Author: Carlin, Larry

August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Old-time is not a crime! -- At least, it isn’t in Boonville this weekend. Just about everyone is headed to the CBA’s Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville on the 20th-22nd. Don’t be left out!

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.

IBMA nominations -- Read ‘em and weep. The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the 2010 nominees today. Once again (unless there are songwriters on the list that we are not aware of), there are no representatives of the West Coast on this list. Which – as with the baseball all-star roster every year – will lead to complaints in some quarters about unfairness, how California should start their own bluegrass awards program, etc. Yet nothing will get done, because these kind of things take time and money. And while some have an excess of the former these days, not many of us (at least, in the bluegrass world)(except for maybe one event producer who puts on a little gathering every year in Golden Gate Park) have any extra TARP, inheritance or leveraged buy-out money burning holes in our pockets…

Carter Family story -- There was a nice story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the Carter Family Fold that you can read here, but readers beware – this is one of the worst links ever! Simply awful, and to think that this is from a daily newspaper…

Sorrow killing time in Berkeley -- The Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow merges influences as diverse as bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, and jazz at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 18th at 8 p.m.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 18th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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. Tonight see Homefire play.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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 19th in he’ll be in Santa Barbara, and on the 20th at Summergrass in San Diego. Sign up now, and go to the site for more info.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Teen jam in Berkeley -- The next teen bluegrass jam will be happening at Liz Hackney’s home in Berkeley on the 19th 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.

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.

Justis in Sacto -- The Mike Justis Band (a.k.a. Poetic Justis), with Kathy Barwick on standup bass and dobro, will be performing an evening of originals, folk, blues, and more on the 19th at 8 p.m. at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento. Steve McLean is on acoustic and electric guitars, and Mike Justis is lead vocals and harp. No cover.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Country time in the big city -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 19th it will be High Country playing some mighty fine bluegrass.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 19th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 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 gu
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