Author: Carlin, Larry

July 16, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010

Summertime blues(grass) -- Who has time for a case of the summertime blues (unless, of course, you are now-tough-to-find-an-acting-role Mel Gibson) when here we are halfway through the season and there is still so much bluegrass and other kinds of great music to see/hear? Turn off CNN, FOX and American Idle and get out and see or play some bluegrass!

Life's railway to heaven --Legendary country singer/songwriter Hank Cochran, who wrote such classics as "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "Make the World Go Away," "A Little Bitty Tear," "The Chair," "Don't Touch Me," and "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurtin' Me," passed away in Nashville on the 15th at age 74.

World Fest in Grass Valley -- The California World Fest in Grass Valley began on the 15th and runs through the 18th. Same site as the CBA’s bluegrass fest, but worlds apart musically…

Calling all luthierites -- Want to learn how to work on acoustic instruments? Then consider attending the Luthierie Camp with Roger Siminoff in Atascadero from the 18th-23rd. Roger will be building the H5 Mandola. It is a week long program in his facilities in Atascadero. Attendees will learn all the processes for building an arched top/back f-hole instrument and will leave with a fully assembled H5 mandola

The Velo Rouge Summer Sessions -- On the 16th check out Jeanie and Chuck Poling’s show at the Velo Rouge Cafe in SF at 7 p.m. called The Summer Sessions with Misisipi (yeah, this is how he spells it) Mike, Amber Cross, Cree Rider, Ted O’Connell and Middle Maki.

Bluegrass Fest in Boulder Creek -- The Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival takes place on the 16th-18th, and some of the acts you can see there are Faux Renwah, Rainy Escobar, Page Brownton's Sidetrack, Regina Bartlett, Upcreek Drifters, Still Searchin', Heathen Hill, and Old Soles.

OMGG in Walnut Creek -- OMGG can be seen playing on the 16th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in downtown Walnut Creek at the Liberty Bell Fountain Plaza outside Il Fornaio restaurant, on the corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Boulevards. The performance is part of the downtown business association's summer Sounds Around Town series. Pick up a copy of the band's new CD while you're there.

Bluegrass Bonanza in SF -- The bluegrass band Going Away Party will be playing the Bluegrass Bonanza show at the Plough and Stars on the 16th. See Jeff Kaplan is on banjo, Steve Owen on guitar, Ryan Lim on string bass and David Finch on the fiddle.

‘bout Time in Sunnyvale -- See ‘bout Time pickin’ bluegrass at the Sunnyvale Farmer’s Market on the 17th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Scott Valley Bluegrass -- Some of the bands to see at the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna on the 17th and 18th are the Anderson Family, Donna Hughes, Bound to Ride, Shades of Blue, California Borderline, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band and G2.

Scott Gates in Santa Clarita -- Young mandolin maestro Scott Gates will be playing with Nathan McEuen at All Corked Up in Santa Clarita on the 17th from 8-11 p.m.

Houston Jones in Berkeley -- Houston Jones, with very special guests Stevie Coyle and Joe Craven, will perform at the Freight & Salvage on the 17th. HJ is the California based high-octane Americana quintet that formed in 2001. The band performs a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel and features Glenn Houston (lead guitar), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello, acoustic guitar), and Peter Tucker (drums). Chris, Peter and Glenn are all alumni of the Waybacks. Glenn was awarded "best guitarist" for 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Savannah Blue double duty -- On the 17th & 18th the Marin bluegrass band Savannah Blue will be pickin’ at the San Anselmo Art and Wine Fest from 10 a.m.-noon, and later on the 18th they will be at the Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room in Petaluma from 3-6 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 19th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Walking the Blues Part 2 (of 3). Hear bluegrass songs about perambulating, with music from, among others, Bill Monroe, the Bray Brothers, Charles Sawtelle, Doyle Lawson, The Grascals, Hot Rize, James Reams, Lynn Morris Band, Ronnie & Rob McCoury, Shannon Grayson & His Golden Valley Boys, Special Consensus, and Tim Graves.You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 17th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

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.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

Humboldt Folklife Festival -- The Humboldt Folklife Festival in Arcata runs from the 17th-24th, and on the 18th you can see Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum playing a show. Go to the site for more info.

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 releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8 p.m. Th
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