Author: Carlin, Larry

October 29, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween weekend -- The end of October is a party weekend for a lot of folks, both big and little. Here in San Francisco it is pretty much a national holiday (though some may think every day is Halloween in certain parts of this town). There is a lot of great bluegrass and other kinds of music going on over these next few days, so go out and treat yourself to some!

Gals on the run -- The Runaways (Laurie Lewis, Tashina Clarridge and Kimber Ludiker) will be playing at The Oaksong Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding on the 29th and at a house concert in Sacramento (info at on the 30th. Catch them quick before they are gone and headed up to Washington.

Savannah Blue in SF -- The Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blue will be playing at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 29th if they can find parking on Clement Street on a wet Friday night.

Circle the wagons -- The Circle R Boys, with special guest Brian Judd on mandolin, will be picking some bluegrass on the 29th at The Arlington Pub in Kensington from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Reilly & Maloney -- The fabulous longtime folk duo Reilly & Maloney seldom tour anymore, so take this chance to see them playing live at the Freight in Berkeley on the 29th and at the Fiddling Cricket series in Santa Clara on the 30th.

Oak Grove in Walnut Creek -- The family band Oak Grove will be playing from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 30th at the Shadelands Farmers Market. This market is off of Ygnacio Valley Road, near Mitchell Road and Wiget Lane. This is the family band's last farmers market appearance before they go into their winter hibernation period. Bluegrass and arugula go great together!

Bluegrass, baseball, burgers and beer in Sonoma -- A wonderful afternoon/evening of baseball and bluegrass is on tap this Saturday the 30th at Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, in the town of Sonoma. The Giants/Rangers World Series game starts at 3:57 p.m. on the TVs, and the pub has this great deal: a Giants burger, side dish and a 16 ounce Alley Pale Ale for only $10! Then, after the game enjoy the traditional bluegrass of Keystone Station starting at 8 p.m. Keystone is mostly from Marin County, and its members are all bluegrass veterans, featuring Carl Tone on bass, Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, and Kris Hare on banjo. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and other classic bluegrass bands. Murphy’s has a full bar and also offers tasty food at reasonable prices. Children are welcome. No cover.

Cowboy time in Newman -- Sourdough Slim and the Saddle Pals (Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower) will be yodeling and telling some tall tales at the Westside Theatre in Newman on the 30th.

Suzie Glaze live on the air -- SoCal songbird Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band Trio (Rob Carlson and Steve Rankin) on the 30th at 5 p.m. PST will be streaming live on WFMT in Chicago and XM Satellite Radio on the Folkstage with Rich Warren. The show starts at 5 p.m. PST.

Dark Hollow on the streets -- The SF bluegrass band Dark Hollow will be playing at the Taraval Street Fair in the city on the 30th.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 30th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Bringin' Scary Home, featuring bluegrass songs for Halloween. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

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

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 30th 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.

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

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.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 30th will feature bluegrass by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 31st starting at 11 a.m.

Graduation day -- The fall edition of the Take the Stage band workshop will have its graduation performance at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley at 2 p.m. No tricks, all treats! Go by to see the stars of tomorrow.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I have such poor vision that I can date anybody.”
Posted:  11/1/2010

Copyright © 2002 California Bluegrass Association. All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Please email