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December 16, 2009

 

In case you’ve been living in a cave in Afghanistan or been glued to the Tiger Woods Channel 24/7, you are well aware by now that the holiday season is upon us once again, hence the reason for the lateness of this mid-month updated edition of this newsletter. In an homage to the recently departed TV preacher Oral Roberts, we considered begging for millions of dollars be sent this way by the end of the month or the staff would be called up to Glory Land, but we are all too aware that astute Carltone readers would not fall for this trick. But hey, if you do want to send some tidings of green joy this way, it would give us the energy we need to carry on this endeavor into the New Year and beyond…

 

Keeping with tradition. As always here at Carltone World Headquarters, there are no “year-end best of” lists in this edition and no special New Year’s Eve party lists. We’ll leave this to the bored mainstream media multitudes. It has been another fine year at CWH, and as always, we want to thank you for reading this publication and supporting acoustic music in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

 

And if you are still wrangling over holiday shopping ideas, look at our suggestions here. Buy direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man. All of the CD and book suggestions are from 2009, most are local, and you just may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Music – the gift that keeps on giving year round…

 

Reindeer man. Dr. Elmo is the Novato musician who has been singing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” for the past few decades. The song was first released in 1979, and this year marks the 30-year anniversary. He was on the Good Morning America show on the 12th and you can watch his performance here. On Sunday the 20th he will be on the morning TV show Fox And Friends. Elmo is also an accomplished banjo player and he released a bluegrass album titled Wild Blue Grass a few months back with his band Wild Blue.

 

Season of caring. There was a link from the Marin IJ in this publication some weeks back about the financial troubles facing the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Turns out that now an anonymous donor has stepped forward with an offer of  $50,000 if the venue can raise equal amounts of money in matching funds. If you have any extra cash on hand – perhaps some leftover TARP money? – consider helping out the theatre. Which, as most people know, is the only venue left in downtown Mill Valley that features live entertainment. Carltone Productions is in discussion with the 142 to see about putting of a benefit bluegrass festival there sometime early in the New Year. Since the demise two years ago of Sweetwater and Village Music, Mill Valley has lost most of its soul, and losing the theatre would be the final blow…

 

Stolen guitars. Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon is one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets. Eric’s shop on Ark Row in the old part of town is a real throwback to music stores of yore. If you are ever in the town, stop on by and check it out. Otherwise, if you are thinking about going there to rip off some classic Martin guitars, don’t do it. Recently a couple of Mensa Society dropouts tried it and got caught on their way out of town with $70,000 worth of instruments. See, there is just one main road in and out of Tiburon, and after the alarm goes off all the local police have to do is sit and wait for you to drive by their station with your hot goods in your car…

Winter music camp update. CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th near Petaluma in western Marin County, is about half full already, and a finger-style guitar class, taught by Steve Baughman, has been added for the first time. Prices go up after January 1st, so sign-up now. Go to the web page above more info.

 

Del on the mend. According to a posting on the Bluegrass Blog, beloved bluegrass band leader Del McCoury is back at home recovering from gall bladder surgery. If you want to send him get-well wishes, go to the link above for more info.

 

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 Fashioned deadline. The annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Festival won’t be happening in Hollister until August 13th-15th, but you need to apply by December 31st, so get your applications in now. Info and an application form can be found here.

 

Fatal fire at the Carter Family Fold. Janette Carter’s daughter, Rita Forrester, lost everything in a tragic fire at the Carter Family Fold in Hilton’s, VA, last week – her husband Bob, her house, cat, furniture, etc. Rita is the director of the Fold, and her late mother’s house stands next door to where her house used to be. Janette was the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter, who along with A.P.'s sister-in-law Maybelle Carter, formed the famous musical group The Carter Family. Janette died in 2006. Read the fire story here in the Bristol Herald.

 

Plan ahead. The next Bluegrass Slow Jam class at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley will start on January 5th. Guest instructors include Bill Evans, Jim Nunally and Megan Lynch. For more info go to the link.

 

The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and the lucky ones are ABBA, The Stooges (and we don’t mean Larry, Moe and Curly), Genesis, Jimmy Cliff and The Hollies. The induction ceremony will be held in New York City on March 15th.

 

Sam Cooke documentary. Mark your calendars now for January 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 directors John Antonelli and Will Parrinello. 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. Thanks to David Siegler for this tip.

 

Elvis in spectacles. The Sundance Channel recently began its new season of the Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... show and the TV reviewer in the SF Chronicle gave it a rave review. Check it out if you have cable.

 

One-hit wonder of the decade. Everyone has their own favorites, but Billboard magazine has made their official choice of “One-Hit Wonder of the Decade.” The lucky artist is a guy named Daniel Powter, for his song “Bad Day.” A show of hands here for all you who ever heard of this tune…

 

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 Geoff Muldaur, Eugene Hutz, and Robin D.G. Kelley (who wrote the new Thelonious Monk biography), a story about Max Lorenz (Hitler’s favorite tenor), a review of Susan Boyle’s new CD, and suggestions of jazz holiday recordings.

 

Police log. Knock on wood: Ron Wood, a 62-year-old guitarist in The Rolling Stones, was arrested in Surrey, England, on December 2nd for a possible domestic assault. He had an acrimonious divorce in November with his wife of 20 years, and has been dating a 20-year-old Russian cocktail waitress named Ekaterina Ivanova. Wood has offspring in their 30s, so if he were to marry this waitress and have kids with her, well, heck, we’d have the makings of a new country/western song!

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Who says marriage is dead? Pop singer Amy Winehouse – again, who has to have the best publicist ever because she is always in the news, for better or worse – says she is going to remarry her ex, Blake Fielder-Civil, as soon as he gets out of rehab. He divorced her last year due to her adulterous ways. Uh, maybe this rehab thing isn’t really working for this guy…

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ read about Wavy Gravy and Metallica’s James Hetfield’s land donation. In the SF Chronicle you can read about Billy Joel’s overdosing daughter Alexa Ray Joel, the band Weezer and its bus crash, and Steve Rubenstein’s night at the opera.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys’ dobro player Rick Hendricks passed away from brain cancer on December 7th, the night of music held in his honor Amnesia in SF. You can read touching tributes to him here by band mate Ted Silverman and others. Last of the Clancy Brothers: Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of the popular Irish folk act from the 50s The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, died on December 4th in Ireland. He suffered for years with incurable pulmonary fibrosis. He was 74. You can read his obit in the SF Chronicle. World music scholar John Storm Roberts died in Kingston, NY, on November 29th of complications from a blood clot. He was 73. Improvisational guitarist Jack Rose died on December 12th in Philadelphia of an apparent heart attack. He was 38. Torrie Zito, pianist and arranger, died in New York City on December 3rd from emphysema. He was 76.

 

Coming attractions. The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at the Freight 1/2-3; The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; John McCutcheon at the Freight & Salvage 1/10 and the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma 1/11; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; Mike Dowling at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 1/22; Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest 1/23-24; Three At Last at the Freight on 1/31; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Jim Hurst at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 2/18; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13.

 

Additions

 

Contra dance in Berkeley. Marin County’s finest (and only) old-time band The Roadoilers will be playing the Berkeley contra dance on the 16th from 8-10 p.m. at the Grace North Church with Erik Hoffman calling.

 

The Scott Young/Tom Griesser Sextet can be seen playing on the 16th at El Valenciano in SF starting at 8:30 p.m. The Sextet heavily leans toward jazz from the late 1940s and early 1950s, when swing, bop, and early R&B mixed freely. Young is best known as a member of the San Francisco country band Red Meat. Joining Young and Griesser for this show will be Scott Foster on guitar, Lee Bloom on piano, Joe Kyle on bass, and Dan Foltz on drums.

 

It will be an El Rio Christmas on the 17th in SF at the El Rio from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with members of Misisipi Rider, Gayle Lynn & the Hired Hands, Yard Sale, The Neighborly Deeds, The Buds, singing poet Don Altadena and other surprise guests.

 

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 weekend is titled You-Know-What Time's A-Comin', featuring many yuletide tunes. 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.

 

Laurie Lewis will be hosting the Freight Holiday Revue with Tom Rozum, Kitka, Leftover Dreams, and the Berkeley City College Choir on the 20th at the Freight and Salvage.

 

Friends In Sonoma Helping Benefit. On the 22nd Murphy's Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma and the band The Carrtunes will be putting on a benefit show to raise money for FISH, an organization which feeds, clothes and even gives rent money to families in need. The goal is to feed 30 families this Christmas. Admission is $10 per person or five cans of food. The cover charge plus a portion of the night's proceeds will be given to FISH, and The Carrtunes are donating their pay as well. There will also be a raffle to benefit the organization.

 

Sausalito singer Lynn Asher (with guitarist Chris Pimentel) will be playing her last solo show of the year on the 23rd at Café Divino in Sausalito from 7-10 p.m. No cover.

 

Say what? Whutnutts from miles around will be gathering to see The Whutknotts, Marin’s finest Americana trio, play on the 26th at the Casual Saturday series at Iron Springs in Fairfax from 2-4 p.m. The band is Doug Adamz on guitar and fiddle, Don Rich on guitar, and Carltone on bass. No cover at either venue. Finally, music you can afford!

 

Dawg days. The David Grisman Quintet will be playing their annual show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 26th and 27th.

 

Former Marin singer/songwriter Forest Sun will be playing a musical brunch on the 26th, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Aqus Café in Petaluma, located at 189 H Street. And he will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Soiree at his home in Port Costa starting at 8 p.m. There will be a delightful three course meal, wine, champagne and live music with Forest and Ingrid. Cost is $75. RSVP forest@forestsun.com for reservations and directions. Space is limited. He also has a wonderful new children’s CD out titled Just For Fun.

 

The Mr. Music Foundation and Studio E will present a New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Sebastopol Community Center  on the 31st from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. with music on two stages. On the main stage see Frobeck, Uncle Wiggly, The Love Choir, and a drum circle with Kim Atkinson & Drummunity. On the cabaret stage it will be Teresa Tudury, Roxanne Oliva and Cobblestone, Riggy Rackin, The Moonbeams and more. There will also be a midnight peace celebration with songs, chants and drumming. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, under 18 years $15, and the price includes great food and a champagne toast at midnight. Beer, wine and refreshments will also be available. You can buy tickets at People's Music in Sebastopol, the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, and at the Sebastopol Community Center. For more info call Jim Corbett at (707) 823-5849 or email jimcorbett22@comcast.net.

 

The Hold Outs, Lansdale Station and Diamond Ortiz fill out a triple bill at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on the 31st, with an all-star jam commencing at midnight.

 

Usher in the New Year with bluegrass as High Country will be pickin’ its annual New Years Eve show at the Freight on the 31st along with Jim Nunally & Dix Bruce.

 

Reminders

 

Bluegrass musical in SF. The Custom Made Theatre Company in SF is presenting a new production of the late Harry Chapin’s bluegrass musical Cotton Patch Gospel. It opened in late November and it runs through the 19th at the Next Stage. This is a progressive and musically joyous look at the Jesus story told through a very modern lens. Using 26 songs, one amazing actor, three singers, and a bluegrass band, Cotton Patch is for everyone who wonders if the peace and love promised by the gospels is still possible in our modern world. It is a musically joyous show for people of all faiths or for those with none at all. The music will be performed by Pam Brandon (a.k.a. Belle Monroe), David Finch, Jeff Kaplan and Matt Lauer.

 

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 Drew Pearce on the 16th, Women Who Rock on the 19th, Larkin Gayl & Chris Haugen on the 23rd, Jack Irving Solo on the 24th, Namely Us on the 27th, Tom Finch Group on the 31st, plus others.

 

New venue in Petaluma. 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. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See The Incubators on the 16th, Chris Goddard on the 18th, David T. Carter on the 19th, Elliot Randall on the 20th, Rivereens on the 23rd (and 30th), Danny Montana & Tim Bush on the 26th, JimBo Trout on the 27th, and Javier Monteil 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 Whiskey Pills Fiasco on the 16th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 17th, Highway Robbers on the 18th, 35R Christmas Show and Toy drive on the 19th, Royal Deuces on the 23rd, All Ways Elvis on the 25th, Vinyl on the 26th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 27th, Dynamo Jones on the 29th, (W+T)J2 on the 30th, Honeydust on the 31st, and more.  

 

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 WTJ4 on the 16th, The Four Teardrops on the 23rd, and Sang Martiz on the 30th. Also, the winter weekend afternoon cozy and casual winter music series started on the 5th and takes place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See David Gans on the 19th and The Whutknotts on the 26th playing a mixture of country and bluegrass. No cover.

 

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 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.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Kathryn Keats on the 17th, Narada Walden Benefit (see below) on the 19th, the Hot Club Cool Yule on the 23rd, Big Fat Year End Comedy Show on the 31st, 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 JL Stiles on the 17th, Dockside on the 18th, Friends In Sonoma Helping Benefit on the 22nd, High Country on the 26th, The Tonewoods on the 27th, Greenhouse and The Carrtunes on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa offers Third Eye Blind on the 17th, The Nutcracker on the 19th-20th, The Andy Williams Christmas Show on the 22nd, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra on the 26th-27th.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station check out the Dance Palace Theater Company Holiday Show on the 17th and 18th and the Annual Messiah Sing-Along on the 20th.

 

Adam Traum and his band The Traumatics on the 18th will be appear at the Sebastiani Vineyards tasting room in Sonoma, from 7-9 p.m., and on the 19th he’ll be at El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma from 6-8:30 p.m. with his acoustic trio.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Dick Dale and 1/4 Mile Combo on the 18th, Christmas Jug Band on the 19th, Cracker plus Camper Van Beethoven on the 27th, The Tommy Castro Band on the 31st, 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 Lauralee Brown & Company on the 18th, Eugene Huggins on the 19th, and Jeff Labes on the 26th.

 

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 Alec Stone-Sweet on the 18th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The Christmas Jug Band is back for its annual holiday zaniness, and you have many chances to see them. They will play the Freight in Berkeley on the 18th, The Mystic in Petaluma on the 19th, and at The Masonic in Mill Valley on the 21st and 22nd.

 

Holiday jam dance benefit. The Narada Michael Walden Foundation Annual Holiday Jam Dance Party, benefiting the Narada Michael Walden Foundation & The Children of Performing Stars of Marin, will be happening on the 19th at the 142 Throckmorton, featuring Jeanie Tracy, Dale "Satchmo" Powers, Tevin Campbell, The Narada Michael Walden Band, Tony Lindsay from The Santana Band, Lydia Pense from Cold Blood, The Santa Babies and more. $50.00 concert only, $100.00 reception and concert.

 

Hot buttered carnival. Hot Buttered Rum’s Nat Keefe will be hosting his Fourth Annual Concert Carnival on the 19th at the Independent in SF. This year the show will feature Dave Brogan of ALO, Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green, Fred Torphy of Big Light, Laura Blakeman of Shakti Sunfire, Hot Nutz Burlesque, EarthCapades juggling, Portland string band sensation Fruition, DJ Michael Brown, Jesse Sheehan of Pranavah, Adam Galblum of Whitewater Ramble, Hot Buttered Rum founding member Ian Waight, the Elvish Stilt Troupe, San Francisco's own 14-year-old rock prodigies The She's, video projection, most of Hot Buttered Rum, California premiere of Nat Keefe's Trio, John Cage's 4:33, and more surprises

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 19th with Teresa Tudury and Paul Sprawl at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

Having just returned from a very successful Southwest tour out to Austin, TX, Misner & Smith will be playing a couple of shows around the Bay Area in December. On the 19th see them at Cafe Royale in SF and on the 22nd they'll play at Julie's Coffee & Tea in Alameda.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see The Tonewoods on the 19th and Mick Overman on the 30th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

The Marin Civic Center has ‘Tis the Season…Candles and Wishes on the 20th and Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition on the 31st.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays 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.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature the Christmas Jug Band on the 21st and 22nd, and Curtis Paul Campbell & The Eclectic Beast Band on the 31st. Murphy is also producing the New Wrinkles on the 31st show listed below.

 

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

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget closes out the year with two last gigs. His five-piece jazz band, Namely Us, returns to the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 27th. New Year's Eve will find him joining forces with Jesse Lee Kincaid & The New Rising Sons at Taste of Rome in Sausalito

 

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.

 

Mill Valley guitarist can be seen playing Americana, pop, originals, and even some Irish fiddle tunes on the 31st at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

New Wrinkles for New Year's. Instead of watching Dick Clark on TV make plans now for New Year’s Eve to see the middle-age musical New Wrinkles at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael. Presented by Murphy Production and written by Mill Valley’s Rita Abrams (“For Whom the Bridge Tolls”), Morris Bobrow and Gerald Nachman, “Wrinkles” is an award-winning musical comedy revue about the woes and wonders of aging. Songs and sketches, both comic and poignant, mine high school reunions, finances, plastic surgery, aches and pains, lost loves--and, of course, new wrinkles. To top it all off, the writers have updated and tailored the show for this New Year's Eve's Marin County audience. There is a dinner show at 7:30 and a later show at 10:30 p.m.

 

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 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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December 2, 2009

 

Welcome to the 108th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Here come the holidays. The sounds of sleigh bells are being heard, the smell of chestnuts roasting over open fires permeates the air, and people everywhere are on the lookout for low-flying reindeer. According to the mass media, last Friday was “Black Friday” and two days ago it was “Cyber Monday,” where supposedly many were sitting at their computers and letting their fingers do their holiday shopping for them. Here at Carltone World Headquarters, as always, the emphasis is on giving the gift of music in some form this holiday season – whether it be CDs, concert and festival tickets, instruments, or heck, even CBA and NCBS memberships! You can look at our own suggestions here. Buy direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man. All of the CD and book suggestions are from 2009, and you just may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Music – the gift that keeps on giving year round…

 

Have a wonderful holiday season, and remember, if you crash any parties without an invitation, make sure that you have a good lawyer and publicist on hand to help get your story out to the mass media. And if you have any accidents while driving your car outside your private gate in the wee hours of the morning, make sure you have a golf club on hand to help you get out of the car. And, oh yeah, try telling the police that you have no interest in talking with them about your wreck, and see how far this gets you…

 

It's all in the cards. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” better than bluegrass. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of bluegrass holiday greeting cards than these here by artist Karen Cannon, who also has a booth at Father's Day every year. She has a great new one of Santa playing the fiddle. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have the cards on hand for the holidays.

 

Speaking of Christmas and bluegrass, Dr. Elmo is the Novato musician who has been singing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” for the past few decades. The song was first released in 1979, and this year marks the 30-year anniversary. He will be appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America show on the 12th in the 7 o'clock hour, so tune in. As noted here a few issues back, Elmo is also an accomplished banjo player and he released a bluegrass album titled Wild Blue Grass a few months back with his band Wild Blue.

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Former American Bandstand host and seemingly ageless wonder Dick Clark turned 80 this week, and there are some that are wondering if maybe, like recently retired Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, if it isn’t well past the time for Clark to hang up his perpetual grin and let someone a few decades younger host the annual televised New Year’s Eve event. Read a story about him in the Wall Street Journal. The guess here is that the folks who watch the NY Eve show on TV every year are about the same age as Clark, and that they would vote to keep him on...

 

More blues by the lake. Last edition there was a report here from the Marin IJ about the annual Rock'n Blues By The Lake benefit concert – that was billed as a fundraiser for Novato schools – that was held in West Marin in September and ended up making zero profit. Now the school district and the PTA are severing all ties with the promoters, and you can read this part of the story also in the Marin IJ.

 

Rick Hendricks Tribute. As also mentioned here in the previous edition, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys’ dobro player Rick Hendricks is terminally ill with brain cancer and is now residing at the Coming Home Hospice center in SF. He is receptive to short visits from friends, so go over and visit if you can. In the meantime, Belle and the band are having a tribute to Rick on their normal first Monday gig at Amnesia in SF on the 7th, and other bands that Rick played with over the years – Steve Norris, The Shut Ins and The Jiffy Mellows – will also be there. People are encouraged to being their memories of Rick – who will not be in attendance – and any pictures, well wishes, etc., they may want to pass on to him.

 

Good reads. There are three new books out that may be of interest to some of you. One is called Juliet, Naked by the writer Nick Hornby, one of Carltone’s favorite scribes. You may recall two of his other books that were made into movies – High Fidelity and About A Boy. Juliet is just perfect for all of you Dylan and Neil Young-type music fans who think you know what the songwriters really meant when they penned some of their greatest hits back in the day. The second book is titled Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley, and this is for all of you fans of the late, great jazz musician. And the third one is Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by David Bianculli. This is about the comedic musical duo whose weekly variety show in the ‘60s broke new ground and was heavily censored (and eventually killed) by the corporate powers-that-be…

 

Son of an icon. How many of you even knew that the late Beatle George Harrison even had an adult musician son named Dhani (pronounced “Danny” Harrison)? Just what we thought, not many of you. He is an accomplished writer and player (of course, the last name sure didn’t hurt his career any) in his own right, and you can read a story about him in the SF Chronicle.

