Author: Carlin, Larry

May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mountain music-- By the time you read this I will be at the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite, where I will be staying until Monday. There is scant web access at the festival, so the next column will probably not appear here again until next Tuesday. (If access can be made at the fest then this column will get edited down in a couple of days.) So there is more info than usual in this column at mid-week. If by chance you do make it up to the festival, stop by the mess hall some morning for the live Breakfast Club. Yours truly is the host in the bathrobe, red slippers and strawberry pajamas. The fest is not sold out, and individuals have some great ticket deals on the Ticket Exchange. Some of the acts you can see at the fest are Lyle Lovett, The Desert Rose Band, Patty Loveless, Marley's Ghost, Crooked Still, 18 South, The Quebe Sisters, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, The Brothers Comatose, Sweet Sunny South, and Joy Kills Sorrow. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend, and don’t forget to take some time to remember all of the brave men and women who are either serving or have served their country…

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 26th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel. This will be their last time there until September.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 26th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hot fiddlin’ -- Bay Area folks know Texas fiddler Warren Hood from the Americana band The Waybacks. He also leads a side project called Warren Hood & The Hoodlums, and they will be at the Freight in Berkeley on the 26th, at the Palms in Winters on the 27th, and at Strawberry on the 28th.

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. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Reunited Desert Rose on tour -- The great country band from the late ‘80s, Desert Rose (featuring Chris Hillman and Herb Pederesen), has gotten back together for a few shows, and you can see them at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield on the 27th, at the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks on the 28th, at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 29th, and at Strawberry on the 30th.

Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass Thursday evenings 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 Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Woody in Marin -- The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song in Mill Valley is in previews starting on the 27th, and it will run from June 1st-20th.

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.

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 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.

Swingin’ cats -- The Saddle Cats will be playing some Western swing at the Speisekammer Restaurant in Alameda on the 27th, at the Stanford University Hospital Atrium at 12:30 p.m. on the 28th, and at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley on the 30th at 3 p.m.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 27th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

Justis in Davis -- On Thursday the 27th Kathy Barwick can be seen playing bass with The Mike Justis Band at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Dabney and Hicks Campout -- The annual Dabney and Hicks Campout will be happening in Bolado Park in Tres Pinos (near Hollister) on the 28th-30th with High Country, Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, OMGG, The Courthouse Ramblers, The Seabright Beach Mountain Boys, Eddie DuCommun, The Mountain Music Jammers, Dan and Wendy Mills, Pearly Blue and more. For info email Lora ASAP at or call (831) 623-9401.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be hard-driving bluegrass performed on the 28th by the David Thom Band from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 29th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Live at McClure - 1975. Hear highlights from one of the all-time great festival recordings on its 35th anniversary. There's plenty of Ralph (with Curly Ray, Jack, and Keith), as well as Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin sittin' in with the Clinch Mountain Boys, and stellar contributions from Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers; Goins Brothers; Don Reno, Bill Harrell & the Tennessee Cut-Ups; & the Marshall Family. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 29th at  
Posted:  6/1/2010

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