Author: Carlin, Larry

February 15, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010

Pretty in pink -- Fabulous Bay Area fiddler and two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Laurie Lewis had a great write-up in the Pink Section of the SF Chronicle yesterday and you can read the story here. We knew about this story on Friday but waited until it ran in print before posting it.

SF Bluegrass Fest -- The SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival started 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.

Calling all Fred Heads -- Canadian singer/songwriter and performer Fred Eaglesmith is not a household name, but those in the know know how good he is. While he fits more into the esoteric “Americana” category, he writes all kinds of styles, and one of his songs, “Thirty Years of Farming,” was a number one bluegrass hit for James King. Fred and his band are all over NorCal this week, and you can see them at Tales from The Tavern in Santa Ynez on the 17th, at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on the 19th, at the Sutter Creek Theatre on the 20th, and at The Palms in Winters on the 21st.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Great music and good food.

Blue night in SF -- Instead of the usual third Monday jam and performance by Homespun Rowdy at Amnesia in SF the SFBOTF is presenting three bluegrass bands. See Blue & Lonesome, Savannah Blu and Emily Bonn & The Vivants.

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.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Annie Staninec, David Thom, Dave Walker, John Kael and Tom Lucas. 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

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 16th you can see Fur Dixon & Steve Werner play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

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.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The fiddle tunes jam normally takes place only on the second Tuesday of the month, but during the SFBOTF there will be a special session that will take place on the 16th 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.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase, which used to be held on the third Tuesday of the month in Fairfax, moved last month to Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael, and the next one is on the 16th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The good news about the move is that the new venue is not as hard to get to from the freeway, and the music runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. The players will be Tom Lucas, Craig Fletcher, Dan Ridout, Bruce Campbell and Dan Large.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 16th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 16th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 16th 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.

Fat Tuesday in Berkeley -- The Mardi Gras Cajun dance will take place on the 16th with The Aux Cajunals and The Creole Belles at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Dance lesson at 8 p.m., and the bands start at 8:30. All ages are welcome; admission is $12. Ashkenaz is located at 1317 San Pablo Ave (near Gilman) in Berkeley. For info go here.

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: 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; Roland White at the Palms in Winters 2/19; Tim O'Brien at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico 2/23, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center
in Nevada City 2/24; Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA, 2/25-28; The Wailin' Jennys in Arroyo Grande 2/26, Cal Tech Pasadena 2/27, Freight in Berkeley 3/2, Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico 3/3, Grass Valley 3/4, back at the Freight 3/5, Napa Valley Opera House 3/6, and Cotton Aud
Posted:  2/17/2010

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