Author: Carlin, Larry

July 8, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Editor’s note -- Your Almost Daily News editor is still on vacation back east until next week, wilting away (like Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West) in the 100 degree heat. So some facts and dates below may be a bit iffy. This is a four-day, hopefully-complete-as-possible edition of the column.

Bill and Megan on tour -- Bill Evans & Megan Lynch are on tour in northern CA this week, and you can see them playing with Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Hard Road at the Freight on the 8th, at the Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center Summer Series in San Pablo on the 10th with Los Cenzontles and Snap Jackson, and on the 11th at the Music Near the Hearth House Concert series in Sunnyvale.

Twisters in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 8th it will be The Kentucky Twisters playing some bluegrass.

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 every Thursday evening 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.

String Slingers -- The String Slingers are a relatively new bluegrass band that play their own blend of mountain music infused with rowdy original material drawing from bluegrass, old-time and acoustic rock. The members are Ella May Naiman on fiddle, Meghan Herring on bass, David Barrow on guitar, and Andy Roberts on banjo. See them play on the 8th at 9 p.m. at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz.

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, except on the third Thursday of each month, when it happens at The Music Tree, located at 17470 Monterey Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

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.

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 Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Justis in Davis -- On Thursday the 8th Kathy Barwick can be seen playing bass with The Mike Justis Band at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Bluegrass in Sebastopol -- Kevin Russell will be hosting ace bluegrass pickers Steve Smith and Chris Sanders, along with Bill Evans on banjo and bassist Bill Amatneek, on the 9th at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or for reservations or more info.

Americana Fest in VA City -- The Americana Festival in Virginia City, NV, on the 9th-11th will feature jams, clogging, and performances by the Saddle Cats, Steve Spurgin, Shades of Blue, Code Bluegrass, and more. No word on whether any of the Cartright boys from the Ponderosa will be in attendance…

Dreamers and Bolos in Santa Clara -- The Bolos and The Honky Tonk Dreamers will be playing country and Western swing on the 9th at the Fiddling Cricket Concerts series at the Mission Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara starting at 8 p.m. The Bolos are a trio consisting of Don Burnham, Charlie Wallace and Karen Horner. The Honky Tonk Dreamers are Julay Brooks, Tony Marcus, Charlie Wallace and Jerry Logan.

Fiddles and more in Sonora -- Fiddles, Etc. will be sawing away at the Heart Rock Cafe in Sonora on the 10th from 7-8:30 p.m., playing bluegrass, country and old-time fiddle music. For more information, call (209) 586-2042.

Susie Glaze in Covina -- See Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band playing at the Fret House in Covina on the 10th starting at 8 p.m.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 10th it will be bluegrass by Carolina Special from 8-10 p.m. There is no cover, and the pub serves good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 10th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Walking With You In My Dreams, which is Part 1 (of 3) featuring bluegrass songs about perambulating, with music from Charlie Monroe, Country Gentlemen, Good Ol' Persons, Hazel & Alice, Jack Cooke, J. D. Crowe & the New South, Kathy Kallick Band, Larry Sparks, Osborne Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, and others. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Stringdusters in Davis -- The Infamous Stringdusters will be playing a show at The Quad at the University of California Davis in Davis on the 10th from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new rele
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