Author: Bartlett, Regina

HARMONY ROAD
 

Harmony Road has had Bluegrass Musician friends traveling from all over the Country just to play Bluegrass music. It's a good thing.

The big news: Ella Naiman and Henry Ward, our CBA engaged sweethearts, have moved to Georgia. Henry has joined the Larry Gillis band. I wish them well, but I'm sure going to miss them and I know I'm not the only one that will miss them. It will be so good to see them when they travel back home to California.

I just returned from the Morgan Hill Bluegrass Jam tonight and now I'm finishing my CBA Welcome Column for the Third Friday of the month. The Jam was at the Grange Hall. There were 3 bass players, 3 banjo players, 8 guitar players, 2 fiddles, and a mandolin player. There were 2 jamming circles going on and the music was sweet and lovely…just like Melissa Blas. She's a sweetheart of a woman and good friend and pretty good bass player. The Grange ladies served us coffee, chocolate cake and red velvet cake and chocolate dipped strawberries. Many folks were buying their tickets for the Night at the Grange concert. I did.

Last week I went to Bocci Cellars in Santa Cruz to see Johnny & Whitney Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters and was surprised to see and hear Scott Gates. Lately Scott has been busking on the Pacific Garden Mall. He says that it’s a great opportunity for musicians and he’s been connecting with lots of CBA friends. Johnny & Whitney moved to Nashville last August, got married and bought a house and have been playing lots of Bluegrass music all around Nashville.

My friend Jon De Long is a piano tuner and his tools (many hand crafted) were stolen from his vehicle. Send some good thoughts his way as this is how he makes his living in music.

Thanks to KPIG radio I won 2 tickets for the Los Cenzotles concert at the Mello Center in Watsonville. Esperanza del Valle, a Mexican Folkloric Dance company opened for them and they were full of very beautiful dresses and costumes. The dancers told stories thru their dancing and it was delightful. Los Cenzotles played a variety of songs in English and Spanish on various string instruments. Their vocal harmonies were stunning. Thanks to Marcos and Nancy & Henry Zuniga for telling me about this band. They were so incredible.

Speaking of tickets. I bought my tickets for the Morgan Hill Grange Concert for the Lonesome River Band. The concert is Saturday, Feb. 23rd. Sammy Shelor will be there to give some private banjo lessons to Tim Edes! This annual concert always sells out and is standing room only…you know you want to be there so get your tickets now…just a tip as my old friend the SurfDawg would say!

I heard from my friend Barbara Lamb who has just returned from a 6 week tour (American Music Abroad) with Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink. They played and picked Bluegrass and Country music in Borneo, and Papua, New Guinea among other places. Barbara Lamb (Babs) will be out on the West Coast soon and is looking for some bookings and House Concerts. You can contact her on Facebook.

I’m thinking about going to the Lake Havasu Festival. Larry & Sondra Baker know how to put on great Bluegrass Festivals with lots of FUN. I’ve heard good things about it and have always wanted to go there and now that I’m retired, I just might go.

I’m looking for a good camping vehicle. I looked at Rvs, trailers, Roadtreks and vans. I really like Deb Livermore’s sweet rig, "Tangerine", a vintage trailer. A trailer could be used only for festivals and stored. A van can go anywhere. I hope to have a new rig by Father’s Day.

Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival: I will be working as a stage manager for the Brookdale Bluegrass and Old Timey Festival at the Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero off of Highway One this March 8th and 9th. It’s located 50 miles South of San Francisco and 20 miles North of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Community TV will be taping the event for the Brookdale Bluegrass Music Hour.

The line up is fantastic:

Peter Rowan
Snap Jackson And The Knock On Wood Players
Sherry Austin & Henhouse
Front Country
The Naked Bootleggers
The Stoney Mountain Ramblers
Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower
The BrookdaleBluegrass Band
Elicia And The Fun Guys
Hi Hat Bill & Carr Creek Crossing
Jean Butterfield
BanjerDan
Laura Lind
Bluetail Flies

Banjer Dan is giving a banjo workshop on Saturday morning from 9-10:00am.

Laura Lind is giving an Old Tyme Sing and Strum workshop from 10-11:00 am.

Peter Rowan is giving a workshop from 11-12:00pm!!!!!

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.brookdalebluegrass.com
Friday $20.00 / Saturday $30.00.

The Costanoa Lodge Resort has great accommodations and camping and the performances will take place in the Oak Room of the South Lodge. There is a convenience store for campers; a five star restaurant and full bar. For reservations go to www.Costanoa.com or call 650-879-7307. This is a very luxurious venue and is a new magical and musical opportunity for Eric Burman aka Don Burmano the Bluegrass Impresario!

So change your strings, put batteries in your tuner, find all those picks that are everywhere, put your music books in order, learn a few new songs, and get ready for the Festival Season, it's here. See you out there on Harmony Road!


 
Posted:  2/15/2013



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