Author: Carlin, Larry

April 2, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

This day in bluegrass history:

1908 Buddy “Uncle Jed Clampett” Ebsen birthday
1947 Emmylou Harris birthday
1979 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver formed

Reprinted with permission from Cybergrass, the Internet’s bluegrass music magazine since 1992.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Bluegrass in Larkspur -- A fundraiser for the 2008 Larkspur Flower and Food Festival will be happening tonight from 6-10 p.m. at Sweetwater Station in Larkspur. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and bluegrass music provided by Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue. Call (415) 924-3803 for more information.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- This evening at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem (formerly known as The Grass Fire Chiefs). The band is John Kael on banjo, mando and vocals, Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals, Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals and Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals.

Merle in Santa Rosa -- No last name needed. If you have to ask, you are out of touch. Merle will be playing tonight at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa.

Bluegrass in Auburn -- There is good food and hot bluegrass being served tonight at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. with Mountain Laurel providing the bluegrass p portion of the menu. No cover.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- Every Thursday there is a bluegrass jam, so go tomorrow to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas. This jam/class is a 35-year tradition now led by Jason "BanjoJay." So on Thursday the 3rd take your instruments with you 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

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. Tomorrow you can see Dark Hollow when they play their usual first Thursday of the month gig there. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam, which has been running for almost nine years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. So tomorrow you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Martian landing in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Misty River in Lodi and Coloma -- Misty River, a national-touring, all-female acoustic quartet from the Pacific Northwest, may not fit everyone’s definition of bluegrass (they have an accordion in the band as well as fiddle, guitar, bass, & banjo), but they put on a fine show. These talented women masterfully perform and arrange their own material that includes original songs, traditionals and other favorites. See them on the 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theater in Lodi, and on the 4th at 8 p.m. at the American River Resort in Coloma.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”
Posted:  4/4/2008

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