Author: Carlin, Larry

October 6, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Neff sessions in Los Gatos -- Ed Neff travels from his home in Petaluma to San Jose on the second Tuesday of each month to play with John Murphy's Carolina Special at Sam's Barbecue. Some folks have asked about the possibility of having a mandolin or fiddle lesson with Ed while was down there, and now the answer is “Yes!” If you would like to schedule a lesson, or like to be on the e-mail list for future lessons, email or call Suzanne Suwanda ( or 415-519-8031). On Tuesday the 12th slots are available at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A one-hour private lesson costs $60.

Avett Brothers in LA Times -- The Avett Brothers, who played at Hardly Strictly this past weekend, are featured in the LA Times today and you can read the story here.

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

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam on the 6th is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 8:30 p.m. Tonight they will be celebrating the nine-year anniversary of the jam. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 6th 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.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Tonight there is live bluegrass being played at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing with Sarah and the Billys playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring some members of Bean Creek along with some special guests.

Brothers in Berkeley -- The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley on the 6th starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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

Special time on the USS Potomac -- See 49 Special pickin’ some hot bluegrass on the USS Potomac at Jack London Square in Oakland on the 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Reischman and Miller -- John Reischman & John Miller – on mandolin and guitar – are on tour in the Bay Area these next few days, and you can see them at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon on the 7th, and at a house concerts in Berkeley on the 8th and in Santa Cruz on the 9th.

Triple bill in Berkeley -- On the 7th Dr. K’s Home Grown Roots Revue at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will feature The Brothers Comatose, The Evie Ladin Band, and the Skinny Stringband starting at 8 p.m.

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

Dark Hollow in the big city -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 7th it will be Dark Hollow playing some mighty fine bluegrass.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 7th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. For more info email Pat Palmer at or call (415) 892-6020.

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.

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 -- Blue & Lonesome at Murphy’s in Sonoma 10/8; 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; The Knuckle Knockers at Bird & Beckett Books in SF 10/10; The Crooked Jades at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in SF 10/10; The West Coast Ramblers at the Knockout in SF 10/10.

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