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June 15 , 2010

 

Decisions, decisions…Let’s see, is there anything to do this Father’s Day weekend and next? Hey, how about going to the movies to see newly rehashed versions of The Karate Kid and The A Team, or a documentary on Joan Rivers? Is it just us, or has Hollywood really run out of ideas? Lucky for you, the weather is finally here and there is a ton of great music and more to enjoy instead, so get out and have some fun!

 

Done gone. Right about now just about everyone is in Grass Valley for the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. As should you! It is not too late to go, and at the least you can buy day tickets at the gate. You can also buy passes for the entire festival. Hope to see you there!

 

Writers hanging out in a bar. Is this something unusual? Well, it is when a group of writers get together not to get plastered but to do readings from their work. There was a nice story in the Marin IJ yesterday about the Tuesday Night Writers Group that meets a Peri’s in Fairfax, and you should go and see them on the 15th.

 

Music in/on the air. On various shows on National Public Radio you can hear interviews with Tift Merritt and Jackie DeShannon, and stories about the late singers Sandy Denny, Janis Joplin and Lydia Mendoza.

 

Woody in Marin. The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs through the 20th. There was a great story about it recently in the Marin Independent Journal. The show is simply fantastic, and the performances are first-rate. Get out and see it before it ends this weekend!

 

Acoustic Music Jam Class in west Marin. Tim Weed will be hosting an Acoustic Music Jam Class in Point Reyes Station on Wednesdays from June 23rd-July 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. This six-week series is for anyone wanting to play and sing familiar songs in a group jam setting. Improve your ability to play with other musicians with more confidence and understanding in an educational, supportive, and comfortable environment. Adults and kids of all skill-levels and ages are welcome. Space is limited to 12 people. Advance registration is recommended. Cost for the full series is $100 in advance, and $110 after June 21st. Drop-in sessions are $20. Tim is a professional guitar and mandolin player and virtuoso 5-string banjo performer with 30 years of experience playing and teaching. His expertise covers a wide range of styles, including pop, jazz, blues, world, bluegrass and classical. He has received international acclaim for his Milagros CD of original classical compositions for the 5-string banjo. More info at (415) 663-4012 or tim@timweed.com.

 

Fishwrap roundup. There were stories in the Marin IJ about Jonathan Cain (from the band Journey) and San Domenico music teacher George Thomson. Read about bluegrass in the Wall Street Journal and James Taylor and Carole King in the NY Times (thanks to Tom McCarter for this latter tip). The Sonoma County jamgrass band The Brothers Comatose was featured in Crawdaddy.

 

Ailing. Singer Bob James (pictured here in the white hat), one-half of the beloved CBA duo Hoof Hearted, is, according to a posting on the CBA Message Board, recovering from recent surgery for a brain tumor. Cards and well wishes can be sent to him at P.O. Box 2326, Mt. View, AR 72560.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Marin bass player and world traveler Segovia Bader died on the 2nd from melanoma. He was 57. Country singer Jimmy Dean passed away on the 13th. He was 81. He had a huge hit back in 1961 with the Grammy-winning song he wrote called "Big Bad John." He was also known for his Jimmy Dean sausages. You can read his obit here. Also, check out this video of him singing a duet with the late Buck Owens. Marvin Isley, bass player for the family R&B band The Isley Brothers, died in Chicago on the 6th from complications from diabetes. He was 56.

 

Coming attractions. Roy Book Binder at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 7/1; Marin County Fair 7/1-5;  Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band in San Rafael 7/4; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch on tour in northern CA 7/8-12; Mendocino Music Festival 7/10-24; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country 7/11-24; Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Tuttles with AJ Lee at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley 7/15; San Anselmo Art and Wine 7/17-18; Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/18-19; Jimmy Dillon & Lorin Rowan at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 7/22; Sonoma County Fair 7/27-8/8; Three At Last at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 7/29; Dead on the Creek in Willits 8/6-9; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Outside Lands Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park 8/14-15; Saw Players Festival in Felton 8/14-15; Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol 8/14-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Cotati Accordion Festival 8/21-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Additions

 

Music at the landing. On Fridays from now until September 3rd Marin Country Mart and Local Music Vibe present free live music at Larkspur Landing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. See Pink Sabbath on the 18th and Big Dog Trouble on the 25th.

 

Jazz duo in Berkeley. See guitarists Jim Passard (of The Lost Cats) and Marc Babin when they play on the 18th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Bacheeso’s Taste of Europe in Berkeley.

 

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival at the Mendocino Country Fairgrounds on the 18th-20th features Baaba Maal, Don Carlos, Fat Freddy’s, Drop Gregory Isaacs, Barrington and many more.

 

The Amy Wigton Band will be playing the Chords for a Cause benefit on the 19th at the Radical Creative Center for the Arts, 25 Green Point Lane, in Novato starting at 7:30 p.m. Amy will be performing songs from her new EP Go as well as songs from her latest recording session. Admission is $10. All profits will go to the Novato Unified School District. Beverages and dessert will be served. Amy’s band includes Dave Tavel on drums, Robin Hildebrant on bass, and Peter Axtell on guitar.

 

Murphy Productions presents the music for The Marin Art Festival that will be happening on the 19th and 20th at the Marin County Fairgrounds at Lagoon Park in San Rafael from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Taiko Drumming from Emeryville opens each day of the festival followed by world beat music on Saturday and American music on Sunday. Dance is a major focus of the festival, and all the bands are dance bands that cover many styles from salsa to blues. See James Henry & Hands On Fire, Jesus Diaz & y su Salsa-Timba Grupo, The Caribbean All-stars, Ray Bonneville, Twist and Shout with Rhonda Benin, and The Volker Strifler Band. Tickets are $10 at the gate, free for kids and for the first hour from 10-11 a.m. or if you come in artsy costume.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 19th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is all about birthdays in June, with a sampler of music from bluegrassers born this month, including Hazel Dickens, Lester Flatt, Earl Taylor, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Joe Val, Frank Wakefield, Eddie Adcock, Bob Black, Craig Smith, Larry Perkins, three members of the Cox Family, and many others. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

Kidzstock. The Cascade Canyon School in Fairfax is presenting a one-day festival known as Kidzstock on the 19th that will feature 20 young Marin County musicians ages 6-18 as well as a special performance by Joan Baez.

 

Dusters in SF. After playing in Grass Valley The Infamous Stringdusters will be headed to SF to play at Café du Nord on the 19th.

 

Woebegone pickin. Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 19th will feature bluegrass by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 20th starting at 11 a.m.

 

Enter your pooch into “the world’s ugliest dog contest” at The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma on the 24th-28th. Some of the bands to see are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Pablo Cruise, Clay Walker, Lucy Walsh, and Tower of Power.

 

Cats in Healdsburg. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats comes to the Raven Theater in Healdsburg on the 25th and it will run through July 25th. Based on TS Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this is the telling the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle Cats. The production ran on Broadway for 18 years.

 

Point Richmond Acoustic Concerts presents award winning songwriters Dan Navarro and Sabrina & Craig at the First Methodist Church of Point Richmond on the 25th at 8 p.m. Dan Navarro is a prolific songwriter, vocalist and professional voice actor for cartoons and commercials. As half of the songwriting team Lowen & Navarro, he has had songs recorded by the Bangles, Jackson Browne, the Temptations, Dave Edmunds and a host of others. The two toured as a duo for two decades and were staples on the folk and acoustic pop circuit. In 2005, Eric Lowen was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) and finally retired from performing last year. Sabrina & Craig open the show. Tickets are $12.50 general admission, and $10 for seniors, students and the economically-challenged. Email folkunlimited@att.net for reservations and directions.

 

Reminders

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 15th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. This month the band is David Elson, Larry Cohea, Dan Large, Tom Lucas and Deirdre Donovan. No cover.

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month and it starts at 9 p.m. with no cover. See Stevie Gurr & Carol Ann Ives on the 15th, the Palm Wine Boys on the 22nd, and Dore Coller on the 29th.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Rivereens on the 16th, Scott Law and Asher Fulero on the 17th, Elliot Randall on the 18th, Ain't Misbehavin' on the 19th, Jeb Brady on the 20th, The Mission Three on the 23rd, Sage on the 24th, Dream Farmers on the 25th, D'Bunchovus on the 26th, Honeydust on the 27th, and Ian Scherer and Robert Herrera on the 30th.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, Danny Uzilevsky most Tuesdays, and lots more great shows. Go to the site for info.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Mark Pitta hosts comedy night every Tuesday. See The Egads, Evolfo Doofeht and Representative on the 18th, Bill Kirchen on the 25th, Starduster Orchestra on the 26th, Ruthie Foster 27th, and others. Go to the web site for complete info.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See The Four Teardrops on the 16th, Dore Coller & Bermuda Grass on the 23rd, and Pink Sabbath on the 30th.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

35 years of Grass Valley. The California Bluegrass Association is hosting its 35th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley on the 17th-20th, and everyone is expected to be there. Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Rhonda Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, High Country, The Bluegrass Patriots, and others. If you go check out the Marin band Keystone Station playing a set on Vern’s Stage on the 18th at 1:35 p.m.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next one will be on the 17th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Elaine Dempsey on the 17th, Out of the Blue on the 18th, The Whiskey Thieves on the 20th, The Courtney Janes on the 24th, Boys Night Out on the 25th, High Country on the 26th, Greenhouse on the 27th, and lots more good stuff.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music. See Joshua Witt on the 17th, and Carlen Perkins and Zen on the 24th.

 

Lauralee Brown will be hosting the new Singer Songwriter Series on the 17th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in west Marin. The lineup includes Bob Crane, Ethan Simon, Doug Adamz and the host. Folks interested in finding out more can send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com.

 

Napa Valley Opera House has some hot shows. See The David Grisman Quintet Plus One on the 18th, the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Treasure Island on the 19th, and The Waifs on the 22nd.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Lauralee Brown & Company on the 18th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 19th, Paul Robinson & Al Chan on the 25th, and Eugene Huggins on the 26th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music on the 18th at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove at 8 p.m.

 

The Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) can also be seen playing at Horizons in Sausalito from 6-9 p.m. every Friday this month.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions (North Bay Live) host concerts at Studio E in Sebastopol, one of the premier listening rooms in the North Bay. See Eilen Jewell on the 18th.

 

Festive month. For those of you who like to travel, here are some other fests and shows to check out: Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville on the 18th-20th, Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara on the 18th-20th, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 22nd and 23rd, and the Susanville Bluegrass Festival on the 25th-27th.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents Kris Kristofferson on the 18th, Rickie Lee Jones on the 19th, and Ani DiFranco on the 25th.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Friday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 19th will have Roy Zimmerman and Matt Jaffe, and on the 24th it will be Ray Bonneville.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Natasha James on the 19th.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 19th see him at College of Marin for Cancer Awareness and on the 26th at 10 a.m. in Bayfront Park (on the bike path) in Mill Valley as part of "Marin County 5k Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," on the 23rd his band Bermuda Grass will play at Iron Springs, on the 28th Hot Club of Marin will do the Gypsy jazz jam Taste of Rome in Sausalito, and on the 29th he’ll be at Vasco’s in Mill Valley.

 

Angel Island has its Angel Island Live! summer music series every Saturday in June at the Cove Café Cantina. Catch JimBo Trout on the 19th and Sage on the 26th.

 

Ain't Misbehavin' with Chris Goddard performs on the 19th 3-6 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewery Taproom in Petaluma. 

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 20th starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden plays with multiple bands. On the 24th he will host Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, and on the 27th the Reckless Flames will be at the San Gregorio General Store from 2-5 p.m. This four-piece band features Robert Powell, Scott Thunes, Howie Cort and Kyle.

 

Murphy Productions is excited to be producing shows at The Palm Ballroom, a new venue for live music and dance. The size of the room is perfect to accommodate seating and dancing and it has a full bar. It is located in central San Rafael right off 101 adjacent to the Seafood Peddler. The David Nelson Band will be there on the 24th and 25th for the David Nelson Band NorCal Summer Solstice Tour. On the 24th and 25th see the DNB along with Moonalice at the Palm. Then on the 26th and 27th it will be shows at the Navarro Ballroom in the town on Navarro, with special guests Boris Garcia and the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band.

 

The Kate Wolf Festival in Laytonville on the 25th-27th has Little Feat, Steve Earle, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Poor Man's Whiskey, Robert Earl Keen, The Waifs, Blame Sally, Hot Buttered Rum and more.

 

Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Kincaid is the drummer with the 40-piece Corte Madera Town Band, and they will inaugurate the Menke Park/Piccolo Pavilion summer music series in Corte Madera on the 27th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget and Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, will appear at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 27th.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 27th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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June 5, 2010

 

Welcome to the 114th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Well, this is a way late and hastily edited version of this newsletter. Summertime is all but here, but sometimes the living ain’t as easy as the song says it is. Apologies to all of the shows that were missed so far and anything that was not included here, as time has simply gotten away from us. Of course, going to a festival in the mountains for six days did not help the situation at all. To paraphrase a saying, better late than never with the news…

 

Strawberry jam. The Strawberry MusicFestival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite last weekend was a lot of fun, despite the early rain and snow and the water main break on Sunday. Some of the hot acts were Lyle Lovett, The Desert Rose Band, Patty Loveless, Crooked Still, 18 South, The Quebe Sisters, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, The Brothers Comatose, Sweet Sunny South and Joy Kills Sorrow. The weather started warming up on Friday, and was then nice for the rest of the fest. But Strawberry was just a warm-up for the CBA’s Father’s Day Festival (details below) coming up in just two weeks in Grass Valley. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, do so now by simply going here. The CBA Summer Music Camp on 13th-16th still has a few slots open, so get in touch today.

New bands. The String Slingers are a relatively new bluegrass band that plays their own blend of mountain music infused with rowdy original material drawing from bluegrass, old-time and acoustic rock. The members are Ella May Naiman on fiddle, Meghan Herring on bass, David Barrow on guitar, and Andy Roberts on banjo. The Midnite Ramblers are a new Cajun trio featuring Agi Ban on fiddle, Julay Brooks on guitar, and Mark Marcin on accordion. They will be making their debut at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 29th.

Band scramble. According to the Bluegrass Blog, this week banjo picker Jim Mills is playing his final gig with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder after 14 years of being a member.

 

Bluegrass year round. There has been some discussion and confusion lately about when is the “official” bluegrass month. Since 1988 May had been “bluegrass month,” yet a few weeks back the leadership at the IBMA decided to move the designated time to the month of September. Official months of bluegrass? Heck, as far as we’re concerned here high atop Carltone World Hheadquarters, bluegrass happens, and should be celebrated, 24/7/365…

 

Woody in Marin. The Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs through the 20th. There was a great story about it recently in the Marin Independent Journal, and we got to see the show last night. It is simply fantastic, and the performances are first-rate. Get out and see it while you can!

Bluegrass videos. There is a wonderful site here put together by Carl Carlson, a member of the South East Bluegrass Association in Atlanta, GA, that features free videos of many of your favorite current bluegrass bands as well as classics of the Stanley Brothers, Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe and many more. The website currently has over 250 videos in the library. The site also features a free email subscription service where if you sign up you can receive newly added videos by email.

 

Nellies at their best. Congratulations to the Barefoot Nellies for being dubbed 2010's "Best All-Gal Bluegrass Band" in the publication The SF Weekly. Read all about it here.

 

Petaluma Church Concerts has been on hiatus this spring while promoter Lance Walker has been adjusting to a new job and schedule. He plans to return in the fall, but in the meantime he has been involved in bookings for the Ben & Jerry's Stage at the Marin County Fair and sharing booking duties for the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol. The Jerry's Stage features all international groups on July 4th and 5th in keeping with the Fair's "Going Global" theme (the Fair runs July 1st-5th). The Gravenstein Apple Fair (August 14 & 15) features Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Brothers Comatose, The Mighty Chiplings, Sang Matiz and The Matt Eakle Band among others.

 

Check out Mike Melnyk’s photos here from the recent Spring Fling at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. 

 

Purvis and The Stray Dogs is a new rockabilly band from Marin featuring Chris Goddard, Jimmy Sage, Lynn Asher, Dan Barbee, Dave Ervin and Jeff Harris, and they have a new CD out titled Rock the Dog Park.

 

Tatts for your guitar. Marin guitar player and teacher Paul Robinson – besides taking on new students – also has a new site that features tattoos for your instruments. Check it out here. Use them on your guitar, guitar case, PDA, or any smooth surface. Multiple patterns can be overlapped for special effects, they are easy to remove and replace if you want a new look, and they cover minor flaws in your guitar's surface.

 

Fishwrap. There were stories in the Marin IJ about Mountain Play musical director Debra Chambliss and Big Brother drummer Stan Getz. In the SF Chronicle read about Dick Bright and Mose Alison.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs/police log. One way to keep your name in the news: oft-rehabbed/jailed country singer Mindy McCready is back in the news as the result of an overdose of prescription drugs. No word on whether or not erstwhile paramour and fallen baseball icon Roger Clemens called to see if she was okay…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Fairfax singer/songwriter Mary Elizabeth Beckman drowned in Sausalito on May 17th. She was 41. You can read the tragic story here. Paul Gray, bassist for the heavy metal band Slipnot, was found dead in an Iowa motel room on May 24th. He was 38. The Temptations singer Ali-Ollie Woodson, who sang with the group in the ‘80s and ‘90s, died from cancer in Detroit on May 30th. He was 58. Kern Breaux, bass player for the Sacramento bluegrass band The Notorious Shank Brothers, died on June 2nd.

 

Coming attractions. Roy Book Binder at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 7/1; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch on tour in northern CA 7/8-12; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Tuttles with AJ Lee at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley 7/15;  Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna 7/18-19; Jimmy Dillon & Lorin Rowan at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 7/22; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Fifth Annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Benefit Concert will be taking place at Dunsmuir-Hellman House in Oakland on the 5th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. featuring Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Crooked Still, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, The Wronglers, The Tuttle Family with AJ Lee, and more.

 

Murphy Productions is excited to be producing shows at The Palm Ballroom, a new venue for live music and dance. The size of the room is perfect to accommodate seating and dancing and it has a full bar. It is located in central San Rafael right off 101 adjacent to the Seafood Peddler. The Palm also has air-conditioning, so no more sweaty shows! The first show on the 5th will feature Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. The David Nelson Band will be there on the 24th and 25th (see details below).

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Friends of the River on the 5th, Hillside Fire on the 6th, Gary Vogensen on the 9th, Windshield Cowboys on the 10th, Dream Farmers on the 11th, Jenny Kerr on the 12th, Virgil Shaw on the 13th, Rivereens on the 16th, Scott Law and Asher Fulero on the 17th, Elliot Randall on the 18th, Ain't Misbehavin' on the 19th, Jeb Brady on the 20th, The Mission Three on the 23rd, Sage on the 24th, Dream Farmers on the 25th, D'Bunchovus on the 26th, Honeydust on the 27th, and Ian Scherer and Robert Herrera on the 30th.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, Danny Uzilevsky most Tuesdays, and lots more great shows. Go to the site for info.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Go to their web site for complete info.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

Sonoma County guitarist Kevin Russell on the 5th from 3-6 p.m. will be with his Western swing, alt-country band The Rhythm Rangers at Forestville Park in Forestville, and then his bluegrass, swing and blues band Under the Radar will play on the Woody Stage at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival on the 13th from 3:30- 4:15 p.m.

 

The Mayflower Chorus is putting on a 30-Year Anniversary show early this month titled Circles, and performances will be on the 5th at the Marin Center Showcase Theatre and on the 6th at the Church of Saint Raphael. Both venues are in San Rafael.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 5th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Live On Arrival. Performing live in the KALW studios will be renowned picker and teacher Orrin Star, who's in the area for a series of house concerts and workshops, and talented teens and pre-teens OMGG, who will get you ready for their show on Vern's Stage as part of the CBA's Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

Napa Valley Opera House has some hot shows. See A Tribute to Harry Chapin featuring The Steve Chapin Band with special guest Jessica Craven of The Chapin Sisters on the 5th, Papa Doo Run Run on the 11th, the Wizard of Oz Sing-Along on the 12th, The David Grisman Quintet Plus One on the 18th, the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Treasure Island on the 19th, and The Waifs on the 22nd.

 

Old Man Markley. The LA based Old Man Markley, with noted sound engineer Joe Weed’s daughter Katie Kendall-Weed on fiddle, will be playing at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco on the 5th. The band is electric, with drums, doing bluegrass/punk music of their own creation. OMM has great energy and is lot of fun. Proud papa Joe will in attendance at the SF show.

 

The Lost Cats will be playing hot swing music from noon-1:30 p.m. on the 5th at the Union Street Fair in SF on the Gough Street stage. Stay the day and enjoy the Lonestar Retrobates at 4-6 p.m. on the Webster Street stage.

 

John Caulfield and Rory McNamara of Mild Colonial Boys will be at the San Gregorio Store on the 5th at 2:30 p.m. Third member Kyle Alden will not be there as he is playing elsewhere that day. The good news is that the two may be joined by Kenny Sommerville and Vincey Keehan of the Gasmen.

 

On the 5th Jon Mitguard & Dana Rath (a.k.a. Barbwyre) and Blue Boudoir (Cliff & Julia Landis and Jon & MaryAnn Nardo) will be playing at the Bazaar Café in SF at 7 p.m. Barbwyre will finish off the night out with the blend of more original music. 

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Eric Thompson and Alan Senauke on the 5th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Woebegone pickin’. Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 5th, broadcast live from Santa Barbara, will feature west Marin’s Elvin Bishop and former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins. This is the second time in a few months for Watkins on the show. What, no other acts were available? You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., or listen to the rebroadcast on the 6th starting at 11 a.m.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. There will be a special Saturday night of music on the 5th with The Jack Grace Band on tour from the East Coast. Otherwise, see The Matt Eakle Band on the 9th, The Four Teardrops on the 16th, Dore Coller & Bermuda Grass on the 23rd, and Pink Sabbath on the 30th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be jazzing it up this month. Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, appears at the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 5th and the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 27th. You can find him on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at their monthly dance concert on the 9th at the Corte Madera Rec Center, as well as on the big stage at the Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael in the 12th.

 

Hopkin & Winge will play their first show at the Pine Cone Cafe in Sebastopol on the 5th from 7-9 p.m.

 

Rowan news. The new Rowan-Cunningham Band is comprised of the Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) performing with world-class fiddler Sue Cunningham. They will be playing at The Woods in Mill Valley on the 5th. If you love the bluegrass/newgrass and Americana and the sound of guitars and mandolins and fiddles, this is a concert you will not want to miss. They will also be appearing on the West Coast Live radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) on the morning of 5th at 11 a.m. Lorin and Chris can also be seen playing at Horizons in Sausalito from 6-9 p.m. every Friday this month.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Andrew Freeman on the 5th, the Celtic jam on the 6th, Keystone Station on the 12th, Boys Night Out on the 25th, High Country on the 26th, Greenhouse on the 27th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Joe Kirkbride on the 5th, Joe Tate on the 11th, Rebecca Griffin on the 12th, Lauralee Brown and Company on the 18th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 19th, Paul Robinson & Al Chan on the 25th, and Eugene Huggins on the 26th.

 

Whole Foods Jubilee. See the bluegrass bands Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue and Savannah Blue performing at the new Whole Foods Market in Mill Valley on Sunday the 6th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It will be a Jubilee Celebration for the new store that will open a few days later. This is a free event, and the theme is all about local food, carnival games, lots of grilling and good times. The location is 731 E. Blithedale where Lucky/Albertson’s used to be. Savannah Blue will be going on first.

 

Fairfax singer/songwriter Jo D’Anna can be seen performing on the 6th at Salute e Vita Ristorante in Richmond. This is a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring live music, wine tasting, antipasti, and a silent fine art photo auction. The event starts at 1 p.m., and Jo will play around 3 p.m.

 

Triple bill in Berkeley. On the 6th it will be an all acoustic concert at the Freight & Salvage with 77 El Deora, Don't Look Back and Claudia Russell & The Folk Unlimited Orchestra.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music on the 6th for the Point Reyes Station's Western Weekend at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station for the town’s biggest celebration of the year. There will be a parade at noon, food, beverages, fun activities, and music. On the 18th the band will be back at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove at 8 p.m.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 6th he’ll be with Savannah Blue in Mill Valley, on the 19th at College of Marin for Cancer Awareness and 26th at 10 a.m. in Bayfront Park (on the bike path) in Mill Valley as part of "Marin County 5k Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," on the 23rd Bermuda Grass will play at Iron Springs, on the 28th Hot Club of Marin will do the Gypsy jazz jam Taste of Rome in Sausalito, and on the 29th he’ll be at Vasco’s in Mill Valley.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents Robert Cray on the 6th, Merle Haggard on the 12th, Boz Scaggs on the 13th, Kris Kristofferson on the 18th, Rickie Lee Jones on the 19th, and Ani DiFranco on the 25th.

 

Renowned guitar picker and teacher Orrin Star returns to northern California in June for a workshop and concert tour. Once described as “Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson,” he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and is also known for his guitar and mandolin workshops. See him do a workshop in Corte Madera on the 6th from noon-2:30 p.m. (info at gassman55@yahoo.com or 415-713-1791). Some private lesson slots w/Orrin are also available on the 7th-9th, so email him at orhay@aol.com.

 

The Marin band Three At Last will be doing a two-week East Coast tour from Washington DC to Boston on the 8th-22nd. Next month they will be at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 29th.

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month with. Starts at  9 p.m., no cover. See Lisa Kindred on the 8th, Stevie Gurr and Carol Ann Ives on the 15th, Palm Wine Boys on the 22nd, and Dore Coller on the 29th.

 

San Angelo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music. See Javier Montale on the 10th, Joshua Witt on the 17th, and Carlen Perkins and Zen on the 24th.

 

Kathy McDonald & Friends with Rich Kerch & Smoky Flower will be playing a show in Larkspur on the 11th at the old home of the Larkspur Café Theatre. Opening will be Jessie Brewster and Allison Smith at 8 p.m.

 

The Health and Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa on the 11th-13th will have Lauren Hill, Steel Pulse, Galactic, 7 Walkers and many more acts on multiple stages.

 

Lauralee Brown and her band Jazz & Beyond will be at The Pleasure Is Mine in San Rafael on the 11th and at Saylor’s on the 18th. She is also hosting the new Singer Songwriter Series on the 17th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in west Marin. The lineup includes Bob Crane, Ethan Simon, Doug Adamz and the host. Folks interested in finding out more can send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com.

 

Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. They play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland usually on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., but this month it will be on the 11th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

100 years of the Dipsea. The annual Dipsea race in Mill Valley will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary on the 12th with a big expo in downtown Mill Valley on Lytton Square from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can see Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, The Palm Wine Boys and lots more. The actual race will take place on the 13th.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 12th. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play. Murphy’s has a full bar and also offers tasty food at reasonable prices. Children are welcome

 

Angel Island kicks off their Angel Island Live! summer music series every Saturday in June at the Cove Café Cantina. Catch the California Honeydrops on the 12th, JimBo Trout on the 19th, and Sage on the 26th.

 

The Fairfax Festival on the 12th and 13th will feature Danny Montana & The Bar Association, Buddy Owen, Honeydust, Vinyl, Palm Wine Boys, Lumanation, and many more acts.

 

Misner & Smith are real busy month. See them in the cast of the Marin Theatre Company’s production ofWoody Guthrie’s American Song. On the 12th they will also be performing at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival.

 

The 34th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival takes place on the 12th-13th at the Presidio Middle School in SF, and some of the acts you can see there are Sheri Cooper & Clancy Bounds, Jo D’Anna, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Under the Radar, Ray Bierl, Don Burnham & The Bolos, The West County Professional Tea Sippers and The Wronglers.

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden plays with multiple bands. On the 12th he’ll be with the Reckless Flames and The Gas Men at the Fairfax Festival, on the 24th he will host Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, and on the 27th the Reckless Flames will be at the San Gregorio General Store from 2-5 p.m. This four-piece band features Robert Powell, Scott Thunes, Howie Cort and Kyle.

 

Lindalou and Michael and the 3 D's – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper – will play at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on the 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sharpsteen Museum Plaza on Washington Street.

 

The Ruminators can be seen performing at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa on the 13th from 7-10 p.m.

 

Belvedere fiddler Griffin Stoller on the 13th will be opening the Mountain Play production of Guys and Dolls at 11:30 a.m. on Mt. Tamalpais. And if it's straight up jazz that you are looking for, the incredible SFJAZZ High School All Stars with Griffin on violin will be performing at Pier 23 Restaurant in San Francisco on the 10th. Free admission. You can also read a story about Griffin from last summer in the Marin IJ.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 15th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. This month the band is David Elson, Larry Cohea, Dan Large, and Deirdre Donovan. No cover

 

35 years of Grass Valley. The California Bluegrass Association is hosting its 35th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley on the 17th-20th, and everyone is expected to be there. Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Rhonda Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, High Country, The Bluegrass Patriots, and others.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next one will be on the 17th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions. Laurie Schaeffer & Greg Abel (North Bay Live) host concerts at Studio E in Sebastopol, one of the premier listening rooms in the North Bay. See Eilen Jewell on the 18th.

 

Festive month. For those of you who like to travel, here are some other fests and shows to check out: Huck Finn Jubilee in Victorville on the 18th-20th, Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara on the 18th-20th, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 22nd and 23rd, and the Susanville Bluegrass Festival on the 25th-27th.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 19th will have Roy Zimmerman and Matt Jaffe, and on the 24th it will be Ray Bonneville.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Natasha James on the 19th.

 

Ain't Misbehavin' with Chris Goddard performs on the 19th 3-6 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewery Taproom in Petaluma. 

