Author: Carlin, Larry

February 17, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SF Bluegrass Fest -- The SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival is well under way and it runs through Sunday the 21st. There are far too many shows (and venues) to mention here, though a few have of them have been highlighted. There is a lot going on in SF, Marin and in the East Bay, so go to the site at for complete info and start making plans!

Thanks from Susie -- Speaking of the fest, the LA band Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band says, “We had an incredibly great time during our two debut shows in the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival this year. The shows at McGrath's in Alameda and the Mayflower in San Rafael were absolute highlights of our winter tour, and we thank Ken Frankel for introducing us to new fans and friends. We'll be back in Northern California this summer, so follow our schedule as it evolves on our website.”

Fred Eaglesmith on tour -- 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.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 17th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

New jam in San Jose -- The CBA sponsors a new jam on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays at Armadillo Willy's on Camden Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish for the monthly Irish jam session on the 17th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 17th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Fiddlin’ Megan -- Red-hot red-headed fiddler Megan Lynch will leave from teaching CBA music camp on Thursday and head straight to the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne where she will be the fiddler and harmony singer in The Pam Tillis Trio. Then she will move on with the trio to the Cache Creek Casino (near Winters) on the 19th.

Fiddles in Sonora -- Fiddles, Etc. will be playing bluegrass, country and old-time fiddle music from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza in East Sonora on the 18th. For more information call (209) 586-2042.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Jim Hurst on tour -- Amazing guitar player Jim Hurst is out this way, and he can be seen playing at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon on the 18th, at Subud Hall in Sebastopol on the 19th, at the Oak Songs show in Redding on the 20th, and at a house concert in Folsom on the 21st.

Jammin’ in Murphys -- There is a new bluegrass and acoustic jam in the town of Murphys at the Growler Craft Brewery on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The address is 164 Highway 4. Go on by and start pickin’!

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

David Thom & Friends in Fairfax -- David Thom's Bluegrass All-Stars on the 18th at 9 pm. at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax will feature David on mandolin, Chris Smith on guitar, Dan Booth on bass, Chris Caputo on banjo, and Paul Shelasky on fiddle.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- There is a new home for the weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays, and it is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Twin bill in San<
Posted:  2/19/2010

Copyright © 2002 California Bluegrass Association. All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Please email