 

The Ace plays its final hand. The Ace In the Hole Cider Pub in the town of Graton just outside of Sebastopol is about the close up shop in a dispute with its landlord. The place offers live music most nights of the week. According to a story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the pub business owners had a falling out with the owners of the building, so the last night of business at that location will be on Christmas Eve. The good news is that the hard cider business is on the upswing for the Ace folks; even better news is that they are looking for another venue and with any luck they will land closer to downtown Sebastopol.

 

Grammy nominations are in. If you get excited about such, the Grammy Nominations were announced today and you can look at the list here. For Best Bluegrass Album category the nominees are Jim Lauderdale, Steve Martin, Bryan Sutton, Rhonda Vincent and Michael Martin Murphey. All bets are on Martin from this vantage point…

 

In an earlier edition of Carltone’s Corner there was mention of West Marin musician Grandpa Banana and his new bluegrass CD titled I'll Do Anything For You and the story about him in the Marin Independent Journal. Well, now you can read an interview with him in The Collectors Weekly.

 

Songs of their fathers. Both Rosanne Cash and Ricky Skaggs were inspired to play music by their fathers. They both also have new solo CDs out consisting of songs that their dads sang. You can read the story “Songs Their Fathers Loved” by Barry Mazor in that traditional country and bluegrass publication called The Wall Street Journal.

 

Doug Adamz & Trio Bravo provided some of the music for the film called Jim Thorpe, The World's Greatest Athlete that recently appeared on PBS (and with any luck will air again). The film itself is the fascinating story of the life of Jim Thorpe, a Native American who became one of the greatest athletes ever. Most of the film's soundtrack was composed and played by Ed Bogas, but when you hear acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, and bass, that's Doug and his partners Russ Gauthier and Bill Amatneek, recorded in Ed Bogas' studio in San Francisco. Heck, don’t wait for PBS, buy your own copy of the movie direct from the filmmakers!

 

Back from the dead. Are you tired of playing Trivial Pursuit and Parcheesi with the kids on family night? Well, then, why not try the new Grateful Dead Dead-Opoly board game? Check out this story here in the Marin IJ from Paul Liberatore, the Marin County Deadhead head aficionado…

 

Bluegrass musical in SF. The Custom Made Theatre Company in SF is presenting a new production of the late Harry Chapin’s bluegrass musical Cotton Patch Gospel. It opened in late November and it runs through December 19th at the Next Stage. This is a progressive and musically joyous look at the Jesus story told through a very modern lens. Using 26 songs, one amazing actor, three singers, and a bluegrass band, Cotton Patch is for everyone who wonders if the peace and love promised by the gospels is still possible in our modern world. It is a musically joyous show for people of all faiths or for those with none at all. The music will be performed by Pam Brandon (a.k.a. Belle Monroe), David Finch, Jeff Kaplan and Matt Lauer.

 

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: a story about the Johnny Mercer Centennial, interviews with David Bianculli (the author of Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour), songwriter Vic Chestnutt, folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Carpenter (of The Carpenters), and Rivers Cuomo.

 

Police log. “Hey baby, wanna come up to my pad to meet my Oscar?” As reported here some months back, songwriter Joseph Brooks – he won on Oscar for “You Light Up My Life” a few decades ago – was arrested and charged with rape. Apparently he ran ads offering movie roles to women who had to go to his apartment to “audition.” Well, the charges have now increased, as more accusations have been alleged…Will bloviate for money! Singer and erstwhile pugilist Chris Brown, who plead guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna last February the night before the Grammy Awards, is going to tell his side of the story on the TV show 20/20 on December 11th. Please, find something else to do that night. Coincidentally, both of these artists have new CDs out. Rihanna’s is titled Rated R, and it supposedly is a thinly veiled, emotionally turbulent reflection on her doomed romance with Brown. Not to be outdone, Brown’s new CD is titled Graffiti, and the betting here is that the 20/20 show will be mostly a plug for the disc.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ read about sarod player Alam Khan, son of the late Ali Akbar Khan. In the SF Chronicle, if you insist, you can read about Adam Lambert, Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle, and Britney Spears. But you will have to look those stories up yourself.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Bess Lomax Hawes, the daughter of musicologist John Lomax, and who sang with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, co-wrote the Kingston Trio hit "M.T.A." and spent a lifetime documenting American folklore in recordings and films, died on November 27th of natural causes in Portland, OR. She was 88. Jack Cooke, longtime bass player with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, apparently died of a heart attack on December 1st. He also played some with The Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe. Renowned banjo player Allen Shelton, who played for many years with Jim & Jesse and others, died in Nashville on November 21st after a battle with leukemia. He was 73. Read his obit here in the Tennessean. Swedish opera singer Elisabeth Soderstrom died in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 23rd after complications from a stroke. She was 82. Jazz drummer Billy James died in Philadelphia, PA, on November 20th from complications with asthma. He was 73.

 

Coming attractions. The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; John McCutcheon at the Freight & Salvage 1/10 and the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma 1/11; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; Mike Dowling 1/22 and Jim Hurst 2/18 at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon; Three At Last at the Freight on 1/31; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13.

 

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 Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 2nd, The David Thom Band on the 3rd, the Accordion Babes on the 4th, the Bluegrass Jamvitational on the 8th, Finger-Style Guitar Showcase on the 9th, Kyle Alden on the 11th, Bonnie Hayes on the 12th, Drew Pearce on the 16th, Women Who Rock on the 19th, Larkin Gayl & Chris Haugen on the 23rd, Jack Irving Solo on the 24th, Namely Us on the 27th, Tom Finch Group on the 31st, plus others.

 

New venue in Petaluma. 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. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Chris Brown (no, not THAT Chris Brown) on the 2nd, Jeb Brady on the 3rd, Honey Rose on the 4th, Friends of the River on the 5th, (W+T)J2 on the 6th,  The Incubators on the 9th (and 16th), Ian Scherer on the 10th, Dream Farmers on the 11th, Brothers Comatose on the 12th, Disorderly House Band on the 13th, Chris Goddard on the 18th, David T. Carter on the 19th, Elliot Randall on the 20th, Rivereens on the 23rd (and 30th), Danny Montana & Tim Bush on the 26th, JimBo Trout on the 27th, and Javier Monteil on the 31st.

 

The Black Crown Stringband has a few gigs of note this month. See them at the "Live & Acoustic on Folsom" series at Annie's Social Club in SF on the 2nd, on the 4th at Smiley’s in Bolinas, and on the 12th at the Lil Ole Opry at Café International in SF.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget closes out the year with a slew of gigs. The new acoustic Americana trio J2K, with Jesse Lee Kincaid and Julia Harrell, holds forth at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax on the 2nd. On the 11th, he'll be providing musical accompaniment to author Ben Fong-Torres at a book signing event at Book Passage in Corte Madera. His five-piece jazz band, Namely Us, returns to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo on the 12th and the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 27th. New Year's Eve will find him joining forces with Jesse and the New Rising Sons at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam, hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, will take place on the 2nd 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 2nd (and 16th), Petty Theft on the 4th, Peri's Blues Jam on the 6th, Misner & Smith on the 8th, The Continentals on the 9th, Sacred Profanities on the 11th, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 12th, Sexy Sunday on the 13th, Erica Sunshine Lee on the 15th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 17th, Highway Robbers on the 18th, 35R Christmas Show and Toy drive on the 19th, Royal Deuces on the 23rd, All Ways Elvis on the 25th, Vinyl on the 26th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 27th, Dynamo Jones on the 29th, (W+T)J2 on the 30th, Honeydust on the 31st, and more.  

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Richard Thompson on the 2nd and 3rd, Billy Bob Thornton on the 8th, Todd Snider on the 9th, Hot Buttered Rum and Poor Man’s Whiskey on the 11th and 12th, Eddie Money on the 13th, Dick Dale on the 18th, Christmas Jug Band on the 19th, Cracker plus Camper Van Beethoven on the 27th, The Tommy Castro Band on the 31st, and others.

 

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 J2K on the 2nd, Dore Coller & Bermudagrass on the 9th, WTJ4 on the 16th, The Four Teardrops on the 23rd, and Sang Martiz on the 30th. Also, the winter weekend afternoon cozy and casual winter music series starts on the 5th and will take place every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. See Jack & Gary on the 5th, Silver Strings Teddy and Friends on the 12th, David Gans on the 19th, and The Whutknotts on the 26th playing a mixture of country and bluegrass. No cover.

 

Adam Traum and his band The Traumatics will be playing on the 2nd at Pier 23 Cafe on the Embarcadero in SF from 6-9 p.m.; on the 12th he’ll be playing solo at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m.; on the 18th The Traumatics will be appear at the Sebastiani Vineyards tasting room in Sonoma, from 7-9 p.m.; and on the 19th he’ll be at El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma from 6-8:30 p.m. with his acoustic trio.

 

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 3rd and 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 3rd, Andrew Freeman on the 5th, the Celtic jam on the 6th, Kith & Kin on the 11th, The Cork Pullers on the 12th, JL Stiles on the 17th, Dockside on the 18th, Friends In Sonoma Helping Benefit on the 22nd, High Country on the 26th, The Tonewoods on the 27th, Greenhouse and The Carrtunes on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

Blue Grass Boy by the bay. Peter Rowan, who at a young age learned a bit about bluegrass while playing with the master Bill Monroe, will be appearing with his bluegrass band (Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight) at the Freight in Berkeley on the 3rd and at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 5th.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Michelle Schmitt on the 3rd, Craig Jessup on the 4th, Jonathan Richmond on the 5th, Blame Sally on the 11th, the SEVA Benefit on the 12th (see below), Christmas Jug Band on the 13th, Kathryn Keats on the 17th, Narada Walden Benefit (see below) on the 19th, the Hot Club Cool Yule on the 23rd, and more.

 

Having just returned from a very successful Southwest tour out to Austin, TX, Misner & Smith will be playing several shows around the Bay Area in December. On the 4th they will be opening for Edie Carey at the Dolores Park Cafe in SF, on the 5th they'll be playing a house concert in Berkeley (for tickets and info please email: audrey12@comcast.com), the 8th finds them at Peri's Silver Dollar Saloon in Fairfax, on the 12th it will be the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, on the 19th at Cafe Royale in SF, and on the 22nd they'll finish the month at Julie's Coffee & Tea in Alameda.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 4th, Under the Radar on the 5th, The Carrtunes on the 11th, The Farallons on the 12th, The Tonewoods on the 19th, and Mick Overman on the 30th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Peppino in San Rafael. On the 4th you can see Peppino D'Agostino play the Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael starting at 8 p.m. Reservations required-space is limited. Call (415) 785-4530 or email Dan at danfontes@yahoo.com. $15 per person donation at the door, and doors open at 7.

 

D'Bunchovus, a talented and humorous group of North Bay musicians whose music ranges from original compositions through folk/Americana and jazz standards, will be playing on the 4th at the Aqus Café in Petaluma from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  No cover. They offer light dinner fare, beer, wine, coffee & tea. Good food in a friendly, community atmosphere. The five members of the band are Pamela Joyce, Tom Farnham, John Lonacker, Gary Grubb, and Russ Gautier.

 

Three At Last will be performing at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa on the 4th (this will be part of the First Friday festivities in downtown Santa Rosa). The trio has also become affiliated with the Bread And Roses "Hope & Healing" Concert Series, and will be doing their first show on the 9th at Canyon Manor in Novato.  Looking into January, the band will be having their East Bay debut performance at the Freight & Salvage on the 31st.

 

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 4th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

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 4th, Mindy Canter on the 5th, Nigel Healy on the 11th, Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith on the 12th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 18th, Eugene Huggins on the 19th, and Jeff Labes on the 26th.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa offers Hello Dolly on the 4th-6th, Larry The Cable Guy on the 8th, Johnny Mathis on the 10th, Heidi Newfield on the 12th, Kingston Trio on the 14th, Dave Koz on the 15th, Third Eye Blind on the 17th, The Nutcracker on the 19th-20th, The Andy Williams Christmas Show on the 22nd, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra on the 26th-27th.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station check out the free 39th Annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair on the 4th-6th, Perla Batalla on the 12th, the Dance Palace Theater Company Holiday Show on the 17th and 18th, and the Annual Messiah Sing-Along on the 20th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Just Dance Academy on the 5th, The Mayflower Community Chorus on the 10th-12th, Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker on the 12th and 13th, ‘Tis the Season…Candles and Wishes on the 20th, and Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition on the 31st.

 

Santa Rosa singer Rory McNamara on Saturday the 5th at 2:30 p.m. will be at the San Gregorio Store with The Mild Colonial Boys with special guest Robert Powell on pedal steel and guitar.

 

Sonoma County-based singer-guitarist Kevin Russell’s acoustic group, Under the Radar, will play the Black Rose in Santa Rosa on the 5th starting at 8:30 p.m. They'll be doing their usual mix of folk, swing, blues and new grass music. The band consists of Layne Bowen, Michael Capella, Kevin Russell and Ted Dutcher (although Ted is still recovering from a year-long bout of tendonitis). Sitting in for Ted will be Markie Sanders.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 5th he will be with the bluegrass band Savannah Blu at Smiley's in Bolinas, on the 8th he’ll be a featured player at the Bluegrass Jamvitational at the Sleeping Lady, on the 9th his band Bermudagrass plays at Iron Springs Pub in Fairfax, on the 10th the Caribbean R&B will be at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, and on the 14th he’ll be a featured picker at the Taco Jam in Oakland.

 

The Sebastopol Goddess Crafts Faire will be taking place on the 5th-6th at the Sebastopol Community Center. There are lots musical acts and other forms of entertainment to partake in. The Priestess will give a blessing and invocation at 11 a.m. and Laura Lind (of the West Country Professional Tea Sippers) will play on the 5th from 11:15 a.m.-noon. She is a singer and songwriter as well as an award winning entertainer and autoharpist.

 

Murphy Productions at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall will feature Noelle Hampton on the 5th, the Jackie Payne/Steve Edmonson Band on the 12th, the Christmas Jug Band on the 21st and 22nd, and Curtis Paul Campbell & The Eclectic Beast Band on the 31st. Murphy is also producing the New Wrinkles on the 31st show listed below.

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents the Holiday Art Faire And Silent Auction on the 5th and the Happy Chrisma-Hana-Kwanzika Party on the 18th.

 

The Ain't Misbehavin' Trio celebrates the 76th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition with vintage tunes from the era at Nick's Cove in Marshall on the 5th from 1-3 p.m. No cover.

 

Quilters Fair in Muir Beach. On the weekend of the 5th-6th the free annual Muir Beach Quilters Holiday Arts Fair will be going on at the Muir Beach Community Arts Center between Mill Valley and Stinson Beach. It is a juried show featuring exceptional arts and crafts, fun for children in the Gingerbread Attic, and a gourmet buffet.

 

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

 

Gerber & Wood in Petaluma. See Scott Gerber & Cori Wood in concert on the 5th at the Petaluma Arts Center, at 230 Lakeville Street, starting at 7 p.m. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase. For advance tickets and info please call (707) 781-3272 or email babsjoj@hotmail.com.

 

You can see Mill Valley’s Ian Dogle on the 5th playing with Peruvian shaman/multi instrumentalist Tito La Rosa at 8 p.m. at the Mt. Tam United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. The musicians will be Tito on indigenous Peruvian winds, strings and percussion, Ian on global percussion, and Claudia Cuentas on indigenous Peruvian instruments and voice.

 

Take your place in the audience of a sultry foreign cabaret of yesteryear as El Radio Fantastique presents Nocturne at the Community Center of Bolinas on the 5th starting at 7:30 p.m. This show encourages participation through fanciful attire, and asks you to bring an open heart and mind, and a playful willingness to leave external obstacles to laughter and merry-making at the door.

 

Music to sip tea by. The West County Professional Tea Sippers will be playing live on Ray Edlund’s Pig In A Pen radio show on KPFA (94.1 FM) in Berkeley on the 6th from 3-4 p.m. They have a new CD out titled The Kettle Is On. Turn on and tune in. And put the kettle on the stove!

 

Doug Adamz will be playing solo on at The Station House in Pt. Reyes Station on the 6th from 5-8 p.m. and then he will be one-third of The Whutknotts at Iron Springs on the 26th from 2-4 p.m.

 

Surf guitar in Fairfax. Guitar legend Dick Dale will be playing a show at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on the 6th. The show starts at 7 p.m. with the Marin band Lansdale Station, and Dale going on around 8:45.

 

Don't miss the Tuesday Special at the Papermill Creek Saloon in Forest Knolls. Every Tuesday there's always somethin' cookin' on the stove or on stage. Simon Costa (8th and 22nd) and Danny Montana (15th and 29th) alternate playing on Tuesdays.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase, which is normally held on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax, will be taking place this month on the second Tuesday (the 8th) at 9 p.m. See Alan Bond on mandolin, Bruce Sadownick on dobro, Deirdre Donovan on bass, Dore Coller on guitar, and Neil Linden on banjo.

 

The Patchwork Project CD release party. The long awaited West Marin based singer/songwriter collaboration with the Bolinas Choir has finally arrived on disc. About a year ago the Patchwork Project was recorded live at the Bolinas Community Center. Now it is time to celebrate the completion of this project, which was directed by Molly Maguire. Go to Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas on the 9th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. to hear live music from many of the singer-songwriters on the CD.

 

Sara and Bart in Sebastopol. Sara Winge has teamed up with guitarist Bart Hopkin to do some songs from the pop and jazz end of the musical spectrum, and on the 9th the two of them will be playing at the French Garden in Sebastopol from 7-10 p.m.

 

Go to Nell! Bluegrass and country singer Nell Robinson will be having a CD release party at the Freight in Berkeley on the 10th for her new wonderful new recording titled Nell Robinson in Loango, which was produced by Grammy-winners Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally. They, along with other Bay Area bluegrass all-stars (Keith Little, Chan Manning, Tom Rozum, Andrew Conklin), will be playing with Nell on this show.

 

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 Geoff Muldaur on the 11th and Alec Stone-Sweet on the 18th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Check out the Bolinas Community Center Holiday Craft Faire on the 11th-13th for hand-made by West Marin artists, including jewelry, hand knit hats and scarves, local-wood chopping boards, spoons and spatulas, cards, paintings, oils, lotions, preserves, cakes & pies.

 

SEVA benefit in Mill Valley. Celebrate the holidays at the Seva Foundation Benefit on the 12th at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. See The David Nelson Band, Moonalice, The Rowan Brothers, Wavy Gravy and other surprise guests while helping out a good cause. SEVA helps people around the world who are struggling for health, cultural survival and sustainable communities.

 

You’ve heard of the Grand Ole Opry, so now it is time to acquaint yourself with the Lil Ole Opry show at Café International in SF on the 12th. See such exciting acts as Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup, The Black Crown Stringband, Chickwagon, the Knuckle Knockers, Misisipi Rider, The Henriettas, and more. No cover. Try to beat this price anywhere else!

 

Moss Henry, singer/songwriter, will be celebrating the release of his new CD, Roll the Bones, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, on the 12th from 7-9 p.m. He will be joined by Gailene Grillo and Jay Elliott. Soft drinks and some sweets will be provided. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or by calling (707) 525-8968. To hear some of his music simply click on the link above.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting Roy Zimmerman on the 12th.

 

Kingston Trio nearby. There are no original members left in the band, but the Birkenstock-wearing chamomile-tea drinking audience won’t know or care when they go to see the Kingston Trio sing all of their hits from days of yore. You can see them on the 13th at the Flint Center in Cupertino, at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on the 14th, and at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF on the 15th.

 

The Christmas Jug Band is back for its annual holiday zaniness, and you have many chances to see them. They will play the 142 Throckmorton on the 13th, the 2AM Club in Mill Valley on the 15th, the Freight in Berkeley on the 18th, The Mystic in Petaluma on the 19th, and at The Masonic in Mill Valley on the 21st and 22nd.

 

Lindalou & Michael will be playing some songs at Ace in the Hole Pub in Sebastopol with the group Festival of Friends on the 3rd from 7-9 p.m., and then on 16th you can see them with friends Dan Brunetti and David Chapman performing at the Calistoga Inn for their annual "Paupers Feast" from 6-9 p.m., singing a few holiday songs between originals and old favorite folk songs.

 

Holiday jam dance benefit. The Narada Michael Walden Foundation Annual Holiday Jam Dance Party, benefiting the Narada Michael Walden Foundation & The Children of Performing Stars of Marin, will be happening on the 19th at the 142 Throckmorton, featuring Jeanie Tracy, Dale "Satchmo" Powers, Tevin Campbell, The Narada Michael Walden Band, Tony Lindsay from The Santana Band, Lydia Pense from Cold Blood, The Santa Babies and more. $50.00 concert only, $100.00 reception and concert.

