Author: Carlin, Larry

February 22, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010

Festive time -- The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival came to an end yesterday, and by most accounts it was another rousing success. Ten days of multiple shows at various venues around the Bay Area, presented by an all-volunteer staff. And what a nice way to kick off the 2010 festival season! But don’t for one minute think that you can just kick back now and rest for a few months. There are many more fests and concerts coming up soon, so pour a glass of Red Bull and start taking notes. Here are a few fests of note:

Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA, on the 25th-28th, featuring the Lonesome River Band, Tim O'Brien, Steep Canyon Rangers The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Joe Craven, Seldom Scene, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and others.

Bluegrass On The Beach in Lake Havasu City, AZ, March 5th-7th with The Dalton Mountain Gang, Town Mountain, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, The Bluegrass Brothers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The James King Band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call and Nothin' Fancy.

The CBA's Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival on March 13th, with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Ed Neff and Blue & Lonesome, The Kathy Kallick Band, 49 Special, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Evo Bluestein, and Lone Prairie.

Still time to vote -- 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…

Little Black Train -- There is a new old-time and bluegrass recording out by Little Black Train, a trio from down the coast with an all-star lineup of veteran string wizards featuring Kenny Blackwell, John Weed, and Stuart Mason. They play vintage fiddle tunes and old-time songs, and their new release is titled, appropriately enough, Little Black Train. They will be playing on the 28th at The Goleta Old-Time Jamboree and 39th Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention. Go to the web site for more info.

Barefoot Nellies in SF -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and The Barefoot Nellies, for the last time, will be playing their usual slot on this fourth Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m. After February they will be playing every other month on the fourth Monday (the even months), so see them tonight because they will not return until April.

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

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 Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Josh Jakus, Neil Linden, Red Rick, Ran Bush, and Steve Hirst. 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

Tim O this week -- Tim O'Brien is on his way to Wintergrass, but you can see him at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on the 23rd and at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City on the 24th.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 23rd 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- The Mighty Crows will be pickin’ some bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 23rd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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: 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 Auditorium in Ft. Bragg 3/7; Lost and Found in Yreka 3/3; 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; Bluegrass On The Beach in Lake Havasu City, AZ, 3/5-7; 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; Sonora Celtic Faire 3/12-14; 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; Oroville Old-Time Fiddlers Contest 3/19-20; The CBA Presents The Gibson Brothers and The Tuttles with AJ Lee at The Morgan Hill Grange 3/20;  
Posted:  2/24/2010

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