Author: Carlin, Larry

May 10, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010

Summer music camp -- The CBA Summer Music Camp will take place at Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival, and classes are filling up, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot.

Fest Schedules -- Speaking of the Father’s Day Fest on June 17th-20th, the band schedules are now set, so print out these pages and make plans now!

Perfect pitch -- Baseball fans are well aware that Dallas Braden, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s, threw a perfect game on Mother’s Day. Did he employ a secret weapon of mass distraction? Was it the caped, beanie-propeller-hat-wearing banjo player seen here behind the dugout? Could be, could be…Thanks to Peter Thompson for this photo tip.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and tonight you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Dave Courchaine, Bernie Bishop, Jerry Tenney and Larry Cohea. 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.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 11th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. No cover.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 11th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 11th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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.

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: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at the Station House in Point Reyes Station 5/12; AZ Banjo Blast 2010 5/13-15; The David Grisman Quintet at Yoshi’s in Oakland 5/14-16; Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands in Santa Monica 5/14, Pasadena 5/15, Del Mar 5/16, Cambria 5/17, Winters 5/21; Bryan Bowers in Auburn 5/15, Sebastopol 5/16, Dunlap 5/21-23; The Berkeley Old Time Spring Fling 5/16; The Green Cards in Paso Robles 5/16, Crystal Bay, NV, 5/21, Berkeley 5/23, Chico 5/24, Felton 5/25; California Autoharp Gathering in Dunlap 5/21-23; The Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic in San Francisco 5/22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 5/27-31; Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song in Mill Valley 5/27-6/20; Dabney and Hicks Campout in Bolado Park, Tres Pinos with High Country, Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, OMGG, The Courthouse Ramblers, others (for info email 5/28-31; Bluegrass for the Greenbelt in Oakland 6/5; Merle Haggard in Long Beach 6/11, Napa 6/12, Lemoore 6/13, and Saratoga 6/16; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville 6/18-20; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; Americana Festival in Virginia City, NV, 7/9-11; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/18-19; Lighthouse Marina Campout in Isleton 8/2-8; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near H
Posted:  5/12/2010

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