Author: Carlin, Larry

April 7, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

High-tech blues -- Are you one of the ones still standing in line listening to your iPod and texting and tweeting on your iPhone while hoping to be the first one on your block to own an iPad? Or, are you so bored with life that you take photos of your food to send off to folks before you even take a bite? If so, then you probably aren’t reading this column right now and you probably don’t care much for bluegrass. However, if you tend to be more of a low-tech, acoustic bluegrass kind of person, then you have come to the right place. There is so much great music going on here in the middle of the week that you’d think the weekend had arrived already. Turn off those fancy electronic devices and get out and enjoy some bluegrass!

Joy Kills Sorrow -- The band Joy Kills Sorrow is on tour all over NorCal this week, and you can see them at the Palms in Winters on the 7th, at 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. They will play 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.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Triple bill in SF -- Check out three up and coming acts – The Courtney Janes, Misner & Smith and The Skinny– playing at The Climate Theater in SF on the 7th starting at 7 p.m. for only $7.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Deep Elem will be playing bluegrass at on the 7th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- The CBA sponsors a new jam on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays at Armadillo Willy's on Camden Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

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.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 8th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

Hot fiddlin’ -- You can see/hear some hot fiddling when Alisdair Fraser & Natalie Haas play at the West Side Theatre in Newman on the 8th, at the Dance Palace Community Center in Pt. Reyes Station on the 9th, and in Ukiah on the 10th, when they will be doing a workshop in the afternoon and a concert in the evening.

New open mic in Sonora -- A new open mic starts up on the 8th from 7-9 p.m. in Sonora at Sonora Joe’s Coffee Shoppe, located at 140 S. Washington Street. It will take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. This will be an acoustic event, with performers of all ages welcome in a comfortable and supportive coffeehouse environment. Each performer will have 15 minutes performance time (about three songs). Performers of all genres of acoustic music are encouraged to attend, both to sing and to listen to your fellow musicians. Listeners are welcome as well. For more info contact

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

Swingin’ in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 8th you can enjoy some Western swing with The Saddle Cats. Go on by to welcome back guitarist Gordon Clegg, who has made a recovery from his shoulder surgery and is sounding better than ever. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- Head on out to the 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 ema
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