Author: Carlin, Larry

July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010

Bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be the finest in traditional bluegrass on the 23rd by The David Thom Band, and then more tradgrass on the 24th with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue. Both shows are from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Nell in Richmond -- See Nell Robinson & Red Level when they perform at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on the 23rd starting at 8 p.m. Nell will also be playing on the Strawberry Music Festival main stage in early September.

Banner Mountain Boys in Placerville -- There will be some hot bluegrass being picked by the Banner Mountain Boys on the 23rd at 8 p.m. at the Club Car Bar and Grill in Placerville.

Lovable Lyle -- Hey, Julia Roberts once thought he was cute! You can judge for yourself by seeing Lyle Lovett at the Disney Concert Hall in LA on the 23rd, at Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego on the 25th, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the 26th, and at The Grove in Anaheim on the 27th.

Blue weekend -- The Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blue will be playing at Armando’s in Martinez at 8 p.m. on the 23rd, and then at the Alameda Art & Wine Festival on the 24th and 25th playing from 10 a.m.-noon.

Wailin’ in NorCal -- The wonderful vocal trio known as The Wailin’ Jennys can be seen playing at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 23rd and at the Trinity Tribal Stomp in Junction City on the 25th.

Stomping in the Trinity Alps -- The Trinity Tribal Stomp in Junction City on the 23rd-25th offers Ian Neville's Dunstaphunk, The Wailin' Jennys, Jemimah Puddleduck featuring Mark Karan, Garaj Mahal, Blame Sally, Clan Dyken, Alice Di Micele and more.

Iris on tour -- If you are a fan of singer Iris DeMent then you already know that she will be appearing at the Freight in Berkeley on the 23rd, at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 24th, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on the 25th.

Fundraiser in Oakland -- Masha Goodman Crawford will be calling an all-comers dance at 6 p.m. on the 23rd at the Pavilion at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Then at 7 p.m. she’ll also be leading some dancing to the main stage sounds of Warren Hellman’s old-time band The Wronglers. Get into the Gatsby mood by dressing all in white. It will be an evening of music, dance, wine tasting and delicious food by Bay Area's finest chefs. There will also be some blues, jazz and R&B played by other acts. The event is a white casual attire fundraiser for the restoration and revitalization of the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. You can also take a carriage ride, play a game of croquet, be intrigued by the Gatsby-era cars, participate in a silent auction, or simply stroll through the beautiful grounds. Tickets are $25 at or (510) 238-7532.

Pickin’ with Jim -- Amazing bluegrass guitarist Jim Nunally will be teaching a guitar workshop from 1-4 p.m. on the 24th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. The topic is Walks and Runs Between the Strums. He will cover basic walks for the chords A, B7, C, D, E, F, and G. Jim will also look at more advanced D, C, and G runs.

Houston Jones in Winters -- The high-octane Americana band Houston Jones, still riding high from their packed performance at the Freight last weekend, will be heating things up at the Palms in Winters on the evening of the 24th.

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

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 26th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Happy (60th) Birthday, Dave Evans! Exceptional singer and songwriter, fine banjo picker and guitarist, Evans is one of the most underrated bandleaders in bluegrass. 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 24th 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 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!

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.

Wild time in Fremont -- Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, along with bluesman Ron Thompson and singer/songwriter Michael McNevin, will all be playing a free concert on the 25th from 1-4 p.m. at The Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series in Fremont.

Hani Naser in Berkeley -- Noted percussionist and oud player Hani Naser will be playing a show with his band at the Freight in Berkeley on the 25th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Temecula -- There is an open jam session on the fourth Sunday of each month at The Nettworks Ranch, which is in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley, a few miles north of where the 215 and 15 freeways split off, in that triangle. Take Scott Road west two miles off 215, or Bundy Canyon Road east four miles off of 15. Turn south on Daily Road and it is the first ranch on right. For more info call Diane at (951) 679-7951 or (909) 239-5154.

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Posted:  7/26/2010

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