Author: Carlin, Larry

November 1, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010

Fall colors -- Even though Halloween is over (thank whomever!)(when did the day go from being an event for little kids to becoming a big to-do for adults, anyway?), there is still a lot of orange and black being seen in San Francisco and in the surrounding areas. The SF Giants are on the verge of winning their first World Series since they moved west from New York in 1958. The hope in some quarters is that the team gets it done tonight down in Texas so that everyone will be free on Wednesday to attend the Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack show the Freight in Berkeley on the 3rd. If not, and there is a game six, it will start at 5 p.m. on that night, and there are quite a few cafes and brewpubs near the Freight where you can watch the game before heading over to see the show.

Seasons Greetings! -- Just when one big day is over you can already see/hear ads on TV and radio for the next ones. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like bluegrass. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of bluegrass seasonal greeting cards than these here by artist Karen Cannon, who also has a booth at Father's Day every year. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have the cards on hand by December.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way! -- The IBMA will be holding its Leadership Bluegrass program next spring, and there is still time to apply or recommend someone for the session. But you have to have your application in by the 15th of November. Here is some info: “Every year IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program brings together a cross section of music industry professionals to take an intensive look into the future challenges and opportunities our music faces, and next year’s event will be hosted March 8th-10th, 2011, in Nashville, TN. Approximately 25 individuals will be selected for the program, which is designed to build commitment, motivate talents and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of music. Participants represent a cross section of current leaders from various facets of the industry and diverse regions of the nation and world. Enrollment in LB is voluntary and a new class is selected each year. To apply, go to the web link above. There is a $300 participation fee for IBMA members, and non-members pay $375 (which includes a one-year membership). All class members are expected to bear the expense of travel and/or lodging during the program, and they must plan to be present for the entire three-day schedule.”

Honoring Vets -- This Veterans Day, join musicians Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Joe Craven and Andrew Conklin for the Soldiers Stories show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Veterans Day on the 11th. The event will be a benefit concert for veteran’s health-care projects, and it will be an evening of Americana string band music reflecting soldier stories from before the American Revolution to the current day, with a guest appearance by the Soldier Band (musician-veterans). In addition to the music, the evening will include historical photos and letters, and an art poster designed by artist Hannah Regier. There will be a reception after the show in the Freight lobby. Check out the video here of the song “Forgotten Soldier Boy,” sung by Nell and Laurie Lewis.

Belle Monroe at Amnesia -- Monday the 1st finds Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys picking some bluegrass at Amnesia in SF starting at 9 p.m.

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

Jammin' in Culver City -- The New West Side Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first Monday of every month from 7:30 p.m. until it's over at Industry Cafe and Jazz, 6039 Washington Boulevard, in Culver City. For more info call Jeff Fleck at (310) 390-4391 or email at

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam goes from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Taco jam -- At the Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. see Tom Lucas, Steve Swan, Ray Bierl, Harry Yaglijian and Josh Jakus. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Bluegrass in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association presents a night of bluegrass on the first Tuesday of the month, yet there is no band listed on their web site. Go over to Round Table Pizza starting at 8 p.m. on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

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: Blue Highway at the Freight 11/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 11/6, at The Palms in Winters 11/7; The Bay Island Ramblers at McGrath's Irish Pub in Alameda 11/5; Skyline Riders and The String Slingers at the Plough & Stars in SF 11/6; Soldiers Stories benefit for veterans at the Freight in Berkeley 11/11; Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players at the Blackwater Café in Stockton 11/11; Kathy Kallick Band at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno 11/19, First Church of Christ Scientist in Petaluma 11/20; Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 11/19; Bill Evans & Jody Stecher at the Freight 11/26; Laurie Lewis at the Freight 11/27; The Travelin’ McCourys in Chico 12/2; Brook
Posted:  11/3/2010

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