Author: Carlin, Larry

September 20, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010

LarryFest -- The Bluegrassin' in the Foothills festival this past weekend in Plymouth was a grand time for those that were in attendance. Larry and Sondra Baker put on a fabulous festival, and if you missed it, you need to mark your calendars now for the third weekend of September in 2011. It was also a veritable festival of Larrys (“Larries”?), starting off with the aforementioned Mr. Baker. On stage there was The Larry Gillis Band, Bound To Ride with Larry Chung on guitar, and Blue & Lonesome with Larry Cohea on banjo. And seen pickin’ after hours was Larry Kuhn. The only folks missing were Larry Cordle, Larry the Cable Guy and Larry Fine of the Three Stooges. Most memorable sign at the fest? A photo of fourth Stooge (and brother to Moe and Curly) Shemp Howard, with the caption underneath of “Legalize Shemp!”…

Next exit Hobbs Grove -- The Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival will be happening this weekend with Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, 49 Special, The Tuttles with A.J. Lee, The Dalton Mountain Gang, The Smiley Mountain Band, Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players and more in Sanger.

Bluegrass civic duty -- It is time to vote in the CBA Board election. Just sit down at your keyboard now and vote on-line here. 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!

Old-time Melnyk -- Mighty Mike Melnyk has posted his photos from the recent Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention, and you can watch the wonderful slideshow here.

Dirty Country -- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have a nice mention in the current edition of Today’s Country that you can read here.

Last Rowdy night in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. Tonight the Rowdies will be playing their last show there for a while, so go on by at 8:30 after the jam.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will be picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Neil Linden, Deirdre Donovan, Steve Hirst and Bernie Bishop. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ bluegrass, country and more to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 21st from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 21st is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see Murphy's Flaw play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On the 21st at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. it will be bluegrass with Billy & Sarah (of Bean Creek) along with Jim Mintun and a special guest. No cover.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 21st. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Dore Coller, Tom Lucas, Deirdre Donovan, Jerry Barush and Dan Large.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 21st. From 6:30-7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

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: Celtic Fiddle Festival with Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, Andre Brunet in Chico 9/22; Town Mountain in Santa Cruz 9/23, Berkeley 9/24, Redway 9/25; Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum in Guerneville 9/24; Bluegrass Intentions reunion weekend with Eric and Suzy Thompson, Bill Evans, Alan Senauke and Markie Sanders in Santa Clara 9/24, Oakland 9/25, and Santa Cruz 9/26; Sebastopol Celtic Festival 9/24-26;  
Posted:  9/22/2010

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