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Valley Bluegrass Newsletter, Saturday

The official newsletter for the northern San Joaquin Valley (and then some)

Marc Alvira, California Bluegrass Association Area Activities V.P.

Howdy Folks.

There’s a lot going on today if you’re sitting at your computer right now just surfing the web—-well read this and get out of the house!

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The David Thom Band and Red Dog Ash! This is a show that I've been looking forward to for a couple of months— RDA with The David Thom Band, out of the Sonoma area. David has toured with Don Rigsby and has played with luminaries such as David Grisman. David T’s is really one of the best bands in Northern California. Check them out here:

Oh ya....if you show up, you'll get the added bonus of seeing yours truly emceeing! Westside Theatre Saturday, March 14. Doors open at starts at 8. 1331 Main St., Newman Ca

The Hideout Saloon Highway 140, #F (around the corner and below the storefront) Mariposa, CA 95338. Shows start start at 8pm. Great beer and atmosphere in the “underground” bar.
Saturday March14...Roger Perry. Here’s what the Hideout owner, Andy, say about Roger: “We're looking forward to this. Roger wowed us last time he came to the hideout!”

Saturday March 21 at The Hideout...The Poor Valley Band...they put the party in bluegrass. No holds barred old time bluegrass, hony-tonk, and whatever they throw at you. Featuring guest fiddler, John Cooper! No ’grass growing under your feet with this band because they get you stomping. Come and let Lil’ Annie rile you up.

Coming soon~~~CONRTA DANCE ~~~in Merced: Saturday.
March 28 from 7pm - 9pm at the Veterans Hall on Main St. More details coming, but mark you calendar for this first time free event! Featuring the calling of Nick Cuccia and the Home Stilled String Band. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, no-host bar, food and great live old time string band music.

SUNDAY SERIES continues in Modesto!
March 15 & 22 @ 6:30
I hope you folks are enjoying this spectacular Sunday evening series of concerts that Aaron Rowan and the Center Stage Conservatory have put together. The next two Sundays promise to be another good ones!

Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level.
948 11 St. Modesto, Ca.

Jack Bristrow, Sunday March 15
At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie
Bristow combines subtle but beautiful
melodies and hooks that hypnotize the
listener, demand complete surrender and
then stick around with the backbone of a
real friend. In 2013 Jackie was personally
chosen by Bonnie Raitt to tour her home
country of New Zealand as Bonnie Raitt's
opening act on the 2013 Slipstream tour.
Jackie’s original song "This is Australia" won
Tourism Australia’s nationwide competition
in 2004 and was featured in Tourism
Australia's worldwide promotional campaigns for three years. She has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, John Oates, Rick Springfield, Art Garfunkel, and many other notables.

Frankie Boots and the Front Line, Sunday March 22
Valley Bluegrass REALLY likes these guys. Folk rock/Americana band roaring out of the San Francisco Bay Area with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Their visceral sound springs from a primordial soup of horns, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, keys, guitars, bass, and drums. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, the band throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. Frankie Boots And The County Line’s captivating live performances keep a crowd jumping and their magnetic songs earned them the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country/ Americana band in the North Bay for 2013.

Valley favorites The Dustbowl Children will open the evening with their new band lineup, sharing their good ol' country sounds.

Regular Jams:

Merced Jams:

Jam at The Coffee Bandits . First Tuesday of the month. Bluegrass, Old time, Americana. Acoustic only. 7:00 -9:00 PM Tuesday February 4
309 W. Main St. Merced CA. 209-383-1200 or Marc Alvira @ 209-658-3852

Modesto Jams:

Jam at the Queen Bean Coffee House from 7:00-9:00 pm every Tuesday EXCEPT the first of the month. Hosted by Rainy... 1126 14th Street.

?In Mountain Jams:

?State Old Time Fiddlers Association Jam
The first Sunday of every month will now be the State Fiddler Association Jam/meeting in Standard, CA at the Community Church from 1-4. If you don’t know where Standard is...well I didn’t either! It’s just off Highway 108, a tad southeast of Sonora.

The Irish Jam at the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia (209) 532-1885 Every 2nd Sunday from 2-6 pm This will be moving to Columbia Kate’s During the summer. Starts in May

NEW Clovis Jams

Don't miss the next jam, the first and third Sundays at 2 p.m. Red Caboose is awesome, great room to play in, comfy chairs and the food and drink is terrific. Make sure to patronize them as a way of thanking them for the hospitality shown to the jammers. Bring you sense of fun, your latest greatest song and the energy to keep up!
Upcoming Shows, Gigs and other cool stuff:
The Hanger BBQ 2343 W 324342 S, Merced Air Center, CA They have a variety of live music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. From rock to bluegrass. A very popular place among Mercedians.

Sonora Contra Dance at the Aronos Women’s Research Club in Sonora, third Saturday of the month. Contra Dancing and traditional Square Dancing in the old time country dance tradition. A caller will give a short instruction before the dance and call the dance to live Oldtime String Band music. Callers will be
Wayne and Sue. Musicians will be The Oldtime String Skinners and Associates. Music and dancing start at 7:30 and there will be a potluck at 6:30 if you would like to come early. For more info:

The Coffee Bandits Cafe Is there a show on the books right now? No, but check their calendar often. They frequently have acts before I have a chance to get them out on FB or in a newsletter. Likewise, if you have a new band or an established one looking to try out new material at a venue with an appreciative audience, this is it. , https://

On the air...CBA Radio!!!, the official broadcast voice of the California Bluegrass Association 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights at 7PM (PST) on 91.9 in the northern San Joaquin Valley or streaming on or directory.cgi?searchdesc=kcss ...playing bluegrass, old time, gospel, honky tonk and what ever is floating Steve and Marcos’ boat at the time most Tuesdays.

5054 N Academy Ave, Clovis, California 93619

KCSS Fat Sunday from Turlock begins at 10 am with Texas Red until 1:00pm; and Uncle John every other Sunday afternoon from 1-4:oopm with old-time, bluegrass, classic country, western swing, etc. Please tune in at 91.9 FM or
Open Mic at:

The Coffee Bandits Cafe, first and third Wednesdays of the month starting at 7pm. 309 West Main St. Merced CA

The Queen Bean Coffee House, Sundays Sign ups at 5:30 starts at 6pm runs till 9p, we only have room for 23 so be here at 5:30 to sign up! 1126 14th St. Modesto
Posted By:  Marcos Alvira

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