Author: Carlin, Larry

June 16, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008

That was The Fest that was. There has already been a lot a feedback on the Message Board and in Mark Varner’s Welcome Message about the CBA’s 33rd Annual Father’s Day Festival this past weekend that pretty much sums up the event. It was a grand time, but it is kind of sad that it is so long in coming and then it is all over in such a short amount of time. The good news is that there is still a lot of bluegrass to be seen, heard and picked back on the home front, so don’t for one second think that the fun is over for the summer!

Start spreading the news -- Former longtime West Marin singer/songwriter Joe New’s song “She Can’t Burn Me Now” was recorded a couple of years back by the Del McCoury Band. Joe and his family moved to Portland, OR, two years ago, and he has another song, “40 Acres and a Fool,” which was co-written by Del McCoury and friend Ron Rogers, that is on the McCoury label’s new album titled Moneyland that will be released later this month. It is a concept album that features Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Mac Wiseman, Patty Loveless, Dan Tyminski, Bruce Hornsby, Tim O'Brien and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Its theme is the state of the rural existence with a view to the current downtown in the economy, which is causing problems with the lives of ordinary people to an extent not seen since the 1930s. Joe’s song looks at the phenomenon of rich city folks buying into the "country" lifestyle. Don’t be discouraged if you go to the McCoury website and you don’t see the song listed there. This is just a web mistake. The title song “Moneyland” was written by the late John Herald, founder of the NY City trailblazing bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam tonight at 8:30 p.m. there will be performances by the Rowdies and the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band from New Zealand.

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 17th you can see the Windy Ridge Bluegrass Band 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. For more info call (818) 705-8870.

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.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista on the 17th. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up

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 17th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

New jam in Santa Cruz -- It won’t be starting until this weekend, but make plans now to attend the Santa Cruz Fourth Sunday Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam. This is a friendly jam where everyone who plays bluegrass and old-time can get together to pick. Combining bluegrass and old-time in one jam circle wouldn't work too well so there will be at least three separate circles at the jam -- a slow jam, an advanced bluegrass jam, and an old-time jam. The fun will take place at Oceanview Park on the 22nd and begin at 2 p.m. There will be plenty of room to spread out and more jam circles can be added. Oceanview also has a really nice playground and some picnic tables for child entertaining and snacking convenience. It does not have lots of parking, so you may need to unload your stuff, park, and then walk back. For more info email

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The best part of procrastination is that you are never bored, because you have all kinds of things that you should be doing.”
Posted:  6/18/2008

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