Author: Carlin, Larry

June 11, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010

Decisions, decisions… Let’s see, I wonder what there is to do this weekend…I know, how about going to the movies to see newly rehashed versions of The Karate Kid and The A Team, or a documentary on Joan Rivers? Is it me, or has Hollywood really run out of ideas? Lucky for us, there is a ton of great bluegrass and more to enjoy instead!

All roads lead to Grass Valley -- The CBA Summer Music Camp in Grass Valley starts on Monday the 13th, and on the 17th everyone else is headed up there for the CBA’s 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival. You can look at the fest schedule here.

Woody in Mill Valley -- The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs through the 20th. This show 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.

Acoustic Music Jam Class in west Marin -- Tim Weed will be hosting an Acoustic Music Jam Class in Point Reyes Station on Wednesdays from June 23rd-July 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. This six-week series is for anyone wanting to play and sing familiar songs in a group jam setting. Improve your ability to play with other musicians with more confidence and understanding in an educational, supportive, and comfortable environment. Adults and kids of all skill-levels and ages are welcome. Space is limited to 12 people. Advance registration is recommended. Cost for the full series is $100 in advance, and $110 after June 21st. Drop-in sessions are $20. Tim is a professional guitar and mandolin player and virtuoso 5-string banjo performer with 30 years of experience playing and teaching. His expertise covers a wide range of styles, including pop, jazz, blues, world, bluegrass and classical. He has received international acclaim for his Milagros CD of original classical compositions for the 5-string banjo. More info at (415) 663-4012 or

Stringdusters warm-up for Grass Valley -- The Infamous Stringdusters, before playing at the Father’s Day Festival next weekend, will also be at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 11th and at Harrah’s in Reno on the 12th.

Green and bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be Celtic music on the 11th by Kith & Kin from 8-10 p.m., and traditional bluegrass with Keystone Station on the 12th from 8-10 p.m. Keystone will also be performing on Vern's Stage at Grass Valley on the 18th at 1:35 p.m. At Murphy's there is no cover, and they serve good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

String Slingers in Santa Cruz -- The String Slingers perform a mix of bluegrass, old-time and acoustic rock, and on the 11th you can see them at 9 p.m. at The Parish in Santa Cruz.

Cleaning up the kitchen -- Another band making its way to the main stage in Grass Valley is Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. You can get an early look at this amazing act when they play at McGrath’s in Alameda on the 11th and at a house concert in Acampo on the 12th.

Rita in Placerville -- See Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville on the 11th. Also on the bill are Gwyneth & Monko, a rootsy indie folk/country/bluesy duo.

Special time -- The Bay Area bluegrass band 49 Special is busy this weekend. See them 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 Brewgrass.

Merle on the move -- Legendary real country singer Merle Haggard will be playing shows in Long Beach on the 11th, in Napa on the 12th, and in Lemoore on the 13th.

Fiddles and more in Sonora -- Fiddles, Etc. will be sawing away at the Heart Rock Cafe in Sonora on the 11th from 7-8:30 p.m., playing bluegrass, country and old-time fiddle music. For more information, call (209) 586-2042.

Redwing in Oakland -- The bluegrass band Redwing will be performing on the 11th at the Spice Monkey in Oakland from 7:30-9 p.m.

Orrin Star -- Renowned guitar picker and teacher Orrin Star will be playing 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).

Free folk fest in SF -- The 34th Annual SF Free Folk Festival takes place on the 12th and 13th at the Presidio Middle School in SF. Some of the acts you can see there are Sheri Cooper & Clancy Bounds, Jo D’Anna, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Under the Radar, Ray Bierl, Don Burnham & The Bolos, The West County Professional Tea Sippers and The Wronglers.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 12th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Just Around the Corner, featuring final previews of the CBA's 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Brewfest in Reno -- The event known as XFEST Brewgrass at Harrah’s in Reno on the 12th from 1-7 p.m. will feature The Hot Club of Reno, 49 Special, Strange On The Range, and The Infamous Stringdusters. Proceeds to benefit Sierra Arts and Keep Truckee Meadow Beautiful.

New old pals in Alameda -- A new bluegrass band called The Old Pals will be making a special appearance at McGrath’s in Alameda on the 12th at 8 p.m. After decades long friendships and a passion for traditional bluegrass this group of seasoned musicians has recently come together to perform periodically when their other band schedules permit. Craig Wilson plays guitar, Butch Waller on mandolin, L
Posted:  6/14/2010

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