Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb 29, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy birthday, all of you Leaplings! For the uninitiated, a leapling is a person who was born on February 29th, which only happens once every four years. Some notable leapers are mandolin player Mike Compton, singer Dinah Shore, burlesque dancer Tempest Storm, flutist Ian Anderson (aka Jethro Tull) and rapper Ja Rule. In some cultures leap year is bad luck, and in others the 29th is the one day every four years that women are allowed to propose to men. So to all you single guys out there in relationships (uh, including yours truly!), today might be a good day to go fishing with the guys…

Bluegrass in the Big Apple -- Two days ago it was a bluegrass story in the Wall Street Journal. Today, it is a bluegrass story in the New York Times. Read it here. The story begins by talking about The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, and you can see them play tonight on your Magnavox by watching The Jay Leno Show.

Stadler-Gibbons in Alameda -- The Stadler-Gibbons Band will be playing at McGrath’s in Alameda tonight from 8-11 p.m. The band is Michael Stadler, Mary Gibbons, Jon Mitguard and Paul Knight. This fine gathering of highly experienced musicians plays early country and bluegrass along with original material and contemporary songs.

Acoustic music in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. you can see Under the Radar, a Sonoma County acoustic band of Kevin Russell's that runs the gamut from bluegrass, blues and swing to folk and country. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Bluegrass on the River -- In Parker, AZ, from the 29th through March 2nd is the 6th Annual Bluegrass on the River Festival. See The Gibson Brothers, Country Current, The Bluegrass Brothers, Sawmill Road, Cedar Hill, and more.

Rita in Placerville -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, winner of the 2007 Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills band competition, will perform on the 1st at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main Street, in Placerville, starting at 8 p.m.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the 1st from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place to be from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays in Sebastopol is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue. On the 1st it will be bluegrass, old-time, old country, acoustic picking and fiddling.

Heartland rogues -- Heartland Harvest performs bluegrass-driven songs on the edge of tradition. See them play on the 1st at 7:30 p.m. and on the 8th at 8:45 p.m. as part of The Rogue Festival at the California Arts Academy, 1401 N. Wishon Avenue, in Fresno. The band of Bill Lehr (guitar/banjo), Linda Guerrero (fiddle), Chris Darden (mandolin), Mike Reilly (guitar) and Barb LaRae (bass) blend their voices to tickle your funny bone and brighten your day. They will be joined by Dean Lloyd (accordion, harmonica) and Jean Kilpatrick (fiddle).

Tony Furtado in Sutter Creek -- Tony Furtado grew up in Pleasanton and took up the banjo at age 12. At age 19 he won the banjo playing competition Grand National Championship in Winfield, KS. Hailed as a banjo prodigy, he got his first record deal in 1992 and has been making music and releasing records ever since. After cementing his reputation as banjoist extraordinaire, Tony also developed into an equally virtuoso slide guitarist. You can see him play at the Sutter Creek Theater on the 1st starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Marysville On the first Saturday of the month, from 3- 6 p.m., there is jamming going on at the Brick Coffee House Café, 316 D Street, in Marysville. All skill levels are welcome. For info call (530) 743-5283.

Dancing for a cause -- Everyone is headed to the Contra Dance Benefit for the Petaluma Trolley Project on the 2nd from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Trolley Bar, located at 110 Bayliss in Petaluma. Players will be Ingrid Noyes, Michael Harmon and Erik Hoffman. For info call (707) 778-7878.

Banjo in America -- This is the title of the historical banjo show by Bay Area banjo master Bill Evans, and if you have never seen him do the show live, now you can see him play some here on YouTube.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess.”
Posted:  3/2/2008

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