Author: Carlin, Larry

May 21, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010

Pickin’ Party in Golden Gate Park -- Everyone is headed to SF on Saturday the 22nd for the CBA sponsored Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic that is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling. This is an annual event that is great fun, and you get to pick with new and old friends. It runs from noon until 6 p.m., there is plenty of parking, and there will be a drawing for two tickets to the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley in June. For more details click on the link above.

Bluegrass weekend in Alameda -- The place to be for good music this weekend in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub. Starting at 8 p.m. on the 21st it will be bluegrass with Dark Hollow. Then on the 22nd Kitchen Help will be celebrating the release of its first CD. Special guests will be sitting in, you can get a discounted CD price, and there will be some delicious homemade snacks and treats. The band is Jennifer Kitchen on bass, Tom Cooper on banjo, Avram Frankel on dobro, Matt Kendall on mandolin, and Alex Mayers on guitar.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass, country and more on the 21st by Kevin Russell’s band Under the Radar from 8-10 p.m. Then on the 22nd and 23rd check out the Barbecued Music and Live Oyster Fest with multiple Americana bands starting at 1 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Square dance in SF -- Kick up your heals on the 21st starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center with music by the Knuckle Knockers and calling by Susan Peña.

The Green Cards are here -- The Green Cards have been all over the place recently. You can still see them at the Crystal Bay Club Casino in Crystal Bay, NV, on the 21st, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 23rd, at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on the 24th, and at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 25th.

Bluegrass Bonanza in SF -- The Bluegrass Revolution band plays a mix of bluegrass, jamgrass, newgrass, and progressive bluegrass, and on the 21st they will be playing the Bluegrass Bonanza series at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco starting at 9 p.m.

Oak Grove CD release party -- On the 21st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Schwartz family band Oak Grove will be having a CD release paty at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Lafayette. Pizza and bluegrass, fun for the whole family!

Laurie Lewis in Davis -- Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands are at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on the 21st.

High-octane Americana -- The Bay Area’s finest purveyor of high-octane Americana music, Houston Jones, is busy this weekend. See them at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 21st, at the Relay For Life benefit at the Sonora Union High School on the 22nd, and at the Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View on the 23rd.

Morro Bay Folk and Fiddle Festival -- On the 22nd folks down the coast can experience the Morro Bay Folk and Fiddle Festival and see acoustic folk and country bands Little Black Train, Mud Thump and Mother Corn Shuckers. The location is the Pelican Grill, 560 Embarcadero, in Morro Bay, from 1-7 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 22nd from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Field Recorders' Collective Sampler. Hear selections from a few of their many releases with powerful old-time music from Tommy Jarrell (with both Fred Cockerham & Mac Snow and Paul Brown & Mike Seeger), Ola Belle Reed, The Renegades (with CE Jones, James Leva, Richie Stearns, and June Drucker), Berkeley In the '60s (with Jody Stecher, Mac Benford, Hank Bradley, Sue Draheim, Eric Thompson, et al), and a posthumous release of Ray Alden & Friends. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Honky-tonk Showdown -- It will be quite a night for the Honky-Tonk Showdown in SF on the 22nd at the Café du Nord. See Whisky Richards, Misisipi Rider, The Bootcuts and Toshio Hirano. Plus there will be a dance, pie eating, and best dressed contests.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 22nd at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

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.

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!

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. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 22nd at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. This will be the last Saturday jam until September.

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.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 22nd will feature bluegrass by the Steep Canyon Rangers and singer/songwriter Caroline Herring. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 23rd starting at 11 a.m.

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

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play e
Posted:  5/24/2010

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