Author: Carlin, Larry

June 25, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Still racing for a cure -- Two months back there was an item here about Bay Area bluegrass picker Patti Garber’s (of the bluegrass band Grizzly Peak) attempt to raise money for a great cause. She is on her way to reaching her goal but she still could use your help. In August of 2003 she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the plasma cell in the bone marrow, so over the past five years, she and her husband Ted have been learning about the disease first-hand. Patti has committed to supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in Team in Training, a four-month endurance building and fundraising program, and she will participate in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco on October 19th (and possibly an earlier marathon in September in Maui). She has a goal to raise over $5,000 for research to find a cure for all blood related cancers. Please support her in this valiant effort by considering a generous contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by going to her web page here. And thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!

One with a bullet -- The new The Sawmill Road Bluegrass Band CD 1 is currently sitting at #17 (up from #27 last week) on The Roots Music Report bluegrass chart. This is the number one international independent chart. The band is Charlie Edsall, Steve Spurgin, Dick Brown, Mark Miracle and Bruce Johnson.

Bush anointed King of Telluride -- No, not the president, but mandolin/fiddler Sam Bush. At least he is king according to a report on the CMT website. Read the story here.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. Head on over there tonight. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Laurie in the southland -- For all of you bluegrass fans in the LA area, the Bay Area’s Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands will be playing on the 25th at Boulevard Music in Culver City starting at 8 p.m., and on the 26th at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 25th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone goes to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Starry Plough Bluegrass -- The Starry Plough Bluegrass Night takes place once a month, and the next show is on the 26th. The club is located in Berkeley. See Nell Robinson & Red Level (with guests Dan Booth on bass and Tim Hicks on mandolin) and Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup (with Mayumi Urgino and Will Fourt sittin’ in). The show starts at 9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Historic Folsom -- The Merchants’ Association of Historic Folsom sponsors a Thursday night market all summer long, and the bluegrass jams that took place there earlier this month were such a success that it will happen every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. throughout the summer. The Interpretive Area will be open and everyone is invited. 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. Regular host John Hettinger is on vacation, so for info contact Matt Milan at

Jammin’ 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 26th, instead of a band performance, there will be a bluegrass and old-time jam.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

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

Weekly Martian sightings in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at The Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento.

Kate Wolf Festival -- It doesn’t start until the 27th but you need to plan ahead for the Kate Wolf Memorial Festival in Laytonville. Some of the acts you can see there are The Waifs, John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky w/Nina Gerber, The Wailin' Jennys, Rosalie Sorrels, The Greencards and lots more.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Posted:  6/27/2008

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