Author: Carlin, Larry

July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Take the Stage -- The next Take the Stage session will start in late August so applications and deposits will need to be in by August 15th. It is an eight-session class which includes a sound class and a “graduation” performance that will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 31st. The cost is $350, and applications and info can be found at the link above. The hosts also hope to put together another Peninsula/South Bay band that will practice there down south but come to the Freight for the welcome jam, sound class and show. In addition to newcomers there is a special track for already-existing bands that want to take their music to the next level with the help of folks like Kathy Kallick. Bands will get their own special evening show at the Freight in early November. People interested in this should send an email to

Webb on the web -- There is an interview on National Public Radio as well as real nice stories in the NY Times and on the CMT site about singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, who has won multiple Grammys for songs such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Galveston,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” and “Wichita Lineman.” Webb has a new recording out titled Just Across the River, and some of these songs are on the disc, featuring guest artists such as Jerry Douglas, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Mark Knophler, Glenn Campbell and Billy Joel. Not a bad cast of singers to have on your project!

He loves you yeah, yeah, yeah -- Okay, it is not bluegrass, but just about everyone loves the Beatles, and if you missed the Paul McCartney concert in SF recently you can see him playing at the White House tonight at 9 p.m. on KQED-TV Channel 9 in the Bay Area, or for you night owls, the show will be re-aired at 3 a.m. on tomorrow morning. Immediately following the McCartney shows stay tuned for How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin.

Composed Rosanne -- Singer Rosanne Cash has written a new memoir titled Composed, and in the book she talks about her famous father and step-mother, her music career, motherhood, her marriages and a lot more. She will be appearing at a free event at Dominican College in San Rafael on August 18th.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Ben Keith, longtime guitar, piano, sax and pedal steel player with Neil Young, died recently of unknown causes. He was 73.

Ray Bierl in Berkeley -- East Bay picker Ray Bierl will be returning for another evening at Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant in Berkeley on the 28th from 7-9 p.m. Joining Ray will be esteemed Bay Area bassist Markie Sanders. Go by for a nice meal, libation or dessert and enjoy the friendly music in a charming setting. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Petaluma -- There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 28th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- Bluegrass jammin' happens on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South H Street, in Lompoc. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Chatham County Line in CA -- The North Carolina bluegrass band Chatham County Line is in northern CA this week, and you can see them play at the Hotel Utah in SF on the 29th, at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 30th, and at The Echo in Los Angeles on the 31st. They have a new CD out titled Wildwood.

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 more info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass Thursday evenings 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 "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Fiddles in Sonora -- Fiddles, Etc. will be sawing away on bluegrass, country and old-time music on the 29th from 6-8:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza in Sonora. For more information call (209) 586-2042.

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.

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 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 San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americ
Posted:  7/30/2010

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