Author: Carlin, Larry

August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blue Moon of Kentucky -- Hollywood has taken a sudden interest in Bill Monroe, the late Father of Bluegrass. The tentative title of the planned movie is Blue Moon of Kentucky, and it is to feature real-life acting couple Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal (who played opposite Jeff Bridges in the recent Crazy Heart) in the roles of Monroe and Bessie Lee Mauldin. Read the details here.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Songwriter George David Weiss, co-writer of such classis hits as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” and “What a Wonderful World,” died in New Jersey on the 23rd. He was 80.

Woebegone in Saratoga -- The Prairie Home Companion Summer Love road show is taking place tonight at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 25th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 25th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Petaluma -- There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- Bluegrass jammin' happens on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South H Street, in Lompoc. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Summit of fiddles -- Fiddlers from far and wide will be making their way to the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 26th to attend the Fiddle Summit with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Kimberley Fraser and Cali McKasson, Mary Ann Kennedy, Tony McManus, and Nic Gareiss.

Scott Gates in Pioneertown -- Young mandolinist Scott Gates along with Nathan McEuen will be playing together on the 26th at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown starting at 7 p.m.

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

Bluegrass fest in Hemet -- The Hemet Elks Bluegrass Jamboree starts on the 26th and runs through the 29th, and some of the acts you can see there are Scott Gates & Nathan McEuen, The Brombies, The Bladerunners, and Lonesome Otis. Check out the site for exact dates and times.

Teen jam in Berkeley -- The next teen bluegrass jam will be happening at Liz Hackney’s home in Berkeley on the 26th from 5:30-7 p.m. and she would love to have more players. If you know of any teen 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. Also, there will be a teen jam from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage Open House on the 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 Thursday evenings 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 Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

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.

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 guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 26th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

Plans for the weekend -- David Grier in Culver City 8/27, San Diego 8/28, Davis 8/29; Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players at Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill 8/27, at the Queen Bean in Modesto 8/28; Old-Time Southern Murder Hour with four bands at the Great American Music Hall in SF 8/27; Free open house at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley with jams, performances and more 8/28; 10th Annual Johnson Farm Bluegrass/Old-Time Picking Party in Boulder Creek 8/28; Scott Gates & Nathan McEuen at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Hills 8/28.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.”

Posted:  8/27/2010

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