Author: Carlin, Larry

May 9, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you moms, grandmas, etc. And if any of you guys are still scrambling, trying to figure out what to give that special lady in your life for the big day, why not give the gift of bluegrass? It is not too late to take her down to the 10th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival that is going on through Sunday. Or maybe to Kathy Kallick’s 19th Annual Mother’s Day show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 11th (details below). There are a whole lot of other shows and events going on this weekend, so show her how much you really care about her by giving the gift of music – something that the whole family can enjoy!

Smith around the bay -- Tonight Steve Steve will be at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (contact Kevin at 707-824-1858 or for info) performing some original and traditional acoustic music on mandolin, mandola, guitar and vocals that blend his eastern Appalachian roots and his adopted southwest home New Mexico. He will then conduct a mandolin workshop at Gryphon Music in Palo Alto on the 10th, and perform a house concert in the Santa Cruz area Sunday on the afternoon the 11th.

Hot time in Santa Clara -- Fiddling Cricket presents Eddie & Martha Adcock tonight at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara starting at 8 p.m. Tomorrow you can see Chojo Jacques and Friends, who just so happen to be the hot Americana band Houston Jones.

Bluegrass in Alameda -- In Alameda on the 9th at 8 p.m. check out the Marin County bluegrass band Savannah Blu when they play at McGrath’s Pub. Members are Gary Kaye, Dore Coller, Dave Hanks, Steve Kallai, and normally Dave Gooding on bass. Pat Campbell will be sittin’ in on the old doghouse for this show. On the 10th it will be The Backyard Party Boys, featuring Alan Bond, Bruce (not Pat) Campbell, Charles Dowman, Mark Comstock, and Jon Lawton.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- Tonight is the second Friday of the month so this means that there is a jam at the Old Stan in Sonora starting at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Bluegrass Hootenanny -- The whole family is invited this weekend on the 10th and 11th to enjoy music, food, and games for all ages at the Calico Bluegrass in the Spring Festival near Barstow. Live bands, singing for an apple pie, BBQ and much more. See Silverado, Scott Gates and the Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band, The Burnette Family Band, High Hills Bluegrass Band, Julie Wingfield, The Cornbread Washtub Band and Sawmill Road.

Turn your radio on part I -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 10th from 6:30-8 p.m. Bluegrass Mother Darby Brandli is the guest co-host, and she will play music by some of her favorites and talk about being President of the CBA.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Library grass -- The Marin duo Keystone Crossing will be playing a free show on the 10th at 3 p.m. at the South San Francisco Library, located at 840 West Orange Avenue. Their angelic harmonies hearken back to the early days of country and bluegrass music, as they sing songs of the famous brother duos of that era – The Delmore, Louvin, and Everly Brothers – as well as songs from contemporary duos such as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum. Sittin’ in with them on this show will be mandolin player Dave Earl.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 10th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Special night in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 10th at 8 p.m. you can see Carolina Special perform. John Murphy leads this traditional bluegrass band, playing standard bluegrass favorites in the style and tradition of Flatt and Scruggs. Tasty food is available and there is no cover.

Mother’s Day with Lizards and Kathy Kallick -- On Sunday the 11th East Bay bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick & Friends will be playing their 19th Annual Mother’s Day Celebration at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley starting at 1 p.m. The performance spotlights Kathy's wonderful original songs for children and families, including "Use a Napkin (Not Your Mom)," the title track from an album that USA Today praised for its "lively, humorous, thoughtful, historical, merry music." Accompanying Kathy will be two members of Rustler's Moon, the red-hot bluegrass band she co-leads with banjo ace Bill Evans: Bill and Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals). They will be joined by Bay Area stalwarts Suzy Thompson (fiddle, vocals) and Steve Pottier (bass). Later on in the evening The Austin Louge Lizards will perform starting at 8 p.m.

Jamming in the Southland -- On the 11th the monthly second Sunday jam at Tucker's Grove County Park in Santa Barbara will be starting at noon and going until whenever. For more info, e-mail Alan Aleksander at Also on the 11th there will be a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena from 12:30-3:30 p.m. This free bluegrass jam is held on the second Sunday of every month in the Gallery, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries.

Jumpin’ Jupiter -- Savannah Blu will be completing their East Bay World Tour on the 11th with a show at the Jupiter Pub on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley, playing from 5-8 p.m. No cover, and standin’ in on the bass will be yours truly.

Turn your radio on part II -- Hear the Stairwell Sisters play live on Mary Tilson’s America’s Back Forty on KPFA (94.1 FM) 1-3 p.m. on the 11th. They have a new CD coming out, and their release show will be on the<
Posted:  5/12/2008

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