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 20th starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

Everyone is on board for the David Nelson Band NorCal Summer Solstice Tour from the 24th-27th. On the 24th and 25th see the DNB along with Moonalice when they play the Murphy Productions show at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael. Then on the 26th and 27th it will be shows at the Navarro Ballroom in the town on Navarro, with special guests Boris Garcia and the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band.

 

The Kate Wolf Festival in Laytonville on the 25th-27th has Little Feat, Steve Earle, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Poor Man's Whiskey, Robert Earl Keen, The Waifs, Blame Sally, Hot Buttered Rum and more.

 

Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Kincaid is the drummer with the 40-piece Corte Madera Town Band, and they will inaugurate the Menke Park/Piccolo Pavilion summer music series in Corte Madera on the 27th.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 27th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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May 14, 2010

 

In the real world the normally merry month of May has not been very “merry” at all so far. Floods in Nashville, tornadoes in Oklahoma, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil seeping in the Gulf of Mexico with no end in sight (but lots of corporate executives and lawyers pointing accusative fingers at one another!), and the Giants were swept at home by the Padres. Fortunately the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters has been working overtime to bring you all the pertinent entertainment news you need to forget about that “real” world, so get out and have some fun before the world as we know it comes to an end!

 

In your face. Hey Facebookers, ever wonder just who can see all of that personal information of yours that you have up there on your info page? Well, lots more folks than you may think. After reading this front page story in the SF Chronicle you may want to do some checking and editing of your site…

 

Perfect pitch. Baseball fans are well aware that Dallas Braden, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s, threw a perfect game on Mother’s Day. Did he employ a secret weapon of mass distraction? Was it the caped, beanie-propeller-hat-wearing banjo player seen here behind the dugout? Could be, could be…Thanks to Peter Thompson for this photo tip.

 

Surviving the storm. Former Bay Area bluegrass banjo player Debby Cotter Kaspari, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with her husband Mike and her cat Gizmo, lost just about everything the other day in a devastating tornado that destroyed numerous houses, caused dozens of injuries and five deaths. The couple and their cat huddled in a steel box that they had installed into their garage floor following a tornado scare over a decade ago. Their house was demolished, but they were not injured. The only musical instruments that survived are Debby’s banjo and Mike’s Fender Stratocaster guitar. You can see photos and read her “Surviving the Storm” posting here. Folks may remember Debby from the bands The All Girl Boys (with Chris Lewis, Kathy Barwick, Mary Gibbons and the late Carolyn Cirimele) and Heartland. Originally from the Bay Area, Debby is also a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been a fashion and scientific illustrator as well as a jewelry and collectible designer. For over 20 years she has been a painter of highly realistic watercolors of birds, exhibiting in the Oakland Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

 

New venue in Sausalito. The Seahorse has taken over the old Saylor’s Landing spot in Sausalito, and while there is not a lot of info yet on their web site (is it a restaurant, is it a bar, is it open for real yet?), there will be a show there on the 15th with Mari Mack & Livin’ Like Kings starting at 9 p.m.

 

Helping Nashville. By now you are probably well aware of the massive flooding and damage that went on in Nashville, TN, last week. You can look at two slide shows here and here, and listen to a report on National Public Radio here. Damages are projected to be over $1 billion, with a couple of dozen deaths and untold destruction. Downtown Nashville, The Grand Old Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and countless more homes and businesses were deluged. Yeah, you may have recently donated to help earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile, and possibly some other worthwhile causes. But Nashville can use your help too. If you want to do some good, go to this site here and send some cash to the American Red Cross.

 

End of the road. Dave Fisher, one of the founding members of the original folk group called The Highwaymen from the early 1960s, died on the 7th at the age of 69. The Highwaymen had huge hits in 1961 with “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” and in 1962 with “Cottonfields.” Look at some of their album covers here and here. You can read Fisher's official obituary in the NY Times. Speaking of the name The Highwaymen, you may recall that another group of more well known country singers used this name about 25 years ago. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson put out a few albums and toured as The Highwaymen. And as you might expect, there was quite a legal dustup about the use of the moniker back in the early 90s. A happy compromise was wisely agreed upon by all of the participants, and you can read a story about it here in the NY Times.

 

Summer music camp. The CBA Summer Music Camp will take place at Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival, and classes are filling up, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot.

Fest Schedules. Speaking of the Father’s Day Fest on June 17th-20th, the band schedules are now set, so print out these pages and make plans now!

 

Beatles and zombies. The Fab Four are about to be portrayed as zombies in a forthcoming feature film titled Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. The story is based on an illustrated novel by American author Alan Goldsher. In the book, “Zombie John Lennon murders the other three Beatles, who then come back to life as zombies and nourish themselves on the brains of fans, while trying to avoid the clutches of archenemy zombie killer Mick Jagger.” Sounds like fun for the whole family! Thanks to Mike Danese for this tip.

Veteran comedian Mort Sahl was interviewed in the Pacific Sun recently by award-winning writer Jill Kramer of Fairfax, and you can read the chat here.

 

Hey musicians – have you ever wanted to put down your ax to go and rumble with some folks in the audience? Well rockabilly Jimmy Donley used to do such back in the day. He was also married six times, if this gives you any indication as to his mental stability. You can read or listen to a story about him on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air.

 

Harwood Productions has another Live From Bay 6 episode up on its site, and this one is with singer/songwriter Peter Brown. You can watch the show here. On the 15th a new episode will be available for viewing, this one with Bruce Kernnow.

 

Petaluma singer/songwriter Larry Potts received a nomination for "Best Male Artist" at the International Acoustic Music Awards, and won the Americana category with "Grandma's Patchwork Star,” a song off of his latest album Close To Home. He also won seven other honorable mentions.

 

Move over, Susan Boyle. It looks like British musical game show singer Susan Boyle now has some new competition. Check out this video here.

 

Ever think about starting a trio with a banjo, accordion and bagpipe? If so, you may be breaking international torture laws. Look at this great cartoon here.

 

Novato singer/songwriter Amy Wigton has a new video up on her site that you can watch here.

 

What’s so funny? Everyone can use a good laugh from time to time. Check out the new Laugh With Me Jane blogspot by West Marin’s Mejane.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will preview on the 27th and run from June 1st-20th. Local singers Misner & Smith and Harry Yaglijian will be part of the cast.

 

Fishwrap roundup. Commander Cody has a new coffee table book titled "Art, Music & Life" and you can read a story about him in the Marin IJ. There was also a story about pianist George Winston. In the SF Chronicle there were stories about Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Jakob Dylan, and the new SFJazz building.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs/police log. “Hey, Bubba says ‘Keep it down, punk!’” Rapper Lil Wayne, who is residing at Rikers Island prison for a year on a gun charge, somehow had someone smuggle in a charger and headphones for a digital music player, both of which are contraband while in the stir. With good behavior he could be out by November, so buy those comeback tour tickets now!

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Barrier-breaking jazz singer and actress Lena Horne died in New York City on the 9th. She was 92. Bob Mercer, a music industry executive who signed the Sex Pistols back in the day, died in Los Angeles on the 5th. He was 65.

 

Coming attractions. Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band at Seafood Peddler in San Rafael 6/5; Eric Thompson & Alan Senauke at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 6/5; Bluegrass for the Greenbelt in Oakland 6/5; Stone River Boys at the KRSH BBQ 6/10, Rancho Nicasio 6/11; 34th Annual SF Free Folk Festival 6/12-13; Merle Haggard in Napa 6/12, in Lemoore 6/13, and in Saratoga 6/16; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Eilen Jewell at Studio E in Sebastopol 6/18; Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville 6/18-20; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Kinky Friedman in SF 7/30, Sebastopol 8/5; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival 9/24-26 in Sanger; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

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In the Woods Productions at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley has the Rubber Souldiers on the 14th, Jimmy Dillon on the 19th (and 26th), Vinyl on the 21st, Bonnie Hayes on the 22nd, and open mic with Austin deLone on Monday nights.

 

The Lost Cats are an East Bay swing band. On the 14th (and 21st) you can see a duo version of the band at Bacheeso's in Berkeley, on the 16th at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, on the 20th it will be a trio of Cats at The New Zealander in Alameda, and on the 22nd the full band will be at High Street Station in Alameda.

 

Houston Jones in Alameda. The high-octane Americana band Houston Jones will be playing a show at the Alameda Naval Air Museum Benefit for Special Olympics on the 14th starting at 8 p.m.

Dynamic duo in Benicia. Jim Nunally and Judy Forrest on the 14th will be singing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 8-11 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

 

Play Day in Duboce Park. On the 15th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. lots of bands will be performing in Duboce Park in SF for a benefit for the Friends of Harvey Milk Recreation Center. See Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup, The Toodala Ramblers, Misisipi Rider, Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, D'lilah Monroe & The Tom Cats, The Maurice Tani Combo, and Rich McCulley.

 

San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden will be playing with The Gas Men in San Francisco on the 15th at the Plough and Stars starting at 9 p.m.; on the 20th he will be part of the new Singer/Songwriter Series at Rancho Nicasio at 7 p.m.; and on the 23rd he will be co-hosting the Traditional Irish Music Session at the Plough at 9 p.m.

 

Orchidgrass in Mill Valley. At Frame-O-Rama in Mill Valley on the 15th there will be a showing of San Rafael artist MaryAnn Nardo’s wild orchid paintings along with some bluegrass/country music. The art opening will go from 4-6 p.m., and the music from 6-9 p.m. The location is 487 Miller Avenue.

 

Mill Valley’s Jamie Clark can be seen at Lobster’s (deejay Paul Wells) Birthday Bash Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Broadway Studios in SF on the 15th starting at 8 p.m. It is also Lobster’s 60th birthday party. Other acts will include Third Thursday Band, a band of nine-year-olds called Thrasher, plus special guests.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 15th for a special three-hour edition from 5-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled That's How I Can Count On You, and it is part of the KALW spring membership drive. Great music (as always), great thank-you gifts, and a great opportunity for you to support the show and the station. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

Western swing in Berkeley. The Lost Weekend Western swing band will be headlining a show on the 15th at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

Wagon in Muir Beach. The old-time/good-time band Wagon will be rolling in at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach on the 15th starting at 7 p.m. No cover.

 

Julie Larson & Friends (including Fairfax songwriter, Jo D'Anna) will be appearing at Chester's Café in Berkeley on the 15th from 7-9 p.m.

 

The Berkeley Old Time Spring Fling has multiple events happening on the 15th and 16th so go to the site for complete details.

 

Renowned autoharpist Bryan Bowers can be seen playing a show in Sebastopol on the 16th at Subud Hall.

 

Sara Winge and Bart Hopkin will be playing on the 16th from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe, Petaluma's unofficial community center. No cover.

 

The Second Annual Marin/Sonoma Concours d'Elegance on the 16th will showcase 200 exotic and rare vehicles on the lawn and 12 beautiful classic wooden boats in the lagoon. Janis Joplin’s wildly painted 1965 356 Porsche convertible will be on display from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. There will be cars for sale, exhibitors of exceptional automotive products and services plus live music, food, wine and micro brew sampling plus car related art. This event is a benefit for Hospice By the Bay. Music by Mal Sharpe and Swing Fever.

 

Party time in Sonoma. On the 22nd and 23rd, starting at 1 p.m. at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma, check out the Barbecued Music and Live Oyster Festival. Great local beers, 2500 bbq'd oysters and the biggest party in the town. On the 22nd it will be music by EZ Kewl, Roman Alexander, Tudo Bem, and the Sean Carscadden Trio, and on the 23rd see The Jami Jamison Band, Steve Dudgeon, The Whiskey Thieves, and Roman Alexander. No cover!

 

The Cowlicks will be having a birthday BBQ at Rancho Nicasio on the 23rd starting at 3 p.m.

 

The 3rd Annual San Geronimo Valley Gym & Youth Center Benefit Golf Tournament and Oyster Feed will be happening on the 27th. Go to the link for complete info.

 

The annual Larkspur Flower and Food Festival will be happening on the 30th featuring the Marin Community Chorus, Rozzi Crane, Sonic Strut and the Sun Kings. This is a free event.

 

Tribute to Bud Cockrell. As mentioned here some weeks back, original Pablo Cruise bass player Bud Cockrell died on March 6th after a long illness. On Memorial Day (the 31st) the Pablo Cruise band is going to be throwing its own memorial in honor of Bud out at Rancho Nicasio. PC will be playing the music, talking stories, having more than a few toasts, presenting some pictures and videos, and basically sending Bud off in style starting at 4 p.m. 

 

Reminders

 

Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Sons with Boudeeka on the 14th will play at Peri's in Fairfax, and on the 21st psychedelic soul abounds at Taste of Rome in Sausalito. The Sons return to the Presidio Yacht Club on the 29th, and conclude the month on the 31st at the Sausalito Cruising Club.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Hellhounds on the 14th, The Perfect Crime with special guests Scott Gerber and Cori Wood on the 15th, Under the Radar on the 21st, Barbecued Music Fest on the 22nd and 23rd, The David Thom Band on the 28th, Blue House on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Jeff Labes on the 14th, Schuster Bay on the 15th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 21st, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 22nd, Nigel Healy on the 28th, and Eugene Huggins on the 29th.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 14th, Butch Whacks & The Glass Packs on the 21st, Guys and Dolls on the 28th-30th, and others.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See the benefit show on the 14th (info below), Jack Irving’s Songwriters on the 19th, Namely Us on the 23rd, plus others.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Dream Farmers on the 14th, Lansdale Station on the 15th, The Beer Circus featuring many acts to amaze and astonish including the famous Renee DeLaPrade on the 16th that Benefits Music in Schools, Sex and Machines on the 19th, MotoGruv on the 20th, Smokehouse Gamblers on the 21st, Dogtown Ramblers on the 22nd, (W+T)J2 on the 23rd, The Rivereens on the 26th, Hillside Fire on the 27th, Crosby Tyler on the 28th, The Pine Needles on the 29th, and Elliot Randall on the 30th.

 

At the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa see The Smothers Brothers on the 14th, Barenaked Ladies on the 25th, Smokey Robinson on the 28th, and more.

 

Sonoma County band leader Kevin Russell has two shows he's involved with this month. On the 14th his Acoustic Quest Productions will present Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster in a very intimate setting. Only 60 seats are available for this amazing show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (which is not the Sebastopol Community Center). Contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 to reserve seats. Kevin’s bluegrass, newgrass, blues, swing, folk, and country band Under the Radar plays at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma on Friday on the 21st beginning at 8 p.m. UtR is Kevin, Layne Bowen, Markie Sanders and Michael Capella.

 

Three At Last will be at A'Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa on the 14th, at the Aqus Cafe brunch in Petaluma at 10:30 a.m. on the 15th, at Mission City Roasters in Santa Clara on the evening of the 15th, and at The Ukiah Brewing Company on the 22nd. 

 

Fairfax benefit. On the 14th at 6 p.m. there will be benefit for Kari Weber Simpson at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Kari is a preschool teacher, wife, flamenco dancer, and a singer and guitar player. She was struck by a van on March 17th while walking home from a work meeting. She was on the sidewalk and a man fell asleep at the wheel. She was helicoptered to Stanford Medical and in surgery for nine hours. Her injuries include a shattered pelvis, broken collar bone, six fractured ribs and a broken shin. The good news is that she is recovering comfortably at her parents' home in San Rafael and is getting stronger every day. A group of her friends have gotten together to put on this benefit to help her, her husband and her parents with some of the medical bills and loss of income. The lineup of musicians will include Cullan's Hounds, Adam Roach, The MorRiggan's Wake and Kyle Alden. All proceeds will be going to Kari. There will also be a raffle to help raise money.

 

Sonoma musician Adam Traum on the 14th from 6-9 p.m. will be at the Wipeout Bar and Grill in Greenbrae with his Traumatics trio, on the 18th at 7 p.m. with the band at Murphy’s for the Farmer’s Market After Party, on the 22nd at 1 p.m. as a solo acoustic show at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, and on the 23rd from 6-8 p.m. with the Traumatics at Steiner’s Tavern in Sonoma.

 

Twang Ditty will be bringing their classic country to the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa for a dance put on by the Santa Rosa

Moose Order on the 14th. Members and guests are welcome. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Also, see Melvin Seals and JGB on the 15th, Wonderbread 5 on the 21st, Funkanauts on the 26th, and more.

 

Dore Coller on the 15th will be playing at Frame O Rama in Mill Valley from 6-9 p.m.; on the 18th see him at Vasco (as mentioned below); on the 28th the Hot Club of Marin will play the Aqus Café in Petaluma from 7-9 p.m.; and on the 31st the Hot Club of Marin hosts the Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Harmony Sweepstakes on the 15th, The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District

Non-Marching Band on the 18th, Love2Dance Spring Performance 2010 on the 29th, and more fine shows.

 

The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur will feature Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps on the 16th.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of every month starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. On the 16th they’ll be playing barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94-years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 18th. The pickers will be Deirdre Donovan, Bruce Sadownick, Dave Hanks, Dan Large and Larry Cohea.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. This month's guests Dore Coller on the 18th, and singer songwriter Kate Gaffney on the 25th. Music from 8-10:30 p.m. 

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Rattlebox on the 19th, and Sang Matiz on the 26th

 

Doug Adamz on the 20th will be playing with Memphis Exchange when they open for Pam Tillis at the Conocti Resort. Then he will be headed back to his hometown of El Paso, TX. You can hear him streaming live on the State of the Arts radio show on the 22nd, and on the 29th he will perform at the UTEP Dinner Theatre show with very special guests.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next one for this month will be on the 20th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

The Coast Café now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. See. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music. See Doug Dexter on the 20th, and Michael Wolf on the 27th.

 

Lauralee Brown is hosting the new Singer Songwriter Series on the 20th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in west Marin. The lineup includes Sofi Rox, Kyle Alden, Stephan Mockli, Ned Pasqual, Debra Clawson & Mike Lynch, Roscoe Born and the host. Folks interested in finding out more can send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com. Lauralee will also be at Saylor's on the 21st with her Jazz & Beyond Company featuring Jay Stapleton on guitar, Mark Armenta on bass and Steve Malerbi on percussion and harmonica, and then on the 27th at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael with the same group.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Marcia Ball and Warren Hood on the 21st, The Desert Rose Band on the 29th, and others.

 

The Sonoma Jazz Festival on the 21st-23rd will have lots of jazz acts along with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Elvis Costello and The Neville Brothers.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has Shawn Colvin and Lisa Loeb on the 22nd and Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson on the 29th.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 22nd at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. See Claudia Nygaard and Evie Laden.

 

A World Of Music, an evening of music and dance from around the world, will be helping to raise money to educate the next generation of musicians. The show will be happening on the 22nd at the Sebastopol Community Center from 3-10 p.m. with Dgiin, Sang Matiz, Amadou Camara, Inna Riddim', Intangled, Onye Onyemaechi, Danza Azteca Ohtli Yolilitzli and more.

 

North Bay singer/songwriter Moss Henry will be singing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 22nd from 7-9 p.m.

Great food and drink, and no cover.

 

Pickin’ in the park. The Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic will take place on the 22nd, hosted by Jeanie and Chuck Poling. This event is sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association and will include a drawing for two tickets to the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley in June. Go to the CBA website for more info.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions at Studio E in Sebastopol is presenting Chris Webster & Nina Gerber on the 22nd.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget and Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 23rd.

 

The Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite takes place on the 27th-31st, so go to the web site for more info. There will be pickin' of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 23rd. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue. Bring acoustic instrumente and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

KRSH Backyard BBQ. On the 27th at 6 p.m. radio Station KRSH (95.9 FM) in Santa Rosa will have their first concert for 2010. The C.T. Cruisers, a ten-piece band with horns, have invited some incredibly talented local guest artists (Levi Lloyd, Jody Counter, Linda Ferro, Ron Lacey and Cathy Slack) to perform with them. The Sonoma County Blues Society will be the supporting non-profit entity for this show. All SCBS members are encouraged to wear their SCBS T-Shirts to show your support and presence at this event.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael is teaming up with fellow house concert promoter Drew Pearce on the 29th to present Drew Gasparini and Rachel Efron at 8 p.m. $15 per person suggested donation. For more info call (415) 785-4530.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

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May 1,2010

Welcome to the 113th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

A third of the way over. The merry month of May is here, and this means that one-third of 2010 is done and gone already. Where does the time go? The good news is that the rainy season has been declared over here by the bay, and it is time for lots more outdoor music activities to start happening. There are outdoor events taking place this weekend (see below), and next weekend is the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Of course, there are always plenty of indoor shows to see year-round, so get off the sofa and out of the house and check out some great music!

 

Apologies in advance for any mistakes or oversights in this issue. Quality control here at Carltone World Headquarters is not what it used to be, as many of the interns were too busy this month trying to deal with their failing derivatives. Apparently, for many months now, they had been busy searching out North Bay music news to report while at the same time betting the farm that no one would actually ever read these newsletters. Thanks to diligent readers like you, they lost their bets and they are now dealing with massive hangovers...

 

Cars and country music. Some Bay Area folks already know local alt-country guitarist and band leader Maurice Tani from the band 77 El Deora. Last weekend he was featured here in the SF Chronicle car section, waxing nostalgic about his 1991 Mazda RX-7. Heck, you can submit your car story too if you want to…

Fiddling with Mark O’Connor. Exceptional fiddler Mark O’Connor does more than just perform and make recordings (he just released his 36th album). He also teaches fiddle and violin, and he has developed a new way for learning how to play called The O’Connor Violin Method. There was a great segment about him on the National Public Radio show All Things Considered the other day than you can listen to here or read the transcript here.

 

Summer music camp. The CBA Summer Music Camp will take place at Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival, and classes are filling up, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot.

Banjo ball. Last Sunday in the SF Chronicle sports section columnist Scott Ostler satirically wrote about "baseball's more obscure unwritten rules." Here is one of them: "Unless he is looking for trouble, the on-deck hitter should try not to distract the pitcher by playing 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' on a banjo."

New band. Loganville Acoustic is a new band on the Bay Area music scene that plays bluegrass, Americana and original songs. Its members are Leighanna Murphy on vocals, Bob Kolb on dobro, Jerry Logan on guitar and vocals, Robbie Macdonald on banjo and vocals, and a bass player to be named later. The band picks material from old country male/female duets, old country and bluegrass, and they have worked up some of Jerry's original material with three-part harmony.

 

Merle Haggard is what he is. Merle Haggard has a new recording out titled I Am What I Am, and last week he was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Morning Edition. You can listen to the interview here or read the transcript here.

 

North Bay musician Gary Grubb, of the band D’Bunchovus, wrote a song recently called “Warrior Watch Riders” in honor of his son’s return home from fighting in Afghanistan. You can listen to the song on his site here. Also, read this blog about the situation.

 

Bluegrass in the news. Two bluegrass stories of note arrived over the transom (if you remember what this is you are a senior reader of the Carltone World News) the other day. One is an interview in the Washington Post with Amber Collins of the band No Speed Limit, and the other is a story in the Encore performance trade magazine about an up and coming banjo player from LA who used to wear fake arrows through his head…

 

What’s so funny? Everyone can use a good laugh from time to time. Check out the new Laugh With Me Jane blogspot by West Marin’s Mejane.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will preview on the 27th and run from June 1st-20th. Local singers Misner & Smith will be part of the cast.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there was a story that you can read here about West Marin musician Doug Adamz and his new CD.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs/police log. Missing ink: Hey kids, thinking about getting a nifty cool tattoo but also think you may become famous some day? Then don’t go the route of Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. rapper 50 Cent, who has had laser surgery done to remove some tats now that he wants to become an actor…Stop your whining! Speaking of tattoos, what would this segment of the Carltone World News be without a mention of pop singer Amy Winehouse? She spent some time in the hospital recently after a drunken fall. Any chances the rap on head knocked some sense into her? Nah…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Peter Steele, front man for the band Type O Negative, died in New York last month. He was 48. Keith Elam, also known as hip-hop pioneer Guru, died of cancer on April 19th. He was 43.

 

Coming attractions. Eric Thompson & Alan Senauke at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 6/5; Bluegrass for the Greenbelt in Oakland 6/5; Merle Haggard in Napa 6/12, in Lemoore 6/13, and in Saratoga 6/16; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Eilen Jewell at Studio E in Sebastopol 6/18; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country, 7/11-24; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival 9/24-26 in Sanger; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Doug Adamz will be having a CD release party for his new disc titled Bernardo’s Serenade at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur on the 1st at 8 p.m. Then on the 2nd he, Doug Young and Mike Simpson will be at Mission City Coffee Roasters in Santa Clara. On the 20th Doug will be playing with Memphis Exchange when they open for Pam Tillis at the Conocti Resort. Then he will be headed back to his hometown of El Paso, TX. You can hear him streaming live on the State of the Arts radio show on the 22nd, and on the 29th he will perform at the UTEP Dinner Theatre show with very special guests.

 

Benefit in Mill Valley. Marin musician Austin deLone on the 1st will bring his Hammond organ to a debut project opening the new series of shows at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley. The show is the first benefit venture of In the Woods Productions, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the Richard deLone Special Housing Project, a place for children with different abilities to live and thrive. Joining Audie will be Aram Danesh, Paul Revelli and Eric McCann.

 

Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Sons with Boudeeka present their 60's Dance Party on the 1st at the Presidio Yacht Club at the Travis Marina in Sausalito, with Drew Youngs and Lynn Asher filling in for Boudeeka. Bou's back on the 14th for a show at Peri's in Fairfax, and on the 21st psychedelic soul abounds at Taste of Rome in Sausalito. The Sons return to the Presidio Yacht Club on the 29th, and conclude the month on Memorial Day the 31st at the Sausalito Cruising Club.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play as a duo for the opening day of the Calistoga Farmer's Market on the 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sharpsteen Museum Plaza on Washington Street in beautiful downtown Calistoga.

 

Barn dance in Woodacre. On the 1st it will be the Valley Visions dinner and barn dance at Dickson Ranch featuring Danny Montana & The Bar Association and Valley Funktion. Doors open 5:30 p.m., and ticket price includes appetizers from the Two Bird Café, Santa Maria BBQ dinner, no-host bar, silent auction and dancing. Call (415) 419-5173 now to make a reservation and get a reduced ticket price.

 

77 El Deora will be playing the finest in oblique Americana at Smiley’s in Bolinas on the 1st.

 

Kathy Kallick CD release. The Kathy Kallick Band, featuring “hot bluegrass and cool originals,” is having a CD release for their new recording titled Between the Hollow & the High-Rise. The members are Kathy Kallick, Tom Bekeny, Dan Booth, Greg Booth and Annie Staninec. See them on the 1st at 8 p.m. at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View.

Priscilla Herdman around the bay. Folk singer Priscilla Herdman will be appearing on the 1st at the Davis House Concerts series, and two shows at a house concert in Berkeley on the 2nd. According to one posting, Priscilla is planning for this to be her final tour of California, so see her while you still can.

Bluegrass Fair in Santa Cruz. The spring weather is really here to stay now, so kick off the month of May at the free NCBS Bluegrass Fair that will take place in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz on the 1st from noon to 5 p.m. See Harmony Grits, Faux Renwah, Mountain Drive, Down Beets, Family Hogwash and more.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Andrew Freeman on the 1st, the Celtic jam on the 2nd, Misner & Smith on the 6th, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 7th, Carolina Special on the 8th, Shades of Green on the 9th, Under the Radar on the 21st, Barbecued Music Fest on the 22nd and 23rd, The David Thom Band on the 28th, Blue House on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 1st, Ken Husbands & Suzanna Smith on the 7th, Macy Blackman on the 8th, Jeff Labes on the 14th, Schuster Bay on the 15th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 21st, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 22nd, Nigel Healy on the 28th, and Eugene Huggins on the 29th.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The House Jacks on the 1st, the David Grisman Quintet on the 7th, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 14th, Butch Whacks & The Glass Packs on the 21st, Guys and Dolls on the 28th-30th, and more.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

Santa Rosa House Concerts proudly presents Bay Area singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury for an evening of music and dining on the 1st. Teresa is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. An evening with Teresa is part comedy show, part sensitive singer-songwriter concert and part cabaret act. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner at 6, show starts 7. Admission is $23.00. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.Net. 

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Hi Ho Silver on the 1st, Jerry Hannan on the 7th, Kyle Alden on the 11th, benefit show on the 14th (see below), Jack Irving’s Songwriters on the 19th, Namely Us on the 23rd, plus others.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Third Rail Band on the 1st, Levi Lloyd on the 2nd, Easy Leave on the 5th, The Grain on the 6th, Pink Sabbath on the 7th, Chris Brown on the 8th, Ted Baggett on the 9th, Joe and Vicki Price May on the 12th, Lesser Dog on the 13th, Dream Farmers on the 14th, Lansdale Station on the 15th, The Beer Circus featuring many acts to amaze and astonish including the famous Renee DeLaPrade on the 16th that Benefits Music in Schools, Sex and Machines on the 19th, MotoGruv on the 20th, Smokehouse Gamblers on the 21st, Dogtown Ramblers on the 22nd, (W+T)J2 on the 23rd, The Rivereens on the 26th, Hillside Fire on the 27th, Crosby Tyler on the 28th, The Pine Needles on the 29th, and Elliot Randall on the 30th.

 

The Wind and Rain, a show based on the ballad with the same name, is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge, and the consequence of change. Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF, the show closes its run on May 1st.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Also, see the Antar Blues Band on the 2nd, Soundproof on the 7th, Tom Finch Group on the 13th, Melvin Seals and JGB on the 15th, Wonderbread 5 on the 21st, Funkanauts on the 26th, and more.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. This month's guest are Matt Lax and his band Nearly Beloved on the 4th, The Palm Wine Boys on the 11th, Dore Coller on the 18th, and singer songwriter Kate Gaffney on the 25th. Music from 8-10:30 p.m. 

