Author: Carlin, Larry

June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

One week and counting -- The CBA’s 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival starts a week from Thursday on the 17th, and folks are making trips to Trader Joe’s to load up their campers/vans/motor homes for the big event. Attendance is strongly encouraged, and Dads everywhere couldn’t be more honored than by attending the fest with the whole family!

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs at Sam’s in San Jose for the last time for them there on the 9th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 9th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Special time -- The Bay Area bluegrass band 49 Special is busy these next three days. See them at the Red Devil Lounge in SF on the 10th at 8 p.m., at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on the 11th at 9 p.m., and on the 12th at Harrah's in Reno, NV, at 1 p.m. for Brewfest.

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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening 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.

String Slingers -- The String Slingers are a relatively new bluegrass band 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. See them play on the 10th from 7-9 p.m. at Alice's Restaurant in Woodside and on the 11th at 9 p.m. at The Parish in Santa Cruz.

Snap to it! -- Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players will have the joint jumpin’ when they play on the 10th at 8:30 p.m. at Lozano's in Stockton.

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, except on the third Thursday of each month, when it happens at The Music Tree, located at 17470 Monterey Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

It’a about time -- ‘bout Time! will be pickin’ some bluegrass on the 10th from 5-8 p.m. at Maltby’s Restaurant and Tavern in Los Altos as part of a fundraiser for the Relay for Life. Good food, beer and music for a great cause.

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.

Alhambra Valley in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 10th it will be The Alhambra Valley Band playing some bluegrass.

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 Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Orrin Star on tour -- Renowned guitar picker and teacher Orrin Star is around this week. Once described as “Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson,” he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and is also known for his guitar and mandolin workshops. See him play a house concert in Aromas on the 10th (info or 408-623-2399), a house concert in Mt. View on the 11th (info at or 650-793-2152), a workshop at Gryphon Instruments in Palo Alto on the 12th (650-493-2131), and a house concert that evening in Palo Alto ( or call 650-324-6305).

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Justis in Davis -- On Thursday the 10th Kathy Barwick can be seen playing bass with The Mike Justis Band at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Plans for the weekend -- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at McGrath’s in Alameda 6/11, house concert in Acampo 6/12; Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville 6/11; The Infamous Stringdusters in Santa Cruz on 6/11, Reno on 6/12; Merle Haggard in Long Beach 6/11, Napa 6/12, and Lemoore 6/13; Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma 6/12; Old Pals at McGrath’s in Alameda 6/12; SF Free Folk Festival 6/12-13.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Secretly, we wish anyone we love will think exactly the way we do.”

Posted:  6/11/2010

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