Author: Carlin, Larry

May 17, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010

Bluegrass year round -- There has been some discussion and confusion lately about when is the “official” bluegrass month. Since 1988 May has been “bluegrass month,” yet a few weeks back the leadership at the IBMA decided to move the designated time to the month of September. Official months of bluegrass? Heck, as far as we’re concerned here high atop Almost Daily News world headquarters, bluegrass happens and should be celebrated 24/7/365…

Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park -- There will be a few less people in SF’s Golden Gate Park this Saturday the 22nd than there are at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, but lots more places to park and nothing but pickin’ for the CBA sponsored Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic that is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling. No need to arrive at 5 a.m. to get a seat, and no waiting to use the Port-O-Lets either! Life is good!

Laurie Lewis down south -- Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands have been in southern California these past few days, and tonight you can see them playing at Painted Sky Studio in Cambria.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Julay Brooks, Betsy Maudlin, Mike Stadler and Yvonne Walbroehl. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

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.

Triple bill at du Nord -- On the 18th three bands will be sharing the bill at Café du Nord in San Francisco starting at 8:30 p.m. See Jackstraw, TV Mike & The Scarecrows, and Forest Fire.

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 18th. 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 Dave Hanks, Dan Large, Bruce Sadownick, Larry Cohea 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 18th. 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 18th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass at Phil's -- On the 18th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with three members of Bean Creek along with special guest Luke Abbott. No cover.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 18th is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see The Mill Creek Boys play. 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. 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: Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands in Winters 5/21; The Green Cards in 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; SF Free Folk Festival 6/12-13;  
Posted:  5/19/2010

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