Author: Carlin, Larry

November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

48 Hour Jam -- Even though it may seem like eons from now, January is only about six weeks away. More importantly, only 26 rooms have been set aside at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield at a special CBA rate for the 48 Hour Jam II that will take place on January 9th and 10th. The jam will be just what it sounds like – non-stop picking in the jamming suites, halls, hotel rooms, elevators, and everywhere else in the hotel. The special room rate is $89 per night, but you need to call (661) 323-7111 to reserve your room now.

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.

Another double dose of Barwick -- Noted foothills dobro player/guitarist Kathy Barwick is once again busy these next two nights playing two different styles of music with two different bands. Tonight she will be playing dobro and bluegrass at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel, and on the 20th at the Fox and Goose in Sacramento see her playing with Poetic Justis. Show time is 8 p.m. PJ is Kathy, Michael Justis, Steve McLean, Warren Jones and Frank Mouton.

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

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Regular Brombies -- The Brombies play on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- Open jams are held every Wednesday at the Wine Attic, 1305 Park Street, in Paso Robles, from 6-8 p.m. For info contact Jeff Trefftz 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.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Family affair -- The amazingly talented Anderson Family Bluegrass Band will be playing a set at 4:15 p.m. on the 20th at the Twin Ridges Fall Festival, 111 New Mohawk Road, in Nevada City. This is a free event.

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.

The Martians have landed! -- 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.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 20th join the bluegrass and old-time jam session, now in its 11th year.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam which has been running for over 9 years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 20th 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. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Montie Elston, Bluegrass Sage -- “If your life takes a turn for the worse, remember that you're the one who is driving.”
Posted:  11/21/2008

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