Author: Carlin, Larry

April 2, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010

The last angry man! -- Who is this man and why is he so angry? Go to the link and add a caption, and if you win you may get to share a free breakfast with him at Grass Valley to find out what really bugs him…

Another one bites the dust -- They’re wearing black at the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa, as the venue sadly closed its doors on March 27th. Go to the site for a message from the owner. It was a venue for Celtic, country, folk and more, and it will be missed if a new owner does not come along to keep it running.

In the Dawghouse -- Mandolin master David Grisman has a new site called Acoustic Oasis where you'll find download recordings of fine acoustic music that he has collected during five decades of playing, recording and listening. Most of his releases have never been available in this or any other format and they all include downloadable CD/DVD graphics. Among the initial Acoustic Oasis releases are extended versions of Acoustic Disc projects like the 170-minute Extra Large Pizza Tapes with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice and David, exceptional live performances like The Bluegrass Quintet - Live in Japan, vintage recordings of historical importance such as Giovanni Gioviale - Italian Mandolin & Banjo Classics, out- of-print gems like jazz master Don Stiernberg's Mandolin Restaurant and new Oasis recordings like Slapback by mandolin whiz-kid Josh Pinkham and his grandfather, Texas swing legend Jerry Thomasson. Also available are videos, educational materials, special bargain compilations, free streaming radio TV and a free daily download. New releases and features will be coming each month so you'll want to keep checking back.

Uke mania in Marin --- There are two ukulele stories in the Marin Independent Journal today, and you can read them here and here.

Nell Robinson’s big weekend -- On the 2nd Nell Robinson & Friends (Larry Chung, Glenn Dauphin, Dave Gooding & Yoseff Tucker) will be presenting A Night of Bluegrass & Country at 8:30 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion-Boilerhouse Restaurant, 1414 Harbor Way South Marina District, in Richmond. This is a new Friday night music series featuring good food, wine and music. On Saturday the 3rd Nell is flying to Seattle show to appear on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Nell’s duo The Henriettas (with Cary Sheldon) sing songs by the original Cackle Sisters, Mary Jane and Carolyn DeZurik, who were the first women to become stars on both the National Barn Dance and the Grand Ole Opry. Also on the show are Brandi Carlile and Nellie McKay. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 4th starting at 11 a.m.

New bluegrass invitational jam -- There is a new invitational jam scheduled for first Fridays at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley. The initial show on the 2nd, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., features Dan Large on mandolin, Deirdre Donovan on bass, Jerry Barush on banjo, Joe Ridout on guitar, and Tom Lucas on fiddle. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they are now adding bluegrass to their mix.

Black Crown on tour -- SF’s Black Crown Stringband is down in southern CA these next two days, and they can be seen playing old-time music on the 2nd at Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre and on the 3rd at the Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos.

Twin bill in West Marin -- You can see Joy Kills Sorrow and MilkDrive playing the Acoustic Church series at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station on the 2nd.

Scott Gates in Ventura -- See Scott Gates, Nathan McEuen & Chuck Hailes when they play at Java Joe’s in Ventura at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd.

Nine-8ths Irish in Colfax -- Enjoy the Celtic sounds of Nine-8ths Irish when they play at Evangeline's Cafe in Colfax on the 3rd starting at 7 p.m. Kathy Barwick plays guitar in this band.

Swingin’ in Oakland -- Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 2nd starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Café, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma enjoy the blend of bluegrass and Americana played by the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 2nd from 8-10 p.m., and then on the 4th it will be the monthly Celtic jam starting at 6 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Special night in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 3rd starting at 8 p.m. Tyson Alteri, Dan Booth and Friends from the SF band 49 Special will be pickin' some 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.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Upper crust jam -- On the 3rd from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the  
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