 

Hot buttered carnival. Hot Buttered Rum’s Nat Keefe will be hosting his Fourth Annual Concert Carnival on the 19th at the Independent in SF. This year the show will feature Dave Brogan of ALO, Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green, Fred Torphy of Big Light, Laura Blakeman of Shakti Sunfire, Hot Nutz Burlesque, EarthCapades juggling, Portland string band sensation Fruition, DJ Michael Brown, Jesse Sheehan of Pranavah, Adam Galblum of Whitewater Ramble, Hot Buttered Rum founding member Ian Waight, the Elvish Stilt Troupe, San Francisco's own 14-year-old rock prodigies The She's, video projection, most of Hot Buttered Rum, California premiere of Nat Keefe's Trio, John Cage's 4:33, and more surprises

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 19th with Teresa Tudury and Paul Sprawl at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

For a rip roaring time see 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.

 

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.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid his other band The New Rising Sons can be seen playing Americana, pop, originals, and even some Irish fiddle tunes on the 31st at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

New Wrinkles for New Year's. Instead of watching Dick Clark on TV make plans now for New Year’s Eve to see the middle-age musical New Wrinkles at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael. Presented by Murphy Production and written by Mill Valley’s Rita Abrams (“For Whom the Bridge Tolls”), Morris Bobrow and Gerald Nachman, “Wrinkles” is an award-winning musical comedy revue about the woes and wonders of aging. Songs and sketches, both comic and poignant, mine high school reunions, finances, plastic surgery, aches and pains, lost loves--and, of course, new wrinkles. To top it all off, the writers have updated and tailored the show for this New Year's Eve's Marin County audience. There is a dinner show at 7:30 and a later show at 10:30 p.m.

 

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 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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November 13, 2009

 

 

Wow, something to finally be thankful for – the midmonth update edition of this newsletter is actually a couple of days early for a change! What a concept! As always at this time of year, the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters would like to wish you a happy holiday and also to thank everyone for reading these newsletters over the years. At least, we trust that you are reading them and not just using them to line the bird cage or kitty litter box…

 

New disease to also be worried about! Hopefully you don’t suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, which is a fear of Friday the 13th. If so, it has been a tough year for you, because this is the third time in 2009 that a Friday fell on the 13th day of a month. There are so many old-wives tales and oral traditions about what this date means and where it came from, yet one rumored cure for this ailment – yet to be tested on laboratory rats – is live music! So get out and enjoy some this weekend! Just don’t step on any cracks in the sidewalk en route to a show today…

 

Blues by the lake. Turns out that the annual Rock'n Blues By The Lake benefit concert – that was billed as a fundraiser for schools – that was held in West Marin in September ended up making zero profit. Rest assured that the players and (probably) the promoters got paid, but there was nothing left over to contribute to the schools. Read the story in the Marin IJ. It appears that Marin folks were just not that interested in seeing the B-52s and American Idol performer Blake Lewis. Gosh, what a surprise about the latter…

 

Don’t shoot the piano player! The staff here at CWH does not get to stay up late during the week, so watching The Late Show With David Letterman Show on a regular basis has never been an option. When we have seen it, more often than not we’ve been annoyed with Paul Shaffer, the band leader and piano playing sidekick, who gets to chime in whenever he wants. Originally we had no interest in reading his new book titled We’ll Be Here For The Rest Of Our Lives, yet after hearing him on a radio interview show on National Public Radio it seemed that he was not as twerpy as he appears on the show. Turns out he is a pretty funny guy in his own right, and he has quite a musical pedigree. The book is a pretty dang good read, especially if you are a musician of any sort…

 

Brewglass dobro. Rick Hendricks, dobro player with the bluegrass band Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys in San Francisco, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year after suffering a seizure. According the band bass player Tom Drohan, “Rick had surgery to have a tumor removed and underwent radiation therapy and chemo, with the usual side effects of those treatments. His health has been declining lately and he went into the hospital last Wednesday. His doctors have now reportedly stopped treating his cancer and he moved into the Coming Home Hospice in SF on the 11th. Rick is in good spirits and is receptive to short visits from friends, so get in touch if you can.”

 

Marin bluegrass moment. On Sunday the 8th, while driving in Mill Valley, we were listening to the Ray Edlund’s Pig In A Pen bluegrass show on KPFA radio. Ray was playing a live Bill Monroe recording from 1964, and Bill introduced the new song “Walls Of Time” that he was about to sing with guitarist Peter Rowan. Peter lives in Mill Valley, and we got to thinking, “Man, wouldn’t it be something to see Peter walking down the street while this song was playing on the radio? What are the odds of that happening?” Well, we did not see Peter, but at a traffic stop this tall, dark haired teenage boy came walking around the corner just as Peter and Bill were into the third chorus, and who should it be but Peter’s son John Rowan

For whom the bells tolled. Congratulations to Nashville’s happiest couple – Chris Lewis and Randy Pitts – who tied the knot on Sunday the 1st in Music City after a couple of decades of courtship. The odds here are that there were also the sounds of mandolins and fiddles being heard to accompany the wedding bells…

Gryphon Guitars at 40. Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto recently celebrated its 40th birthday, and earlier this week there was a story and video about the shop on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News. If you have never been to the store, it is worth the trip next time you are in the area.

 

Bluegrass musical. The Custom Made Theatre Company in SF is presenting a new production of the late Harry Chapin’s bluegrass musical Cotton Patch Gospel. The show will be previewing on the 20th of this month and running through December 19th at the Next Stage in San Francisco. This is a progressive and musically joyous look at the Jesus story told through a very modern lens. Using 26 songs, one amazing actor, three singers, and a bluegrass band, Cotton Patch Gospel is for everyone who wonders if the peace and love promised by the gospels is still possible in our modern world. It is a musically joyous show for people of all faiths or for those with none at all. The music will be performed by Pam Brandon (a.k.a. Belle Monroe), David Finch, Jeff Kaplan and Matt Lauer

 

Winter music camp update. CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th near Petaluma in western Marin County, is about half full already, and a finger-style guitar class may be added. Go to the web page above more info.

 

Willie through the years. There was a real nice photo spread recently of Willie Nelson through the years that you can look at in The Tennessean newspaper.

 

Sunday night nostalgia. Former SF Chronicle columnist and features writer Gerald Nachman has a new book out titled Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!: Ed Sullivan’s America, and you can read a story about it here.

 

Punk nostalgia (oxymoron?). For those of you longing for the halcyon San Francisco punk daze of yore there is a new book out by Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor titled Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk, From Dead Kennedys to Green Day that you can read about here.

 

Seasons greetings. Get a jumpstart on the holiday season by buying some bluegrass greeting cards like these here by Colorado artist Karen Cannon. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have them on hand by December.

 

What’s that smell? Hey celebrities, want to make some easy cash on the newest gravy train? Well, then it is about time that you got your own line of perfume, just like Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and 50 Cent. According to a story here on the NPR radio show All Things Considered, morons bought more than 3 million bottles of celebrity fragrances from department stores last year. Wow...we can only wonder what will be next. Celebrity deodorant? Dental floss? Toilet paper?

 

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: reviews of The Kings of Mambo, The Vijay Iyer Trio, the songs of Sesame Street, and the band La Roux.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about Mill Valley musician Matthew Cassell, the Bay Area band Those Darn Accordions, East Bay songwriter Edwin Hawkins (“Oh Happy Day”), folk singer Sarah Lee Guthrie, Robert Johnson’s home preservation, and the band The Rumi Symphony Project. In the Marin IJ read about jazz pianist Danny Zeitlin, music photographer Jim Marshall’s new collection of photos, and the band Still Time.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. J. Karla Lemon, a Bay Area conductor of contemporary music, died in Berkeley on October 15th after suffering a massive stroke during surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. She was only 55. Brazilian drummer Antonio Luis Alves de Souza, who led Olodum, a Brazilian percussion band and who lent his distinctive rhythms to a Paul Simon album and a Michael Jackson video, died on October 31st at his home in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. He was 54. Dick Katz, a pianist, record producer, educator and writer whose knowledge of jazz from the stride-piano era to 1960s modernism made him a valuable presence on New York’s jazz scene for six decades, died on the 10h in New York City from lung cancer. He was 85. Stacy Rowles, a trumpeter and singer, died at home in Burbank on October 27th of injuries from an automobile accident two weeks earlier. She was 54.

 

Coming attractions. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at the Freight 12/3 and in Mountain View 12/5; Cori Wood & Scott Gerber at the Petaluma Arts Center 12/5; Nell Robinson CD release show at the Freight in Berkeley on 12/10; Geoff Muldaur at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 12/11; SEVA Benefit at the 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley 12/12; The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; John McCutcheon at the Freight & Salvage 1/10 and the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma 1/11; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Council Center 1/16; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; Three At Last at the Freight on 1/31; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Sonoma Country Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13.

 

Additions

 

Larkspur singer/songwriter and dynamic performer Corinne West has a new CD out called The Promise, and while there are no Marin gigs on her schedule this month, you can see her at The State Theatre in Auburn on the 13th, at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy on the 14th, at The Stage Door Coffeehouse & Cabaret in Mount Shasta on the 15th, at a house concert in Gilroy on the 19th, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 20th, at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara on the 21st, and at the Irish Ridge Ranch in Half Moon Bay on the 22nd. If you cannot make it to a show go to her web site an order the CD direct.

 

Jaybirds landing by the bay. See John Reischman & The Jaybirds at the Freight on the 13th, doing a Bluegrass Band Rhythm Workshop there on the 14th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and a show at the Redwood Bluegrass series in Mountain View on the 14th.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 14th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Live on Arrival, featuring recent live concert recordings of some of your favorite bluegrassers. There will songs by Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, The Kathy Kallick Band, High Country, Bluegrass Intentions, Keith Little & Jim Nunally, The Mighty Crows, Homespun Rowdy, Blue & Lonesome, and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and 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 afternoon from 4-8 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 14th hear new releases by Nell Robinson, Grandpa Banana, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Del McCoury Band, and The David Thom Band. Sky welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com.

 

Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, Yard Sale and Misisipi Rider will be playing the Yard Sale Potluck Party on the 15th at the Rite Spot in SF. Bring a dish and listen to tunes. The event starts at 5 p.m.

 

Ray Bierl & Markie Sanders will be out at Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen at the Valley Ford Hotel on Highway One on the way to Bodega Bay on the 15th from 6-9 p.m. They will be playing and singing some great duets along with songs from Ray’s two CD's, plus the usual mix of Appalachian fiddle tunes, rock'n'roll hits from the '50s, cowboy ballads, and country classics. No cover.

 

Triple bill in Berkeley. On the 19th you can see Harmon’s Peak, The Wronglers (Warren Hellman’s band) and The Roadoilers, Marin’s favorite old-time ensemble, at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

D'Bunchovus, a talented and humorous group of North Bay musicians whose music ranges from original compositions through folk/Americana and jazz standards, will be playing on the 20th at Papa’s Taverna on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma from 6-8 p.m. The five members of the band are Pamela Joyce, Tom Farnham, John Lonacker, Gary Grubb, and Russ Gautier. Each member of the band has decades of experience with noted bands which become obvious during their lively performances.

 

Guitar legend The Mose Allison Trio will be appearing at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on the 21st. Two shows: one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

 

Marmaduke tribute. The New Riders of the Purple Sage show at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 27th will be a tribute to John “Marmaduke” Dawson, the late singer/guitarist and one of the band’s founding members.

 

The Savoy Family Cajun Band will be playing at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 27th. 

 

Reminders

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The Sound of Music on the 13th-15th (and 20th and 22nd), Anne Hills on the 16th, Carl Verheyen on the 18th, Brahms & His Proteges on the 22nd, Jay Alexander's Carnival of the Mind on the 27th, and other fine shows.

 

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 Tom Finch Group on the 13th, Three At Last  on the 14th, the Bluegrass Jamvitational on the 17th, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 18th, Susan Z on the 21st, Namely Us on the 22nd, Fiddle Summit on the 25th, Sweetie Pie & the Doughboys on the 27th, plus others.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Seamus Kennedy on the 13th, The Rhythm Rangers on the 14th, The Farallons on the 21st, Four Shillings Short on the 27th, 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.

 

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 Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 13th, Debra Clawson, Paul Seaward & Friends on the 14th, Lauralee Brown & Reeking Havock on the 20th, Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 21st, Paul Robinson Plus on the 27th, and Eugene Huggins on the 28th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has Buddy Guy & Elvin Bishop on the 13th, Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona on the 20th, and more.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has Dave Gleason on the 13th, Houston Jones on the 15th, Rancho Deluxe on the 20th, Jim Lauderdale on the 21st, Tim Weed on the 22nd, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 27th, Bud E. Luv on the 28th, and more.

 

Murphy Productions will feature The David Nelson Band at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall on the 13th, and on the 20th Mark Karan, lead guitarist for Bob Weir’s Rat Dog, will be having a CD release show at Harbor Lights in Sausalito. 

 

All the world’s a stage. The San Francisco World Music Festival will be taking place on the 13th-22nd at various venues in SF. Go to their site for a complete schedule.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Wonderbread 5 on the 13th, Keller Williams on the 19th, Y&T on the 20th and 21st, The New Riders on the 27th, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings on the 28th, and more.

 

Houston Jones , the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, will be playing at Armando’s in Martinez on the 13th, Rancho Nicasio on the 15th, the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 21st, and at the San Gregorio General Store on the 22nd.

 

Dancing against cancer. If you are in the mood to kick up your heels and do-si-do, there will be a benefit square dance in SF at the Swedish American Hall on the 14th to help old-time musician Bill Martin pay his medical bills after his recent bout with cancer. Playing will be The Black Crown Stringband and The Water Tower Bucket Boys, with calling and dance instruction by Amy Hofer.

 

There are two opportunities left to see Sonoma County-based singer-guitarist Kevin Russell this month. On the 14th from 8:30-11 p.m. at The Black Rose The Rhythm Rangers will be laying down their brand of Western swing, alt-country & rockin' blues (with special guests Bobby Lee & Steve Barbieri). And on the 21st the Rhythm Rangers will play at the Ace Cider Pub in Graton/Sebastopol from 7-10 p.m.

 

Rory McNamara and The Ring of Truth Trio will be at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco on the 14th.

 

New venue in Petaluma. 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 Critical Measures Trio on the 14th, Bossa Me on the 15th, Steve Noonan on the 18th, Elliot Randall Trio on the 19th, Dream Farmers on the 20th, Jeb Brady Duo on the 21st, Disorderly House Band on the 22nd, Incubators on the 25th, Pink Sabbath on the 27th, Beso Negro on the 28th, and The Horse You Rode in On on the 29th. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see Jamie Laval Celtic Violin on the 14th, and the Quintillion Classical Music Quintet on the 15th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be giving thanks for shows this month. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, performs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 14th and also at the Sleeping Lady on the 22nd. He's got two solo shows this month. The first is on the 21st when he'll be providing music-to-appreciate-art-by at the Elsewhere Gallery in Fairfax. On the 28th you can find him playing morning wakeup music in Petaluma at the Aqus Cafe. Later that night, his alt-country/Americana band, Moonlight Rodeo, will head west to Pt. Reyes Station to rock out at the timeless Old Western Saloon.

 

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

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See Carolina Special on the 14th, Kith & Kin on the 20th, Marty O'Reilly & Sean Carscadden on the 28th, The Brothers Comatose on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents North Bay singer/songwriter Teresa Tudury on the 14th.

 

The Craig Caffall Band will be playing R&B, funk and blues on the 14th at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito starting at 9 p.m. Craig is also the lead guitarist in Maria Muldaur’s Red Hot Bluesiana Band. The yacht club is located at Fort Baker on the west side of Golden Gate Bridge.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays of the month. See them on the 15th 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.

 

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 Andre & Friends on the 15th, Supernaculum on the 17th, Kitchen Fire Band on the 18th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 19th, Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire on the 21st, Amy Obenski on the 22nd, High Rhythm Hustlers on the 25th, Chrome Johnson on the 27th, Vinyl on the 28th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 29th, and more.  

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa offers Champions of the Dance on the 16th, Bad Boys of Dance on the 27th, and Always…Patsy Cline on the 28th.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax has been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 17th at 9 p.m.

 

Tuesday nights are Local's Night at Nick's Cove in Marshall. This means $1 oysters, $3 beers and great live music. See Rusty Evans on the 17th and the Jeb Brady Duo on the 24th.

 

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 Ain't Misbehavin', with special guest Chris Goddard on lap steel and guitar, on the 18th.

 

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 19th. 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. Pat Palmer is the host of the jam.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band The Rising Sons can be seen playing Americana, pop, originals, and even some Irish fiddle tunes on the 20th at the Sausalito Cruising Club and on the 21st at Taste of Rome in Sausalito. Jesse joins Kurt Huget on the 24th for a show for Bread and Roses. And on the 29th Jesse will play the drums with the 40 piece Corte Madera Town Band at the Corte Madera Town Center in a free holiday concert.

 

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 Laurence Juber on the 20th at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info. Plan ahead now for Geoff Muldaur on 12/11.

 

String Break will be back at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 20th. The band plays traditional bluegrass with standard acoustic instrumentation and three-part vocal harmonies on most songs. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. for three sets, which is great for those who don't like the late hours of some clubs. The food is great and beer and wine are available.

 

The Swell Season, with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie Once, have a new CD out titled Strict Joy. The band will be appearing on the 20th at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

 

See The Stairwell Sisters at the Petaluma Church Concerts on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. Known for infectious shows that combine buck dancing with balladry and sass, these women unfailingly play their instruments hell-bent to drive the music. They crank out acoustic, old-time music with a punk-rock intensity. Their third release, Get Off Your Money, was produced by the renowned Lloyd Maines. $20 door/$18 advance @BrownPaperTickets.com.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 21st with Christopher Smith and Coyote Grace at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

Adam Traum will be playing a solo acoustic show at Larson Winery at Cornerstone on the 21st and 22nd from 12-4 p.m. Larson is a great local Carneros winery just south of Sonoma with well priced bottles that taste delicious. On the 28th Adam will be at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood for a solo show in their beautiful tasting room.

 

Texas-based singer/songwriter duo Terry Hendrix & Lloyd Maines will be playing the Santa Rosa House Concert series on the 21st.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner at 6, show starts 7. Admission $35.00. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.Net.

 

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 22nd. 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 Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting Michael Manring on the 24th.

 

After playing with The Gas Men at the Performing Arts Center of Pacific Grove earlier in the month, Marin guitarist/singer/songwriter Kyle Alden plays locally on the 25th at the Sleeping Lady for the Fiddle Summit featuring great young Irish fiddler Darcy Noonan and Culann's Hounds fiddler Steve Gardner. Then he'll be at the Plough and Stars in SF with The Gas Men on the 28th, and then be back there on the 29th co-hosting the Irish session with fiddler John Sherry.

 

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Later this month you can get a jumpstart on the holiday season as The Christmas Jug Band will be playing right after Thanksgiving.  On the 27th and 28th it will be at the 34th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival, and on the 29th from 5-8 p.m. see 4 Elves Named Mo (w/ Paul Rogers, Tim Eschliman, Duke Dewey and Turtle Vandermarr) at the Station House Café in Point Reyes Station.

 

New Laurie Lewis CD. On the 28th at the Freight & Salvage Laurie Lewis will be having a pre-release celebration of her long-awaited new CD titles Blossoms. She will have the new recording on hand, even though it won't officially be released until February 2010. Laurie will be joined by Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin, and some very special guest stars. The CD features 14 songs, most of which were written by Laurie. But there are also some gems by Kate Wolf, Kate MacLeod, Mary Gibbons, and Johnny Cash, as well as some traditional tunes.

 

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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November 3, 2009

Welcome to the 107th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

It is getting close again to the Thanksgiving holiday, that time of year again for giving thanks to some of the good things that have been happening. First and foremost, the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters is extremely thankful that the San Francisco Bay Bridge re-opened to traffic yesterday morning after being closed for six days. The closure wreaked havoc on this newsletter’s production schedule, as some of the interns had a valid excuse for not showing up for work, and it made your Carltone editor’s day job a heck of a lot harder. With the closing of more local and national publications we’re thankful to still be in business and to have you as a reader (but hey, we can always use more readers, so how about telling your friends about us?). We’re thankful that there are still 51 days of shopping left until Christmas, and only three months to go until pitchers and catchers report for baseball’s spring training. And, best of all, we’re thankful that this issue is finally done and published…

 

However, there are two things to be remorseful for as well at this time. This past weekend Bay Area native musician and renowned harmonica player Norton Buffalo passed away from cancer. He was only 58. He played with The Steve Miller Band for decades and also appeared on over 180 albums. You can read a story about him in the SF Chronicle. No doubt the Marin IJ will follow suit soon. He was also a real good guy…Another Mill Valley entertainment institution on the brink? Two years back we lost the venerable Sweetwater Saloon, and now it seems that The 142 Throckmorton Theatre is on the verge of closing its doors. Not unless some deep pocketed patrons step forward to help out. Read the sad story in the Marin IJ. Warren Hellman, white courtesy phone, please!

