Author: Carlin, Larry

March 26, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New web site -- Man, if you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at the brand spanking new Father’s Day Festival web site. Not only does it include everything you need to know about the upcoming fest in June, you can also look at festival bands and photos from the past. Thanks to Ken Reynolds for collecting all this data over the years, and to webdude Dave Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, a web geek in remission. Please send all compliments to him and all complaints to Darby and Rick.

All in the family -- Eric Uglum and his two amazingly talented stepsons, Austin and Christian Ward, will be playing bluegrass at their local coffee shop in Apple Valley (near Victorville) on the 28th from 7-9 p.m. The place is called It's A Grind, located at 12111 Apple Valley Road. If you haven’t heard their CD from last year titled The Old Road To Jerusalem, you really should order a copy today! Eric and the boys, along with banjo player Janet Beazley, are the backbone of the fabulous SoCal band Chris Stuart & Backcountry. They are all the featured performers on The Bluegrass Tribute to Jack Johnson CD just released on CMH Records. Eric also is a recording engineer who has his own New Wine Studio. You can read a recent story about the studio in the Hesperia Star newspaper.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you tonight with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Q in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 27th you can join host Jimbo Trout as he leads the celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the last Thursday of the month bluegrass jam. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

The Mighty Nellies in Berkeley -- The Starry Plough Bluegrass Night takes place once a month, and the next show is on the 27th. The club is located in Berkeley. See The Mighty Crows and The Barefoot Nellies, who will gladly be releasing their brand new CD to anyone that wants to buy one. The show starts at 9 p.m. and has a $6 cover.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- Join the bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Thursdays at Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main Street, in Ventura from 6-9:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Friendly folks, great food and drink, and fun pickin’. Spectators are appreciated. For more info, contact at

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a bluegrass and fiddle jam session in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For details about the location please call Pat Calhoun at (707) 255-4936.

Rowdy Rita -- It will be a hot time in SF on the 27th at the Hotel Utah when Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack and Homespun Rowdy share the bill, starting at 9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill on the second and fourth Thursdays folks congregate at the El Toro Brewing Company from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 782-2739 or

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Don't sweat petty things. Or pet sweaty things.”
Posted:  3/28/2008

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