Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 19, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Do the weather gods read the Almost Daily News? Just two days ago here we said, “It feels like the winter season is all but over.” It is raining here now in downtown SF, and the forecast looks glum for the next five days. So much for early spring! But don’t let the rains dampen your bluegrass spirit. There are lots of things to do this week, so just grab your umbrella while heading out the door to see a show or attend a jam.

Great Depression -- Sad news came across the transom about an hour ago about the demise of the print version of the wonderful bimonthly American roots music magazine called No Depression. The magazine is calling it quits after 13 years, a sad victim of declining advertising. You can read the magazine’s farewell letter here.

Plan ahead -- The Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be taking place on March 8th at the Sebastopol Community Center from 1-9 p.m. The band lineup features Nina Gerber& Kenny Edwards, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Sol Flamenco, The Roadoilers, The Mighty Crows, Alhambra Valley Band, and Julay Brooks & The Nightbirds. There will be onsite food and beverage concessions, music workshops, and plenty of time to jam. This a fabulous one-day festival co-sponsored by CBA and the Sonoma County Folk Society. Tickets for CBA members are $25 advance and $30 at the door, 11 and under free. Order your tickets today online here. For more info, call Mark Hogan at (707) 829-8012.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 19th from 6-9 p.m. Sittin’ in will be Hide Kawatsure on mandolin and Jon McNeill on bass. On the 20th see Sidesaddle & Company, winners in the Bluegrass Band of the Year category at the recent Northern California Bluegrass Awards. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in the Mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 19th you can see Lost Highway plus the showcase band Sometimes in Tune. Most concerts at the Braemar Country 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. Music starts at 7:15 p.m.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night tonight at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista. 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.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- See Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys on the 20th when they will be singin' and pickin' their own particular style of bluegrass at the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and bluegrass.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies can seen/heard playing bluegrass at Viva Cantina in Burbank on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month from 8-11 p.m.

Berkeley bluegrass -- On the 20th The Whiskey Brothers will play old-time and bluegrass (first & third Wednesdays of every month) 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.

Hot bluegrass in Auburn -- Mountain Laurel, with its distinctive and engaging blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass classics, hard-driving instrumentals and strong original material, is returning to Latitudes in Auburn on the 20th from 7:30-9 p.m.

Rowan reminder -- Peter Rowan will be playing four shows in Northern California this week with his all-star bluegrass band. On the 20th they will play the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, on the 21st the Bluegrass Gold show at Sweetwater Station in Larkspur, on the 22nd at The Palms in Winters, and on the 23rd the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View. Playing with Peter will be Jody Stecher on mandolin, Keith Little on banjo and fiddle, and Paul Knight on bass.

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