Author: Carlin, Larry

September 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Strawberry jam -- Your intrepid Almost Daily News reporter is off at the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite, and this is a hastily dictated, six-day column. Apologies in advance if your gig news did not make it in here. There are only so many hours in the day, and this week there were less than usual for writing about bluegrass. The fest 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 such as Arlo Guthrie, The Travelin' McCourys, and Tommy Emmanuel. If you do make it up to the festival, stop by the mess hall some morning for the live Breakfast Club show. Yours truly is the host in the bathrobe, red slippers and strawberry pajamas. Or tune into the show on the Hog in-camp radio station.

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 had pieces on Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Patsy Cline, and Charlie Haden, and on Tuesday it was 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 1st from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Blue & Lonesome in Berkeley -- The North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome will be playing some tunes on the 1st at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley starting at 7 p.m.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam on the 1st is normally hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. But on the 1st Ted and Patti Garber will be guest-hosting. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

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 -- The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley on the 1st 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.

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

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 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 2nd 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.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 2nd 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. For more info email Pat Palmer at or call (415) 892-6020.

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 Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place at 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.

Square dance in Oakland -- Another installment of the every-first-Friday monthly square dance will take place at the Niebyl-Proctor Library (6501 Telegraph Avenue) on the 3rd at 8 p.m. with the Squirrelly Stringband and caller Jordan Ruyle. $5 or whatever you can pay. No prior experience necessary, and all dances will be taught.

Bluegrass in the park in Clovis -- The Bluegrass Kids will be playing the Bluegrass in the Park series on the 3rd in the Clovis Veteran's Memorial Square from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is a free event.

Bluegrass invitational jam -- The invitational jam on the first Friday of every month at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Tom Sours on bass, Jerry Barush on banjo, Dane Miller on fiddle, Rick Horlick on guitar, and Scott Thompson on mandolin. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they have now added bluegrass to their mix.

Kitchen Help in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda at 8 p.m. on the 4th enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Kitchen Help.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 4th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled
Posted:  9/7/2010

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