Author: Carlin, Larry

October 8, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010

Slim’s pickin’ -- This evening on the 8th at Slim’s in SF Shelby Ash Presents his Americana Jukebox show with four bands – Misisipi Rider, The Whisky Richards, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, and The Bluegrass Revolution. Sort of Hardly Strictly, one week later…

Lonesome night in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be traditional bluegrass with Blue & Lonesome on the 8th from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere. Band mandolinist Ed Neff also 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.

Both sides now -- You loved her singing back in the day, and now you have a chance to see Judy Collins performing live at The Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center on the 8th, at the Napa Valley Opera House on the 10th, and the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande on the 14th.

Windy Hill in Woodside -- The band Windy Hill will be pickin’ some bluegrass at the Pioneer Saloon in Woodside on the 8th starting at 9 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 house concerts in Berkeley on the 8th and in Santa Cruz on the 9th.

Jammin' in Jamestown -- The Jamestown Jam will be happening on the 8th at the Smoke Café starting at 7 p.m. Info at

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

Evie in Walnut Creek -- The Evie Ladin Trio will be playing a show at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek at the Devil Mountain Coffeehouse on the 8th starting at 8 p.m.

Festive time in Columbia -- The 26th Annual Harvest Festifall is taking place this weekend on the 9th and 10th in the historic foothills town of Columbia, with entertainment by Blue Shoes, CitiGrass, Faux Renwahs and Sequoia.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 9th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Across the Tracks, featuring new releases from the recent annual IBMA gathering. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Going bearfoot -- The band originally hails from Alaska but they sure as heck wear shoes when they are up there. In the meantime, go see Bearfoot in Ojai on the 9th and in Chico on the 11th, with Rita Hosking opening that show.

Folk fest in El Cerrito -- The El Cerrito Free Folk Festival will be starting at noon on the 9th, and some of the acts you can see there are Eric and Suzy Thompson, Euphonia, Hali Hammer Band, The Courtney Janes, Misner and Smith, The Lonestar Retrobates, and Don Burnham & The Bolos.

Scott Gates in Moorpark -- Young mandolinist Scott Gates & Salty Suites and others will be appearing on the 9th and 10th at the Underwood Farms Folk Festival in Moorpark.

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. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 9th 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.

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

Boys and Grits in San Gregorio -- The Montara Mountain Boys will be pickin’ bluegrass from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and then Harmony Grits will be playing bluegrass and beyond on the 9th at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Oak Grove in Walnut Creek -- The family band Oak Grove will be playing from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the 10th at the Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market. Bluegrass and arugula go great together!

Swinging in SF -- The new swing band called The West Coast Ramblers will have the joint jumping at the Knockout in SF on the 10th.

Who dat knocking? -- Old-time is not a crime when The Knuckle Knockers play at Bird & Beckett Books in SF on the 10th. Too bad The Knockers aren’t playing at The Knockout…

Brothers on the air -- The SF band The Earl Brothers will be playing original hillbilly music on Sunday afternoon on Ray Edlund’s Pig in a Pen radio show on KPFA (94.1 FM) from 3-5 p.m. or you can listen online. Also, check out the story Hillbilly Hero Robert Earl Davis And The Earl Brothers by George B. McCeney in the October edition of Bluegrass Unlimited.

Jammin' in Altadena -- On Sunday the 10th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries. For info contact David at

Jammin’ in Orangevale
Posted:  10/11/2010

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