 

Dore Coller is proud to mention that his song “Silent Spring,” performed by him and the bluegrass band Savannah Blue, won the Platinum Award at the Earth Day Marin Green Song Contest. You can listen to the song here. Dore will be playing with Savannah Blue on the 5th at The Atlas Café in SF, on the 8th and 9th at The Alameda Spring Faire from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., also on the 9th at Jupiter in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m.; on the 15th Dore and other local bluegrassers will be playing at the Orchid Jam at Frame O Rama in Mill Valley from 6-9 p.m.; on the 18th see him at Vasco (as mentioned above); on the 28th the Hot Club of Marin will play the Aqus Café in Petaluma from 7-9 p.m., and on the 31st the Hot Club of Marin hosts the Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m. They will also be at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 8th. When not leading his own band, San Anselmo’s Caffall is Maria Muldaur’s guitarist.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See BrownChicken BrownCow Stringband on the 5th, Family Lines on the 12th, Rattlebox on the 19th, and Sang Matiz on the 26th.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 5th, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

On the 5th veteran pickers Mayne Smith and Mitch Greenhill will be playing at the new Freight & Salvage in Berkeley for the first time starting at 8 p.m.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The dates for this month will be 6th and the 20th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Misner & Smith will be rolling back into town from a two-week Pacific Northwest tour, stepping out of the car and right onto the stage at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma on the 6th. They'll start playing at 7:30 p.m. The duo will also be starting rehearsals at Marin Theatre Company for the musical "Woody Guthrie's American Song." The show will run from June 1st-20th.

 

Many folks are loading up their vans and motor homes and heading south to the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival on the 6th-9th.

 

The Coast Café now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. See. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music. See Adrienne Pfeiffer and the Hollow Bodies on the 6th, Michael Bloch on the 13th, Doug Dexter on the 20th, and Michael Wolf on the 27th.

 

Sonoma County band leader Kevin Russell has three shows he's involved with this month. His blues/rock/swing band The Rhythm Rangers will open for blues guitar slinger Volker Strifler at The Hopmonk in Sebastopol on the 7th. On the 14th his Acoustic Quest Productions will present Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster in a very intimate setting. Only 60 seats are available for this amazing show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (which is not the Sebastopol Community Center). Contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 to reserve seats. Radney will also appear live on KRSH (95.9) at 5 p.m. earlier that day with Bill Bowker. And Kevin’s bluegrass, newgrass, blues, swing, folk, and country band Under the Radar plays at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma on Friday on the 21st beginning at 8 p.m. UtR is Kevin, Layne Bowen, Markie Sanders and Michael Capella.

 

Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. They play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., so see them on the 7th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

New bluegrass invitational jam. There is a new invitational jam scheduled for first Fridays at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley. The next one is on the 7th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they are now adding bluegrass to their mix.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Tony Marcus & Paul Anastasio on the 7th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

At the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa see Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on the 7th, The Smothers Brothers on the 14th, Barenaked Ladies on the 25th, Smokey Robinson on the 28th, and more.

 

The North Bay band Poor Man's Whiskey will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary on the 8th at the Great American Music Hall in SF with special guests Peter Rowan and Michael Kang.

 

The Chords For Change First Annual Empowering Voices Benefit Concert will take place in Sebastopol on the 8th. Chords for Change is a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa. They provide free of charge music therapy services to domestic violence shelters in the North Bay and they are hosting their first annual benefit concert at the Sebastopol Community Center from 5:30-10 p.m. Music will be by Kathryn Keats and her band, including award winning composer and master percussionist Joe Venegoni, the world’s leading solo bassist Michael Manring, internationally known Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti, “Mercer Ellington Jazz Masters Award” winner, pianist Kelly Park, and special guest, local guitar virtuoso Rob Freguletti. Keats is a Marin based artist and has an amazing story of survival from a domestic violence situation. In 1989, working under the name Ellen Munger, Keats earned a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for her performance in the original stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unfortunately, it would be her last public performance for two decades, after her former collaborator, plagued by schizophrenia, began threatening her life relentlessly. This experience culminated in a precedent-setting jury trial in Oakland, in which the abuser was ordered held in a mental hospital temporarily. When he was released, he resumed pursuing and threatening Munger. At the urging of law enforcement officials, she changed her name to Kathryn Keats and put her promising show business career on hold until 2005, when she learned that her abuser had died. Keats’ harrowing story, first told in Reader’s Digest in March 2007, is now being developed as a stage musical and book titled After the Silence. This will be her first time appearing in Sonoma County.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a few gigs as usual this month. Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 8th and the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 23rd. He'll also be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at their monthly dance concert on the 12th at the Corte Madera Rec Center.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions at Studio E in Sebastopol is presenting Scott Gerber & Cori Wood with Amanda Wood on the 8th and Chris Webster & Nina Gerber on the 22nd.

 

Hot Buttered Rum has a new CD out called Limbs Akimbo, and they will be having CD release shows out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on the 8th and 9th.

 

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band was back in Nashville recently recording a new CD for Compass Records featuring lots of traditional bluegrass. Special guest artists include Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. The Rowan Band will be playing a benefit dinner show for the West Marin School Arts Program on the 12th at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station. Call (415) 663-1515 for details.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Jonathan Richmond on the 12th, Maria Ball and Warren Hood on the 21st, The Desert Rose Band on the 29th, and others.

 

Sonoma musician Adam Traum on the 14th from 6-9 p.m. will be at the Wipeout Bar and Grill in Greenbrae with his Traumatics trio, on the 18th at 7 p.m. with the Traumatics at Murphy’s for the Farmer’s Market After Party, on the 22nd at 1 p.m. as a solo acoustic show at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, and on the 23rd from 6-8 p.m. with the Traumatics at Steiner’s Tavern in Sonoma.

 

Three At Last will be at A'Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa on the 14th, at the Aqus Cafe brunch in Petaluma at 10:30 a.m. on the 15th, at Mission City Roasters in Santa Clara on the evening of the 15th, and at The Ukiah Brewing Company on the 22nd. 

 

Fairfax benefit. On the 14th at 6 p.m. there will be benefit for Kari Weber Simpson at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Kari is a preschool teacher, wife, flamenco dancer, and a singer and guitar player. She was struck by a van on March 17th while walking home from a work meeting. She was on the sidewalk and a man fell asleep at the wheel. She was helicoptered to Stanford Medical and in surgery for nine hours. Her injuries include a shattered pelvis, broken collar bone, six fractured ribs and a broken shin. The good news is that she is recovering comfortably at her parents' home in San Rafael and is getting stronger every day. A group of her friends have gotten together to put on this benefit to help her, her husband and her parents with some of the medical bills and loss of income. The lineup of musicians will include Cullan's Hounds, Adam Roach, The MorRiggan's Wake and Kyle Alden. All proceeds will be going to Kari. There will also be a raffle to help raise money.

 

Twang Ditty will be bringing their classic country to the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa for a dance put on by the Santa Rosa Moose Order on the 14th. Members and guests are welcome. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur, besides hosting Doug Adamz on the 1st, will also feature Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps on the 16th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Harmony Sweepsteaks on the 15th, The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band on the 18th, Love2Dance Spring Performance 2010 on the 29th, and more fine shows.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of every month starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. On the 16th they’ll be playing barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94-years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 18th. The pickers will be Deirdre Donovan, Bruce Sadownick, Dave Hanks and others.

 

New songwriter series at Rancho. Lauralee Brown is hosting a new Singer Songwriter Night on the 20th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in West Marin. Performers will get anywhere from two songs to ten minutes (possibly more depending on response and turnout). For now it will just be solo or duo instrumentation, and three mics will be set up. Folks interested in finding out more can go send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com.

 

A World Of Music, an evening of music and dance from around the world, will be helping to raise money to educate the next generation of musicians. The show will be happening on the 22nd at the Sebastopol Community Center from 3-10 p.m. with Dgiin, Sang Matiz, Amadou Camara, Inna Riddim', Intangled, Onye Onyemaechi, Danza Azteca Ohtli Yolilitzli and more.

 

The Sonoma Jazz Festival on the 21st-23rd will have lots of jazz acts along with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Elvis Costello and The Neville Brothers.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has Shawn Colvin and Lisa Loeb on the 22nd and Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson on the 29th.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 22nd at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. See Claudia Nygaard and Evie Laden.

 

North Bay singer/songwriter Moss Henry will be singing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 22nd from 7-9 p.m. Great food and drink, and no cover.

 

Pickin’ in the park. The Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic will take place on the 22nd, hosted by Jeanie and Chuck Poling. This event is sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association and will include a drawing for two tickets to the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley in June. Go to the CBA website for more info.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 23rd. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

The Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite takes place on the 27th-31st, so go to the web site for more info.

 

KRSH Backyard BBQ. On the 27th at 6 p.m. radio Station KRSH (95.9 FM) in Santa Rosa will have their first concert for 2010. The C.T. Cruisers, a ten-piece band with horns, have invited some incredibly talented local guest artists (Levi Lloyd, Jody Counter, Linda Ferro, Ron Lacey and Cathy Slack) to perform with them. The Sonoma County Blues Society will be the supporting non-profit entity for this show. All SCBS members are encouraged to wear their SCBS T-Shirts to show your support and presence at this event.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael is teaming up with fellow house concert promoter Drew Pearce on the 29th to present Drew Gasparini and Rachel Efron at 8 p.m. $15 per person suggested donation. For more info call (415) 785-4530.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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April 15, 2010

 

High-tech blues. Are you one of the few still standing in line listening to your iPod and texting and tweeting on your iPhone while hoping to be the first one on your block to own an iPad? Or, are you so bored with life that you take photos of your food to send off to folks before you even take a bite? If so, then you probably aren’t reading this newsletter right now. However, if you tend to be more of a low-tech, acoustic music kind of person, then you have come to the right place. There is so much great music going on here in the middle of the month that you’d think the summer had arrived already. Turn off those fancy electronic devices and get out and enjoy some good music!

 

CBA spring campout. Spring is here and it is time for the CBA Spring Campout. Everyone is in Turlock this week so load up the van/motorhome/Prius with your gear and get ready to have some fun these next few days with your bluegrass pals through the 18th.

 

Way to go, Nell! Bay Area bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson and her sometimes singing partner Cary Sheldon appeared on the National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion two weekends back as The Henriettas, their duo that yodels the songs of The Cackle Sisters (Mary Jane and Carolyn DeZurick) from the 1930s. If you missed the airing of the show, you can listen to it now on your computer by just going here. The gals did a great job!

 

Rounder Records sold. According to this report, The Concord Music Group bought independent music label Rounder Records, and its “creative and marketing functions will continue to be based in Boston and its owners and founders Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy will remain active with the company in a creative and advisory capacity.” Rounder is currently celebrating its 40th year as the world’s leading American roots music label. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

Better late than never. Legendary country singer and songwriter Hank Williams – who has been dead for 57 years – finally won a Pulitzer Prize this week “for his lifetime achievement as a musician, praising the country legend for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." Read the rest of the story here. Thanks to Richard Brandenburg for this item.

 

Earl Brothers in the news. The SF bluegrass band The Earl Brothers have been getting some good press lately. They are featured in CD Baby’s Country Discover Music Newsletter, and they had a great review that you can read here that was posted on the Banjo Hangout site. Congrats to the Earls!

 

Nimble Johnny Gimble. Renowned 83 year-old Western swing and country fiddler Johnny Gimble has a new CD out titled Johnny Gimble: Celebrating With Friends, featuring lead vocals and instrumental back-up by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Dale Watson and Ray Benson. He was featured in The Wall Street Journal two weeks back, and recently he was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air. You can either listen to the interview here or read the text here.

Big Easy on HBO. Rare is the time that this column will recommend the watching of a TV series (we’re more inclined to encourage you to turn off the idiot box and to get out to see or play some music), but if you have HBO a new series started last Sunday called Treme, which takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the jazz music of the city plays a major role. Anytime a series features musicians as main characters it is worth a Carltone mention. You can read a review of the series here in the SF Chronicle, and you can watch a 14 minute promo of the show here.

 

Harwood Productions’ latest podcast features singer/songwriter Kevin Beadles, and you can watch the show here on your computer.

 

Vintage instruments. If you are in need of any vintage horns or drums, go to this site here. If it is acoustic instruments that you are looking for, go here.

 

All you need is love. While the Vatican in Rome has its hands full with a lot of issues these days it found the time to officially forgive the Beatles, saying that the band’s “drug use, dissolute lives and even the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus are all in the past — while their music lives on.” Read the story here. Thanks to Tom McCarter for this item.

 

Summer music camp. The CBA Summer Music Camp takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival. Signups began recently, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot. Guitar and vocal classes are already filled, but there is still room for bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and dobro.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will run from May 20th-June 20th. Local singers Misner & Smith will be part of the cast.

 

The Wyld Ones were featured in a story here on the Local Music Vibe website. Lots of Marin musical history in this band.

 

Closed doors. Carlos Santana’s restaurant Maria Maria in Mill Valley closed its doors at the start of this month. The venue offered live music from time to time. Also closed, but only temporarily, is the 2 AM Club in Mill Valley. Apparently there was some sort of “code violation,” and the watering hole will reopen sometime in June.

 

One door closes, another one opens. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, a new promoter has signed a lease at the Mill Valley Masonic Auditorium, and there are plans to turn this into a regular venue in the coming months. You can read a story in the Marin IJ about In The Woods Productions.

 

Everyone knows this feeling: you can remember a line from a song, but dang if you can remember the rest of the words or even what the title is. Well, fret no more! Go here to find out complete lyrics, and go here if you know a line but cannot recall the title. Thanks to Wendy Colton for this very useful information.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. What a boob! Singer Amy Winehouse – a longtime regular in this section due to a great publicist – was in the hospital recently suffering from the effects of breast enhancement surgery. Too bad she didn’t have brain surgery while she was in there…Maybe she should be a country artist? Rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her most recent partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, have split up. Etheridge has twin sons via Michaels as well as two kids from a previous partnership. Man, this has the earmarks of a bad country song…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the punk band the Sex Pistols back in the day, died of cancer on April 8th in Switzerland. He was 64. John Ciambotti, bass player for the Bay Area band Clover in the ‘70s, died on March 24th in Glendale, CA, from an apparent abdominal aneurysm after surgery. He was 67. Rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall died in New York City on March 24th. He was 74. Harmonica virtuoso Jerry Adler passed away on March 13th in Florida. He was 91.

 

Coming attractions. The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; NCBS Bluegrass Fair in Santa Cruz 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 5/6-9; The David Grisman Quintet at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley 5/7; Tony Marcus & Paul Anastasio at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 5/7; Chords For Change First Annual Empowering Voices Benefit Concert in Sebastopol 5/8; Scott Gerber & Cory Wood with Amanda Wood at Studio E in Sebastopol 5/8; Hot Buttered Rum at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station 5/8-9; Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/16; Sonoma Jazz Festival 5/21-23; Chris Webster & Nina Gerber at Studio E in Sebastopol 5/22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 5/27-31; Eric Thompson & Alan Senauke at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 6/5; Eilen Jewell at Studio E in Sebastopol 6/18; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival 9/24-26 in Sanger; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Additions

 

The Brandenburg Quartet plays the songs of Lefty, Merle, Hazel and Hank, and on the 16th you can see them at McGrath’s in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. The band is Richard Brandenburg on guitar, Jim Mintun on dobro, Matt Dudman on bass, and usually Pete Hicks on fiddle, but for this show it will be Tony Marcus instead. 

 

Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael is hosting singer/songwriter Erika Luckett on the 16th. Doors open earlier for a springtime BBQ at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Please bring a small snack or something for the grill or treat to share. Call (415) 785-4530 for more information.

 

The Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck show at the Masonic in Mill Valley in the previous edition was mistakenly listed at happening on the 12th, when it is actually taking place on the 17th, so you still have time to attend. David Gans opens the show, and it will be Murphy Productions final show at that venue. On the 24th at the Lark Theatre in Larkspur they will present the Stairwell Sisters.

 

The Hicktones, a bluegrass band and Sonoma County's best kept secret, will make be making a rare appearance at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma on the 17th at 10:30 a.m. They'll be playing songs from their newly released CD Tellico Plains as well as all of the old favorites.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 17th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Between the Hollow & the High-Rise, which is the title of the new album from The Kathy Kallick Band. You’ll hear selections from the recording, plus an interview with Kathy to get you ready for their album release celebrations on the 30th of this month at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and on May 1st in Mountain View. On the 24th Bluegrass Signal will offer a preview of the upcoming CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The Marin Poetry Festival takes place on the 18th at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley from 2-5 p.m. This is a free event offering poetry and music. Hope for sun.

 

Strum that guitar! Jim Nunally, who plays with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, will be teaching another guitar strumming workshop on the 18th from 1-4 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. This workshop is geared toward those who want to get a handle on what types of strums are used in bluegrass, county, and folk styles. The class size is limited. As of press time there is room for three more people.

 

A band with legs. The Redlegs began playing in 1970 in Sausalito in the Waldo Point houseboat scene. The band will be featured in the Marin Rocks! exhibition in San Rafael that will be opening this fall. The Legs, with all five original members – Joe Tate, Maggie Catfish, Kim Carrigg, Joey Brennan and Jeff Costello – occasionally reunites, and you can see them play at the Sausalito Cruising Club from 5-9 p.m. on the 18th. For info call (415) 385-1606.

 

The bluegrass band Redwing will be playing a fun Berkeley neighborhood cafe called Bacheeso's on the 23rd starting at 6:30 p.m. There's dinner, wine and beer, free bluegrass. 

 

Bluegrass benefit. A new band called Going Away Party plays hard-driving bluegrass, ballads, waltzes, classic country tunes and more, and on the 24th they will be at the Fifth Annual Walk Against Rape in Dolores Park in San Francisco around 3 p.m. The band will be Ryan Lim on bass, Jeff Kaplan on banjo, Dave Berry on mandolin, David Finch on fiddle, and Pam Brandon on guitar. This will be their first performance. You can sign up to do the Walk by going to the site above to register.

 

See The New Rising Sons, with singer Boudeeka and Bonnie Hofkin on harmonica, playing on the 25th at the Sausalito Cruising Club starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Troubadour Night on the 29th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax will feature singer/songwriters Rachel Garlin, Michael McNevin and Kyle Alden playing solo and in the round starting at 9 p.m.

 

Reminders

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends, and the outdoor stage is now open! See Danny Montana on the 15th, Dream Farmers on the 16th, Jeffrey Halford on the 17th, WTJ on the 18th, THUGZ on the 21st, Lorin Rowan 22nd, Courtney Janes on the 23rd, The Shants on the 24th, Megan Slankard on the 25th, The Horse You Rode in On on the 28th, Second Cut on the 29th, Critical Measures Trio on the 30th. No cover.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 15th, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 16th, The Two Rock Ramblers on the 23rd, High Country on the 24th, Greenhouse on the 25th, Barbwyre on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Rahman´s Songwriters on the 15th, Ruckus on the 16th, Highway Robbers on the 17th, Andre and Friends on the 18th, Jill King on the 20th, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 21st, The Eldorados on the 22nd, Chrome Johnson on the 24th, Peri's Song Writers' on the 25th, Royal Deuces on the 28th, Hillside Fire on the 29th, Jon Korty and Friends on the 30th, and others.  

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next jam

this month will be on the 15th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas is jumpin' on Thursdays with its new "Counter Culture" music series. Catch Grandpa Banana on the 15th, Jack Irving on the 22nd, and whiz kid Cullen Gray on the 29th. Music is 7-9 p.m.

 

Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach via Tasmania, is now living in Nashville. But you have two chances to see her and Walter Strauss perform when she is visiting this month. On the 16th it will be at the Chapel in Stinson at 8 p.m., and on the 17th at Studio E in Sebastopol.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Lauralee Brown Acoustic Sounds on the 16th, Mike Angel & Friends on the 17th, Eugene Huggins on the 23rd, Jocelyn Steele on the 24th, and Debra Clawson & Paul Seaward on the 30th.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Tom Finch on the 16th, Jack Irving Songwriter Showcase on the 21st, Alexis Harte on the 22nd, Claddagh on the 24th, Drew Pearce Presents on the 28th, Revolver on the 30th, plus others.

 

Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 16th will play Murphy’s in Sonoma from 8-10 p.m. and on the 22nd he will play solo at Finnegan’s in Novato from 9-11:30 p.m.

 

Riggy Rackin, Jon Berger, Chris Carney, and Jeff Martin celebrate Riggy's birthday on the 16th with a full band playing songs from Riggy's recent CD Somewhere In Between and Chris's Three Sheets to the Wind at The Pinecone Restaurant in Sebastopol.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, Danny Uzilevsky most Tuesdays, Prezident Brown and the Wailing Souls on the 16th, Lariats of Fire on the 21st, Honeydust on the 23rd, Whiskey Thieves on the 29th, and lots more.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Peppino D'Agostino on the 16th starting at 8 p.m. and Julian Lage on the 29th for an exhibition of solo jazz guitar. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Mitch Woods on the 16th, The Sun Kings on the 17th, Jerry Hannan on the 18th, The Jeb Brady Band on the 23rd, Stompy Jones on the 30th, and others.

 

The jazz/swing band The Lost Cats has found some cool gigs this month. On 16th two of the Cats will be at Bacheeso's in Berkeley from 6:30-9:30 p.m., on the 18th from 6-8 p.m. a duo will be at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, and on the 25th at 3:30 p.m. the full band will play at the three-day event called Two Day Town Fest in Livermore.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has the Jackie Greene on the 17th, Bruce Cockburn on the 21st, and others.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael and the 3 D's (no glasses required) – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper – will be playing on the 17th from 2-3:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park in Calistoga as part of the Calistoga Community week long Earth Day Celebration. They'll also be playing on the 24th from 7-10 p.m. at the Calistoga Fairgrounds for the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's annual fundraiser dinner and auction. For more info call Jan at (707) 942-5002.

 

The Celebrating Songwriters series at Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley, hosted by Caren Armstrong, on the 17th will feature Tim Grimm and Dana Cooper starting at 8 p.m. This is a fabulous series and venue where you get to see artists perform unplugged and up close.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 18th starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

The 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on the 18th.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Tanya Tomkins on the 18th, The English Beat on the 23rd, Los Pinguos on the 24th, Tanya Tomkins on the 25th and more.

 

Hot off the heels of their performance at the San Diego IndieFest, Three At Last will be playing a private house concert in Berkeley on the afternoon of the 18th. On the 24th they will be at the Earth Day Marin Festival (details below) at the College of Marin campus in Kentfield, and that night, they play the Blue Heron in Duncan Mills. They also just released a brand new album Live At The Freight & Salvage, recorded there this past January. The album is available as a CD from the website or as a digital download.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 19th Dore Coller & Friends play Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz, on the 26th the Gypsy Jazz Jam takes place at Taste of Rome in Sausalito, on the 28th Savannah Blue will be pickin’ bluegrass at Iron Springs in Fairfax, and then on the 30th they will be at the Plough and Stars in SF.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month with Stevie Gurr on the 20th and Lisa Kindred on the 27th. Starts at  9 p.m., no cover. Location is 106 Throckmorton at Miller.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 20th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. This month the band is Jill Cruey, Jerry Barush, Tom Sours, Dan Large and Red Rick. No cover.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Big Possum on the 21st and Savannah Blue on the 28th.

 

Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur will be in concert on the 23rd at the Mendocino College Center for the Performing Arts in Ukiah.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will be playing on the 23rd at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma and on the 24th see them at the Drew Pearce House Concert series in Stinson Beach.

 

North Bay classic country interpreters Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music at The Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove on the 23rd.

 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant. See the legendary Arlo Guthrie when he appears at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on the 23rd.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a few gigs left this month. He’ll share the stage with Kimberlye Gold on the 23rd at Schroeder’s in SF and on the 24th at Chester’s Bayview Café in Berkeley, and on the 25th it will be with Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax.

 

Save the earth. The Earth Day Marin Festival will take place on the 24th at the College of Marin. It will be a large-scale, fun, family-friendly, and free festival event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. There will be music, speakers, activities for children, films, eco-aerobics, engaging exhibitors, organic food and more, the event will include the broadest diversity of environmental issues. It will feature Terry Garthwaite (Joy of Cooking) and Oona Garthwaite, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Bryan Horne & The Jawdroppers, Three At Last, fun green-themed songs for kids by Let's Go Green Kids and more. Musicians are invited to enter the Earth Day Marin Green Songs Contest. Prizes include three hours of recording/mixing time with Christopher Krotky at 7 Generations Studios in Forest Knolls and a live performance opportunity at Earth Day Marin. There will be both youth and adult winners and others.

 

Triple bill at the Freight. See Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, The Honky Tonk Dreamers and Misisipi Rider when they all play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on 25th starting at 8 p.m.

 

The Wind and Rain, a show based on the ballad with the same name, is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge, and the consequence of change. It was created in collaboration with acclaimed physical performers Brynna Jourdan (Hammer Heads, Cussing at the Moon) and Jenna Bean Veatch (The Tumbleweed Bandits), live music and original compositions from renowned concert violinist Rebecca Jackson (Völs String Quartet, San Francisco Opera), visual delights from esteemed illustrator, painter and whimsical engineer Molly Millar (Phantom Galleries L.A.'s Emergence Enchanted, 2009 TED Conference), and award winning playwright Claytie Mason (The Secret Ruths of Island House). “This tragic tale comes to life with the humor, whimsy, magic, and terror only live theatre is capable of.” Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF. The show runs through May 1st.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 25th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

West Marin fiddler and guitarist Doug Adamz on the 26th at 7 p.m. can be heard on the Hippie From Olema radio show at 7 p.m. with host Jerry Lunsford on KWMR (90.5 FM) in West Marin, and on the 27th at 8 p.m. he’ll be on Teresa Tudury's show on KOWS in Occidental to promote the release of his new CD Bernardo's Serenade, which will be released by the dozens on May 1st at his Acoustic Vortex show in Larkspur.

 

The Marin duo Barbwyre (Jon Mitguard and Dana Rath) will be making their debut performance at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 29th starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

New songwriter series at Rancho. Starting on the 29th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in West Marin Lauralee Brown will be hosting a Singer Songwriter Night. Performers will get anywhere from two songs to ten minutes (possibly more depending on response and turnout). For now it will just be solo or duo instrumentation, and three mics will be set up. Future dates are May 20th and June 17th. Folks interested in finding out more can go send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions. Laurie Schaeffer & Greg Abel (North Bay Live) host listening room concerts at Studio E in Sebastopol, one of the premier listening rooms in the North Bay. Besides hosting the aforementioned Audrey Auld on the 17th, on the 30th don’t miss Girlyman. Coyote Grace opens this show.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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April 2, 2010

 

Welcome to the 112th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Marching into April. Yesterday was April 1st, which is also known at April Fools’ Day. Fools that we most times are here at Carltone World Headquarters, there are no jokes or hoaxes in this column today. Just pure, unadulterated music news. Get out and enjoy some without making a fool of yourself!

 

The rites of spring. The spring season arrived two weekends back, and while the mass media is telling you that it is time to start your clichéd “spring cleaning,” what you really need to do is to start making your music check list for the upcoming festival season. Like, for example, buying your tickets to the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in June. Or getting the car/van/motor home ready for the CBA Spring Campout in Turlock on April 13th-18th. How about breaking out the tent, sleeping bag and cooler to make sure they are all in usable order for another year? Heck, what about changing the strings on your instrument?

 

Summer music camp. Yeah, spring has just sprung but it is already time to be thinking about summer. As in the CBA Summer Music Camp that will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley from June 13th-16th, just before the Father’s Day Festival. Signups began recently, so get in touch today in order to reserve your slot. Guitar and vocal classes are already filled, but there is still room for bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and dobro.

 

Cheaper that Xanax, but possibly more addictive. How do you deal with anxiety? Most Americans, unfortunately, go running for the medicine cabinet when they get anxious. How does “wild and crazy guy” Steve Martin deal with nervousness? Why – according to a story in the SF Chronicle the other day – by playing the banjo! He says that picking the banjo helped prepare him for his recent Oscar-hosting gig. Now who would have ever thought of this? An instrument that drives a lot of people crazy now actually helps some calm down? Is this a crazy world we live in or what?

Blue Grass Boy signs with Compass Records. Former Blue Grass Boy and longtime Marinite Peter Rowan recently inked a deal with Alison Brown’s label Compass Records, and in April Peter and his all-California bluegrass band of Jody Stecher, Keith Little and Paul Knight will be in the studio recording. The new album will feature traditional and original compositions along with some very special guests. The band also was selected to play a showcase at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville this September.

 

Who needs Val Kilmer and Oliver Stone when you can have the real deal? A new documentary titled When You’re Strange, about the legendary rock band The Doors, will be opening sometime this month at an octoplex near you. Thanks to Tom McCarter for this tip.

 

Just can’t get no satisfaction. Erstwhile Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman was digitally removed from an old band photo on the 2005 album cover of Rarities. Go to the site to see before and after pictures.

 

Murphy Productions says goodbye to the Masonic in Mill Valley. A new operator is planning on opening a restaurant and music venue at the site where Murphy Productions has been producing shows for the past two-plus years. They have two shows left there this month (details below or on their site), and they are in the process of finding another venue to host their concerts. Erma and Daniel are the same folks that ran the Larkspur Café Theatre for many years, and everyone wishes them good luck and hopes that they find a new venue soon!

 

Another one bites the dust. The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa sadly closed its doors on March 27th. Go to the site for a message from the owner. It was a venue for Celtic, country, folk and more, and it will be missed if a new owner does not come along to keep it running.


Festive photos. CBA ace photographer (and future Bluegrass Pulitzer Prize winner)(if there were such a category) Mike Melnyk was at the CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival three weekends back and you can now see some of his photos here. Shot number 12, while not exactly an early April Fools’ Joke, has the band (and your Carltone editor) looking a bit on the angry side. This is Wild Blue's “punk bluegrass band” look for trying to get gigs playing in dark dingy dives in SF for “Generation Whatever”…

 

Fit as a fiddle. The Marin County progressive bluegrass band Savannah Blue needs a new fiddler to make the band complete, so if you are available contact Gary Kaye at garyk52@comcast.net or (415) 250-4610. They have quite a few gigs on the books for the coming months.

