Author: Carlin, Larry

March 28, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008

For Pete’s sake -- For all of you that enjoyed the recent documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song on PBS there was also a biography of Seeger written in 1981 by David Dunaway. Dunaway now has a new updated and revised edition of his Seeger book titled How Can I Keep From Singing: The Ballad of Pete Seeger, and he will be in California over the next ten days appearing at book stores and on some radio shows. This weekend you can see David on the 28th at 7 p.m. at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in Berkeley, on the 29th hear him on A Patchwork Quilt With Kevin Vance at 5 p.m. on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF, on the 30th tune into Across the Great Divide at 11:30 a.m. on KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley, and later on the 30th at 2 p.m. you can see him at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera. For a complete list of his SoCal appearances go to this web site.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma you can enjoy some fine traditional bluegrass from two North Bay bands this weekend. Starting at 8 p.m. on the 28th it will be The David Thom Band, and on the 29th see Keystone Station featuring very special guest Ed Neff sittin’ in on fiddle. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- On the second and fourth Friday the jam is happening at the Old Stan in Sonora, so head on over on the 28th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they kick you out.

Bluegrass in Apple Valley -- See Eric Uglum and his stepsons, Austin and Christian Ward, when they play bluegrass at It's A Grind in Apple Valley (near Victorville) on the 28th from 7-9 p.m.

Gold Rush Fandango -- It will be one hot time in Columbia on the 29th from 6-11 p.m. when the Gold Rush Fandango & Birthday Ball takes place. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Columbia SHP, and there will be fandango dancing, casino activities, and music at six venues around town with Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower, The Chapman Family, The Old Soles, Greenburger & Waldman, Lola Montez, and more.

Jammin’ near Fresno -- For Central Valley pickers the last-Saturday-of-the-month bluegrass jam and potluck will take place on the 29th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Highway 180), in Squaw Valley. For further info, call Henry or Nancy Zuniga at (559) 338-0026 or (559) 476-0446. After the jam is over you can see The Dalton Mountain Gang play until the wee hours.

The Straight Ahead Reunion -- The former East Bay traditional bluegrass band Straight Ahead will be reuniting this weekend for a show at Armando’s in Martinez at 8 p.m. on the 29th. The band is Dave Courchaine on guitar, Jerry Barusch on mandolin, Rick Horlick on bass, Gene Tortora on dobro, and Dan Norton on the banjo.

Turn your radio on! -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 29th from 6:30-8 p.m. for A “Bluegrass Tonic” for Spring Fever with guest Chuck Poling, who wears many hats (Country Roundup co-leader, jam session host, MC extraordinaire, Bluegrass Breakdown writer, bluegrass fashion icon), but visits the show as the CBA's Area Activities VP from San Francisco, accompanied by a relatively new band, 49 Special, who’ll play live in the studio. You can also listen to the show online.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, from 2-5 p.m., and on the 29th it will be pickers’ choice.

Grateful Alive -- The Grateful Dudes are very much alive and well and will be playing bluegrass on the 29th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now. That's a lot of pizza!

Helping Utah -- On Sunday the 30th from 3-7 p.m. at the Aromas Grange Hall there will be another benefit to assist ailing legend Utah Phillips, who is in declining health. The show will feature Sherry Austin, Harmony Grits, Jimmy Chickenpants, Rick Barnes and Wallace Baine. A donation of $15 is recommended, with all proceeds going to help Utah and his wife Joanna. Food and beverages will be available. There will be a pre-concert jam and open mike from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For info email

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, then sleep late...”
Posted:  3/31/2008

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