Author: Carlin, Larry

May 19, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008

Bluegrass night at Amnesia. In addition to tonight being the usual third Monday jam and the regular Homespun Rowdy show (five-year anniversary!) at Amnesia in SF it is also a showcase for one of Dave Zimmerman’s PickUp Bands. He’s been working with Bruce Sadownick, Micah Joel, Brian Shih, and Dave Berry (regular attendees of the jam) to put together a short set to open the night. Over the past six weeks, they’ve selected songs, arranged them from the ground up and built a complementary band sound. They worked hard and they are excited to get a chance to showcase their set. The regular jam gets started at 6:30 p.m. and will run until around 8:15. At 8:30 the PickUp Band will take the stage and show their stuff. Homespun Rowdy will close the show. Dave is also now taking signups for the next groups to put together. Just go here to fill out a PickUp Band questionnaire and he’ll get in touch.

Beans in Moss Landing -- Every Monday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. Tonight see Bean Creek play.

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.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Each 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 the Mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 20th you can see The Brombies 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. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

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.

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 20th from 6-9 p.m. Sittin’ in will be Hide Kawatsure on mandolin and Dave Walker on bass. On the 21st enjoy Sidesaddle & Company with special guest Louise Mintun standin’ in on bass. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Orrin Star reminder -- Renowned picker and teacher Orrin Star is in Northern California this week for a series of workshops and concerts. Go to his site for complete details or go here when they were posted in the May 12th edition of The Almost Daily News.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.”
Posted:  5/21/2008

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