 

In the Dawghouse. Mandolin master David Grisman has a new site called Acoustic Oasis where you'll find download recordings of fine acoustic music that he has collected during his five decades of playing, recording and listening. Most of his releases have never been available in this or any other format, and they all include downloadable CD/DVD graphics. Among the initial releases are extended versions of Acoustic Disc projects like the 170-minute Extra Large Pizza Tapes with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice and Grisman, exceptional live performances like The Bluegrass Quintet - Live in Japan, vintage recordings of historical importance such as Giovanni Gioviale - Italian Mandolin & Banjo Classics, out-of-print gems like jazz master Don Stiernberg's Mandolin Restaurant and new Oasis recordings like Slapback by mandolin whiz-kid Josh Pinkham and his grandfather, Texas swing legend Jerry Thomasson. Also available are videos, educational materials, special bargain compilations, free streaming radio TV and a free daily download. New releases and features will be coming each month so you'll want to keep checking out the site.

 

Grist for the mill. The first rule of songwriting is “Write what you know.” Louis Rogers, a country singer from Lakeside, Montana, now has something to write and sing about. While driving from Montana to Idaho recently his car got stuck in the snow for four days and he was stuck there until some folks that were out for a ride in their four-wheel drive vehicle happened across him. Read the story here. Now if this isn't something for a country singer to write about, you tell me what is. Thanks to Richard Brandenburg for this item.

Susie Glaze coming back north. New fans of the Susie Glaze & Hilonesome Band from the SF Bluegrass & Old Time Festival in February (at McGrath's and the Mayflower), mark your calendars now for their Freight & Salvage debut on July 15th. They'll be part of a three-band evening including The Tuttles with AJ Lee and Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue. Check Susie’s entire Northern California summer tour on her site.

Bean Blossom photos. Take a look here at some classic Bill Monroe photos at Bean Blossom and elsewhere from photographer Jim Peva. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will run from May 20th-June 20th. Local singers Misner & Smith will be part of the cast.


New songwriter open mic at Rancho. Starting on the 29th at 7 p.m. at Rancho Nicasio in West Marin Lauralee Brown will be hosting a Singer Songwriter Night. Performers will get anywhere from two songs to ten minutes (possibly more depending on response and turnout). For now it will just be solo or duo instrumentation, and three mics will be set up. Future dates are May 20th and June 17th. Folks interested in finding out more can go send an email to ranchoinfo@ranchonicasio.com.

 

Plan ahead. The Chords For Change First Annual Empowering Voices Benefit Concert will take place in Sebastopol on May 8th. Chords for Change is a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa. They provide free of charge music therapy services to domestic violence shelters in the North Bay and they are hosting their first annual benefit concert at the Sebastopol Community Center from 5:30-10 p.m. Music will be by Kathryn Keats and her band, including award winning composer and master percussionist Joe Venegoni, the world’s leading solo bassist Michael Manring, internationally known Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti, “Mercer Ellington Jazz Masters Award” winner, pianist Kelly Park, and special guest, local guitar virtuoso Rob Freguletti. Keats is a Marin based artist and has an amazing story of survival from a domestic violence situation. In 1989, working under the name Ellen Munger, Keats earned a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for her performance in the original stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unfortunately, it would be her last public performance for two decades, after her former collaborator, plagued by schizophrenia, began threatening her life relentlessly. This experience culminated in a precedent-setting jury trial in Oakland, in which the abuser was ordered held in a mental hospital temporarily. When he was released, he resumed pursuing and threatening Munger. At the urging of law enforcement officials, she changed her name to Kathryn Keats and put her promising show business career on hold until 2005, when she learned that her abuser had died. Keats’ harrowing story, first told in Reader’s Digest in March 2007, is now being developed as a stage musical and book titled After the Silence. This will be her first time appearing in Sonoma County.


Carltube.
You can watch the Inside John Lennon documentary here on your computer by just clicking on the link. Have you ever heard of a young Filipina singer named Charice? If not, grab some hankies and watch her singing with her idol Celine Dion in this video here. Thanks to Wendy Colton for both of these tips.

 

Fishwrap. There were two stories is in the Marin IJ  about ukuleles that you can read here and here, plus one about Mill Valley pianist Ken Iisaka in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and another about Doobie Brothers’ guitarist’s daughter Lara Johnston. In the SF Chronicle two weeks back there was a story about street musician Nick Stillman who ekes out a living playing old-time fiddle on the streets of San Francisco and other towns. Read the story here.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Bud Cockrell, original bassist/vocalist for Pablo Cruise, died on March 6th from complications from diabetes, kidney failure, infection from sepsis and overall organ failure. He'd had a car wreck a couple months back and sustained some serious injuries, he was in a coma for a week and it all went downhill from there. People that wish to pay tribute can go to his site and leave messages of good will, as well as listen to his music. Singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, who at age 16 had a hit song with The Boxtops in 1967 titled “The Letter” while also gaining some notoriety years later with the band Big Star, died in New Orleans on March 17th of an apparent heart attack. He was 59. Noted jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, who played with Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Stan Getz and was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio, died in Los Angeles on March 28th. He was 88. New Orleans jazz and gospel singer Mavra Wright died on March 23rd after complications from a stroke. Among her best known songs were "Heartbreakin' Woman" and "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean." American opera singer Blanche Thebom died in San Francisco on March 23rd. She was 94. Discovered singing on a cruise ship as a teenager, she sang more than 350 performances with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Longtime CBA member Philip Anacleto passed away on March 19th. You can read tributes to him on the CBA Message Board.

 

Coming attractions. The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; NCBS Bluegrass Fair in Santa Cruz 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 5/6-9; Tony Marcus & Paul Anastasio at Schoenberg Guitars  in Tiburon 5/7; Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/16; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 5/27-31; Eric Thompson & Alan Senauke at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 6/5; CBA Music Camp at Grass Valley 6/13-16; 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20; Susanville Bluegrass Festival 6/25-27; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival 9/24-26 in Sanger; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Nell Robinson & Friends will be hosting “A Night of Bluegrass & Country” on the 2nd and 9th at the Craneway Pavilion-Boilerhouse Restaurant in the Richmond Marina starting at 8:30 p.m. Nell’s friends are Larry Chung, Glenn Dauphin, Dave Gooding and Yoseff Tucker. This is a new Friday night music series, so go on by for good food, wine and music.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends, and the outdoor stage is now open! See Pat Jordan Band on the 2nd, David Thom Band on the 3rd, Disorderly House Ban on the 4th, Rivereens on the 7th, Ian Scherer on the 8th, Jug Dealers on the 9th, Jon Popenoe Blues Band on the 10th, Beso Negro on the 11th, Incubators on the 14th, Danny Montana on the 15th, Dream Farmers on the 16th, Jeffrey Halford on the 17th, WTJ on the 18th, THUGZ on the 21st, Lorin Rowan 22nd, Courtney Janes on the 23rd, The Shants on the 24th, Megan Slankard on the 25th, The Horse You Rode in On on the 28th, Second Cut on the 29th, Critical Measures Trio on the 30th. No cover.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 2nd, Andrew Freeman on the 3rd, the Celtic jam on the 4th, Keystone Station on the 10th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 15th, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 16th, The Tonewoods on the 22nd, The Two Rock Ramblers on the 23rd, High Country on the 24th, Greenhouse on the 25th, Barbwyre on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Paul Robinson & Al Chan on the 2nd, Antar Blue Band on the 3rd, Tangria Jazz Duo on the 9th, Em K on the 10th, Lauralee Brown’s Acoustic Sounds on the 16th, Mike Angel and Friends on the 17th, Eugene Huggins on the 23rd, Jocelyn Steele on the 24th, and Debra Clawson & Paul Seaward on the 30th.

 

The Acoustic Church Concerts in Pt. Reyes Station presents MilkDrive and Joy Kills Sorrow at the Dance Palace Community Center at 8 p.m. on the 2nd. MilkDrive is the Austin, TX, alt-folk-progressive acoustic string band that plays original instrumentals influenced by jazz, bluegrass, and progressive acoustic music. Joy Kills Sorrow, a Boston-based string band, pushes right through the envelope and out the other side. The players bring a modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. While the group pays homage to its bluegrass roots – its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcasted the Monroe brothers’ show in the 1930s – the band excels in its rich and textured treatment of more contemporary material. The Acoustic Church concerts are the brainchild of producer Jerry Lunsford.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Three At Last on the 2nd, Fiddle Summit on the 7th, Jerry Hannan on the 9th, Tim Cain on the 10th, Finger-style guitar showcase on the 14th, Tom Finch on the 16th, Jack Irving Songwriter Showcase on the 21st, Alexis Harte on the 22nd, Claddagh on the 24th, Drew Pearce Presents on the 28th, Revolver on the 30th, plus others.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see the Django Fest Concert on the 2nd, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings on the 9th, The English Beat on the 23rd, Los Pinguos on the 24th, Tanya Tomkins on the 25th and more.

 

New bluegrass invitational jam. There is a new invitational jam scheduled for first Fridays at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley. The initial show on the 2nd, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., features Dan Large on mandolin, Deirdre Donovan on bass, Jerry Barush on banjo, Joe Ridout on guitar, and Tom Lucas on fiddle. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they are now adding bluegrass to their mix.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See The Monophonics on the 2nd, Rock 4 Haiti on the 3rd, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 7th (and 21st), Cole Tate Band on the 9th, Night at the Opry on the 10th, Sexy Sunday on the 11th, Whiskey Richards on the 13th, The Continentals on the 14th, Rahman´s Songwriters on the 15th, Ruckus on the 16th, Highway Robbers on the 17th, Andre and Friends on the 18th,  Jill King on the 20th, The Eldorados on the 22nd, Chrome Johnson on the 24th, Peri's Song Writers' on the 25th, Royal Deuces on the 28th, Hillside Fire on the 29th, Jon Korty and Friends on the 30th, and others.  

 

Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. They play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., so see them on the 2nd. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

Hot off the heels of their performance at the San Diego IndieFest, Three At Last will be at the Sleeping Lady on the 2nd. The band will be playing a private house concert in Berkeley on the afternoon of the 18th. On the 24th they will be at the Earth Day Marin Festival (details below) at the College of Marin campus in Kentfield, and that night, they play the Blue Heron in Duncan Mills. They also just released a brand new album Live At The Freight & Salvage, recorded there this past January. The album is available as a CD from the website or as a digital download.

 

North Bay classic country interpreters Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa on the 2nd, at The Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station on the 10th, and at The Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove on the 23rd.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has the Crown City Rockers on the 2nd, Green String Farm Band and Sean Hayes on the 11th, Dark Star Orchestra on the 13th and 14th, Jackie Greene on the 17th, Bruce Cockburn on the 21st, and others.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 2nd the Hot Club of Marin will be at Aqus Café in Petaluma, on the 9th Caribbean R&B can be seen at the Presidio Yacht Club at Ft. Baker in Sausalito, on the 19th Dore Coller & Friends play Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz, on the 26th the Gypsy Jazz Jam takes place at Taste of Rome in Sausalito, on the 28th Savannah Blue will be pickin’ bluegrass at Iron Springs in Fairfax, and then on the 30th they will be at the Plough and Stars in SF.

 

Adam Traum and his acoustic trio with Pat Campbell and Michael Yonchenko on the 2nd will be El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma from 6-8:30 p.m., on the 9th his band The Traumatics will be the Wipeout Bar and Grill in Greenbrae from 6-9 p.m., on the 10th he will play solo acoustic at Landmark Vineyards Tasting Room in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m., on the 16th The Traumatics will play Murphy’s in Sonoma from 8-10 p.m., and on the 22nd he will play solo at Finnegan’s in Novato from 9-11:30 p.m.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, Danny Uzilevsky most Tuesdays, Foreverland on the 3rd, Swingset on the 4th, Lloyd Brown on the 8th, Mill Valley Philharmonic Benefit on the 10th, Diamond Ortiz on the 14th, Prezident Brown and the Wailing Souls on the 16th, Lariats of Fire on the 21st, Honeydust on the 23rd, Whiskey Thieves on the 29th, and lots more.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Mill Valley’s divine Miss Double M, Maria Muldaur, has a busy Easter weekend playing at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco on the 2nd and at Rancho Nicasio on the 3rd. Later in the month she will be doing a concert on the 23rd at the Mendocino College Center for the Performing Arts in Ukiah.

 

Woebegone pickin’. Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 3rd will be broadcasting from Seattle featuring the Bay Area’s own The Henriettas (Nell Robinson and Cary Sheldon), and they do songs by the original Cackle Sisters, Mary Jane and Carolyn DeZurik, who were the first women to become stars on both the National Barn Dance and the Grand Ole Opry. Also on the show are Brandi Carlile and Nellie McKay. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 4th starting at 11 a.m.

 

Teresa Tudury will be performing at the Petaluma Arts Center on the 3rd at 7 p.m. Teresa takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene. For tickets or information call Peg at HotGrubb Productions at (707) 763-0100 or email hotgrubb@comcast.net. 

 

Foolhardy weekend. Guitarist and singer Dave Hardy and many others will be performing on the afternoon of the 3rd at the Occidental Center for the Arts and their annual Fools Parade. The event goes from 1-5 p.m.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 3rd from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled I’d Live Then Times Again. It is the second of two overviews of old-time country music from 1927-1938, as presented by co-host Todd Gracyk. Music from duos (Delmore Brothers, Monroe Brothers, Grayson & Whitter), string bands (Wade Mainer & the Sons Of the Mountaineers, Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers), and solo performers (Frank Hutchison, Bascom Lamar Lunsford), all drawn from a variety of digitally-remastered (but still scratchy) sources. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 3rd at 7:30 p.m. will be presenting Yannis Iordanoglou and Sirens of San Francisco. The Sirens are Stevie Coyle, Marian Hubler and Bruce Victor and they will be joined by Steve DeLaet.

 

Santa Rosa singer Rory McNamara on Saturday the 3rd at 2:30 p.m. will be at the San Gregorio Store with The Mild Colonial Boys.

 

Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved will be playing the Riptide in SF on the 3rd with special guest Ed Ivey on bass and tuba starting at 8:30 p.m.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Maria Muldaur on the 3rd, Shana Morrison on the 10th, WTJ2 on the 11th, Mitch Woods on the 16th, The Sun Kings on the 17th, Jerry Hannan on the 18th, The Jeb Brady Band on the 23rd, Stompy Jones on the 30th, and others.

 

Easter Zydeco Brunch at Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford. The venue will be offering a special menu on Easter Sunday the 4th to appease the brunching masses. The theme is Zydeco, an early American form of roots or folk music featuring a fast, upbeat tempo with a strong accordion presence and percussion typically stemming from spoons on a metal washboard. Fabulous food will be offered, Zydeco music will spill out onto the sunny rear patio (weather permitting) and Easter Eggs will be hidden around the restaurant and patio for the kids. For additional information or a sample menu, contact Brandon Guenther, chef/owner, at brandong@ffrsi.com or call (707) 876-1983.

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month with The Palm Wine Boys on the 6th, Kate Gaffney on the 13th, Stevie Gurr on the 20th, and Lisa Kindred on the 27th. Starts at  9 p.m., no cover. Location is 106 Throckmorton at Miller.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will be playing at The Climate Theater in SF on the 7th along with The Skinny and Misner & Smith. On the 23rd they will play at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, and on the 24th see them at the Drew Pearce House Concert series in Stinson Beach.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

Misner & Smith have a busy month. Besides the Climate Theatre on the 7th, they will play at Rominger Winery in Davis on the 8th, at the Aqus Café in Petaluma on the 9th, and at Julie’s Coffee and Tea in Alameda on the 13th. See them in the cast of the Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song starting in May.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Michael LaMacchia on the 7th, WTJ 2 on the 14th, Big Possum on the 21st, and Savannah Blue on the 28th.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 7th starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

The Sonoma County band Poor Man’s Whiskey presents a special evening of “Old and in the Way” featuring Peter Rowan at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 8th.


Experienced duo. Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, on the 8th from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

 

Tim O on tour. Normally more of a bluegrass picker, Tim O’Brien will be joining Mark Knopfler’s band for the Get Lucky tour starting on the 8th and continuing through May 7th. They will play in Oakland on April 13th and in Santa Rosa on the 14th. Knopfler is the former lead guitarist and singer in the band Dire Straits.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas is jumpin' on Thursdays with its new "Counter Culture" music series. Catch Darren Nelson on the 8th, Grandpa Banana on the 15th, Jack Irving on the 22nd, and whiz kid Cullen Gray on the 29th. Music is 7-9 p.m.

 

Kevin Burke's Open House plays an assortment of Celtic, American traditional, and eastern European songs, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of its members. See them at the Freight in Berkeley on the 8th and at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 9th.

 

Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle, besides playing with the Sirens of SF on the 3rd, will also playing a solo show on the 9th at Mission City Coffee Roasters in Santa Clara. Contact Brundle@attglobal.net for info and reservations.

 

The Wind and Rain, a show based on the ballad with the same name, is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge, and the consequence of change. It was created in collaboration with acclaimed physical performers Brynna Jourdan (Hammer Heads, Cussing at the Moon) and Jenna Bean Veatch (The Tumbleweed Bandits), live music and original compositions from renowned concert violinist Rebecca Jackson (Völs String Quartet, San Francisco Opera), visual delights from esteemed illustrator, painter and whimsical engineer Molly Millar (Phantom Galleries L.A.'s Emergence Enchanted, 2009 TED Conference), and award winning playwright Claytie Mason (The Secret Ruths of Island House). “This tragic tale comes to life with the humor, whimsy, magic, and terror only live theatre is capable of.” Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF. The show runs from April 8th-May 1st.

 

Replay, one of the North Bay's leading cover bands, plays music from the late 60s to today. The band generates excitement and energy on the dance floor, providing upbeat musical entertainment. They will be performing at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley on the 9th from 8-11:30 p.m. This is an event put on by In The Woods Productions, and not by Murphy Productions.

 

The jazz/swing band The Lost Cats has found some cool gigs this month. On the 9th and 16th two of the Cats will be at Bacheeso in Berkeley from 6:30-9:30 p.m., on the 10th from 7-10 p.m. see a trio of Cats at Cafe Leila in Berkeley, on the 18th from 6-8 p.m. a duo will be at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, and on the 25th at 3:30 p.m. the full band will play at the three-day event called Two Day Town Fest in Livermore.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 10th. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play. Murphy’s has a full bar and also offers tasty food at reasonable prices. Children are welcome.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be crossing bridges and borders for gigs this month. Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 10th and the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 25th. He and Jesse Lee Kincaid will present their original acoustic Americana at Fairfax’s Iron Springs Brewery on the 13th, a benefit for Bread & Roses. Next, he'll be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at their monthly dance concert on the 14th at the Corte Madera Rec Center. Closing out the month, he’ll share the stage with Kimberlye Gold on the 24th at Chester’s Bayview Café in Berkeley.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature Aaron Redner & Friends on the 10th, Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck on the 17th, and at the Lark Theatre in Larkspur on the 24th it will be the Stairwell Sisters.

 

Joy Kills Sorrow will be the featured act at Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert in Mountain View on the 10th.

 

Marin multi-instrumentalist Duncan Draper on the 10th will be at the Aqus Café in Petaluma on accordion and keyboards with the group Festival of Friends (formerly Too Many Cooks) in the morning during the brunch hours of 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. playing Americana, folk, swing, and originals with wonderful harmonies by Ted Dutcher, Robin Rodgers and Susan Ballinger who have been regaling folks for many years up in Sonoma County. Later that evening he will be performing on accordion there with the fine Marin based six-piece rockabilly band Miracle Mule, who have great harmonies and arrangements and a repertoire that includes songs from Patsy Cline to The Kinks.

 

Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Sons present a 60s Dance Party at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon on the 10th, and, as mentioned above, Jesse joins Kurt Huget in an acoustic benefit performance for Bread & Roses at Iron Springs Pub on the 13th.

 

One of the Bay Area’s top vocal ensembles, Kitka, will be presenting a concert to benefit the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 10th at 8 p.m. Tickets ($23 advance/$25 door) are selling briskly and advance purchase is recommended. Called “simply amazing” by David Crosby and “stunning” by Garrison Keillor, Kitka is internationally acclaimed for their renditions of Eastern European music.

 

See Terry Pinnegar & Friends on the 10th at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Many of you may know Terry from his Sonoma County days and work in the popular local Americana band The Lucky Dawgs. Since moving on to Nashville some years back his visits to Sonoma County have been rare. He is a stellar song writer with a powerful delivery, and this will be his only West Coast stop in support of his new CD The Road from Now to Then. Friends will be Doug Adamz on fiddle and harmonica, Markie Sanders on bass, Dan Ransford on percussion, and Kevin Russell on guitars. Contact Kevin for more info or to make reservations at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

West Marin fiddler and guitarist Doug Adamz, besides playing the show mentioned above, on the 26th at 7 p.m. can be heard on the Hippie From Olema radio show at 7 p.m. with host Jerry Lunsford on KWMR (90.5 FM) in West Marin, and on the 27th at 8 p.m. he’ll be on Teresa Tudury's show on KOWS in Occidental to promote the release of his new CD Bernardo's Serenade, which will be released by the dozens on May 1st at his Acoustic Vortex show in Larkspur.

 

Petaluma musician Kenny Blacklock and friends will be playing a children’s music gig at the Discovery Museum in Sausalito on the 10th at 11 a.m. He will mostly be playing music from his CD, which is a mix of bluegrass/old-time/American folk music for kids. The band will include Larry Chung on banjo, Katy Bridges on fiddle, and others. Kenny also plays fiddle in the bluegrass bands Keystone Station and Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue.

 

The Second Annual Night at the Opry show at Peri's in Fairfax on the 10th includes Danny Montana & The Bar Association, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire, and Alex Call & The Holy Cows. The event also includes a pedal steel duet set and a "Telecaster Masters" set. This year's beneficiary is the SF NARAS Musical Instrument Drive.

 

The annual San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins festival will be happening on the 11th starting with workshops at 10:30 a.m. at the Croatian American Cultural Center. Five diverse ensembles will be performing on the program, including the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra with Achille Bocus, Espacio with Eva Scow, Marla Fibish and Jimmy Crowley, and Caleb Klauder with the Foghorn Duo. This year will feature Bulgarian fare prepared by Hristos Kolev available from noon.

 

You are invited you to The Flying Squirrels Re-Unification in Cotati on the 11th at 8 p.m. at the Tradewinds featuring Stevie Gurr, Kevin Hayes, Tim Eschliman and Kevin Zuffi. They are back after two-plus decades from The Treehouse in San Rafael.

 

Sonoma’s Green String Farm Band plays original and traditional material with the grand plan of trying to make people happy. The music is to be enjoyed on the back porch, in the living room, with friends, and with drink and home cooked food. See them on the 11th when they will be appearing with Sean Hayes at the Mystic in Petaluma.

 

The Station House Café in Pt. Reyes Station on the 11th presents the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band with Jon Mitguard and Paul Knight from 5-8:30 p.m.

 

Caren Armstrong on the 12th will be performing with Stevie Coyle live on the Hippie From Olema radio show at 7 p.m. with host Jerry Lunsford on KWMR (90.5 FM) in West Marin.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next jam

this month will be on the 15th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea, besides performing at Murphy’s on the 15th, plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Lauralee Brown will be doing her acoustic sounds show with Denise Leigh and Greg Punkar at Saylor's on the 16th and on the 22nd it will be jazz and beyond at The Pleasure is Mine in Mill Valley from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

 

Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach via Tasmania, is now living in Nashville. But you have two chances to see her and Walter Strauss perform when she is visiting this month. On the 16th it will be at the Chapel in Stinson at 8 p.m., and on the 17th at Studio E in Sebastopol.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions. Laurie Schaeffer & Greg Abel (North Bay Live) host listening room concerts at Studio E in Sebastopol, one of the premier listening rooms in the North Bay. Besides hosting the aforementioned Audrey Auld on the 17th, on the 30th don’t miss Girlyman

 

Riggy Rackin, Jon Berger, Chris Carney, and Jeff Martin celebrate Riggy's birthday on the 16th with a full band playing songs from Riggy's recent CD Somewhere In Between and Chris's Three Sheets to the Wind at The Pinecone Restaurant in Sebastopol.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Peppino D'Agostino on the 16th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Lindalou and Michael and the 3 D's (no glasses required) – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper – will be playing on the 17th from 2-3:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park in Calistoga as part of the Calistoga Community week long Earth Day Celebration. They'll also be playing on the 24th from 7-10 p.m. at the Calistoga Fairgrounds for the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's annual fundraiser dinner and auction. For more info call Jan at (707) 942-5002.

 

The Celebrating Songwriters series at Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley, hosted by Caren Armstrong, on the 17th will feature Tim Grimm and Dana Cooper starting at 8 p.m. This is a fabulous series and venue where you get to see artists perform unplugged and up close.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 18th starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

The 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on the 18th.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 20th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. This month the band is Jill Cruey, Jerry Barush, Tom Sours, Dan Large and Red Rick. No cover.

 

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant. See the legendary Arlo Guthrie when he appears at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on the 23rd.

 

Save the earth. The Earth Day Marin Festival will take place on the 24th at the College of Marin. It will be a large-scale, fun, family-friendly, and free festival event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. There will be music, speakers, activities for children, films, eco-aerobics, engaging exhibitors, organic food and more, the event will include the broadest diversity of environmental issues. It will feature Terry Garthwaite (Joy of Cooking) and Oona Garthwaite, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Bryan Horne & The Jawdroppers, Three At Last, fun green-themed songs for kids by Let's Go Green Kids and more. Musicians are invited to enter the Earth Day Marin Green Songs Contest. Prizes include three hours of recording/mixing time with Christopher Krotky at 7 Generations Studios in Forest Knolls and a live performance opportunity at Earth Day Marin. There will be both youth and adult winners and others.

 

Triple bill at the Freight. See Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, The Honky Tonk Dreamers and Misisipi Rider when they all play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on 25th starting at 8 p.m.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 25th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

The Marin duo Barbwyre (Jon Mitguard and Dana Rath) will be making their debut performance at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 29th starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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March 12, 2010

 

Springing forward. Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend, and just like that it also feels like spring is in the air. Great weather is predicted for the tons of fun going on around the North Bay these next few days, so get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday to make up for the one that will be lost when the clocks are turned back. Forget about spring cleaning – get out of the house and see some live music instead!

The roads to Sebastopol are paved with bluegrass. The CBA’s Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be happening on the 13th, and the bands to see there, in order of appearance, are 49 Special, Lone Prairie, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Evo Bluestein, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Blue & Lonesome and The Kathy Kallick Band. This is a wonderful one-day indoor festival that also includes jamming and workshops. For ticketing info go here. You can watch a real nice video promo of the fest here. Thanks to Mark Hogan for all of the hard work that he did putting this event together.

 

Movies and music. It was great to read that Jeff Bridges won Best Actor last weekend for his role as a down and out country singer in the movie Crazy Heart (no special effects, no blue bad guys, no action-packed car chases – wow, what a concept!). Cool that it won for Best Original Song as well. You can read an interview with Bridges from CMT about how he prepared for his part. If you have not seen this film, it is really well done and so true to life, as anyone that has tried to make a living playing country or bluegrass music can attest. The bearded, whiskey-swilling Bridges looks a bit like a younger Kris Kristofferson, but sings a hell of a lot better than him. He really plays guitar in most of the scenes, does a decent job as a singer, and so does supporting actor Colin Farrell, who, as some people may not know, is from Ireland. T-Bone Burnett produced the music, the late Steve Bruton contributed much to the songwriting, and the Oscar-winning song, "The Weary Kind," was co-written (with Burnett) and sung by Ryan Bingham. You can watch a video of the song here, and read an informative story by Chet Flippo about the music from the film here. Other Carltone staff favorite music films are Tender Mercies, Once, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Bonny & Clyde, High Lonesome, Sweet Dreams, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Coal Miner's Daughter, The Soloist and Nashville.

 

Marvelous Melnyk. Ace photographer Mike Melnyk was at the CBA winter music camp in Marin County last month, and, as always, he took some mighty fine photos. Grab a chair, maybe something to drink, and sit back and enjoy the show here.

Commercial-free PIG. When listening to songs on the radio don’t you just hate commercials? Well, if you are a regular listener to KPIG in the Bay Area, starting on March 15th you will have the opportunity to subscribe to 24-hour commercial-free music streaming on your computer for $50 a year. And, you will get two extra months free if you sign up for a full year. Go to the site for more details.

Tale of a lost fiddler. Okay, well, violinist is the correct terminology, but hey, who is to say that she never fiddled? Whatever the case, this is a sad story in the New York Times about one-time violin wunderkind named Patricia Travers, who played with some famous orchestras and appeared in films as a teenager in the 1930s/40s, but who then, at about age 23, put her violin away and never performed publicly again. She died in a New Jersey nursing home last month at age 82 after spending most of her life, anonymously to her neighbors, living in the family house. The Stradivarius and Guarneri instruments she once owned were long gone, and having never married, she left no survivors. One can only wonder what made her stop playing at such a young age, with a promising career ahead of her…

 

Chris Hellman honored in SF. Chris Hellman, the wife of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass magnate Warren Hellman, has had the San Francisco Ballet Center named after her, according to a recent story in the SF Chronicle today. Chris sings with Warren’s band The Wronglers, is a former ballet dancer, and is also a big supporter of the arts in the city, as is her husband. Congratulations, Chris!

Gryphon Guitars founder interview. Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto co-founder Richard Johnston was recently interviewed in Collectors Weekly. Thanks to the Bluegrass Blog for this item.

