Author: Carlin, Larry

July 14, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The end of the world -- The World Cup football/soccer games have mercifully come to an end, so fans everywhere no longer have excuses to be drinking Bloody Marys at 7 a.m. in sports bars while mournfully blowing on their vuvuzelas. We can only hope that those annoying horns don’t make their way to baseball and football stadiums here in the US. Speaking of which, how’s this for a frightening new band idea: a vuvuzela, didgeridoo, accordion, saw, banjo and bongos!

End of the road for Sawmill -- According to a report on the Bluegrass Blog, the West Coast bluegrass band Sawmill Road has decided to call it quits.

Susie Glaze up north -- The LA bluegrass band Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band is in northern CA this week, and you can see them at Evangeline’s in Colfax on the 14th, at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 15th (details below), and at the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival on the 17th-18th.

Suzy Bogguss up north -- Country singer Suzy Bogguss can be seen crooning some tunes at the Freight on the 14th, at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 15th, and at Harlow’s in Sacramento on the 17th.

Barbequed grass -- Dark Hollow will be entertaining you with bluegrass at Sam’s in San Jose on the 14th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Mr. Banjo in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 14th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Triple bluegrass bill at the Freight -- It will be one hot show at the Freight and Salvage on the 15th featuring Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Tuttles with AJ Lee, and Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band starting at 8 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.

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.

Savannah Blue 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 15th it will be Savannah Blue playing some bluegrass.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 15th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 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 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.

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.

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 (which this month is the 15th), when it happens at The Music Tree, located at 17470 Monterey Street. However, incoming emails this week make it unclear where the jam will be on the 20th, so 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.

Jammin’ in Murphys -- There is a new bluegrass and acoustic jam in the town of Murphys at the Growler Craft Brewery on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The address is 164 Highway 4. Go on by and start pickin’!

Plans for the weekend -- California World Fest in Grass Valley 7/15-18; Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival 7/16-18; Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/17-18; Luthierie Camp with Roger Siminoff in Atascadero 7/18-23.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The seabird hater left no tern unstoned.”
Posted:  7/16/2010

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