Author: Carlin, Larry

June 14, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010

Done gone -- Right about now just about everyone is either in Grass Valley for the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival or later in the week in Victorville for the Huck Finn Jubilee on the 18th-20th. So this column will have to last you until next Monday, as your Almost Daily News editor will be in Grass Valley too. As should you! It is not too late to go, and at the least you can buy day tickets at the gate. You can also buy passes for the entire festival. Hope to see you there!

Info disclaimer -- Due to all of the major festivals that are going on this week, we cannot ensure that all of the jams and gigs listed below will, in fact, be happening. As always, it is best to check with each venue first before going to it.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Country singer Jimmy Dean passed away on Sunday. He was 81. He had a huge hit back in 1961 with the Grammy-winning song he wrote called "Big Bad John." He was also known for his Jimmy Dean sausages. You can read his obit here. Also, check out this video of him singing a duet with the late Buck Owens.

Ailing -- Singer Bob James (pictured here in the white hat), one-half of the beloved CBA duo Hoof Hearted, is, according to a posting on the CBA Message Board, recovering from recent surgery for a brain tumor. Cards and well wishes can be sent to him at P.O. Box 2326, Mt. View, AR 72560. Thanks to Big Hank for this posting.

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.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- The 14th is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and on the 14th you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will take place on the 14th. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 on the 14th you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 15th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. No cover.

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.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 15th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Dave Elson, Dan Large, Tom Lucas Larry Cohea and Deirdre Donovan.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 15th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 15th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 15th is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see 2 Frets Lower play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Merle in Saratoga -- Country legend Merle Haggard can be seen playing at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 16th.

Jammin’ 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. On the 16th bring your instrument and your appetite.

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 on the 17th 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 Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. usually at the Morgan
Posted:  6/16/2010

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