Author: Carlin, Larry

April 5, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010

Play ball! -- Heck, who has time for bluegrass when today is the start to the 2010 baseball season, Tiger Woods hit some golf balls and drew a huge crowd at a press conference, and the NCAA basketball finals are happening this evening (men’s) and tomorrow (women’s)? Really? You don’t care about any of these things? Then great, you have come to the right place! There is plenty of great music going on these next two days, and, if you want to plan ahead for the next few months, check out the ever-popular (and growing weekly) Coming Attractions feature below that appears here every Monday.

Way to go, Nell! -- Bay Area bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson and her sometimes singing partner Cary Sheldon appeared on the National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion this past weekend as The Henriettas, their duo that yodels the songs of The Cackle Sisters (Mary Jane and Carolyn DeZurick) from the 1930s. If you missed the airing of the show, you can listen to it now on your computer by just going here. The gals did a great job!

Start the week with Bean Creek -- Tonight there is live bluegrass being played at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Bean Creek playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on the 6th see them play at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin' in Culver City -- The New West Side Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first Monday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until it's over at Industry Cafe and Jazz, 6039 Washington Boulevard, in Culver City. For more info call Jeff Fleck at (310) 390-4391 or email at

Brewglass in SF -- Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be playing their usual slot on this first Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

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

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Taco jam -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Tom Lucas, Neil Linder, Kyle Patrick O’Brien, Tom Diamant and Ran Bush. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet as of April 5th there was no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Bluegrass at Phil’s -- A modified version of Deep Elem will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 6th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Joy Kills Sorrow -- The band Joy Kills Sorrow is on tour all over NorCal this week, and you can see them at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 6th, at the Palms in Winters on the 7th, the Arcata Theatre Lounge on the 8th, at the Oaksongs Society in Redding on the 9th, and at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 10th.

Kevin Burke's Open House -- Irish fiddler Kevin Burke’s Open House plays an assortment of Celtic, American traditional, and eastern European songs, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of its members. You can see them at the Open House Nevada Theatre in Nevada City on the 7th, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 8th, at the Sebastopol Community Concert Theatre on the 9th, at the Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on the 10th, and at Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove on the 11th.

The Wind and Rain -- The Wind and Rain, a show based on the ballad with the same name, is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge, and the consequence of change. It was created in collaboration with acclaimed physical performers Brynna Jourdan (Hammer Heads, Cussing at the Moon) and Jenna Bean Veatch (The Tumbleweed Bandits), live music and original compositions from renowned concert violinist Rebecca Jackson (Völs String Quartet, San Francisco Opera), visual delights from esteemed illustrator, painter and whimsical engineer Molly Millar (Phantom Galleries L.A.'s Emergence Enchanted, 2009 TED Conference), and award winning playwright Claytie Mason (The Secret Ruths of Island House). “This tragic tale comes to life with the humor, whimsy, magic, and terror only live theatre is capable of.” Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF, the show runs from April 8th-May 1st.

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: Bill Evans & Megan Lynch in San Mateo 4/11; Festival of the Mandolins in San Francisco 4/11; CBA Spring Campout in Turlock 4/13-18; Arlo Guthrie in Escondido 4/14, Los Angeles 4/16, Irvine 4/17, Arroyo Grande 4/20, Davis 4/21-22, Berkeley 4/23, and Modesto 4/24; Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack at the Sutter Creek Theater 4/17; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout in Jamul, CA, 4/23-25; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; NC
Posted:  4/7/2010

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