Author: Carlin, Larry

September 17, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010

Festing in the foothills -- Everyone is headed to the Bluegrassin' in the Foothills festival in Plymouth this weekend 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!

AVB in Martinez -- The Alhambra Valley Band will be playing at Armando’s in Martinez on the 17th from 8-11 p.m.

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass and country on the 17th by the Sonoma Mountain Band from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and drink in a family friendly atmosphere. Kids are welcome

American River Fest -- The American River Music Festival near Coloma on the 17th-19th has Jesse Winchester, Slaid Cleaves, Karla Bonoff with Nina Gerber, The California Honeydrops and more.

Bluegrass fest down south -- The Julian Bluegrass Festival on the 18th-19th features Scott Gates, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, The TailDraggers, Tails & Rails and others.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 18th from 5-8 p.m. for the twice-yearly KALW Membership Drive special. The show this week is titled Hard Pressed (But We Can Find A Way). There will be great thank-you gifts for your pledge of support including the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s “Legacy” and the debut CD from The Tuttle Family + A.J. Lee. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band -- The Peter Rowan Bluegass Band will be playing a show at The Palms in Davis on the 18th, and then Peter’s site has him listed as playing solo at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on the 19th. The betting here is that the full band will be in SF.

Calling all fiddlers! -- The 18th Annual Fiddlers’ Jam & Contest will be taking place in Fiddletown on the 18th. Resin up that bow!

Rita on the move -- See Rita Hosking playing a duo show at The Works in Pacific Grove at 7:30 p.m. on the 18th and then she and her band Cousin Jack will be doing the Sunday afternoon show at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. on the 19th.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 18th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

No more jammin’ in Modesto -- According to an email that arrived here there is no more jamming in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Nell in Alameda -- Nell Robinson & Red Level can be seen playing at 1:30 p.m. at the Rock Wall Winery in Alameda on the 19th.

Bluegrass twin bill in San Gregorio -- On the 19th The Montara Mountain Boys will be playing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by The Circle R Boys from 2-5 p.m. at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the third Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. No electric or percussion instruments, please. For info email Roger at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I've got a ...uh...uh...Oh yeah...A photographic memory...”
Posted:  9/20/2010

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