Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 1, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008

Summer camp signup -- It may seem odd to be thinking about summer music camp already, but registration for the CBA Music Camp starts today. Some of the instructors will be Bill Evans, Tom Sauber, Jim Nunally, Tim Stafford, Butch Waller, Alan Bibey, John Reischman, Heidi Clare, Jack Tuttle, Megan Lynch, Rob Ickes, Ivan Rosenberg, Lisa Burns, Trisha Gagnon, Keith Little and Carol McComb. Beat the rush, get into the class you want, and sign up now! For more info go to the site or contact Ingrid Noyes, the camp director, at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or via email at

Are you experienced? -- If not, then tonight is your chance to see The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, as they will be playing at The Independent in SF. The band is David “Dawg” Grisman on mandolin, Sam Grisman on bass, Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, and Chad Manning on fiddle.

Fun night in Petaluma -- Layne Bowen checks in with this news: “My alt-bluegrassified/country/rockabilly band Sheila Groves & Flatt Lonesome will be playing tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. at Finbar Devine's Irish Pub, 145 Kentucky St., in Petaluma. No cover charge, good Irish pub food and beers and a good band. Sounds like Friday night to me! If you haven't heard this band, Sheila sings great, and the rest of us try to stay out of her way with various guitars, mandolins, fiddles, bass, steel guitars and drums.”

Music in Alameda -- The place for good music in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub. On the 1st at 8 p.m. see Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham, and John McKelvy opens. On the 2nd it will be The Ray Bierl Trio.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- Savannah Blu will be playing at Café Amsterdam in Fairfax on the 2nd, starting at 9 p.m. Stop by for some fine music, food, and drink. Amsterdam is a great place to hang your hat for the evening and listen to some homegrown bluegrass. The band is Gary Kaye on banjo, Dore Coller on guitar, Dave Hanks on mandolin, Steve Kallai on fiddle, and Dave Gooding sittin’ in on bass. Tie-dye optional.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the 2nd from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

The Grizzlies and Nell Robinson in SF -- Grizzly Peak is coming out of hibernation at the Atlas Café in SF on the 2nd starting at 4 p.m. Ted & Patti Garber and band will entertain you with high energy, toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. They've borrowed a couple of top-notch musicians to play along for this show, and a good time is guaranteed for all. Later in the program at 6 p.m. Nell Robinson & Red Level will be celebrating their first birthday, and will bring a sheet cake for all to enjoy. Special guests joining the band will be Larry Chung on fiddle and vocalist Cary Sheldon. Nell and Cary have dug up an obscure Dezurik Sister yodel from the 1930s called "I Left Her Standing There," complete with barnyard sounds. NRRL has just completed their first four demo recordings under the expert guidance of Laurie Lewis. Also on the bill will be the Atlas String Band. No cover.

Lonesome time in Santa Ynez -- Peter Feldman and The Very Lonesome Boys perform a wide variety of music, primarily in traditional bluegrass style, and heavily influenced by old time Appalachian string music. Their repertoire ranges from Elizabethan-era ballads to Appalachian songs and breakdowns, from country/blues to modern bluegrass and beyond. See them on the 2nd at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Clovis -- There will be a bluegrass, old-time and gospel music jam on the 2nd at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street. Jams take place there on the first and third Saturdays. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available. The time is 7-11 p.m. Each attendee is asked to contribute $1 to cover the rent.

Spring Creek in the Bay Area -- Telluride and Rocky Grass band competition champions Spring Creek will be all over the Bay Area for the next week. On the 2nd they will play the Noe Valley Ministry in SF with The Stairwell Sisters, on the 4th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley with Town Mountain, on the 5th at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station, on the 6th at Don Quixote's in Felton, and on the 7th at The Palms in Winters.

Hurricanes forecast for Sacramento -- The Bluegrass Hurricanes will be appearing on the 2nd at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento starting at 8:30 p.m. The Hurricanes are John Green on guitar, Hal Horn on banjo, Greg Townsend on mandolin, Robert Bowden on fiddle and Rich Del Chario on bass. This five-piece band brings some of the area’s top singers and players together, playing hard-driving, high-energy traditional bluegrass music centered around fine three and four-part harmonies and masterful picking.

Pine Needles in San Rafael -- The Marin County band The Pine Needles will be having a CD release show at the Falkirk Mansion in San Rafael starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place to be for pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, from 2-5 p.m. On the 2nd and the 9th it is bluegrass, old-time, old country, acoustic picking and fiddling; on the 16th it will be swing music; and the 23rd it will be pickers’ choice.

Reminders -- Starting tonight PBS will be airing a one-hour special about the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which was shot in SF’s Golden Gate Park last October. KQED-TV (channel 9) in SF will air the show on the 1st at 10 p.m., on the 2nd at 6 p.m., on the 3rd at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., and on the 6th at 3 a.m. SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival -- The annual SFBOTF will be taking place from the 1st-9th in SF and the East Bay.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.”
Posted:  2/3/2008

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