Author: Carlin, Larry

November 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thinking of Big Hank -- Beloved Central Valley CBA member Big Hank Zuniga went in for surgery this morning, and everyone is pulling for him. He hopes to be back in pickin’ action soon. If you have a minute, send him a get-well card at 37761 Cardinal Lane, Squaw Valley, CA 93675.

The Andersons and Rita in Berkeley -- The World Series is over, and the parade will be done by late afternoon, so this means that most everyone is free tonight to attend the show at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley with the Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack. A baseball victory parade and bluegrass…what a great combination!

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam on the 3rd is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 3rd from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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 playing bluegrass -- The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley on the 3rd 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.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Blue & Lonesome in Berkeley -- The North Bay band Blue & Lonesome will be pickin’ – not smoking! – some fine “bleu herbe” at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 3rd starting at 7 p.m.

Farms in Berkeley -- The Farm and Fun Time show will be happening at Chester's Tapas Bar in Berkeley on the 4th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy eclectic, acoustic Americana with Alec Oyung, Dan Large, Deirdre Donovan and Steve Cohen. Complimentary home-made appetizers will be available.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Americana in SF -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, Americana and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 4th it will be The Melees.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 4th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. For more info email Pat Palmer at or call (415) 892-6020.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Cowboy Don at Black Oak -- Cowboy singer Don Edwards will have the gamblers yee-hawing on the 4th at 8 p.m. at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place at 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.

Old Man Markley in Santa Cruz -- Joe Weed’s daughter plays in a punkgrass band called Old Man Markley, and you can see them playing on the 4th at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz.

Plans for the weekend -- 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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Until you walk a mile in another man's shoes, it's not officially stealing.”
Posted:  11/5/2010

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