Carlin's North Coast Report News
Carlin's North Coast Report
Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new, etc. It is a different year, but there is still a lot of great music happening in the North Bay. Put the holiday lights away and get out of the house to have some fun!

Sweet and sour news. More than three years after closing in downtown Mill Valley the Sweetwater nightclub was in the paper again, and the news is not that good. The owners have had a series of financial and legal setbacks, and any reopening of the venerated venue is still a long way away, if ever. You can read the sad story in the December 8th edition of the Pacific Sun. Anyone have any leftover TARP money you can spare? Do you think Meg Whitman is looking for something new to do?

Winter music camp. For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp signups are now underway. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. The pub features a healthy mix of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, blues, and Americana.

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The dates for this month are the 6th and the 20th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

Wild time in Marin and Sonoma. On Saturday the 8th at 8 p.m. Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be playing traditional bluegrass at Murphy's. And on the 15th the band will be at the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market in Larkspur Landing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wild Blue is Marin County's longest running bluegrass band, and it is led by the entertaining Dr. Elmo ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer") on banjo.

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. and, in the winter months, on Saturday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. On Saturday the 8th see The Whutknotts, an acoustic trio from Sonoma and Marin counties, playing an eclectic mix of classic country, bluegrass, old-time rock & roll and whatnot. Otherwise, it will be Ain’t Misbehavin’ on the 12th, The Courtney Janes on the 19th, and The Incubators on the 26th.

Jackson Browne’s favorite sideman, David Lindley, will be appearing at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station on the 22nd.

Jammin’ in Petaluma. There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. Check it out on the 26th. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

Resin up that bow! The annual Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Festival will be happening on the 29th and 30th, so if old-time fiddling is your thing, start practicing. This is a great event that is now in its 35th, 36th or 37th year, depending on who is doing the promo…

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be on Saturday afternoons for bluegrass, old-time, old country, acoustic picking and fiddling is the Coffee Catz, from 2-5 p.m.

Ed Neff and Friends pick 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 fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Keep on pickin’!
Posted By:  Larry Carlin

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