Author: Carlin, Larry

June 7, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010

Make a run for it -- While billionaire politicos saturate the airwaves and your mail box with lies and unfounded accusations hoping to buy your vote on primary election day on Tuesday, none of this sort of debauchery ever takes place in the election to the CBA Board. No TV commerials, no mudslinging "handlers,” no twisting of the facts to appeal to certain segments of the voting crowd, etc. All you have to do is write a candidate’s statement, get 15 CBA members to sign your candidacy petition, and if elected, commit to attending board meetings eleven times a year. Don’t be a fence sitter and complainer on the Message Board. Get involved in the CBA now by simply going here and following the east steps.

Woody in Marin -- The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs through the 20th. We got to see the show last week and it is fabulous! Some of the cast includes Bay Area pickers Tony Marcus, Chuck Ervin, Harry Yaglijian, and the musical/acting duo Misner & Smith. You can read a story and a review of the show in the Marin Independent Journal.

Festive photos -- Take a look at Michael Sharps’ Dabney Hicks Campout photos here, and at Mike Melnyk’s Spring Fling photos here .

Start the week with Bean Creek -- Tonight there is live bluegrass being played at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Bean Creek playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on the 8th see them playing there with a special guest.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Brewglass in SF -- Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be playing their usual slot on this first Monday, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin' in Culver City -- The New West Side Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first Monday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until it's over at Industry Cafe and Jazz, 6039 Washington Boulevard, in Culver City. For more info call Jeff Fleck at (310) 390-4391 or email at

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Taco jam -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Tom Lucas, Wayblonde, Josh Jakus, Thomas Wille and Jeff Crossley. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E. Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 8th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 8th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week there are listings found here of upcoming festivals, fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on the links to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events posted above. If there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. Here is what is coming up in the next few months: The Infamous Stringdusters in Santa Cruz on 6/11, Reno on 6/12, at Grass Valley 6/17-18, at Café du Nord in SF 6/19, in Quincy 7/1-2, in Oak Run 7/3, in Davis 7/10; Merle Haggard in Long Beach 6/11, Napa 6/12, Lemoore 6/13, and Saratoga 6/16; SF Free Folk Festival 6/12-13; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville 6/18-20; Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara 6/18-20; Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga 6/22-23; Kate Wolf Festival in Laytonville 6/25-27; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy 7/1-4; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch on tour in northern CA 7/8-12; Americana Festival in Virginia City, NV, 7/9-11; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Tuttles with AJ Lee at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley 7/15; Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/18-19; Ligh
Posted:  6/9/2010

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