Author: Carlin, Larry

June 20, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008

Fire on the mountain II -- Two days ago in this column there was a mention how Eric Burman, the musician who has been producing the Brookdale Bluegrass Festivals for many years, barely escaped damage to his house during the fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains last weekend. Not so lucky was Frank Solivan, leader of the Kids on Bluegrass program at the Father’s Day Festival. His house sustained serious damage and he does not have fire insurance. There is a discussion going on right now on the Message Board, and justifiably there is already talk of doing a benefit to help him out. Go the board and read what is going on, and perhaps contribute to the cause. In a very touching note, the teen bluegrass group OMGG (see the posting below) has decided to donate all of their proceeds from their gig on the 21st to Frank. Now that’s stepping up!

Emmylou talks music and baseball -- Emmylou Harris is batting two for two when it comes to promo about her new album in the NY press. On the 17th she was featured in the NY Post and on the 19th she was in the great music rag known as The Wall Street Journal. Hopefully the latter’s link will still work here. They are notoriously tight with offering up their stories online for free…

High Hills in Culver City -- The all-female quartet known as High Hills can be seen/heard playing on the 20th at Boulevard Music in Culver City starting at 8 p.m.

Order in the court! -- The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band (from New Zealand) will be serving up kiwis and bluegrass on the 20th from 6:30-9 p.m. at Bob’s Courthouse Café, 2198 Broadway Street, in Redwood City.

Weekend with Rita -- Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will be playing tonight at the Old Stan in Sonora starting at 8 p.m., and then on the 21st see them play at the Seventh Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua in Lee Vining.

Bluegrass Bonanza -- It is the third Friday of the month, and this can only mean one thing – it is time for another episode of the Shelby Ash Presents Bluegrass Bonanza series at the Plough & Stars in SF. Starting at 9 you can see Bluegrass Revolution and then later on Nell Robinson & Red Level.

The Mayne event -- The Redwood Canyon Ramblers are reuniting at the Freight & Salvage on the 20th for band member Mayne Smith’s CD release party. The disc is titled Places I’ve Been: A Songmaker’s Retrospective. In 1959 The Ramblers (Mayne, Scott Hambly and Neil Rosenberg), all Berkeley high school graduates, were the first local group to introduce the Bay Area to bluegrass music. Ed Neff will be sittin’ in on fiddle. Mayne will also be playing with Johnny Harper for a mini set and another mini set with Mitch Greenhill, his old sidekick for many years. Mayne wrote all the songs but one over the last 40 years. The Ramblers recorded five songs last August for the CD.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. to hear The Waller Brothers – Butch & Bob – who have a new album of brother duets, along with other recent releases by Bay Area musicians, including Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, The Earl Brothers and The Barefoot Nellies.

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

A feast of mandos -- It will be International Mandolin Night on the 21st with Mike Marshall, Dudu Maia, Danilo Brito and Caterina Lichtenberg at Don Quixote’s in Felton.

New jam in Bakersfield -- A new jam is starting up on the 21st at Dagney's Coffee Shop. It will run from 2-5 p.m. Go on down for some coffee, stir in some music, and the result will be a dang good time. For more info contact Jeff Russinsky (661) 364-1553 or (661) 324-7504.

Kitchen pickin’ -- Kitchen Help will be playing on the 21st from 9 p.m.-midnight at The Riptide in San Francisco. This is a fun, friendly neighborhood bar on Taraval at 46th in the Sunset. Sittin’ in on mandolin will be Brian Judd, a member of the Nell Robinson Band.

Shop and pick -- On the 21st OMGG (Obviously Minor Guys and Girl), featuring the amazing A.J. Lee and her pals Marty Varner and Nate and Max Schwartz, will be playing at the San Ramon Farmers' Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with various parents and other adult bluegrass folks filling in during their well-deserved breaks. Then on the 22nd the Schwartz brothers will be playing with their parents in their family band Oak Grove at the Walnut Creek Farmers' Market on Sunday from 9-11 a.m., followed by Extended Roots, the fine all-ladies Celtic/bluegrass/old time ensemble, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free folk festival -- The 32nd Annual SF Free Folk Festival will be taking place at City College in SF on the 21st and 22nd. Lots of concerts, workshops, dances, family activities and just about every good kind of music there is to offer, including bluegrass with Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. Go to the site for complete info. And it won’t cost you a thing.

Banjo secrets -- Jody Stecher & Bill Evans present the Secret Life of Banjos show on the 21st at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Jody and Bill combine their fascination with the banjo in a concert that explores the diversity, charm, and history of one of America's most misunderstood instruments.

The Dalton Gang rides again -- See The Dalton Mountain Band when they play at The Sierra Inn (about five miles east of Squaw Valley, near Fresno) on the 21st from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. This is a friendly mountain bar with lots of local color.

Scott Gates in Encinitas -- On the 21st Scott Gates and Pacific Ocean Bluegrass will be playing from 8-9:30 p.m. at the E-Street Café in Encinitas.

Going blue and green -- The Bluegrass for the Greenbelt benefit concert, sponsored by the Freight & Salvage, will take place on the 22nd at 2 p.m. at Dunsmuir Estate in Oakland. See Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, The Wronglers and Hot Buttered Rum.

Posted:  6/23/2008

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