Author: Carlin, Larry

September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hardly ahead -- A few hundred thousand folks are headed to SF’s Golden Gate Park this weekend for the free 10th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Some of the acts of note on the bill are Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Hazel Dickens, Earl Scruggs, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Del McCoury Band, and The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band. The fest was the cover story in the SF Chronicle’s Pink Section this past weekend (read stories here and here ), so expect even more people than ever to attend this year. Yeehaw!

Hardly fun -- For all of you techies out there The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization that is funded in part by HSB benefactor Warren Hellman, is doing a fun collaboration with the festival. They’ve created a mobile game that folks can play on their iPhones or Androids by going to this link here. Festival goers can do quick challenges – like snapping a photo of the bands or answering a trivia question – to earn points and win amazing prizes, such as a guitar signed by Warren and his band The Wronglers, a pair of tickets to any show at the Great American Music Hall or Slim’s, a year’s subscription to The New York Times' Crossword Puzzle Society, and a limited edition HSB keychain. Go to the site for more info.

Emmylou on tour -- She will once again be closing the HSB Fest on October 3rd, but if you want to see Emmylou Harris without having to wade through swarms of the unwashed masses, then go to the Napa Valley Opera House on the 29th or to Harrah’s in Tahoe on the 30th.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 29th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Jaded in Santa Cruz -- You can see The Crooked Jades and the Water Tower Bucket Boys at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz starting at 8:30 p.m. on the 29th.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Ralph at the Freight -- Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys will be playing a pre-Hardly show at the Freight in Berkeley on the 30th. Give ‘em a hand for that!

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.

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 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.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place at 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.

Plans for the weekend -- Hardly Anything Goes hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Velo Rouge in SF 10/1; Stairwell Sisters and The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Slim’s in SF 10/1; Steve Martin (with the Steep Canyon Rangers at some of these shows) in Arcata 10/1, Chico 10/2, Davis 10/3, Reno, NV, 10/5, San Luis Obispo 10/6, Santa Barbara 10/8, San Diego 10/9; KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley 10/2-3; Americana Music Festival in Agoura Hills 10/3.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.”
Posted:  10/1/2010

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