Author: Carlin, Larry

November 19, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010

Kathy Kallick weekend -- Check out The Kathy Kallick Band at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno on the 19th and at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Petaluma on the 20th. The band’s album Between the Hollow & the High-Rise is #9 on the Bluegrass Unlimited album chart, and it remains among the most-played recordings for the past five months on acoustic music shows reporting to the folk-dj list, an unusual accomplishment for bluegrass bands.

Kentucky grass in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 19th starting at 8 p.m. enjoy Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, all the way from the bluegrass state of Kentucky.

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

Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be traditional Celtic music on the 19th by Kith & Kin from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and drink in a family friendly atmosphere. Kids are welcome.

Waybacks back in town -- The Bay Area Americana band known as The Waybacks is busy in and around NorCal this week. See them 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.

Waltzing in Appalachia -- Renowned composer, fiddler and violinist Mark O’Connor is playing three concerts this weekend in the SF Bay Area with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a show titled Waltzing in Appalachia. You can see the show in Palo Alto on the 19th, in San Francisco on the 20th, and in San Rafael on the 21st. There was also a story about Mark in the SF Chronicle yesterday.

Hicktones in the North Bay -- The Hicktones, still riding high from the release of their CD, Tellico Plains, can be seen playing at Papa's Taverna on the Petaluma River on the 19th, and at the farmers’ market in Healdsburg on the 20th and 27th.

Dog eat Dog -- Red Dog Ash will be picking bluegrass at the Barking Dog in Modesto on the 19th.

Bluegrass Bonanza in SF -- Shelby Ash presents his monthly Bluegrass Bonanza series in SF on the 19th at the Plough & Stars. The bands tonight will be Bucky Walters, the Absynth Quintet, The Shut-Ins and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players.

Rita in the north country -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack are headed north to play at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding on the 19th and then at the Mama Llama Coffeehouse in Weaverville on the 20th.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 20th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled The Fields Of November. On the anniversary of the Stanley Brothers recording of "The Fields Have Turned Brown,” Peter will play a collection of songs set in the fields – of cotton, gold, home, green, dreams, and being set on fire. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Brothers in Berkeley -- The Earl Brothers will be appearing at a house concert in Berkeley on the 20th. Go to their site for more info.

Old-time in West Marin -- The Roadoilers, Marin County’s only old-time ensemble as well as "the band that put the old in old-time,” can be seen pickin' on the 20th at the Two Bird Café in San Geronimo starting at 7 p.m. The band is Mike Drayton, Chuck Wiley, Perry Fly and John Pedersen.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 20th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 20th will feature Western swing by The Quebe Sisters and mandolinist /violinist Richard Kriehn. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 21st starting at 11 a.m.

Wild time in Santa Maria -- The New Wild Ramblers will be serving up bluegrass at Temple Beth El in Santa Maria on the 21st from 2-4 p.m.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant Hill, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 5:30-8 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the third Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. No electric or percussion instruments, please. For info email Roger at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
Posted:  11/22/2010

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