 

Former Marin County singer/songwriter (now living in Nashville) Audrey Auld has a new songbook now available. There are sixty nine songs, and if you've ever wanted to sing and play along with Audrey's albums then Write Out Loud helps you with easy-to-follow lyrics and chords. Plus, there are notes from Audrey about the inspiration to certain songs. Each song is written in the same key that she plays on her records. The capo position is also included which makes it easy for new guitar players. The book is Wire-O bound with a glossy-card cover.

 

Save the date. The Earth Day Marin Festival will take place on April 24th at the College of Marin. It will be a large-scale, fun, family-friendly, and free festival event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. It will be an upbeat atmosphere including music, speakers, activities for children, film, eco-aerobics, engaging exhibitors, organic food and more, the event will include the broadest diversity of environmental issues. It will feature Terry Garthwaite (Joy of Cooking) and Oona Garthwaite, fun green-themed songs for kids by Let's Go Green Kids and more. Details will be available soon on a "green songs" contest for youth and adults cosponsored by (LocalMusicVibe.com) and also they are interested in hearing from established performers who have a green song or two. Please contact hannah@wordoutconsulting.com for more info.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Plan ahead and buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will run from May 20th-June 20th. Local singers Misner & Smith will be part of the cast.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there was a story about a documentary on the late Marin pianist Olga Samaroff who played at Carnegie Hall 90 years ago, and also a feature on the String Letter Music School. In the SF Chronicle read about Grateful Dead historian David Gans

 

Police log. “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone!” The Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy, who ran down and killed a man at a Hollywood crosswalk, has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Jassy, who also uses the name Dave Monopoly, was sentenced recently for second-degree murder and other crimes. Prosecutors say the 35-year-old rapper killed John Osnes in November 2008 after the pedestrian activist banged on the hood of his rented SUV when it stopped in a crosswalk. Authorities say the rapper punched the 55-year-old Osnes in the face, kicked him in the head and ran him over him as he drove away.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Phoenix rising from the ashes: a year or so back it was reported here that actor and fledgling hip-hop singer Joaquin Phoenix had quit acting in order to pursue his new music career. At the time we predicted that he would not be gone long, and heck, he is back sooner that expected. Also gone are the beard, long hair and dark glasses. For a nostalgic look back, look at his classic David Letterman appearance here. Funny how these things happen more often than not to actors who think they can sing…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Johnny Alf, a founder of Bossa Nova music, died in Brazil after fighting prostate cancer. He was 80.

 

Coming attractions. Milk Drive & Joy Kills Sorrow at The Acoustic Church show in Pt. Reyes Station 4/2; Second Annual Night at The Opry with Danny Montana & The Bar Association, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire, and Alex Call & The Holy Cows at Peri's 4/10; Kenny Blacklock at the Discovery Museum in Sausalito 4/10; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; Peppino D'Agostino at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 4/16; Audrey Auld with Walter Strauss at the Stinson Beach Chapel 4/16, at Studio E in Sebastopol 4/17; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; Chords For Change Benefit in Sebastopol 5/8; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Additions

 

Wrangling Belle. Pam Brandon, a.k.a. Belle Monroe, is one of the hardest working gals is the music biz. Besides leading her own bluegrass band the Brewglass Boys and the swing band The Chazz Cats, she also sings in the Western swing band Lost Weekend. Now she is playing bass in a new Americana trio called Lil' Anne & The Tune Wranglers, featuring Anne Arnhym-Yanito on rhythm guitar, Pierre Laik on lead guitar, and Belle on bass. You can see them playing on the 12th at The Uptown in Oakland along with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys and The Hi-Rhythm Hustlers starting at 9 p.m. On the 13th she will be playing bluegrass bass with Savannah Blu in Bolinas.

 

Kathy Kallick in Livermore. Before closing out the fest in Sebastopol on the 13th, The Kathy Kallick Band will also be playing lots of songs from the just-completed album Between the Hollow & the High-Rise at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, in Livermore on the 12th starting at 8 p.m. There’s also a jam at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel and, if you’re hungry, you can buy a chili dinner for only $5.

 

Kevin Russell’s Americana group from Santa Rosa Under the Radar will be opening for The Del McCoury Band at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 12th.

 

Twang night in SF. Shelby Ash Presents a quadruple bill of country and bluegrass music in SF on the 12th at the Café du Nord with The Trainwreck Riders, The Brothers Comatose, Kemo Sabe and Dead Westerns. Four bands for the price of one! Each band guaranteed to make tens of dollars!

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 13th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend is titled Across the Tracks, and it will feature new recordings of bluegrass and old-time music. Hear selections from Larry Stephenson, Josh Williams, Special Consensus, Bill Emerson, Patuxent Partners, Downtown Mountain Boys, Mountain Laurel, Betse Ellis, and others. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The Bluegrass Mix. The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. On the 13th hear cuts by Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Long Road Home, Mark Brinkman, Joy Kills Sorrow, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Black Prairie, and Martin Gilmore. He also welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com.

 

Down home music. Michael Stadler & Mary Gibbons, together with Jon Mitguard on steel and dobro, will be playing an in-store concert at Down Home Music in El Cerrito on the 13th from 2-3 p.m. They’ll be playing their particular blend of country, originals, and bluegrass-inspired songs in a rare trio format. Stop by, listen to some live music, check out the posters, and rifle through the bins. You never know what treasure you will find.

 

Slow jam at the Freight. Ran Bush will be hosting the Sunday afternoon Slow Jam at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 14th. The jam is from 1-4 p.m., and the cost is $14 at the door or $135 for a six month pass. Contact Ran (510) 525-8156 with questions or for more information, or go the link above.

 

Marin promoter Drew Pearce has a full slate of activities going on the rest of this month. On the 14th it will be the Stinson Beach Music Party featuring Robin Galante and Pi Jacobs from 4-6 p.m.; on the 17th join Jerry Hannan’s St. Paddy’s Day Party at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael; on the 19th it will be the Song-Along Songwriters Showcase at Bazaar Café in SF with Rebecca Cross, Jay Trainer and Mike Ehlers from 7-9:30 p.m.; on the 21st see the Stinson Beach Music Party with Misner & Smith from 4-6 p.m.; on the 24th check out the Hump Night Hoedown at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax with the Matthew Hansen Band and Utah Girl at 9 p.m.; on the 26th the Alameda House Concert presents Heather Combs and Christine Havrilla; and on the 27th it will be a house concert in Monterey with Ian Axel, Greg Holden and Katie Costello. Go to Drew’s site for complete info.

 

Mill Valley musician Lorin Rowan has a busy rest of the month. He and the Bueno Brothers (David Jenkins, Ken Emerson, Steve Price) will be playing a St. Pat’s party on the 17th at Bungalow 44 in Mill Valley starting at 8:30 p.m. On the 18th and 26th Lorin and his brother Chris will be at Horizons in Sausalito from 6-9 p.m., and on the 27th they will be playing the Heroes with Heart Gala in Sonoma. Later on the 27th Lorin will be playing with The Edge at A Night of Music for Haiti and Home at the Unity Center in Novato. And on the 31st he will be playing solo at Bungalow 44.

 

At the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 20th at 8 p.m. see the J-J@M Improvisational String Trio. J-J@M uses familiar music as their palette as they weave together an entirely new tapestry of sound. All compositions are spontaneous, in the moment, and impossible to clone. The trio is Julie Egger (of award-winning Klezmer band The Red Hot Chachkas), Julian Smedley (performed with Hot Club of San Francisco) and Michele McCulloch (performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra).

 

Swinging in Switzerland. On the 20th the Western swing big band Lost Weekend will be playing at Little Switzerland in the town of Sonoma starting at 8 p.m., featuring special guest vocalist Chris O'Connell.

 

On the 27th the Heroes with Heart Gala: An Evening in the Emerald Isle, a benefit for Parents Hospital Association, will take place at the Cline Winery in Sonoma. The goal is to raise awareness and support for their family members and friends who live at the Sonoma Developmental Center. This unique and exciting evening features a gourmet dinner provided by Rocket Catering and show stopping entertainment. Enjoy a lively evening of bidding for a good cause with a chance to win local works of art, fantastic wine showcases, great escapes both near and far including local getaways and trips to Ireland and Italy. Reservations required. Contact Tom Whitworth at (707) 939-3760 or Mary O’Riordan (415) 927-0542.

 

Reminders

 

The Crossroads Irish-American Festival, an annual, cultural arts, and literary event in San Francisco that explores and celebrates the history of the Irish Diaspora throughout the Americas in creative performance with vibrant conversation and debate, music, film, readings, storytelling, theater, and more, runs through the 14th. Go to the site for complete info.

 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. This and the bluegrass music is why folks started gathering in Redwood City on the 11th and will be there until the 14th for the Bluegrass On Broadway festival.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See The Courtney Janes on the 12th, Hicktown Homeboys on the 13th, Jaydub & Dino on the 14th, Poitin on the 17th, Jenny Kerr on the 18th, The Dream Farmers on the 19th, Wilson Hukill Blues on the 20th, Jeb Brady on the 21st, Incubators on the 24th, Michael Bloch on the 25th, JimBo Trout and the Fish People on the 26th, Jigsaw on the 27th, Three at Last on the 28th, and The Rivereens on the 31st.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Breakin' Bread on the 12th, Sexy Sunday women who rock on the 14th, Brindl on the 16th, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 17th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 18th, Vinyl on the 20th, Andre & Friends on the 21st, Hi Rhythm Hustlers on the 24th, The Holdouts on the 26th, Novachord on the 27th (Benefit for San Anselmo Preschool Co-op), Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 28th, (W+T)J2 on the 31st, and more.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music at the Druid Hall on the 12th in Santa Rosa and on the 20th at the Blackthorn Tavern in San Francisco.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Joe Tate on the 12th, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 13th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 19th, Jazz Philosophy on the 20th, Eugene Huggins on the 26th, and Jef Labes on the 27th.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Marin Youth Performers) on 12th-14th, Marin Primary School Production of Into the Woods on the 19th-21st, Savoy Brown on the 27th, and more.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has The Del McCoury Band on the 12th, Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers plus special guest Country Joe McDonald on the 20th, Pride & Joy on the 26th, and others.

 

At the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa see Celtic Legends on the 12th, Indigo Girls on the 25th, and Chicago on the 30th.

 

Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Sons with singer Boudeeka will be performing at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 13th and the Sausalito Cruising Club on the 19th.

 

Three At Last will be playing two private house concerts on the weekend of the 13th-14th, one in Fairfax and one in Santa Rosa. Anyone interested in coming to one of these shows can email Velvy and he'll give you the lowdown. The band will also be playing the San Diego Indie Fest on the 27th, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma on the 28th.

 

Brewfest. The 15th Annual Fairfax Brewfest will be happening at the Fairfax Pavilion on the 13th from 1-5 p.m. The fest has more than a dozen breweries presenting their best beers. Brewmasters pour the beers themselves, so patrons can critique, ask questions, and swap beer stories with the experts. Great pub food, and music by Tom Rigney & Flambeau.

 

Novato singer/songwriter Amy Wigton and her band will be celebrating the brand new EP titled Go on the 13th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Tracy Blackman with Don Zimmer will be opening the show. Go for dinner and stay for the fine music. Dinner reservations are encouraged.

 

Go green! The 159th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place in downtown SF on Saturday the 13th, so grab your shillelagh, put on your favorite green shirt or jacket, and join the fun. The festival after the parade provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Irish history and culture while having a great time experiencing the day. A full day of activity is planned at the Civic Center Plaza.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget marches on with an assortment of gigs around the county. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears at the Two Bird Café in San Geronimo on the 13th, San Rafael’s Panama Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day, and at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 28th. And the Moonlight Rodeo band springs into action with original roots-rock and Americana music out west at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station on the 20th.

 

San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden will be with the traditional Irish band The Gas Men on the 13th at 11 a.m. in Civic Center Plaza in SF and at 9 p.m. that same evening at the Great American Music Hall in SF. On St. Patrick’s Day itself see them (if you can get in!) at the Plough and Stars in SF.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. He will be pickin’ bluegrass with Savannah Blu at Smiley's in Bolinas on the 13th, with Caribbean R&B at Smiley's on the 19th, doing a rare solo performance in Napa for a benefit on the 21st, back with the Hot Club of Marin at the monthly Gypsy jazz jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 29th, and he’ll be sittin’ in with Matt Lacques and Joe Kyle at Vasco's on the 30th.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station you can see Keola and Moana Beamer on the 13th, Patrick Ball on the 20th, Turtle Island String Quartet on the 27th, and others.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Old Jawbone on the 13th, The Farallons on the 26th, and The Tonewoods on the 27th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See the aforementioned Amy Wigton on the 13th, The Shots on the 17th, Revolver on the 19th, Leena Culhane on the 26th, Lumanation on the 27th, String Sessions on the 31st, plus others.

 

Joe Tate and Lonnie Walter play every Saturday at the No Name Bar in Sausalito at 6 p.m.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on the 13th, and the Blame Sally show will be at The Lark in Larkspur on the 20th.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Also, see Moonalice on the 13th, The Tommy Castro Band on the 20th, Lone Star Retrobates on the 21st, Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers on the 26th, Crashlanding and The Dogtown Rambler on the 27th, and more.

 

The Del McCoury Band will also be picking bluegrass at The Great American Music Hall in SF on the 14th.

 

Mandolin gathering. On Sunday the 14th the annual Inverness Mandolin Gathering will be taking place in a private home out in West Marin in the town of Inverness. It goes from noon until the music stops. For more info contact host David Crummey at (530) 739-3183 or dcrummey@snowcrest.net. The Gathering is open to everyone who owns a mandolin, plays a mandolin or just enjoys mandolin music.

 

Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ out at the Station House in Point Reyes Station on the 14th (with guest Avram Siegel) and again on the 21st, starting at 5 p.m.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Brothers Comatose on the 14th, Dockside and The Carrtunes on the 17th, John Kelly & Greengrass on the 18th, Elaine Dempsey on the 20th, The David Thom Band on the 26th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Larkspur singer/songwriter Corinne West can be seen playing as a duo with Kelly Joe Phelps at Joe’s Garage in San Mateo on the 14th.

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month with Adam Beach (penny whistle master) on the 16th, Matt & Nearly Beloved on the 23rd, and Dore Coller on the 30th. Starts at 9 p.m., no cover. Location is 106 Throckmorton at Miller.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 16th. See Calvin Murasaki, Belle Monroe, Larry Goldfield, and Duncan Draper.

 

Here’s to the fiddle that plays the tune! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Shots playing Irish/old-time/country/Cajun and more at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 17th starting at 9 p.m.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Bash for Strand. On the 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Pete's 881 Club in San Rafael the musical friends of the late Rick Strand – Jim Strand, John McConnell, Mike Schwab, Pat Campbell, Bill Abright, Steve Farzan, Willow van den Hoek, Dore Coller, Peter & Charlie Harris, Bob Goldstein, Michael Foley, Jeff Potter, Kit Eakle, John Lefler, Chris Lockheed and other special surprise guests – will be singing for their corned beef and cabbage. Food is at 5, music starts at 6:30 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome. Donation tip jar. For info email Pat at 65jazz@comcast.net

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Jack Pribble on the 17th, Matt Eakle on the 24th, and 49 Special on the 31st. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See the Pat Echol Experience on the 20th.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m. When not leading his own band, San Anselmo’s Caffall is Maria Muldaur’s guitarist.

 

New music venue in Bolinas not named Smiley’s! The Coast Café now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. See Danny Montana and Tim Bush playing country, Americana and folk on the 18th, and Eric Vaughn tickling the ivories on the 25th. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month, and the next one is on the 18th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Misner & Smith will be playing a handful of Bay Area shows this month. They'll be at Finnegan’s in Novato on the 18th at 9 p.m., Drew Pearce's House Concert Series in Stinson Beach on the 21st at 4 p.m., and at Celebrating Songwriter's in Berkeley on the 27th at 8 p.m.

 

Bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson with The Jaybirds will be releasing CDs by the dozens at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco on the 19th. Speaking of the Nell, read about her in the SF Chronicle. Her wonderful new CD is titled Nell Robinson in Loango.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Peter Finger on the 19th, the German finger-style player who's considered among the best in the world, starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Check out the Sublime Spring Singout on the 19th at the Velo Rouge Café in SF from 7-9:30 p.m. Jeanie & Chuck Poling present another showcase of the best local Americana talent. Featured artists are Matt Lax and Toshio Hirano, along with performances by Jeanie & Chuck, Misisipi Mike Wolf, special guest Smelley Kelley, and more.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur is presenting The Rhythm Angels at 7 p.m. on the 19th.

 

At the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa some of the acts on the calendar are The Young Dubliners on the 19th and Elvin Bishop on the 27th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has Kiri Te Kanawa on the 20th, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez on the 26th, and more fine shows.

 

North Bay Live presents Kenny White on the 20th having a CD release party there.

 

The Celtic band Altan will be playing a show at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 21st.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of every month starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. On the 21st they’ll be playing barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Sara and friends in Sebastopol. On the 27th it will be Sara Winge, Carlo Calabi, and Bill Foss at the Pinecone Café in Sebastopol playing old-time and classic country duets from 7-9 p.m. No cover.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 27th with Misner & Smith and Austin Willacy at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 28th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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March 2, 2010

 

Welcome to the 111th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Okay, we’ve turned the page into March: the Olympics are over, spring training for baseball has begun, it is getting close to that time for shillelaghs, leprechauns and green beer, and it is also way past time to start getting out to see some live music. Fortunately the Carltone staff is on top on things in Marin and Sonoma, if only a day late or so. This is much better than the previous two first-of-the-month issues. This edition would have been done and sent out on the 1st, but we got distracted with the return of old lantern jaw to the late night gab-fest show lineup. We knew that Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn was going to be on Leno’s new/old/tired show, and the unofficial word on the street was that she would be wearing one of the bikinis from her recent spread in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Alas, this was one rumor that turned out to be false! Uh, and why does the media care about skier Vonn, who only won one gold medal, as opposed to some of the dudes that won multiple golds? Could it have anything to do with her being young, cute, and looking hot in a bikini? Nah, NBC would never do such a thing…

 

All roads lead to the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival when it convenes at the Sebastopol Community Center on Saturday the 13th from 1-9 p.m. The featured performers will be Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Evo Bluestein, Blue & Lonesome, The Kathy Kallick Band, 49 Special, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, and the cowboy band Lone Prairie. For more information call (707) 829-8012, (707) 542-3798 or go to the link above.

 

Smokin’ hot Philly Sound. Philadelphia International Records, the studio where the Grammy-winning songwriting team Gamble and Huff scored dozens of hits for stars including Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and The O'Jays, suffered fire, smoke and water damage from a blaze that ruined 40 percent of the memorabilia at the location. A drunk supposedly lit fire to the joint. Read the sad story here.

 

East Bay singer/songwriter Claudia Russell and her husband Bruce Kaplan were interviewed about Claudia’s late father and singer Val Rosing on National Public Radio recently, and you can listen to the story here.

 

A**hole no more! John Mayer comes clean! Last month we reported here on guitarist John Mayer’s lewd and racist comments in Playboy magazine. But now he has decided to come clean. In a bit of irony, he said at a recent concert that "I hate to come off like an a**hole ever, and thank you guys for believing that I am not an a**hole. Never, ever in my entire life did I ever think that it would be a good idea to be an a**hole.” But being an a**hole sure helped sell the magazine and get his name in the news. Let’s see a show of hands here of how many people had ever even heard of this guy before this incident? Right. Ah, the ugliness of public relations…

 

He’s so vain! Or isn’t he? And who really cares? The word first went out last week that the “vain one” in Carly Simon’s hit song “You’re So Vain” from almost 40 years ago was media mogul David Geffen. Then, just as quick as the news hit the fan, Simon denied that she ever said this. You can read the stories here and here. Again, just more free publicity for a once-popular singer trying to resuscitate her recording career…

 

New George’s coming back. The longtime shuttered New George’s rock nightclub in downtown San Rafael is, according to a story in the Marin IJ, on its way back. Look for it to reopen in May or June. Can you feel the excitement yet?

 

After this, all we need is for Sweetwater to reopen in Mill Valley. Any Hellman-esque zillionaires out there with some extra TARP or bank bonus money to burn? If so, call ASAP…

 

Petaluma singer/songwriter Larry Potts was selected by the International Acoustic Music Awards as a finalist for Best Male Artist for his song and performance of "Hear Me Out" which is on his new album Close to Home. You can also watch a half-hour webcast at Live From Bay 6 featuring him doing four original songs accompanied by George Merrill on keyboards, Kevin Harris on guitar, and Bruce Kurnow on harmonica. The webcast includes an interview with Larry on songwriting. The Harwood Podcast Productions have over 300,000 downloads for their programs, and this webcast is the first of a series featuring singer-songwriters in affiliation with West Coast Songwriters.

 

Woody Guthrie coming to Marin. Plan ahead and buy tickets now for the upcoming Marin Theatre Company’s production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song that will run from May 20th-June 20th. Local singers Misner & Smith will be part of the cast.

 

Journey to Appalachia without leaving your computer! Appalachian Journey is a film from 1991 by Alan Lomax, and you can watch it on the web by clicking on the link. Thanks to Morgan Cowin for this tip.

 

A breath of fresh air. The National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross is by far the best arts radio interview show anywhere. It is a nationally broadcast show that can be heard on most NPR stations, and in the SF area you can hear it multiple times a day (KQED, KRCB and KALW). Even better, if you miss a show you can always listen to archived interviews and reviews on your computer. Here are some recent examples: interviews with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Johnny Cash, and a review of Josh Thompson’s new CD.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there was a story about the Turtle Island String Quartet, and a father-son unified by their love of the Dead. In the SF Chronicle read about singer Pascal Toussaint. In the Pacific Sun there was, uh…oops, no one here reads the Sun since the great Matt Kramer retired as the music writer…

 

Get out your handkerchiefs/police log. Not sure in which category the following item belongs, so we’ve opted to combine the two for this one time only: Dwayne Carter, a.k.a. rapper Lil Wayne, today was all set to go to the slammer to start his one-year sentence for gun possession, but had to be told to “come back tomorrow, please” because there was a fire at the courthouse in New York City that caused the building to be evacuated. And wouldn’t you know it – if he goes back on Wednesday, he just may see Jeff Akins, a.k.a. rapper Ja Rule, who is set to appear in the same courtroom on the same charge for being caught with a gun after the same concert as Lil last fall. But Ja, unlike Lil, is pleading “not guilty.” No word on whether or not they planned to shoot at each other after last October’s concert. Now if the Supreme Court would only extend gun rights to citizens (as it is currently considering), maybe these two artists can be set free and go back to being the artists that they are…

 

Band scramble. The Bay Area bluegrass band once known as the Mighty Crows has decided to fly off in different directions. You can read the details on their website. And Robert Dowdy, of the Bluegrass Brothers band, apparently has left the band that he formed with his brother Victor many years back. The band will forge on with a new banjo player to be named soon. Will they now have to change the name of the band?

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Rohnert Park guitar maker Taku Sakashta was murdered outside of his shop on the morning of February 12th. A suspect has been arrested, and neither motive nor cause of death has been released to the public. Sakashta was only 34. Doug Fieger, lead singer of the band The Knack who had a hit with a song called “My Sharona” in 1979, died in Los Angeles on February 14th from cancer. He was 57. David Soyer, the founding cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet and a link to the legendary cellists Pablo Casals and Emanuel Feuermann, died at his home in New York City on February 25th. He was 87.

 

Coming attractions. Milk Drive & Joy Kills Sorrow at The Acoustic Church show in Pt. Reyes Station 4/2; Second Annual Night at The Opry with Danny Montana & The Bar Association, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire, and Alex Call & The Holy Cows at Peri's 4/10; Kenny Blacklock at the Discovery Museum in Sausalito 4/10; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; Peppino D'Agostino at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 4/16; Audrey Auld with Walter Strauss at the Stinson Beach Chapel 4/16, at Studio E in Sebastopol 4/17; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Vasco Tuesday Music Series in Mill Valley with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle continues this month with David T. Carter on the 2nd, Lisa Kindred on the 9th, Adam Beach (penny whistle master) on the 16th, Matt & Nearly Beloved on the 23rd, and Dore Coller on the 30th. Starts at 9 p.m., no cover. Location is 106 Throckmorton at Miller.

 

The Crossroads Irish-American Festival, an annual, cultural arts, and literary event in San Francisco that explores and celebrates the history of the Irish Diaspora throughout the Americas in creative performance with vibrant conversation and debate, music, film, readings, storytelling, theater, and more, runs from the 2nd-14th. Go to the site for complete info.

 

Wailin’ Jennys in state. The fabulous all-female trio known as The Wailin' Jennys is all over California this week, and you can see them at the Freight in Berkeley on the 2nd and 5th, at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on the 3rd, in Grass Valley on the 4th, at the Napa Valley Opera House on the 6th, and at the Cotton Auditorium in Ft. Bragg 7th.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See The Rousers on the 2nd, The David Thom Band on the 4th, Red Hot Chachkas on the 6th, Finger-style Guitar Showcase on the 10th, Kyle Alden on the 11th, Amy Wigton and Tracy Blackman on the 13th, The Shots on the 17th, Revolver on the 19th, Leena Culhane on the 26th, Lumanation on the 27th, String Sessions on the 31st, plus others.

 

New slow jam class. Ran Bush will be hosting another Slow Jam Class Level I and Level II starting on the 2nd and running for six Tuesday evenings at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Guest instructors Bill Evans and Jim Nunally. Go to the link now to sign up.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m. When not leading his own band, San Anselmo’s Caffall is Maria Muldaur’s guitarist.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Pink Sabbath on the 3rd, Dead Set on the 10th, Jack Pribble on the 17th, Matt Eakle on the 24th, and 49 Special on the 31st. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See the Snake Oil Bones on the 6th and the Pat Echol Experience on the 20th

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See The Rivereens on the 3rd, Doug Adamz & Chris Goddard on the 4th, Dream Farmers on the 5th (and 19th), Dynamo Jones on the 6th, Disorderly House Band on the 7th, Incubators on the 10th, Tom Freund on the 11th, The Courtney Janes on the 12th, Hicktown Homeboys on the 13th, Jaydub & Dino on the 14th, Poitin on the 17th, Jenny Kerr on the 18th, Wilson Hukill Blues on the 20th, Jeb Brady on the 21st, Incubators on the 24th, Michael Bloch on the 25th, JimBo Trout and the Fish People on the 26th, Jigsaw on the 27th, Three at Last on the 28th, and The Rivereens again on the 31st.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 3rd, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 3rd (and 17th), Royal Deuces on the 5th, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 6th, Peri's Blues Jam on the 7th, Misner & Smith on the 9th, Breakin' Bread on the 12th, Sexy Sunday women who rock on the 14th, Brindl on the 16th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 18th, Vinyl on the 20th, Andre & Friends on the 21st, Hi Rhythm Hustlers on the 24th, The Holdouts on the 26th, Novachord on the 27th (Benefit for San Anselmo Preschool Co-op), Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 28th, (W+T)J2 on the 31st, and more.

 

The North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome will be singing for their escargot at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 3rd at 7 p.m., and then at the Sebastopol Bluegrass Festival on the 13th.

 

The always entertaining band The Dry Branch Fire Squad will be playing a series of shows around the bay this month. See them at the Freight in Berkeley on the 4th, at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church (with special guest Heidi Clare on fiddle)(call 415-383-8716 for tickets and info) on the 5th, and at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 6th.

 

New music venue in Bolinas not named Smiley’s! The Coast Café now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. See Dale Polisser and Bart Hopkin playing jazz on the 4th, Gary Bauman and Jack Pribble pickin' and singin' guitar tunes on the 11th, Danny Montana and Tim Bush playing country, Americana and folk on the 18th, and Eric Vaughn tickling the ivories on the 25th. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The dates for this month will be 4th and the 18th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

At the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa some of the acts on the calendar are The Subdudes on the 4th, The Young Dubliners on the 19th, and Elvin Bishop on the 27th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music on the 4th at Chrome Lotus in Santa Rosa, at the Druid Hall on the 12th in Santa Rosa, and on the 20th at the Blackthorn Tavern in San Francisco.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Four Shillings Short on the 4th, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 5th, the Celtic jam on the 7th, The Brothers Comatose on the 14th, Dockside and The Carrtunes on the 17th, John Kelly & Greengrass on the 18th, Elaine Dempsey on the 20th, The David Thom Band on the 26th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Lilan Kane on the 5th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 6th, Joe Tate on the 12th, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 13th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 19th, Jazz Philosophy on the 20th, Eugene Huggins on the 26th, and Jef Labes on the 27th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Band of the Irish Guards and Royal Regiment of Scotland on the 5th, Kiri Te Kanawa on the 20th, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez on the 26th, and more fine shows.

 

Larkspur singer/songwriter Corinne West can be seen playing as a duo with Kelly Joe Phelps at a house concert at Casa De Linda in Berkeley on the 5th, at Mamma Llama Coffeehouse in Weaverville on the 6th, at Don Quixote's in Felton on the 9th, and at Joe’s Garage in San Mateo on the 14th.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 5th, Old Jawbone on the 13th, The Farallons on the 26th, and The Tonewoods on the 27th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

North Bay singer/songwriter Moss Henry will be singing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 5th from 7-9 p.m.

Great food and drink, and no cover.

 

Head on down to the indoor fest on the 5th-7th called the Boulder Creek Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival with Mike McKinley & Quack Grass, Faux Renwah's Spur of the Moment, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Mountain Drive, 49 Special, The West County Professional Tea Sippers and others.

