Author: Carlin, Larry

October 4, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010

Heavenly Hardly -- It was quite the amazing weekend at the little gathering in Golden Gate Park this past weekend. If you were able to attend, you know what I am talking about. Especially if you were by the Banjo Stage all day on Sunday, where the line-up consisted of Peter Rowan, Hazel Dickens, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, The Del McCoury Band, and Emmylou Harris (though your ADN editor snuck away from Emmy’s set to see some of the Anderson Family Bluegrass band on the Porch Stage, who did a bang-up job and also had a nice crowd!). The Sunday highlight was when Del -- for the band’s encore -- called up to the stage Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, John Doe and fest benefactor Warren Hellman for a spirited version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” If you were unable to attend, in today’s SF Chronicle you can read a review of the event here and look at photos here.

Hardly thankful -- Speaking of Hardly Strictly, once again, if you had a good time there and you would like to thank Warren Hellman for putting on the free festival, spend 44 cents and write him an old-fashioned note and send it to him at One Maritime Plaza, Twelfth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.

60s bluegrass pics -- Marin bluegrass dobro player Artie Rose was quite the shutterbug back in the day, and he has some classic photos that you can look at here on a Facebook site.

John Lennon acoustic -- Gibson Guitars announced today – in honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9th – that they are releasing a limited number of J-160Es, the model of guitar that the late Beatle played. Read the story here.

Blue & Lonesome in the news -- Read this great story here about the North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome, and then go see them play at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 8th.

Earl Brothers in BU -- You can read a review of the recent Earl Brothers CD here in Bluegrass Unlimited.

New Western swing band -- There is new Western swing band on the Bay Area scene called, appropriately, The West Coast Ramblers. Its members are Josh Workman, Lee Jeffries, Steve Walz, Jay Laude, and Ran Bush. Check out their bios and some sounds on their site. Better yet, go see them play on the 10th at the Knockout in San Francisco.

Marin Blue grass at Amnesia -- After this past weekend in SF, why stop now? On the 4th the free bluegrass continues when the Marin County band Savannah Blue picks some bluegrass at Amnesia in SF starting at 9 p.m.

Bean Creek -- Tonight there is live bluegrass being played at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Bean Creek playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on the 5th see them play at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ 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.

Jammin' in Culver City -- The New West Side Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first Monday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until it's over at Industry Cafe and Jazz, 6039 Washington Boulevard, in Culver City. For more info call Jeff Fleck at (310) 390-4391 or email at

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Taco jam -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Tom Lucas, Jonathan Schiele, Jacob Groopman, Tyson Alteri and James Touzel. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Wild and crazy banjo guy -- See Steve Martin (with the Steep Canyon Rangers)in Reno, NV, on the 5th, San Luis Obispo on the 6th, Santa Barbara on the 8th, and San Diego on the 9th.

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet there is no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

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: John Reischman & John Miller in Tiburon 10/7, Berkeley 10/8, Santa Cruz 10/9; The Brothers Comatose, Evie Ladin Band, and the Skinny Stringband at the Freight 10/7; Bearfoot in Ojai 10/9, Chico 10/11 (with Rita Hosking opening); The El Cerrito Free Folk Festival 10/9; Underwood Farms Folk Festival in Moorpark with Scott Gates & Salty Suites and others 10/9-10; CBA Fall Campout in Isleton 10/11-17; The Earl Brothers at the Freight 10/16; Kathy Kallick Band on the USS Potomac in Oakland 10/21, Armando’s in Martinez 10/22, Don Quixote’s in Felton 10/24; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out in Livermore 10/22, Potter Valley 10/23, Santa Ynez 10/24, Bakersfield 10/25, Felton 10/26, Northridge 10/28; The Tuttles w/AJ Lee at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 10/23;
Posted:  10/6/2010

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