Author: Carlin, Larry

April 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saving the Earth by playing acoustic music -- Bluegrass, by its nature, is “greengrass,” since most bluegrass bands play without pickups and stacks of amplifiers. True, a p.a. system is needed for the live performances, but we bluegrassers use much less electricity than just about any other kind of music. This is something to take pride in as the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day arrives on the 22nd. There are all kinds of celebrations going on these next few days, and you can continue to help saving the Earth by enjoying and pickin’ some acoustic bluegrass of your own!

New slow jam class at the Freight -- A new six week session of Ran Bush's Intro to Bluegrass Jamming group class with Bill Evans co-teaching begins on Tuesday the 27th at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley. Classes will run for six weeks through June 1st from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is only $130 for all six sessions. Contact the Freight at (510) 644-2020 (ex 127) or go to the web link above for info regarding online registration.

Events this weekend to plan ahead for -- The North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout in Jamul on the 23rd-25th, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at the Valley Baptist Multiuse Theater in Bakersfield on the 23rd, and the Stagecoach Festival in Indio on the 24th-25th.

Quebe Sisters in SoCal -- Okay, you may not have heard of these gals yet, but you will. The Quebe Sisters (pronounced “Kway-bee”) were a big hit after hours at IBMA last year, and they will be playing at the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite in May. They are three young, cute Texas fiddlers, and they are really a sight to see and hear. You can see them at Zoey’s in Ventura on the 21st, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 22nd, at a fundraiser in Ojai on the 23rd, and on the 24th and 25th at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. You read it first here!

Mountain Laurel in Rocklin -- Mountain Laurel (heck, the band even has a green name!) will be performing on the 21st at the Earth Day event at Sierra College in Rocklin at starting at 1 p.m.

Final night of jammin’ in San Jose -- The CBA has been sponsoring a jam on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays at Armadillo Willy's on Camden Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m. However, tonight is the last one at Willy’s. Starting on May 5th the jam will move to Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street in Santa Clara. And it will only be on the first and third Wednesdays.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 21st at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Arlo on tour -- Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie can be seen playing in Davis on the 21st and 22nd, in Berkeley on the 23rd, and in Modesto on the 24th.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 21st from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

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

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

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.

Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita -- The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival starts on the 22nd and runs through the 25th, and it offers high quality music, poetry, food and cowboy gear that patrons have enjoyed in the past. Check out the schedule.

Smokin’ string duo in LA -- Hot cellist Natalie Haas and banjoist Abigail Washburn can be seen performing on the 22nd at the Beverly Hills Women's Club, and then on the 23rd see them at Scripps College in Claremont.

Jumpin’ cats in Alameda -- The Saddlecats are one of the hottest Western swing bands in the Bay Area, and on the 22nd they will have the joint jumping at the Speisekammer in Alameda starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Fiddles in Sonora -- Fiddles, Etc. will be playing bluegrass, country and old-time fiddle music from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza in East Sonora on the 22nd. For more information call (209) 586-2042.

Jammin’ in Murphys -- There is a new bluegrass and acoustic jam in the town of Murphys at the Growler Craft Brewery on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The address is 164 Highway 4. Go on by and start pickin’!

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a 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 email

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursday at a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegr
Posted:  4/23/2010

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