 

Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. They play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., so see them on the 5th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Marin Youth Performers) on the 5th-7th and 12th-14th, Marin Primary School Production of Into the Woods on the 19th-21st, Savoy Brown on the 27th, and more.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station you can see The Aux Cajunals on the 5th, Keola and Moana Beamer on the 13th, Patrick Ball on the 20th, Turtle Island String Quartet on the 27th, and others.

 

The Magic Juju Concert Series in San Rafael will host Jill Knight on the 5th starting at 8 p.m. Call (415) 785-4530 for more info and reservations.

 

Joe Tate and Lonnie Walter play every Saturday at the No Name Bar in Sausalito at 6 p.m., and on the 6th they will be joined by Chris Goddard, who brings the guitar to life in a unique blend of jazz and blues with an old world flavor that sticks in your mind.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. He will be with the Hot Club of Marin on the 6th at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival in downtown Calistoga from 2-6 pm, pickin’ bluegrass with Savannah Blu at Smiley's in Bolinas on the 13th, with Caribbean R&B at Smiley's on the 19th, doing a rare solo performance in Napa for a benefit on the 21st, back with the Hot Club of Marin at the monthly Gypsy jazz jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 29th, and he’ll be sittin’ in with Matt Lacques and Joe Kyle at Vasco's on the 30th.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Bay Area singer/songwriter Cyndi Harvell has been invited to perform at a special show at 8 p.m. at the Café du Nord in San Francisco on the 6th, opening for up and coming Americana artist Elliott Randall. Cyndi is about to record a new CD that will be produced by local producer Jim Greer of Fortune Records, who wrote the new single by New Orleans group Galactic called “Heart of Steel,” and is otherwise involved a slew of projects with local and national artists.

 

Bay Area bluegrass guitarist, singer and producer Jim Nunally, who plays with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 6th will be giving a three-hour rhythm guitar workshop at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. This is geared to all guitarists who would like insight into country, bluegrass, and folk rhythm guitar styles.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature Sonic Strut on the 6th and Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on the 13th, and the Blame Sally show will be at The Lark in Larkspur on the 20th.

 

North Bay Live present Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen on the 6th at Studio E in Sebastopol, and on the 20th it will be Kenny White having a CD release party there.

 

March is a busy month for San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden. In addition to his usual shows at the San Gregorio General Store on the 6th (he plays solo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. with the Mild Colonial Boys), he’s playing on the 9th at Club Waziema in SF, and hosting a Songwriter Night on the 11th at the Sleeping Lady if Fairfax featuring Garrin Benfield and others. Then the St. Patrick’s Day season is in full swing with a string of appearances by the traditional Irish band The Gas Men. On the 13th at 11a.m. they’ll be in Civic Center Plaza in SF and at 9 p.m. that same evening at the Great American Music Hall in SF. On St. Patrick’s Day itself see them (if you can get in!) at the Plough and Stars in SF.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Sons of Champlin on the 6th, David Wilcox on the 11th, The Del McCoury Band on the 12th, Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers plus special guest Country Joe McDonald on the 20th, Pride & Joy on the 26th, and others.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Also, see Old Jaw Bone, Ali Weiss Band, Ellen Elizabeth, and The Courtney Janes on the 6th, Jazz Search West on the 11th, Moonalice on the 13th, The Tommy Castro Band on the 20th, Lone Star Retrobates on the 21st, Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers on the 26th, Crashlanding and The Dogtown Rambler on the 27th, and more.

 

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival will present a special bluegrass program on the 7th that will feature the two outstanding films “Waiting for a Train” and “Always Been A Rambler” as well as music.

 

The Scottish group known as The Battlefield Band will be playing at the Raven Theatre in Healdsburg on the 7th.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Misner & Smith will be playing a handful of Bay Area shows this month, beginning at Peri's Silver Dollar Saloon in Fairfax on the 9th at 9 p.m. They'll be at Finnegan’s in Novato on the 18th at 9 p.m., Drew Pearce's House Concert Series in Stinson Beach on the 21st at 4 p.m., and at Celebrating Songwriter's in Berkeley on the 27th at 8 p.m.

 

Sara and friends in Sebastopol. See Sara Winge and Bart Hopkin at the French Garden Bistro in Sebastopol on the 10th playing eclectic jazz and pop starting at 7:30 p.m. No cover. On the 27th it will be Sara, Carlo Calabi, and Bill Foss at the Pinecone Café in Sebastopol playing old-time and classic country duets from 7-9 p.m. No cover.

 

The Del McCoury Band plays the finest in bluegrass at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 12th, at the Nugget in Sparks, NV, on the 13th, at The Great American Music Hall in SF on the 14th, and at the Studio Theatre in Davis on the 16th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget marches into the new month with an assortment of gigs around the county. On the 10th you can find him on the bandstand at the Corte Madera Rec Center with the Ray Simpson Big Band. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears at the Two Bird Café in San Geronimo on the 13th, San Rafael’s Panama Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day, and at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 28th. And the Moonlight Rodeo band springs into action with original roots-rock and Americana music out west at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station on the 20th.

 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. This and the bluegrass music is why folks will be gathering in Redwood City on the 11th-14th for the Bluegrass On Broadway festival.

 

At the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa see Celtic Legends on the 12th, Indigo Girls on the 25th, and Chicago on the 30th.

 

Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Sons with singer Boudeeka will be performing at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 13th and the Sausalito Cruising Club on the 19th.

 

Three At Last will be playing two private house concerts on the weekend of the 13th-14th, one in Fairfax and one in Santa Rosa. Anyone interested in coming to one of these shows can email Velvy and he'll give you the lowdown. The band will also be playing the San Diego Indie Fest on the 27th, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma on the 28th.

 

Brewfest. The 15th Annual Fairfax Brewfest will be happening at the Fairfax Pavilion on the 13th from 1-5 p.m. The fest has more than a dozen breweries presenting their best beers. Brewmasters pour the beers themselves, so patrons can critique, ask questions, and swap beer stories with the experts. Great pub food, and music by Tom Rigney & Flambeau.

 

Novato singer/songwriter Amy Wigton and her band will be celebrating the brand new EP titled Go on the 13th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Tracy Blackman with Don Zimmer will be opening the show. Go for dinner and stay for the fine music. Dinner reservations are encouraged.

 

Go green! The 159th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place in downtown SF on Saturday the 13th, so grab your shillelagh, put on your favorite green shirt or jacket, and join the fun. The festival after the parade provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Irish history and culture while having a great time experiencing the day. A full day of activity is planned at the Civic Center Plaza.

 

Mandolin gathering. On Sunday the 14th the annual Inverness Mandolin Gathering will be taking place in a private home out in West Marin in the town of Inverness. It goes from noon until the music stops. For more info contact host David Crummey at (530) 739-3183 or dcrummey@snowcrest.net. The Gathering is open to everyone who owns a mandolin, plays a mandolin or just enjoys mandolin music.

 

Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ out at the Station House in Point Reyes Station on the 14th (with guest Avram Siegel) and again on the 21st, starting at 5 p.m.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 16th. See Calvin Murasaki, Belle Monroe, Larry Goldfield, and Duncan Draper.

 

Here’s to the fiddle that plays the tune! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Shots playing Irish/old-time/country/Cajun and more at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 17th starting at 9 p.m.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Bash for Strand. On the 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Pete's 881 Club in San Rafael the musical friends of the late Rick Strand – Jim Strand, John McConnell, Mike Schwab, Pat Campbell, Bill Abright, Steve Farzan, Willow van den Hoek, Dore Coller, Peter & Charlie Harris, Bob Goldstein, Michael Foley, Jeff Potter, Kit Eakle, John Lefler, Chris Lockheed and other special surprise guests – will be singing for their corned beef and cabbage. Food is at 5, music starts at 6:30 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome. Donation tip jar. For info email Pat at 65jazz@comcast.net

 

Bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson with The Jaybirds will be releasing CDs by the dozens at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco on the 19th. Speaking of the Nell, read about her in the SF Chronicle. Her wonderful new CD is titled Nell Robinson in Loango.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Peter Finger on the 19th, the German finger-style player who's considered among the best in the world, starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Check out the Sublime Spring Singout on the 19th at the Velo Rouge Café in SF from 7-9:30 p.m. Jeanie & Chuck Poling present another showcase of the best local Americana talent. Featured artists are Matt Lax and Toshio Hirano, along with performances by Jeanie & Chuck, Misisipi Mike Wolf, special guest Smelley Kelley, and more.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur is presenting The Rhythm Angels at 7 p.m. on the 19th.

 

The Celtic band Altan will be playing a show at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 21st.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of every month starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. On the 21st they’ll be playing barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 27th with Misner & Smith and Austin Willacy at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 28th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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February 12, 2010

 

To the surprise of many – including the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters – this latest action-packed Olympic-sized edition of the newsletter is actually early for a change. Maybe it had something to do with seeing US skier Lindsey Vonn being over-exposed in the media and in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an edition that is always a big hit among the interns here high atop CW Headquarters. One thing is for certain – there is a veritable blizzard of bluegrass and other good music going on the rest of this month, and most of you don’t have two feet of snow outside your door as an excuse for not getting out and having some mid-winter fun!

 

Valentine’s weekend. Nothing says “I love you” more than bluegrass. Take your special someone out to see a show or heck, why not go to a jam? Who needs chocolate, flowers and a fancy dinner when you can have banjos, fiddles and guitars instead? Hey, why not take her to the CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma that starts on the 15th? Or, do you want to make your own chocolate bluegrass instruments? Then go here and see if you can get the mold sent to you overnight…

 

Meanwhile, as predicted here in the previous edition, the ageing sportswriters over at the SF Chronicle are indeed guffawing and falling all over themselves in their annual futile quest to get a funny quote out of comedian/actor Bill Murray as he whacks some golf balls into the sand traps at Pebble Beach this weekend. Not only was his face on the cover of the paper on the 11th and then another photo here appeared on the 12th, his name was mentioned at least four other times in reports on the event. Oh, stop them now before we bust our collective guts in feigned laughter…

 

The SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival will be taking place at various venues around the bay from to the 12th-21st, with too many acts to mention here, so go to the site for complete info.

 

Vote early and vote often. The young Bay Area bluegrass band known as OMGG (Obviously Minor Guys and Girl) is competing in the Livermore Talent Competition. The finals will take place on the 28th of this month and the winners will be decided by judges. In the meantime you can vote for the People’s Choice Award by going to the web link above. Go to the site now and make the “obvious” choice. Band members AJ Lee and Max Schwartz are also featured in the IBMA’s Discover Bluegrass DVD. Read about them in the Bluegrass Blog.

SPBGMA awards. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards were meted out this past weekend in Nashville, and for a complete list of winners, go here. If you are looking for any California players on the list, you will be disappointed. As far as we can tell, there was just one nomination, and that was San Diego's Chris Stuart for Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year. Which once again might cause some to grumble and wonder why there isn’t a California Bluegrass Awards Program…

 

Bluegrass in Parade. Yeah, sure, we know that most hip Carltone readers never miss the Parade Magazine supplement that appears in most Sunday newspapers, but just in case you missed it this past weekend, there was a nice piece about a bluegrass gathering that happens every weekend in the town of Molt, Montana, and you can read the story here.

 

Dead news. For all you fans of the Grateful Dead there is an in depth article in an upcoming of the Atlantic titled “The Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead” that you can read here. Thanks to Mike Danese for passing this along.

 

A breath of fresh air. The National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross is by far the best arts radio interview show anywhere. It is a nationally broadcast show that can be heard on most NPR stations, and in the SF area you can hear it multiple times a day (KQED, KRCB and KALW). Even better, if you miss a show you can always listen to archived interviews and reviews on your computer. Here are some recent examples: an interview with Loudon Wainwright III, reviews of CDs by the bands Galactic, Spoon and Empirical, and a story about the late African pop star Franco.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Damage control or great PR? You never would have heard of or cared about guitarist John Mayer’s off-color interview in Playboy magazine without his tearful apology for saying some things that, uh, let’s see, are a bit racist and lewd. But hey, just think of how many morons are now going to rush out and buy the magazine just to see what he has to say! “Uh, really dear, I did not buy this for the pictures of the hot babes, I bought it for the Mayer interview!”

 

Fishwrap roundup. Read about Bay Area bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis, pop singer Dionne Warwick, and producer/performer Van Dyke Parks in the SF Chronicle. Paul Liberatore in the Marin IJ wrote about The Marin Rock and Roll Museum, John Jorgenson, the Stark Ravens Historical Players, The Matt Eakle Band, and Bob Drobatz’s book about attending 288 Grateful Dead concerts.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. British composer, saxophonist and band leader John Dankworth died in London on the 13th after a long illness. He was 82.

 

Coming attractions. The Dry Branch Fire Squad in Berkeley 3/4, at Sausalito Presbyterian Church 3/5, and Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Boulder Creek Bluegrass & Old-Timey Festival 3/5-7; Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 3/5-7; Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City 3/11-14; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Lunafest Film Festival in San Pablo 3/13; Nell Robinson with The Jaybirds CD release show at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF 3/19; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Additions

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 13th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend will feature a live, in-studio session with Alex Caton & Pete Winne, performing at two of the events of the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival. Plus, more SFBOT previews, music from Laurie Lewis' new album, and music from other upcoming area shows. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

Rhythmtown-Jive will be playing its Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest shows featuring Mike Rinta on the 13th at The Barge in Sausalito, on the 16th at the Railroad Square Parade at 5:30 p.m. and then later at the Last Day Saloon, both in Santa Rosa.

 

The West Coast Accordion Babes Revue will appear at Down Home Music in El Cerrito on the 13th at 3 p.m. Meet and hear the ladies of the 2010 Accordion Babes Calendar, featuring Big Lou the Accordion Princess, Nada Lewis, Salane Schultz, Renee de la Prade, Mad Mags with GDub, Marla Fibish and Sabra Daly. Free.

 

The Bluegrass Mix. The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. He also welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com.

Sweethearts for SEVA is a fundraising show to benefit the SEVA Foundation. See Joan Baez & Steve Earle, David & Tracy Grisman, and Tuck & Patti. The show will be hosted by Wavy Gravy, and it will take place at Bimbo’s in SF on the 14th starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Helping Haitians. The Murphy Productions show of The David Nelson Band on the 14th at the Mill Valley Masonic is also being billed as the Have a Heart for Haiti Benefit. Five dollars of every ticket sold will go to Haitian relief.

 

More bluegrass in/on the air. 49 Special will be appearing live on Ray Edlund's Pig in a Pen show on KPFA (94.1-FM) on the 14th at 3 p.m. There is an unconfirmed report that the Nashville Bluegrass Band will also be performing.

 

Lonesome time at the Mayflower. It may be a first that two bluegrass bands from LA will be playing at The Mayflower in San Rafael on the 14th starting at 4 p.m. The acts are Susi Glaze & The Hilonesome Band and Lonesome Otis.

 

The Mardi Gras dance will take place on the 16th with The Aux Cajunals and The Creole Belles at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Dance lesson at 8 p.m., and the bands start at 8:30. All ages are welcome; admission is $12. Ashkenaz is located at 1317 San Pablo Ave (near Gilman) in Berkeley.

 

Dead Set, the acoustic Americana jam band, will be playing a free show with Planet Waves, the new Marin-based Dylan tribute band headed by Jimmy Brighton from Stackabones, on the 19th at 8 p.m. at Brown’s Binyerd, 1009 1st Street in old town Novato. 

 

Head on out to the Tomales Barn Dance on the 20th at 7 p.m., with music led by Ingrid Noyes, with Paul Shelasky, Heidi Clare, Sue Walters, and Tawnya Kovach, and calling by Erik Hoffman. Adults $10, ages 12-18 $5, and kids under 12 are free.

 

Three times two. A triple bill of bluegrass/country duos will be performing on the 21st at the Velo Rouge Café in SF starting at 1 p.m. See Keystone Crossing, Jeanie & Chuck Poling, and The Courtney Janes. No cover, and extra credit given to those who ride there on red bicycles…

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting Ian Dogole, Sam Bevan & John Hoy in concert on the 27th at 8 p.m. Witness the debut performance of this new jazz/world super trio, featuring Ian Dogole on global percussion, Sam Bevan on double bass, and John Hoy on guitar. They will unleash a host of original compositions, along with fresh interpretations of pieces by Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and other jazz luminaries.

 

Reminders

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Kith & Kin on the 12th, High Country on the 13th, Misner & Smith on the 18th, The Cork Pullers on the 19th, Green String Farm Band on the 21st, The Lonesome Holler String Band on the 26th, Under the Radar on the 27th, the Greenhouse CD release party on the 28th, and lots more good stuff.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Linda Tillery on the 12th, Maria Muldaur on the 14th, Robben Ford on the 20th, and more.

 

Patsy Cline in Half Moon Bay. Novato bass man Pat Campbell is playing bass in the production of Always…Patsy Cline at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay and the show runs through the 27th. The lineup of musicians includes Steve Shufton on piano, Mark Holzinger on guitar, Charlie Wallace on steel, Tim Seifert on drums, Brantley Kearns on fiddle, Ross Dankin on guitar and Catie Chase as Patsy.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Loudon Wainwright III on the 12th, To Haiti With Love: A Free Benefit concert for Haiti relief on the 18th, Gallagher on the 20th, Jorma Kaukonen and GE Smith on the 24th, Benefit for Sadie's Haven Horse Rescue with music by The Jeremy Bauman Band on the 27th, and others.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 12th, Eugene Shilin on the 13th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 19th, Eugene Huggins on the 20th, Mindy Canter on the 26th, and Schuster Bay on the 27th.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature the Tommy Castro Blues Band on the 12th, The Tim Hockenberry Band on the 13th, and The David Nelson Band on the 14th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa on the 12th, and at The Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove on the 26th.

 

Missy Raines & The New Hip will be appearing on the 12th at 8 p.m. at the Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St. (corner of B & 6th). Missy was seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) bass player of the year, and her band, The New Hip, play an energetic mix of newgrass and jazz. The band consists of dobro player Michael Witcher, mandolin and guitarist Ethan Ballinger, Dillon Hodges on guitar, and Doug Belote and Tommy Giampietro on percussion.

 

Laura Lee Brown & Company will be playing jazz and beyond on the 12th at The Pleasure is Mine in Mill Valley from 7-10 p.m., and they also have their regular show Saylor's on the 19th.

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents Cindy Kallet & Greg Larsen on the 12th.

 

Sweethearts of the Radio. Celebrate Valentine’s Day a day early on the 13th with an evening of musical pairings at KWMR’s annual Sweethearts of the Radio concert at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. The evening includes folk, bluegrass and swing from Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Keith Terry & Evie Ladin, and Deep Elem. Proceeds from the event benefit KWMR, West Marin’s community radio station. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show enjoyment and the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission. For more info contact Lance Walker at (707) 542-8995 or eclecticstage@yahoo.com.

 

The dark side of Poor Man’s. The Sonoma County band Poor Man’s Whiskey will be presenting their Dark Side of the Moonshine show at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 13th. Then on the 20th they’ll be playing their normal show at the Fillmore in SF, opening for a band called ALO.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Jon Korty and Friends on the 13th, Sexy Sunday - Women Who Rock on the 14th, Michael D on the 16th, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 17th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 18th, Pine Hill Haints and Brothers Comatose on the 19th (San Francisco Old Time and Bluegrass Festival), Andre and Friends on the 21st, Royal Deuces on the 24th, The Rev Tones on the 25th, Tom Finch Group on the 26th, Buxter Hoot'n on the 27th, Songwriter Night on the 28th, and others.  

 

The Marin Civic Center has Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on the 13th, The Chieftains on the 19th, and the Marin Symphony on the 28th.

 

Misner & Smith have a busy month in February. They'll start out at the Heartbreak Hootenanny put on by the SF Folk Club and the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival on the 13th. On the 14th they'll be up in Santa Rosa at Aroma Roasters, on the 18th they'll be playing at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma. Tune in to KKUP in Cupertino at 3 p.m. on the 20th to hear them on the airwaves with Sleepy John. They'll be heading over to Alameda to play at McGrath's as part of the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival on the 21st. On the 26th they'll be up in Petaluma at the Lagunitas Brewing Company and then they will finish the month off at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco as a part of the 2nd Annual Bazaar-Stock, a full day of music with some of the best local musicians in an intimate cafe setting.

 

The Nashville Bluegrass Band doesn’t get out here that much, so see them at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 13th or at the Freight in Berkeley on the 14th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget on the 13th will be performing solo at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, and on the 28th Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See Matt Eakle on the 13th, Pat Nevins on the 20th, and the Courtney Janes on the 27th. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Viper Central on the 17th and Elliott Randall on the 24th.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Adam Traum on the 13th will play solo at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m., on the 21st at Steiner's Tavern in Sonoma with The Traumatics at 6 p.m., and on the 26th at the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa at 9 p.m.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. See Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Brothers Comatose on the 13th, West County Professional Tea Sippers on the 14th, Dream Farmers on the 19th, Grandpa Banana on the 20th, California Honeydrops on the 24th, Pink Sabbath on the 25th, Misner & Smith on the 26th, Elliot Randall on the 28th, and others.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Jerry Hannan on the 13th, Brindl on the 16th, Jack Irving’s Showcase on the 17th, The David Thom Bluegrass All-Stars on the 18th, Culann’s Hounds on the 19th, Drew Pearce Presents on the 24th, Lumanation on the 27th, Namely Us on the 28th, plus others.

 

North Bay Live on the 13th has legendary Texas singer/songwriter Butch Hancock. Shows start 8 p.m. at Studio E in Sebastopol.

 

San Anselmo singer/songwriter David Maloney will be performing solo again at the Bazaar Cafe on California Street in SF on the 13th at 7 p.m., playing all original material and with no cover. David is also one-half of the fabulous longtime popular duo Reilly & Maloney.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Marshall, Bolt, & Harr on the 13th, Four Shillings Short on the 20th, The Traumatics on the 26th, and The Tonewoods on the 27th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday, Michael Rose on the 13th, Jules Broussard at 5 p.m. on the 14th, Wonderbread 5 on the 19th, the Lonestar Retrobates on the 21st at 3 p.m. and local musicians night at 8 p.m., Diamond Ortiz on the 24th, Elvin Bishop on the 26th, Melvin Seals on the 27th, and lots more.

 

Front Porch Blues, featuring Ed Hance on acoustic guitar and vocals and Allen Goldberg on harmonica, will be playing on Valentine's Day the 14th at Imagery Winery in Glen Ellen, from 1:30- 4:30 p.m. This will be a special event with gourmet food and wine tasting, tickets $30.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller can be seen playing bluegrass at Amnesia in SF with Savannah Blu on the 15th for the SFBOT. The Sonoma County band Blue & Lonesome will also be on the bill.

 

Jamvitational has moved. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase relocated last month from the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax to Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The good news is that the music will now run from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 16th, with Craig Fletcher on banjo, Jerry Barush on guitar, Tom Lucas on fiddle, Dan Large on mandolin, and Bruce Campbell on bass.

 

Live music at a bar in downtown Mill Valley. Mill Valley musician Matt Lax and bass man Joe Kyle (The Waybacks) started up a weekly Tuesday night series on January 26th at the Italian restaurant Vasco (former site of The Old Mill from days of yore), located at 106 Throckmorton, from 9-11 p.m. Special guests perform each week, with Lisa Kindred on the 16th, Erik Pearson & Sonya Hunter on the 23rd, and David T. Carter (The Trailer Park Rangers) due in on March 2nd. Go on by and support this new series. No cover.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m., with an added special Mardi Gras show on the 16th from 8:30-midnight. They also we have a gig at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 27th starting at 8:30. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

Sara Winge and Bart Hopkin sing eclectic jazz and pop at the French Garden Bistro in Sebastopol on the 17th from 7-9:30 p.m. No cover.

 

Three At Last has a few gigs this month. They will be playing a Bread & Roses event in Novato on the 17th, at Café Flo in Chico on the 20th, at The Blue Heron in Duncan's Mills on the 27th, and at the Pine Cone in Sebastopol on the 28th.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Jim Hurst on the 18th and Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps on the 26th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next date for this month is the 18th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Help for Haiti. At The Mystic in Petaluma on the 18th at 7 p.m. there will be the To Haiti With Love: A Free Benefit Concert for Haiti with members of Hot Buttered Rum and Poor Man’s Whiskey, Tim Eschliman, Bonnie Hayes, Jesse De Natale, Arann Harris & The Sonoma winter Roots Band (members of Brothers Comatose), Mr. December, The Easy Leaves, Toast Machine and Green String Farm Band. Proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders.

 

Jim Hurst will also be playing in Sebastopol on the 19th at 7:30 p.m. The International Bluegrass Association Guitar Player of the year (2001, 2002) will do a solo performance at Subud Hall (234 Hutchins Ave., Sebastopol). He is an award-winning flat-picking guitarist but also a fabulous finger-style player in the Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed vein. Tickets are $20 general admission, and reservations and tickets can be purchases by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Paul Knight and Friends. In a special SFBOT Friday edition of Paul Knight & Friends at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station on the 19th at 7 p.m., Kathy Kallick & Richard Brandenburg will be teaming up for the first time in public. Both talented singer-songwriters have met up at pickin’ parties and festivals in the past and enjoyed singing together, so they decided to try it out for the SFBOT. They’ll be joined by some special guest soloists as well. The night's lineup includes Kathy Kallick (Good Old Persons), Richard Brandenburg (Last Call Quartet), Annie Staninec (Deep Elem, Kathy Kallick Band), Dave Keenan (Downtown Mt. Boys, Ranch Romance), and Paul Knight (Peter Rowan, Kleptograss).

 

Houston Jones plays the finest high-octane American around, and you can see them at McGrath's Alameda on the 19th, at Rancho Nicasio on the 21st, and at the San Gregorio Country Store on the 28th.

 

Maurice Tani and his band 77 El Deora on the 20th will play the Californicana benefit for BADRAP and Pinups for Pitbulls, which will be held at Autobody Fine Art Gallery in Alameda from 7 p.m. until midnight. Live music with special guests and live burlesque. Raffle, silent auction, scrumptious food, calendar signing booth and special appearances by Pinups for Pitbulls Calendar models. All proceeds will go to BADRAP and Pinups for Pitbulls, organizations dedicated to improving the lives of American Pit Bull Terriers. BADRAP, founded in 1999, has gained acclaim for its work in evaluating and rescuing the dogs seized from Michael Vick’s property, where a dog-fighting operation was shut down. Pinups for Pitbulls produces an annual pinup-themed calendar to raise awareness about breed bans and breed-specific abuse, and to raise money for bully-breed rescue groups throughout the country.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 20th with Storm Session and James Hurley at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 21st starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

On the 25th The Country Squires (Maurice Tani, Misisipi Mike Wolf, Doug Blumer and Christopher Fisher) will take part in a Tribute to Johnny Cash at The Knockout in SF.

 

Sonoma County-based singer-guitarist Kevin Russell’s acoustic group Under the Radar will play acoustic folk/country/blues/bluegrass on the 27th at Murphy’s in Sonoma. The band is Kevin, Markie Sanders, Layne Bowen and Michael Capella.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 28th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

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February 4, 2010

 

Welcome to the 110th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

It is Groundhog Day here at Carltone World Headquarters, for more reasons than one. In a replay of last month’s editions, this issue is late again, and the hope here is that we don’t keep up this trend. We don’t know about you, but the staff at CWH on the 2nd just couldn’t get enough of the moronic mass media coverage the other day of the recalcitrant hirsute underground denizen of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This, combined with media frenzy behind the Grammy Awards and the Oscar nominations, has kept the interns mightily distracted and way beyond deadline. Throw in a contagious virus – and no, we’re not talking the cyber variety here – that waylaid the staff for three straight days (talk about a “lost weekend”!) – and there are ample reasons for the lateness of this edition.

 

Late night yuck fest. And we are not talking “yuks,” as in laughing at jokes. Does anyone really care about what comedian is on TV at what time after 11:30 p.m.? One carrot-topped mirth maker hosted his last show recently on NBC after getting paid a paltry $45 million dollars to go away (at least until September). Meanwhile the lantern-jawed jokester will be moving back to his old slot in March. Off to the side the erstwhile-red-headed wisecracker on CBS is having a grand old time making light of the situation. If your life revolves around watching any one of these vidiots every night, a life is something you need to get. Try reading a book to fall asleep. Better yet, wander off to dreamland listening to some good old-fashioned bluegrass or other kind of music on your iPod or CD player…

 

Speaking of yuks and the other “Groundhog Day” – the movie – it won’t be long now until weather-beaten tweed-jacket-wearing sportswriters from the SF Chronicle are chasing actor/comedian Bill “Har-dee-har-har” Murray around some golf course in the rain in SF for the annual golfing event that is known more for the ageing yukster’s presence than the actual pro players that play in the tournament. And each year, as with Phil the groundhog, the story is the same, over and over…

Winter music camp update. The CBA Winter Music Camp will be taking place near Petaluma in western Marin County on the 15th-18th, and there is still time for you fence sitters to get off and into the camp. Go to the web page above more info.

Get out your handkerchiefs. The annual Grammy Awards were handed out the other night, and some of the winners in the Best Album category were Levon Helm for Best Americana, Steve Martin for Best Bluegrass, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott for Best Traditional Blues, Loudon Wainwright III for Best Traditional Folk, Steve Earle for Best Contemporary Folk, and Bela Fleck for Best Contemporary World Music. Unhappy with the results? Start your kvetching now or, better yet, fork out the money to join NARAS and become a voter yourself…

Music television. The KQED-TV project titled Freeway Philharmonic is a documentary about seven Bay Area classical musicians who all play in various orchestras around Northern California. They all make their living playing music, but without having permanent slots in major orchestras they have to travel miles and miles from performance to performance just to make ends meet. It is a very well-crafted look at the life of struggling musicians, and this could just as easily have been a tale of many bluegrass, blues, R&B, etc., players around the bay. Speaking of which, but which is not mentioned in the documentary, trombone player Bruce Crisp also picks the banjo in his spare time! The show aired a few times over the weekend on KQED. Check the station listings for any future airings.

