Author: Carlin, Larry

September 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two fests for the price of one -- Everyone is headed to the Bluegrassin' in the Foothills festival in Plymouth this weekend on the 17th-19th to pick and see Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Brombies, The Bluegrass Brothers, Bound to Ride, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Dalton Mountain Band, Blue & Lonesome, and a lot more. And, if you go to Plymouth you can get a coupon for free admission to the Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger the following weekend! What a deal, and only with your CBA!

El Cabong, part two -- In the previous edition of this column there was a story about a street musician named Brandin Hochstrasser in Madison, WI, who whacked a critic over the head with his guitar. Now there is a story on the Bluegrass Blog about two alleged friends who got into an argument. The unfortunate soon-to-be-ex-pal tried to attack this other dude with a knife and a frying pan, but the dude had a banjo in his hands, and before you can say “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” he smacked the pan man upside the head with his five-string. Talk about perfect pitch! You may be shocked to know that, according to police, “the smell of alcohol was prevalent.”

Robert Plant and American music -- Robert Plant, erstwhile lead singer from an obscure rock band named Led Zeppelin, really loves American acoustic music, according to this video and interview in USA Today. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this item.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 15th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 15th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

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

Blau gras im Alameda -- There is no truth to the rumor that Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be wearing lederhosen when they play bluegrass at the Speisekammer Restaurant in Alameda on the 16th from 8-10:30 p.m.

No jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the normal CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange will not be happening this week as most of the regulars will be in Plymouth.

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.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is 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.

Cabin Fever in the big city -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 16th it will be Cabin Fever playing some mighty fine bluegrass.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 16th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off Highway 101 exit. The time is 7:30-10 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 Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

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.

Justis in Sacto -- The Mike Justis Band (a.k.a. Poetic Justis), with Kathy Barwick on dobro, will be performing an evening of originals, folk, blues, and more on the 16th at 8 p.m. at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento. Steve McLean is on acoustic and electric guitars, and Mike Justis is lead vocals and harp. No cover.

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.

Plans for the weekend -- American River Music Festival near Coloma 9/17-19; The Julian Bluegrass Festival with Scott Gates, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, The TailDraggers, Ta
Posted:  9/17/2010

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