 

Seasons greetings. Halloween is over, and just like that the sound of jingle and sleigh bells are in the air. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like bluegrass, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of bluegrass holiday greeting cards than these here by Colorado artist Karen Cannon. While you are at it, look at these prints as well for other times of the year. Get your orders in now so that you will have them on hand by December. Simply marvelous!

 

Speaking of Christmas and bluegrass, Dr. Elmo is the Novato musician who has been singing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” for the past 30 years. As noted here a few issues back, he also released a bluegrass album recently with his band Wild Blue. The title of the new recording is Wild Blue Grass, and you can read reviews of it here in the CBA’s Bluegrass Breakdown and in the Marin Independent Journal.

 

Lead, follow, or get out of the way! The International Bluegrass Music Association will be holding its Leadership Bluegrass program next spring, and there is still time to apply or recommend someone for the session. But you have to have your application in by the 13th of November. Here is some info: “Every year IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program brings together a cross section of music industry professionals to take an intensive look into the future challenges and opportunities our music faces, and next year’s event will be hosted March 9th-11th, 2010, in Nashville, TN. Approximately 25 individuals will be selected for the program, which is designed to build commitment, motivate talents and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of music. Participants represent a cross section of current leaders from various facets of the industry and diverse regions of the nation and world. Enrollment in LB is voluntary and a new class is selected each year. To apply, go to the web link above. There is a $300 participation fee for IBMA members, and non-members pay $370 (which includes a one-year membership). All class members are expected to bear the expense of travel and/or lodging during the program, and they must plan to be present for the entire three-day schedule.”


Reischman in the Mandolin Café. There is a wonderful interview on the Mandolin Café site with mandolin meister John Reischman. John and his band The Jaybirds will be playing the Freight in Berkeley on the 13th and the Redwood Bluegrass show in Mountain View on the 14th.

 

Hot stove league. The North Bay old-time band called The West County Professional Tea Sippers has a brand new CD out titled The Kettle Is On, so go to their site and get one while they are hot.

 

Once again. Two years back the Irish film Once, a marvelous movie about the relationship between an Irish street musician and a Czech pianist, won an Oscar for Best Song. The two musicians – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – ending up having a real life relationship, and they recorded and formed a band called The Swell Season. Even though they are no longer a romantic couple, they still perform together and they now have a new CD out titled Strict Joy. The other day they appeared live on the National Public Radio show All Things Considered and you can listen to them here. And the NPR show Fresh Air that same day replayed an interview with them from last year that you can listen to here. The band will be appearing on the 20th at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

 

Country music, by George. Classic country singer George Jones, who has had countless hits (and marriages) in his 50 plus years of performing traditional country music, at age 78 has some sagacious opinions to share about the current state and sound of the country music business. Read his words of wisdom here.

 

Petaluma singer-songwriter Larry Potts' third album of 14 original songs, titled Close to Home, has been released by the independent label Full Range Music. It features acoustic/folk, blending country, Americana, jazz, pop, and blues. There are songs about quilts, Wall Street greed, global warming, dogs, cowboys, a stagecoach robber, a hardware store, and a reflection on 9/11 among other topical subjects. It will be available starting on the 6th on CDBaby, Amazon, I-Tunes or by check from Larry at his web site. He has also been selected to play the Premiere Showcase at the Far West Folk Alliance annual conference in Irvine, CA, on the 6th-8th.

 

The East Bay all-female Eastern European vocal ensemble Kitka also has a new CD out titled Cradle Songs, a collection of tunes gathered from gifted folk song mentors, families, friends, musical archives, and their collective imaginations and memories. You can hear them sing on the 6th at a church in SF, on the 7th at a church in Oakland, and on the 22nd at the San Francisco World Music Festival.

 

As the saying goes, it takes two to tango, and in SF there is quite a tango scene going on. Listen to a report here on KQED and get ready to start dancing!

 

Hot picker. James Nash, the lead guitarist for the Bay Area band The Waybacks, was recently selected as featured guitarist by the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Read the story here.

 

Banjo player sought in hootenanny spree! Read this hilarious story in The Onion about a serial banjoist who has been wreaking havoc in the Boston area. For the uninitiated, The Onion is a satirical publication, and this story is not true. But as far as fake stories go, this one is far better than the phony balloon boy escapade that the cable networks recently went gaga over…

Grandpa Banana. The West Marin musician and instrument dealer known simply as Grandpa Banana has a new bluegrass CD out titled I'll Do Anything For You, and you can read a story about him in the Marin Independent Journal. While lately he is known for his banjo playing, back in the day he played guitar and keyboards in the band called The Youngbloods, who had a huge hit with the song “Get Together” ( “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, gotta love one another right now”). He also has a business called Vintage Instruments, and if you are looking for great guitar, banjo, mando, etc., Banana has some great stuff on hand.

Men of constant sorrow. The high lonesome sounds of bluegrass are quite pleasing to anyone that stumbles across the CBA web site. However, much to our shock and awe, apparently not everyone in the world likes this kind of music. According to a story on CNN last week, a group of rock artists (including R.E.M. and Pearl Jam) are angry that the guards at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba used some of their songs to interrogate the terror suspects that are confined there. While most of the 35 bands and songs on this list are acts that the Carltone staff never listens to, would you believe that there is one bluegrass band on this list, and it is the Stanley Brothers? One can only wonder what songs of theirs were being played over and over again. “Think of What You’ve Done”? “I’m Lost and I’ll Never Find the Way”? “It’s Never Too Late”? “My Main Trial is Yet to Come”?

More Ralph. The new book by Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times was published on the 15th of this month and Dr. Ralph has been getting some good ink. Read the review in Mother Jones magazine by Bay Area writer and old-time musician Michael Mechanic.

 

The McCoury family circle. The new CD by the Del McCoury Band is called Family Circle, and it was released on the 27th of October. You can listen to some of the cuts on the band site here. Even better news is that Del once again recorded not one, but two songs by former longtime West Marin County singer/songwriter Joe New, who now lives in Portland, OR. The new cuts are “Barbaric Splendor” and “Delma Blue.” On previous recordings Del recorded Joe’s songs “40 Acres and a Fool” and “She Can’t Burn Me Now.”

 

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: reviews of You Heard It Here First (original versions of songs that later became hits by others), Bob Dylan’s new Christmas record, Nellie McKay’s tribute to Doris Day, and country singer Miranda Lambert’s new recording.

 

Carltube. There is a hilarious Muppet send-up of the song The Devil Went Down To Georgia that you can watch here, and also check out this video about music stairs.

 

Police log. Walking the line: rapper Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession on October 22nd, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. Born Dwayne Carter, he won last year's best rap solo performance Grammy for "A Milli." The gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007…Opera diva arrested for being too loud! Opera singer Gabriela Pochinki was arrested in a New York City restaurant for talking too loud on her cell phone. Clueless to others around her, she was escorted away by police and detained for two hours. Take heed, all of you self-important bloviators in eateries who think the world revolves around you…

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about Carrie Underwood, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and Bay Area musician Chuck Prophet.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Vic Mizzy, the songwriter who wrote the theme songs to the TV shows The Addams Family and Green Acres, died on October 17th in Los Angeles. He was 93. Comedian Soupy Sales, whose career was built on 20,000 pies to the face, died in New York City on October 22nd. He was 83. Artist manager Dee Anthony, who handled Jerry Vale, Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton and others during his 40-year career, died from pneumonia in Southport, CT, on October 25th. He was 83.

 

Coming attractions. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at the Freight 12/3 and in Mountain View 12/5; Nell Robinson CD release show at the Freight in Berkeley on 12/10; Geoff Muldaur at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 12/11;

The CBA 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 1/8-9; John McCutcheon at the Freight & Salvage 1/10 and the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma 1/11; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts 1/22; Three At Last at the Freight on 1/31; SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/12-21; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18; Sonoma Country Bluegrass & Folk Festival 3/13.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night on the 3rd and every Tuesday see Offensive Women on the 5th, Hooked On Broadway on the 6th, Jump Jive & Swing on the 7th, Bill Champlin on the 11th, The Sound of Music on the 13th-15th (and 20th and 22nd), Anne Hills on the 16th, Carl Verheyen on the 18th, Brahms & His Proteges on the 22nd, Jay Alexander's Carnival of the Mind on the 27th, and other fine shows.

 

The Revival Tour, billed as An Acoustic Collaborative Event and featuring a bunch of Americana players touring the country, will be in California this week, and one bright spot on the bill is Grass Valley’s band Anderson Family Bluegrass. You can see the show at Cooper’s in Nevada City on the 3rd, The Blank Club in San Jose on the 4th, The Blue Lamp in Sacramento on the 5th, and Slim’s in SF on the 6th.

 

Tuesday nights are Local's Night at Nick's Cove in Marshall. This means $1 oysters, $3 beers and great live music. On the 3rd it will be The Dogtown Ramblers with Chris Goddard and Doug Adamz, on the 10th Vickie Guillory & The Sugar Cats, Rusty Evans on the 17th, and the Jeb Brady Duo on the 24th.

 

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 Elliot Randall Trio on the 4th, Revolver on the 7th, Finger-Style Showcase on the 11th, Ring of Truth Trio on the 12th, the Bluegrass Jamvitational on the 17th, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 18th, Susan Z on the 21st, Namely Us on the 22nd, Fiddle Summit on the 25th, Sweetie Pie & the Doughboys on the 27th, plus others.

 

New venue in Petaluma. 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 Doug Adamz & Chris Goddard on the 4th, the Elliot Randall Trio on the 5th, Cascada on the 6th, Courtney Janes on the 7th, Ain't Misbehavin' on the 8th, Danny Uzilevsky on the 11th, Jenny Kerr on the 12th, Groove Merchants on the 13th, Critical Measures Trio on the 14th, Bossa Me on the 15th, Steve Noonan on the 18th, Elliot Randall Trio on the 19th, Dream Farmers on the 20th, Jeb Brady Duo on the 21st, Disorderly House Band on the 22nd, Incubators on the 25th, Pink Sabbath on the 27th, Beso Negro on the 28th, and The Horse You Rode in On on the 29th. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. (this is not a misprint!) during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be giving thanks for shows this month. On the 4th, he'll be holding forth at San Rafael's Panama Hotel with Connie Ducey. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, performs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 14th and also at the Sleeping Lady on the 22nd. He's got two solo shows this month. The first is on the 21st when he'll be providing music-to-appreciate-art-by at the Elsewhere Gallery in Fairfax. On the 28th you can find him playing morning wakeup music in Petaluma at the Aqus Cafe. Later that night, his alt-country/Americana band, Moonlight Rodeo, will head west to Pt. Reyes Station to rock out at the timeless Old Western Saloon.


Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam, hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, will take place on the 4th 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 4th, Bonedrivers on the 5th, Swampthang on the 6th, Sexy Sunday on the 8th, Teri Catlin on the 10th, (W+T)J2 on the 11th, Dave Sparks Band on the 12th, Andre and Friends on the 15th, Supernaculum on the 17th, Kitchen Fire Band on the 18th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 19th, Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire on the 21st, Amy Obenski on the 22nd, High Rhythm Hustlers on the 25th, Chrome Johnson on the 27th, Vinyl on the 28th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 29th, and more.  

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Ozmatli on the 4th, Wonderbread 5 on the 13th, Keller Williams on the 19th, Y&T on the 20th and 21st, The New Riders on the 27th, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings on the 28th, and more.

 

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 Mindy Canter on the 4th, Savannah Blu on the 11th, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ on the 18th.

 

Laurie Lewis has gone to the dogs. On the 5th at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland there will be the gala and world premiere of Sniff, The Dog Movie at 6 and 9 p.m. A couple of Laurie’s songs are used in this entertaining part-documentary, part-fiction movie about dogs and people. She will be playing one of the songs before the 6 p.m. showing, and will be joined by Tom Rozum, Kathy Kallick, Larry Cohea and Andrew Conklin. Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will be singing before the 9 p.m. showing.

 

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 5th and the 19th. 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. Pat Palmer is the host of the jam.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 6th, Andrew Freeman on the 7th, Shades of Green on the 8th, Carolina Special on the 14th, Kith & Kin on the 20th, Marty O'Reilly & Sean Carscadden on the 28th, The Brothers Comatose on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band The Rising Sons can be seen playing Americana, pop, originals, and even some Irish fiddle tunes at a dance benefiting the Hunger Action Program at San Anselmo First Presbyterian Church on the 6th. On the 20th they’ll play at the Sausalito Cruising Club and on the 21st at Taste of Rome in Sausalito. Jesse joins Kurt Huget on the 24th for a show for Bread and Roses. And on the 29th Jesse will play the drums with the 40 piece Corte Madera Town Band at the Corte Madera Town Center in a free holiday concert.

 

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 6th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 6th, Moss Henry on the 7th, Seamus Kennedy on the 13th, The Rhythm Rangers on the 14th, The Farallons on the 21st, Four Shillings Short on the 27th, 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.

 

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 Chris Goddard on the 6th, Macy Blackman on the 7th, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 13th, Debra Clawson, Paul Seaward & Friends on the 14th, Lauralee Brown & Reeking Havock on the 20th, Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 21st, Paul Robinson Plus on the 27th, and Eugene Huggins on the 28th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has Pilobolus on the 6th, Theatre Sans Fil on the 8th, Buddy Guy & Elvin Bishop on the 13th, Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona on the 20th, and more.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see the Day of the Dead Celebration on the 6th, An Afternoon of Opera on the 8th, Jamie Laval Celtic Violin on the 14th, and the Quintillion Classical Music Quintet on the 15th.

 

There will be three opportunities to see Sonoma County-based singer-guitarist Kevin Russell this month. On the 6th at 8 p.m. at The Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa he'll be performing with the Americana group Laughing Gravy for an evening of music celebrating the life of Gram Parsons. This is a yearly event and features fellow Gravies Allegra Brougton & Sam Page, Doug Jayne, Ron Stinnit, Dan Ransford and Dean Wilson. Opening the show will be Old Jawbone. On the 14th from 8:30-11 p.m. at The Black Rose The Rhythm Rangers will be laying down their brand of Western swing, alt-country & rockin' blues (with special guests Bobby Lee & Steve Barbieri). And, lastly, on the 21st the Rhythm Rangers will play at the Ace Cider Pub in Graton/Sebastopol from 7-10 p.m.

 

November looks like a good month for Santa Rosa singer Rory McNamara. On Saturday the 7th at 2:30 p.m. he will be at the San Gregorio Store with The Mild Colonial Boys.  Thursday 12th sees him at the Sleeping Lady Cafe with The Ring of Truth Trio and on the 14th at 9:30 p.m. they will also be at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has the Zydeco Flames on the 7th, Bill Kirchen on the 8th, Dave Gleason on the 13th, Houston Jones on the 15th, Rancho Deluxe on the 20th, Jim Lauderdale on the 21st, Tim Weed on the 22nd, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 27th, Bud E. Luv on the 28th, and more.

 

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

 

Ain't Misbehavin', with special guest Chris Goddard on lap steel and guitar, has two debut gigs this month. Catch them on the 8th at the Lagunitas Brewery & Taproom in Petaluma from 3-6 p.m., and on the 18th at the Iron Springs Brewpub in Fairfax from 8-10 p.m.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa offers Ian Anderson Plays The Acoustic Jethro Tull on the 10th, Champions of the Dance on the 16th, Bad Boys of Dance on the 27th, and Always…Patsy Cline on the 28th.

 

Dore Coller is busy in the studio this month recording a Bermudagrass CD. The only gig he has this month is with the Savannah Blu bluegrass band at Iron Springs on the 11th.

 

Murphy Productions will feature The David Nelson Band at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall on the 12th and 13th, and on the 20th Mark Karan, lead guitarist for Bob Weir’s Rat Dog, will be having a CD release show at Harbor Lights in Sausalito. 

 

Accordions against cancer. On the 12th at 8 p.m. there will be a benefit concert for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland featuring Big Lou’s Casserole and Culann’s Hounds at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. It's going to be a multi-ethnic dance show with Norteno, Irish, Zydeco, polka, and every other kind of accordion based music you can think of. The WCRC is a great organization and they do a lot of work with very little money. 

 

Three At Last has been back in the studio, starting work on their second CD. Their new single, "I Wish," can be heard on their website. You can also see them playing live on the 12th at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Duncans Mills starting at 7 p.m.

 

All the world’s a stage. The San Francisco World Music Festival will be taking place on the 13th-22nd at various venues in SF. Go to their site for a complete schedule.

 

Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, will be playing at Armando’s in Martinez on the 13th, Rancho Nicasio on the 15th, the Noe Valley Ministry in SF on the 21st, and at the San Gregorio General Store on the 22nd.

 

Dancing against cancer. If you are in the mood to kick up your heels and do-si-do, there will be a benefit square dance in SF at the Swedish American Hall on the 14th to help old-time musician Bill Martin pay his medical bills after his recent bout with cancer. Playing will be The Black Crown String Band and The Water Tower Bucket Boys, with calling and dance instruction by Amy Hofer.

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents North Bay singer/songwriter Teresa Tudury on the 14th.

 

The Craig Caffall Band will be playing R&B, funk and blues on the 14th at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito starting at 9 p.m. Craig is also the lead guitarist in Maria Muldaur’s Red Hot Bluesiana Band. The yacht club is located at Fort Baker on the west side of Golden Gate Bridge.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays of the month. See them on the 15th 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.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax has been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 17th at 9 p.m.

 

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 Laurence Juber on the 20th at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info. Plan ahead now for Geoff Muldaur on 12/11.

 

String Break will be back at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 20th. The band plays traditional bluegrass with standard acoustic instrumentation and three-part vocal harmonies on most songs. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. for three sets, which is great for those who don't like the late hours of some clubs. The food is great and beer and wine are available.

 

See The Stairwell Sisters at the Petaluma Church Concerts on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. Known for infectious shows that combine buck dancing with balladry and sass, these women unfailingly play their instruments hell-bent to drive the music. They crank out acoustic, old-time music with a punk-rock intensity. Their third release, Get Off Your Money, was produced by the renowned Lloyd Maines. $20 door/$18 advance @BrownPaperTickets.com.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters on the 21st with Christopher Smith and Coyote Grace at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley starting at 8 p.m.

 

Adam Traum will be playing a solo acoustic show at Larson Winery at Cornerstone on the 21st and 22nd from 12-4 p.m. Larson is a great local Carneros winery just south of Sonoma with well priced bottles that taste delicious. On the 28th Adam will be at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood for a solo show in their beautiful tasting room.

 

Texas-based singer/songwriter duo Terry Hendrix & Lloyd Maines will be playing the Santa Rosa House Concert series on the 21st.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner at 6, show starts 7. Admission $35.00. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.Net.

 

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 22nd. 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 Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting Michael Manring on the 24th.

 

After playing with The Gas Men at the Performing Arts Center of Pacific Grove earlier in the month, Marin guitarist/singer/songwriter Kyle Alden plays locally on the 25th at the Sleeping Lady for the Fiddle Summit featuring great young Irish fiddler Darcy Noonan and Culann's Hounds fiddler Steve Gardner. Then he'll be at the Plough and Stars in SF with The Gas Men on the 28th, and then be back there on the 29th co-hosting the Irish session with fiddler John Sherry.

 

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Later this month you can get a jumpstart on the holiday season as The Christmas Jug Band will be playing right after Thanksgiving.  On the 27th and 28th it will be at the 34th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival, and on the 29th from 5-8 p.m. see 4 Elves Named Mo (w/ Paul Rogers, Tim Eschliman, Duke Dewey and Turtle Vandermarr) at the Station House Café in Point Reyes Station.

 

New Laurie Lewis CD. On the 28th at the Freight & Salvage Laurie Lewis will be having a pre-release celebration of her long-awaited new CD titles Blossoms. She will have the new recording on hand, even though it won't officially be released until February 2010. Laurie will be joined by Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin, and some very special guest stars. The CD features 14 songs, most of which were written by Laurie. But there are also some gems by Kate Wolf, Kate MacLeod, Mary Gibbons, and Johnny Cash, as well as some traditional tunes.

 

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.

 

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

 

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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October 16, 2009

 

Bluegrass detox. Two weekends back, after playing two bluegrass gigs the day before flying to Nashville to spend three days at the International Bluegrass Music Association trade show in Nashville, and then logging two nine-hour days at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park hunkered down by the Banjo Stage (Ralph Stanley, Rickey Skaggs, Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Hazel Dickens, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris and others), your Carltone World News editor almost overdosed on bluegrass. It was one long, heavenly high, but too much of a good thing is, well, sometimes just too much. Hopefully everyone in the park enjoyed the truly one of a kind event. It was one grand fest, and if you are once again feeling fit, rested and ready to get out and see some live music, simply keep on reading below and start taking some notes.

Hardly thankful. Speaking of Hardly Strictly, if you had a good time there and you would like to thank Warren Hellman for putting on the free festival, spend 44 cents, write him an old-fashioned note and send it to him at One Maritime Plaza, Twelfth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.

