Author: Carlin, Larry

November 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend -- As always at this time of year, there is a lot to be thankful for – most notably the four-day weekend from the day job – as well as a day off (Friday) from posting this column. This is a five-day edition of the Almost Daily News, and there is a lot of great stuff going on today and over the weekend. Here’s hoping your holiday will be spent with friends and family while playing, listening to, or watching some fine bluegrass music!

Holiday gift ideas -- The media is agog trying to lure you out to your neighborhood megamall this Friday – so-called Black Friday because it is the biggest shopping day of the year. Here at the Almost Daily News we have our own list of musical holiday gift ideas. Buy mostly direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man! These suggestions are obviously not all bluegrass related, but you may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Music – the gift that keeps on giving year round…

Trad versus modern mando? -- Hey pea pickers, check out this funny Youtube video.

Blue Grass Boy on the air -- On the 24th on the National Public Radio arts show Fresh Air you can hear former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan playing live with his band and being interviewed by host Terry Gross about his new CD titled Legacy. Go to the Fresh Air site to find your local NPR station and schedule. In the SF Bay Area you can hear the show four times – on KALW (91.7 FM) at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., or on KQED (88.5 FM) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can also listen on line in real time, or, if you miss the show today, you can listen in the Fresh Air archives any time after today.

Panama Red is back in town -- The New Riders of the Purple Sage, purveyors of the finest in country-rock, will be 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.

Celtic night at the Freight -- Dr. K's Home Grown Roots Revue on the 24th at the Freight in Berkeley will feature Culann's Hounds, Quin, and Nine-8ths Irish starting at 8 p.m.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 24th from 6-8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Petaluma -- There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 24th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- Bluegrass jammin' happens on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South H Street, in Lompoc. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Bluegrass and blues in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass with The David Thom Band on the 26th from 8-10 p.m., and blues with Loose Shoes on the 27th from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Holiday fest in Sonora -- The 36th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival has live music with The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Joe Craven, Golden Bough, Sourdough Slim & The Saddle Pals and more at the Sonora Mother Lode Fairgrounds on the 26th-28th.

Mysterious banjos -- After chowing down on T-Day head to
The Secret Life of Banjos show Bill Evans & Jody Stecher at the Freight on the 26th.

Trotting turkey in SF -- The annual Turkey Trot will be happening on the 26th at Café du Nord in SF with The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Misisipi Rider, Hang Jones, Walking in Sunlight and The Blue Ribbon Healers. That’s five bands for $13! With that many players, with any luck the musicians will make gas money to get home from the gig...

Pizza grass -- Autumn & The Fall Guys will be playing bluegrass on the 26th at Mission Pizza in Fremont from 7-10 p.m., and on the 27th see Beargrass Creek.

Jammin’ in Jamestown -- Pickers are headed over to the Jamestown Jam at the Smoke Café on the 26th at 7 p.m. For info, email

Laurie Lewis at the Freight -- Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands will be playing their annual Thanksgiving Weekend show at the Freight on the 27th. Besides Laurie and her Hands (Tom Rozum on mandolin, mandola, guitar, and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Andrew Conklin on bass, and Patrick Sauber on banjo, guitar, Cajun accordion and vocals), there will also be a great trio of young singers, Oakland's own , joining them for a few songs. LL will be performing songs from her recent album Blossoms as well as bluegrass numbers from her upcoming CD, some original songs, some seasonally themed material, and other cool stuff.

Kathy Kallick in Alameda -- The Kathy Kallick Band can be seen playing a show on the 27th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda at 8 p.m. Paul Shelasky will be sittin’ in on fiddle.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 27th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Hicks With Sticks. Guest co-host Jose Segue surveys the latest and greatest in the world of Bay Area twang and Americana, as bluegrass recovers from stuffing and family. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 27th 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.

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

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called  
Posted:  11/29/2010

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