Author: Carlin, Larry

April 30, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010

A third of the way over -- The 1st of May is tomorrow, and this means that one-third of 2010 is done and gone already. Where does the time go? The good news is that the rainy season has been declared over and done with here by the bay, and it is time for lots more outdoor bluegrass activities to start happening. There are outdoor events taking place this weekend (see below), and next weekend is the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Of course, there are always plenty of indoor shows to see year-round, so get off the sofa and out of the house and check out some great bluegrass!

Kathy Kallick CD release -- The Kathy Kallick Band, featuring “hot bluegrass and cool originals,” is having two CD release parties this weekend for their new recording titled Between the Hollow & the High-Rise. The members are Kathy Kallick, Tom Bekeny, Dan Booth, Greg Booth and Annie Staninec. See them at the Freight & Salvage on the 30th at 8 p.m., and then on the 1st at 8 p.m. at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View.

Stairwells in SF -- The Stairwell Sisters will be playing a show at the Revolution Café in SF on the 30th starting at 9 p.m.

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. Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF, the show runs through the 1st.

Priscilla Herdman around the bay -- Folk singer Priscilla Herdman will be appearing on the 30th at the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards, on the 1st at the Davis House Concerts series, and two shows at a house concert in Berkeley on the 2nd. According to one posting, Priscilla is planning for this to be her final tour of California, so see her while you still can.

Savannah Blue in SF -- The Marin County ensemble Savannah Blue can be seen playing bluegrass on the 30th at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Fair in Santa Cruz -- The spring weather is really here to stay now, so kick off the merry month of May at the free NCBS Bluegrass Fair that will take place in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz on the 1st from noon to 5 p.m. See Harmony Grits, Faux Renwah, Mountain Drive, Down Beets, Family Hogwash and more.

Claremont Folk Festival -- The Claremont Folk Festival in SoCal on the 1st offers Squeakin' Wheels, Fred Sokolow, Voco, Cliff Wagner & Old Number 7, Ross Altman and much more.

Lonesome time in Los Olivos -- See Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys playing bluegrass on the 1st at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall in Los Olivos beginning at 8 p.m.

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

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

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.

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. He 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!

Upper crust jam -- On the 1st from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located at 130 Main Street in Chico. Everyone is welcome (including children) to go and play music, share songs, sing-along and get acquainted with others who love folk music and Americana.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the first Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Blue Ridge Pickin’ -- The Blue Ridge Pickin’ Parlor in Granada Hills has a pickin’ session on the first Saturday of every month from 6-10:30 p.m. The beginner’s jam goes from 6-7:30 in the main store, followed by an open jam there from 7:30-10:30. An intermediate jam takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. two doors down at their additional space. Go and strut your musical expertise, pick and sing the night away, meet-up with old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome – listener, singer, beginning player and the seasoned picker. For more info email

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 1st from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Live on Arrival, featuring Frank Wakefield live on the radio (1963) and in concert (1962, 1975), and in bands that included Red Allen, Sid Campbell, and Jerry Garcia (though not all at the same time). Plus, a preview of the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention's Spring Fling with brand-new music by Kate Brislin & Jody Stecher and the Canote Brothers. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Mountaineers in Oak Glen -- On the first Saturday of the month Riley's at Los Rios Rancho puts on an old-time music variety show, just like those great old radio and TV shows of the 40s and 50s. There’s one difference – they throw in a hearty family-style dinner! On the 1st join Riley’s Mountaineers for dinner and a show starting at 6 p.m.

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 1st at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. The time is 7-11 p.m. Each attendee is asked to contribute $1 to cover the rent.

Grateful Dudes --  
Posted:  5/3/2010

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