 

All roads lead to Colusa. The final CBA Campout of 2009 in Colusa (near Chico) started on the 14th, and it is the last outdoor camping event of the year. The James King Band will be there on Friday the 16th, so this in and of itself is reason enough to go. There will be tons of jamming, a fund-raising spaghetti feed, Kids on Bluegrass, and an all around guaranteed good time.

 

Jon Hartley Fox on National Public Radio. On NPR on the 15th Jon Hartley Fox was interviewed about his new book titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, which was published last month. Jon lives in Sacramento, and he has written countless liner notes for and reviews of American roots recordings. If you missed the show you can listen to it in the Fresh Air archives. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

Ralph Stanley book. The new book by Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, mentioned here some months back, was due to be published on the 15th, and Dr. Ralph has been making the rounds with newspaper and radio interviews. There were reviews of the book this week in the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times, and with any luck you will be able to read them by clicking on these links.

Appalachian old-time photo book. There is a new book out titled Hands In Harmony, which is a collection of portraits of Appalachian craftspeople and musicians by photographer Tim Barnwell. You can read a review of the book here and also see some of the photos.

 

50 Greatest Voices. National Public Radio in 2010 is going to produce a series titled 50 Greatest Voices, and they're hoping to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. From now until Friday the 16th the network is soliciting nominations for who in the whole world possesses the most beautiful, singular voice you have ever heard. Bluegrass suggestions, anyone? You can leave your picks, along with a sentence defending each choice, on their site here. Do it fast!

 

Alvin and Nina in Sebastopol. The Carltone news, short of festivals and special events, normally does not promote shows more than one month at time, but here is an exception to the rule: Dave Alvin and Nina Gerber will be playing on December 11th and 12th at Studio E in Sebastopol, and the odds are that tickets will go fast now that they are available. Schaef-Abel Productions will be hosting the duo, so go to the site for more info.

 

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! As mentioned here some months back, Bob Dylan recently recorded his first holiday album, titled Christmas In The Heart, and it is due to be released any day now. You can hear some excerpts from it here on NPR. You can read a Village Voice review of the recording here and one here from Slate.com.

 

Martin makes guitars. Like many businesses in the past year, the CF Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, PA, has had its difficulties staying afloat. But they have managed to get by, and one way they have done so is by producing a cheaper guitar with less frills. Watch this MSNBC segment about the renowned instrument maker.

 

United breaks guitars. Just about everyone has seen the original video by musician Dave Carroll called “United Breaks Guitars,” which was an Internet sensation this summer and has earned Carroll more fame than he would have ever gotten otherwise. At the start he vowed to make a total of three videos about his guitar’s unfortunate mishap with the airline’s baggage handlers, and video number two is now in the can. You can watch it here. Alas, like bands with big hit records, it is hard to top the original work, and sure enough, the second video pales in comparison to the first. Which begs the question – do we really need a third one?

 

Silent opera. The Golden Gate Opera has had to cancel performances at the Marin Center later this month due to a lack of funds. Certain grants and donations have not materialized due to the sagging economy, and the future of the organization remains in doubt.

 

No coffee break for Carly. Erstwhile pop singer Carly Simon (“Anticipation,” “You’re So Vain”) is suing Starbucks in a dispute over her most recent recording. She had a deal with the coffee joint to produce and release her new album titled This Kind of Love. According to Simon, Starbucks reneged on their agreement by not promoting the album, so she is suing for damages and lost income.

 

Gershwin goes to the beach. It may sound like an odd combination, but Brian Wilson, founding member of the Beach Boys, has been selected by the estate of George Gershwin to complete some unfinished songs that Gershwin left behind after his death in 1937. Some of George’s big hits were “Rhapsody In Blue,” “’S Wonderful” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Read the story here.

 

Cash and no clunkers. Roseanne Cash, who will also be on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion show on the 17th, just released a new CD last week titled The List, and it includes 12 of the 100 essential songs that her late father Johnny Cash told her that she would have to learn if she wanted to become a country singer. Some of the songs on the CD are “Long Black Veil”, “ I’m Movin’ On,” “ She Got You, Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow” and “Silver Wings.” Look at some other links here on National Public Radio.

Cash at the Ryman. Speaking of the Cash Family, the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is currently featuring an exhibit tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash, which you can read about in the Tennessean.

Country Hall of Fame. If you go to Nashville check out the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the historic items on display there are Sara Carter’s autoharp, Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin, Hank’s Martin 1944 D-28, Bob Wills’ fiddle, Lester Flatt’s 1950 Martin D-28, Ralph Stanley’s first Gibson banjo, and Gene Autry’s guitar. If only these instruments could talk, the stories they could tell…

Tony Rice book. Coming soon from Word of Mouth Press will be Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright. You can pre-order your copy from the web site.

And the winners are…The International Bluegrass Music Association held its annual awards show recently, and the winners for 2009 can be found here. Kudos to native Californian Rob Ickes for once again winning Best Dobro Player, to San Diego’s Chris Stuart and Marin County native Ivan Rosenberg for writing Best Song of the Year (“Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” by Dan Paisley), Los Angelino Steve Martin for Best Liner Notes, and Atascadero’s Roger Siminoff for Print Media Person of the Year.

 

Dailey & Vincent in the WSJ. The renowned bluegrass publication known as The Wall Street Journal had a feature story recently that you can read here about the bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, who won Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the IBMA awards.

 

Pretty in pink. The Colorado Case Company has put together a program with a national breast cancer organization to raise money and provide pickers with a really unique product. During the month of October only they are offering all of their CCC branded rigid cases, soft cases and case covers in pink with an embroidered ribbon. They will donate 25% of their case sales to the fund for breast cancer research and outreach. These cases will have all the same features they always offer, but will be in a color only available through this program, and only through October. This offer also applies to custom and stock products. Make a statement to your family, friends and fans. If nothing else, you will never have a problem finding your case in a room full of cases…

 

Stand up and be counted. The online voting for The 5th Annual North Bay Music Awards, presented by the North Bay Bohemian weekly newspaper, is going on now, so go to the site and make your selections. The Country/Americana category is the one most fitting to this newsletter and the choices are all Carltone regulars, so this publication will not offer an endorsement. Let your conscience be your guide…

 

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 Tony Award-winning composer Charles Strouse, country singer Roseanne Cash, and Nick Cave, and a story about the 1960’s music show Where The Action Is.

 

CarlTube. An occasional new segment has been added to Carltone’s Corner. Here is a cool site of videos that is run by Daryl Hall of the erstwhile duo Hall & Oats; check out this juggler doing his thing to Beatles’ songs; bluegrass meets Klezmer music with this band called Margot Leverett & The Klezmer Mountain Boys; and John Pedersen from Amazing Grace Music in San Anselmo can be seen playing the Uillean Pipes.

 

How can we miss you if you won’t stay away? Yeah, sure, we know that everyone was deeply saddened when big-hatted country singer Garth Brooks decided to retire from the music biz back in 2000 to ostensibly “spend more time with his children.” Or did it have something to do with his embarrassing “Chris Gaines” fiasco, where he assumed this fictitious persona and put out an album as a supposed rock singer? Shortly after his retirement in 2001 he divorced his wife of many years and later married country singer Trisha Yearwood in 2005. Well, it looks like he is tired of playing catch and watching videos of Taylor Swift, Hannah Montana and The Jonas Brothers, and he is now about to hit the comeback trail. Which is bad news for all of you fledging up and coming country singers, because the mass media will go bonkers over Garth’s return.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about rock poster artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller, steel drums, the late musician John McPherson, and Boz Scaggs. The SF Chronicle had a review of the recent Dylan concert in Berkeley and a story about soul singer Maxwell.  

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Okay, it has been some time since Carltone’s favorite celeb has been mentioned in this column, and some of the reasons are because she has not been divorced, arrested or gotten sued lately. Instead, singer Amy Winehouse – who still has the world’s best publicist, since she keeps getting her name in the news without having any new hits since 2006 – had to go back into the hospital recently after complaining about pain from her recent boob job. Seriously, we could not, nor would we be inclined to, make this stuff up…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Stephen Gately, singer in the Irish boy band Boyzone, died in Mallorca, Spain, of pulmonary edema on the 10th. He was only 33. Lucy Vodden, the inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” died in London on September 28th after a long battle with lupus. She was 46. Julian Lennon and singer James Scott Cook have released a single in her memory titled “LUCY.” Singer Al Martino, who had hits in the 1950s with “Here in My Heart” and “Can't Help Falling in Love,” and also played the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, died in a Philadelphia suburb on the 13th. He was 82. Brendan Mullen, founder of the LA punk club Masque back in the halcyon days of yore, died in LA on the 12th after suffering a stroke. He was 60.

 

Coming attractions. The Mayflower Community Chorus annual fundraiser in Corte Madera 11/7; Womens Cancer Resource Center of Oakland benefit featuring Big Lou’s Casserole and Culann’s Hounds at Ashkenaz in Berkeley 11/12; The David Nelson Band at Murphy Productions in Mill Valley 11/12 and 11/13; Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts on 11/21; New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Mystic in Petaluma 11/27; Nell Robinson CD release show at the Freight in Berkeley on 12/10; John McCutcheon at the Freight & Salvage 1/10 and the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma 1/11; The Bee Eaters at Petaluma Church Concerts on 1/22; CBA Winter Music Camp 2/15-18.

 

Additions

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has Chrome Johnson on the 16th, Vinyl on the 17th, WTJ Trio on the 18th, Shanna Morrison on the 24th, Jerry Hannan on the 25th, The Sun Kings on the 31st, and lots more.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 17th for a five-hour on-air folk festival featuring live music and chit-chat. Hear music by Robbie O'Connell, Peppino D'Agostino, Våsen, David Maloney, members of Cascada De Flores, and Homespun Rowdy. Ran Bush will talk about slow jams, Dave Zimmerman will talk about the Take the Stage band workshops at the Freight & Salvage, and TTS alums Old Tunnel Road will show what they've learned.

 

Santa Rosa House Concerts proudly presents Bay Area singer-songwriters Stevie Coyle and Walter Strauss for an evening of music and dining on the 17th. Stevie, former guitarist, singer and co-founder of The Waybacks, will grace the stage with his extraordinary finger-picking, great vocals and humorous banter. Walter, fresh from producing Stevie’s new CD titled Ten In One, will delight you with finger-style guitar work infused with subtle jazz elements and ethereal world rhythms. Doors open 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner 6, show starts 7. Admission is $25. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.Net.

 

Names at the No Name. See Maggie Catfish, Cici Dawn and Jeff Costello playing on the 17th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the No Name bar in downtown Sausalito. No cover.

 

Fundraiser in Sebastopol. On the 18th at 4 p.m. there will be the Gayle’s Miracle Fund Fundraiser taking place at the Subud Hall in Sebastopol. Gayle LaVal, a resident of Graton, is a 60 year-old single grandmother who has fallen on hard times and needs a hip replacement. There will be a spaghetti dinner, music and a silent auction. Go here to read a story about Gayle. For more info call (707) 829-3044.

 

The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station has Wes Nisker on the 18th, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on the 23rd, and on the 25th they will present a dinner, music and movie benefit to help refurbish their piano. The movie is titled Music In A Box, an hour-long documentary on Callahan Piano Services, a small shop in Alameda which is one of the best places in the world to have a grand piano restored.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Joan Osborn on the 19th, The Yard Dogs Road Show on the 30th, Pride & Joy on the 31st, and others.

 

Mandolin master Frank Wakefield is around next week and he will play at the Freight on the 22nd, give a workshop at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto on the afternoon of the 24th before playing at the Redwood Bluegrass show in Mountain View later that evening, and then play a show at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 25th.

 

Bearfoot on tour. The bluegrass/newgrass quintet from Alaska, Bearfoot, is a young national touring band that has been causing quite a stir. In the spring of this year they release their Compass Records debut, Doors and Windows, to critical acclaim. Called “the future of bluegrass” by Time Out New York, The Boston Globe raved, “Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass - whatever...it's just plain old pleasure." They recently played main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite. See them play at Don Quixote's in Felton on the 21st, at the Oaksong Concert Series at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding on the 24th, and at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 25th.

 

String Break will be back at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 25th. The band plays traditional bluegrass with standard acoustic instrumentation and three-part vocal harmonies on most songs. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. with three sets, which is great for those who don't like the late hours of some clubs. The food is great and beer and wine are available.

 

The Waybacks can be seen performing their own style of Americana music at the Freight on the 30th and at Humboldt Brews in Arcata on November 1st.

 

19 Broadway special weekend. The Fairfax club known as 19 Broadway will kick off three days of celebration in honor of their 25th Anniversary & Grand Re-Opening of the room formerly known as the Tiki Bar, a section of the venue that was badly damaged by fire in February of this year. For 25 years the club has hosted live music nightly, and on Halloween weekend the party will begin. See Wonder Bread 5 on the 30th, the Halloween Bash with Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers on the 31st, and The 19 Broadway Swing Band on November 1st, featuring club founder Garry Graham and his brother Jerry.

 

CD Release. Santa Rosa’s Rory McNamara has a new CD and website, and on the 31st he will be having an official CD release party with his Ring Of Truth Trio (with Morris Acevedo on guitars, Nils Molin on bass, and Sue Draheim on fiddle and vocals) at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur for his new album So Far, So Good. One sagacious scribe had this to say: "Rory McNamara has a voice akin to aural comfort food – congenial, emotionally satisfying, full of soul and pleasing to the ears. A voice you want to listen to over and over again."

 

Reminders

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar, and this month is also featuring many films of The Mill Valley Film Festival through the 18th. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The Palm Wine Boys on the 22nd, Those Darn Accordions on the 23rd, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 24th, and other fine shows.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. Some of the events there this month are Green String Farm Band on the 16th, Dockside on the 23rd, High Country on the 24th, The Cartunes on the 31st 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 the Unauthorized Rolling Stones on the 16th, Brent Jordan on the 20th, Sacred Profanities on the 21st, The Eldon Brown Band on the 23rd, Peri's Songwriters' Night with Krickie on the 25th, Kristin LaGasse on the 27th, High Rhythm Hustlers on the 28th, and more.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see The West County Teasippers on the 16th, The Farallons on the 17th, and The Tonewoods on the 31st. There are Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

The Acoustic Vortex House Concert Series in Larkspur has two hot shows left this month. See Preston Reed on the 16th and Rory McNamara (details below) on the 31st.

 

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 Mindy Canter on the 16th, Jazz Philosophy on the 17th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 23rd, Stafford & Sturdevant on the 24th, Wendy DeWitt on the 30th, and TBA on the 31st.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Bioneers Conference on the 16th-18th and more.

 

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 Accordion Babes on the 16th, Wine/Women/Song Benefit on the 17th, the Marin Jamvitational on the 20th, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 21st, Namely Us on the 25th, String Sessions on 28th, Kyle Alden & Friends on the 29th, plus others.

 

Dore Coller is the busiest picker in Mill Valley. On the 16th Caribbean R&B will have its debut gig at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, on the 17th the Hot Club of Marin is at The Napa Valley Museum in Yountville and on the 23rd at St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, and on the 26th it will be the Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.

 

At the San Geronimo Cultural Center see U-KA on the 16th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be crossing bridges and county lines for shows this month. Singer and songwriter Lynn Asher will join him for a duo performance at the Sleeping Lady Cafe on the 17th. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, gigs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe at the Sleeping Lady on the 25th. Finally, Halloween will find him flying with the legendary band Sopwith Camel at the Great American Music Hall in SF.

 

Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum can be seen playing at Landmark Vineyards’ Farm days with his full band on the 17th from 1-4 p.m.

 

Novato’s Amy Wigton will be on the roster at the Wine, Woman & Song show on the 17th at the Sleeping Lady Café in Fairfax along with Tracy Blackman, Lynn Asher and others starting at 9 p.m. This show is a multi-venue festival to raise money for fighting breast cancer.

 

The Treasure Island Music Festival is set to happen on the 17th and 18th, and some of the acts (mostly bands out of the normal Carltone sphere, so we don’t know most of them) you can see there should you care to go are The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Grizzly Bear, and The Walkmen.


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 welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters  on the 17th, and she will be sharing the bill with Caroline Aiken, the bohemian godmother of Atlanta's folk scene.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz will be playing solo on the 18th at The Station House in Pt. Reyes Station and on the 27th his Trio Bravo will play at Nick's Cove.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play 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.

 

Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle in a jazz club? Well, as you may already know, Yoshi's San Francisco is making a concerted effort to book more non-jazz acts these days, and Sundays in the lounge have been designated singer-songwriter nights. On Sunday the 18th Stevie will be performing there solo, in a round-robin evening of music with Jenny Kerr, Caroline Aiken, Sid Lewis, Barry "The Fish" Melton and Kelly Ali (Sneaker Pimps). A bunch of these folks will have participated as teachers the previous Friday and Saturday in the first-ever San Francisco Music Intensive, a "weekend of inspiration and intensive study with some of the Bay Area's most seasoned professional musicians. Sessions range from workshops to jam sessions to hands-on demos and are designed for both established and aspiring musicians." On Saturday the 17th, Stevie will be leading a workshop called "Developing Performance Skills: Yes, you too can play music onstage and live to tell the tale."

 

New concert series in Sonoma. Located in the south end of the Sonoma Valley, the Roots and Vines Concert Series brings great music to Sonoma and combines it with good food and wine. Their first show is the 18th, featuring Grandpa Banana, starting at 4 p.m. Blankets/low-back chairs recommended.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax has been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 20th at 9 p.m. with Jill Cruey, Red Rick, Deirdre Donovan, Jonathan Schiele and Ted Silverman.

 

Out at Nick's Cove in Marshal every Tuesday is Local's Night, which means dinner, oyster and beer specials, and live music. Enjoy The Jenny Kerr Band on the 20th and Trio Bravo on the 27th.

 

On the 22nd Mill Valley local Matt Lax plays with The Palm Wine Boys at The 142 Throckmorton. It's the North Bay CD Release Party for their long awaited third disc titled Old Stories.

 

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 The Courtney Janes on the 21st and The 4 Teardrops on the 28th.

 

For anyone vacationing in Florida this month, swing by and see Lorin & Chris Rowan playing at the Magnolia Festival in the town of Live Oak on the 22nd-25th with Sue Cunningham on fiddle.

 

Reilly & Maloney on tour. The duo Reilly & Maloney has been playing together since the 1970s, and David has been living in Marin for almost that long. See them play on the 23rd at the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series in Santa Clara, and on the 24th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

 

Twang Ditty will be pickin’ some county music on the 23rd at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, and on the 24th at the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, a MOMS (Mothers of Military Support) benefit performance.

 

Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band New Rising Sons will be performing Americana and blues on the 23rd at the Sausalito Cruising Club and on the 31st at Taste of Rome in the town.

 

West-Fest, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, will be taking place in SF’s Golden Gate Park on the 24th and 25th with the Jefferson Starship, Country Joe McDonald, Barry “The Fish” Melton, and dozens more acts too numerous to mention here.

 

Paul Knight & Friends will be jammin’ at the Station House in Point Reyes Station on the 25th from 5-8:30 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael will be playing on the 25th at the Adobe Pumpkin Farm in Petaluma 2-5 p.m. and on the 31st at Calistoga's last farmer's market of the year from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Murphy Productions is hosting The James Moseley Halloween Dance Party at the Mill Valley Masonic on the 31st.

 

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.

 

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

 

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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October 2, 2009

 

 

Welcome to the 106th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Bluegrassapalooza. One of the first rules in songwriting is “write what you know.” In the spirit of knowing what you are writing about, the Carltone World Headquarters staff earlier this week was deeply embedded in the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Nashville for the IBMA World of Bluegrass trade show. There were sounds of banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and more are being heard seemingly everywhere in the massive hotel complex. It was an action-packed three days, with side trips to the nearby Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Station Inn. And now, just when some serious rest should be on the agenda, we’re headed off to SF’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday and Sunday for the 9th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, which actually begins on the 2nd. Some of the acts worth seeing there are Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Lyle Lovett, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle & The Bluegrass Dukes, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Barefoot Nellies, The Claire Lynch Band, Natalie MacMaster, The Duhks, Hazel Dickens, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Del McCoury Band, The Wronglers and Emmylou Harris. This is a free event, and not for the faint at heart. Parking is non-existent, so ride a bike or take public transit. Claustrophobes beware.

 

Editor’s note: Due to an overabundance of musical activities this week, this newsletter was punched out on the fly and under duress. Apologies in advance for any errors or omissions in this edition.