 

The soloist goes solo. There was a movie out last year titled The Soloist, with starred Jamie Foxx as homeless cello player Nathaniel Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as newspaper writer Steve Lopez. Lopez befriended Ayers, who was once a student at Julliard. Ayers is about to put out his first recording with the help of Michael Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with members of the LA Philharmonic. The recording will be titled Putting On Ayers, and you can read the story about it here.

 

Help for Haiti. There will be a fundraiser on the 5th at Integrated Design Studio at 2129 Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley from 6-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Close Enough and Marble Party. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax will be donating and pouring their award winning ales and hand crafted soda at the event, and every cent raised goes to the Red Cross to help out Haiti. $20-100 donation suggested. RSVP to amtrapp@yahoo.com. Also on the 5th at 8 p.m. at The 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley there will be the Comedy and Concert Fundraiser for Haiti, with local performers uniting for the relief effort. Music by Mostly Dylan, comedy by Mark Pitta and Friends and entertainment by Frank Olivier. This is a benefit for Doctors Without Borders. $35 general admission. At The Mystic in Petaluma on the 18th at 7 p.m. there will be the To Haiti With Love: A Free Benefit Concert for Haiti with members of Hot Buttered Rum and Poor Man’s Whiskey, Tim Eschliman, Bonnie Hayes, Jesse De Natale, Arann Harris & The Sonoma winter Roots Band (members of Brothers Comatose), Mr. December, The Easy Leaves, Toast Machine and Green String Farm Band. Proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders.

 

The House of Lester. Three decades after his passing, Lester Flatt is still making news. He was honored by the House of Representatives last week when its members voted unanimously to officially honor the bluegrass legend. You can read and listen here to a segment on National Public Radio. Some may grumble about the need for congress to be attending to more serious matters than this, but national radio and press coverage of bluegrass doesn’t happen that often, so enjoy it while it lasts.

 

Bluegrass star of tomorrow! Congratulations to young bluegrass pickers Angelica Grim and TJ Doerful, who are now proud parents to Jakob Doerful, who entered the bluegrass world picking and screaming on January 19th. Read the CBA Message Board thread here and look at photos here.

 

Copyright rumble down under. Remember the pop hit from the ‘80s titled “Down Under” by the Australian band Men at Work? Turns out that, according to a law suit that ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the flute solo from the tune was lifted from a decades-old children’s song titled "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree." Read the details here. The long gone band may now have to go back to work in order to pay out what could be millions in royalties…

 

Cloverdale news. Although the official results have yet to be posted on the Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest web site, some partial news has arrived over the transom here at Carltone World Headquarters. Keystone Station and Wild Blue fiddler Kenny Blacklock and his wife Katy Bridges came in first in the twin fiddle division, he came in second in the old-time category (behind Paul Shelasky), and she came in fourth in Texas-style; their nine-year-old daughter Marika Blacklock came in ninth in the junior-junior category, while Tim Elson placed first; South Bay fiddler Danita Rast came in first in the waltz and Texas-style, and Tessa Schwartz came in fourth in the peewee group. Congrats to all!

Stars all out for Norton. Many music all-stars came out to honor the late Bay Area musician Norton Buffalo two weekends back. Read the story in the SF Chronicle.

New CD, new beginning. Longtime San Francisco North Beach resident and musician Doug Blumer and his designer wife Nancy Irish have pulled up roots and moved to Sebastopol as of the first of the year. Doug was in the popular trio called The Westerleys some time back, and he also played with a few other bands besides also carving out a solo career. He recently released a greatest hits compilation called Doug Blumer Sounds Like This, a career retrospective from 1995-2009, culling material from different bands and albums. Go to his web site to get your copy.

 

Peter Feldmann in the news. Longtime bluegrass musician Peter Feldmann was featured last week in a story in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal. He has a band called The Very Lonesome Boys.

 

Portland Old-Time photos. If you missed the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering in January or if you did happen to make it up to the event, there is a wonderful photo slide show of the fest that you can enjoy looking at here.

 

More live music at a bar in downtown Mill Valley. Last month it was erroneously reported here that – short a produced show at the 142 Throckmorton and Mill Valley Masonic – there was no live music in downtown Mill Valley since Sweetwater closed over two years ago. It has been pointed out that restaurants Bungalow 44 and The Balboa Cafe have live music on some nights of the week. Mill Valley musician Matt Lax and bass man Joe Kyle (The Waybacks) started up a weekly Tuesday night series on January 26th at the Italian restaurant Vasco (former site of The Old Mill from days of yore), located at 106 Throckmorton, from 9-11 p.m. Special guests will perform, with Dore Coller on the 9th (who will then be joining Matt and Joe in following weeks), Lisa Kindred on the 16th, Erik Pearson & Sonya Hunter on the 23rd, and David T. Carter (The Trailer Park Rangers) due in on March 2nd. Go on by and support this new series. No cover.

 

Carltube. Check out these three whimsical musical videos here, here and here. Belly dancing to “Dueling Banjos”? Works for us! Also, here is a video of Glen Hansard (from the movie Once) performing on the street.

Coming attractions. The Dry Branch Fire Squad in Berkeley 3/4, at Sausalito Presbyterian Church 3/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 3/5-7; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City 3/11-14; Nell Robinson & Red Level at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF 3/19; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Enjoy a fabulous evening out and a dinner set with the music of Lorin Rowan (guitar/vocals) and Doug Harman (cello) on the 4th at Panama Hotel Restaurant in San Rafael from 7-10 p.m.

 

Maurice Tani of the band 77 El Deora has some gigs this month. On the 4th he and Deora band mates Mike Anderson and Christopher Fisher will be joined by pedal steel whiz David Phillips for an early set at Hotel Utah in SF. They're followed by Grand National and Luke Franks. On the 20th Deora plays the Californicana benefit for BADRAP and Pinups for Pitbulls, which will be held at Autobody Fine Art Gallery in Alameda from 7 p.m. until midnight. Live music with special guests and live burlesque. Raffle, silent auction, scrumptious food, calendar signing booth and special appearances by Pinups for Pitbulls Calendar models. All proceeds will go to BADRAP and Pinups for Pitbulls, organizations dedicated to improving the lives of American Pit Bull Terriers. BADRAP, founded in 1999, has gained acclaim for its work in evaluating and rescuing the dogs seized from Michael Vick’s property, where a dog-fighting operation was shut down. Pinups for Pitbulls produces an annual pinup-themed calendar to raise awareness about breed bans and breed-specific abuse, and to raise money for bully-breed rescue groups throughout the country. And then on the 25th The Country Squires (Maurice, Misisipi Mike Wolf, Doug Blumer and Christopher Fisher) will take part in a Tribute to Johnny Cash at The Knockout in SF.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See The David Thom Band on the 4th, Revolver on the 5th, The Gas Men on the 6th, 49 Special on the 9th, finger-style showcase on the 10th with Adam Traum and Teja Gerken, Jerry Hannan on the 13th, Brindl on the 16th, Jack Irving’s Showcase on the 17th, The David Thom Bluegrass All-Stars on the 18th, Culann’s Hounds on the 19th, Drew Pearce Presents on the 24th, Lumanation on the 27th, Namely Us on the 28th, plus others.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Solid Air on the 4th, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 5th, the Celtic jam on the 7th, Kith & Kin on the 12th, High Country on the 13th, Misner & Smith on the 18th, The Cork Pullers on the 19th, Green String Farm Band on the 21st, The Lonesome Holler String Band on the 26th, Under the Radar on the 27th, the Greenhouse CD release party on the 28th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The dates for

this month will be 4th and the 18th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see the Haiti Fundraiser on the 5th, Sammy Hagar on the 6th, International Guitar Night on the 7th, Linda Tillery on the 12th, Maria Muldaur on the 14th, Robben Ford on the 20th, and more.

 

Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between. Drawing from their varied musical background, the four members blend vocal harmony with the surprisingly un-clashing sounds of accordion, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and bass. They play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., so see them on the 5th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. See Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Dream Farmers on the 5th (and 19th), Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 7th, Sons of Emperor Norton on the 10th, Jenny Kerr on the 11th, Brothers Comatose on the 13th, West County Professional Tea Sippers on the 14th, Grandpa Banana on the 20th, California Honeydrops on the 24th, Pink Sabbath on the 25th, Misner & Smith on the 26th, Elliot Randall on the 28th, and others.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax is back from the ashes! Last year a fire damaged part of the building, and on the 5th they will be having a special concert called “19 Broadway Rises From the Ashes” with performances by Momma’s Cookin’ and Hillside Fire. Otherwise, there is an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday, the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday, Diamond Ortiz on the 10th (and 24th), Michael Rose on the 13th, Jules Broussard at 5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month (the 14th), Wonderbread 5 on the 19th, the Lonestar Retrobates on the 21st at 3 p.m. and local musicians night at 8 p.m., Elvin Bishop on the 26th, Melvin Seals on the 27th, and lots more.

 

Roundup time in SF. The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 4th you can enjoy the finest in honky-tonk and bluegrass with Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup. No cover charge.

Experienced duo. Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 4th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

 

Patsy Cline in Half Moon Bay. Novato bass man Pat Campbell is playing bass in the production of Always…Patsy Cline at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay on the 5th-27th. The lineup of musicians includes Steve Shufton on piano, Mark Holzinger on guitar, Charlie Wallace on steel, Tim Seifert on drums, Brantley Kearns on fiddle, Ross Dankin on guitar and Catie Chase as Patsy.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature the Midnite Reggae Dance Party on the 5th, the Tommy Castro Blues Band on the 12th, The Tim Hockenberry Band on the 13th, and The David Nelson Band on the 14th.

 

North Bay Live has two fine shows this month. On the 5th it will be the LA band I See Hawks in LA with Susan James opening, and on the 13th legendary Texas singer/songwriter Butch Hancock. Shows start 8 p.m. at Studio E in Sebastopol.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Honeydust on the 5th, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 6th, Peri's Blues Jam on the 7th, Trever Jones on the 9th, Dr Mojo on the 11th, Jon Korty and Friends on the 13th, Sexy Sunday - Women Who Rock on the 14th, Michael D on the 16th, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 17th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 18th, Pine Hill Haints and Brothers Comatose on the 19th (San Francisco Old Time and Bluegrass Festival), Andre and Friends on the 21st, Royal Deuces on the 24th, The Rev Tones on the 25th, Tom Finch Group on the 26th, Buxter Hoot'n on the 27th, Songwriter Night on the 28th, and others.  

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has The Mother Hips on the 5th, The David Rawlings Machine on the 8th, Loudon Wainwright III on the 12th, To Haiti With Love: A Free Benefit concert for Haiti relief on the 18th, Gallagher on the 20th, Jorma Kaukonen and GE Smith on the 24th, Benefit for Sadie's Haven Horse Rescue with music by The Jeremy Bauman Band on the 27th, and others.

 

Santa Rosa singer Rory McNamara on Saturday the 6th at 2:30 p.m. will be at the San Gregorio Store with The Mild Colonial Boys.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Al Chan on the 5th, Macy Blackman on the 6th, Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 12th, Eugene Shilin on the 13th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 19th, Eugene Huggins on the 20th, Mindy Canter on the 26th, and Schuster Bay on the 27th.

 

The bluegrass band Redwing can be seen pickin’ bluegrass on the 6th at McGrath’s in Alameda starting at 8 p.m.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be crossing county lines for gigs this month. Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 6th and the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 28th. He'll be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at their monthly dance concert on the 10th at the Corte Madera Recreation Center. And on the 13th will find him performing solo at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma.

 

Larry Potts, award-winning Petaluma singer/songwriter, has a new album out entitled Close To Home. It is acoustic/folk with blends of Americana, country, jazz, pop, blues, and rock. He collaborated with George Merrill of the Boy Meets Girl pop duo, who wrote Whitney Houston hits "I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know.” There are also many local artists on this album such Gus Garelick, Bruce Kurnow, Charlie Moller Gary Grubb, John Morton, the late Michael Whitwell, and the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist/producer and engineer Kevin Harris, with Merrill on keyboards. The CD is available on Larry’s site, at CDBaby and on iTunes. He will be having a CD release party on the 6th at the Petaluma Art Center. Call (707) 781-3272 or email babsjoj@hotmail.com for advance tickets.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Adam Traum and his band The Traumatics will be at Iron Springs on the 6th at 2 p.m., he’ll play solo at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 10th for Teja Gerken's Acoustic Guitar, on the 13th he’ll play solo at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m., on the 21st at Steiner's Tavern in Sonoma with The Traumatics at 6 p.m., and on the 26th at the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa at 9 p.m.

 

The Marin duo Barbwyre (Jon Mitguard and Dana Rath) will be sneaking across the bridge to play at the Bazaar Café in SF on the 6th starting at 7 p.m. Also on the bill is West Marin musician Tim Weed, so there will be some serious picking to accompany your café treats. Where else are you going to go to hear pedal steel and classical banjo on the same bill?

 

Sebastopol’s Riggy Rackin & Jon Berger perform together again on the 6th at 7 pm at The Pinecone in Sebastopol. The Pinecone offers fine food from the Himalayas and live music. Enjoy a meal or a drink and savor tasty tunes played on English concertina and fiddle. Free admission.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music at The Blackthorn Tavern in San Francisco on the 6th, at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa on the 12th, and at The Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove on the 26th.

 

Front Porch Blues, featuring Ed Hance on acoustic guitar and vocals and Allen Goldberg on harmonica, will be playing two big Sunday shows this month. The first one is Super Bowl Sunday the 7th at the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The second one is on Valentine's Day the 14th at Imagery Winery in Glen Ellen, from 1:30- 4:30 p.m.  This will be a special event with gourmet food and wine tasting, tickets $30.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting the Spirit of the Amazon (with Marin singer/songwriter Tracy Blackman, Lucia Comnes and Bittersweet) concert on the 6th and Ian Dogle on the 27th.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays every Wednesday at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m., with an added special Mardi Gras show on the 16th from 8:30-midnight. They also we have a gig at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 27th starting at 8:30. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See the Adam Traum on the 6th, Pat Nevins on the 20th, and the Courtney Janes on the 27th. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Aaron Redner & Friends on the 10th, Viper Central on the 17th, and Elliott Randall on the 24th.

 

Help send the Analy High School Theater in Sebastopol to Carnegie Hall! The Choir will perform there on April 17th, and they are trying to raise money for their travels. A big benefit show will take place on the 11th at the high school. Joe Craven will be the Master of Ceremonies. See The Ragtime Skedaddalers, The West County Professional Tea Sippers, The Tri Tip Trio, and The Analy Honor Choir

 

The SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival will be taking place at various venues around the bay from to the 12th-21st, with too many acts to mention here, so go to the site for complete info.

 

Missy Raines & The New Hip will be appearing on the 12th at 8 p.m. at the Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St. (corner of B & 6th). Missy was seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) bass player of the year, and her band, The New Hip, play an energetic mix of newgrass and jazz. The band consists of dobro player Michael Witcher, mandolin and guitarist Ethan Ballinger, Dillon Hodges on guitar, and Doug Belote and Tommy Giampietro on percussion.

 

Laura Lee Brown & Company will be playing jazz and beyond on the 12th at The Pleasure is Mine in Mill Valley from 7-10 p.m., and they also have their regular show Saylor's on the 19th.

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents Cindy Kallet & Greg Larsen on the 12th.

 

Sweethearts of the Radio. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of musical pairings at KWMR’s annual Sweethearts of the Radio concert on the 13th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. The evening includes folk, bluegrass and swing from Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, and Eric & Suzy Thompson, Keith Terry & Evie Ladin, and Deep Elem. Proceeds from the event benefit KWMR, West Marin’s community radio station. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show enjoyment and the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission. For more info contact Lance Walker at (707) 542-8995 or eclecticstage@yahoo.com.

 

The dark side of Poor Man’s. The Sonoma County band Poor Man’s Whiskey will be presenting their Dark Side of the Moonshine show at the Sebastopol Community Center on the 13th. Then on the 20h they’ll be playing their normal show at the Fillmore in SF, opening for a band called ALO.

 

The Marin Civic Center has Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on the 13th, The Chieftains on the 19th, and the Marin Symphony on the 28th.

 

Misner & Smith have a busy month in February. They'll start out at the Heartbreak Hootenanny put on by the SF Folk Club and the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival on the 13th. On the 14th they'll be up in Santa Rosa at Aroma Roasters, on the 18th they'll be playing at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma. Tune in to KKUP in Cupertino at 3 p.m. on the 20th to hear them on the airwaves with Sleepy John. They'll be heading over to Alameda to play at McGrath's as part of the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival on the 21st. On the 26th they'll be up in Petaluma at the Lagunitas Brewing Company and then they will finish the month off at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco as a part of the 2nd Annual Bazaar-Stock, a full day of music with some of the best local musicians in an intimate cafe setting.

 

The Nashville Bluegrass Band doesn’t get out here that much, so see them at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 13th or at the Freight in Berkeley on the 14th.

 

San Anselmo singer/songwriter David Maloney will be performing solo again at the Bazaar Cafe on California Street in SF on the 13th at 7 p.m., playing all original material and with no cover. David is also one-half of the fabulous longtime popular duo Reilly & Maloney.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Marshall, Bolt, & Harr on the 13th, Four Shillings Short on the 20th, The Traumatics on the 26th, and The Tonewoods on the 27th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. He has been spending time in the studio on the long awaited Bermudagrass CD, on Tuesdays he will be at Vasco in downtown Mill Valley with Matt Lacques and Joe Kyle Jr., and he can be seen playing bluegrass at Amnesia in SF with Savannah Blu on the 15th for the SFBOT.

 

Jamvitational has moved. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase relocated last month from the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax to Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The good news is that the music will now run from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 16th, with Chris Caputo on banjo, Jerry Barush on guitar, Tom Lucas on fiddle, Dan Large on mandolin, and Bruce Campbell on bass.

 

Sara Winge and Bart Hopkin sing eclectic jazz and pop at the French Garden Bistro in Sebastopol on the 17th from 7-9:30 p.m. No cover.

 

Three At Last has a few gigs this month. They will be playing a Bread & Roses event in Novato on the 17th, at Café Flo in Chico on the 20th, at The Blue Heron in Duncan's Mills on the 27th, and at the Pine Cone in Sebastopol on the 28th.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Jim Hurst on the 18th and Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps on the 26th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Jim Hurst will also be playing in Sebastopol on the 19th at 7:30 p.m. The International Bluegrass Association Guitar Player of the year (2001, 2002) will do a solo performance at Subud Hall (234 Hutchins Ave., Sebastopol). He is an award-winning flat-picking guitarist but also a fabulous finger-style player in the Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed vein. Tickets are $20 general admission, and reservations and tickets can be purchases by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Paul Knight and Friends. In a special SFBOT Friday edition of Paul Knight & Friends at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station on the 19th at 7 p.m., Kathy Kallick & Richard Brandenburg will be teaming up for the first time in public. Both talented singer-songwriters have met up at pickin’ parties and festivals in the past and enjoyed singing together, so they decided to try it out for the SFBOT. They’ll be joined by some special guest soloists as well. The night's lineup includes Kathy Kallick (Good Old Persons), Richard Brandenburg (Last Call Quartet), Annie Staninec (Deep Elem, Kathy Kallick Band), Dave Keenan (Downtown Mt. Boys, Ranch Romance), and Paul Knight (Peter Rowan, Kleptograss).

 

Houston Jones plays the finest high-octane American around, and you can see them at McGrath's Alameda on the 19th, at Rancho Nicasio on the 21st, and at the San Gregorio Country Store on the 28th.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 20th with Storm Session and James Hurley at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 21st starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. They play barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

Sonoma County-based singer-guitarist Kevin Russell’s acoustic group Under the Radar will play acoustic folk/country/blues/bluegrass on the 27th at Murphy’s in Sonoma. The band is Kevin, Markie Sanders, Layne Bowen and Michael Capella.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 28th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

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January 20, 2010

 

In keeping with the now firmly-established Carltone’s Corner tradition, this newsletter is a few days late too, just like the previous one. Is it possible to restart this new year of 2010? With all of the calamity in the world right now – Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien duking it out on late night TV (as ratings skyrocket), Simon Cowell retiring from the TV game show American Idle, and baseball behemoth Mark McGwire stunning no one by admitting that he used steroids so he could get a job back in the sport – it is harder and harder to get the interns to concentrate on North Bay music news. There is a lot going on the rest of this month, so grab your bumbershoot and get out and enjoy some live music. Don’t let every one else have all of the fun for you!

House concerts. Do you find it hard to get out of the house sometimes to see and hear live music? Well, why not have it come to you? There was a great story in the SF Chronicle last week about the blossoming house concert scene in the Bay Area – primarily featuring The Acoustic Vortex series in Larkspur – and it includes some tips about how to put on your own event. If you have a big enough room and some extra chairs, all you have to do – to borrow a saying – is build it and they will come!

 

Grascals RV Park. How many bands can claim that they have an RV park named after them? This past weekend The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park in Dothan, Alabama, was officially named after the band while they played a concert there. The Grascals, besides winning the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, are one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit right now. They were Dolly Parton’s bluegrass band, and they have a great sound on their own. Their banjo player, Kristen Scott Benson, won the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. They are headed this way, and you can see them playing at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 26th with the Marin County bluegrass band Keystone Station opening. And what else is Dothan, AL, known for? Well, it was also the birthplace of the Bay Area’s own bluegrass singer Nell Robinson!

Crazy Heart. The new film Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges as a down and out country singer, has been garnering rave reviews, though no one here has seen it yet. T-Bone Burnett, the music man behind the O Brother film from a decade back, wrote some of the music for this new movie, and he was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross the other day. You can read or listen to the interview here. One of Carltone’s favorite all-time movies – also about a similar subject – is Tender Mercies, which won Oscars for Best Screenplay (Horton Foote) and Best Actor (Robert Duvall). Duvall is also featured in Crazy Heart.

New Earls. The SF original bluegrass band The Earl Brothers has a new CD out, and it has a one-of-a-kind title: The Earl Brothers. You can get your own copy at CDBaby. Their new fiddler is Tom Lucas.

 

Bluegrass hair. How many California bluegrass pickers have great "bluegrass hair"? Chuck Poling, David Grisman and Peter Rowan come to mind. According to a posting on the Bluegrass Blog last week, Ricky Skaggs talked at length about his long locks and some cool dos of other bluegrass pickers of yore. Read the story here.

Band scramble. The word on the street is that fiddler Eamon McLoughlin has left The Greencards to pursue other interests. The Cards have plenty of dates on their calendar – including one at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on May 24th – so the rest of the band will go on without Eamon…Chicks flying the coop? Wassup with the Dixie Chicks? According to a report on Country Music Television, two of the band members – sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison – will be releasing an album sometime later this year without lead singer Natalie Maines. No word yet as to whether or not a permanent split has occurred.

Singing from the grave. Even though he died in 2003, country and rockabilly icon Johnny Cash keeps putting out albums. His final installment of his "American" series, titled American VI: Ain’t No Grave, will be released in February. Do you think this is the last disc of his to be released? Fat chance…Also, legendary rock and roll guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who has been dead for almost 40 years, will also be putting out a recording titled Valleys of Neptune in March.

 

Experienced Melnyk. Ace CBA photographer Mike Melnyk was at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 3rd, snapping away shots of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. You should look at his wonderful slide show here.

 

Winter music camp. The new CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th in western Marin County, is starting to fill up, but there is still some room left. A finger-style guitar class, taught by Steve Baughman, has also been added for the first time. Go to the web page above more info.

 

Live music at a bar in downtown Mill Valley? Wow, what a new concept! Ever since Sweetwater closed over two years ago there has been no live music at a bar or restaurant in the downtown – save for the Murphy Production concerts at the Masonic Hall and shows at the 142 Throckmorton. But neither of these venues are casual drop-in establishments. Mill Valley musician Matt Lax and bass man Joe Kyle (The Waybacks) will be starting up a weekly series on the 26th at the Italian restaurant Vasco (former site of The Old Mill from days of yore), located at 106 Throckmorton, from 9-11 p.m. Special guests will be invited to perform as well. No cover.

 

Strawberry alarm clock. For those of you thinking about attending the Strawberry Music Festivals near Yosemite on Memorial and Labor Day Weekends, amazingly so the fest has lowered the price of the all-festival pass to $340, which is $20 less than last year. The deadline for purchasing the cheapest tickets is January 29th.

 

A breath of fresh air. The National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross is by far the best arts radio interview show anywhere. It is a nationally broadcast show that can be heard on most NPR stations, and in the SF area you can hear it multiple times a day (KQED, KRCB and KALW). Even better, if you miss a show you can always listen to archived interviews and reviews on your computer. Here are some recent examples: an interview with punk icon Patti Smith about her new book titled Just Kids about her relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; memorial interviews with later singers Vic Chestnutt, Teddy Pendergrass and producer Willie Mitchell; the aforementioned interview with T-Bone Burnett; and a review of the new CD by Mary J. Blige.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. How easy is it to lose a million dollars? Pretty dang simple, in some cases. Rapper Usher apparently had one mil worth of jewels, computers, etc., in his SUV when he stopped at a store in Atlanta on December 14th. When he came out to his car he found that it had been broken into. Needless to say, the betting here is that his Christmas was not a very merry one…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Bobby Charles, the singer/songwriter who wrote such monster hits as "Walking to New Orleans" and "See You Later Alligator" died on the 14th in Louisiana after being in remission from kidney cancer and suffering from diabetes. He was 71. He also wrote the classic song “Tennessee Blues” that was recorded by many and is one of Geoff Muldaur’s signature songs. Rhythm and blues singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, died of colon cancer on the 14th in Philadelphia. He was 59. Some of his hits were "Close the Door," "It Don't Hurt Now" and "Love T.K.O." Carl Smith, country singer from the ‘50s who had many hits, was married for a few years to June Carter and was the father of Carlene Carter, died in Franklin, TN, on the 16th. He was 82. Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle, best known for performing with her sister Anna, died of cancer in Montreal on the 18th. She was 63. She was the mother of performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and she was once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright III. Sean Bohannon passed away on December 8th in Eureka, CA, at the age of 51, but the news only made it this way recently via Mark Hogan. Sean was a mandolin player and a former partner in Wildwood Music in Arcata for 15 years. For ten years he played in the bluegrass band The Compost Mountain Boys. There will be a memorial for him on Sunday the January 24th at the Bayside Grange in Humboldt County from 2-7 p.m.

 

Coming attractions. I See Hawks In LA at Studio E in Sebastopol 2/5; Larry Potts CD release party at the Petaluma Art Center 2/6; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; Missy Raines & The New Hip at Petaluma Church Concerts 2/12; Murphy Productions in Mill Valley presents Tommy Castro 2/12, Tim Hockenberry 2/13, and David Nelson 2/14 at the Masonic Hall; The Nashville Bluegrass Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/13; Sweethearts of the Radio show in Point Reyes Station 2/13; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Jim Hurst at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 2/18, in Sebastopol 2/19, and in Redding 2/20;; The Dry Branch Fire Squad in Berkeley 3/4, at Sausalito Presbyterian Church 3/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City 3/11-14; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season presents The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Herbst Theatre in SF on 4/18; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Additions

 

Crowing in San Francisco. The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 21st enjoy the bluegrass of The Mighty Crows.

 

Marin singer/songwriter Tracy Blackman will be opening for Sarah Eden Davis on the 22nd at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax starting at 9 p.m., and then on February 7th she will be part of the Benefit for the Amazon Women's Collective along with Lucia Comnes and Bittersweet at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur.

 

The Redwing Bluegrass Band (Redrick Horlick, Alan Dreyfuss, Bob Johnson, and Polly Frizzell) will be making music for you on the 22nd at Armando's in Martinez.

 

The Mountain River Valley Boys can be seen playing at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma on the 23rd at 7 p.m. with no cover charge. The band is Jon Myers on guitar, Chris Caputo on banjo, Ed Neff on mandolin and Sue Walters on bass.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur is now presenting phenomenal Marin guitarist Walter Strauss at 7 p.m. on the 29th instead of on the 23rd.

 

Sweetie Pie & The Doughboys has a special rockin’ show lined up for the 29th at Peri’s in Fairfax. Chief Doughboy, lead guitarist and coincidentally, booker for Peri's, Mike McShea, will be celebrating his birthday that night. A host of musicians are expected to join in the fun and make for a memorable musical extravaganza. The band is made up of some of Fairfax's finest musicians, including Cathleen "Sweetie Pie" Riddley, an award winning stage actress and guest singer with many local bands including Vinyl, Jon Korty and Friends, Honeydust; Tim Bush, longtime bassist with Chuck Day and the Burning Sensations, current member of (W + T) J2 and Rusty Evans; Wendy Fitz, keyboardist in (W + T) J2; Wailin' Sam Watson, harmonica, also from Chuck Day, as well as his own Wailin' Sam and the Screamin' Nighthawks; Crisco Janda on drums, who is seen often with bands like the Ed Earley Band, Ruckus, and Dave Sparks Band; and of course Mike, who also plays in Ruckus, was longtime host of Peri's open mic on Mondays, and has played in a bunch of bands over the last decade. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Cover $5.

 

Triple bill in Menlo Park. The Cowlicks, 49 Special and Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup will be whooping it up on the 30th at the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park starting at 8:30 p.m. $6 cover. In these tough economic times where else are you going to get to see three great bands for $2 each?

 

40 Years in Your Ears. Tune into Cuzin' Al's 40th Anniversary Bluegrass Show live on the 31st on KPIG 107.5 FM in Freedom (also on 1510 AM in Piedmont/SF) with bands Lone Prairie, Black Crown Stringband and Bean Creek from 6-9 p.m.

