Author: Carlin, Larry

April 19, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010

Bluegrass in the news -- Two bluegrass stories of note arrived over the transom (if you remember what this is you are a senior member of the CBA!) the other day. One is an interview in the Washington Post with Amber Collins of the band No Speed Limit, and the other is a story in the Encore performance trade magazine about an up and coming banjo player from LA who used to wear fake arrows through his head…

Banjo with Bill Evans -- East Bay banjo master Bill Evans will be teaching a group beginners' bluegrass banjo class at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. This is a six-week class that begins on April 27th and runs through June 1st, from 8:15-9:15 p.m. All six sessions are only $120 ($130 after 4/19 registration). The class is designed for absolute beginners to those with just a bit of experience. Sign up now and get ready to roll…

Fun weekend ahead -- Clear your calendar now for the free Freight & Salvage Spring Community Open House on the 24th from noon- 4 p.m. There will be workshops with Ran Bush, Alan Bond, Pete Madsen, jamming and more.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and the band will be playing there at 8:30 after the jam.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Alan Bond, Danny Morris, Bruce Campbell and Jonathan N. Cedar. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 20th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Tom Sours, Dan Large, Jerry Barush, Red Rick Horlick and Deirdre Donovan.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 20th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 20th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Almost Elem at Phil's -- On the 20th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with three members of Deep Elem along with special guest Luke Abbott. No cover.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 20th is the monthly bluegrass night, but there is no band listed on the North County Bluegrass & Folk Club web site. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

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: Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 4/22-25; North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout in Jamul, CA, 4/23-25; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at the Valley Baptist Multiuse Theater in Bakersfield 4/23; Stagecoach Festival in Indio 4/24-25; The Kathy Kallick Band at the Freight & Salvage 4/30, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; NCBS Bluegrass Fair in Santa Cruz 5/1; The Claremont Folk Festival 5/1; Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 5/6-9; Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack co-billing with Laurie Lewis & Nina Gerber at Miner's Foundry in Nevada City 5/7; Hot Buttered Rum at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station 5/8-9;
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