Author: Carlin, Larry

November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hank on that Lost Highway -- The production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway will return for three encore performances this weekend at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park on the 19th through the 21st.

Waybacks back in town -- The Bay Area Americana band known as The Waybacks is busy in and around NorCal these next two weeks. See them at the Crystal Bay Club in Nevada on the 17th, at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 18th, at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael on the 19th, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 20th, and at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 21st.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 17th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 17th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

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 in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley 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.

Waltzing in Appalachia -- Renowned composer, fiddler and violinist Mark O’Connor will be playing four concerts this week in the SF Bay Area with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a show titled Waltzing in Appalachia. You can see the show in Berkeley on the 18th, in Palo Alto on the 19th, in San Francisco on the 20th, and in San Rafael on the 21st.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. Normally the monthly bluegrass and old-time jam takes place on the fourth Thursday, but with next week being the Thanksgiving holiday, the jam will take place on the 18th instead.

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 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.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 18th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off Highway 101 exit. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

No pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends have been playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for over a decade now. But not this week or next Thursday, as Ed’s band Blue & Lonesome is on tour in Australia.

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 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.

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.

Plans for the weekend -- Bluegrass Bonanza in SF 11/19; 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; Earl Brothers house concert in Berkeley 11/20.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Dawn crept across the lawn, searching for her car keys...”
Posted:  11/19/2010

Copyright © 2002 California Bluegrass Association. All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Please email