Author: Carlin, Larry

August 20, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010

Grand old time in Boonville -- The CBA’s Golden Old Time Campout is happening this weekend at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville on the 20th-22nd, so head on up if you aren’t already there!

Life’s railway to heaven -- Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Stone Poneys (Linda Ronstadt’s first band of note that had a hit with the song “Different Drum”) who also played bass and guitar and sang with Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Bryndle and many others throughout his career, died on the 18th. He was 64. A benefit and memorial concert will take place this Sunday the 22nd at Zoey’s Café in Ventura.

Exit, stage left -- At a Swell Season concert -- the folk act that won an Oscar for their song "Falling Slowly" from the Irish film Once -- at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga last night, an unidentified man apparently climbed to the roof of the stage and committed suicide by jumping down and landing next to the performers. Needless to day, the band and audience was shocked and stunned in disbelief, and the rest of the show was canceled. Read the tragic story here.

Smiley Mountain in Clovis -- The Smiley Mountain Band is playing the Bluegrass in the Park series on the 20th at Clovis Veteran's Memorial Square from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is a free event.

Celtic music in Sacto -- 3/4 of the band Nine-8ths Irish (including Kathy Barwick) will be playing Irish tunes on the 20th at 8 p.m. at the Delta Bar & Grill (on the Delta King Riverboat) in old-town Sacramento.

Beavergrass in Oregon -- If you are up visiting grandma in Corvallis this weekend take her to Beavergrass on the 20th-22nd to see The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Tony Furtado, Joy Kills Sorrow and lots more.

Under the Radar in Sonoma -- Kevin Russell’s band Under the Radar plays newgrass, swing and blues at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma on the 20th from 8-10 p.m. Great food and drink with no cover. Children are welcome.

Snap judgment -- Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players has a busy weekend. You can see them play at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 20th and then at the Westside Theatre in Newman on the 21st.

Summergrass in San Diego -- Folks down San Diego way on the 20th-22nd are headed to Summergrass to see John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Special Consensus, Bluegrass Etc., and others.

Coyote Hill in Sonora -- Coyote Hill will be offering the finest in Americana at the Music in the Park series in Courthouse Park in Sonora on the 20th from 6-8 p.m.

Fiddles in Sutter Creek -- On the 20th Alistair Fraser and Natalie Haas will be playing a show at the Sutter Creek Theater.

The doctor is in… the town of Sonoma on the 21st. Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be playing all of your bluegrass favorites at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. Originally Keystone Station was to play the gig, but banjo player Kris Hare injured her index finger on her left hand last week and she is unable to pick right now. Since she is impossible to replace, it was easier to get this other fine band that features another banjo-playing veterinarian…

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled When You Go Walking. This is the third of three programs exploring bluegrass songs about perambulating, with music from, among others, Big Country Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, Dave Evans, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Hazel Dickens, Jim & Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Lonesome River Band, and the Stanley Brothers. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Accordion alert! -- The Cotati Accordion Festival takes place on the 21st and 22nd, so be aware if you happen to find yourself in or near the town…

Jug time in Berkeley -- The First Annual West Coast Jug Band Jubilee with Maria Muldaur, Jugtown Pirates, Devine’s Jug Band, Skiffle Symphony with Kenny Hall, Lavay Smith & her Red Hot Jug Band, Toshio Hirano and more is an all-day event at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 21st.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 21st at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

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!

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

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

Are you experienced? -- The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience will be playing the Sunday afternoon barbecue out at Rancho Nicasio in west Marin on the 22nd.

Jammin’ for beginners in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the fourth Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. These jams are geared to beginners, and they play from a set list of songs.

Fiddling in Castro Valley -- The California Old-Time Fiddlers Association meets for jammin' on the fourth Sunday of every month at the United Methodist Church in Castro Valley from 1:30-5 p.m., so he
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