Author: Carlin, Larry

October 18, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010

Fevered pitch -- The baseball playoffs come to San Francisco tomorrow, and many folks up north here are proudly wearing orange and black. As you can tell by the photo above here, some are brazen enough to be rooting for that other team in red. 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. The series is tied at one game a piece, and the odds are that little music will be seen or played these few days. But if baseball isn’t your thing, then get out and see or do some pickin’!

Rocky Neck in the studio -- The Southern California based Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is working on a new EP featuring legendary bluegrass engineer Billy Wolf, who has engineered, mixed, and/or mastered some of the best records in the history of acoustic music. Artists like the David Grisman Quintet, The Bluegrass Album Band, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, The Del McCoury Band, and Blue Highway all relied on Wolf’s ears for a great sound. Hoping to bring some of that magic to their debut EP, Rocky Neck only wanted Bill for the last and most important step in the recording process – the mastering of the songs. The songs were recorded in the living room of an 80 year-old cabin in the high mountains of Big Bear. The band features Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, and Craig Ferguson with Matt Bruer as special guest on banjo. You can see the band playing live this Saturday at Underwood Family Farms.

Steve Kaufman in Sonoma -- Legendary flat-picking guitarist and teacher Steve Kaufman will be in Northern California this week. He will be conducting workshops in Petaluma on the 21st-24th and also playing a show on the evening of the 23rd. Go to his site for complete info.

IIIrd Tyme Out on its way -- Everyone is excited that Maria Nadauld is once again bringing IIIrd Tyme Out out to California later this week. They will be playing eight shows over the course of one week all over the state, so get out and see them.

Hot night in SF -- Monday night is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF, and tonight at 9 p.m. you can see a new gathering of pickers called Hotstrangs, featuring Tyson Alteri, Dave Thom, Chris Caputo, Jeff King, and Kenny Owen. No cover.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will be picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Great music and good food.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Gene Tortora, Gerry Tenney, James Touzel and Red Rick. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 19th is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see Border Radio play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ bluegrass, country and more to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 19th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jamvitational in San Rafael -- The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 19th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The players will be Deirdre Donovan, Joe Ridout and others.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 19th. From 6:30-7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

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: 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 (OMGG opens), Potter Valley 10/23, Santa Ynez at 9 a.m. and Fresno at 7 p.m. 10/24, Bakersfield 10/25, Felton 10/26, Orland 10/27, Northridge 10/28; The Honky Tonk Dreamers at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts 10/23; The Tuttles w/AJ Lee at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 10/23; Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers at the Freight in Berkeley 10/28; Reilly & Maloney at the Freight 10/29, Fiddling Cricket in Santa Clara 10/30; Keystone Station at Murphy's in Sonoma 10/30; Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack the Freight in Berkeley 11/3; Blue Highway at the Freight 11/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 11/6; Soldiers Stories benefit for veterans at the Freight in Berkeley 11/11; Kathy Kallic
Posted:  10/20/2010

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