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John Hettinger, CBA Sacramento Area Activities VP
113 Puffer Way, Folsom, CA 95630 916-990-0719 E-mail:

November 2014

T Sisters, November 21, Folsom
The T Sisters will perform in concert November 21, 730 PM at the Folsom Opry House (home of John & Loretta Hettinger), 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, 916-990-0719. It is said the deeper a tree’s roots run, the taller it can grow. For sisters Erika, Rachel, & Chloe Tietjen, their roots as songwriters are deeply buried in a narrative of family & sisterhood, & if their debut CD Kindred Lines is any indication, the sky is the only limit for these Bay Area sisters. The T Sisters captivate audiences with tight harmonies, inventive arrangements, & plenty of sass. They play originals & covers that touch on elements of folk, gospel, country, bluegrass, & R & B, & they perform in the classic bluegrass tradition - with upright bass, mandolin, banjo, & guitar, & sometimes their own arresting brand of a cappella. California born & raised by musicians, they have been singing together their whole lives. Staging original musical theater productions together in college inspired Erika, Rachel, & Chloe to write & arrange their own music, leading to the formation of the T Sisters. They draw heavily on the styles of fellow sibling bands like The Andrews Sisters & The Beach Boys. Sister vocal harmony is very special because they can have exactly the same accents & phrasing. The T Sisters are mentored by Laurie Lewis & have opened for major touring bands as well as having their own shows at festivals like the most recent Strawberry Music Festival. Their timeless sister harmonies intertwine with Americana & folk influences, forming a testament to family, musical traditions, & sisterly creativity nurtured since childhood. But underneath this canopy of tradition & family there’s a swift undercurrent of brazenly sassy fun & playful theatricality. With roots this deep the T Sisters will be around for a while. Refreshments, including Loretta’s legendary pies, will be served between sets. Admission to this event is by donation which all goes to the musicians: $15 for CBA members in advance or $20 at the door & $20 for everyone else.

Banjo Extravaganza, November 13 in Grass Valley & November 14 in Winters
Bill Evans is producing the 3rd Annual Banjo Extravaganza at two venues in the greater Sacramento area, the Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, on November 13, 730 PM, & the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, on November 14, 800 PM. Along with Bill, this event features banjo masters, Mark Johnson & Tony Furtado, backed up by the all-star band composed of John Reischman, Jim Nunally, Sharon Gilchrist, & Chad Manning. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two banjo extravaganzas, & this one will be equally outstanding. Tickets for this banjo event of the year at both venues are $25; order yours today. They are also holding a banjo mini-camp November 15 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on November 15, 100 - 500 PM, for $70. And John Reischman is holding a mandolin workshop the same day, 200 - 400 PM, also at the Freight & Salvage.

2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Award Winners
The IBMA annual festival was held in Raleigh, NC, for the 2nd year. Here are the 2014 award winners:
Hall of Fame Inductees: The Original Seldom Scene, Neil Rosenberg
Entertainer of the Year: Balsam Range
Vocal Group of the Year: Balsam Range
Instrumental Group of the Year: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Male Vocalist of the Year: Buddy Melton (Balsam Range)
Female Vocalist of the Year: Amanda Smith (Kenny & Amanda Smith)
Emerging Artist of the Year: Flatt Lonesome
Album of the Year: Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe - Noam Pikelny (artist)
Song of the Year: “Dear Sister” - Claire Lynch (artist)
Mandolin Player of the Year: Adam Steffey (Boxcars)
Dobro Player of the Year: Phil Leadbetter (Dale Ann Bradley Band)
Bass Player of the Year: Barry Bales (Earls of Leicester)
Fiddle Player of the Year: Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band)
Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton (Hot Rize)
Banjo Player of the Year: Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers)
IBMA also gives Momentum awards for bluegrass musicians just beginning to be recognized. The 2014 awards go to:
Dominick Leslie: mandolin
Jake Stargel: guitar
Cory Walker: banjo
Jesse Gregory: male vocalist (Jesse Gregory & Faultline)
The Barefoot Movement: band of the year

In Memoriam, Regina Bartlett, John Burger
Regina Bartlett, long-time CBA stalwart, instrumental in the Kids on Bluegrass & our hospitality team at IBMA, passed over Jordan on October 1 at the IBMA festival in Raleigh, NC. Regina loved life & left this world in her sleep after a full night of jamming. That’s the way many of us would like to go. She will be missed by a whole host of us. Memorial services are pending.
John Burger, host with his wife Janet of many jam / potlucks in their home & an avid fan of bluegrass music, passed away on October 22. A celebration of John’s life with memories & stories about John will be held at his home, 4940 Flora Vista Ln, Sacramento, on November 2, starting at 200 PM. Bring your instruments; there may be a jam afterwards.

