Author: Carlin, Larry

March 15, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010

Taking it to the streets -- In the SF Chronicle today there is a story about street musician Nick Stillman who ekes out a living playing old-time fiddle on the streets of San Francisco and other towns. Read the story here.

Here come the Stringdusters -- You will have many chances to see The Infamous Stringdusters this next week, as they will be all over the state. See them at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 17th, at the Crystal Bay Club Casino, Crystal Bay, NV, on the 18th, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on the 19th, at Don Quixote's in Felton on the 20th, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 21st, and at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles on the 22nd.

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Sours, Red Rick, Ian Gilmore, Jerry Barush and Tom Lucas. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Great music and good food.

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

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.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 16th you can see Bill Evans & Megan Lynch play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Del and the boys -- The Del McCoury Band has one last show out here at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis on the 16th. See them while you still can!

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.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 16th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Calvin Murasaki, Belle Monroe, Larry Goldfield, Dana Rath and Duncan Draper.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 16th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 16th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 16th 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.

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: 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; Festival of the Mandolins in San Francisco 4/11; CBA Spring Campout in Turlock 4/13-18; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 5/6-9; AZ Banjo Blast 2010 5/13-15; Dabney and Hicks Campout in Bolado Park, Tres Pinos with High Country, Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, OMGG, The Courthouse Ramblers, others (for info email 5/28-31; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15;  
Posted:  3/17/2010

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