Read the July 13, 2007, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about The Whoreshoes and The Roadoilers here.
Read the June 1, 2007, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys here.
Read the January 19, 2007, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about Homespun Rowdy and The Barefoot Nellies here.
Read the August 11, 2006, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about the Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band here.
Read the July 7, 2006, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about the Poor Man's Whiskey and Four Year Bender here.
Read the March 17, 2006, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about the Bill Evans String Summit and Rick Jamison here.
Read the January 20, 2006, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about John Reischman & The Jaybirds here.
Read the December 9, 2005, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about Ray Bonneville here.
Read the October 7, 2005, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about the Kleptograss Bluegrass Gold Show here.
Read the May 20, 2005, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about Bluegrass Gold's 100th Anniversary Show here.
Read the April 22, 2005, Matt Kramer Pacific Sun story about the Bluegrass Gold six-year anniversary here.
Bluegrass Gold was the longest running bluegrass series in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show began in April of 1999 at Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley, CA, and it was produced by Larry Carlin and Carltone Music. 145 shows took place since the series began, and over 12,500 people went through the doors to see bluegrass there. The show featured both local and nationally touring acts, with such notables as Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur, The Reeltime Travelers, The Kathy Kallick Band, Hot Buttered Rum, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Laurie Lewis, and King Wilkie having played.
But Sweetwater Saloon closed for good at its Throckmorton Street venue on September 23, 2007, after a long-running dispute with the landlord. Sweetwater was supposed to be moving to a new venue on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley in 2008, but as of October 2009 there is still no new venue. The venue owners opened Sweetwater Station in Larkspur in the summer of 2007, but that closed in the fall of 2008.
You can read Paul Liberatore's August, 2007, stories about the demise of Sweetwater in the Marin Independent Journal here and here. You can Greg Cahill's August 31, 2007, Pacific Sun cover story here. And Matt Kramer's poignant farewell story in the Pacific Sun can be read here.
~BLUEGRASS GOLD SHOWS~
THE BLUEGRASS GOLD SERIES IS ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Previous Bluegrass Gold Shows
August 9, 2008 - Peter Rowan
July 17, 2008 - Poor Man's Whiskey
June 19, 2008 - Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue
May 8, 2008 - The Roadoilers and The Barefoot Nellies
April 17, 2008 - Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and Nell Robinson & Red Level
March 20, 2008 - The Itchy Mountain Men
February 21, 2008 - The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
January 24, 2008 - Rustler's Moon w/Kathy Kallick & Bill Evans
December 22/23, 2007 - Dr. Elmo & The Reindeer Band
November 29, 2007 - The Wronglers
October 25, 2007 - Poor Man's Whiskey
September 6, 2007 - Homespun Rowdy and Town Mountain
August 16, 2007 - String Break and The Deciders
July 18, 2007 - The Roadoilers and The Whoreshoes
June 7, 2007 - Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys and Rick Jamison
May 22, 2007 - Three Ring Circle and The Grass Cutters
May 2, 2007 - The Dale Ann Bradley Band and The Wronglers
May 1, 2007 - The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and Jerry Faires
April 19, 2007 - The Bill Evans String Summit and Keystone Crossing
March 21, 2007 - Poor Man's Whiskey and Adam Traum
February 7, 2007 - Hot Buttered Rum and The Mountain Boys
January 25, 2007 - Homespun Rowdy and The Barefoot Nellies
December 2, 2006 - Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force and The Rowan Brothers
November 15, 2006 - Rustler's Moon and Keith Little & Jim Nunally.
