Author: Carlin, Larry

October 15, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010

Pennant fever -- With regrets to those in the south land, many folks up north here are wearing orange and black and getting excited about the National League baseball playoff games this weekend. And some heretics (such as your ADN editor) are brazen enough to be rooting for the team in red, causing a bit of consternation in some quarters. Sorry, readers, it is in my blood. You can take the guy out of Philly, but you can’t take the “Philly” out of the guy. It should be a fun series, and the odds are that little music will be seen or played these next couple of days. However, if baseball isn’t your thing, there is still a lot of great stuff to get out and see. One way or the other, make it a great weekend!

Bluegrass b-days -- Shout outs to bluegrass pickers Dave Earl and Larry Chung, both celebrating birthdays this weekend in San Francisco.

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!

Twin bill in Berkeley -- Windy Hill and the Barefoot Nellies are sharing the bill on the 15th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. All ages welcome.

Houston Jones headed south -- Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s finest high-octane Americana band, is on the go this weekend. On the 15th they will play a house concert in Fresno, the 16th finds them at Zoey’s in Ventura, and on the 17th it will be the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.

Savannah Blue in Bolinas -- The Marin bluegrass band Savannah Blue will have the hippies hopping out at Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas on the 15th.

Loganville in Moss Beach -- Loganville Acoustic will be playing a show at Cypress Meadows in Moss Beach on the 15th. The band is Jerry Logan on guitar, Leighanna Murphy on guitar, Robbie Macdonald on banjo and guitar, and Mark Wardenburg on bass and fiddle.

Duking it out in Palo Alto -- The Punch Brothers are playing a concert on the Stanford Campus in Palo Alto the 15th. It is bluegrass instruments played in a slightly different style. The band is Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, Noam Pikelny and Paul Kowert.

Swinging in Sonoma -- Lost Weekend will have the crowd dancing to the finest in Western Swing at Little Switzerland in Sonoma on the 16th.

Susie Glaze in Thousand Oaks -- Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band will be pickin’ at the Thousand Oaks Reads One City One Book Project on the 16th from 2-4 p.m.

High County in Pacifica -- The Bay Area’s longest-running bluegrass band High Country will be playing a concert at Pacifica Performances on the 16th starting at 7:30 p.m.

Ray and Markie -- Ray Bierl & Markie Sanders can be seen playing house concerts in SF on the 16th and in Grass Valley on the 17th.

Earl Brothers CD release -- The Earl Brothers offer up their unique modern-day outlaw mountain hillbilly music at the Freight in Berkeley on the 16th. This will be a CD release show. CDs make great Halloween gifts!

Natural Drift in Fairplay -- Natural Drift will be picking some fine bluegrass on the 16th from noon-4 p.m. at the Shadow Ranch Winery in Fairplay.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 16th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled What's Goin' On, and it is a musical preview of the 20th Annual RBA Concert Series and more. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 16th 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.

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

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. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Redwing twice in one day -- The East Bay bluegrass band Redwing has two gigs on the 17th. The first one is at 1 p.m. outside the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley as part of the Spice Of Life Festival, and then at 4 p.m. they will play at Monaghan's in Oakland's Montclair district, 2820 Mountain Blvd.

Dark Hollow at the beach -- Sunday afternoon bluegrass on the 17th at The San Dollar in Stinson Beach will feature Dark Hollow from noon- 3 p.m.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the third Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. No electric or percussion instruments, please. For info email Roger at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “You can't have everything... Where would you put it?”
Posted:  10/18/2010

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