Author: Carlin, Larry

April 14, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008

The taxman cometh. The hope here is that everyone has their taxes done by now, and if not, you have until tomorrow evening to get them postmarked. If there was ever a reason to celebrate, this is it! So grab your instrument and go out and join a jam, or take in a show.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Bluegrass in SF -- Amnesia is the place to go tonight to see Toshio Hirano play starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Monday and Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Bluegrass in the Mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 15th you can see Tom & Patrick Sauber play. Most concerts at the Braemar Country Club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Cabin Fever will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 15th from 6-9 p.m. Sittin’ in will be Hide Kawatsure on mandolin and John McNeill on bass. On the 16th enjoy Sidesaddle & Company as they celebrate guitar player Glenn Dauphin's birthday. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 15th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

Nine years of bluegrass in Marin -- On Thursday the 17th at 8 p.m. the nine-year anniversary edition of the Bluegrass Gold series will take place at Sweetwater Station in Larkspur. Bluegrass Gold is the longest running monthly bluegrass series in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show started in April of 1999 at Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley, 145 shows have taken place since the series began, and over 12,500 people have attended. The show features both local and nationally touring acts, with such notables as Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur, The Reeltime Travelers, Kathy Kallick, Bill Evans, Hot Buttered Rum, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers and King Wilkie having played. The show on the 17th will feature Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as the headliner and Nell Robinson & Red Level as the opener. Laurie Lewis and her band, The Right Hands, will be showcasing songs new and old, including fabulous fiddling, and the awesome talents of her band: longtime partner Tom Rozum on mandolin, Todd Phillips on bass, Craig Smith on banjo and Scott Huffman on guitar. Laurie’s songwriting, fiddling, and singing have brought her national recognition, a Grammy, and two International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. She has become a key figure in bluegrass, traditional, and folk music circles. Opening the show will be Nell Robinson & Red Level. They are one of the hottest new bands on the 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 plays mandolin and sings, Jonathan Schiele picks the banjo and adds vocals, and Andrew Conklin plays standup bass.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well...”
Posted:  4/16/2008

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