Author: Carlin, Larry

October 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Campout in Isleton -- The CBA Fall Campout started on Monday in Isleton and runs through the 17th. The weather is gorgeous, so grab your instruments, get in your car/van/motor home and start driving if you aren’t there already!

Bluegrass Ensemble Class -- Check out the new Bluegrass Ensemble Class with Bill Evans starting on October 26th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. This class is open to all bluegrass instrumentalists and singers who want to move beyond slow jams but aren't quite ready for on-stage performances. You'll learn the fine art of singing bluegrass harmonies, how to construct instrumental solos and how to play tasteful and appropriate backup. You will also discover how to kick off and end songs, and how to create dynamic and exciting arrangements. Register online at the link above or email for more info.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- The music starts up again on the 13th at Latitudes in Auburn with great bluegrass by Mountain Laurel. The band plays from 7:30-9 p.m. No cover and great food.

Savannah Blue on tour -- Three nights in a row for Savannah Blue! See them on the 13th at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax from 8-10 p.m., at the Atlas Café in SF on the 14th, and at Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas on the 15th.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Dark Hollow will be entertaining you with bluegrass at Sam’s in San Jose on the 13th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 13th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

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.

Justis in Davis -- On Thursday the 14th Kathy Barwick can be seen playing dobro and mandolin with The Mike Justis Band at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is 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 -- Windy Hill and the Barefoot Nellies in Berkeley 10/15; Loganville Acoustic in Moss Beach 10/15; Lost Weekend at Little Switzerland in Sonoma 10/16; High Country in Pacifica 10/16; Ray Bierl & Markie Sanders in SF 10/16, Grass Valley 10/17; The Earl Brothers at the Freight in Berkeley 10/16.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I once prayed to God for a car, but quickly found out he didn’t work that way. So I stole a car and prayed for forgiveness.”
Posted:  10/15/2010

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