Valley Bluegrass Newsletter for the Northern San Joaquin Valley (and then some) News
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Valley Bluegrass Newsletter, January 16-18, 2015
The official newsletter for the northern San Joaquin Valley (and then some)
Marc Alvira, California Bluegrass Association Area Activities V.P. 209-658-3852 /
Howdy Folks.
Long time no see! I keep promising that fancy new e-newsletter and calendar online, and sure enough it’s almost here. In the meantime, I thought maybe to let uyou low what’s happening this weekend in and around the Valley. BTW i f you want to keep up with all that is really current, follow my FaceBook page ( valley.bluegrass.9 ). To see news letters from other activity CBA areas in California, go to For information from our friends at the Northern California Bluegrass Society check out:
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So, what’s happening?
Red Dog Ash’s annual Bluegrass Series in Newman at the Westside Theatre
january 16. Front Country has played at many of the country’s major music festivals,
including Telluride. This group is in high demand and you’ll fight our wire...real cutting edge bluegrass and then some! $12 or $15 reserved, students half price. Doors open at 7, shows start at 8:00.
?From up the hills just a little northeast of Merced (Alpine and Tuolumne Counties):
The Harmed Brothers and Small Houses Friday, January 16 starts at 7pm. Contemporary folk. Mountain setting. Who can ask for more...this show is at the Yosemite Bug Resort and Hostel in Midpines just north of Mariposa on highway 41. This Friday January 16!
The Harmed Brothers (Portland, OR) - “The lyrics are heartfelt and
coupled with the strong vocals,
makes an effective
combination. Strong lyricism
gives music substance, and in
the genre of folk / bluegrass,
substance is key. In other
genres, such as hip hop or
pop, lackluster lyricism can be
made up for with a beat. In
folk, the words are at the
forefront, and The Harmed Brothers deliver enough to keep you coming back.” Eric Walters – My Folking Heart
Small Houses (Philadelphia, PA) -
“Quentin refuses to sleep sometimes, unable to rest on any complacency when it comes to what we find value in. he knows beauty and he knows sadness and it puts them into the same vase.” – Daytrotter
WInter Ball in Mariposa with Cotton Wood Creek, Saturday at the Mariposa Fairgrounds at 7PM A SOUNDMAN sponsored event with the first ever WINTER BALL in Mariposa at the fairgrounds in building "A" - This
event is a 21 and over event only and there will be
food and beer served all night. Tickets are $10.00
per person or $17.50 per couple. Tickets go on
sale on Monday January 5th and you can get them
from The Soundman, Mike Logan or go to Ingram's
Music in Merced and get tickets from Scott Little.
More outlets may be added soon. The
entertainment for the evening will include DJ
Bryan, Cottonwood Creek, The Fog & AC Miles.
?From the Fresno/ Clovis Area:
John McCutcheon in Fresno January 16. A real live folk superstar in our backyard!!! at the Unitarian Universalist Church of
John McCutcheon has thirty-six albums and 6 Grammy
nominations. His song Christmas in the Trenches was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs. 7:30 PM Doors open at 7PM $20 ADV/FFS $25 Door Advance tickets at National Hardware, Patrick's Music and 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. (between Willow and Chestnut) All Ages Kids under 12 free 559-307-3610?
?Coming soon~~~~~~CONRTA DANCE ~~~~in Merced: the evening of March 28 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 Merced Slobber Box Society Old Time Band
?Regular Jams:
?Merced Jams:
Jam at The Coffee Bandits . First Tuesday of the month. Bluegrass, Old time, Americana. Acoustic only. 7:00 -9:30 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 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month sponsored by Rainy 1126 14th Street.
In the Mountains
SONORA Bluegrass Jam 2nd and 4th Fridays (Except if major Bluegrass Event that day) at 6:30-8:30 pm at Mi Pueblo Restaurant 126 S Washington (Formerly known as Pablito’s) Down the steps and next to the creek The Sonora Jam will return with Bill and Rick as your hosts.
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, this coming Sunday, January 18 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:
??????5054 N Academy Ave, Clovis, California 93619
?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. http:// ,
On the air...CBA Radio!!!, the official broadcast voice of the California Bluegrass Association Tuesday nights at 7PM (PST) on 91.9 in the northern San Joaquin Valley or streaming on or searchdesc=kcss ...playing bluegrass, old time, gospel, honky tonk and what ever is floating Marcos’ boat at the time most Tuesdays. Steve Lodonga will mesmerize you on the first Tuesdays of the month. The second Tuesday of the month features lCBA Lifetime Member, Mark Hogan. He’ll give you all the best of bluegrass and inform you about our California musical past because he was there...right with the invention of the rasio!! Broadcasting from Stanislaus State.
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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