Author: Carlin, Larry

November 8, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010

Honoring Vets -- Yesterday the annual Veterans Day Parade took place in San Francisco even though the official date of Veterans Day is the 11th. If you missed the parade, this Thursday join musicians Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Joe Craven and Andrew Conklin for the Soldiers Stories show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. 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.

Fiddlers in the news -- The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association held its 9th Annual Youth Fiddle Contest yesterday, and the event got a real nice write-up in the San Jose Mercury.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Leif Karlstrom, Red Rick, Lynn Quinones, Bruce Campbell, and Neil Linden. 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

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- The 8th is bluegrass night at Phil’s Fish Market with The Courthouse Ramblers playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in SF -- The Amnesia bar in SF has bluegrass every Monday, and on the 8th you can see Toshio Hirano play starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 on the 8th you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 9th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 9th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Zoey’s Café in Ventura features bluegrass jammin’ on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into the Bluegrass Country show every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon on KMUD up in Garberville to hear Ken Jorgenson playing two hours of bluegrass and country music. Ken also is the owner of Blue Heron soft-shell instrument cases.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

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: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands house concert in San Leandro 11/10; 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; Brookdale Bluegrass Festival in Boulder Creek 12/3-5; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; Eric Thompson's Kleptograss CD release concert at Petaluma Church Concerts 12/11; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Bluegrass in the Good Land Benefit with Byron Berline, Peter Feldmann and Phil Salazar in Goleta 1/15; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; Steve Spurgin at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 2/18; CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma 2/24-27; Grasstowne in Orangevale 2/25, Morgan Hi
Posted:  11/10/2010

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