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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:

April 2015

CBA Spring Campout, April 13 - 19, Turlock
The CBA spring campout is the quasi-official opening of the bluegrass season in California. This year the campout will be at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock for the whole week of April 13 - 19; the heart of the campout will be April 17 - 19. This is a great campground with plenty of level ground, RV hookups, & shade for tents. These campouts are a bluegrass pickerís dream & a great opportunity to taste several jams & pick with people you donít get to see often enough. Grinners can just sit back & listen or cruise jams to soak up the music we all love. There will be a Mexican dinner on Saturday night for $8 with entertainment by Kids-on-Bluegrass favorite AJ Lee & her band. Camping fees are $30/night for RVs & $10/night for tents; no charge for non-campers. If you can volunteer to help, call David Brace at 209-534-9284.

40th Annual CBA Fatherís Day Festival, June 18 -21, Grass Valley
As the 40th annual CBA Fatherís Day festival, this will be a big one. Donít miss it! Bring your friends, even for just a day. Some of the bands are ones we havenít heard for awhile plus some great reunion bands. The bands this year are David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Good Olí Persons Reunion, Kentucky Colonels Reunion, Jumpsteady Boys, Spinney Brothers, Atkins & Loudermilk, Bluegrass Patriots Reunion, Keith Little & the Little Band, Blue Diamond Strings, Molly Tuttle & Friends, Carl & Judie Pagter & Friends, Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass, Steep Ravine, CBA Music Camp All-Stars, plus Kids on Bluegrass & all the jamming you could ever want. Order your tickets at

CBA Music Camp, June 14 - 17, Grass Valley
The CBA Music Camp has an especially stellar roster of teachers this year, & as a result the camp's twenty-two classes are filling up rapidly. †Some classes are already full, but thereís still room for advanced beginner through intermediate bluegrass & old-time players. There are morning intensive classes in bluegrass banjo, old-time banjo, bluegrass fiddle, old-time fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, singing, & band labs, as well as more than a hundred afternoon one-shot elective classes, & dozens of evening jams.††You can find details, teacher biographies, & registration forms at

Bluegrass Camp for Kids, June 17 - 20, Grass Valley
The CBA Youth Academy, which runs from June 17 - 20, is almost full, only 10 slots left. It runs mostly concurrent with the Fatherís Day Festival. This is a 4-day instructional day camp for young grassers ages 8 - 16. Itís a great way for kids & their parents to both enjoy the festival at the same time. This is in addition to the Kids on Bluegrass program. Tuition is $300, but some scholarships may still be available. A parent or guardian must also purchase a 4-day ticket to the Fatherís Day Festival. Email Darby Brandli at for more info.

Jim Hurst, April 17, Sacramento
Two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Jim Hurst, will perform a solo concert at the Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,, on April 17, 730 PM. Jim has no problem with carrying a solo performance. His stellar musicianship & ability to connect with an audience make him a great entertainer. His polished picking style, unique singing, & mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences & is revered by both novice guitar players & his musical peers. Jimís eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, experienced instructor, a highly sought-after session musician. His affability & gregariousness make him on the the most approachable musicians of his caliber. He has several solo CDs to his credit as well as performances with other bands on their CDs. Jim will also present a workshop from 330 - 600 PM before the concert; $45 for the workshop, $18 for the concert, or $58 for both. Check out Jimís website at

Palms Playhouse, multiple artists & dates, Winters
The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, produces a number of outstanding shows of interest to bluegrass fans. Hereís what they have for late March & April.

Putah Creek Crawdads + Keith Little: March 28, 730 PM, $20. CD release show.

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber: April 17, 800 PM, $20.

Gurf Morlix + Blackie Farrell: April 24, 800 PM, $20. CD release show for both performers.

Dan Crary, Bill Evans, & Steve Spurgeon Trio: April 25, 800 PM, $20. Huge hit at Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival.

Chatham County Line: April 29, 800 PM, $15. Talented bluegrass quartet from North Carolina.

Other 2015 Festivals & Music Camps

Walker Creek Music Camp: April 9 - 12, Marin County, A very few places left.

Julian Family Fiddle Camp: April 8 - 12, San Diego County,

Cloverdale Fiddle Festival: April 11, Cloverdale,

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival: May 8 - 10, Parkfield,

Strawberry Music Festival: May 21 - 25, Grass Valley,

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

Good Old Fashioned Festival: August 7 - 9, Tres Pinos,

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

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

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.

Bill Evans presents The Banjo in America: March 28, 800 PM, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler-Foote Rd, Nevada City, 530-265-2826,, $20.

Junior Brown: March 28, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $34.

Hill Country: April 3, 600 - 800 PM, Itís Personal, 250 Main St, Placerville, 530-303-3792,

Past Due & Playable: April 3, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Grateful Bluegrass Boys: April 4,700 PM, Auburn Event Center, 180 Harrison, Auburn,, $15

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

Banner Mountain Boys: April 10, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

Tamara Phelan Trio + Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried: April 10, 800 PM, Lunaís Cafe, 1414 16th St, Sacramento, 916-441-3931,, $8.

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

Susie Glaze & Hilonesome Band: April 11, 800 PM, Wagman house concerts, 1350 Monarch Ln, Davis, 530-753-3472,, $20 donation.

Rita Hosking Trio: April 12, 300 PM, Georgetown IOOF Hall, 6240 Main, Georgetown, 530-333-0431,, $20

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried: April 16, 800 PM, Center for the Arts Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson, Grass Valley, 530-274-8384, $18. CD release party.

Rita Hosking Trio: April 16, 630 PM, Mondavi Center, Davis. Free concert in the open courtyard preceding the Arlo Guthrie show.

Mike Justis Band: April 16, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Tiffani Shiro & Hugh Hoeger: April 17, 730 - 930 PM, The Levee, 451 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-8669,

Tim & Myles Thompson: April 17, 800 PM, house concert in Shingle Springs,, $20 donation.

Lacy J Dalton: April 18, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $25

Putah Creek Crawdads: April 18, 830 - 1130 AM, Davis Farmerís Market,

Tiffani Shiro & Hugh Hoeger w/ Lisa Bond: April 18, 730 - 930 PM, Sierra Nevada House, 835 Lotus Rd, Coloma, 530-626-8096,

Quebe Sisters Band: April 21, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $20. The dance floor will be open.

Merrygold: April 24, 630 PM, Harlowís, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693,, $12.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau + Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally w/ The Good Luck Charm: April 25, 730 PM, Crest Theater, 1013 K St, Sacramento, 916-476-3356,, $25, $30, & $35.

Taarka: April 25, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $18. Gypsy jazz & Americana.

T Sisters + Jeff Austin Band: April 26, 730 PM, Auburn Event Center, 180 Harrison, Auburn,, $25

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried: April 28, 700 PM, Gingerís Restaurant, 1410 E Roseville Pkwy, Roseville, 916-781-0110, ClayDogs monthly showcase.

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, Nicholsonís MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Open mike & jam.

Every Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, Olí 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, 916-990-0719. 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, Nicholsonís 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.

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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