Author: Carlin, Larry

November 29, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday -- Here we are at the annual, media-created, so-called “Cyber Monday,” when everyone is supposedly tied to their computers all day frantically trying to find bargains to fill their holiday stockings. 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! This list is hardly complete, so if you are a performer or band, send me your CD info if you are not on here. 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…

Winter music camp -- For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will not start for almost three months, but now is the time to sign up for it. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or

Blue Grass Boy on the air -- On November 24th on the National Public Radio arts show Fresh Air former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan played live with his band while also being interviewed by host Terry Gross about his new CD titled Legacy. Go to the Fresh Air site to listen in the archives or read the text version. It was one of the best editions of the show ever. Normally the host interviews someone for about half an hour, and then there are reviews of shows, books, CDs, etc. But this episode was all Rowan and the boys. Really worth listening to. Or, better yet, you can go see the band playing at Don Quixote’s in Felton this Thursday.

Windy forecast in SF -- Windy Hill will be offering up some bluegrass at Amnesia in SF on the 29th 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.

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass jam takes place in Oakland at 8 p.m. featuring the Tom Lucas, Alan Bond, James Touzel, Mitch Polzak, and Joan Reuter. 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

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Leftover Crow will be serving up bluegrass to go along with the spicy offerings at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 30th from 6-9 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.

Cajun Ramblers in Berkeley -- The Midnite Ramblers will have you dancing to Cajun and Creole music at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 30th. Dance lesson at 8, show starts 8:30 p.m.

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: 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 Petaluma 12/12; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in Chico 12/14, Santa Rosa 12/15, Oakland 12/16, Santa Barbara 12/17, and Los Angeles 12/18; Winter Solstice Holiday Show at the Freight 12/19; The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at the Freight 12/27; High Country, Jim & Dix New Year’s Eve at the Freight 12/31; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Bluegrass in the Good Land Benefit with Byron Berline, Peter Feldmann and Phil Salazar in Goleta 1/15; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22; Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City 1/27-30; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; Steve Spurgin at the Oak Song Society show at
Posted:  12/1/2010

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