Author: Carlin, Larry

August 11, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Going goofy -- Everyone is getting ready for the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Bolado Park in Tres Pinos near Hollister on the 13th-15th, a fest that features only California bands. Some of the acts to see there are Nell Robinson & Red Level, The Barefoot Nellies, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, California Borderline, Dark Hollow, The David Thom Band, Highway One, Houston Jones, Jeanie and Chuck’s Country Roundup, OMGG, Savannah Blue, and Sidesaddle & Company.

Grass Valley photos -- Mighty Mike Melnyk has posted his Grass Valley photos on his site, and you can look at them here. Great stuff, as usual!

Life’s railway to heaven -- John Wynn, builder of Wynn mandolins and banjos and the banjo player/band leader along with his wife, Betty, of their family band, SouthWynn, passed away on the 11th from cancer in Springfield, MO. He was 72.

Bluegrass Jamming Essentials -- Bay Area banjo master Bill Evans has a new AcuTab DVD out titled Bluegrass Jamming Essentials that's a band/jam project for all instruments featuring co-host Megan Lynch, along with Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford and David Thomas. This DVD is now for sale now at the Bill Evans & Megan Lynch, Megan Lynch and Bill Evans homepages. Watch the YouTube trailer here.

Hey, Bill had one in his band once! -- There was a nice story in the SF Chronicle recently about accordion player and repairwoman Skyler Fell.

More on Mitch -- There was a real nice story by Chet Flippo in his Nashville Skyline column about the late Mitch Miller and his effect on having Hank Williams songs recorded by other artists. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this item.

Death of the Pig -- Eclectic KPIG-FM radio, based in Freedom, CA, for the past couple of years has also been broadcasting on 1510-AM in the San Francisco Bay Area. But apparently this arrangement is about to come to an end, as the 15th will be the last day. Read the sad details here.

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

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 11th see the band play at 3:30 p.m. at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Library, at Benvenue and Ashby Avenues. This is a free show.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue can be seen pickin’ traditional bluegrass on the 11th at the Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and beers at reasonable prices. All ages welcome.

Happy b-day, Buck -- The Elbo Room in San Francisco on the 11th presents the Buck Owens Birthday Bash starring Jenn Courtney and Maurice Tani of 77 El Deora, the Vargas Bros, Mitch Polzak of The Royal Deuces, The B Stars, Doug Blumer, Kit Lopez, Glen Earl Brown Jr., Misisipi Mike Wolf, Dave Zirbell, Ken Owen, Hank Maninger and many more.

Kitchen Help in Menlo Park -- The bluegrass band Kitchen Help will be appearing on the 11th from 6-9 p.m. at the Menlo Park Downtown Block Party at Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Dark Hollow will be entertaining you with bluegrass at Sam’s in San Jose on the 11th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 11th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Teen jam in Berkeley -- The next teen bluegrass jam will be happening at Liz Hackney’s home in Berkeley on the 12th and she would love to have more players. It's two hours of fun for free! If you know of any teen (loosely defined) that might want to play with other bluegrass instruments (mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dobro), this is the perfect way to get into it. It's casual, fun, low key, and all levels of players are welcome. If you're interested, email Liz here and she will send you directions and the song list. The jam will take place every Thursday until school starts, after which it will move to a weekend day. Also, there will be a teen jam from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage Open House on August 28th hosted by Nate and Max Schwartz of OMGG. They will also be playing there from 2-2:30 p.m. with their family band Oak Grove. There will be lots of workshops, professional bands performing and music to participate in and it's all free.

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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening 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 Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thur
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