Author: Carlin, Larry

August 16, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010

Golden weekend ahead -- Don’t unpack your camping gear from this past weekend’s Good Old Fashioned Festival! Your attendance is respectfully requested at the CBA’s Golden Old Time Campout this coming weekend at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville on the 20th-22nd.

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. Sign up now, and go to the site for more info.

Bluegrass Ensemble Class -- Check out the new Bluegrass Ensemble Class: Beyond the Basics with Bill Evans starting on August 31st at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. This class is open to all bluegrass instrumentalists and singers who want to move beyond slow jams but aren't quite ready for on-stage performances. You'll learn the fine art of singing bluegrass harmonies, how to construct instrumental solos and how to play tasteful and appropriate backup. You will also discover how to kick off and end songs, and how to create dynamic and exciting arrangements. Register online at the link above or email for more info.

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 the 18th.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will be picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

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 feature Alan Bond, Larry Cohea, Jess Beebe, Erika Walther and Mark Wardenburg. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ bluegrass, country and more to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 17th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 17th is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see The Bladerunners play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On the 17th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. it will be bluegrass with Billy & Sarah (of Bean Creek) along with special guests Luke & Kyle Abbot. No cover.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 17th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Larry Cohea, Ted Silverman, Bruce Sadownick, Deirdre Donovan and Joe Ridout.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 17th. From 6:30-7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

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 there is something not included on this list feel free to drop me a note to let me know. Here is what is coming up in the next few months: Joy Kills Sorrow at the Freight on 8/18; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; West Coast Jug Band Jubilee at the Freight 8/21; Beavergrass in Corvallis, OR, 8/20-21; Summergrass with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and lots more in San Diego 8/21-22; David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at Rancho Nicasio in west Marin 8/22; Fiddle Summit at the Freight 8/26; David Grier in Culver City 8/27, San Diego 8/28, Davis 8/29, Carmel 9/9, Tiburon 9/10, Santa Clara 9/12; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/8-12; The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at a house concert in Piedmont, CA, 9/10;
Posted:  8/18/2010

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