Author: Carlin, Larry

May 2, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008

Idle Americans. Let’s face it, this is what most of us are. After working all day we sit on the couch at night in front of the idiot box watching shows like American Idol and Access Hollywood, both of which are all about other people who are out there having a good time. Instead of living vicariously through others (complete with endless commercials every ten minutes), it is way beyond time to get out of the house and experience some entertainment live and in person. True, you won’t get to vote on what you see, nor will you find out the latest wacky thing that Paula Abdul or Tom Cruise had to say. But you will feel better about yourself while also supporting your local artists at the same time. It’s a win/win situation no matter how you look at it. There sure is a heck of a lot of good stuff going on this weekend, so after watching the Kentucky Derby on the tube, get out and have some fun!

O brother! -- Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys are playing on 2nd and 3rd at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Enough said!

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 2nd enjoy the bluegrass sounds of the Sonoma Mountain Band starting at 8 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Special time in Alameda -- The place to be for music at 8 p.m. on the 2nd in Alameda is McGrath’s Pub when the SF bluegrass band 49 Special takes the stage. On the 3rd it will be Americana music with the Bay Area band Wayblonde.

Bluegrass in Nevada -- Tonight at 7 p.m. you can see a concert with champion flatpicker Mark Cosgrove and fiddler Kenny Kosek at the Martin Hotel in Winnemucca. Then on the 3rd there will be workshops with both players from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. sponsored by the Nevada Bluegrass Project, and then a house concert in the evening at 7 p.m. Contact Cindy Gray at for details and reservations.

No fluke of a fest -- The Third Annual Karfluki Festival will be taking place on the 3rd and 4th at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, featuring Tempest, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Anderson Family Bluegrass Band, Incendio, Those Darn Accordions, and much more. The CBA will have a presence at the fest.

Brunch with the Spillit Quikkers -- On the 3rd from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in Sacramento with the Spillit Quikkers at the Hoppy Brewing Company, 6300 Folsom Boulevard. No cover.

Sisters in the stairwell -- And no, we aren’t talking about the Austrian kids that were kept in a basement for many years by their cretin father/grandfather. We’re talking about the Bay Area’s popular old-time band The Stairwell Sisters. This month they have a new CD coming out, and this weekend you can see them on the 3rd at Down Home Music on Fourth Street in Berkeley from noon-1p.m. and then later on hear them play on the Bluegrass Signal with Peter Thompson on KALW (91.7 FM) from 6:30-8 p.m. Also, congratulations to band fiddler Stephanie Prausnitz, who is getting married on the 10th.

Jammin’ in Marysville -- On the 3rd from 3- 6 p.m. there is jamming going on at the Brick Coffee House Café, 316 D Street, in Marysville. All skill levels welcome. For info call (530) 743-5283.

Festival in Windsor -- The Foggy Mountain Festival will be happening on the 3rd from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the town of Windsor, just north of Santa Rosa with Blue & Lonesome, Kids on Bluegrass, The Mighty Chiplings, The OMG Band, A.J. Lee, and others.

Frank Ray & Cedar Hill in Sacramento -- On the 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Frank Ray & Cedar Hill will play at Faith Presbyterian Church, 625 Florin Rd, in Sacramento. They have performed concerts and festivals in the Sacramento area before and have always delighted the audiences with a fine show. In addition to Frank’s daughter-in-law Lisa Ray on fiddle and Kenny Cantrell on banjo, he has Jim Boling on guitar and Nick Haney on bass. Their Poverty Row CD is now in its fifth month on the top bluegrass albums chart. Opening the show will be Hal Johnson’s Faith Bluegrass Band.

Rita in Newman -- See Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack on the 3rd at West Side Theatre, 1331 Main Street in Newman. Show starts at 8 p.m.

The Earls in SF -- The Earl Brothers have a brand new CD titled Moonshine, and they will be releasing them from stage on the 3rd at Café du Nord in SF starting at 9 p.m. Also on the bill are Toshio Hirano and Big B & His Snakeoil Survivors.

Santa Clara Fiddlers -- The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional types of American music such as old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, as played on the fiddle and other acoustic stringed instruments. On the first Sunday of every month they hold their open jams at the Hoover Middle School in San Jose from 1-5 p.m.

Jazzy Cherryholmes? -- In what appears to be an unusual booking the bluegrass family band Cherryholmes will be playing at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF on the 4th as part of the SF Jazz Spring Season .

Cowboy Sunday -- The Orland Evangelical Free Church will hold Cowboy Sunday on the 4th at the Verboom Ranch, 6058 County Road 11, in Orland. The event will begin with a tri-tip BBQ from 12-1:30 pm. The cost is $5 per person, and kids under six eat free. The worship service starts at 1 p.m. with a gospel concert by Frank Ray & Cedar Hill. Several events follow the service: a kid’s rodeo including mutton busting, calf scramble and soaped pig contest; horseback rides for the kids; and gospel bluegrass jamming on stage and in small groups offstage. Musicians are encouraged to participate. Everyone is invited to come, meet new friends, and enjoy a great day of fun. For more information call Grant Garland at (530) 865-9871.

Jammin’ in Santa Margarita -- On the first Sunday of every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Solomon's Cafe in Santa Margarita there is jam session. The first half-hour is a free music lesson for anyone getting started. The remainder of the evening is an open jam for all pickers.

Bluegrass in SLO -- The Wild River Ramblers play from 2-4 p.m. on the 3rd at the Santa Maria Brewing Company in the town of Nipomo, San Luis Ob
Posted:  5/5/2008

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