Author: Carlin, Larry

May 7, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010

Momís big weekend -- Here it is two days away from Motherís Day and you still havenít figured out what to do for mom or the missus on the big day? Well, nothing says "Happy Motherís Day" better than the gift of bluegrass! There are many different shows, jams and events going on this weekend, and it has been pseudo-scientifically proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that most moms everywhere love bluegrass. And so do you, so it is a win-win situation for everybody!

Helping Nashville -- By now you are probably well aware of the massive flooding and damage that went on in Nashville, TN, earlier this week. You can look at two slide shows here and here. Damages are projected to be over $1 billion, with a couple of dozen deaths already and untold destruction. Downtown Nashville, The Grand Old Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and countless more homes and businesses have been deluged. Yeah, you may have recently donated to help earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile, and possibly some other worthwhile causes. But Nashville can use your help too. If you want to do some good, go to this site here and send some cash to the American Red Cross.

Bluegrass fest in Parkfield -- The 12th Annual Motherís Day Weekend Parkfield Bluegrass Festival started on the 6th and runs through the 9th. Parkfield is just about halfway between of SF and LA and east of Paso Robles. Some of the bands to see there are Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, The Rarely Herd, The Brombies, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Dalton Mountain Gang, Black Crown Stringband, LeRoy Mack & the Bluegrass Gospel Band, Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, Salt Martians and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players.

Bluegrass in Europe -- Got any friends in Europe? If so, email them and tell them to go see The Kathy Kallick Band, as they are on tour now in Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France and The Netherlands until the 14th.

Rita, Laurie and Nina -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will be co-billing with Laurie Lewis & Nina Gerber at Miner's Foundry in Nevada City on the 7th. On the 8th Laurie & Nina will play the Acoustic Barn Concerts in Newcastle.

Schoenberg Guitars -- Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Schoenberg Guitars also has concerts and workshops in the store from time to time. See Tony Marcus & Paul Anastasio on the 7th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

Square dance in Oakland -- The first ever of the hopefully every first Friday monthly square dance will take place at the Niebyl-Proctor Library (6501 Telegraph Avenue) on the 7th at 8 p.m. with the Squirrelly Stringband and caller Jordan Ruyle. $5 or whatever you can pay. No prior experience necessary, and all dances will be taught.

Bluegrass weekend in Alameda -- Folks in the East Bay donít have to travel very far to experience some fine bluegrass this weekend. At McGrathís Pub in Alameda at 8:30 p.m. on the 7th see High Country and Redwing on the 8th.

Chris Proctor in concert -- Fingerstyle guitar champion Chris Proctor has been compared to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. On the 7th he will be playing a house concert at the home of Bill & Deb McKean in Reno, NV, on the 8th at Tahoe Ridge Winery in Minden, NV, and on the 9th at the Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe

New bluegrass invitational jam -- There is a new invitational jam scheduled for first Fridays at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The band on the 7th will be is Scott Thompson on mandolin, Deirdre Donovan on bass, Neil Linden on banjo, Joe Ridout on guitar, and Tom Lucas on fiddle. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they are now adding bluegrass to their mix.

Dawg grass in the North Bay -- See The David Grisman Quintet playing shows in Mill Valley on the 7th and in Arcata on the 8th.

Murphyís in Sonoma -- At Murphyís Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass and country on the 7th by the Sonoma Mountain Band from 8-10 p.m., traditional bluegrass with Carolina Special on the 8th from 8-10 p.m., and then on the 9th it will be Shades of Green starting at 6 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Capital twin bill -- At the Fox & Goose in Sacramento on the 7th you can double your pleasure with Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys and Doc Holler beginning at 9 p.m.

Swinginí in Oakland -- Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 7th starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Cafť, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

A decade of Poor Manís -- The Sonoma County blue/jam grass band Poor Manís Whiskey is celebrating their ten-year anniversary with special guests Peter Rowan and Michael Kang at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 8th.

High-altitude bluegrass on the coast -- The Bay Area jamgrass band Hot Buttered Rum is celebrating the release of their new CD titled Limbs Akimbo with shows at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on the 8th and 9th.

Jamminí 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

Marin County bluegrass in the East Bay -- It is a busy weekend for Savannah Blue. On the 8th and 9
Posted:  5/10/2010

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