Author: Carlin, Larry

February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wintergrass weekend -- The annual indoor festival called Wintergrass will be taking place 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. Buy that plane ticket now!

New slow jam class -- Ran Bush will be hosting another Slow Jam Class Level I and Level II starting on March 2nd and running for six Tuesday evenings at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Guest instructors Bill Evans and Jim Nunally. Go to the link now to sign up.

CD release party in San Luis -- The Appellation Bluegrass Band is having a CD release party on the 24th at the SLO Down Pub in San Luis Obispo starting at 7 p.m. The new CD is titled Opening Night, and it contains 14 prime cuts of your bluegrass favorites, twisted just a little in the ABB tradition. ABB features Thomas Bringle on bass, George Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Little Sky White on guitar, Dave Whitehead on guitar, and Wendy Stockton on banjos and flute.

Tim O’Brien in Nevada City -- Tim O'Brien is on his way to Wintergrass, but you can see him playing at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City on the 24th.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 24th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 24th from 6-8 p.m.

Dancing banjo player -- Anyone who has seen The Stairwell Sisters perform over the last ten years has seen banjo player Evie Laden dancing during one of their shows. She now has her own new recording titled Float Downstream, and on the 25th she will be having a CD release party at the Freight. The band consists of husband Keith Terry (bass, percussion, vocals, body music), Dina Maccabee (violin, vocals, feet), and Erik Pearson (guitar, slide guitar, dobro, banjo, vocals). Special guests include Suzy Thompson, Karen Celia Heil, Matt Knoth, Amber Hines and Mike Rinta. Show starts at 8 p.m.

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

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- There is a new home and name for the weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays. The name is "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC), and the location 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.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 25th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

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.

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 Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

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

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled.”
Posted:  2/26/2010

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