Author: Carlin, Larry

March 1, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010

Fests ahead -- Okay, we’ve turned the page into March, the Olympics are over, spring training for baseball has begun, and it is time to start getting the camping gear ready as festivals of all kinds are starting to fill the calendar. This weekend campers and motor homes are headed to Bluegrass On The Beach in Lake Havasu City, AZ, on the 5th-7th to see 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. Or, there is the indoor fest on the 5th-7th called Boulder Creek Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival with Mike McKinley & Quack Grass, Faux Renwah's Spur of the Moment, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Mountain Drive, 49 Special, The West County Professional Tea Sippers and others. Bluegrass On Broadway will be taking place in Redwood City the 11th-14th, and on the 13th the place to be is the CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival to see Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Ed Neff and Blue & Lonesome, The Kathy Kallick Band, 49 Special, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Evo Bluestein, and Lone Prairie. Get out and see some live bluegrass!

Band scramble -- The Bay Area bluegrass band once known as the Mighty Crows have decided to fly off in different directions. You can read the details on their website.

New slow jam class -- Ran Bush will be hosting another Slow Jam Class Level I and Level II starting on the 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.

Bean Creek South Bay world tour -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Bean Creek playing from 6-8 p.m., and then on the 2nd see them play at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin' in Culver City -- The New West Side Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first Monday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until it's over at Industry Cafe and Jazz, 6039 Washington Boulevard, in Culver City. For more info call Jeff Fleck at (310) 390-4391 or email at

Brewglass in SF -- Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be playing their usual slot on this first Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ 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.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Tom Lucas, Julay Brooks, Tom Diamant, Ray Bierl and Harry Yagligian. 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

Wailin’ Jennys in state -- The fabulous all-female trio known as The Wailin' Jennys are all over California this week, and you can see them at the Freight in Berkeley on the 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.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet as of March 1st there was no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Bluegrass at Phil’s -- Jim Mintun and friends will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 2nd from 6-8 p.m. No cover.

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: 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; 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; The Del McCoury Band at the Mystic in Petaluma 3/12, the Nugget in Sparks, NV, 3/13, The Great American Music Hall in SF 3/14, and the Studio Theatre in Davis on 3/16; 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; Joy Kills Sorrow in Point Reyes Station 4/2, in Arcata on 4/8, at the Oaksongs Society in Redding 4/9, and at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10;
Posted:  3/3/2010

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