Author: Carlin, Larry

June 4, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Important day in bluegrass and country history:

1937 Freddy Fender birthday
1974 First Opry Performance by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
1994 Zeke Clements died
2001 John Hartford died

Reprinted with permission from Cybergrass, the Internet’s bluegrass music magazine since 1992.

Feasting on fests -- While most roads lead to Grass Valley on the 12th-15th for the CBA’s 33rd Annual Father’s Day Festival to see Blue Highway, Bradley Walker, Grasstowne, Dan Tyminski Band, Crooked Still, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Jeanie & Chuck Poling, Blue & Lonesome, Sidesaddle and more, there are two other festivals of note going on during that same weekend in other parts of the state that make Dad’s weekend one of, if not the, busiest weekends of the year. In Santa Barbara the Live Oak Festival on the 13th-15th features a mix of music including Nanci Griffith Dan Hicks and the Hotlicks, Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, The Gibson Brothers, The Stairwell Sisters, The Cache Valley Drifters, The Bungee Jumping Cows and The Gove County String Quartet, just to name a few. Also on the 13th-15th The Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville will present The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blue Highway, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson, Berline/Crary & Hickman, California, The Gibson Brothers, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sawmill Road, and lots more. Too many fests, too little time!

Jammin’ in Merced -- The new bluegrass jam started last month in Merced on the first Wednesday of every month, and the next one is tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria on G Street and Yosemite Avenue. The Merced Bluegrass Society presents this jam. For more info email

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem, who play on the first Wednesday of the month. The band is Sarah Eblen, John Kael, Billy Pitrone and Annie Staninec. It may be one of the last times you see the likes of Annie with the band as she will be very busy with a lot of traveling, gigs, recording, etc. over the summer months, so go on down and wish her a happy graduation (in a few weeks she’ll be a UCSC grad) and enjoy the music!

Jammin’ in San Jose -- The jam at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in San Jose is now on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddlin’ Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- On the 4th go see The Whiskey Brothers play 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.

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

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place on the 4th starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Lonesome and blue in Berkeley -- You are all invited to have dinner and drinks with Blue & Lonesome at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 4th starting at 7 p.m. Arrive early to get a good seat. Le Bateau Ivre is located at 2629 Telegraph Avenue. Reservations are recommended for dinner, as the room is small. Phone (510) 849-1100.

Nine years of jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam, which takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month, will be celebrating its nine-year anniversary on the 5th at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. Dave Hanks will be hosting this one. 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.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 5th you can see Dark Hollow playing their normal first Thursday of the month show. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 782-2739 or

Jammin’ in Arnold -- No, this does not say “Jamming with Arnold! It is a new jam on the first and third Thursdays in the town of Arnold called the Acoustic Attic Jam. It starts at 6 p.m. in the Cedar Center in front of the store. For info email

Old-time fiddlin’ in Berkeley -- See renowned old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky when he plays on the 5th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. His fiddle playing melds the sounds of Appalachia, the power of blues, and the rhythmic intricacies of Africa.

Jammin’ in Historic Folsom -- The Merchants’ Association of Historic Folsom sponsors a Thursday night market all summer long starting on the 5th and running from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday evening. The Interpretive Area will be open and everyone has been invited back to jam. No potluck this time, but there are a number of food vendors at the market plus some good restaurants nearby. This is a great opportunity to introduce others to bluegrass music and the CBA. The Interpretive Area is located at the corner of Leidesdorff and Wool Streets. If you want to be guaranteed a chair, you should bring your own. Ample parking is available in surface lots or in the new parking structure.

Celtic grass -- Nine-8ths Irish is a four-piece band playing mostly traditional Irish music, with award-winning fiddler Linda Relph on fiddle, Chris Dunlap on bodhran, Bo Bowen on whistles, and Kathy Barwick on guitar. See them on the 5th at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento from 8-10 p.m. No cover.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Think of others twice as much as you think of yourself.”
Posted:  6/6/2008

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