Author: Carlin, Larry

November 22, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010

How sweet the sound -- Amazing Grace Music, the venerable acoustic music store in San Anselmo, will soon be getting a new home. The business is owned by banjo and fiddle player John Pedersen of the Marin County old-time band The Roadoilers, and the building is owned by George Lucas of, well, yes, that George Lucas. He also owns the adjacent building on the site, and this is where the store will soon be moving too. The current building is in a state of disrepair, and Pedersen is ecstatic about the impending relocation. Read a story about the move in the Marin Independent Journal.

Out of her tree -- Legendary folksinger Joan Baez is resting comfortably after falling out of her tree house on her property in Woodside, CA. The tree house was built without walls because she wanted to sleep among birds. The 69-year-old Baez was climbing down from the platform on the 17th when she fell to the ground. Read the story here.

Benefit concert -- Max DeLacy, of Tuolumne County, (and son of Ron DeLacy of the band Doodoo Wah) works at various California venues as a stage hand, and serves a stage manager for the Mother Lode Fair in Sonora, the Strawberry Music Festivals near Yosemite and the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy. In late October he was diagnosed with adeno carcinoma in his sinus, nasal cavities, palate, near his left eye and abutting his brain. He underwent surgery on November 10th at Stanford Hospital and returned last week to start up to two months of radiation treatment and probably chemotherapy. Max has insurance, but he faces more than $20,000 in co-payments for hotel and house rentals near Stanford for surgery and two months of radiation and chemotherapy. To help him out, some folks are hosting the Party to the Max at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on December 11th. More than ten bands will donate their services, and scores of friends and businesses are donating time, money, food, labor and goods to be auctioned and raffled.

Something fishy in SF -- Jimbo Trout & The Fish People will be offering up some bluegrass at Amnesia in SF on the 22nd starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

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

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass jam takes place in Oakland at 8 p.m. featuring the Tom Lucas, Emily Bonn, Alan Bond, Ben Bernstein, and Will Fourt. 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

Panama Red is back in town -- The New Riders of the Purple Sage, purveyors of the finest in country-rock, will be at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz on the 23rd, at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 24th, at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 26th, and at Humbrews in Arcata on the 28th

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Windy Hill will be serving up bluegrass to go along with the spicy offerings at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 23rd from 6-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- The Ventura Bluegrass Jam at Zoey’s Café takes place 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.

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 days, weeks and months: Dr. K's Home Grown Roots Revue at the Freight in Berkeley with Culann's Hounds, Quin, and Nine-8ths Irish 11/24; 36th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival with The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Joe Craven, Golden Bough, Sourdough Slim with the Saddle Pals and more at the Sonora Mother Lode Fairgrounds 11/26-28; Bill Evans & Jody Stecher at the Freight 11/26; Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands at the Freight 11/27; The Kathy Kallick Band at McGrath's Pub in Alameda 11/27; Irish Christmas in America at the Freight 11/28; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at Don Quixote’s in Felton 12/2; The Travelin’ McCourys in Chico 12/2; Brookdale Bluegrass Festival in Boulder Creek 12/3-5; The West Coast Ramblers and the Nick Rossi Trio in the Burritt Room at the Crescent Hotel in SF 12/3; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; The Old Pals in Bakersfield 12/4; Jim Hurst in Cloverdale 12/9, Petaluma 12/10, Sebastopol 12/11, Santa Cruz 12/12; Eric Thompson's Kleptograss CD release concert at Petaluma Church Concerts 12/11; Stairwell Sisters ten-year anniversary show at the Freight 12/12; Holiday Hoedown with The Wronglers and Arann Harris & The Farm Band at the Mystic in Petalu
Posted:  11/24/2010

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