Author: Carlin, Larry

February 26, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010

Calling all early birds! -- The deadline for early bird tickets for the CBA’s 35th Father's Day Festival is this Sunday the 28th. Go to the site now and buy your tickets. Beat the rush!

Concert for Haiti -- There will be a concert on the 26th at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland to benefit the What If Foundation. Proceeds will go to help the beleaguered citizens of Haiti after the devastating earthquake. See Eric & Suzy Thompson, Alan Senauke, Evie Laden, Chad Manning, Keith Terry, and others. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be old-time music by the Lonesome Holler String Band on the 26th from 8-10 p.m., enjoy the blend of bluegrass and Americana played by Under the Radar on the 27th from 8-10 p.m., and then on the 28th it will be Celtic music by Greenhouse starting at 6 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- It will be bluegrass by Natural Drift on the 26th when they play at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound.

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.

Wailin’ Jennys in state -- The fabulous all-female trio known as The Wailin' Jennys are all over California in the next week, and you can see them in Arroyo Grande on the 26th, at Cal Tech Pasadena on the 27th, at the Freight in Berkeley on March 2nd and 5th, at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on the 3rd, in Grass Valley on the 4th, at the Napa Valley Opera House on the 6th, and at the Cotton Auditorium in Ft. Bragg 7th.

Square dancing in SF -- Swing your partner at the Bernal Heights Square Dance in SF on the 26th starting at 7:30 p.m. All dances taught by caller Susan Pena, and no partner necessary. Live music by the Knuckle Knockers and friends. The address is 515 Cortland Avenue.

KALW On-Air Folk Festival -- On Saturday the 27th, KALW (91.7 FM) presents five hours of continuous live music from 3-8 p.m. The folk festival of the airwaves will be featuring some of the Bay Area's finest local talent, such as Irish fiddler Colm O'Riain, Mary Gauthier, Lily storm, Caren Armstrong, and the bluegrass bands Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue and Blue & Lonesome. The last two bands will also be performing at the CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival on March 13th. You can listen to the Folk Fest on the radio or online.

Western Lights in Woodland -- The Western Lights Band will be playing Western swing at the Woodland Opera House on the 27th. Dayna Wills, the niece of the legendary Bob Wills and a Western swing recording artist, will also be there.

Freight open house -- The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley is having a free open house on the 27th from 1-4 p.m., with an emphasis on music for kids. Everyone is invited. If you have not been to the new venue yet, what are you waiting for?

Stephanie Bettman in Granada Hills -- On the 27th at 8 p.m. see Stephanie Bettman pickin’ at the Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor in Granada Hills. Also on the bill will be I See Hawks In LA.

Chris Stuart in San Diego -- See Chris Stuart & Backcountry playing at San Diego Oldtime Music on the 27th starting at 7 p.m. The band features the powerful vocals and songwriting skills of Chris Stuart, banjo player extraordinaire (and Old Time Music home girl) Janet Beazley, and the mega-tasteful lead guitar of Eric Uglum. They’re joined by teenage sensations Austin & Christian Ward on bass and fiddle.

Saddle Cats in Sonoma -- Western swing will be performed on the 27th by The Saddle Cats at Little Switzerland in Sonoma starting at 8 p.m. The Swiss is a charming historic dance hall, and it is located at 19080 Riverside Drive in Sonoma. They serve traditional Alpine/Swiss/German fare and have a fabulous selection of beers. The Cats are Bobby Black, Richard Chon, Gordon Clegg, and Bing Nathan.

Lap steel day for Rich Hendricks -- The 27th is the annual Lap Steel Day at the Bay View Boat Club in San Francisco. This is always a special night of great lap steel players, and it was also a favorite time for the late Rick Hendricks (the dobro player from the Brewglass Boys who passed away in late 2009). On Saturday the evening will be dedicated to the memory of Rick and a memorial chair will be set up to honor him with mementos. Please feel free to contribute something. The doors open at 5 p.m., with music starting at 8. The Lap Steel House Band will be backing up lap steel players such as Freddy Roulette and others, under the direction of David Phillips. Anyone interested in performing with the band or with your own group should contact Joe Lavash at The Bay View is a private club, so when you arrive you must sign in (as a guest of Joe Lavash). The evening is free, food is pot luck and the drinks are cheap.

High Country in Alameda -- On the 27th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. it will be the finest in Bay Area bluegrass by High Country starting at 8:30 p.m.

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.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 27th at Augie
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