Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 15, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine of Love -- Country singers (and husband/wife) Marty Stuart and Connie Smith donated many musical artifacts to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday, dubbing the ceremony a “Valentine of love.” Some of the items were a suit and overcoat from Johnny Cash, a Martin guitar from Lester Flatt and a suitcase from Hank Williams that Williams had with him in the Cadillac on the night he died. For the full story, go here.

CBA Father’s Day Raffle -- Chuck Poling, San Francisco rep for the CBA, has been touting a special deal to get more city folk signed up for the organization. Join or renew your membership to the CBA ($25 annual membership) by tonight and you are automatically entered into a raffle for two free passes (value $220) to the Father’s Day Festival. Membership applications will be accepted up until midnight at the SFBOT post-party at the Plough & Stars in SF. On the bill at the Plough for this show are Kenny Hall, Bluegrass Revolution and The Pine Needles. Music starts at 9 p.m.

Stairwells in the Valley -- The Stairwell Sisters will be playing at 8 p.m. at the Westside Theater in Newman on the 15th, and on the 16th there will be a clogging workshop at 2 p.m. followed by a concert at 7:30 at the Severance Building, 1401 Wishon Avenue, in Fresno. Apparently old time is still not a crime in the Central Valley…

Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival -- The Winnebagos are caravanning this weekend down to Lake Havasu on the 15th-17th for the Second Annual Lakeshore Bluegrass Festival, where you can see Dry Branch Fire Squad, Lost Highway, Colorado River Boys, Flint Hill Special, and more. For info go to the site or call (800) 307-3610.

Dancing in the Valley -- On the 15th enjoy folk dancing at the Raube Hall in Ceres from 7-9:30 p.m. For info email Judy at

Bluegrass in Alameda -- The place to be at 8 p.m. tonight in Alameda for bluegrass is McGrath’s Pub. 49 Special is a new band with some familiar faces and it is rumored one of which may be fiddlin' Annie Staninec.

Duhk watching season -- The Duhks, an acoustic band of five skilled, high-energy, twenty-somethings from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been riveting audiences and winning staunch fans across North America and around the world. They blend soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old time country string band, Zydeco, and Irish dance music. You have many chances to see them this next week. On the 15th they will play at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, at the State Theatre in Modesto on the 16th, The Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company on the 17th, the Crystal Bay Club in NV on the 18th, The Palms in Winters on the 19th, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 20th, and at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 21st. They will also be at Wintergrass in Tacoma.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- The Banner Mountain Boys will be playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass on the 16th from 7-9 p.m. at the Downtown Grill, 359 Nevada Street, in Auburn. The band is Robert Shotwell on banjo, Cecelia Shotwell on bass, Taylor Carey on guitar, and Ron Gaynor on dobro.

Pacific Ocean Bluegrass II -- Young mandolin maestro Scott Gates has a second edition of his Pacific Ocean Bluegrass band. Normally the band consists of Scott, Paul Davis, Dave Gooding and Jessica Johnson. But once a month the San Diego Version of POB (Scott, Jessica, John Mailander, Alex Finazzo, and Becky Green) has a gig at the E Street Cafe in Encinitas. You can see them play on the 16th from 8-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- On the 16th The David Thom Band can be seen and heard playing bluegrass from 1-3 p.m. in the town of Sonoma at the Sunflower Caffe, located at 421 First Street.

Reminder --The first annual NCBS Bluegrass on Broadway Festival is going on this weekend in and around Redwood City. At the fest there will be films, workshops, and concerts by bands such as Bean Creek, Sidesaddle, Alhambra Valley Band, Cabin Fever and others.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Too many freaks, not enough circuses.”
Posted:  2/17/2008

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