Author: Carlin, Larry

August 9, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010

Giant Dead fans -- Take me out to the ballgame! Today is Jerry Garcia Day at Pacbell (or whatever corporate monolith the place is now named for) Park when the SF Giants play the Chicago Cubs on the 15th anniversary of the passing of the former guitarist for the Grateful Dead and banjo player for Old and In the Way. Bob Weir will sing the National Anthem and Mickey Hart will lead a kazoo ensemble on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Some of the proceeds will be benefit the Rex Foundation. Will the Giants be wearing tie-dye uniforms?

Talkin’ ‘bout Mill Valley -- Anyone remember the song “Mill Valley” from back in the day? If so, you are showing your age! The song, written by Rita Abrams, is celebrating its 40-year anniversary, and there is a story about it on the front page of the SF Chronicle today and you can read it here. Not mentioned in the story is that Rita also plays autoharp and is a big fan of bluegrass. She attended many bluegrass shows at the Sweetwater when it was still in existence.

Journey through the past -- There is very little music content here, but if you have some time check out the amazing set of photos titled Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 that were posted on a blog in the Denver Post. Photos 13 and 14 are music related, but the rest of them just tell stories on their own...

Desert Rose in the Tennessean -- Real nice story and classic videos of The Desert Rose Band in the Tennessean this past weekend. Rose members Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson’s blood runs blue these days…

Car Talk theme -- Fans of the NPR show Car Talk with Click & Clack know the bluegrass theme song that the show has used since its inception. But how many of you know that the song was written and recorded by David Grisman, and that it is called “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown”? You can watch a video of The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience playing the song here.

Jamming 101 on tour -- Currently taught every year at music festivals across the country, Chico’s Sid Lewis’ Jamming 101 class is a fun and inspiring class for all skill levels in the art of playing together. Designed to include those just getting into music as well as more advanced players, Sid’s unique five-level system has won accolades everywhere he teaches. On the 17th the class will be held in Santa Cruz, on the 19th in Santa Barbara, and on the 20th at Summergrass in San Diego. Go to the site for more info.

Prairie Rose plays for kids -- George Martin’s band Prairie Rose has developed a children's show which they are performing at Bay Area libraries. It's bluegrass-style music but not Bill Monroe. They play lots of cowboy songs, folk songs, children's songs, nursery rhymes, and a bit of silly comedy. On the 9th at 10:30 a.m. see them at the Stinson Beach Library on Highway One in Stinson Beach; later that same afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Point Reyes Station Library; and on the 11th at 3:30 p.m. at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Library, at Benvenue and Ashby Avenues. All shows are free.

Bean Creek on the air -- The South Bay bluegrass band Bean Creek will be playing live tonight on the 9th on Mike Russell’s bluegrass show on KKUP (91.3 FM) in Cupertino. The show runs from 6-9 p.m., and the band will be on around 7:30.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- The 9th is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will take place on the 9th. Tonight see Peter Kessler, Gene Tortora, Red Rick, Dave Courchaine, and Jerry Barush. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 on the 9th you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Bluegrass with Oak Grove -- On the 10th there will be live bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing by Oak Grove playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 10th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 10th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

Coming attractions -- For folks that want to plan ahead, at the beginning of the week there are listings found here of upcoming festivals, fairs, campouts, special events and more. All you have to do is click on the links to find out information about each event. As the dates draw near there will be more information about the events posted above. If ther
Posted:  8/11/2010

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