Author: Carlin, Larry

March 4, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Old-time is not a crime in Oakland! -- Never was, and with any luck, it never will be. So feel free to head on over to the Mama Buzz Cafe at 2318 Telegraph Avenue from 7-9 p.m. tonight to see/hear The Scallions (Suzy Thompson, Evie Ladin & Allegra Yellin). Gorgeous old-time country harmonies and foot-stompin' fiddle and banjo tunes. Go have a light dinner or a coffee, and let the band entertain you.

Barbecued Beans -- Bean Creek will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. On the 5th see Sidesaddle & Company. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Slow jam class is Berkeley -- On Tuesdays in March from 7:30-9 p.m. all of you shy people can attend the slow jam class at the 5th String in Berkeley for only $10 per session. You can just drop in, or attend all of the sessions until they start another official class in April. For more info, contact Ran Bush directly at instead of calling the store.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On the 5th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem (formerly known as The Grass Fire Chiefs). The band is John Kael on banjo, mando and vocals, Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals, Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals and Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served on the 5th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the picking. No cover.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place on the 5th starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Whiskey a go-go -- On the 5th go see The Whiskey Brothers play (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.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- Down Morgan Hill way on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays folks congregate to jam at the El Toro Brewing Company from 6-10 p.m. They also meet there on the second and fourth Thurdays. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 782-2739or

Fest in Sebastopol -- All roads lead to The Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival this weekend on the 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. This festival is 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. Buy tickets here or call Mark Hogan at (707) 829-8012.

Mando mania -- On Sunday the 9th the annual Inverness Mandolin Gathering will be taking place out in West Marin in the town of Inverness. Before the event there will be a mandolin workshop from 1-3 p.m. for a cost of only $25 with the amazing Ed Neff, and after that the picking will go on into the night. If you want to attend please contact David Crummey at (530) 739-3183 or The Gathering is open to everyone who owns a mandolin, plays a mandolin or just enjoys mandolin music.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Patience is the ability to idle you motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”
Posted:  3/6/2008

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