Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 5, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cool photos, Nashville-style -- In 1974, the last year before the Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to Opryland, photographer Jim McGuire was there clicking away with his camera. Many of his photos can now be found in a fabulous new book titled “Nashville Portraits”. You can look at some of the photos by going to the site. McGuire also shot countless album covers, which you can see here.

Cool photos, SF-style -- There are some wonderful shots of some of the SFBOTF shows this past weekend by East Bay photographer Mike Melnyk. Go to his web site and scroll down the right hand side of the page. There are many photos from other recent shows and events as well.

Return of The BladeRunners -- After a three-year break The BladeRunners are back in action tonight at 8 p.m. at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. They combine an engaging country-flavored vocal sound with the thrilling, edgy instrumental spunk that characterizes the best of the modern contemporary and progressive bluegrass bands. Also on the bill is Laura Meyer, a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Thrilla at the Hilla -- Three bands for the price of one can and should be seen tonight at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup, Jimbo Trout and the Fishpeople and the Freight Hoppers. Show starts at 9 p.m. Ages 21 and over.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- It is that time of week again for live bluegrass at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose. Head on over there tonight to see Bean Creek and then tomorrow it will be Sidesaddle. Call ahead for reservations at (408) 297-9151. The music goes from 6-9 p.m., and there is no cover.

Triple bill in Berkeley -- Three bands will be sharing the bill at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley tonight. They are Huckleberry Flint, The Mighty Crows and Zach Driscoll & Three Quarter Time.

Twin bill in Alameda -- On Wednesday the 6th the Barefoot Nellies will share the bill with Portland's Ida Viper at McGrath's in Alameda. The Vipers play a mix of bluegrass and swing. Downbeat with the Nellies is 8 p.m.

Berkeley bluegrass -- On the 6th The Whiskey Brothers will play old-time and bluegrass (first & third Wednesdays of every month) at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served on the 6th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the picking. No cover.

Square dance extravaganza -- Kick up your heels on the 6th at the mid-week square dance with the First Base Stringband, The Whoreshoes, The Deciders, and Devine's Jug Band at the Make-Out Room in SF. Square dance goes from 6-7:45 p.m., and the shows start at 8:30.

Hoppin’ time in Fairfax -- Don’t miss The Freight Hoppers when the play at the Iron Springs Brewerey in Fairfax on the 6th. No cover, great food and microbrew.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place on the 6th starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

New jam in San Jose -- A new open jam starts this week at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 1532 Branham Lane, in San Jose. The time is 6-10 p.m. The jam will be held every first and third Thursday of each month. For info contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at (650) 455-2504 & or Banjo Bob Farrell (408) 341-8809 &

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On the 6th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem (formerly known as The Grass Fire Chiefs). The band is John Kael on banjo, mando and vocals, Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals, Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals and Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If elected, I will win.”
Posted:  2/7/2008

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