Author: Carlin, Larry

June 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Take the Stage -- The next Take the Stage session will start in late August so applications and deposits will need to be in by August 15th. It is an eight-session class which includes a sound class and a “graduation” performance that will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 31st. The cost is $350, and applications and info can be found at the link above. The hosts also hope to put together another Peninsula/South Bay band that will practice there down south but come to the Freight for the welcome jam, sound class and show. In addition to newcomers there is a special track for already-existing bands that want to take their music to the next level with the help of folks like Kathy Kallick. Bands will get their own special evening show at the Freight in early November. People interested in this should send an email to

Bay Area Strawberrians -- Two additional local bluegrass acts have been added to the end of summer (we refuse to call it the “fall fest” since the season does not start until three weeks later) Strawberry Music Festival lineup, making a total of four now on the schedule. Already listed were Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee. Just added last week were Nell Robinson & Red Level and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack. Congrats to all!

Plans for the weekend -- Two big fests on the agenda for this weekend. There is the Susanville Bluegrass Festival featuring Rita Hosking, Shades of Blue, Dalton Mountain Gang, California Borderline, The Anderson Family, Piney Creek Weasels, Snap Jackson and others, and the Kate Wolf Festival in Laytonville with Poor Man's Whiskey, Stevie Coyle, Scott Gerber & Cori Wood, Little Feat, The Waifs, Hot Buttered Rum, Sherry Austin Band, Steve Earle, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and many more.

Extended Woody in Mill Valley -- The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song has been extended through the 27th of this month. 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.

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon in Saratoga -- You can see Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers pickin’ bluegrass at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 23rd. You can read a recent story about Martin in USA Today.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 23rd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass Thursday evenings 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 Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

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.

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 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.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 24th it will be bluegrass and old-time duets performed by the Courtney Janes from 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 24th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

Shank Brothers in Davis -- On the 24th The Notorious Shank Brothers will be pickin’ some tradgrass at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Ramblers in Alameda -- The Bay Island Ramblers will be playing a show at the Alameda Towne Center Summer Beats free concert series on the 24th starting at 5:30 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A leader shouldn’t get too far in front of is troops or he’ll get shot in the butt.”
Posted:  6/25/2010

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