Author: Carlin, Larry

March 14, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008

Long weekend. If you are one of the few who simply cannot begin to face every other day without your fix of the Almost Daily News, the next issue here will not be until Monday, as duty calls. Bass duty, that is, as I am headed off to Pahrump, NV, to play at the 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue. Chris Stuart & Backcountry is also one of the headline acts. As a bonus, today’s column is longer than usual, so start taking notes, as there is a lot of great stuff going on this weekend…

Celtic grass -- As you might expect, a band with the name Nine-8ths Irish is very popular this weekend. They are a four-piece band playing mostly traditional Irish music, with award-winning fiddler Linda Relph on fiddle, Chris Dunlap on bodhran, Bo Bowen on whistles, and Kathy Barwick on guitar. See them tonight at 9 p.m. when they play at the Fox & Goose in downtown Sacramento, on the 15th they will be at the Vallejo Yacht Club at 6 p.m., hear them on KVMR (89.5 in Nevada City) at 6 p.m. on the 16th, and on the 17th at 11 a.m. at the Long Way Home Saloon in Willows followed by shows at 3 & 7 p.m. at the Colusa Casino Resort.

Give a hoot -- Jeanie & Chuck’s Give a Hoot will be taking place tonight at the Velo Rouge Café, on the corner of Arguello and McAllister, in SF from 7-9 p.m. Musical guests include Misisipi Mike Wolf, Tom Drohan, Gayle Schmitt and Chickwagon. No cover/all ages welcome.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- On the second and fourth Friday there is a jam at the Old Stan in Sonora, so head on over there tonight at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Pacific Ocean Bluegrass II -- Young mandolin maestro Scott Gates has a second edition of his Pacific Ocean Bluegrass band. Normally the band consists of Scott, Paul Davis, Dave Gooding and Jessica Johnson. But once a month the San Diego Version of POB (Scott, Jessica, Dave, John Mailander and Alex Finazzo) has a gig at the E Street Cafe in Encinitas. You can see them play on the 15th from 8-9:30 p.m.

Pre-Grange Jam --There will be a pre-Bluegrass Brothers show jam at Trail Dust BBQ in Morgan Hill on the 15th from 3-6 p.m. prior to the doors opening at The Grange. Head on down a few hours early and do some pickin’ and enjoy some of the best BBQ this side of Sam’s. The Trail Dust is a wonderful restaurant only a stone’s throw from the Grange, located on Monterey Road north of 4th street. For more info call Duane Campell at (408) 892-9157.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma you can see Poor Man’s Whiskey playing bluegrass on the 15th at 8 p.m., John Kelly’s Greengrass on the 16th at 6 p.m., and on the 17th it will be three acts starting at 3 p.m., with The Spiral Mystics closing out the St. Pat’s Day festivities. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Bluegrass in Temecula -- On the 15th and 16th there is the free Old Town Bluegrass Festival in Temecula in Riverside County. Some of the bands you can see are Bluegrass Brethren, Bluegrass Etc., Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band, Silverado Bluegrass Band, Sligo Rags, The Marty Warburton Band, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, and Windy Ridge Bluegrass Band. For a complete schedule go to the web site.

Party time in Alameda -- The place to be at 8 p.m. on the 15th in Alameda for bluegrass is McGrath’s Pub when The Backyard Party Boys take the stage.

Triple bill in SF -- On the 15th at the Great American Music Hall in SF Jimmy Sweetwater presents a big show with The Stairwell Sisters, Loretta Lynch and Devine's Jug Band.

CalAmericana -- CalAmericana is a new organization dedicated to music, musicians, and music fans that enjoy all types of music that fit under the “Americana” label. Check out the site, and considering joining. On the 15th at Café Royale in SF at 8 p.m. see The Rock Soup Ramblers (Doug Blumer, Kurt Stevenson, Steve Owen, David Reidy, Mike Romanowski), who will be headlining a benefit show for the organization, and opening will be Annie Staninec and John Kael.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place to be on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m. On the 15th it will be swing music.

Fiddling Rita -- See Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack on the 15th at 8 p.m. when they play a Fiddling Cricket show at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara.

Turn your radio on -- On Sunday the 16th tune into Ray Edlund’s Pig In A Pen radio show on KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley from 3-5 p.m. and hear Matt Dudman and Richard Brandenburg play. They will be singing and promoting their show at the Freight & Salvage on March 22nd, opening for Nell Robinson & Red Level. You can also listen on line, and if you can’t listen in real time, you can hear the show later on as it is archived on KPFA’s web site.

Jammin’ in Sutter Creek -- On the first & third Sundays from 1-5 p.m. everyone in Sutter Creek heads on over to the American Exchange Hotel, 53 Main Street, for a good old-fashioned jam session. So be there on the 16th! For info call (209) 296-7706.

Paul has friends -- Bass player and soundman Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ out at the Station House Cafe, located in downtown Pt. Reyes Station in West Marin, on the 16th from 5-8:30 p.m. His friends for this show will be Kleptograss members Eric Thompson, Scott Nygaard, Jody Stecher and Paul Shelasky.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- On the third Sunday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there is a jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. Qualifications for attendance are that you must love bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and whatever, and you can either pick or just listen. Bring your voice, your friends, a banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, bass or harmonica. No electric or percussion instruments, please.

Reminders -- The Infamous Stringdusters this weekend on the 14th at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, the 15th at the RBA show at the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, and on the 16th at the Blue Goose in Loomis. The Bluegrass Brothers in Morgan Hill on the 15th at 7 p.m. along with Jack Tuttle and the School of Bluegrass. The
Posted:  3/17/2008

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