 

Pretty in pink. The Colorado Case Company has put together a program with a national breast cancer organization to raise money and provide pickers with a really unique product. During the month of October only they are offering all of their CCC branded rigid cases, soft cases and case covers in pink with an embroidered ribbon. They will donate 25% of their case sales to the fund for breast cancer research and outreach. These cases will have all the same features they always offer, but will be in a color only available through this program, and only through October. This offer also applies to custom and stock products. Make a statement to your family, friends and fans. If nothing else, you will never have a problem finding your case in a room full of cases…

 

Stand up and be counted. The online voting for The 5th Annual North Bay Music Awards, presented by the North Bay Bohemian weekly newspaper, is going on now, so go to the site and make your selections. The Country/Americana category is the one most fitting to this newsletter and the choices are all Carltone regulars, so this publication will not offer an endorsement. Let your conscience be your guide…

 

Never too old to pick.  A recent story in the SF Chronicle applies to musicians everywhere. Read this, have tissues nearby, and pass it along to anyone that says “I’m too old to learn” or “I’m too old to play anymore”…

Swimming against breast cancer. Bay Area bluegrass radio host Peter Thompson will once again be participating in the annual Swim A Mile For Women With Cancer event that will take place on the 3rd and 4th at Mills College in Oakland. Peter has raised over $7,000 over the past few years by doing the swim, and you can help him and the cause by going here to make a donation.

Redwood Bluegrass. Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View recently announced their show lineup for their coming season (October to May). Their monthly shows are presented on Saturday nights at the Mountain View Presbyterian Church. Make plans now to see the Frank Wakefield Band on October 24th, John Reischman & the Jaybirds on November 14th, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band on December 12th, The Tuttles with AJ Lee on January 23rd, the Nashville Bluegrass Band on February 13th, Dry Branch Fire Squad on March 6th, Joy Kills Sorrow on April 10th, and The Kathy Kallick Band on May 1st.

Bluegrass jamming class at the Freight. You can signup now for the next Intro to Bluegrass Jamming Class with Bill Evans and Ran Bush that will start at the Freight in Berkeley on October 6th. The class will run from 7-9:15 p.m. on Tuesday evenings through November 24th. Guest instructors include Alan Bond and Jim Nunally. This is a practical, hands-on course. You'll do lots of playing in both the large group and in smaller breakout groups and you'll learn at least one new song per week. The folks at the Freight can't answer questions about the class, so if you have questions contact Ran for more information (510) 525-8156.

Early holiday gift idea.  Here is something to give for a holiday present to all of your banjo playing friends/enemies…

 

Old-time photos. Top-notch shutterbug Mike Melnyk has posted on his site four days worth of photos from the recent Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention, and you can view them here, here, here and here.

Sharp pickin’ Willie. Tennessee musician Chris Sharp has been quietly making a name for himself. While out this way in the Navy from 1993 until 1995 he played in the Bay Area’s Alhambra Valley Band before heading east to Nashville. He toured with John Hartford until John passed away, he got a Grammy for his work on the O Brother soundtrack, toured with the Down From the Mountain road show and is in the movie. And now he is recording with Willie Nelson, and you can see Chris and Willie jamming here, with Chris playing Willie’s guitar.

Presidential close call. There is a rather humorous report on the satirical news website The Onion that you can listen to here that describes President Obama’s near brush with a square dance. Fortunately the Secret Service jumped in to save the day.

 

The Mill Valley Film Festival runs from the 8th-18th, with dozens of films including a short documentary on Charlie Deal, the late and beloved toilet seat guitar maker. Read about the film here.

 

CarlTube. An occasional new segment has been added to Carltone’s Corner. Here is a cool site of videos that is run by Daryl Hall of the erstwhile duo Hall & Oats.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about Maria Muldaur, local Celtic jams, and Hardly Strictly. The SF Chronicle had pieces on Hardly Strictly and fest booker Dawn Holliday.  

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Henry Gibson, best known for his comic roll on the TV show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, also did a great job playing a country singer in Robert Altman’s epic movie Nashville from the 1970s. He died of cancer in Los Angeles on September 14th. He was 73. Sam Hinton, folk singer, songwriter, naturalist and San Diego civic treasure who delighted school children and folk-festival audiences for decades, died in San Diego on September 10th. He was 92. Mary Travers, one-third of the renowned folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died in New York on September 16th from leukemia. She was 72. Mississippi Delta blues drummer Sam Carr died of congestive heart failure on September 21st in a Mississippi nursing home. He was 83. He played with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Buddy Guy, and for many decades had his own band called the Jellyroll Kings. Art Ferrante, one-half of the piano playing duo Ferrrante & Teicher, died in Florida on September 19th. He was 88. The duo entertained millions of listeners in the 50s and 60s with florid, arpeggio-packed versions of movie themes and popular songs, sprinkled with classical showpieces. Amy Farris, fiddler and singer who was part of Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women, died in Los Angeles on September 29th of an apparent suicide. She was 40.

 

Coming attractions. The David Nelson Band at Murphy Productions in Mill Valley 11/12 and 11/13; Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts on 11/21; Nell Robinson CD release show at the Freight in Berkeley on 12/10.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Acoustic Vortex House Concert Series in Larkspur has three hot shows this month. See Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom on the 2nd, Preston Reed on the 16th, and Rory McNamara on the 31st.

 

Hardly Strictly Anything Goes. On Friday the 2nd everyone is going over to The Third Annual Hardly Strictly Anything Goes show, presented by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Velo Rouge Café in SF on the corner of Arguello and McAllister from 7-10 p.m. See Misisipi Mike, Doug Blumer, Pam Brandon, The Cowlicks, Eric Embry & Friends, The VeloTones, Maurice Tani, Don Burnham, Quake City Jug Band, The Henriettas, Gayle Schmitt, Chickwagon and more. Free for all ages.

 

Three At Last will be performing at the SF Breast Cancer Three-Day Walk Camp at Crissy Field on the 2nd, and they'll be at the Five 4 Five Benefit in Fairfax on the 4th.

 

Santa Rosa’s Rory McNamara has a new CD and website, and you can see him play numerous times around the bay this month. On the 2nd (and 9th) his trio The Mild Colonial Boys will be at the Plough and Stars in SF with original member Fergus Feely and on the 3rd at the San Gregorio Store in San Gregorio. On the 31st Rory will be having an official CD release party with his Ring Of Truth Trio (with Morris Acevedo on guitars and Sue Draheim on fiddle and vocals) at the aforementioned Acoustic for his new album So Far, So Good.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. Some of the events there this month are Elaine Dempsey on the 2nd, Out of the Blue on the 3rd, the Celtic jam on the 4th, Andrew Freeman on the 10th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 15th, Dockside on the 23rd, High Country on the 24th, The Cartunes on the 31st and lots more good stuff.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre normally has a variety of entertainment on the calendar, and this month is also featuring many films of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The Edlos on the 2nd, Will Durst on the 3rd, Palm Wine Boys on the 22nd, Those Darn Accordions on the 23rd, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 24rh, and other fine shows.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 2nd, The West County Teasippers on the 16th, The Farallons on the 17th, and The Tonewoods on the 31st. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

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  Highway Robbers on the 2nd, Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire on the 3rd, Peri's Blues Jam on the 4th, Sacred Profanities on the 7th (and 21st), Royal Deuces on the 9th, Sexy Sunday on the 11th, The Continentals on the 14th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 15th, Unauthorized Rolling Stones on the 16th, Brent Jordan on the 20th, The Eldon Brown Band on the 23rd, Peri's Songwriters' Night with Krickie on the 25th, Kristin LaGasse on the 27th, High Rhythm Hustlers on the 28th, and more.

 

Triple bill Friday in SF. Shelby Ash Presents offers up three bands on the 2nd at Café du Nord in SF starting at 9 p.m. See the Montana Slim String Band, Bucky Walters and The Inappropriators.

 

Swingin’ in Oakland. Swing Tonic delivers an eclectic mix of swing, folk, country, jazz, 'round-the-world delicacies and just about anything in between on the 2nd starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Spice Monkey Café, a restaurant in downtown Oakland. 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. No cover charge, and the venue is kid friendly.

 

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 Alex Markels & Tina Marzel on the 2nd, Nigel Healy on the 3rd, Jef Labes on the 9th, Eugene Huggins on the 10th, Mindy Canter on the 16th, Jazz Philosophy on the 17th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 23rd, Stafford & Sturdevant on the 24th, Wendy DeWitt on the 30th, and TBA on the 31st.

 

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 Jeb Brady on the 2nd, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 7th (and 21st), Blane Lyon on the 9th, Accordion Babes on the 16th, Wine/Women/Song Benefit on the 17th, bluegrass showcase on the 20th, Namely Us on the 25th, String Sessions on 28th, Kyle Alden & Friends on the 29th, plus others.

 

Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band New Rising Sons will be performing Americana and blues on the 2nd at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, on the 23rd at the Sausalito Cruising Club, and on the 31st at Taste of Rome in the town.

 

The Marin Civic Center has Tap Dogs on the 2nd, the Italian Film Festival on every Saturday in October, Marin Symphony on the 4th and 6th, the Bioneers Conference on the 16th-18th, and more.

 

San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden on the 3rd will play solo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the San Gregorio General Store, and then be there with the Mild Colonial Boys starting at 3 p.m. On the 8th see him play with The Gasmen at the Freight in Berkeley. Also on the bill are Culann’s Hounds and Lucia Comnes. And, as noted above, on the 29th Kyle and friends will be at the Sleeping Lady.

 

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 Across the Tracks, featuring new releases and reissues, including selections from Claire Lynch, Sam Bush, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Jim Lauderdale, and Loudon Wainwright's take on Charlie Poole. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved can be seen playing at The Riptide in SF on the 3rd at 9 pm. If you don't have tickets for the HSB Slim's after party event, go on out and see Matt and the boys play for free. No special laminates needed!

 

The 23rd Annual Cohn Winery Fall Music Festival benefit will be happening on the 3rd and 4th in Glen Ellen with The Doobie Brothers, Pablo Cruise, Little Feat, Jackie Greene, Eyewitness Blues Band, Journey, Taj Mahal, and much more.

 

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 welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com.

 

The 7th annual Spice of Life Festival on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on the 4th is a full day of not only live cooking demonstrations and children¹s activities but free live music. Celebrate the good life on Shattuck Avenue between Virginia and Rose from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with jazz and bluegrass to Latin and rock on the Virginia Street Stage. See Shabang, the Berkeley High Jazz Combos, Troupe Tangiers, Lava, Cross Section, bluegrass with Redwing, and Albert Benichou.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be crossing bridges and county lines for shows this month. On the 4th you can catch his solo act at Oakland's Nomad Cafe. Singer and songwriter Lynn Asher will join him for a duo performance on the 11th at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival. The duo will also perform at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax on the 17th for the Wine, Women, and Song benefit. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, gigs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 10th and also at the Sleeping Lady on the 25th. Finally, Halloween will find him flying with the legendary band Sopwith Camel at the Great American Music Hall in SF.

 

Richard Brandenburg goes to Jupiter! The Sunday afternoon Americana Unplugged music series at the Jupiter Pub on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley on the 4th will present Richard Brandenburg & Friends, including Matt Dudman on bass, Jim Mintun on dobro, and Pete Hicks on fiddle and mandolin starting at 5 p.m. No cover.

 

Danny Montana & the Bar Association will be playing classic country on the 4th at the San Anselmo Country Fair Day from 12:30-3 p.m., and on the 10th see them at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery's five-year anniversary celebration from 9 p.m.- midnight.

 

Dore Coller is the busiest picker in Mill Valley. On the 5th he will be playing mandolin at the Taco Jam in Oakland, he will be with his bluegrass band Savannah Blu on the 9th at Smiley's in Bolinas, on the 11th the Hot Club of Marin will be at the Mill Valley Outdoor Arts Club for the film festival, on the 16th Caribbean R&B will have its debut gig at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, on the 17th the Hot Club is at The Napa Valley Museum in Yountville and on the 23rd at St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, and on the 26th it will be the Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.

 

Out at Nick's Cove in Marshal every Tuesday is Local's Night, which means dinner, oyster and beer specials, and live music. Enjoy The Dogtown Ramblers on the 6th, Vickie and the Sugar Cats on the 13th, The Jenny Kerr Band on the 20th, and Doug Adamz & Trio Bravo on the 27th.

 

The Mill Valley band Wagon can be seen playing on the 6th from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery at Milk and Honey, at 384 Miller Avenue, for the Tuesday Art Walk in Mill Valley. This is a free event.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz will be playing on the 6th with Chris Goddard at Nick's, on the 9th he and his band Bravo! will be at Rancho Nicasio (w/Carol Joy Harris & Donna Turner), on the 18th he’ll play solo at The Station House in Pt. Reyes Station, and on the 27th Trio Bravo will play at Nick's.

 

Don’t miss the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena at Beringer Vinyards on the 9th-11th. This is a local labor of love festival that deserves support. Significant parts of the festival are free, but there are also ticketed events. 

 

Matt Flinner in Petaluma. Lance Walker's Petaluma Church Concerts series resumes this month with The Matt Flinner Trio on the 9th starting at 8 p.m. Matt Flinner's music evokes the sonic textures of the best acoustic jazz while paying homage to his many influences in bluegrass, folk and Celtic music. Matt is considered one of the hottest mandolin players on the acoustic scene and draws inspiration from such diverse inspirations as Miles Davis, David Grisman and the Bothy Band. Flinner also performs as a member of the new acoustic trio Phillips, Grier & Flinner, as a member of Darrell Scott's band, and with guitarist Frank Vignola (David Grisman Quintet).

 

Twang Ditty will be playing county music on the 9th at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa (dance hosted by Santa Rosa Moose Order for members and prospective members), on the 23rd at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, and on the 24th at the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, a MOMS (Mothers of Military Support) benefit performance.

 

At the San Geronimo Cultural Center see Urban Nature on the 9th and U-KA on the 16th.

 

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 pub will be celebrating its five-year anniversary with a special events on the 10th, and there will also be a meet and greet with Kyle Hollingsworth (of String Cheese Incident) on 11th. See The Tom Finch Group on the 14th, Courtney Jaynes on the 21st, and The 4 Teardrops on the 28th.

 

Murphy Productions is presenting Sonic Strut on the 10th at the Mill Valley Masonic, and get ready for the James Moseley Halloween Dance Party there on the 31st.

 

Lindalou and Michael will be playing on the 11th at the Windsor Farmer's Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the 25th at the Adobe Pumpkin Farm in Petaluma 2-5 p.m., and on the 31st at Calistoga's last farmer's market of the year from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (with Jody Stecher, Keith Little & Paul Knight) will appear at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on the 10th followed by a benefit on the 11th at the Unity Church of Berkeley.

 

Changing of the seasons. The days are getting shorter, the air is becoming a bit nippier, and it is almost time to stow away the camping gear until 2010. There is one final CBA Campout this month, and it will be taking place on the 14th-18th in Colusa.

 

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 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. Pat Palmer is the host of the jam.

 

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 Doug MacLeod on the 15th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum can be seen playing at Landmark Vineyards’ Farm days with his full band on the 17th from 1-4 p.m., and at Murphy’s After Party farmer’s market on the 13th from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

 

Novato’s Amy Wigton will be on the roster at the Wine, Woman & Song show on the 17th at the Sleeping Lady Café in Fairfax starting at 9 p.m. This show is a multi-venue festival to raise money for fighting breast cancer.

 

The Treasure Island Music Festival is set to happen on the 17th and 18th, and some of the acts (mostly bands out of the normal Carltone sphere, so we don’t know most of them) you can see there should you care to go are The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Grizzly Bear, and The Walkmen.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters  on the 17th, and she will be sharing the bill with Caroline Aiken, the bohemian godmother of Atlanta's folk scene.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play 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.

 

Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle in a jazz club? Well, as you may already know, Yoshi's San Francisco is making a concerted effort to book more non-jazz acts these days, and Sundays in the lounge have been designated singer-songwriter nights. On Sunday the 18th Stevie will be performing there solo, in a round-robin evening of music with Jenny Kerr, Caroline Aiken, Sid Lewis, Barry "The Fish" Melton and Kelly Ali (Sneaker Pimps). A bunch of these folks will have participated as teachers the previous Friday and Saturday in the first-ever San Francisco Music Intensive, a "weekend of inspiration and intensive study with some of the Bay Area's most seasoned professional musicians. Sessions range from workshops to jam sessions to hands-on demos and are designed for both established and aspiring musicians." On Saturday the 17th, Stevie will be leading a workshop called "Developing Performance Skills: Yes, you, too can play music onstage and live to tell the tale."

 

New concert series in Sonoma. Located in the south end of the Sonoma Valley, the Roots and Vines Concert Series brings great music to Sonoma and combines it with great food and wine. Their first show is the 18th, featuring Grandpa Banana, starting at 4 p.m. Blankets/low-back chairs recommended.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax has been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 20th at 9 p.m.

 

On the 22nd Mill Valley local Matt Lax plays with The Palm Wine Boys at The 142 Throckmorton. It's the North Bay CD Release Party for their long awaited third disc titled Old Stories.

 

For anyone vacationing in Florida this month, swing by and see Lorin & Chris Rowan playing at the Magnolia Festival in the town of Live Oak on the 22nd-25th with Sue Cunningham on fiddle.

 

Reilly & Maloney on tour. The duo Reilly & Maloney has been playing together since the 1970s, and David has been living in Marin for almost that long. See them play on the 23rd at the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series in Santa Clara, and on the 24th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

 

West-Fest, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, will be taking place in SF’s Golden Gate Park on the 24th and 25th with the Jefferson Starship, Country Joe McDonald, Barry “The Fish” Melton, and dozens more acts to numerous to mention here.

 

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.

 

Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ at the Station House in Point Reyes Station on the 25th from 5-8:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

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

 

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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September 15, 2009

 

Okay, no usual witty intro here. No time for clever or sarcastic comments about rapper Kanye West’s outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards (yeah, like most of us have ever heard of this event)(let alone were watching it) this past weekend, old lantern jaw Jay Leno’s new/old TV show, and Ellen’s new position on the game show American Idol. It is the 15th of September, and with the TARP money received from the government combined with the recent obscene executive bonuses paid out to the editors here, The Carltone Corporation tax lawyers are scrambling to get our federal estimated tax installment done by midnight tonight, so let’s just get right to the news before time runs out…

 

“You lie, Carltone!” Okay, so a mea culpa is in order. If rapper West, tennis star Serena Williams, football player Michael Vick, and politico Joe Wilson can admit their mistakes in front of the press (all, no doubt, having done so after their “media advisers” suggested they do such), then so can we. While the intent here at Carltone World Headquarters is never to intentionally besmirch anyone’s name (“You’re lying again, Carltone!”), nor utter “mistruths,” sometimes things happen accidentally. And when they do, we stand corrected! In the previous edition of the Carltone World News the song by Kitty Wells was incorrectly listed as “It Wasn’t Got Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” The Marin Jamvitational in Fairfax will be taking place on the third Tuesday, not Wednesday, of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (details lie below). And the second date this month for The Marin Bluegrass Jam will be the 17th, not the 20th, as noted previously.

 

Blue Berry. The Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside of Yosemite over the Labor Day Weekend was great fun, with the Saturday music lineup of Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Suzy Bogguss, The Time Jumpers and The Del McCoury Band being one for the ages. Also tearing up the fest were Bearfoot and The Belleville Outfit. Frank Solivan, Jr., (who will also be playing at the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills on the 18th-20th in Plymouth) really is a talented guy, and Bay Area folks should be proud of him and his dad Frank Sr., who not only has worked the main stage entrance at Strawberry for years, he also runs the Kids on Bluegrass program for the CBA.

 

King of the Queen City. The new book by Jon Hartley Fox titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records  hit the bookstores last week. Jon lives in Sacramento, and he has written countless liner notes for and reviews of American roots recordings. There was also a real nice story about Jon and the book that you can read in a recent edition of the Sacramento Bee.

 

Bill Monroe postage stamp. There is still a national push to get the Father of Bluegrass onto a US postage stamp, and there were petitions being signed at the recent Father’s Day Festival. Read about it and see photos in the Bluegrass Blog.

 

The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention took place last weekend, and ace photographer Mike Melnyk has already posted some of his photos here. Check them out.

 

Swimming against breast cancer. Bay Area bluegrass radio host Peter Thompson will once again be participating in the annual Swim A Mile For Women With Cancer event that will take place on October 3rd and 4th at Mills College in Oakland. Peter has raised over $7,000 over the past few years by doing the swim, and you can help him and the cause by going here to make a donation. And tune into his Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF every Saturday evening from 6:30-8 p.m.

 

Give Back Tuesday. On the 22nd, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax will donate a portion of the proceeds of all food and beverage sales to benefit Bread & Roses. Kurt Huget and Jesse Lee Kincaid will present an evening of acoustic originals and selected covers. Their music is a mix of folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and Irish fiddle tunes. Iron Springs Pub is owned and operated by Michael and Anne Altman. It is a well-loved asset of the Fairfax community as well as a comfortable place where locals of all ages can meet and enjoy good food, drink and live music. The 22nd will be another in their weekly series called “Give Back Tuesday,” which help to support local non-profit organizations. Their donation of a portion of the profits for the evening will help Bread & Roses carry on its daily mission of presenting uplifting shows at the institutions that they serve.

Marin lead guitarist Craig Caffall, who also plays in Maria Muldaur’s band, has a nice review of his CD Hold Me Up in the New Orleans magazine OffBeat that you can read here.

