Author: Carlin, Larry

July 1, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Editor’s note -- Your regular Almost Daily News editor is on vacation back east these next two weeks, and the normal column will only appear sporadically here. In the meantime, after a few shows listed here below, there is John Hettinger's Sacramento Area Newsletter. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

Plans for the long weekend -- Nathan McEuen and Scott Gates at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville 7/1; The High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy 7/1-4; The Infamous Stringdusters in Quincy 7/1-2, in Oak Run 7/3; The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael 7/4; Paradise July 4th Bluegrass Festival and Quilt Show with California Borderline, Anderson Family Bluegrass and Mossy Creek; The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at Rancho Nicasio in West Marin on the 5th.

Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter
By John Hettinger
CBA Sacramento Area Activities VP
Folsom, CA
July 2010

Tashina Clarridge & Jefferson Hamer, July 3, Sacramento
Fiddler Tashina Clarridge & guitarist Jefferson Hamer will play a concert at the home of Paul & Candy Anderson, 2548 8th Ave, Sacramento, on July 3 at 800 PM (doors open at 730 PM). Tashina Clarridge is a Grand National Fiddle Champion & tours with several bands. She enjoys a lively pursuit of bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, Irish fiddling, & the fusion of such styles, sometimes labeled “new acoustic” music. Jefferson Hamer has a surprisingly fresh voice in today's world of introspective singer-songwriters. His musicality reflects a breadth of influences, & his own songs echo the distilled melodies & lyricism of British, Irish, & American traditional music. Refreshments will be served, & the donation of $15 all goes to the musicians. Reserve your seat with Paul & Candy Anderson via phone at (916) 455-6312, or email

Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, July 9, Sacramento
Rita Hosking & her band Cousin Jack will play a house/yard concert at the home of Richard & Tracie Fike on July 9 at 730 p.m. (gate opens at 630 p.m.). Theirs is an outstanding venue for a house concert. Rita & her band are well-known in the Sacramento area from her gigs at festivals & other venues, & they are now touring internationally. Her soulful & intense delivery of a song reminds you of kitchen tables, springs, loss, miners, mountains, culture clash, trailers, stray dogs, loggers, hope, & forest fires. Reservations are required via $20 donation. Bring your lawn chairs for seating, & carpooling is encouraged.

Jam / Potluck of the Month, July 17, Davis
Dean Labadie will host a jam / potluck in the parking lot behind his store, Strelitzia Flower Co., 4614 Second Street, Davis, on July 17, starting at 2 p.m. Bring your own chairs, beverages, & a potluck dish. For more info, email

Kerner Breaux, 1943-2010
Kerner Breaux, bassist with the Notorious Shank Brothers & other bands, passed over Jordan on June 2 due to heart failure. He was an energetic jammer at many CBA events & always made his presence felt. His rendition of “Home Grown Tomatoes” will be fondly remembered, & he will be greatly missed by all. Steve West has organized a memorial jam for Kern on July 10, starting at 11 a.m., at Fair Oaks Park, near the corner of Fair Oaks & Madison in Fair Oaks; access to the parking lot is off Fair Oaks Blvd just south of the library. Bring your instruments, potluck dish, beverages, & chairs. Iced bottled water will be provided. Alcohol is permitted but not in glass containers. Come pick some tunes for Kern; he would want it that way. For more info contact Steve or Kathy West at (916) 966-3916.

Camps, Campouts, & Festivals
Americana Festival: July 10 - 11, Virginia City, NV,, 775-348-4692, FREE

California Coast Music Camp: July 11 - 17 & 18 - 24, Sierra Nevada gold country, 650-306-0399

California Worldfest: July 15-18, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,, 530-891-4098

Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival: July 18 - 19, Etna,, 530-467-4144

Lighthouse Marina Campout: August 2 - 8, Isleton,, 916-777-5901

Tin Shed Jam: August 7, Walnut Grove,

Golden Old Time Campout: August 20 - 22, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville,, 707-829-8012

Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 13-18, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos,, 408-241-5920

Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills: September 17-19, Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth,

Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival: September 24 - 26, Hobbs Grove Park, Sanger,, 559-977-3598

KVMR Radio, 89.5 FM
Thanks to Eric Rice, most of the CBA’s 35th Annual Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley was broadcast locally over FM radio & to the world over the internet. Eric’s County Line Bluegrass Show airs every Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon over KVMR 89.5 FM & is a great show. He often has guests performing live music & makes timely announcements about bluegrass music events. Thanks, Eric!

Other Events

Spillit Quikkers: July 3, 1100 AM - 100 PM, Hoppy Brewing Co, 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-451-4677, No cover; come for brunch.

Banner Mountain Boys: July 3, 1200 N - 600 PM, Americana Festival, Schoolhouse Amphitheater, 17894 Tyler-Foote Rd, North Columbia (near Malakoff Diggins State Park), 530-265-2826. North Columbia Cultural Center benefit.

Anderson Family Bluegrass Band & California Borderline: July 4, all day, Paradise Community Park, free.

Hill Country: July 10, 630 - 900 PM, Zia’s Espresso & Gelato, 312 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-9427, no cover.

Legacy: July 10, 730 PM, house concert in Grass Valley, $15. Email or call 530-272-6498 for reservations & address. Traditional Irish band.

The Fruit Jar Pickers: July 11, 18, & 25, 1000 AM - 1200 N, Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley, 530-272-4320, New location; bring your chairs; donations accepted.

Banner Mountain Boys: July 23, 800 - 1100 PM, Club Car Bar & Restaurant, 836 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-887-9732, no cover.

Natural Drift: July 23, 730 - 1000 PM, Hemalayas Restaurant, 3420 Palmer Dr, Cameron Park, 530-677-4880, No cover; come for dinner.

Anderson Family Bluegrass Band: July 24, 800 - 1100 AM, Nevada County Growers Market, North Star House, 12075 Old Auburn Rd (turn left just before Gate 4 of Fairgrounds).

Mountain Laurel: July 31, 900 AM - 1200 N, Nevada County Growers Market, North Star House, 12075 Old Auburn Rd. (turn left just before Gate 4 of Fairgrounds).

Houston Jones: July 24, 800 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters,, 530-756-9901, $15.

Gillette Brothers: July 30, 700 PM, house concert in Folsom, $20. Email or call 916-765-0552 for reservations & address. Western & Americana music.

Save the Date

August 14: Hettingers’ house jam/potluck, Folsom.

Regular Jams

Every Tuesday & Friday, 600 - 800 PM, Main Street Music, 263 Main St (corner Center), Placerville, 530-622-1357.

Every Thursday, 700 - 1000 PM, 5th String Music Store, Alhambra & J St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 500 - 800 PM, Rail Depot, 5775 Horseshoe
Posted:  7/6/2010

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