Author: Carlin, Larry

September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The end of summer as we knew it -- Where does the time go? The autumnal equinox, signifying the sun being in line with the equator, officially takes place at 8:09 p.m. here in California, so soon it will be time to get out those sweaters and long-sleeved shirts, as the days are getting shorter. It was one great summer of bluegrass, but by no means does this mean that the music is quieting down any. There is still a ton a great stuff going on, so don’t let any seasonal change slow you down!

Reindeer man -- No sooner will the season change when it will be time to start talking about Dr. Elmo, the man who brought us the “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” song a few decades back. What most people don’t know about Elmo is that he grew up in the heart of bluegrass country in Lexington, KY, and he has also been playing bluegrass banjo for many years. He has a new recording out on Time-Life Records titled Bluegrass Christmas, and it is featured today on The Bluegrass Blog.

Hobbs Grove Fest -- The CBA-sponsored Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival will be happening on the 24th-26th 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, so make plans to call in sick on Friday. That is, if you have a job…

Fiddlers in Chico -- In Chico the Celtic Fiddle Festival with Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre and Andre Brunet will be taking place on the 22nd at the Laxson Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m.

On the road again -- Actually, it may be that Willie Nelson never stops touring, as he is all over the place these next few days. He will be at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 22nd, the Santa Barbara Bowl on the 23rd, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on the 24th, in Laughlin, NV, on the 25th, and in Valley Center on the 26th.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Petaluma -- There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 22nd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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 Lompoc -- Bluegrass jammin' happens on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South H Street, in Lompoc. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Town Mountain on tour -- The North Carolina band Town Mountain is on tour this week in NorCal, so go see them at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 23rd, at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 24th, and at the Humboldt Hoedown in Redway on the 25th.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Ramblers in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 23rd see The Bay Island Ramblers pickin’ some bluegrass and country songs.

Jammin’ 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

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass Thursday evenings 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 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.

Plans for the weekend -- The Old Grove Festival with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, The Mighty Chiplings, Ledward Kaapana, and others in Guerneville 9/24-25; 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; Humboldt Hoedown Festival with Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Town Mountain, Head for the Hills in Redway 9/25; Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan 9/25-26; Fog Fest in Pacifica 9/25; Emmylou Harris at the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival 9/25, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego 9/27; Pickin’ on Pinot in Philo with The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers 9/25.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Friction is a drag.”
Posted:  9/24/2010

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