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Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter

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

December 2014

Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley, December 5, Folsom
Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley will play in concert at the home of Larry & Caroline Kuhn, 177 Stoney Hill, Folsom, 916-983-2275, on December 5, 730 PM. Dale Ann is what folks would call "the real deal". Growing up in the coal country of Kentucky, she started out singing a cappella in church & has expanded her influence to a world-wide audience. The International Bluegrass Music Association has voted her Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007.....AND 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Bluegrass fans may know her from her earlier work with the New Coon Creek Girls, her present Dale Ann Bradley Band, or the "pick-up" band of women super-pickers, Sister Sadie. You can hear her, Steve Gulley, & mandolin player Sierra Hull sing one of my favorite songs "Come Home Good Boy" at her website at Steve Gulley, who lists Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, as his home, has been a friend of (and co-performer with) Dale Ann for 30 years, I've been told. He has been a part of the Dale Ann Bradley Band most recently, previously lead singer & co-founder of Mountain Heart with Barry Abernathy, well-loved Bluegrass & Country song-writer, & now is starting a new bluegrass band, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle. According to Steve, in an interview with Bluegrass Today (, he's keeping really busy with all his music projects....which makes it even more special that we get to see him sing in this duet setting with his good friend and co-singer Dale Ann! Let me add that Steve & Dale Ann are two of the nicest people in the music industry! So put this date on your calendar. You don't have to be a bluegrass, gospel,  OR country music fan to enjoy this concert......anybody who is a fan of good music & GREAT harmony singing, will love seeing these two very special performers! Admission is by donation, all of which goes to the artists, $15 advance for CBA members, $20 for everyone else, or $20 at the door for everyone. Seating is limited. This show will surely be a sellout so make your reservations now.

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, I’m telling you now, this is sure to be a sellout so don’t wait to order your tickets. 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 Bryan 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 for $15, right before the concert. Bring a group of your friends for a fun evening.

Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin, December 7, Grass Valley
Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin will play in concert December 7, 730 PM, at the Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333, Most of us will fondly remember the Anderson kids performing at the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley in the Kids on Bluegrass program. Well, now they’ve grown, ages 13 to 20. These siblings feature sweet harmonies, tasteful songwriting, & a style all their own. They have been playing music together since 2004, playing major concerts & festivals across the US as the Anderson Family Bluegrass Band. This concert celebrates the release of their second full length album Foxes in June. Opening the evening will be Halfpence & Haypenny who are celebrating the release of their debut album To Hold a Candle to the Devil. Tickets for this event are $18. Order yours today.

2015 Festivals & Music Camps
CBA Great 48: January 8 - 11, Bakersfield,
Blythe Bluegrass Festival: January 16 - 18, Blythe, CA,
Bluegrass on Broadway: January 24, Redwood City,
Wintergrass: February 26 - March 1, Bellevue, WA,
Bluegrass on the Beach: March 6 - 8, Lake Havasu, AZ,
Walker Creek Music Camp: April 9 - 12, Marin County,
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival: April 11, Cloverdale,
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival: May 8 - 10, Parkfield,
Strawberry Music Festival: May 21 - 25, Grass Valley,
CBA Music Camp: June 14 - 17, 2015, Grass Valley,
CBA Father’s Day Festival: June 18 - 21, 2015, Grass Valley,

Save the Date
Bill Evans’ Banjo in America Concert + Bluegrass Jam Survival Skills for Banjo Workshop: January 10, Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786, Workshop 400 - 600 PM for $40; concert at 700 PM for $15;
$50 for both.

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. House concerts are by donation, all of which typically goes to the artists.

Barwick & Siegfried, December 5, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Hot Club of San Francisco: December 5, 730 PM, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center / State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-0156,, $27.

Lowest Pair: December 5, 400 PM, Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786,, $20.

Blame Sally: December 6, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,,

Audrey Auld: December 6, 800 PM, house concert in Davis, 530-753-3472,, $20. Australian singer-songwriter.

Amelia Hogan: December 7. 300 PM, house concert in Auburn, 530-885-4292,, $20. Scottish, Irish folksinger.

Rita Hosking Trio: December 12, 730 PM, house concert in Grass Valley, 530-272-6498,, $20.

Barwick & Siegfried + Brian Burke: December 12, 800 - 1000 PM, Dave’s Cave, 540 Wall St, Auburn, 530-887-5477,, $15.

Riverbend: December 12, 600 - 800 PM, Ludy’s BBQ, 667 Main St, Woodland, 530-666-3088,

Hot Buttered Rum: December 12, 1000 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693,, $15.

Lowest Pair: December 12, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $19.

Banner Mountain Boys: December 13, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

Sourdough’s Wild & Wooly Revue: December 13, 730 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, $20.

Mike Justis Band: December 18, 800 PM, Fox & Goose Pub, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Acoustic Guitar Summit w/ Mark Hanson, Doug Smith, & Terry Robb: December 13, 730 PM, house concert in Shingle Springs,
530-677-1341,, $20 donation.

Sourdough’s Wild & Wooly Revue: December 20, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $21.

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, 707-448-8963.

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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