Author: Carlin, Larry

November 10, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Three years and counting -- There are strung-out streamers, confetti, and empty Champagne bottles strewn about the ADN office here in downtown San Francisco. And this has nothing to do with the recent World Series baseball parade. It was three years ago yesterday that I pecked out my first Almost Daily News column on this site, and what I wrote here two years ago pretty much describes the past year as well. The numbers have changed slightly – in three years time I have now logged 445 columns and 444,233 words – but most everything else in the one-year anniversary column (save for the election and World Series results) from two years ago pretty much still applies.

Honoring Vets -- The Veteran’s Day holiday used to be celebrated on the second Monday of November, but now it is once again celebrated on the official date, which is tomorrow. This is always a special day when we pause, take some time to salute and give thanks while remembering all of those brave men and women that have proudly worn the uniform…Also on 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.

Fiddle and banjo in SLO -- Every Wednesday The Fiddle and Banjo Show takes place from 6-9 p.m. at a new pub in San Luis Obispo called The Kilt, located at 1865 Monterey Street. The rotating stable of musicians includes fiddlers Jim and Amber Mueller, banjo builder Jerry James, Gary Arcemont, Stuart Mason, and others. The material ranges from old-time fiddle tunes to country-blues and Irish jigs. Enjoy a pint or a burger and support traditional music. No cover.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- The second and fourth Wednesday jams in Lompoc happen from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 S. "H" St. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

All hands on deck -- Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands will be appearing at a house concert in San Leandro on the 10th. Laurie’s Hands are Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber and Andrew Conklin.

Jamming in Atascadero -- On the second Wednesday of the month folks gather at Last Stage West (located on Hwy. 41 halfway between Atascadero and Morro Bay) from 6-9 p.m. to pick. The first hour is an easy slow jam with sheet music provided. The second hour can be a more advanced jam, and the third hour is open mike. For info call Lloyd at (805) 441-7463.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- No attitudes are allowed at Latitudes in Auburn on the 10th while enjoying great bluegrass by Mountain Laurel. The band plays from 7:30-9 p.m. No cover and great food.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Dark Hollow will be entertaining you with bluegrass at Sam’s in San Jose on the 10th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

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. On the 10th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 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 Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Snap to it! -- Go see Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players when they play at the Blackwater Café in Stockton on the 11th.

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.

High Country in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 11th it will be High Country playing some bluegrass.

Justis in Davis -- On Thursday the 11th Kathy Barwick can be seen playing dobro and mandolin with The Mike Justis Band at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is 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.

Plans for the weekend -- Dan Crary & Thunderation (Steve Spurgin & Keith Little) at Fifth String Music in Sacramento 11/12, Cozmic Café in Placerville 11/13, Black Bart Theatre in Murphys 11/14; Carolina Special at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma 11/13; Rosanne Cash at the Uptown Theatre in Napa 11/13, Pal
Posted:  11/12/2010

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