Author: Carlin, Larry

April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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

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

Whiskeygrass in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- Round up the posse and ride on out to Fairfax on the 17th to see Hoarse Chorus playing up-tempo, hard driving bluegrass tunes and instrumentals starting at 6 p.m. at the Tiki Lounge at 19 Broadway. The band is Ted Silverman, Steve Kallai, Joe Kenny and Gary Kaye.

Final jam at Refugio -- Café Refugio in Sacramento will be closing its doors in May, so the final jam at this location will be on the 17th from 7-10 p.m. A new location has been found, and details will be coming soon.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- Every Thursday there is a bluegrass jam at Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas. This jam/class is a 35-year tradition now led by Jason "BanjoJay." So grab your instruments 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

Roundup time with The Wronglers -- 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 as part of the Bluegrass Tonic Series you can see Jeannie & Chuck's Country Roundup and The Wronglers. No cover charge. That’s two bands for the price of none!

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.

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.

Laurie and Nell in Larkspur-- On the 17th at 8 p.m. the Bluegrass Gold series at Sweetwater Station in Larkspur will feature Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as the headliner and Nell Robinson & Red Level as the opener.

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.

New jam ahead -- On Sunday the 20th make plans now for the first jam in Pleasant Hill. The location will be Smokin' Okies, a nice little BBQ restaurant that has agreed to host a monthly bluegrass jam from 6:30-9 p.m. This is a very family-friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves good barbeque (and it serves beer & wine) and has occasional acoustic entertainment on the weekends. Kudos to new Contra Costa County VP Bob Schwartz for putting this together.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Light travels faster than sound, so some people appear bright until you hear them speak...”
Posted:  4/18/2008

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