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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:

July 2015

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. Since the CBA does not fund this newsletter, I need your help to support this newsletter for distribution at music stores and festivals. You can send your donation of 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.

Hettingers’ Annual Jam/Potluck, August 8, Folsom
I know that this is a little early, but next month’s newsletter may come out a little late to make your plans. It’ll soon be that time of the year again! John & Loretta Hettinger (that’s us) will host their 16th annual jam / potluck at their home, 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, on August 8. The pickin’ will start around 400 PM & go late. A potluck dinner will happen around 600 PM. This is always a fun event, not because of us, but because of all y’all, 40 or more pickers jamming in several rooms of our house plus the backyard. There will be music everywhere. Everyone from beginning jammers to A-level pickers can find a fun jam. Grinners & your bluegrass friends are welcome. We’ll have lots of good music, good food, & good company. Come pick some tunes with the folks you don’t get to see often enough. Sodas, tea, coffee, bottled water, ice, ice chests for your other beverages, & all the paper / plastic ware will be provided. Bring your bluegrass instruments, potluck dish, & any other beverages of your choice. This jam has become an annual tradition in the Sacramento area; out-of-towners are welcome to come & stay overnight. Just bring your sleeping bags or small RV, & we’ll provide the floor or parking space, maybe even a bed or two for the first ones to reserve them. If you need further info, call 916-990-0719 or Email

Wille Nelson & Alison Krauss, July 17, Roseville
Willie Nelson + Alison Krauss & Union Station will play in concert at the Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater, 1200 Athens, Lincoln, 877-468-8777. Willie Nelson brings his legendary outlaw country style & hit songs like On the Road Again & Whiskey River to the outdoor stage. Alison Krauss & Union Station will be joined by Jerry Douglas on dobro. Tickets are $50 - $190.

Rob & Christine Bonner and Joe Craven, August 1, Auburn
The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center / State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-0156,, will present an enjoyable evening of acoustic music, featuring Christine Bonner, Joe Craven, Rob Bonner, & friends, Saturday, August 1, 730 PM. Christine is one of the area's most popular folk harpists & has performed for many years in concerts & special engagements throughout the West Coast. Christine’s debut album Sand Castles attained a number 1 ranking on the “Americana” charts at KVMR radio. Her musical style includes a wonderful blend of Celtic, Latin, Classical, & Jazz. Rob, a long time Sierra foothills musician, is well known for his work with The South Loomis Quickstep, a Bluegrass band that toured all over the country & in Europe. Rob has released a new compact disc, Violet’s Old Guitar, a Musical Journey, a retrospective look at his career that has spanned over forty years. Christine & Rob will be joined by their friend & world renowned multi-instrumentalist, Joe Craven, on violin, mandolin, & percussion. Joe has kept impressive musical company over the years, as a former member of the David Grisman Quintet. Joe also performed with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Bonnie Raitt, Darol Anger, & many others. The trio will be joined by two very special guests & dear friends: guitarist / songwriter Bill Edwards, who over the years has worked with many bands including The South Loomis Quickstep, Way Out West, & currently with Webster, Walton, & Edwards. Also joining on the bass will be Brett Cole. Brett is well known for his work with the Pyronauts, a very popular “surf” band from the Auburn area; he is also a veteran of numerous jazz & classical ensembles, & is currently working with the Bob Woods trio as well. Tickets are $20.

2015 Festivals, Music Camps, & Campouts

High Sierra Music Festival: July 2 - 5, Quincy,

California Coast Music Camp: July 5 - 7 & July 12 - 18, Placer County near Auburn,

Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival: July 11, Stateline, NV,

Dawg Day Afternoon Bluegrass Festival: July 12, Sonoma State University,

Rivertunes Roots Music Camp: July 26 - 30, Coloma,

Good Old Fashioned Festival: August 6 - 9, Tres Pinos,

Bowers Mansion Festival: August 14 - 16, between Carson City & Reno, NV,

Summergrass: August 14 - 16, Vista (near San Diego),

CBA Golden Old-Time Campout: August 27 - 30, Poker Flat, Lake Sonoma,

Strawberry Music Festival: September 3 - 7, Tuolumne City,

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival: September 11 - 12, McCloud,

American River Music Festival: September 18 - 21, Coloma,

KVMR Celtic Festival: October 2 - 4, Grass Valley,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 2 - 4, San Francisco,

Dixon Lambtown Festival: October 3 - 4, Dixon,

CBA Fall Campout: October 19 - 28, Lodi,

Note: There will be no Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills (Plymouth) this year.

Palms Playhouse, multiple artists & dates, Winters
The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058,, produces a number of outstanding shows of interest to bluegrass fans. Here’s what they have for late July & early August.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau: July 11, 830 PM, $20
EmiSunshine: July 22, 800 PM, $15
Ray Wylie Hubbard: August 1, 830 PM, $25

Save the Dates

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: September 30, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley, $37 - 87
T Sisters: October 30, Folsom Opry House (aka Hettingers’)

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.

One Grass Two Grass: July 3, 1000 PM, Crazy Horse Saloon, 230 Commercial St, Nevada City, 530-265-4000,, $7.

Banner Mountain Boys: July 3, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

McCoy TylerBand + Coffis Brothers: July 4, 930 PM, Crazy Horse Saloon, 230 Commercial St, Nevada City, 530-265-4000,

Steve McLane: July 9, 100 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Merrygold: July 9, 430 PM, El Dorado Beach, US 50 & Lakeview Ave, South Lake Tahoe,

Free Range String Band: July 10, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Putah Creek Crawdads: July 10, 600 - 800 PM, Ludy’s BBQ, 667 Main St, Woodland, 530-666-3088,

Karla Bonoff Duo w/ Nina Gerber: July 11, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $30.

Poor Man’s Whiskey: July 14, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $17.

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash: July 14, 800 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693,, $18.

Natural Drift: July 24, 700 - 1000 PM, Slough House Inn, 12700 Meiss Rd, Slough House (out CA 16), 916-681-6767, Great food; come for dinner.

The Gothard Sisters: July 25, 730 PM, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center / State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-0156,, $20. Irish music & dance.

Rita Hosking Trio: July 25, 700 PM, Brewery Arts Center, 449 King St, Carson City, NV, 775-883-1976,, $10.

Banner Mountain Boys: July 25, 900 AM - 1200 N, People’s Mountain Market, Marshall & Garden Valley Rds, Garden Valley, 530-273-5879.

Billy Joe Shaver: July 25, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $27.

Darlingside + Phil Johnson & Ryan Miller: July 27, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $17.

Barwick & Siegfried: July 31, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Merrygold: July 31, 800 PM, Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-8481,, $10.

Putah Creek Crawdads: August 1, 830 - 1130 AM, Davis Farmer’s Market, Central Park, 3rd & C Sts, Davis

Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks: August 6, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Dustbowl Revival: August 7, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $20.

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 Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-264-7263.

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, 916-988-8062. 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 Ron at 916-988-8062 or John at 916-990-0719 for location. New pickers welcome.

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

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, 730 - 1000 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751.

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

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