 

Ailing. Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor suffered a minor stroke on the 9th and had to cancel some upcoming scheduled appearances. Noted North Bay harmonica player Norton Buffalo is battling adenocarcinoma and has canceled all upcoming gigs for the time being. Go to his web site to read his posting about his condition.

 

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: a review of a new Louis Armstrong box set, a review of Whitney Houston’s new CD, and an interview with country punker John Doe.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about Hot Buttered Rum and Roy Rogers. In the SF Chronicle read about Pete Seeger, The Beatles new box set and John Legend.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. New Orleans R&B singer Juanita Brooks suffered a heart attack and died while having back surgery on the 10th. She was 55. Actor and dancer Patrick Swayze died on the 14th in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Jim Carroll, author and punk rocker, died in New York City on the 11th from a heart attack. He was 60. Larry Gelbart, writer on the M*A*S*H television series as well of noted screenplays, died from cancer in Los Angeles on the 11th. He was 81. Norman Seaman, erstwhile New York City niche impresario and producer of 3,000 performances who wedged concert programs into halls and who introduced curious audiences to hundreds of new performers aspiring to great careers, died on the 2nd in Chicago. He was 86.

 

Coming attractions. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF’s Golden Gate Park on 10/2-4; The Matt Flinner Trio at Petaluma Church Concerts 10/9; Danny Montana & The Bar Association at Iron Springs in Fairfax 10/10; CBA Campout in Colusa 10/14-18; Preston Reed at  The Acoustic Vortex 10/16; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25; The Rory McNamara CD Release Party at The Acoustic Vortex 10/30; The Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/21.

 

Additions

 

Rambling in Alameda. The Bay Island Ramblers, playing bluegrass music and originals, will be making their Alameda debut on the 19th at McGrath’s Pub starting at 8:30 p.m. The band is Mark Berkley (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Lanie Anderson-Barrett (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Ken Smith (mandolin and lead/harmony vocals), Dane Miller (fiddle), Tom Biggs (banjo) and Mike Edgerley (bass).

 

Fairfax singer/songwriter Jo D'Anna will be in San Francisco on the 18th at the Red Vic Sessions monthly acoustic showcase at 1665 Haight Street. She will be starting off the show at 7:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Beckalina, Jarrett Fenlon, Jon Levi Band, and Chris Porra.

 

San Anselmo’s David Maloney, one-half of the fabulous longtime duo Reilly & Maloney, on the 19th will be sittin’ in with Hugh Shaklett and George Inskeep (of The Perfect Crime) at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma starting at 8 p.m.; on the 20th it will be the David Maloney Family Concert at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley; and on the 26th at 7 p.m. see him at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco.

 

The Magic Juju BoatHouse Concert Series in San Rafael presents singer/songwriter Keri Noble on the 19th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations required as space is limited. Contact (415) 785-4530 for more information.

 

Marin musician Kyle Alden has his hands in many projects and bands. Besides already playing solo, with the Mild Colonial Boys and others he is now honored to be the newest member of the Irish band called The Gasmen. He has been sitting in with the band off and on for years. Look for The Gasmen at the Fairfax Town Picnic on the 20th and at the Freight and Salvage in early October. Besides this news there will be a CD release party for Hello Again Kind Stranger, an album completed last year with talented producer/guitarist Robert Powell, getting its official debut at the Sleeping Lady on the 26th with special guests and door prizes. He is also teaching an Irish Guitar Workshop on Tuesday evenings in San Anselmo through October 6th. To sign up or for more information, contact Roots Music Marin at rootsmusicmarin@gmail.com or call (415) 517-2118. 

 

Woofstock. See The Zydeco Flames and Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Chan Manning and Paul Knight when they play Woofstock, a benefit for the Marin County Humane Society on the 20th from 4-7 p.m.

 

MSFriends Rock for MS presents An Evening with Roy Rogers on the 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Boom Boom Room in SF. Author Deborah Grabien will also be there, signing and dedicating copies of both of her JP Kinkaid Mystery Chronicles, Rock and Roll Never Forgets and the newly released While My Guitar Gently Weeps. And as part of the package, for $50 you'll be able to get your hands on the Rock for MS guitar pick necklace in a presentation case with an appropriately sized print of the legendary Jim Marshall photograph of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. Proceeds go to MSFriends, an organization providing outreach and help to people with MS. 

 

Sebastopol singer/songwriter Moss Henry will be playing with Gailene Grillo and Jay Elliott on the 25th at The Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Reminders

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax that was hosted by yours truly has now been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 15th at 9 p.m., featuring Deirdre on bass, Tom Lucas on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle, Dan Large on mandolin, and Joe Ridout on guitar.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa presents the Mariachi Divas on the 15th and what is left of The Beach Boys on the 20th.

 

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 Jamvitational on the 15th, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 16th, Helm on the 18th, Ruckus on the 19th, Fairfax Fiddle Summit on the 23rd, Earl Brothers on the 25th, Kyle Alden on the 26th, plus others.

 

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 Sang Matiz Latin Band on the 16th, Pink Sabbath on the 23rd, and Lorin Rowan & Doug Harman 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. See The High Rhythm Hustlers on the 16th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 17th, Culann's Hounds on the 18th, Andre and Friends on the 20th, Sacred Profanities on the 23rd, Bluesburners on the 24th, Fire Wheel on the 26th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 27th, Christopher Grant Ward on the 29th, (W+T) J2 on the 30th, plus more.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. Se Elaine Dempsey on the 17th, Under The Radar on the 25th, and the free two-day Fick and Piddle Kinda Sorta Bluegrass Festival with The Brother Creek Mountain Boys, Adam Traum & The Traumatics, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, and The Brothers Comatose on the 26th, and Thick Soup, The David Thom Band, and The Green String Farm Band on the 27th.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next one will be 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. Pat Palmer is the host of the jam.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The Real Vocal String Quartet on the 17th, Scott Amendola on the 20th, Maria Muldaur on the 25th, the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet on the 30th and other fine shows.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be joining Chronicle/Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres for an evening of music and interview at The Redwoods in Mill Valley on the 17th, and he and Jesse Lee Kincaid will entertain the crowd at the Iron Springs Pub in Fairfax on the 22nd for the Bread & Roses benefit.

 

North Bay Live (Schaef-Abel Productions) proudly presents Austin-based award-winning singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson and a surprise special guest for a concert in celebration of Schaef-Abel Productions' five-year anniversary of hosting shows at Studio E near Sebastopol on the 17th. Eliza is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. Doors open 7, concert at 7:30. Tickets are at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or go to the NBL web site.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has The Marshall Tucker Band on the 18th, Jerry Jeff Walker on the 19th, Blues Traveler on the 20th, Robert Cray on the 21st, The Average White Band on the 27th, and more.

 

Pete Seeger in SF. Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger had his 90th Birthday Celebration in New York City this past May, and you can see him perform live and in person during his This Land Is Your Land show that is coming to the Masonic Auditorium in SF on the 18th. Also on the bill are The Waybacks and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

 

The 7th Annual Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival in Plymouth on the 18th-20th will have Nell Robinson & Red Level, Savannah Blu, Grasstowne, Ronnie Reno, Bluegrass Etc., Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers, Audie Blaylock & Redline and more.

 

Mill Valley’s Dore Coller will be with the Savannah Blu bluegrass band on the 18th at the Bluegrassin’ Fest mentioned above as well as at the Mill Valley Arts Festival on the 19th, and on the 28th see him with Hot Club of Marin at the Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton 7-9:30 p.m.

 

Sebastopol picker Kevin Russell is one busy guy. On the 18th he presents The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet elegant Gypsy jazz band at The Sebastopol Community Center; on the 25th his band Under the Radar will be at Murphy’s in Sonoma; and on the 26th his band The Rhythm Rangers will play Earlefest in Santa Rosa.

 

Twang Ditty will be singing county music on the 18th at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove and on the 26th at Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas.

 

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 Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith on the 18th, Michael Joe Kirkbride on the 19th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 25th, and Schuster Jones on the 26th.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 18th and The Tonewoods on the 26th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Penngrove singer/songwriter Ed Hance and Front Porch Blues with Allen Goldberg on harmonica on the 18th will play at the Blue Fish Cove Resort in Clearlake Oaks at 6 p.m.

 

Three At Last on the 19th will be at the San Rafael Plaza on 4th Street from 2-6 p.m., on the 26th at the Aqus Café in Petaluma at 10 a.m., and on the 26th at the Body & Soul Festival in Fairfax Pavilion at 3 p.m.

 

Californicana specialists 77 El Deora will perform their kinder, gentler "Hell Yeah! Turn it Down! Acoustic Set" at the Mill Valley Arts Festival on the 19th. And on the 24th Deora’s Maurice Tani joins the San Francisco Singer-Songwriter Summit: Four Singer/Songwriters Sans their Bands at the Café Royale. Also on the bill are Denise Funari (Yardsale), Misisipi Mike Wolf (Misisipi Rider) and Gayle Lynn (& Her Hired Hands).

 

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 Steve Baughman & Eric Schoenberg on the 19th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur on her new recording titled Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy has reunited with several of her former jug band mates and recorded many tunes from the classic jug band era (late ‘20s early ‘30s) as well as two newly penned gems by Dan Hicks. Special guests on the album include John Sebastian, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, Fritz Richmond, Suzy Thompson, Hicks and Kit Stovepipe. You can see Maria at the Mill Valley Arts Fest on the 19th (see below), at the 142 Throckmorton on the 25th, at Armstrong Woods in Guerneville on the 26th, and at Armando’s in Martinez on the 27th.

 

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park on the 19th and 20th has a lot of good music going on. See 'Til Dawn, Savannah Blu, 77 El Deora, Maria Muldaur, Matt Jaffe, Whiskey Deaf, Jesse DeNatale, Tom Rigney & Flambeau and more.

 

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

 

Lindalou and Michael with their band The 3 D's (Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper) will be at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on 19th from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band The New Rising Sons can be seen playing on the 19th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito, and then Jesse goes acoustic with Kurt Huget on the 22nd at Iron Springs.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz can be seen playing with his band Bravo at the Highland Dell in Monte Rio on the 20th at 2 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 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.

 

The North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome on the 23rd will share the bill with The Mighty Crows and Homespun Rowdy at the new location of the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company on the 25th.

 

Murphy Productions will feature Tim Hockenberry on the 25th at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall.  

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting The Pam & Jeri Show (from Blame Sally) on the 25th. Reservations highly encouraged

 

Earle Fest, a benefit for the Earle Baum Center for the Blind, will be taking place in Santa Rosa on the 26th, and you can see Johnny Rawls & The Blues Defenders, Houston Jones, The Rhythm Rangers, Trailer Park Rangers, Solid Air, Old Jawbone, and The Mighty Chiplings.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts Celebrating Songwriters featuring at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley in Berkeley on the 26th with Garrin Benfield and David Gans starting at 8 p.m.

 

Rock ‘N Blues By the Lake at Stafford Lake in Novato on the 26th will have The B-52s, Rubber Souldiers, Jesse Brewster, The Alameda All-Stars, and more.

 

The Marin County band String Break will be picking some bluegrass at Taste of Rome on Bridgeway in Sausalito on the 26th starting at 6 p.m.

 

Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, besides appearing all over NorCal this month, will be playing on the 26th at aforementioned Earlefest on the 26th and later that night at the Blah Blah Woof Woof Songwriter Concert Series in SF, as well as at the Fogfest in Pacifica on the 27th.

 

The Fairfax Body & Soul Festival will be taking place on the 26th in Peri Park in Fairfax. Nourish your body and soul under the shade of the redwoods with workshops, speakers, music and experiences representing the leading edge of holistic health and wellness. Check out acts including “one man folk fest” Walter Strauss, Scott Kalechstein (as seen with Deepak Chopra), Three At Last, and the Fairfax All-Stars (featuring members of Big Brother & the Holding Company and Tom Finch Group).

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see the Kitka Vocal Ensemble on the 27th.

 

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.

 

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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September 1, 2009

 

Welcome to the 105th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

The staff here at Carltone World Headquarters is scrambling to get out of town to the Strawberry Music Festival up by Yosemite, so if there are any errors or omissions herein, blame lies solely on the interns who all called in sick with “hog flu” (veteran Strawberrians will know what this means) and haven’t been seen for days. Rumor has it that they have been spotted at the bar at the Evergreen Lodge, hoping to be the first ones let into the festival on Thursday…

 

Bold move. In the interest of saving time and eyesight, there are less bolded fonts in this newsletter, and there will be even fewer examples in future editions. Some of the ones seen here are carryovers from previous editions. Sorry, as with just about everything else, cutbacks are necessary for survival.

 

Speaking of the Strawberry Fest on the 3rd-6th, some of the acts you can see there are The Del McCoury Band, Bearfoot, The Time Jumpers, Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Alison Brown with Joe Craven, The Belleville Outfit, Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell and Suzy Bogguss. Unlike in previous years, the festival is not sold out. Go to the Ticket Exchange site for last minute tickets.

 

Family feud. The late self-proclaimed “King of Bluegrass” – Jimmy Martin – passed away in 2005 at the age of 77, and ever since then his heirs have been in court battling over the estate and future royalties. It appears that Martin made some last minute changes to his will just before dying, creating an ongoing battle between an ex-wife and some of Martin’s adult children. You can read the story in The Tennessean. Thanks to Darby Brandli for this tip.

Honky Tonk Angel. Legendary country singer Kitty Wells celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend at Ernest Tubb’s Record Store in Nashville. She was a true pioneer, being one of the first female singers to have a number one hit, which she had in 1952 with the million-selling “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” Kitty has been married for 72 years to Johnny Wright, half of the act known as Johnny & Jack, who had many hits, including “Ashes of Love." Read about the birthday party in The Tennessean.

Americana and the Grammys. The Grammy Award nominations will be announced sometime in the fall, and for the first time ever there will be an “Americana” category. Read about it in the USA Today. Of course, some of the same names and faces that win in other categories every year (Springsteen, Dylan, Costello) will be in the running, so the saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same” applies here…

 

Wild bluegrass in Mill Valley. Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Marin County's premier bluegrass band, will be celebrating the release of their new CD titled Wild Blue Grass on Wednesday the 9th, in concert at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in downtown Mill Valley starting at 7:30 p.m. Wild Blue features Dr. Elmo on banjo, whose holiday hit "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" has been the most popular Christmas song in the nation for the past 30 years, having sold over ten million copies. Guitarist John Pierson is the band balladeer and on standup bass is Carltone, whose unique voice adds the high lonesome sound to the band. Dana Rath, of the Modern Mandolin Quartet, plays mandolin and on fiddle is Berklee School of Music virtuoso Kenny Blacklock. Wild Blue's straight ahead bluegrass, folk and humorous music appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes. When they perform, it is both music and a show. The 142 Throckmorton is Marin County’s finest venue. All ages are welcome.

 

Looking back at the Ramblers. There was a wonderful piece on the Fresh Air Show With Terry Gross show on National Public Radio recently about the new three-disc set commemorating 50 years of the New Lost City Ramblers, the influential folk trio featuring the late Mike Seeger. You can read or listen to the story here. Mike is also remembered in a recent tribute on the Bluegrass Blog.

Changing chords. Most bluegrass fans have seen banjo player Tom Adams play somewhere along the way. Over the years he performed with Jimmy Martin, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Blue Highway, and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. However, in 2002 he had to quit playing the banjo due to a strange neurological condition called focal hand dystonia, which prevented one of his fingers on his right hand from working properly. There is no known cure for this affliction, so for a while Tom had to quit playing altogether. The good news is that while he still cannot play the banjo on stage, he has taken up the guitar and is now the lead singer in the band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper – a band that has been nominated for six IBMA Awards this year. You can read a really good story about Tom in the Hanover Evening Sun newspaper.

 

Jamvitational in Fairfax. The bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax that was hosted by yours truly has now been renamed the Marin Jamvitational and is now being run by Deirdre Donovan. It will be taking place on the 15th at 9 p.m., featuring Deirdre on bass, Tom Lucas on banjo, Steve Kallai on fiddle, Dan Large on mandolin, and Joe Ridout on guitar.

 

Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur spent the summer recording her latest project titled Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy! After years of exploring many different forms of American roots music, she recently decided to return to her original roots – jug band music. As many of you know, she first recorded in the early ‘60s as a member of both the Even Dozen Jug Band and The Jim Kweskin Jug Band. On Garden of Joy she has reunited with several of her former jug band mates and recorded many tunes from the classic jug band era (late ‘20s early ‘30s) as well as two newly penned gems by Dan Hicks. Special guests on the album include John Sebastian, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, Fritz Richmond, Suzy Thompson, Hicks and Kit Stovepipe. You can see Maria at the Mill Valley Arts Fest on the 19th, at the 142 Throckmorton on the 25th, at Armstrong Woods in Guerneville on the 26th, and at Armando’s in Martinez on the 27th.

 

Renovated Station. The Marin County-based bluegrass band Keystone Station has reformed after a brief hiatus and will be playing at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 12th. Original members Claudia Hampe, Carltone and Kenny Blacklock will be joined by longtime mandolinist Dave Earl and new banjo player Kris Hare.

 

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 the late songwriter Ellie Greenwich; a CD review of the band Deer Tick; an interview with writer James Bobin, creator of the show Flight of the Conchords; and a story about the punk band The Subhumans.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. How can I miss you if you won’t go away? It looks like the Marin County hot gossip couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright are once again getting a divorce. Until they aren’t…

 

Police log. Still dead after all these years. Erstwhile Rolling Stone guitarist Brian Jones supposedly drowned in his swimming pool 1969 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. However, now 40 years later a new investigation is underway to see if perhaps he was murdered by a disgruntled home builder. The only problem, besides Jones being mum on the subject, is that the home builder is now dead, the Stones’ former manager that the guy he supposedly confessed to on his deathbed is dead, and so is the woman that found Jones in the pool. Makes you wonder who is left to testify and, uh, why all the fuss now...Back on the chain gang. R& B Singer Chris Brown was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor for smacking around his now former girlfriend/pop singer Rihanna last winter on the eve of the Grammy Awards. In one story, Brown supposedly said he cannot remember hitting her, and in another he supposedly said he does remember. Man, don’t you love those publicists? The lawyers? The Internet?

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about young Belvedere fiddler Griffin Stoller, jazz musician Bobby Hutcherson, rock singer Kathi McDonald, and former Marin singer/songwriter Noelle Hampton. In the SF Chronicle read about singer/songwriter Brandi Shearer and country singer Shania Twain.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Pacific Northwest noted guitar maker Robert Girdis died in June. He was 56. Ellie Greenwich, co-writer of such “wall of sound” hits such as “Leader of the Pack,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Doowah Diddy Diddy,” “Be My Baby,” and “Chapel of Love,” died of a heart attack in New York on August 26th. She was 68. Jazz singer Chris Connor, who sang with the Stan Kenton Band and had a solo hit with “All About Ronnie,” died from cancer in Toms River, NJ, on August 29th. She was 81. Gospel singer Marie Knight, who came to prominence while touring with Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 1940s and singing hits such as "Beams of Heaven," died from pneumonia in New York City on August 30th. She was 84. Erich Kunzel, director of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for three decades, died from cancer in Maine on September 1st. He was 74. The deejay known simply as AM died in New York City on the 28th of August of a possible drug overdose. He was 36.

 

Coming attractions. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF’s Golden Gate Park on 10/2-4; The Matt Flinner Trio at Petaluma Church Concerts 10/9; Danny Montana & The Bar Association at Iron Springs in Fairfax 10/10; CBA Campout in Colusa 10/14-18; Preston Reed at  The Acoustic Vortex 10/16; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25; The Rory McNamara CD Release Party at The Acoustic Vortex 10/30; The Stairwell Sisters at Petaluma Church Concerts 11/21.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

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 Eldon Brown Band on the 2nd, Moonchild on the 3rd, Cole Tate Band on the 5th, Peri's Blues Jam on the 6th, Sacred Profanities on the 9th (and 23rd), Sweetie Pie and the Doughboys on the 11th, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 12th,  Sexy Sunday on the 13th, High Rhythm Hustlers on the 16th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 17th, Culann's Hounds on the 18th, Andre and Friends on the 20th, Bluesburners on the 24th, Fire Wheel on the 26th, Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 27th, Christopher Grant Ward on the 29th, (W+T) J2 on the 30th, plus more.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam, normally hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, will take place on the 2nd starting at 8:30 p.m. with Ted and Patti Garber as guest hosts. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

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 Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 2nd (and 16th), Courtney Janes on the 3rd, Revolver on the 5th, Finger-style showcase on the 9th, Pine Needles on the 10th, Three At Last on the 12th, Namely Us on the 13th, Marin Jamvitational on the 15th, Helm on the 18th, Ruckus on the 19th, Fairfax Fiddle Summit on the 23rd, Earl Brothers on the 25th, Kyle Alden on the 26th, plus others.

