Author: Carlin, Larry

December 15, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joy to the world -- Okay, this is not bluegrass, but there are many CBA animal lovers out there, and you will all enjoy this seasonal rendition of " Deck the Halls." Fa la la la la...

Diligent dobro -- Dobro player Jerry Douglas is winding down a busy year, and you can find out what he has been up to by reading about him in the Tennessean.

Bela and the boys -- Bela Fleck & The Flecktones are out here this week, and you can see them in Santa Rosa on the 15th, in Oakland on the 16th, in Santa Barbara on the 17th, and in Los Angeles on the 18th.

Slow jam in Chico -- The next slow jam at The Acoustic College, 932 West 8th Avenue, in Chico, will take place on the 15th from 7-9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Acoustic College and the CBA, and it is on-going every third Wednesday. Sid Lewis provides a cozy and welcoming smaller venue in which to share bluegrass tunes and songs. The jam will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, vocals, and bass. Feel free to bring a few songs you would like to work on playing and sharing with a group. Lucy Smith will be leading this jam.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Enjoy Sidesaddle & Company and the spicy barbeque on the 15th at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Homefire play.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Scott Gates in Altadena -- Mandolinist Scott Gates & The Salty Suites will be playing a show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 16th starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam normally takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. But this week it will be just up from the Grange at 17400 Monterey Street, # 1B. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Fish folks in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 16th see Jimbo Trout & The Fish People playing a mix of bluegrass, ragtime, blues, Western-swing, Appalachian, honky-tonk and more.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 16th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off Highway 101 exit. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends have been playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for over a decade now.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a CBA sponsored bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Seasonal hijinks -- The Christmas Jug Band is back to play its annual holiday shows, and you can catch them on the 17th at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael, on the 18th at the Mystic in Petaluma, on the 19th at The Palms in Winters, and on the 21st and 22nd at The Woods in Mill Valley.

Holiday gift ideas --Here is the Almost Daily News 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…

Plans for the weekend -- Cabin Fever at McGrath’s in Alameda 12/17; Marley’s Ghost at the Freight in Berkeley 12/17; Savannah Blue and the Bay Island Ramblers at the Plough & Stars in SF 12/17; Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur at the Freight 12/18; Winter Solstice Holiday Show at the Freight 12/19.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Christmas time is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.”
Posted:  12/17/2010

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