Author: Carlin, Larry

October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Winter music camp -- Yeah, autumn officially arrived a couple of weeks back and here in the Bay Area “summer” has finally set in. And there is no time like now to be thinking of winter! For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will not start until February of next year, but signups begin today. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or

Calling all vets -- Nell Robinson and others are producing another Soldiers Stories show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Veterans Day, November 11th. They are putting together a couple of songs that will be performed by veterans/service members, and they are looking for some volunteers. You'll be backed by a smokin' band (including Jim Nunally, Keith Little and Joe Craven). If you are interested send an email to For more info on the show go here.

Folks out west -- The Folk Alliance Regional Far-West Conference will start tomorrow in Santa Clara and it runs through the 24th. Susie Glaze will be in attendance, along with Bill Evans, Houston Jones, Blame Sally, Caren Armstrong, Stevie Coyle, Border Radio, Evie Laden and dozens more performers. Go to the site for complete into.

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. See them in Livermore on the 22nd (OMGG opens), Potter Valley on the 23rd, Santa Ynez at 9 a.m. and Fresno at 7 p.m. on the 24th, Bakersfield on the 25th, Felton on the 26th, Orland on the 27th, and in Northridge on the 28th.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 20th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 20th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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. Tonight see Homefire play.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

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.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley 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.

Grandpa in Fairfax -- Grandpa Banana's Band will be pickin' some bluegrass on the 20th in Fairfax at the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery at 8 p.m., featuring Banana on banjo, Sam Page on bass, David Thom on guitar, and Paul Shelasky on fiddle. No cover, great food and drink in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Kathy Kallick on and by the bay -- The Kathy Kallick Band – with special guest Luke Abbott sittin’ in on banjo – will be playing three shows over the next four days. On the 21st they will pick aboard the USS Potomac at Jack London Square in Oakland starting at 7:30 p.m., on the 22nd they will be at Armando’s in Martinez at 8 p.m., and on Sunday the 24th see them at Don Quixote's in Felton at 7 p.m.

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.

Old Man Markley in SF -- Joe Weed’s daughter plays in a punkgrass band called Old Man Markley, and you can see them playing in SF on the 21st at the Bottom of the Hill.

Justis in Sacto -- The Mike Justis Band (a.k.a. Poetic Justis), with Kathy Barwick on dobro, will be performing an evening of originals, folk, blues, and more on the 21st at 8 p.m. at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento. Steve McLean is on acoustic and electric guitars, and Mike Justis is lead vocals and harp. No cover

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the normal CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange will not be happening this week as most of the regulars will be in Plymouth.

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 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.

Monroe tribute in SF -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 21st it will be a Tribute to Bill Monroe led by Butch Waller and friends.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 21st you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off Highway 101 exit. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

Pickin’ in Petaluma --
Posted:  10/22/2010

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