 

Reminders

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) is now playing every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m. When not leading his own band, San Anselmo’s Caffall is Maria Muldaur’s guitarist.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. The Wednesday night music series has Family Lines on the 20th and Grandpa Banana on the 27th. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See Dore & Matt on the 23rd and Gayle Schmitt & Friends on the 30th. No cover.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See the Incubators 20th, Dave Gleason on the 21st, Dream Farmers on the 22nd, Danny Uzilevsky on the 27th, Jeb Brady Trio on the 29th, The Moonshiners on the 30th, the David Thom Band on the 31st, and more.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 20th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 21st, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 22nd, Key Lime Pie on the 26th, Royal Deuces on the 27th, Sweetie Pie & The Doughboys on the 29th, Danny Montana & the Bar Association on the 30th with the Dogtown Ramblers opening, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 31st, and more.  

 

Sara Winge and Bart Hopkin will be playing eclectic jazz and pop on the 20th at the French Garden Bistro in Sebastopol. No cover.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 21st, The David Thom Band on the 22nd, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 23rd, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 30th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs also play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band.

 

Bay Area bluegrass guitarist, singer and producer Jim Nunally, who plays with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, will also be singing with Keith Little on the 21st at The First Street Cafe Upstairs in Benicia from 7-10 p.m. Then on the 30th he will be there with his wife and singing partner Judy Forrest from 8-11 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as First Street Cafe has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well. 

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next date for this month will be on the 21st. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station you can see Catherine David on the 21st, The John Jorgenson Quintet on the 23rd, and Mark McCray on the 31st.

 

Don’t miss The Bee Eaters on the 22nd when they play at Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist starting at 8 p.m. The Bee Eaters consists four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the new generation of acoustic musicians. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. The result of the foursome's collaboration is an elegant fusion of tradition and innovation.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Chuck Prophet on the 22nd, Greg Brown on the 30th, and others.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Women Who Rock on the 22nd, Namely Us on the 24th, String Sessions on the 27th, and more.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Lauralee Brown & Company on the 22nd, Debra Clawson & Paul Seaward on the 23rd, Tom Bowers Duo on the 29th, and The Jon Rubin Band on the 30th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has The Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band on the 22nd and other fine shows.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl on the 22nd and 23rd, Birds of Paradise on the 24th, and The English Beat on the 29th.

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Mike Dowling on the 22nd starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Mike Dowling in Sebastopol. He will also be playing bottleneck blues, vintage swing, ragtime and more on the 23rd at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts starting at 7:30 p.m., and on the 24th he will be holding a guitar workshop there. For info contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

The Tuttles with AJ Lee will be playing bluegrass at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 23rd. See the young future stars of the genre before they become the next Taylor Swifts…

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature David Lindley on the 23rd.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Pladdohg on the 23rd and The Tonewoods on the 30th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller and Matt Lax are at Iron Springs on the 23rd and the Hot Club of Marin Gypsy Jazz Jam will take place on the 25th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Resin up that bow! The 37th Annual Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest will be taking place on the 23rd and 24th in downtown Cloverdale.

 

Fill As Desired” is a show worth checking out at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 23rd at 8 p.m. The show features a cappella champions Solstice and award-winning avant-pop composer, vocalist and looping artist Amy X Neuburg. She was commissioned by the Jewish Music Festival to create music based on recipes exchanged by prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp. Prepare to be surprised by some impressively original, affecting, funny and important music.

 

North Bay Live on the 23rd presents Chris Webster and Nina Gerber at Studio E in Sebastopol starting at 8 p.m. Then on the 30th you can see Lucy Kaplansky playing there.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 24th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget and Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Sleeping Lady on the 24th.

 

Grandpa Banana from Inverness and his band can be seen playing at Iron Springs on the 27th, and they will be having a CD release party at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 30th.

 

Three extraordinary solo guitarists – Doug Adamz, Teja Gerken and Patrick O'Connell – will all be performing at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco on the 27th at 7 p.m.

 

The Honky Tonk Dreamers will be gigging on the 28th at the Cafe Royale in SF from 8-10 p.m. The Dreamers are Julay Brooks on guitar, Tony Marcus on guitar and fiddle, Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, lap steel, Telecaster and dobro, and Jerry Logan on bass. No cover.

 

Jesse Kincaid & The New Rising Sons with Boudeeka will be serving up some fine Americana music at the Sausalito Cruising Club (this is a private club with a full bar and large dance floor, so you must be on the band guest list to attend) on the 24th from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and at Servino's in Tiburon on the 28th from 6-9 p.m.

 

Twang Ditty will be crooning both country and western music on the 29th at the Druid Hall (members and prospective members are welcome) in Santa Rosa.

 

Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be pickin’ traditional bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 30th. Marin County's longest running bluegrass band is led by the entertaining Dr. Elmo ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer") on banjo. The group also consists of John Pierson on guitar, Dana Rath on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, and Carltone on bass. For 19 years this band has been playing traditional bluegrass with a few of Elmo’s original songs thrown into the mix. The band released their new recording Wild Blue Grass some months back.

 

Three At Last will be at The Blue Heron in Duncan Mills on the 30th, and then they will be making their East Bay debut at the Freight and Salvage on 31st playing on a bill with Misner & Smith and Family Lines. If you haven't seen these bands perform live yet, the show at The Freight is highly recommended. You can also read a review of their CD by Paul Liberatore here.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

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January 7, 2010

 

 

Welcome to the (very tardy) 109th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

So much for New Year’s resolutions! And apologies to those who had shows already come and go. This is the latest-ever publication of the Carltone news, and we hope this is not a bad omen (are there “good” omens?) for this future. The plan for ’10 was to get these newsletters done and sent on time every month, but heck, as we begin our 10th year of writing these things, why change now? It is hard to keep to a schedule when holidays get in the way, and even harder to find good interns to keep the presses rolling, as they were too busy de-decking the halls of boughs of holly, standing in line to see Avatar, tweeting their fellow twittiots, and watching Taylor Swift videos…

 

Decade end. Not only have we come to the end of another year, but also to the Aughts Decade. 2009 was another interesting, if not at times trying, year. The housing and stock market crises are slowly getting worked out, wars in far off lands continue seemingly without end, and the passing of some good music people was inevitable and sad. Lucky for us music fans, we still have live music to get us through the difficult times, whether it is going to jams, concerts and festivals, listening to CDs/iPods/etc., or just picking up an instrument and playing some.

 

Life’s railway to heaven in 2009. The media was saturated last week with year-end best/worst lists, along with predictions for 2010. Instead of jumping on that trite journalist band wagon, we’re just going to mention a brief list of some noted musical folks who went on to Glory Land during the past year. Rather than go into detail with each name, if you want more info simply click on the links. Apologies to those who may have been inadvertently overlooked: Liam Clancy, Rick Hendricks, Mary Travers, Jack Cooke, Bess Lomax Hawes, Allen Shelton, Norton Buffalo, Mike Seeger , John "Marmaduke" Dawson, Bill Harrell, Archie Green, Vern Gosdin, Timothy Wright, Hank Locklin, Jimmy Boyd, Lance McCollum , Molly Bee, Tom Brumley, Tim Hart, Yodeling Lady Lolita, Butch Baldassari, Steve Bruton and David Ross Boots. Oh yeah, and a singer named Michael Jackson.

 

Weapons of mass destruction. Not only is the oft maligned banjo painful to the ears of the uninitiated, who knew that it had also been deemed a “deadly weapon” under Colorado state law? Denver banjo player Joseph Stancato faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly hitting another man “upside the head with his banjo” on New Year's Eve. Read the story here. And in Palo Alto on New Year's Eve Allison Garcia was arrested after smashing a guitar over her boyfriend's head in the manner of El Kabong of yore. He apparently turned down her offer to do a striptease, and, well, one thing led to another. It won’t be long now before instruments will not be allowed on airplanes…

 

Grascals and Keystone in SF. The Grascals, besides winning the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, are one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit right now. They were Dolly Parton’s bluegrass band, and they have a great sound on their own. Their banjo player, Kristen Scott Benson, won the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. They will be playing at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 26th, and opening the show will be the Marin County bluegrass band Keystone Station, which includes your Carltone editor on bass and vocals.

 

Winter music camp. So you got a new guitar (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, etc.) for Christmas and your resolution for the New Year is to play some more. But you could sure use some classes to get you going? Well, then music camp is just right place for you! The new CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th in western Marin County, is starting to fill up, but there is still some room left. A finger-style guitar class, taught by Steve Baughman, has also been added for the first time. Go to the web page above more info.

 

“Mill Valley” turned 40. You know the song. It was a huge hit for Marin songwriter Rita Abrams back in 1970, and she wrote the tune while sitting on a bench by the Book Depot in Mill Valley on Christmas Day in 1969. Watch the recent ABC-TV report about her here.

IBMA Showcase Band deadline. If you are considering submitting your bluegrass band for a showcase slot at the next International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass conference in September of 2010, the deadline for doing such is January 15th. Go to the website for more info.

Old-time is not a crime on NPR. Two weekends back on the National Public Radio show Morning Edition there was a real nice story about old-time fiddler Henry Reed that you can listen to here.

 

Banjo-less man. Everybody knows banjo player Stacy Samuels. You don’t recognize the name? Think beanie-propeller hat, big bushy beard and red cape at 49er and A’s games. Remember that loud pickin’ at 4 a.m. at the Strawberry Music Festivals. Yes, that guy! Stacy lost his prized Gibson Mastertone banjo some weeks back in Fairfax when he left it on the sidewalk after a gig. He has a backup banjo, but he is really saddened by the loss of the axe that he has been using for the past 25 years. You can read a story about the lost instrument here, and here is a story about his playing his banjo at football and baseball games. And you can watch a segment about him on KPIX-TV in San Francisco here.

 

Charlie Poole on the tube. On CBS-TV songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Dick Connette talk about High Wide & Handsome, a country/bluegrass journey evoking the rambling, tragically short life of the 1920s banjo player Charlie Pooled, who had a hit with his song “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down.” Watch the piece here.

 

Sam Cooke documentary. Mark your calendars now for 11th at 9 p.m. to watch the new documentary Sam Cooke: Crossing Over on KQED-TV in SF. The film was made by Mill Valley Film Group director John Antonelli. This documentary includes original interviews with Lou Rawls, James Brown, Sam Moore, Bobby Womack, Smokey Robinson, Mel Carter, Herb Alpert, Lou Adler and James Carter, among others. You can watch a preview now at the link above, and you can also listen to a Podcast here of Antonelli’s interview with Michael Krasny's on KQED-FM’s Forum show on January 4th.

 

Strawberry alarm clock. For those of you thinking about attending the Strawberry Music Festivals near Yosemite on Memorial and Labor Day Weekends, amazingly so the fest has lowered the price of the all-festival pass to $340, which is $20 less than last year. The deadline for purchasing the cheapest tickets is January 29th.

 

Jamvitational on the move. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase, which used to be held on the third Tuesday of the month in Fairfax, will be moving this month to Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 19th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The good news about the move is that the new venue is not as hard to get to from the freeway, and the music will run from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m.

 

Social no more. The betting here is that few readers of this newsletter ever even heard of the erstwhile punk and metal music venue known as Annie’s Social Club (formerly the Covered Wagon Saloon) in San Francisco, let alone knew where it was. Whatever the case, Annie’s closed its doors on the 31st of December, effectively assuring that auld acquaintance will, indeed, soon be forgot…

 

Adam Fourman, RIP. This news came in over the transom from longtime Sausalito musician Joe Tate: “Adam Fourman died of natural causes in late December at age 69. He grew up in Mill Valley and started playing piano and guitar professional while still in high school. He played with John Cipollino in the Deacons, which was a forerunner to the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Adam formed his own band, the Custom Keys, along with Michael Aragon and Charlie Deal. Adam also put on many dance parties at Browns Hall in Mill Valley in the ‘60s. Usually holding forth with the Custom Keys, he occasionally brought in others including Jerry Lee lewis and John T. Hooker. He played with The Redlegs for a few years in the ‘70s. He later became a recluse, living alone in the woods near Medford, Oregon, where he passed away. He traveled to Sausalito last May to play a Redlegs reunion at the Sausalito Cruising Club. A wake will be held at the No Name Bar in Sausalito on the 9th starting at 6 PM. If you have stories about Adam, we would like to hear them.”

 

New music books, for those that still read. When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall and The Replacements: It’s All Over But The Shouting by Jim Walsh

 

A breath of fresh air. The National Public Radio show Fresh Air With Terry Gross is by far the best arts radio interview show anywhere. It is a nationally broadcast show that can be heard on most NPR stations, and in the SF area you can hear it multiple times a day (KQED, KRCB and KALW). Even better, if you miss a show you can always listen to archived interviews and reviews on your computer. Here are some recent examples: the alleged top ten recordings of 2009, interviews with Irish musician and folklorist Mick Maloney and rock singer Jon Bon Jovi, and replays of interviews with John Doe, Rosanne Cash and Geoff Muldaur.

 

Notes from the road. Bill Evans & Megan Lynch are in Virginia this week, filming a new instructional DVD to be called Play It Like A Pro: Bluegrass Band and Jam Survival Guide for AcuTab Publications with Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford and David Thomas. Bill is a Bay Area banjo player and Megan, who grew up here, now lives in Nashville. The dynamic duo also made some noise on a couple of year-end charts. Their song "Rocks and Water" was tied for number for #7 as Top Songs of The Year on the FOLKDJ-L list, and their CD let's do something... was #33 for Top Folk Albums of the Year on the same list. They will be touring in Washington and Oregon later this month, with a show in California on the 24th at the Stage Door in Mt. Shasta. More NorCal shows will be coming in March.

 

Grandpa Van? Ixnay, says the reclusive pop singer Van Morrison. Morrison said on December 31st that a computer hacker planted a false report on Van’s web site claiming that he had fathered a fourth child at the age of 64 with a new partner. The false report was disseminated by a Los Angeles-based publicist for Morrison. The publicist was quoted by an unidentified associate as getting the report from the Morrison site. The false report was picked up by several news agencies, including The Associated Press, as well as celebrity sites and British newspapers.

 

Larry Potts, award-winning Petaluma singer/songwriter, has a new album out entitled Close To Home. It is acoustic/folk with blends of Americana, country, jazz, pop, blues, and rock. He collaborated with George Merrill of the Boy Meets Girl pop duo, who wrote Whitney Houston hits "I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know.” There are also many local artists on this album such Gus Garelick, Bruce Kurnow, Charlie Moller Gary Grubb, John Morton, the late Michael Whitwell, and the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist/producer and engineer Kevin Harris, with Merrill on keyboards. The CD is available on Larry’s site, at CDBaby and on iTunes. He will also be having a CD release party on February 6th at the Petaluma Art Center. Call (707) 781-3272 or email babsjoj@hotmail.com for advance tickets.

 

Police log. Out with the old, in with the old: Carltone’s Corner’s favorite big-haired, multi-tattooed diva Amy Winehouse, is – surprise, surprise! – in trouble with the law again. She was charged in connection with an assault at a theater outside of London a couple of weeks back after she allegedly struggled with a member of the theater's staff after heckling at a performance…Unhappy New Year: Demetrius Lee Stewart, a.k.a. producer Shawty Redd, who received a Grammy nomination for his work on Snoop Dogg's Sensual Seduction, was arrested on the 1st on murder charges in Georgia. Police said Stewart was involved in a dispute at his home with an acquaintance, a 35-year-old man named Damon Martin of Detroit. The confrontation turned physical and Stewart shot and allegedly killed Martin…’Twas the season to be jolly: KISS bass player Gene Simmons is being sued by a couple who said they were assaulted by Simmons a few days before Christmas. Nathan Marlowe and his wife Cynthia Manzo said Simmons attacked them, threatened them and took their video camera at the upscale The Grove mall in LA after they started filming the rocker. Hey, this is a free country, isn’t it? Aren’t we allowed to video anyone, anywhere, anytime?

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. No more back flips from stage, man! Steven Tyler, the 61-year-old toothy lead singer in the band Aerosmith, checked into rehab recently to try, ahem, try to get himself off of painkillers that he’s been taking for a decade as a result of injuries. Wow, a rock and roll singer in rehab? What a surprise…Can’t wait for the comeback tour! Dwayne Carter, a.k.a. rapper Lil Wayne, pleaded guilty in October to a weapons possession charge and will be sentenced February 9th. His plea deal calls for a year in jail. On December 28th he returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a performance on what he's calling his “farewell tour”…Still trying to light up lives: 71-year-old songwriter Joseph Brooks, who wrote the song “You Light Up My Life,” is already awaiting trial on rape, sexual abuse and other charges (he's accused of sexually assaulting 11 women who came to his Manhattan apartment to audition for supposed movie roles). Last week he reached a financial settlement with his 23-year-old ex-fiancée, who he claimed lied to him about her, uh, already being married. She says that last June he was helping her arrange for her divorce, something the judge apparently agreed with. The guess here is that the ex was one of the women who “auditioned for a movie role” and ended up getting more than she bargained for…

 

Sick bay. Artie Lange, the oft-substance-abusing comedian sidekick on the Howard Stern Show, is in the hospital after a reported suicide attempt. Donnie Carver, longtime sound man for the bluegrass band IIIrd Tyme Out, is in the infirmary after suffering a heart attack last weekend. He is 48-years-old.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Tim Hart, founding member of the British folk/rock group Steeleye Span, died on December 24th in the Canary Islands of lung cancer. He was 61. Singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt died of an apparent intentional overdose of muscle relaxants in Georgia on Christmas Day. He was 45. Willie Mitchell, producer of soul singer Al Green and many others, died on January 5th in Memphis two weeks after suffering a heart attack. He was 81.

 

Coming attractions. I See Hawks In LA at Studio E in Sebastopol 2/5; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; The Nashville Bluegrass Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/13; Jim Hurst 2/18 at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon; The Dry Branch Fire Squad in Berkeley 3/4,  at Sausalito Presbyterian Church 3/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/6; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13; Joy Kills Sorrow at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/10; The Kathy Kallick Band at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 5/1; Doug Adamz CD release show at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 5/1; the 35th Annual CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley 6/17-20.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See on Claudia Russell (details below) on the 7th, Courtney Janes on the 8th, Jack Irving on the 12th, Finger-Style Guitar Showcase on the 13th, Culann’s Hounds on the 14th, Women Who Rock on the 22nd, Namely Us on the 24th, String Sessions on the 27th, plus others.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See JL Stiles on the 7th, Dream Farmers on the 8th, THUGZ on the 9th, Disorderly House Band on the 10th, The Rivereens with Tracy Grisman on the 13th, The Horse You Rode in On on the 14th, Dore Coller on the 16th, D. McGee and the Serenity Breakers on the 17th, Incubators 20th, Dave Gleason on the 21st, Dream Farmers on the 22nd, Danny Uzilevsky on the 27th, Jeb Brady Trio on the 29th, The Moonshiners on the 30th, the David Thom Band on the 31st, and more.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The dates for this month will be 7th and the 20th. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

Folk diva Claudia Russell performs at the Sleeping Lady on the 7th starting at 9 p.m., joined by her band, the Folk Unlimited Orchestra. Russell is an award-winning singer/songwriter and was named Best Musician in the 2006 East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, Best New Artist by Boston Radio station WUMB in 2001, and nominated in 2008 for Best Song by the Texas Music Awards. She and her band play an eclectic blend of folk that is woven from blues, country, pop, Western swing and traditional music to form a unique and compelling sound. The band consists of Bruce Kaplan on mandolin and guitar, Mark Petrella on acoustic bass, and Russell on acoustic guitar and vocals. 

 

The Honky Tonk Dreamers have a couple of shows coming up this month. The first one is on the 7th at the Atlas Café in SF from 8-10 p.m., and the second show is on the 28th at the Cafe Royale in SF, also 8-10 p.m. No cover at either venue. The Dreamers are Julay Brooks on guitar, Tony Marcus on guitar and fiddle, Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, lap steel, Telecaster and dobro, and Jerry Logan on bass.

 

Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Jinx Jones on the 8th, The Eldon Brown Band on the 9th, Sexy Sunday on the 10th, The 85's on the 15th, Sacred Profanities on the 16th, Andre & Friends on the 17th, Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 20th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 21st, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 22nd, Key Lime Pie on the 26th, Royal Deuces on the 27th, Danny Montana & the Bar Association on the 30th with the Dogtown Ramblers opening, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 30th, and more.  

 

Bluegrass jammin’ in Bakersfield. The California Bluegrass Association is hosting the 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield on the weekend of the 8th and 9th at the Doubletree Hotel. Take part in the first big bluegrass event of the New Year!

 

Twang Ditty will be playing both country and western music on the 8th at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, on the 9th at The Blackthorn Tavern in SF, and on the 29th at the Druid Hall (members and prospective members are welcome) in Santa Rosa.

 

Kevin Russell’s acoustic bluegrass/swing/blues quartet Under the Radar will have the Redwood Cafe on Main Street in Cotati jumping on the 8th from 8-10 p.m. No cover. The band is Kevin Russell, Michael Capella, Layne Bowen and Markie Sanders.

 

Bluegrass at Utunes. The Circle ‘R Boys will be pickin’ some bluegrass at the Utunes Coffee House in Oakland on the 8th starting at 8 p.m. The Boys play traditional bluegrass music in the style of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Kentucky Colonels.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Caliban on the 8th, Dusty Rhoads & Her Handsome Cowboys on the 9th, The Farallons on the 16th, Pladdohg on the 23rd, and The Tonewoods on the 30th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Saylor’s Restaurant in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Jazz Philosophy on the 8th, Jeff Labes on the 9th, Lisa Kindred & Chris Goddard on the 15th, Eugene Huggins on the 16th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 22nd, Debra Clawson & Paul Seaward on the 23rd, Tom Bowers Duo on the 29th, and The Jon Rubin Band on the 30th.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 8th Caribbean R & B plays the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, it will be bluegrass with Savannah Blu at the Plough and Stars in SF on the 9th and 15th, on the 16th his band Bermudagrass is at the Lagunitas Taproom, Dore and Matt Lax are at Iron Springs on the 23rd, and the Hot Club of Marin Gypsy Jazz Jam will take place on the 25th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. The Saturday afternoon cozy and casual winter music series takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See Barbwyre on the 9th, Ain't Misbehavin' Trio on the 16th, Dore & Matt on the 23rd, and Gayle Schmitt & Friends on the 30th. Otherwise, the normal Wednesday night music series has Supernaculum on the 13th, Family Lines on the 20th, and Grandpa Banana on the 27th. No cover.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Bay Area World Guitar Show on the 9th and 10th, The Best of Doo-Wop 2 on the 16th, The Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band on the 22nd, and more fine shows.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget begins another year of local gigs. Namely Us, his five-piece jazz band, returns to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 9th and the Sleeping Lady on the 24th. He'll also be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at their monthly dance concert on the 13th at the Corte Madera Recreation Center.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Carolina Special on the 9th, The David Thom Band on the 22nd, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 23rd, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 30th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Palm Wine Boys on the air. Tune into the radio show West Coast Live (KALW 91.7-FM) in SF at 10 a.m. on the 9th to hear The Palm Wine Boys (featuring Mill Valley’s Matt Lax) playing live. They'll be singing songs from their new CD Old Stories.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Further on the 10th, House Jacks on the 15th, House of Floyd on the 16th, Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl on the 22nd and 23rd, Birds of Paradise on the 24th, The English Beat on the 29th, and more.

 

Legendary folk singer John McCutcheon will be making his annual appearance at the Freight in Berkeley on the 10th and at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma on Monday the 11th.

 

On stage and on the air. Misner & Smith will be making their KPIG debut on the Please Stand By show on the 10th. Tune in at 10 a.m. on the dial 1510 AM in the Bay area, at 107.5 in Santa Cruz, or online. They will also be playing at the Freight & Salvage on the 31st. The show starts at 8 p.m. and will be a triple bill featuring sets by Family Lines and Three At Last. It will be a night of original music filled to the brim with vocal harmonies.

 

Grandpa Banana from Inverness and his band (The Peels?) can be heard singing live on The David Gans Show on KPFA (94.1 FM) around 9 p.m. on the 13th, seen playing at Iron Springs on the 27th, and they will be having a CD release party at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 30th.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) is now playing every Wednesday at Miss Pearl’s Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland. No cover charge and they play from 7-10 p.m. When not leading his own band, San Anselmo’s Caffall is Maria Muldaur’s guitarist.

 

Sebastopol’s Riggy Rackin and Jon Berger will be performing together on the 14th at 7 p.m. at The Pinecone in Sebastopol. The Pinecone offers fine food from the Himalayas and live music. Enjoy a meal or a drink and savor tasty tunes played on English concertina and fiddle. Free admission.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station you can see Dave Lippman on the 15th, George Winston on the 16th, Catherine David on the 21st, The John Jorgenson Quintet on the 23rd, and Mark McCray on the 31st.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m.

 

Seskin and friends in Petaluma. East Bay singer/songwriter Steve Seskin, along with Craig Carrothers and Don Henry, will be doing a songwriter-in-the-round show at the new Petaluma Art Center (corner Washington and Lakeville, next to the visitor's center) on the 16th starting at 7 p.m. For advance tickets and info, please call Barbara at (707) 781-3272 or email babsjoj@hotmail.com.

 

Jesse Kincaid & The New Rising Sons can see seen playing at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 16th from 8:30 p.m.-12, and the band will also be at Servino's in Tiburon on the 28th from 6-9 p.m.

 

Sara and friends in Sebastopol. On the 16th see Sara Winge, Carlo Calabi, and Bill Foss at the Pinecone Cafe in Sebastopol singing old- time and classic country duets from 7-9 p.m. Then on the 20th it will be Sara with Bart Hopkin playing eclectic jazz and pop at the French Garden Bistro. No cover at either venue.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 16th with John Batdorf & Davis Jones at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m. Then on the 23rd see Caren with Joshua Zucker at the San Gregorio General Store from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of every month starting at 3 p.m. at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. On the 17th they’ll be playing barnyard bebop and swingin’ cowboy jazz. Johnny Cuviello, Bob Wills' drummer at 94 years young, lives in Milpitas and he often sits in on a few songs about every other month.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs play every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band. You can also see them on the 21st at Murphy’s in Sonoma.

 

Bay Area bluegrass guitarist, singer and producer Jim Nunally, who plays with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, will also be singing with Keith Little on the 21st at The First Street Cafe Upstairs in Benicia from 7-10 p.m. Then on the 30th he will be there with his wife and singing partner Judy Forrest from 8-11 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as First Street Cafe has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well. 

 

Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. See Mike Dowling on the 22nd starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Mike Dowling in Sebastopol. He will also be playing bottleneck blues, vintage swing, ragtime and more on the 23rd at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts starting at 7:30 p.m., and on the 24th he will be holding a guitar workshop there. For info contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Don’t miss The Bee Eaters on the 22nd when they play at Petaluma Church Concerts at First Church of Christ Scientist starting at 8 p.m. The Bee Eaters boasts four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the new generation of acoustic musicians. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and banjo phenomenon Wes Corbett with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge. The result of the foursome's collaboration is an elegant fusion of tradition and innovation.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Chuck Prophet on the 22nd, Greg Brown on the 30th, and others.

 

The Tuttles with AJ Lee will be playing bluegrass at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 23rd. See the young future stars of the genre before they become the next Taylor Swifts…

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature David Lindley on the 23rd.

 

Resin up that bow! The 37th Annual Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest will be taking place on the 23rd and 24th in downtown Cloverdale, so start practicing now.

 

Fill As Desired ” is a show worth checking out at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 23rd at 8 p.m. The show features a cappella champions Solstice and award-winning avant-pop composer, vocalist and looping artist Amy X Neuburg. She was commissioned by the Jewish Music Festival to create music based on recipes exchanged by prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp. Prepare to be surprised by some impressively original, affecting, funny and important music.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur is presenting phenomenal Marin guitarist Walter Strauss at 7 p.m. on the 23rd.

 

North Bay Live on the 23rd presents Chris Webster and Nina Gerber at Studio E in Sebastopol starting at 8 p.m. Then on the 30th you can see Lucy Kaplansky playing there.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 24th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Three extraordinary solo guitarists – Doug Adamz, Teja Gerken and Patrick O'Connell – will all be playing at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco on the 27th at 7 p.m.

 

Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be pickin’ traditional bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 30th. Marin County's longest running bluegrass band is led by the entertaining Dr. Elmo ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer") on banjo. The group also consists of John Pierson on guitar, Dana Rath on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, and Carltone on bass. For 19 years this band has been playing traditional bluegrass with a few of Elmo’s original songs thrown into the mix. The band released their new recording Wild Blue Grass some months back.

 

Three At Last will be at The Blue Heron in Duncan Mills on the 30th, and then they will be making their East Bay debut at the Freight and Salvage on 31st. If you haven't seen the band perform live yet, the show at The Freight is highly recommended!

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing solo on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Neff and Friends are playing bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on fiddle, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and Larry Cohea on banjo. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

 

For up to date state-wide bluegrass news three times a week, read my Almost Daily News column on the California Bluegrass Association web site.

 

As always, shows, dates and times are subject to change. Please contact any venue listed above to confirm appearances.

 

Cheers!

 

Larry

 

Resources

 

Marin Bluegrass Jam, Northern California Bluegrass Society, California Bluegrass Association, Murphy Productions, Hicks With Sticks Twang Newsletter, North Bay Music Listings, North Bay Concerts, Schoenberg Guitars, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Country Music Television, Rancho Nicasio, The Alpha Acoustic Concert Series,The Black Rose, San Francisco Folk Club, SF Bay Area Radio Stations, SF Celtic Music, 19 Broadway, Peri’s Silver Dollar Saloon, Iron Springs Pub, Rocker Oysterfeller’s, Marin Local Music Scene

 

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