theatre on the 13th, and at a Santa Cruz house concert on the 14th.

Bluegrass, Nashville style -- They don’t get out here too often, so go see the Nashville Bluegrass Band at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 12th, at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 13th, and at the Freight in Berkeley on the 14th.

Bluegrass fest in Havasu -- The 4th Annual Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival at the Havasu Landing Campground starts today and runs through the 14th with Dale Ann Bradley, IIIrd Generation, High Plains Tradition, Digger Davis & Tombstone, Flint Hill Special and lots more.

Patsy Cline in Half Moon Bay -- A production of Always…Patsy Cline runs 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.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma enjoy Celtic music of Kith & Kin on the 12th starting at 8 p.m., and on the 13th it will be traditional bluegrass with High Country from 8-10 p.m. No cover, fine food and beer at reasonable prices, and kids are welcome.

Dalton Mountain in the valley -- The Dalton Mountain Gang will be playing a concert in Templeton on the 12th at the Castoro Cellars Event Center, and on the 13th see them playing somewhere in Clovis.

Heartless in Felton -- On the 13th and 14th it will be James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards headlining with the Cache Valley Drifters opening the Sunday show at Don Quixote’s in Felton.

Party time in Columbia -- Prairie Flower & Cactus Bob will celebrate Bob’s birthday and Valentine’s Day at the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia on the 13th from 4-10 p.m. with guest artists Blue Shoes, Uke ‘n Reed, Julio & the Hunnibunnies, and whoever else shows up. $3 donation gets you in.

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.

Grits in San Gregorio -- Harmony Grits will be pickin’ bluegrass on the 13th at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Sweethearts of the Radio -- Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of musical pairings at KWMR’s annual Sweethearts of the Radio concert on the 13th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. The evening includes folk, bluegrass and swing from Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Keith Terry & Evie Ladin, and Deep Elem. Proceeds from the event benefit KWMR, West Marin’s community radio station. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show enjoyment and the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission. For more info contact Lance Walker at (707) 542-8995 or

Old Soles in Kirkwood -- The Old Soles will be playing old-time, good-time music on the 13th at the Kirkwood Inn across from the ski resort. It is friendly family dining in a historic log building. Music from 6-8 p.m., no cover charge.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 13th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend will feature a live, in-studio session with Alex Caton & Pete Winne, performing at two of the events of the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival. Plus, more SFBOT previews, music from Laurie Lewis' new album, and music from other upcoming area shows. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Lonesome time in Santa Ynez -- Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Boys will be playing bluegrass for your enjoyment at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall on the 13th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto that takes place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue.

Upper crust jam -- On the 13th 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.

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

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Posted:  2/15/2010

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