Author: Carlin, Larry

December 20, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010

Reindeer games -- When he is not playing banjo in the Marin County bluegrass band Wild Blue, Dr. Elmo at this time of year is out promoting his classic yuletide tune "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." He has a new holiday CD out titled Bluegrass Christmas, and he was featured in the Marin IJ two weeks back. Last week Elmo was also on WGN-TV in Chicago and on the show Good Day New York. And, on Monday the 20th he will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will be picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Great music and good food.

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

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Ray Bierl, Tom Sours, Dave Hanks and Joe Ridout. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Rita in Davis -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will be playing on the 21st at the Veteran's Memorial Theatre in Davis for a multi-act benefit for arts in the Davis Joint Unified School District called Home for the Holidays.

Friends in Sonoma Helping Benefit -- Murphy's Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma and the local band The Carrtunes are presenting a benefit show on the 21st at 7 p.m. to raise money for FISH, an organization which feeds, clothes and even gives rent money to families in need. The goal is to feed 50 families this Christmas. Donation is $12 per person or five cans of food. The cover charge plus a portion of the night's proceeds will be given to FISH, and The Carrtunes are donating their pay as well. There will also be a raffle to benefit the organization.

Music in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 21st is the monthly bluegrass night, and you can see Scott Gates and The Salty Suites play. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

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.

South Bay bluegrass barbecue -- Ho, ho, ho. What better way to ring in the holidays and the winter solstice than with a plateful of tasty eats and an earful of bluegrass a la Cabin Fever at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. on the 21st? A little holiday banjo tune will perk you right up, and have you smiling through that next checkout line, next wet commute, and the next brighter day. Yvonne will be jetting off to her winter wonderland, so regulars Larry Chung (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Bryan McClenahen (fiddle) will be joined by Matt Kendall (guitar/vocals) as well as Hide Kawatsure (mandolin/vocals) and Jerry Logan (bass/vocals). Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 21st. From 6:30-7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.
Seasonal hijinks -- The Christmas Jug Band has two final holiday shows left, and you can catch them 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…

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: The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at the Freight 12/27; High Country, Jim & Dix New Year’s Eve at the Freight 12/31; Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma 12/31-1/23; Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in Berkeley 1/5, Chico 1/6; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; The Kingston Trio in Livermore 1/7, in Modesto 1/8, in Antioch 1/9, and in Palm Desert on the 1/12; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; West Coast Ramblers at Thee Parkside in SF 1/9; 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
Posted:  12/22/2010

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