Author: Carlin, Larry

August 6, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010

Ready for the weekend -- It goes without saying that just about everyone looks forward to the weekends, and if you are looking for something to do, you have come to the right place. It is time for, in the word of Sly Stone, some “hot fun in the summer time!”

Camping and pickin’ in Isleton -- The 3rd Annual Bluegrass Campout in Isleton started on Monday and runs through the 8th, so grab the instruments and start driving!

The Kinkster is here! -- Irreverent Texas country singer and novelist Kinky Friedman and his band are touring the West Coast for the first time in 20 years, so see them while you can, because you never know if and when they will come this way again. They will be playing on the 6th at the Palms in Winters and on the 7th at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez. Yeehah!

Fair game -- Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be pickin’ bluegrass from 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on the 6th. Bluegrass, rides, destruction derby, funnell cakes, kettle corn…what more can you ask for?

Square dance in Oakland -- Another installment of the every-first-Friday monthly square dance will take place at the Niebyl-Proctor Library (6501 Telegraph Avenue) on the 6th at 8 p.m. with the Squirrelly Stringband and caller Jordan Ruyle. $5 or whatever you can pay. No prior experience necessary, and all dances will be taught.

Dead and alive –- The Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits on the 6th-9th will have Deadwood Revival, Poor Man's Whiskey, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Wake The Dead, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Moonalice and more.

Twin bill in Marin -- The Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing presents three hours of family-friendly, live music every Friday through September 10th. Each free show, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is outside on the grounds. Shoppers and diners, as well as ferry riders, are encouraged listen to the music in a relaxing, social atmosphere at the start of each weekend. See country and bluegrass with The Courtney Janes and Savannah Blue on the 6th.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- Natural Drift will once again be playing at the Hemalayas Restaurant in Cameron Park on the 6th. Music starts at 7:30 and there is no cover or minimum. The band will be joined by special guest Samantha Olson. Samantha, who started playing fiddle at age 6, has been a member of the Smiley Mountain Band and was nominated by the Northern California Bluegrass Society in 2010 for both Fiddler and Female Vocalist of the Year.

Bluegrass invitational jam -- The invitational jam on the first Friday of every month at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The band on the 6th will be Bruce Campbell on bass, Craig Fletcher on banjo, Dan Large on mandolin, Josh Jakus on fiddle, and Larry Goldfield on guitar. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they have now added bluegrass to their mix.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass and country on the 6th by the Sonoma Mountain Band from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and drink in a family friendly atmosphere. Kids are welcome

Francesca Nagle CD release -- Most folks remember young “Frankie” Nagle from her days of playing banjo in the Donner Mountain Band. Well, she has grown up a bit since then, is now called Francesca, and she will playing songs off her new solo jazz CD titled Everything Must Change on the 7th at her CD release party at the Senzala Brazilian Restaurant in Sunnyvale at 8 p.m. Call for reservations.

Special night at the Freight -- 49 Special will be having their CD release party at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 7th, so be the first one on your block to own a copy of the new disc.

High-octane Americana in Sutter Creek -- Houston Jones with Joe Craven will have the Sutter Creek Theatre jumping on the evening of the 7th.

Music in Los Osos -- Dorian Michael and Kenny Blackwell will be appearing at the Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos on the 7th at 7 p.m. Pot luck supper starts at 6. From traditional bluegrass to improvisational blues, these two string wizards will raise the rafters at this popular community-oriented acoustic music series. The Red Barn Series is a monthly concert series showcasing local, regional, and national musicians performing old-time, bluegrass, swing, Celtic, blues, and other forms of acoustic roots music.

Old Pals in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda at 8 p.m. on the 7th hear some fine traditional bluegrass with The Old Pals. The Pals formed around the beginning of 2010 as a collection of musicians whose friendships started in the mid to late 1960s. With a common bond of traditional bluegrass music and a gazillion years collectively of performing, the band consists of featuring Craig Wilson, Larry Cohea, Butch Waller, Matt Dudman and Paul Shelasky.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 5th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend previews the Good Old Fashioned Festival next weekend near Hollister. There will be new demos from the David Thom Band, Dark Hollow, and Still Searchin', recent releases from The Wronglers, Luke Abbott, and OMGG, CDs from the past year by Houston Jones, Savannah Blue, and Nell Robinson, and vintage material from the Alhambra Valley Band, Barefoot Nellies, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Highway One, and Sidesaddle & Co. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

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

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 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!

Upper crust jam -- On the 7th from 2-5 p.m. the Butte Folk Music Society sponsors a free acoustic jam at the Upper Crust Bakery, located a
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