Author: Carlin, Larry

March 8, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010

Movies and music -- It was great to read that Jeff Bridges won Best Actor last night for his role as a down and out country singer in the movie Crazy Heart. Cool that it won for Best Original Song as well. If you have not seen this film, it is really well done and so true to life, as anyone that has tried to make a living playing country or bluegrass music can attest. The bearded, whiskey-swilling Bridges looks a bit like a younger Kris Kristofferson, but sings a hell of a lot better than him. He really plays guitar in most of the scenes, does a decent job as a singer, and so does supporting actor Colin Farrell, who, as some people may not know, is from Ireland. T-Bone Burnett produced the music, the late Steve Bruton contributed much to the songwriting, and the Oscar-winning song, "The Weary Kind," was co-written (with Burnett) and sung by Ryan Bingham. You can watch a video of the song here, and read an informative story by Chet Flippo about the music from the film here. Other favorite music films are Tender Mercies, Once, O Brother, Where Art Thou, and Nashville.

The road to Sebastopol -- The place to be on the 13th is the CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival to see, in order of appearance, 49 Special, Lone Prairie, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Evo Bluestein, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Blue & Lonesome and The Kathy Kallick Band. This is a wonderful one-day indoor festival that also includes jamming and workshops. For ticketing info go here. Thanks to Mark Hogan for all of the hard work that he does putting this event together!

Bill and Meghan on the go -- Bill Evans & Megan Lynch have a busy next ten days all over the state. They will be playing at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 10th, at a house concert in Sacramento on the 11th, at Bernie's Guitar in Redding on the 12th, doing workshops at Bernie’s on the 13th, a concert at Ifshin Violins in El Cerrito on the evening of the 13th, at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 16th, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 17th, at Acoustic Music San Diego on the 19th, and at Boulevard Music in Culver City on the 20th.

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 Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gene Tortora, Peter Kessler, Wayblonde, Jeff Crossley and Stephen Breen. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

April in March -- Canadian fiddler April Verch has one more date in California on her current tour. Virtuoso fiddler, stunning vocalist and an electrifying step-dancer, April presents a beguiling blend of folk, jazz, old-time, bluegrass and roots music woven together with precision, intensity and soul, in a heartwarming, foot-stomping, unforgettable concert. See her play in Pleasanton on the 9th.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 9th 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.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 9th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 9th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

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: 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 & Kentuck
Posted:  3/10/2010

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