Author: Carlin, Larry

March 8, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008

Festing in Sebastopol -- Today everyone is headed up to The Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival at the Sebastopol Community Center from 1-9 p.m., so why not join the party? The weather is going to be grand, and the music, jamming, people, etc., are guaranteed to be first-rate. 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. See you there!

Jam class at Grass Valley -- A cool addition to the CBA Music Camp this June will be Sid Lewis’s Jamming 101 Class. Sid has been teaching the class at various venues and festivals for many years (including the Strawberry Music Festivals), and he is looking forward to holding the class in Grass Valley for the first time. If you have not signed up for camp yet, you’d better get to it, as many classes are already filling up.

Something special in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. you can see Carolina Special perform. John Murphy leads this traditional bluegrass band, playing standard bluegrass favorites in the style and tradition of Flatt and Scruggs. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Turn your radio on! -- If you cannot make it up to Sebastopol today then tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show in SF tonight from 6:30- 8 p.m. to hear live bluegrass being played by Nell Robinson & Red Level and Redwing. Here is the station info: KALW (91.7 FM). You can also listen to the show online.

Tasty bluegrass in SF -- Tonight starting at 9 p.m. at the Riptide in San Francisco Kitchen Help will be serving up some might fine bluegrass. The band is Jennifer Kitchen on bass, Avram Frankel on dobro, Thomas Cooper on banjo, Alex Mayers on guitar, and Matt Kendall on mandolin.

Seeger gets an encore -- On KQED (Channel 9 in the SF area) tonight at 9 p.m. you can once again watch the documentary titled Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. This is the last time it will be shown for awhile.

Jamming in the Southland -- On the 9th the monthly second Sunday jam at Tucker's Grove County Park in Santa Barbara will be starting at noon and going until whenever. For more info, e-mail Alan Aleksander at Also tomorrow there will a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena from 12:30-3:30 p.m. This free bluegrass jam is held on the second Sunday of every month at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries.

Happy birthday, Martin Guitars! -- Just about every bluegrass guitar player either plays or has owned a CF Martin acoustic guitar at one time or another. This year the company from Nazareth, PA, is celebrating its 175-year anniversary, and they are the subject of the cover story in this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, which you can read here.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.”
Posted:  3/10/2008

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