Author: Carlin, Larry

September 7, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Down from the mountains -- Contrary to rumors, this past weekend your intrepid Almost Daily News reporter was not at Burning Man in the Nevada desert, but instead was at the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite. It was a great time, and the four Bay Area acts Ė Nell Robinson & Red Level, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee Ė really did a bang-up job. The highlight of the fest for some was a very special impromptu concert that took place on Saturday in my home base at Camp Carltone during the campís annual anti-social social. Molly Tuttle, AJ Lee and Angelica Grim were there and they sang for about an hour together. Everyone at the event was mesmerized, sensing that they were watching the future of bluegrass as we know it. What a special treat that was, and thanks to the CBAís Kids on Bluegrass program for helping develop such fine young talent!

Plans for the weekend -- Donít for one minute think that the festival season ended on Labor Day Weekend. There is a lot to get ready for this weekend, such as The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at a house concert in Piedmont 9/10; Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue at the Marin Country Mart (a.k.a. Larkspur Landing) 9/10, at The Solano Stroll in Albany 9/12; 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.

Kathy Kallick hits the charts -- Congrats to The Kathy Kallick Band! Their latest CD Ė Between the Hollow & the High Rise Ė is now #14 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Bluegrass Albums, and #6 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 National Bluegrass CDs. Their song "Where Is My Little Cabin Home" is now #25 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey (up from #28 last month) and #3 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles (up from #29 last month).

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 the 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 the 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.

Tea sipping time in Alameda -- On the 7th you can sip some tea and enjoy the fine old-time sounds of The West County Professional Tea Sippers when they play starting at 7 p.m. at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda.

'Cue Bean Creek -- Live bluegrass will be played by Bean Creek on the 7th at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet there is no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Old time is not a crime in Berkeley! -- At least, it isnít from the 8th-12th when the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention takes place. Go to the site for complete info.

Americana in Fairfax -- Barbwyre will be offering up the finest in Americana on the 8th at the Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and beers at reasonable prices. All ages welcome.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Dark Hollow will be entertaining you with bluegrass at Samís in San Jose on the 8th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jamminí in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam each Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 8th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

David Grier on tour -- Amazing guitarist David Grier is out here for some dates, so don't miss him when he plays in Carmel on the 9th, in Tiburon on the 10th, and in Santa Clara on the 12th.

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.

Jamminí 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

Jamminí 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.

Pickiní 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
Posted:  9/10/2010

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