Author: Carlin, Larry

March 19, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010

The rites of spring -- The spring season does not officially arrive until tomorrow, but it sure feels like it is already here high atop Almost Daily News headquarters in downtown San Francisco. While the mass media is telling you that it is time to start your cliched “spring cleaning,” what you really need to do is to start making your bluegrass check list for the upcoming music season. Like, for example, buying your tickets to the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in June. Or getting the car/van/motorhome ready for the CBA Spring Campout in Turlock on April 13th-18th. How about breaking out the tent, sleeping bag and cooler to make sure they are all in usable order for another year? Heck, what about changing the strings on your instrument? Spring is about to be sprung, so get ready to have some fun!

Situational bluegrass -- A five-day event called the LA Bluegrass Situation began yesterday on the 18th and runs through the 22nd at the Largo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring Steve Martin, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more. Go to the site for complete info.

Nell’s night out -- East Bay bluegrass singer (via Loango, Alabama) Nell Robinson is having a CD release show on the 19th at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco for her wonderful new recording titled Nell Robinson in Loango. She will be backed by the fabulous John Reischman & The Jaybirds. Read about Nell in the SF Chronicle.

Fiddling in Oroville -- Resin up that bow and head on out to the Oroville Old-Time Fiddlers Contest on the 19th and 20th.

Sublime Spring Singout in SF -- Jeanie and Chuck Poling will be hosting the Sublime Spring Singout at the Velo Rouge Café in San Francisco on the 19th starting at 7 p.m. No cover, and all ages welcome. It is a showcase of the best local Americana talent, featuring Matt Lax and Toshio Hirano, along with performances by Jeanie & Chuck, Misisipi Mike Wolf, special guest Smelley Kelley, and more.

Altan on tour -- The Celtic band Altan has a series of shows these next few nights. They will be at the Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley on the 19th, the Laxson Auditorium at Cal State in Chico on the 20th, and the Sebastopol Community Centre on the 21st.

The Stringdusters are here -- You have many chances to enjoy The Infamous Stringdusters. See them 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.

Bill and Meghan down south -- Bill Evans & Megan Lynch are down in SoCal these next two days, and they will be playing at Acoustic Music in San Diego on the 19th and at Boulevard Music in Culver City on the 20th.

Jug roots in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda at 8 p.m. on the 19th the Skiffle Symphony jug band returns with a style all its own. And on the 20th The Smiley Mountain Band from Yosemite will be cranking out traditional roots and bluegrass at 8 p.m.

Chilean benefit in Davis -- Poetic Justis will play at the Rominger West Winery in Davis on the 19th at a benefit for Chilean earthquake relief from 7-10 p.m. The multi-talented Kathy Barwick will be on dobro and mandolin. There is no cover charge, but there will be opportunities to make a donation to the American Red Cross. Appetizers will be provided.

Coyote Hill in Sonora -- On the 19th the band Coyote Hill can be seen playing folk, jazz, and bluegrass at the Stage 3 Theater in Sonora. The band is Richard Sholer, Dick Todd, Rick Barlow and Clinton Day.

Square dance in SF -- Kick up your heals on the 19th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center with music by the Knuckle Knockers and calling by Susan Peña.

Gibson Brothers in Morgan Hill -- The CBA presents The Gibson Brothers and The Tuttles with AJ Lee at The Morgan Hill Grange on the 20th. Don't miss this show!

Lost Weekend in Sonoma -- The Western swing band Lost Weekend will have you dancing at Little Switzerland in Sonoma on the 20th starting at 8 p.m. featuring special guest vocalist Chris O’Connell.

Snap to it! -- Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players will be playing live at The Blackwater in Stockton on the 20th at 8:30 p.m. Free show, and all ages are welcome.

Oak Grove in Walnut Creek -- The Schwartz family band known as Oak Grove (featuring some members of OMGG) will be pickin’ bluegrass at the Shadelands Farmers' Market in Walnut Creek, on North Wiget just north of Ygnacio Valley Road, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the 20th. Buy some veggies and listen to bluegrass.

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.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 20th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Vernal Equinox, with songs of the season by the Vern Williams Band, Reno & Smiley, Cooke Duet, Carter Family, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, Kathy Kallick Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, High Country, John Reischman & Jaybirds, and Gillian Welch, plus seasonally appropriate tunes by Casey Henry, Chris Thile, Pete Wernick, Slavik Hanzlik, and the Country Gentlemen. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Quadruple bill in SF -- On the 20th at Slim’s in SF Shelby Ash Presents a night of backwoods mountain music with the Pine Box Boys, The Earl Brothers, The Last Men on Earth, and Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. The Earls will be releasing copious copies of their new CD titled The Earl Brothers.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, fro
Posted:  3/22/2010

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