Author: Carlin, Larry

June 28, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010

New tunes -- More than a few California bluegrass bands have new CDs out. Christmas is just a little less than six months away, so get a head start on your holiday shopping by going to the sites of the Kathy Kallick Band, Kitchen Help, OMGG, Oak Grove, and the Dalton Mountain Gang. 49 Special will be releasing their new one on August 7th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

Willie on Parade -- Real country singer Willie Nelson was featured on the cover of Parade Magazine in your Sunday paper yesterday. In case you missed the story, you can now read it here.

Nellies in SF -- See the Barefoot Nellies playing bluegrass at Amnesia in SF on the 28th starting at 8:30 p.m.

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

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Tonight 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.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gene Tortora, Neil Linden, James Touzel, and others. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Ramblers in Ashkenaz -- The Midnite Ramblers are a new Cajun trio featuring Agi Ban on fiddle, Julay Brooks on guitar, and Mark Marcin on accordion. They will be making their debut at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on Tuesday the 29th.

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.

Bean Creek at Phil's -- On the 29th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Bean Creek. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Leftover Crow will be pickin’ bluegrass to go along with the spicy offerings at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 29th from 6-9 p.m. On the 30th see Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week there are listings found here of upcoming festivals, fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on the links to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events posted above. If there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. Here is what is coming up in the next few months: High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy 7/1-4; The Infamous Stringdusters in Quincy 7/1-2, in Oak Run 7/3, in Davis 7/10; The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael 7/4; Summer String Summit in Weed 7/7; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch on tour in northern CA 7/8-12; Americana Festival in Virginia City, NV, 7/9-11; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Tuttles with AJ Lee at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley 7/15; Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival 7/16-18; Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/18-19; Scott Gates, Nathan McEuen, and more at the Big Bear Mountain Twilight Music Festival 7/31; Lighthouse Marina Campout in Isleton 8/2-8; Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits 8/6-9; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Beavergrass in Corvallis, OR, 8/20-21; Summergrass in San Diego 8/21-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; Fog Fest in Pacifica 9/25; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.”
Posted:  6/30/2010

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