Author: Carlin, Larry

May 19, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nellies at their best -- Congratulations to the Barefoot Nellies for being dubbed 2010's "Best All-Gal Bluegrass Band" in the publication The SF Weekly. Read all about it here.

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.

Plans for the weekend -- Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands in Winters 5/21; California Autoharp Gathering in Dunlap 5/21-23; The Green Cards in Crystal Bay, NV, 5/21, Berkeley 5/23; The Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic in San Francisco 5/22.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 19th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Hot pickers in Sacto -- On the 19th there will be a workshop at 6:30 p.m. and a concert at 8:30 with Geoffrey Rutledge, Tim May and Dan Miller at The Fifth String in Sacramento. Separate admission for both events.

Thompson Blues Stompers debut -- Eric & Suzy Thompson have a new band called the Thompson Blues Stompers, and tonight they will be making their world debut at Ashkenaz in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They will play dancing music of the blues variety, including material from the rocking jug band blues and early Western Swing bands of the ‘20s and ‘30s, as well as a bit from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Eric and Suzy will be joined by singer, guitarist and jug player Meredith Axelrod, with a rhythm section consisting of Steven Strauss on bass and John Hanes on drums. Go early at 7:30 for a dance lesson with Diana Castillo. All ages welcome.

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 Jim Mintun & Friends play.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 19th 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. This will be the last one until September.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a new jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

Jackstraw and Scarecrows -- The bands Jackstraw and TV Mike & The Scarecrows are touring together these next few days, and you can see them at the Ukiah Brewing Company on the 19th, at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis on the 21st, and at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on the 22nd.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street, except on the third Thursday of each month, when it happens at The Music Tree, located at 17470 Monterey Street. However, incoming emails this week make it unclear where the jam will be on the 20th, so contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Guitar workshop in Chico -- Dan Miller will present a guitar flat-picking workshop on the 20th from 7:30-9 p.m. at The Acoustic College in Chico. The cost of the workshop is $30 and people wanting to attend can contact Dan directly at

Ramblers in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 20th it will be The Bay Island Ramblers playing some bluegrass, with special guest Mary Gibbons sittin’ in on bass.

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 -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 20th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

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’!

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Posted:  5/21/2010

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