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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:

August 2014

Benefit Concert with Keith Little & Friends plus Natural Drift, August 1, Folsom
Keith Little & Friends along with Natural Drift will perform a benefit concert at the home of John & Loretta Hettinger (aka Folsom Opry House), 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, on August 1, 730 PM.  This show is a benefit performance for Angela Personeni's son Jesse, age 14, who has been invited by the CBA to participate in the Kids on Bluegrass shows at the International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Raleigh, NC, this fall.  This CBA invitation is quite an honor & opportunity for Jesse to learn from other talented kids & adults as well as to showcase his own talent.  He needs financial support to pursue this opportunity so local musicians are donating their time & talent to help him do just that.  The show will open with the fine local band Natural Drift followed by virtuoso instrumentalist & vocalist Keith Little & Friends, including Jesse & Angela Personeni.  Come out to enjoy a great show in the intimate setting of a house concert & to sample some of Loretta's legendary pies at the break between sets.  Showtime is 730 PM; door opens at 700 PM.  Requested donation is $15 for CBA members & $20 for everyone else or $20 for everyone at the door.  Call 916-990-0719 or Email for reservations. If you are unable to come to this event, you can still help Jesse by sending a check to him at PO Box 274, Fiddletown, CA 95629.

Hettingers’ Annual Jam / Potluck, August 2, Folsom
It’s that time of the year again! John & Loretta Hettinger (that’s us) will host their 15th annual jam / potluck at their home, 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, on August 2. The pickin’ will start around 400 PM & go late. A potluck dinner will happen around 600 PM. There might even be some pie left over from the Jesse Personeni benefit concert the night before. 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

Della Mae, August 12, Chico
The Emerging Artist band at Grass Valley in 2013, Della Mae, will perform in concert at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, on August 12. Tickets are only $17.50. Show starts at 730 PM, & a buffet dinner is available at 600 PM. This is a great venue for bluegrass, or any other music for that matter, & only 90 miles from Sacramento. One of the most talked about Sierra Nevada Big Room shows of 2013, Della Mae returns fresh from their latest album being nominated for a Grammy!  The band’s lineup is a who’s who of promising young pickers: lead singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bassist Shelby Means, mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner, and two-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker. Della Mae has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, & Leon Russell.  Della Mae’s 2011 release, I Built This Heart, was an impressive debut, a delicate balance between bluegrass grit & singer-songwriter sensitivity. Check out Della Mae on YouTube, , then come see why they’re one of the fastest-rising acts in the Americana/bluegrass genre.  This show sold out very quickly last year.

Other 2014 Festivals & Music Camps

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 now open.

Save the Dates

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

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: October 22, Harris Center, Folsom, 916-608-6888,, $29 - 49.

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

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. Young bluegrass quartet from North Carolina.

Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin: August 2, 730 - 1000 PM, Valhalla Boathouse Theater, 1 Valhalla Rd, S Lake Tahoe, 530-541-4975,, $15.

Tamara Phelan Trio: August 2, 830 - 1130 AM, Farmer’s Market, Sunrise light rail station parking lot, Sunrise & Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova,

Hill Country & Friends: August 2, 600 - 800 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020,

Spillit Quikkers: August 2, 1100 AM - 100 PM, Hoppy Brewing Co, 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-451-4677,

Chris Smither: August 2, 800 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, $25.

Laurie Lewls & Tom Rozum: August 6, 730 - 1000 PM, Valhalla Boathouse Theater, 1 Valhalla Rd, S Lake Tahoe, 530-541-4975,, $20.

Them Travelin’ Birds: August 8, 900 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin: August 9, 100 & 300 PM, & August 10, 200 PM, Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, fair admission,

Putah Creek Crawdads: August 12, 1000 - 1100 AM, Woodland Tomato Festival, Heritage Plaza on Main St, Woodland.

Kathy Barwick, Pete Siegfried, Billy Buckman, & Will Morebeck: August 16, 730 PM, Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St, Sacramento, 916-441-3931,, $7.

Barn Dance with Hill Country & Friends: August 23, 530 - 830 PM, Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Dr, Camino, 530-644-7421,, $20 adv/$25 door. Food & drink available. Fundraiser for community programs.

Mike Justis Band: August 23, 730 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, $15.

Mike Justis Band: August 28, 800 - 1030 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried: August 29, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

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, 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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