Author: Carlin, Larry

September 24, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010

Festive weekend -- There are so many festivals going on this weekend that you would swear that summer has returned already. First and foremost is the CBA-sponsored Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival 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.

Old Grove Fest on the Russian River -- The Old Grove Festival with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, The Mighty Chiplings, Ledward Kaapana, and others takes place in Guerneville on the 24th and 25th.

On the road forever -- Willie Nelson never seems to stop touring, as he is all over the place these next few days. See him at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on the 24th, in Laughlin, NV, on the 25th, and in Valley Center on the 26th.

Bluegrass and Americana in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be traditional bluegrass with The David Thom Band on the 24th from 8-10 p.m. and on the 25th see Adam Traum & The Traumatics play. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Town Mountain on tour -- The North Carolina band Town Mountain is on tour this week in NorCal, and you can see them at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 24th and at the Humboldt Hoedown in Redway on the 25th.

Intentional reunion -- The Bluegrass Intentions – with Eric and Suzy Thompson, Bill Evans, Alan Senauke and Markie Sanders – have reunited for a weekend of shows in Santa Clara on the 24th, in Oakland on the 25th, and Santa Cruz on the 26th.

Celtic festival in Sebastopol -- The Sebastopol Celtic Festival on the 24th-26th has Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Lunasa, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Solas, Le Vent du Nord, April Verch, Jimmy Keane, and more.

Hot time in Humboldt -- The Humboldt Hoedown Festival with Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Town Mountain, Head for the Hills and others takes place in Redway on the 25th.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Fest -- The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is happening on the 25th and 26th with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan and more.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 25th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled The Doctor is IN. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys are coming to town (the Freight, Hardly Strictly Fester), and that's a good excuse to sample some of their countless recordings. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Fog Fest in Pacifica -- Kitchen Help seems to be the only bluegrass band listed on the schedule at the Fog Fest in Pacifica on the 25th and 26th, but there is lots more music to enjoy there as well.

Hardly Emmylou -- She will once again be closing the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park on October 3rd, but if you want to see Emmylou Harris without have to wade through 100,000 people then go to the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival on the 25th, at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego on the 27th, at the Napa Valley Opera House on the 29th, or at Harrah’s in Tahoe on the 30th.

Pickin’ on Pinot -- Pickin’ on Pinot at the Duckhorn Winery in Philo on the 25th will feature The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers and others. This year’s event is in honor of Bob Nye, a longtime employee who passed away tragically in 2009 and is survived by his wife Carrie and son Monroe. In Bob’s memory, his family has established the Monroe Nye Benefit Fund to ensure Monroe’s future college education. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit this fund.

’bout Time for some pizza! -- ‘bout Time! will be playing bluegrass on the 25th at Mission Pizza in Fremont from 7-10 p.m.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 25th 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.

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

Blue night in Alameda -- The Marin County band Savannah Blue will be pickin’ bluegrass on the 25th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico is back after the summer break, and it will take place on the 25th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam.

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.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, from 2-5 p.m.

Roundup time in Berkeley -- Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup will be playing bluegrass and country music at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley on the 26th from 5-8 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ for beginners in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the fourth 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. These jams are geared to beginners, and they play from a set list of songs.

Fiddling in Castro Valley -- The California Old-Time Fiddlers Association meets for jammin' on the fourth Sunday of every month at the United Methodist Church in Castro Valley from 1:30-5 p.m., so head on over on
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