Author: Carlin, Larry

August 30, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010

Stand up and be counted! -- Or, better yet, sit down at your keyboard now and vote on-line here in the CBA Board election. By doing so you will save yourself 44 cents and the hassle of having to mail in your ballot. And, you will have also done your patriotic bluegrass civic duty for the year!

Gearing up for the end -- With Labor Day weekend on the horizon later this week, the unofficial end of the summer is also on its way. If you are looking for something fun to do on the holiday weekend, the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite still has tickets available, and it is always a good time. Go to their site for ticket info, or, better yet, check out the ticket exchange list here. The lineup includes four Bay Area acts – Nell Robinson & Red Level, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee – plus lots more great stuff. And hey, it won’t be raining this time!

Country music week on Fresh Air -- The National Public Radio arts show Fresh Air w/Terry Gross is featuring interviews with and stories about various country artists all this week. Monday will have pieces on Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Patsy Cline, and Charlie Haden, and on Tuesday it will be interviews with Merle Haggard and George Jones. You can also listen to the shows online the day after they are broadcast. Consult your local public radio listings for the times of the show. Thanks to Allen French for this tip.

Jam sessions in Berkeley -- Ran Bush will be starting up the new slow jam sessions again on Tuesday evenings at the 5th String in Berkeley starting on September 7th from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. John Kornhauser will continue to host the medium-fast sessions on Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Ensemble Class -- A second section of the Bluegrass Ensemble Class: Beyond the Basics with Bill Evans has been added at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and it will start on September 7th. 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.

Roundup time in SF -- See Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup playing country and bluegrass at Amnesia in SF on the 30th starting at 8:30 p.m. Also on the bill is the duo Gwyneth & Monko.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam takes place in Oakland at 8 p.m. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Leftover Crow will be pickin’ bluegrass to go along with the spicy offerings at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 31st from 6-9 p.m.

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.

Hillbillies in Alameda -- The Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos will be playing a lively blend of jazz, country and popular songs from the '30s on the 31st at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda from 7-9 p.m.

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: Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/8-12; David Grier in Carmel 9/9, Tiburon 9/10, Santa Clara 9/12; The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at a house concert in Piedmont, CA, 9/10; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival with the John Reischman Jaybird Trio, Bill Evans & Megan Lynch and more in Lower Lake 9/11; Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena 9/11-12; Blue Rock Springs Bluegrass Fund Raiser for Vista Farms in Vallejo with the Alhambra Valley Band, The West County Professional Tea Sippers, Spinning Wheel and The Mighty Chiplings 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Nell Robinson & Red Level at the Rockwell Winery in Alameda 9/19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan 9/25-26; Fog Fest in Pacifica 9/25; Emmylou Harris at the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival 9/25, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego 9/27, Napa Valley Opera House 9/27, Harrah’s Tahoe 9/30, Hardly Strictly in SF 10/2; Pickin’ on Pinot in Philo with The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers 9/25; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Steve Martin (with the Steep Canyon Rangers at some of these shows) in Arcata 10/1, Chico 10/2, Davis 10/3, Reno, NV, 10/5, San Luis Obispo 10/6, Santa Barbara 10/8, San Diego 10/9;  
Posted:  9/1/2010

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