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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:

September 2014

Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills, September 19 - 21, Plymouth
Larry & Sondra always put on a first class bluegrass festival right here in the Sacramento area. Their 12th annual Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills will be September 19 - 21 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. The bands this year are Blue Moon Rising, Adkins & Loudermilk, Larry Gillis, Reno & Harrell, Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Bladerunners, Ron Spears & Within Tradition (REUNION), Next Generation, & last year’s emerging artists winners, The Grasskickers. Sound by Paul Knight, All this plus another emerging artists competition, Kids on Bluegrass, workshops, vendors, & all the jamming you could ever want. Early bird tickets are available until September 1, $95 for 3-day CBA member tickets, via Gate price is $110. Single day tickets are also available. Y’all come!

Chapmans’ Annual Chili Cook-off, September 27, El Dorado County
Mel & Bonnie will host their umpteenth annual chili cook-off on September 27, 530 PM till ?? Everyone should bring some chili in addition to their instruments. Cool prizes will be awarded for the best overall, hottest, & most original chills. Side dishes are optional; they will provide desserts. snacks, some drinks, & a pot of beans. Come make & enjoy the best music in the world — bluegrass, plus old country, cowboy songs, & western swing; there will also be a jazz room. There is usually a jam to fit everyone’s tastes & abilities; all are welcome.   Driving directions: Take US 50 east to Placerville's Missouri Flat Exit.  Go south on Missouri Flat about 2 miles & turn left at the T onto Pleasant Valley Road.  Go through Diamond Springs & continue about 5 miles to Bucks Bar Road.  Signs will begin there.  Turn Right on Bucks Bar & go only 0.6 mile & turn left on Springer Road.  Now, follow the signs!!  Continue 1.9 miles on Springer & go right at the mailboxes.  At the T, turn left onto Cumberland (you are on a dirt road for the 1st time).  Go 750 feet, turn right on Pathfinder, & you are there!!  They are the house on the right.  Their address is 5041 Pathfinder Trail, Placerville. If you get lost or need further info, call 530-621-0409 or email

60th Annual Strawberry Music Festival, September 11 - 14, Grass Valley
The fall Strawberry Music Festival has been moved from Camp Mather on Labor Day weekend to Grass Valley September 11 - 14. Although best described as an Americana festival, there is a lot of bluegrass this year, & it’s right here in our area. The bands include Hot Rize, Keith Little & the LittleBand with Blaine Sprouse, Kathy Kallick Band, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Jerry Douglas Band, Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, Steep Ravine, Hot Buttered Rum, & The Hillbenders. This festival has a long tradition with a great community spirit & a lot of special features like a fantastic kids program, workshops, breakfast club with open mic, band scramble, food & artisan vendors, & late night cafe. 3 & 4-day camping tickets & single day tickets are available. Contact them at 209-984-8630 or for further info.

Bluegrass at the Lake, September 6, Lodi
The 2nd annual Bluegrass at the Lake festival will be held September 6 at Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W Turner Rd, Lodi. Some of our favorite musicians will perform there. The bands are Cliff Compton & Mountaintop, Evie Ladin & Evil Diane, Joe & Hattie Craven, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, & Blame Sally. Tickets are $25. Camping is available. For more info call 209-333-5550 or check

Palms Playhouse, multiple dates, Winters
The Palms Playhouse presents a number of acts of interest to blue grassers. Here’s what they have for September.
Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line: September 11, 800 PM, $15
Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber: September 12, 800 PM, $22
Bonanza King + Wyatt Hessemeyer: September 13, 800 PM, $15
Tom Rigney & Flambeau with Michael Doucet: September 20, 800 PM, $20
The Palms Playhouse is located at 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,

Other Festivals & Camps
Americana Music Festival: September 6, Sutter Creek,
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 17 - 21, Berkeley,
American River Music Festival: September 12 - 14, Coloma,
KVMR Celtic Festival: September 26 - 28, Grass Valley,
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 3 - 5, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,
Walker Creek Music Camp: October 9 - 12, Marin County,

Save the Date
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.

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

Hill Country: August 31 & September 1, 20, 21, & 28, 1200 - 300 PM, Kids, Inc Orchard, 3205 N Canyon, Camino, 530-622-0184

Antoin MacGabhann: September 3, 700 PM, house concert in Auburn, for reservations & directions. $15-20 donation. Irish fiddle master.

Evie Ladin Band: September 5, 700 PM, house concert in Auburn, call 530 - 401-6381 for reservations & directions. $20 donation.

Tamara Phelan Trio: September 6, 830 - 1130 AM, Rancho Cordova Farmers’ Market, Sunrise Light Rail Station, Sunrise & Folsom, Rancho Cordova

Tamara Phelan Trio: September 6, 730 - 930 PM, Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant, 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento,

Putah Creek Crawdads: September 6, 1100 AM - 100 PM, 16724 Ashley, Davis. Part of Woodland’s Stroll Through History,, $30 for entire event.

Colin Gilmore & Nicolette Good: September 11, 730 PM, house concert in Davis. Reservations & location at 530-753-3472 or $15 donation.

The HillBenders: September 13, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077, $20.

Mike Justis Band: September 18, 800 - 1030 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Peppino D’Agostino: September 19, 800 PM, Shingle Springs Opera House. Email for reservations & directions. $20 donation. Finger-style guitarist.

Western Lights Trio: September 20, 600 - 900 PM, Gold Country Artists’ Gallery, 379 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-2944,

Acoustic Eclectic Jam Band: September 20, 1000 AM, Oak Park Farmers’ Market, 33rd St & 5th Ave, Sacramento.

Acoustic Eclectic Jam Band: September 20, 630 PM, The Shack, 5201 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-457-5997,

Tell River Band: September 20, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $17. Rocking bluegrass, alternative country.

Majickat: September 21, 700 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693,, $18.

Barwick & Siegfried: September 21, 100 & 400 PM, Draft Horse Classic, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, event admission.

Acoustic Blend: September 27, 600 - 800 PM, Ludy’s BBQ, 667 Main St, Woodland, 530-666-3088,

Banner Mountain Boys: September 27, 700 - 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353,

Mike Justis Band: September 27, 700 PM, house concert in Davis Reservations & location at Bring your
own chair & a drink to share. $10-20 donation.

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, Restarted.

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, 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 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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