Save the Dates
CBA Great 48: January 8 - 11, 2015, Bakersfield,
CBA Music Camp: June 14 - 17, 2015, Grass Valley,
CBA Father’s Day Festival: June 18 - 21, 2015, Grass Valley,

Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, December 13, Chico
Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers will play in concert on December 13, 730 PM at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520, This is sure to be a sellout so I’m telling you this now so you can order your tickets when they go on sale November 9. Hot Rize formed in 1978 with a unique & exciting style of bluegrass – considered both progressive & traditional –  & took the bluegrass world by storm. Since they separated in the 90’s to break out into individual careers, this is their first major tour in 24 years. Their dynamic stage show made them stars on the major festival circuit, & their powerful, original songs constantly topped radio playlists.  The International Bluegrass Music Association named Hot Rize as Entertainer of the Year the first time such an award was ever given by the organization.  Hot Rize features some of the greatest pickers & entertainers on the planet: Tim O’Brien on mandolin & fiddle, flat-picking legend Byran Sutton on guitar, Nick Forster on bass, & Pete Wernick (aka Dr Banjo) on banjo.  This show will also feature their wacky but musically deft "alter-ego" country swing band, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers.  Having reached the 36-year mark since its inception, Hot Rize continues to enhance its reputation as one of the leading bluegrass bands of all time with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music. This will be a very special music event so make plans to come to this one. Tickets are $32.50. The Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co is an outstanding venue for our music. They also offer a very nice buffet dinner at 600 PM, right before the concert. Bring a group of your friends for a fun evening.

Other Events
Unless otherwise indicated, these events are without charge as far as I know, but patronage of the venue is expected. Come out & support these venues that produce our music.

Nell Robinson & the Rose of No Man’s Land: November 1, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $25. Featuring Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with narration by Joyce Maynard.

Gerry Obeirne: November 6, 730 PM, house concert in Davis, 530-753-3472,,, $15 donation. Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

Notorious Shank Brothers: November 8, 300 - 600 PM, Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 2nd St, Davis, 530-756-2739,

John Smith + Larry Diehl: November 8, 730 PM, house concert at 2547 Westville Trail, Cool, 530-889-2050, $20 donation. &

Banner Mountain Boys: November 14, 700 - 1000 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

Putah Creek Crawdads: November 15, 900 AM - 1200 N, Davis Farmer’s Market, C St between 3rd & 4th Sts,

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber + Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore: November 18, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $20.

Notorious Shank Brothers: November 21, 630 PM, Black Dragon Brewery, 175 Main St, Woodland, 530-668-4677,

Red Molly: November 23, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $18. Powerhouse vocal trio.

Fruit Jar Pickers: Every Sunday, 1000 AM - 1200 N, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready Hwy, about 5 miles west of Grass Valley, 530-272-4320, Donations accepted.

Regular Jams

Every Friday, 500 - 700 PM, Main Street Music, 263 Main St (corner Center), Placerville, 530-622-1357.

Every Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Open mike & jam.

Every Thursday, 700 - 1000 PM, Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 600 - 900 PM, McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville, 707-724-8002.

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 600 - 900 PM, Landmark Baptist Church, 609 Figueroa, Folsom, 916-990-0719. New pickers welcome.

1st Sunday of the month, 100 - 400 PM, National Hotel, 211 Broad St, Nevada City, 530-575-8766. Old-time jam.

2nd Sunday of the month, 100 - 500 PM, Old-Time Fiddlers, Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, Orangevale, 916-723-2314.

2nd Sunday of the month,100 - 400 PM, Lockdown Brewery, 718 Sutter St (upstairs), Folsom, 916-358-9645.

2nd & 5th Thursdays, 600 - 900 PM, bluegrass jam at various Sacramento area homes. Call John at 916-990-0719 or Ron at 916-988-8062 for location. New pickers welcome.

3rd Sunday of the month, 300 - 600 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-346-6942. New jam.

3rd Tuesday of the month, 630 - 800 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Beginners bluegrass club.

3rd Thursday of the month, 700 - 1000 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751.

3rd Saturday of the month, 1200 N - 500 PM, Round Table Pizza, 7867 Lichen Dr, Citrus Heights, 530-409-4012.

4th Thursday of the month, 600 - 900 PM, Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786, New pickers welcome.

From Your Publisher
Some of the copy in this newsletter may not be original but gathered from various sources & adapted to fit into this newsletter format. The CBA does not fund this newsletter; you can help support this newsletter by sending cash or check payable to John Hettinger to the address at the top of this newsletter. For mid-month updates check Sacramento Bluegrass on Facebook. Events listed are current at the time of publication as far as I know but are subject to change or cancellation. Before traveling to an event, it is always advisable to call ahead to check the time & ensure that it is taking place as scheduled.
Posted By:  John Hettinger

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