Author: Carlin, Larry

March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Summer music camp -- Spring has only recently arrived yet it is already time to be talking about summer. As in the CBA Summer Music Camp that will take place at Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival. Signups began last week, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot.

Fit as a fiddle -- The Marin County progressive bluegrass band Savannah Blu needs a new fiddler to make the band complete, so if you are available contact Gary Kaye at or (415) 250-4610. They have quite a few gigs on the books for the coming months.

Ashokan hello -- Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, the duo known for the beautiful yet haunting fiddle tune “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS series The Civil War (the soundtrack won a Grammy), will be playing a few shows in the southland these next few days. They play hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. See them and their family band on the 25th at the BeeKay Theatre in Tehachapi, on the 26th at the Encino Community Center, and on the 27th at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 24th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel. Pick up a copy of their new CD titled Another Sunny Day In California.

Black Crown in SF -- The Black Crown Stringband will be rendering traditional fiddle tunes, twisted bluegrass standards and plain old mountain music at Café International in SF on the 24th starting at 7:30 p.m.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 24th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 24th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 25th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.”
Posted:  3/26/2010

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