Author: Carlin, Larry

December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Out one year and in the other -- Here at Almost Daily News headquarters we’re counting down the months, weeks, days, hours and words until 2010 comes to an end this Friday evening, and everywhere else in the media you can find predictions for 2011, top ten lists of best, worst, blah blah blah. You won't find any of that blarney spoken here. There is, however, some good bluegrass happening this between-the-holidays week, so stash the gifts, trash the wrapping, and beat the rush by getting out and having some pre-New Year’s fun!

Winter music camp -- For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will happen in February, and 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

Old Fashioned deadline -- The annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Festival will not take place in Hollister until August 12th-14th, 2011, but you need to apply by December 31st, so get your applications in now. Info and an application form can be found here.

IBMA Showcase Band deadline -- If you are considering submitting your bluegrass band for a showcase slot at the next International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass conference in September of 2011 the deadline for doing such is January 14th. Go to the website for more info.

Woody Guthrie in Petaluma -- Make plans now to see the musical production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma. It opens this Friday and runs through January 23rd.

Bean Creek in Moss Landing -- Bean Creek offers up some of the finest South Bay bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 29th from 6-8 p.m.

South Bay classic barbecue -- Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys will be pickin’ some bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 29th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

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

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

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.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma starting at 7 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.

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.

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.

Plans for New Year’s Eve -- High Country, Jim & Dix New Year’s Eve at the Freight 12/31; The Bay Island Ramblers at McGrath’s in Alameda 12/31; Greenhouse and The Carrtunes at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma 12/31; The Earl Brothers and The Human Condition at the Plough & Stars in SF 12/31.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”
Posted:  12/30/2010

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