Author: Carlin, Larry

April 25, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008

Mayberry trifecta. For the third time this week, there is one final (and unplanned) connection to The Andy Griffith Show bluegrass bands that were mentioned here in the previous two editions of this column. Roland White, who back in the day was in the Kentucky Colonels along with his brothers Clarence and Eric, will be playing the Boulevard Music Concert Series tonight in Culver City starting at 8 p.m. His friends Diane Bouska, Herb Pedersen and Dean Knight will join him. Roland’s Grammy-nominated CD from a few years back is titled Jelly On My Tofu. On Sunday the 27th go on back to the store when Roland gives a mandolin workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma tonight at 8 p.m. enjoy the bluegrass, old-time and country sounds of The Dry Creek Drifters, featuring Richard Brandenburg, Chris Carney, Paul Shelasky and Sue Shelasky Walters. Then on the 26th it will be hard driving traditional bluegrass by High Country. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- Tonight as usual on the fourth Friday there is a jam at the Old Stan in Sonora, so head on over at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Final dose of Tonic -- The Bluegrass Tonic Series in SF comes to an end tonight with a hot twin bill featuring Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys and The Mountain Boys at the Plough and Stars, starting at 9 p.m.

Radar sighting in Santa Rosa -- Under the Radar will be playing their usual mix of bluegrass, swing, folk, blues and whatever tonight at The Black Rose in Santa Rosa.

Twisting the night away -- In Alameda on the 25th at 8 p.m. check out the bluegrass band known as The Kentucky Twisters when they play at McGrath’s Pub.

Drifts in Hemalayas -- See the bluegrass band Natural Drift when they play on the 26th at Hemalayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m.

Turn your radio on, part one -- On Saturday the 26th North Bay player/producer Kevin Russell will be handling the DJ mic at KRCB (90.9 and 91.1 FM and on the web) from 1-5 p.m., playing bluegrass, Western swing, folk, blues and more.

Turn your radio on, part two -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 26th from 6:30-8 p.m. The theme for this show is Travelin’ On: The Music Of and A Conversation With Mac Martin. Peter will be celebrating Mac’s 83rd birthday. Mac is a musician who’s been playing a unique brand of traditional bluegrass since 1950, and a man who’s brought immeasurable joy to the lives of many bluegrassers.

Break a string! -- String Break will be playing the acoustic music series titled The Cheap Bastard Show on the 26th at the Music Store in SF from 2-4 p.m. in San Francisco. This is a free event, and the store is located at 66 West Portal, between Vicente and Ulloa.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The new bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the fourth Saturday at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, on the 26th from 2-5:30 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam.

Jammin’ in Fresno County -- The last-Saturday-of-the-month jam in Squaw Valley will take place on the 26th, but with a few changes from the usual routine. The library's activity room was unavailable for the jam because the American Legion had already reserved the room for a fundraising dinner. However, permission was granted from the library folks to hold the jam outdoors in their garden in back of the library, and there will be access to the restrooms indoors. There will not be any potluck this month because there will not be access to the kitchen facilities, nor will there be tables and chairs. Of course, anyone that shows up is welcome to patronize the Legion's Italian dinner, which is just $7/adults and $5 for kids. Also, the jam will be starting an hour earlier than the regular time, so it will be from 4-8 p.m. instead of the usual time of 5-9 p.m. And please bring your own folding chairs. Hank and Nancy Zuniga will be your hosts.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual on the fourth Sunday up in Sebastopol on the 27th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing. For info email Mike at

Apple Blossom time in Sebastopol -- The 62nd Annual Apple Blossom Festival is happening this weekend. Some of the acts you can see on the 26th are Sourdough Slim, Tommy Thomsen, Flatt Lonesome and The Old Boot Band; on the 27th it will be The Rhythm Rangers, The Tea Sippers, Poor Man’s Whiskey and Tom Rigney & Flambeau.

Ray Bierl Trio in Benicia -- On the 26th The Ray Bierl Trio returns to the stage, this time at the First Street Cafe in Benicia from 8-11 p.m. Playing with Ray will be Markie Sanders on bass and Michael Follstad on mandolin and guitar. They'll be serving up a tasty selection of songs that cover that usual wide range, from fiddle tunes to Tin Pan Alley to honky-tonk heaven and beyond.

Two days in Livermore -- The Two Day Town Festival takes place in Livermore this weekend. You can see the Straight Ahead reunion show, Wayblond, The Polka Cowboys, and lots more.

CBA Jam & Potluck of the Month -- The monthly Folsom potluck picking party is on for the 26th from 3-9 p.m. at the Folsom History Interpretive Area, Wool & Leidesdorff Streets, one block off Sutter. The Museum is providing the outdoor space and using it as a fundraiser for their exhibits, and pickers will provide the music and fun. The general public will be charged $5 for admission, but bluegrass musicians, CBA members, and their families are free. Just identify yourself as such. Tables for the potluck dishes, sodas, water, etc., will be provided. Look for the vintage buildings and rail cars. You can park in Trader’s Lane across from the Interpretive Area. For more info, call Matt Milan at (916) 276-1899.

Jammin’ in Coulterville -- The fourth Sunday old-time/Celtic jam will be taking place on the 27th at the Magnolia Saloon in Coulterville, corner of Highway 49 and Highway 132, f
Posted:  4/28/2008

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