Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 13, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Okay, guys and gals. Time to get serious. Valentine’s Day is all but here, and you still have no idea what to do for the special person in your life? Good thing you are reading this column, because we’re full of suggestions other than the usual flowers, chocolates and diamonds. How about going to a bluegrass jam on the big night? Maybe a show? Hey, wouldn’t some tickets to the CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival on March 8th or the Father’s Day Festival in June warm the cockles of the heart of your significant other? Or, how about airline tickets to Tacoma next weekend to attend Wintergrass? There are plenty of choices below, and you won’t have to pay inflated prices, corkage fees, or wait in any lines. Nothing says “I love you” like bluegrass!

Hall of Fame inductees -- Congratulations to Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, The Statler Brothers and Ernest "Pop" Stonemen, who were recently announced as the next inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Medallion Ceremony will take place on April 27th at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum in Nashville. Read the story here.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. Head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you tonight with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Q in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- What do all the Stanford undergrads do on Wednesday nights instead of studying? Why, they go to the jam at Fandango Pizza, 3163 Middlefield Road, in Palo Alto. The time is 7-10 p.m., and it is open to all. Grade point average does not matter! For more info call the venue at (650) 494-2928.

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

Bluegrass in Fresno -- The Dalton Mountain Gang rides again in Fresno, playing traditional bluegrass and newgrass on the 14th from 7-9 p.m. at Java Wava, 1940 N. Echo. No cover charge, and good food and beverages.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- The second Thursday evening jam at Zoey’s in Ventura will be taking place on the 14th from 6-9:30 p.m. For more info e-mail Gene at

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.

Bluegrass on Broadway --The first annual NCBS Bluegrass on Broadway Festival takes place in and around Redwood City from the 14th-17th, and the main event on the 14th at 11:30 a.m. will be a lively Valentine's Day Senior Bluegrass Concert featuring Autumn & The Fall Guys at the Fair Oaks Intergenerational Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, in Redwood City. The show is free and everyone is welcome, whether enjoying lunch or not ($5.00 for lunch, and $2.50 for those ages 65 and up). At the rest of the fest there will be films, workshops, and concerts by bands such as Bean Creek, Sidesaddle, Alhambra Valley Band, Cabin Fever and others.

Weekly Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 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.

Wintergrass Festival -- The annual Wintergrass Festival will be taking place in Tacoma, WA, on the 21st-24th, and some of the bands you can see are (the Bay Area’s own) Alhambra Valley Band, Seldom Scene, the Punch Brothers (featuring Chris Thile), Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press, Dale Ann Bradley, The Grascals, The Infamous Stringdusters, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Duhks, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Misty River and many others.

Final Grammy note -- Congratulations to Bruce Nemerov, who won a Grammy on Sunday for Best Album Notes for a recording called John Work III: Recording Black Culture, which are 70 year-old recordings of African-American music made by the Fisk University folklorist John Work. Bruce has lived in Nashville for over 30 years, but in the late 60s he played banjo in the popular Bay Area bluegrass band High Country and is on their first two albums. He is currently an audio specialist at the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and is a co-author of the book The Story Behind The Song: 150 Songs that Chronicle the 20th Century. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?”
Posted:  2/15/2008

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