Author: Carlin, Larry

June 23, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008

The answer is no, I am not related to the late comedian George Carlin, who died in Los Angeles yesterday at age 71. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question, I could retire and spend the rest of my days putting on free bluegrass festivals in SF’s Golden Gate Park once a year. George was a trailblazer and quite funny back in the day.

Youth in Asia -- One of this country’s most vital exports – bluegrass music – will be prominently on display this summer in Japan on July 27-28th as part of a cultural exchange program. The Gallatin County Youth Bluegrass Band will perform as well as a band featuring Sierra Hull on mandolin, her brother Cody on guitar, Cory Walker on banjo, his brother Jarrod on guitar, and brothers Christian and Austin Ward (on fiddle and bass) from the Chris Stuart & Backcountry band. For more info read about the trip on the Bluegrass Blog.

Jerry D. has a new home -- Renowned dobro wizard Jerry Douglas was recently named the 2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. He will be performing some special shows on the front porch there along with some special guest friends in August and September. His new album Glide will be released in August.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every 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

Remember the Nellies at Amnesia -- The Barefoot Nellies will be playing their normal fourth Monday gig at Amnesia in San Francisco tonight. What isn’t so normal is that they will have mandolin maestro Ed Neff sittin’ in, and this itself is worth the price of admission. After the Nellies, their fiddler Betsy Maudlin and her band The Maudulators will play a set. The rest of the band is Tom Lucas, Alan Bond and Joe Kenny. No cover.

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.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up by The Courthouse Ramblers in Moss Landing tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

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 -- Larry Lynch & The Sunshine Mountain Band will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 24th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Diego -- On the fourth Tuesday of every month The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam at the Boll Weevil Restaurant in Miramar from 6-8 p.m.

Mando reminder -- The 5th Annual Mandolin Symposium at UC Santa Cruz runs from the 23rd-28th with such notables as David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Mike Marshall, Ashley Broder, Andy Statman,Tony Williamson, Ronnie McCoury and Steve Gilchrist in attendance.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Always use tasteful words. You may have to eat them later on.”
Posted:  6/25/2008

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