October 11, 2006 - Heidi Clare & AtaGallop and Julay Brandenburg & The Nightbirds
September 28, 2006 - Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue
August 16, 2006 - The Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band
August 2, 2006 - Eric Thompson's Kleptograss
July 12, 2006 - Poor Man's Whiskey and Four Year Bender
June 14, 2006 - King Wilkie and The New Good Old Boys
May 4,2006 - Peter Rowan
April 20, 2006 - Dale Ann Bradley & Coon Creek and Grizzly Peak
April 5, 2006 - The Roadoilers, The Mercury Dimes, and Amy & Karen
March 23, 2006 - Bill Evans String Summit and Rick Jamison
March 1, 2006 - Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass and Homespun Rowdy
February 14, 2006 - Sweetwater Sweethearts
February 8, 2006 - Old School Freight Train and David Jacobs-Strain
January 25, 2006 - John Reischman & The Jaybirds and Cliff & Julia Landis
December 7, 2005 - Kathy Kallick & Friends and Keystone Crossing
November 9, 2005 - Poor Man's Whiskey and Howdy
November 3, 2005 - Homespun Rowdy and Chris Stuart & Backcountry
October 18, 2005 - Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen and Doug Blumer & Pam Brandon
October 12, 2005 - Eric Thompson's Kleptograss
September 21, 2005 - Hot Buttered Rum
September 14, 2005 - The Papermill Creek Rounders
August 16, 2005 - Brotherly Lovers show, with Cliff & Julia Landis, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Keystone Crossing, and The Cash Magnets
August 10, 2005 - The Rowan Brothers and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
July 19, 2005 - Doug Adamz & Bravo and Jeanie & Chuck's Country Roundup
July 14, 2005 - The Hot Buttered Rum String Band
June 3, 2005 - The Waybacks and Lane's Badass Duo
May 24, 2005 - King Wilkie and Kevin Welch - Show # 100!
May 17, 2005 - The Stairwell Sisters and Suzie Thompson
April 26, 2005 - The Kathy Kallick Band and Hit & Run Bluegrass
March 15, 2005 - Due West and The Clarridge Fiddlers
February 22, 2005 - The Acme String Ensemble and The Roadoilers
February 15, 2005 - John Reischman & The Jaybirds plus Paul Shelasky and Kathy Kallick
January 11, 2005 - Orrin Star & JimmyGaudreau and Keith Little
December 14, 2004 - Peter Rowan and The David Thom Band
November 16, 2004 - The Ho'Down Quartet and Poor Man's Whiskey
November 9, 2004 - Chris Stuart & Backcountry and Valerie Jay & The Americanos
October 28, 2004 - Peter Rowan and Highway One
October 5, 2004 - The Hot Buttered Rum String Band and PamBrandon
October 1, 2004 - The Waybacks and Corinne
September 28, 2004 - High Country and Homespun Rowdy
August 31, 2004 - Peter Rowan and Fragment
August 4, 2004 - Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen and Audrey Auld
July 20, 2004 - The Hot Buttered Rum String Band and Brett Dennen
June 15, 2004 - Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue and The Alhambra Valley Band
May 25, 2004 - The Kathy Kallick Band and The Cash Magnets
May 19, 2004 - Hot Buttered Rum String Band and Rachel Garlin
May 4, 2004 - King Wilkie and Homespun Rowdy
April 27, 2004 - Open Road and Carolina Special
April 20, 2004 - Keystone Station and Mary & Mars
April 6, 2004 - Poor Man's Whiskey and Korby Lenker
March 31, 2004 - Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen and Jeanie & Chuck Poling
March 23, 2004 - The Stairwell Sisters and The Earl Brothers
March 4, 2004 - The Waybacks and A.J. Roach
February 26, 2004 - The Papermill Creek Rounders and Keystone Crossing
January 27, 2004 - The Hot Buttered Rum String Band and Mary & Mars
January 13, 2004 - Due West and The David Thom Band
December 29, 2003 - The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
November 11, 2003 - Detour and Homespun Rowdy
October 23, 2003 - The Laurel Canyon Ramblers and The Waller Brothers
September 30, 2003 - Peter Rowan and The Hot Buttered Rum String Band
August 2, 2003 - Poor Man's Whiskey and Borderline
July 1, 2003 - Reeltime Travelers and The Mud Hens
June 24, 2003 - Peter Rowan and The Earl Brothers
May 20, 2003 - The Pine Valley Boys and The How You Duo
April 23, 2003 - The Stairwell Sisters and The Roadoilers
March 25, 2003 - The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
February 11, 2003 - Peter Rowan and Tonee & Bill Norman
January 21, 2003 - The Earl Brothers and The Sibling Brothers
And many more. Bluegrass Gold began in April of 1999, and as of August, 2008, there were 145 shows!
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