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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 2014

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, July 12, Carmichael
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands will perform in concert on July 12 under the oaks at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman County Park in Carmichael. Access to the Center is via Tarshes Dr off California Ave in Carmichael. Gate opens at 600 PM, concert from 700 to 900 PM. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, & picnic for a delightful evening of music in a splendid natural setting. Tickets are $30; get yours via 916-489-4918 or in person at the Center; this is a benefit concert for the Center. Over the past three decades Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure. She is best known for the bluegrass she’s performed with her various bands over the years (Grant Street, the Bluegrass Pals, the Right Hands) as well as on solo projects. Laurie Lewis was awarded the 2011 Performer Award from the Folk-Alliance Far West. Creatively ambitious & utterly unpretentious, steeped in tradition but doggedly progressive, Lewis is a gifted fiddler, deft guitarist, inspired songwriter, & powerfully evocative singer. A creative force on the Bay Area bluegrass scene for decades, the long-time Berkeley resident has mentored several generations of brilliant young string players, while also honing an impressive body of evocative original songs.

Americana Music Festival, July 11 & 12, Folsom
The Americana Music Festival, “A Celebration of Music, History and Tradition”, will be presented July 11 & 12, 1200 - 900 PM, at the Nicholson Music Co & MusiCafe, 636 E Bidwell, Folsom.  The festival is a celebration of music, history, & tradition in America & features the acoustic guitar, ukulele, banjo, & fiddle.  There will be live performances, instructional workshops, open mic night, & a bluegrass jam session. In addition, there will be prizes, free giveaways, a music trivia contest, &other goodies.  Food & drinks will be available at the Nicholson MusiCafe. Admission is FREE.  More information can be found at or by calling (916) 983-0763. Nicholson’s MusiCafe also has a lot of ongoing events:
Every Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, open mic for bluegrass & old-time musicians
Every Friday, 600 - 900 PM, open mic for any kind of music
Every Saturday, 100 - 200 PM, free uke class
3rd Tuesdays, 630 - 800 PM, beginning bluegrass club
2nd Tuesdays, 630 - 900 PM, west coast songwriters competition

Other 2014 Festivals & Music Camps

California WorldFest: July 10 - 14, Grass Valley, Claire Lynch Band & Kruger Brothers & others.

California Coast Music Camps: July 6 - 12 & July 13 - 19, Sierra Nevada gold country,

River Tunes Music Camp: July 27 - 31, Coloma,

Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 7 - 10, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos,

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: August 15 - 17, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park (between Reno & Carson City, NV),

Summergrass: August 15 - 17, Vista, CA,

California Bluegrass Association Old-Time Campout: August 21 - 24, Lake Sonoma,

Strings & Threads Bluegrass Festival: August 24 - 31, Yreka,

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 17 - 21, Berkeley,

Strawberry Music Festival: September 11 - 14, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, New date & location!

American River Music Festival: September 12 - 14, Coloma,

Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills: September 19 - 21, Plymouth,

KVMR Celtic Festival: September 26 - 28, Grass Valley,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 3 - 5, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,

Eagal Lakes Bluegrass Festival: October 3 - 5, Tracy,

Walker Creek Music Camp: October 9 - 12, Marin County, Registration opens July 1.

Joe Carlson Guitar Workshop, starts July 16, Sacramento
Virtuoso guitarist Joe Carlson will teach a 4-week guitar workshop on the Intersection Between Jazz & Country Guitar at the Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,, on Wednesdays beginning July 16 at 700 PM. Cost of the 4-week workshop is $100; call for reservations. There is a rich history of great music that straddles the line between jazz & country, all the way back to the great Bob Wills, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, & the legendary Hank Garland. On the jazz side, it is really quite remarkable how many of the great jazz guitarists got their start playing country music  – Lenny Breau, Herb Ellis, & Barney Kessel, to name a few. Exploring the intersection between these two great American musical traditions will serve as the overall theme for this weekly workshop, but that will definitely not be the extent of it. Under that umbrella there is a huge range of topics that can be explored – chord substitutions, jazz theory, chicken pickin’, pedal steel licks, song structure, quartal harmony, signature licks of the greats (jazz & country), and much more. The material presented will be tailored to the students’ areas of interest as well as their current skill level.

Jesse Personeni, Kids on Bluegrass
Jesse Personeni, age 14 & son of Angela (bassist with Natural Drift), has been invited to participate in the Kids on Bluegrass program at IBMA. Jesse comes from a musical family & has been playing guitar since he was 6 & now plays mandolin, fiddle, banjo, & bass as well, a virtual one-man bluegrass band. This is a great opportunity for him to both showcase his talent & learn from other talented kids & adults. If you would like to help him get to IBMA, you can send a donation to Jesse Personeni at PO Box 274, Fiddletown, CA 95629.

New CBA Lifetime Members
Larry Kuhn & Frank Solivan Sr were honored with lifetime memberships at the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley.

Save the Dates

Hettingers’ Annual Jam / Potluck: August 2, Folsom

Chapmans’ Annual Chili Cookoff: September 27, El Dorado County

Other Events
Unless otherwise indicated, these events are without charge as far as I know, but patronage of the venue is expected.

Banner Mountain Boys: June 28, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

Jazz Gitan: June 28, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $17. Gypsy jazz swing; music of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.

Carolyn Martin: June 30, 730 PM, house concert in Cameron Park, $18. Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee & Female Vocalist of the Year. $18. For reservations Email
David Grier: July 2, Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282, Workshop 500 - 630 PM; concert at 730 PM. Workshop, $60; concert, $20; or $75 for both. Call for workshop reservations.

Spillit Quikkers: July 5, 1100 AM - 100 PM, Hoppy Brewing Co, 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-451-4677,

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellies + Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players: July 7. 300 - 700 PM, Annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival, Village at Northstar, 5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, 800-466-6784, $38.

Kruger Brothers: July 8, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $20.

Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin: July 11, 700 PM, First Friday Artwalk, Nevada City Boardwalk, 237 Commercial, Nevada City, 530-477-7358.

Banner Mountain Boys: July 11, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

The Mountain Shine Band: July 12, 700 PM, Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-8481, $15.

Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin: July 12, 800 AM, Auburn Old Town Morning Market, Auburn-Folsom Rd at Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-477-7358.

Infamous Stringdusters: July 15, 800 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693, $20.

Mike Justis Band: July 17, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Notorious Shank Brothers: July 19, 300 - 600 PM, Berryessa Brewery, 27260 Hwy 128, Winters, 530-795-3526,

Putah Creek Crawdads: July 18, 600 - 800 PM, Ludy’s BBQ, 667 Main St, Woodland, 530-666-3088,

Hot Buttered Rum: July 25, 1000 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693, $18.

Putah Creek Crawdads: July 29, 430 - 700 PM, Woodland Farmer’s Market, Woodland Healthcare, 1325 Cottonwood, Woodland.

Chatham County Line: July 30, 800 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, $15.

Fruit Jar Pickers: Every Sunday, 1000 AM - 1200 N, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready Hwy, about five 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, Restarted.

Every 5th Sunday, 100 - 300 PM, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 320 Montrose, Folsom, 916-985-2984,

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, 300 - 600 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 Wednesday of the month, 700 - 900 PM, Vacaville Winestyles, 11-B Town Square Plaza, Vacaville, 707-447-9463, Intermediate level.

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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