Author: Carlin, Larry

April 16, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010

Camping out in Turlock -- Everyone is in Turlock this weekend for the CBA Spring Campout that began on Tuesday and runs through the 18th. Nice weather, great pickin’, and lots of fun provided with your entry fee.

Music in Alameda -- The place to be for good music this weekend in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub. Starting at 8 p.m. on the 16th The Brandenburg Quartet plays the songs of Lefty, Merle, Hazel and Hank. The band is Richard Brandenburg on guitar, Jim Mintun on dobro, Matt Dudman on bass, and usually Pete Hicks on fiddle, but for this show it will be Tony Marcus instead. On the 17th Family Lines will perform.

Stephanie Bettman in the Bay Area -- LA’s Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin are motoring up I-5 to the town of Larkspur in Marin County to play the Acoustic Vortex house concerts series on the 16th starting at 8 p.m., on the 17th the duo will be playing a house concert in Watsonville, and on the 18th hear them on Sleepy John’s Please Standby radio show on KPIG at 10 a.m. Stephanie is a singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire who has been generating a buzz in bluegrass/country circles with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.

Square dance in SF -- Kick up your heals on the 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center with music by the Knuckle Knockers and calling by Susan Peña.

Kingston Trio -- You can see the legendary Kingston Trio in Grass Valley on the 16th and in Visalia on the 17th.

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 through May 1st.

Earl Brothers in SF -- The Earl Brothers will be rendering some fine mountain music along with Devine’s Jugband on the 16th at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco starting at 9 p.m.

Arlo on tour -- Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie is all over the state this week, and you can see him in Los Angeles on the 16th, in Irvine on the 17th, in Arroyo Grande on the 20th, in Davis on the 21st and 22nd, in Berkeley on the 23rd, and in Modesto on the 24th.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 18th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Between the Hollow & the High-Rise, which is the title of the new album from The Kathy Kallick Band. You’ll hear selections from the recording, plus an interview with Kathy to get you ready for their album release celebrations on the 30th at the Freight and on May 1st in Mountain View. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Rita Hosking in Sutter Creek -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will be putting on a fine show at the Sutter Creek Theater on the 17th starting at 8 p.m.

Capitol Celtic music -- Nine-8ths Irish (with Kathy Barwick on guitar) will play at Luna's Cafe in downtown Sacramento on the 17th for a shared night with Junkyard Burlesque starting at 8 p.m. Luna's is located at 1414 16th Street. (916) 441-3931.

High Country in Berkeley -- On the 17th the bluegrass band High Country will be playing a show at the Berkeley City Club benefiting two vital community programs of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Go to the site for more info.

Hicktones in Petaluma -- The Hicktones, a bluegrass band and Sonoma County's best kept secret, will make be making a rare appearance at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma on the 17th at 10:30 a.m. They'll be playing songs from their newly released CD Tellico Plains as well as all of the old favorites.

Cliff Wagner in Newman -- Cliff Wagner and Old # 7 will be playing a show at The Westside Theater in Newman on the 17th starting at 8 p.m.

Contra dance in Sonora -- On the 17th there will be a contra dance at the Aronos Women's Club in Sonora. A potluck starts at dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing to live old-time music begins at 7:30.

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.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Boys down the coast -- The Montara Mountain Boys will be playing bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay on the 17th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and on the 18th it will be The San Bruno Mountain Boys from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

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. Sky 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!

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 20th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and
Posted:  4/19/2010

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