Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 3, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Seems like there might be something big going on today. Maybe a sporting event or something? But who has time for sports when there are jams and shows to attend? For those of you not caught up in the football hoopla, we’re here to present you with some more enjoyable alternatives. Turn off the tube and get out and have some fun instead!

Santa Clara Fiddlers -- The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional types of American music such as old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, as played on the fiddle and other acoustic stringed instruments. On the first Sunday of every month they hold their open jams at the Hoover Middle School in San Jose from 1-5 p.m.

Best of both worlds --If you like a little bluegrass with your football, here is what you have to do: turn the game on your Magnavox today but hit the mute button; then turn on your radio from 3-5 p.m. to KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley and listen to Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack playing live on Ray Edlund’s Pig in a Pen show. If you cannot listen to the show live, the good news is that you can go the station’s web site after the fact and listen to the archived show.

Quakes in San Gregorio -- The bluegrass band Earthquake Country will be playing this afternoon at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there!

Town Mountain back in town -- The North Carolina smokin’ bluegrass band Town Mountain is back in the area starting this weekend. They play traditional bluegrass as well as some great originals, rock songs done bluegrass style, and some cool obscure songs and instrumentals. They're very strong both vocally and instrumentally, and if you like hard-driving, energetic bluegrass, you will really enjoy their show. On the 3rd they will play at the Red Vic Theatre in SF, on the 4th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, on the 5th at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, on the 7th at Café du Nord in SF, on the 8th a house concert in Hopland, and on the 9th at Monterey Live in Monterey.

Workshops and shows at the Verdi Club in SF -- There is a great show tonight at the Verdi Club in SF but this afternoon from 12:15-5:15 p.m. there will be multiple workshops on guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. The concert, starting at 7:30 p.m., will feature Kleptograss (Eric Thompson, Jody Stecher, Scott Nygaard, Paul Shelasky, Paul Knight), Toshio Hirano, Scott Nygaard & Paul Kotapish, The Mercury Dimes, and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys.

Jammin’ in Santa Margarita -- On the first Sunday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Solomon's Cafe in Santa Margarita there is jam session. The first half-hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started. The remainder of the evening is an open jam for all pickers.

Bluegrass in SLO -- The Wild River Ramblers play from 2-4 p.m. today at the Santa Maria Brewing Company in the town of Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County.

Jammin’ in Encino -- There is an old-time jam session on the first Sunday of every month from 1-4 p.m. at the CTMS Center for Folk Music in the town of Encino. See long-time friends and make new ones. Play your favorites and learn new tunes. Or just go and listen and relax on a Sunday afternoon.

Double dose of beans -- Bean Creek is on a South Bay World Tour this week. On Monday the 4th you can see them play bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m., and then on Tuesday the 5th they will be at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Two triple doses of bluegrass -- On Monday the 4th there will be three bands on the bill at two Bay Area locations. At Amnesia in SF starting at 8 p.m. see Zach Driscoll & Three Quarter Time, Ida Viper and The Mountain Boys, and at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. it will be Spring Creek, Town Mountain and Homespun Rowdy.

Reminders -- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which was filmed by PBS in SF’s Golden Gate Park last October, will air on KQED-TV (channel 9) in SF on the 3rd at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., and on the 6th at 3 a.m. The annual SFBOTF is taking place through the 9th in SF and the East Bay.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A ‘politician’ is a person with whose politics you don’t agree; if you agree with him/her then he/she’s a ‘statesman.’”
Posted:  2/5/2008

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