Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 23, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008

Okay, the big storm is coming to Northern California today. You've been working all week and you just don't want to be cooped up in the house all day with no football or baseball games to watch on the tube. Wondering what to do? Well, there is a whole lot of great bluegrass going on this weekend, so grab your partner or call a pal, put on the rain gear, get in your car and go out and enjoy some music!

Fiddlin’ Kenny -- Sausalito fiddler Kenny Blacklock, of the Marin bluegrass bands Keystone Station, Bluegrass Contraption and Wild Blue, just released his first ever children’s music CD titled This Little Light. It features him on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, soprano & alto recorder, and ukulele, and he sings lead and harmony vocals. There is also some fiddling by his wife Katy Bridges, and the disc has a few kid-friendly bluegrass tunes, and even a couple of original songs. You can buy a copy of it from CD Baby. And if Kenny’s last name sounds familiar to longtime Bay Area music fans, he is the grandson of famed saw player Charlie Blacklock.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 23rd at 8 p.m. you can see High Country playing the finest in traditional bluegrass. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Jammin’ in Chico -- Lucy Smith, new CBA Activities VP for Tehama/Butte, sends this reminder: “The CBA-sponsored bluegrass jam is happening this Saturday, February 23, at Augie’s Café in Chico. Just in case you didn’t get to the last one, Augie’s is located at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Chico. The slow jam is from 2-3 p.m. I’ll be bringing a short list of bluegrass songs everyone can learn pretty quickly, and I’m hoping to have lyrics printed up by then. The regular jam is from 3-5:30 p.m. Please come by if you can. I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy Saturday! Let’s have some fun!”

Say what? -- Come in out of the rain this afternoon in Fairfax to the Iron Springs Brewery from 2-4 p.m. to see The Whutknotts perform. This acoustic trio consists of Doug Adamz on fiddle, guitar and harmonica, Don Rich on guitar, and yours truly on doghouse bass. The band will be playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country and blues. Great food, beer and music -- a sure cure for the mid-winter blues! And, no cover.

Hot trio -- Boulevard Music in Culver City is presenting Flinner, Nygaard, and Bevan on the 23rd. Past winner of both the National Banjo as well as Mandolin Championship at Winfield, Flinner is one of the hottest and most creative mandolinists on the scene today. He plays in a trio with David Grier as well as his own group as featured here with the hot Scott Nygaard on guitar and Sam Bevin on upright bass.

Punch Brothers -- The Punch Brothers, a newgrass band featuring Chris Thile on mandolin, are playing a few shows in the state. On the 23rd see them at the Independent in SF, on the 25th at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, on the 27th at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, at the Troubadour in LA on the 28th, on the Jay Leno Show on the 29th, and at the Soho Restaurant in Santa Barbara on March 1st.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual on the fourth Sunday up in Sebastopol on the 24th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing. For info email Mike at

Paul and Friends -- After playing with Peter Rowan in Mountain View on Saturday night, sound engineer and bass player extraordinaire Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ out at the Station House Cafe, located in downtown Pt. Reyes Station in West Marin, on the 24th from 5-8:30 p.m. His friends for this show will be David Thom, Pete Hicks, Scott Smith as well as banjo player Banana.

Jammin’ in Temecula -- On the fourth Sunday of every month there is an open jam session at The Nettworks Ranch, which is in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley, a few miles north of where the 215 and 15 freeways split off, in that triangle. Take Scott Road west two miles off 215, or Bundy Canyon Road east four miles off of 15. Turn south on Daily Road and it is the first ranch on right. For times and more info call Diane at (951) 679-7951 or (909) 239-5154.

Bluegrass Guys in Riverside -- The Bluegrass Guys play on the fourth Sunday of every month from 4-7 p.m. at Raxx Barbecue & Brewing Co. in Riverside. Not much is known about this band. The guess here is that it is a group of guys playing bluegrass. No cover. For info contact Bill Purcell at (951) 784-2739 or

Knice knockers -- The Knuckle Knockers will be playing at 3 p.m. on the 24th at Red Hill Books in the Bernal Heights area of SF, located at Cortland & Bennington Streets. The Knockers are Karen Celia, Martha Hawthorne and Bill Foss, and they perform old-time duets on fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Free music, free refreshments, and even some free books!

Jammin’ in Coulterville -- On the 24th you can attend the old-time/Celtic jam at the Magnolia Saloon in Coulterville, corner of Highway 49 and Highway 132, from 1-3 p.m. For more info

Almonds in Esparto -- Don’t miss Mossy Creek when they play at the Almond Festival in Esparto in Yolo County on the 24th. Go to the fest site for more info.

Plan ahead -- For those of you planning to go to the FREE Temecula Bluegrass Festival on March 15th-16th and want to camp they now have 20 more dry camping spaces available. They are one block south of the town and within easy walking distance. Call (951) 757-5054 or (951) 678-0831 to make reservations. Camping is $20.00 for Friday and Saturday night. If you want to stay Sunday night it is another $10 and can be paid at the festival if you decide to stay. Some of the acts to see there are Bluegrass Etc., Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, The Marty Warburton Band, The Silverado Bluegrass Band, Sligo Rags, Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band, Highway 138, and much more. 13 bands and two days of shows, jamming, workshops, vendors, etc.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The best part of procrastination is that you are never bored, because you have all kinds of things that you should be doing.”
Posted:  2/25/2008

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