Author: Carlin, Larry

March 21, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008

Strawberry alarm clock -- Okay, you’ve been thinking about going to the Strawberry Music Festival up by Yosemite over Memorial Day Weekend, but you just haven’t gotten around to buying tickets. Well, you’d better buy quick if you have any intention of seeing Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Emmylou Harris, Cadillac Sky and a whole lot more. As of two days ago there were only 200 tickets left, and the fest will sell out. Don’t snooze and lose and be one of those who has to spend weeks monitoring the ticket exchange forum from now until Memorial Day…

A gathering of hicks -- Tonight at the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa when Under the Radar, an acoustic band that runs the gamut from bluegrass to blues to swing to folk and country, plays there will be a reunion of sorts when former members of the band Modern Hicks join in starting at 8:30 p.m. Kevin Russell, Layne Bowen and Ted Dutcher (currently comprising 3/4ths of Under the Radar) will be joined by Hick alumnus Craig Anderson on dobro and banjo. The only one of the Hicks that will be missing is singer Gina Blaber. No cover.

Poetic Justis in Sacto -- The trio Poetic Justis, featuring Michael Justis on guitar, Kathy Barwick on dobro and Steven McLean on guitar, will be playing at the Fox & Goose in downtown Sacramento (10th & R streets) on the 21st, starting at 9 p.m.

Bluegrass in Berkeley -- There will be one hot show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 22nd with Nell Robinson & Red Level headlining and the duo of Matt Dudman & Richard Brandenburg opening. Nell & Red Level is one of the hottest new bands on the San Francisco Bay Area bluegrass scene. Named after the bandleader’s grandmother and the little red clay crossroads town in southern Alabama where Nell’s family hails from, the band’s music is an entertaining mix of traditional bluegrass, country and alternative-folk as well as some original compositions. Singer Nell leads the band, Jacob Groopman adds guitar and vocals, Brian Judd play mandolin and sings, Jonathan Schiele picks the banjo and adds vocals, and Andrew Conklin plays standup bass.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The new bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, on the 22nd from 2-5:30 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam.

Turn your radio on! -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 22nd from 6:30- 8 p.m. The theme for this show is Cry From the Cross – 40 Years Of Ralph Stanley’s Gospel. “The show begins and ends with the title song, and includes both a 1968 recording with Larry Sparks and a brand-new release from grandson Nathan Stanley. There are selections from Dr. Ralph’s classic bands of the 1970s and ‘80s (with Roy Lee Centers, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore, and others), a few guest appearances (Judy Marshall, Alison Krauss, the Issacs), and the near-constant support of Jack Cooke and Curly Ray Cline.” You can also listen to the show online.

Cool twin bill -- See The BladeRunners and Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass at The Coffee Depot Baggage Room in Riverside on the 22nd at 8 p.m.

CBA House Jam & Potluck -- On the 22nd in Rocklin Dave and Marita McNabb will host this month’s house jam and potluck. Music starts around 4 p.m. with a potluck dinner around 6. There are usually at least two jams going on simultaneously in different rooms of the house. This is their first time to host a house jam so go and show your support for their efforts. Bring bluegrass instruments and be prepared to have fun! Coffee, sodas, water, paper/plastic goods, etc., will be provided. Please bring an appetizer, salad, hot dish, or dessert as well as any other beverage of your choice. The address is 6214 Camellia Circle. From I-80, take CA-65 north toward Lincoln; take the Blue Oaks Blvd. east exit (two exits past the Galleria Mall exit); turn right and drive about one mile on Blue Oaks Blvd.; turn left on Cassia Way (second left after a four-way stop sign), and turn right on Camellia Circle. Call (916) 435-3924 if you get lost or need more info.

Bluegrass Alameda -- In Alameda on the 22nd at 8 p.m. check out the bluegrass at McGrath’s Pub when High Country takes the stage.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, from 2-5 p.m., and on the 22nd it will be pickers’ choice.

Hurst reminder -- Jim Hurst workshops and shows: on the 21st a workshop and house concert in Santa Cruz; on the 22nd a workshop at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto at noon and a Fiddling Cricket show in Santa Clara; on the 24th a show at the Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV; on the 25th a workshop and show at the Fifth String in Sacramento. Call Jon Fox at (916) 739-6101 for workshop info.

Duster reminder -- The Infamous Stringdusters on the 21st will be at the Del Mar Powerhouse in Del Mar, and on the 22nd at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A lie can go around the world and back again while the truth is lacing up his boots.”
Posted:  3/24/2008

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