Author: Carlin, Larry

December 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Calling all mando players -- The Lonesome River Band is looking for a new mandolin player and tenor vocalist that is well versed in LRB's music. If you are ready to make the big move, demos are now being accepted by Sammy Shelor. For more info on the opening, go here to read the posting.

Life’s railway to heaven -- George Pickow, a photographer best known for the thousands of album covers in which he captured the legends of folk, jazz and pop music in their prime, died on the 10th in Roslyn, N.Y. He was 88 and lived in Port Washington, on Long Island. He was also the longtime husband of noted folk singer Jean Ritchie.

Ray and Markie in Berkeley -- Ray Bierl and Markie Sanders are returning for another evening at Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant in Berkeley from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 22nd. Go by for a nice meal (or just libation and dessert) and friendly music in a charming setting. No cover charge.

Seasonal hijinks -- The Christmas Jug Band has one final holiday show left, and you can catch them on the 22nd at The Woods in Mill Valley.

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 22nd 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 22nd from 6-9 p.m. Larry Chung will be sittin’ in on electric guitar. Is there anything with strings that this guy doesn’t play? 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.

Celtic tunes in Sacto -- Nine-8ths Irish will be back at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento for a pre-Christmas show on the 23rd. Music starts at 8 p.m., no cover charge. Kathy Barwick plays guitar, banjo and dobro in this band.

Jammin’ in Redwood City -- The "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) jam takes place every Thursday at Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin’ 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., and on the 23rd you can join the monthly bluegrass and old-time jam.

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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass Thursday evenings 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 play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

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…

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”
Posted:  12/24/2010

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