Author: Carlin, Larry

June 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Strawberry jam -- The Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite this past weekend was a lot of fun, despite the early rain and snow and the water main break on Sunday. Some of the hot acts were Lyle Lovett, The Desert Rose Band, Patty Loveless, Crooked Still, 18 South, The Quebe Sisters, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, The Brothers Comatose, Sweet Sunny South and Joy Kills Sorrow. The weather started warming up on Friday, and was then nice for the rest of the fest. But Strawberry was just a warm-up for the CBAís Fatherís Day Festival coming up in just two weeks in Grass Valley. If you havenít gotten your tickets yet, do so now by simply going here.

Summer music camp -- The CBA Summer Music Camp will take place at Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Fatherís Day Festival, and there are still a few slots open, so get in touch today!

New bands -- The String Slingers are a relatively new bluegrass band (well, new to this column at the least) that play their own blend of mountain music infused with rowdy original material drawing from bluegrass, old-time and acoustic rock. The members are Ella May Naiman on fiddle, Meghan Herring on bass, David Barrow on guitar, and Andy Roberts on banjo. They will be playing at the Carter Ranch Music Festival in Bootjack on the 4th. The Midnite Ramblers are a new Cajun trio featuring Agi Ban on fiddle, Julay Brooks on guitar, and Mark Marcin on accordion. They will be making their debut at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on June 29th.

Band scramble -- According to the Bluegrass Blog, this week banjo picker Jim Mills is playing his final gig with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder after 14 years of being a member.

Woody in Marin -- The Marin Theatre Companyís production of Woody Guthrieís American Song officially opens tonight in Mill Valley and it will run through June 20th. There was a great story about the show last week in the Marin Independent Journal.

Cottonpickers in Berkeley -- The Cajun Cottonpickers on the 1st will be playing a show at Ashkenaz in Berkeley starting at 8:30 p.m., with a dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8. The Cottonpickers are a romping, stomping, Cajun-meets-honky-tonk roadhouse band featuring Mitch Polzak, Laura Ann Benitez, Billy Wilson, Woody Vermier, Steven Strauss, and Rick Quisol. The band injects new energy into country and blues honky-tonk, with lots of foot-stompiní Cajun classics.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Tonight there will be live bluegrass being played by Bean Creek at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet there is no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Bluegrass at Philís -- Jim & Louise Mintun and Friends will be playing bluegrass at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Jamminí 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickiní some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 2nd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jamminí in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley on the 2nd starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Most of Bean Creek plus special guest Luke Abbott will be playing bluegrass on the 2nd at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Jamminí 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

Old Man Markley -- The LA based Old Man Markley, with Joe Weedís daughter Katie Kendall-Weed on fiddle, will be playing at OíSullivanís in Santa Maria on the 3rd, Sofiaís Thai Kitchen in Davis on the 4th, and at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco on the 5th. The band is electric, with drums, doing bluegrass/punk music of their own creation. OMM has great energy and is lot of fun. Proud papa Joe will in attendance at the SF show.

High Country in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 3rd you can enjoy bluegrass with High Country.

Twisting in Alameda -- The New Zealander Pub is open once again in Alameda, and on the 3rd the Kentucky Twisters will be pickiní some fine bluegrass from 7-10 p.m. The band will also be playing on  
Posted:  6/4/2010

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