 

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 The Four Teardrops on the 2nd, Michael LaMacchia on the 9th, Sang Matiz Latin Band on the 16th, Pink Sabbath on the 23rd, and Lorin Rowan & Doug Harman on the 30th.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See JL Stiles on the 3rd, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 4th, Andrew Freeman on the 5th, the Celtic jam on the 6th, Keystone Station on the 12th, The Tonewoods on the 13th, Elaine Dempsey on the 17th, Under The Radar on the 25th, and the free two-day Fick and Piddle Kinda Sorta Bluegrass Festival with The Brother Creek Mountain Boys, Adam Traum & The Traumatics, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, and The Brothers Comatose on the 26th, and Thick Soup, The David Thom Band, and The Green String Farm Band on the 27th.

 

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 3rd 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. Pat Palmer is the host of the jam.

 

West Marin bassman Paul Knight and Banana can be seen playing at the Panama Hotel San Rafael on the 3rd, and then Paul & Friends will have the Twang Ranglers on the 6th at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station, plus more friends to be determined on the 20th.

 

Twang Ditty will be singing county music on the 4th at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa, on the 5th at Buster's Southern BBQ in Calistoga, on the 18th at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, and on the 26th at Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas.

 

Sebastopol singer/songwriter Moss Henry Moss will be performing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 4th from 7-10 p.m. No cover.

 

The end of summer always means it is time for the Sausalito Art & Wine Festival which will run from the 4th-7th. The Edge, Lorin Rowan & Friends, Johnny Winter, Night Ranger, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Quicksilver, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company among others, will perform.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz can be seen playing with his band Bravo at the Highland Dell in Monte Rio on the 4th at 7:30 p.m. and on the 20th at 2 p.m.

 

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 Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 4th, Eugene Shilin on the 5th, Tom Bowers Duo on the 11th, Tangria Jazz Duo on the 12th, Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith on the 18th, Michael Joe Kirkbride on the 19th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 25th, and Schuster Jones on the 26th.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 4th, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 18th, and The Tonewoods on the 26th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

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

 

The Marin trio The Mild Colonial Boys (John Caulfield, Rory McNamara and Kyle Thayer) will play their usual first Saturday slot at the San Gregorio Store on the 5th from 3-6 p.m. Watch for the official release of Rory's new album So Far So Good.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see Darol Anger's Monster String Quartet on the 5th and the Kitka Vocal Ensemble on the 27th.

 

Sebastopol picker Kevin Russell is a man of many bands. On the 5th he and Michael Capella and Markie Sanders will playing acoustic folky, bluesy Americana stuff at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma; on the 12th his band Laughing Gravy performs at the 13th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival from 11a.m.-4 p.m.; on the 12th his band   Under the Radar plays The Aqus Café in Petaluma from 7-9 p.m.; on the 18th Kevin presents The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet elegant Gypsy jazz band at The Sebastopol Community Center; on the 25th Under the Radar will be at Murphy’s in Sonoma; and on the 26th his band The Rhythm Rangers will play Earlefest in Santa Rosa.

 

Tasmanian singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach and now living in Nashville, on the 5th will be playing a show with Nina Gerber at the Stinson Beach Community Center starting at 7 p.m.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Pitta & Friends on the 5th, Dan Hicks on the 6th, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 9th, Peppino D'Agostino on the 10th, Bob Weir & Friends on the 12th, Brian Gore & Susan Z on the 13th, The Real Vocal String Quartet on the 17th, Scott Amendola on the 20th, Maria Muldaur on the 25th, the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet on the 30th and other fine shows.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays of the month. See them on the 6th and 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.

 

Dore Coller is a busy picker. On the 6th he will be with the Savannah Blu bluegrass band at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley, on the 10th with SB at the Atlas in SF, on the 12th at the Brown Barn Festival in San Martin, on the 18th at the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival in Plymouth, on the 19th at the Mill Valley Arts Festival, and on the 28th with Hot Club of Marin at the Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton 7-9:30 p.m.

 

Labor Day Louisiana Crawfish Boil. Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford will host its first Louisiana Style Crawfish Boil on the 6th from 4-8 p.m. on the outdoor patio. Admission is free and the crawfish dinner can be purchased for $14.00/pound. BBQ oysters, burgers and other options for the non-crawfish eater will also be available for sale. Call (707) 876-1983 for further information.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be making the musical rounds as usual this month. His alt-country/Americana band Moonlight Rodeo performs at Santa Venetia's Rosal Park on Labor Day afternoon. The jazz quintet Namely Us gigs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 12th and also at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 13th. He'll be joining Chronicle/Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres for an evening of music and interview at The Redwoods in Mill Valley on the 17th. Finally, he and Jesse Lee Kincaid will entertain the crowd at the Iron Springs Pub in Fairfax on the 22nd, for an evening benefiting Bread & Roses.

 

San Rafael's Jenn Courtney and her band 77 El Deora headline the 7th Annual Labor Day Cowgirlapalooza Festival of Female-Fronted Bands on the 7th at the outdoor stage at San Francisco's El Rio, featuring Wicked Mercies, Bootcuts and Mighty Slim Pickins. Plus free barbecue! Doors at 3 p.m., show at 4. Then Californicana specialists 77 El Deora will perform their kinder, gentler "Hell Yeah! Turn it Down! Acoustic Set" at the Mill Valley Arts Festival on the 19th. And on the 24th Deora’s Maurice Tani joins the San Francisco Singer-Songwriter Summit: Four Singer/Songwriters Sans their Bands at the Café Royale. Also on the bill are Denise Funari (Yardsale), Misisipi Mike Wolf (Misisipi Rider) and Gayle Lynn (& Her Hired Hands).

 

The North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome has a gig at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 9th from 7-9 p.m., and then on the 23rd they will share the bill with The Mighty Crows and Homespun Rowdy at the new location of the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

 

The Marin Civic Center has The Gipsy Kings on the 9th, Metallica on the 11th, and the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company on the 25th.

 

As of this date, old-time is still not a crime in Berkeley, so head on over there on the 9th-13th for the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention. You can see Alice Gerrard, The Tall Boys, Eric & Suzy Thompson, The Knuckle Knockers, The Black Crown Stringband, and lots more.

 

Lindalou and Michael on the 10th from 6-8 p.m. will be playing in Pioneer Park on Cedar Street in Calistoga with their band The 3 D's (Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper). On the 12th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. see them at Calistoga's annual Relay for Life at the Calistoga High School track on Lake Street. And then they will be at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on 19th from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Stevie Coyle, fresh off the touring trail, has completed the last in a series of Bay Area CD release parties featuring Sam Bevan, Kendrick Freeman and Kit Walker, the erstwhile Ten-in-One Band. He will be making the transition back to guy-with-a-guitar on the evening of the 11th in Larkspur at The Acoustic Vortex House Concert Series. In all likelihood, this will be a CD/DVD taping, so wear something you would like to be seen in for all posterity.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band The New Rising Sons can be seen playing on the 11th at Servino in  Tiburon, and then on the 12th at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito. On the 19th the band plays Taste of Rome in Sausalito. Jesse goes acoustic with Kurt Huget on the 22nd at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax.

 

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 normally play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m., but instead, due to the holiday weekend, they will play on the 11th. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

Penngrove singer/songwriter Ed Hance will be playing at Lupin Lodge in Los Gatos on the 11th at 8 p.m.; at the Image Winery in Glen Ellen on the 12th at 1 p.m. as Front Porch Blues with Allen Goldberg on harmonica; Front Porch will then be at the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake on the 13th, and on the 18th at the Blue Fish Cove Resort in Clearlake Oaks at 6 p.m.

 

The 5th Annual Great American Blues & Barbeque will have downtown San Rafael jumping on the 12th from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with the Delta Wires, JC Smith Band, Austin de Lone's R & B-B-Q Review and Charlie Musselwhite. Admission is free. This is an event to raise awareness of Prader-Willi Syndrome and benefit the Richard deLone Special Housing Project.

 

The Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival will be taking place on the 12th in Clearlake. See/hear Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber, Susie Glaze, Bound To Ride, Jim Nunally & Dix Bruce, and lots more

 

The San Geronimo Cultural Center presents its annual gala on the 12th. Dance to award-winning dance band Crossfire featuring members who have played with The Temptations, Santana, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are $85, including food and wine and beer and can be obtained at the Community Center or on the web site. The event benefits the programs and services of the Center, including an emergency food pantry, a youth center and much more. For more information, please call at 488-8888.

 

Three At Last has a busy month. On the 12th they will be having a CD release party at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax at 9:30 p.m., on the 13th see them at the Windsor Farmers Market at 9 a.m., on the 19th at the San Rafael Plaza on 4th Street from 2-6 p.m., on the 26th at the Aqus Café in Petaluma at 10 a.m., and on the 26th at the Body & Soul Festival in Fairfax Pavilion at 3 p.m.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa presents the Mariachi Divas on the 15th and what is left of The Beach Boys on the 20th. Caveat emptor on this last act…

 

North Bay Live (Schaef-Abel Productions) proudly presents Austin-based award-winning singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson and a surprise special guest for a concert in celebration of Schaef-Abel Productions' five-year anniversary of hosting shows at Studio E near Sebastopol on the 17th. Eliza is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. Doors open 7, concert at 7:30. Tickets are at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or go to the NBL web site.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has The Marshall Tucker Band on the 18th, Jerry Jeff Walker on the 19th, Blues Traveler on the 20th, Robert Cray on the 21st, The Average White Band on the 27th, and more.

 

Pete Seeger in SF. Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger had his 90th Birthday Celebration in New York City this past May, and you can see him perform live and in person during his This Land Is Your Land show that is coming to the Masonic Auditorium in SF on the 18th. Also on the bill are The Waybacks and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

 

The 7th Annual Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills Festival in Plymouth on the 18th-20th will have Nell Robinson & Red Level, Savannah Blu, Grasstowne, Ronnie Reno, Bluegrass Etc., Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Steep Canyon Rangers, Audie Blaylock & Redline and 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 Steve Baughman & Eric Schoenberg on the 19th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park on the 19th and 20th has a lot of good music going on. See 'Til Dawn, Savannah Blu, 77 El Deora, Maria Muldaur, Matt Jaffe, Whiskey Deaf, Jesse DeNatale, Tom Rigney & Flambeau and more.

 

Murphy Productions will feature Tim Hockenberry on the 25th at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall.  

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting The Pam & Jeri Show (from Blame Sally) on the 25th. Reservations highly encouraged

 

Earle Fest, a benefit for the Earle Baum Center for the Blind, will be taking place in Santa Rosa on the 26th, and you can see Johnny Rawls & The Blues Defenders, Houston Jones, The Rhythm Rangers, Trailer Park Rangers, Solid Air, Old Jawbone, and The Mighty Chiplings.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts Celebrating Songwriters featuring at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley in Berkeley on the 26th with Garrin Benfield and David Gans starting at 8 p.m.

 

Rock ‘N Blues By the Lake at Stafford Lake in Novato on the 26th will have The B-52s, Rubber Souldiers, Jesse Brewster, The Alameda All-Stars, and more.

 

The Marin County band String Break will be picking some bluegrass at Taste of Rome on Bridgeway in Sausalito on the 26th starting at 6 p.m.

 

Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, besides appearing all over NorCal this month, will be playing on the 26th at aforementioned Earlefest on the 26th and later that night at the Blah Blah Woof Woof Songwriter Concert Series in SF, as well as at the Fogfest in Pacifica on the 27th.

 

The Fairfax Body & Soul Festival will be taking place on the 26th in Peri Park in Fairfax. Nourish your body and soul under the shade of the redwoods with workshops, speakers, music and experiences representing the leading edge of holistic health and wellness. Check out acts including “one man folk fest” Walter Strauss, Scott Kalechstein (as seen with Deepak Chopra), Three At Last, and the Fairfax All-Stars (featuring members of Big Brother & the Holding Company and Tom Finch Group).

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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August 15, 2009

 

Man, where did the summer go? Here we are with only half a month left to go, and it feels like the season just arrived. There is still a lot of great stuff to do and see the rest of this month, so put away your scratchy Woodstock records, turn off the cable so-called “news” stations, stash your Charlie Manson memorabilia, get ready for the no-doubt-soon-to-appear-on-Fox TV Squeaky Fromme “reality”show (perhaps after the Octomom special)(we kid you not about this one!), and get out and have some fun before the summer is really gone for good!

 

If you haven’t had your fill of Woodstock stories yet, then read here, here and here in the SF Chronicle. And if you need more, listen in on the evening of the 15th to KWMR in West Marin, or just tune into satellite radio or your local corporate rock station, as everyone is doing trips down memory lane this weekend. But not the acid variety…

 

If you are more inclined to tune into what is current than what may have happened four decades ago, try out Folk Alley for, you guessed it, the latest in folk sounds, and Mojaradio, for the latest in jazz. This show developed after the Beyond Jazz show was nixed in the satellite merger earlier this year. You can listen for free for three hours, and then a monthly subscription will get you 100% commercial free jazz on the web.

 

Alison at the White House. The White House Summer Music series in late July presented A Country Music Celebration with Alison Krauss & Union Station, modern country artist Brad Paisley and legendary country singer Charley Pride. You can read the story in the NY Times. During her set, at one point Alison pointed out that, “Something’s going right if there’s a banjo in the White House.” If you have access to the Great American Country network the performance will air at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday the 15th.

Pete Seeger coming to SF.  Pete Seeger had his 90th Birthday Celebration in New York City this past May at Madison Square Garden. A partial list of performers included Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Bela Fleck, Tony Trishka, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez. The show was taped and will appear on PBS on KQED-TV Channel 9 in SF on August 17th at 1 p.m., on the 19th at 7:30 p.m., and on the 20th at 1:30 a.m. (People outside the SF/Bay Area should consult their local PBS listings.) However, you can also see Pete perform live and in person during his This Land Is Your Land show that will come to the Masonic Auditorium in SF on September 18th. Tickets just went on sale this week. Also on the bill are The Waybacks and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

Strawberry fields. The Strawberry Music Festival will be taking place just outside of Yosemite over Labor Day Weekend on the September 3rd-6th. Some of the acts you can see there are The Del McCoury Band, Bearfoot, The Time Jumpers, Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Alison Brown with Joe Craven, The Belleville Outfit, Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell and Suzy Bogguss. If you do not have tickets yet, East Bay bluegrass mandolin player Bob Blanshard, who was severely injured in a bicycle accident in May, cannot attend, and he has two all-fest tickets available. Please call him at (510) 653-5454.

Congrats to WAMU. The National Association of Broadcasters recently announced the winner of the third annual NAB HD Radio Multicast Award, and WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, will receive the award for its BluegrassCountry.org stream on the web. The award will be presented at the NAB Radio Luncheon in September in Philadelphia. WAMU features 70 weekly hours of content, including the Bay Area’s own Peter Thompson’s show Bluegrass Signal as well as The Katy Daley Show, The Ray Davis Show and Stained Glass Bluegrass.


Freight on the move. Most folks know by now that the venerable Freight & Salvage, at 1111 Addison Street in Berkeley, is moving this month to its new location uptown soon. The new place, at 2020 Addison Street, is going to be fantastic, and the first official show (already sold out) there will take place on the Thursday the 27th. However, there are still tickets available for The David Grisman Quintet on the 28th and other fine shows that following weekend. And if you want to get a sneak preview of the new digs, The Summer Session Showcase of the Take The Stage musician workshops will take place there on the 25th, starting at 7 p.m. On the 29th the West Coast Live radio show will be broadcasting live from 10 a.m. until noon, and after this show there will be a free open house from noon until 5 p.m., with jams and workshops going on. Ran Bush will host a bluegrass jam, Pete Madsen will be doing acoustic blues, Mike de Silva will conduct the ukulele session, Tim Hicks will lead an old-time jam along with Eric & Suzy Thompson, and there will be lots more activities. You can also read stories about the move in the Contra Costa Times here and here.

See these. Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue have a brand new CD out titled Wild Blue Grass, and they will also be having a CD release party at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on September 9th. More info about this show will appear in the September newsletter. The Black Crown Stringband has a new, self-titled seven song EP covering a variety of bluegrass and old-time standards. They'll be selling it for $10 at their shows and $12 (including shipping & handling) if you order from their site.   

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. The country act known as Brooks and Dunn are supposedly calling it quits in 2010 after nearly two decades of performing together. There is so much hype in the country music press about their impending demise that it would be no surprise if the duo decided to “stay together so as not to let down our fans.” If nothing else, the reunion tour should begin in, oh, say 2011, after their solo careers go nowhere…The geezer rock band Aerosmith had to postpone their current tour when front man and lead singer Steve Tyler fell off a stage recently. Those jumps and leaps just don’t work as well at age 61…


The answer is blowing in the wind. Bob Dylan was questioned by young police officers as he roamed around a low income area of Long Branch, NJ. Someone called to report a strange character wondering around the neighborhood. The police officers asked his name and for his ID, and they asked him what he was doing in the area. He said he was “on tour and just out for a walk.” Speaking of which, the Bobster is reportedly in the midst of recording his first album of Christmas songs. Thanks to Richard Brandenburg for this tip.

 

CarlTube. A new segment has been added to Carltone’s Corner. YouTube is everywhere these days, documenting everything from music performances to who knows what. SF Polka Queen Big Lou and her partner David Golia went to Gaberone, Botswana, recently, to visit The Maru a Pula school, which has a lot of poor kids that are extremely talented but are lacking instruments. So Lou and David took them an accordion. They are working on a project to get more instruments sent over there. They taught the Maru a Pula Marimba band the “Chicken Dance,” and you can watch it here.

 

CalAmericana meets YouTube. The CalAmericana Association has created a YouTube account to host videos of California roots Americana bands. Go to their site to see the latest band postings, and check back regularly as the postings will rotate.

 

Police log. Too much partying? In Fort Wayne, IN, the rock band MercyMe’s tour bus crashed into a car after a gig and killed two people. The good news is that no shows were missed as a result of the crash…Monkee business: Donna Quinter, the wife of Mickey Dolenz, the drummer for the ‘60s band The Monkees, pleaded guilty in New York to defrauding a public housing program. Looks like there isn’t much of a market for the Monkee Nostalgia Tour anymore…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Legendary guitarist, inventor and innovator Les Paul died in New York on August 13th. He was 94. Mike Seeger, whose love for traditional songs and tunes inspired many other musicians to look for the rural roots of American music, died of multiple myeloma at his home in Lexington, VA, on August 7th. He was 75. You can read his obituary in the New York Times. Half-brother of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, Mike was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers in the late 1950s, and he was scheduled to perform at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention next month. Always Been A Rambler, the recent documentary about the Ramblers, will be shown as part of the festival or you can purchase a copy of it on the site. You can also view a real nice trailer of the film on the site. And, East Bay photographer Mike Melnyk has put together a beautiful slide show of Mike Seeger that you must look at here. Billy Lee Riley, who helped develop the Sun Records sound as a studio musician for other headliners, died in Jonesbore, AR, on August 2nd, from colon cancer. He was 75. His hit songs "Red Hot" and "Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll." Classic line from the former was “My gal is red hot, your gal ain’t doodly squat.” Willy DeVille, founding of the punk band Mink DeVille, died in New York City on August 6th from pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Johnny Collins, internationally known singer of sea shanties, died of a heart attack on July 6th in England. He was 71.

 

Coming attractions. Sausalito Art & Wine Festival 9/4-7; Stevie Coyle at The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 9/9; The Great American Blues and Barbeque in San Rafael on 9/12; The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on 9/19 and 9/20; Steve Baughman & Eric Schoenberg at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 9/19; The Pam & Jerry Show at The Acoustic Vortex 9/25; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF’s Golden Gate Park on 10/2-4; Danny Montana & The Bar Association at Iron Springs in Fairfax 10/10; Preston Reed at  The Acoustic Vortex 10/16; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25; The Rory McNamara CD Release Party at The Acoustic Vortex 10/30.

 

Additions

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 15th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this weekend will be a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Mike Seeger, one of the most influential acoustic musicians of the past half-century. The program presents a wide variety of Mike’s music: his collaborations with Alice Gerrard, Bob Baker, Hazel Dickens, Paul Brown, David Grisman, and his folksinger siblings; his recordings of the first bluegrass album(s) and many Stanley Brothers concerts; his 50 years as a founding member of The New Lost City Ramblers; and his many solo recordings, including several made at a music camp nearly 30 years ago by Bluegrass Signal producer/host Peter. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

Pink Sabbath will be playing a show at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 15th starting at 9 p.m.; on the 16th you can see them at Rocker Oysterfellers in Valley Ford starting at 6 p.m.; on the 23rd at the Point Reyes Hostel at 12:30 p.m.; and on the 29th at the Angel Island Live Music Concert Series starting at 2 p.m.

 

The Marin band Wagon will be rolling out some old-time, bluegrass and original music at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach on the 15th from 7 p.m-10 p.m. No cover.

 

The Bluegrass Mix. The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it normally airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA, with this week's show going until 8 p.m. 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 15th hear cuts from the new albums by Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and Mike Jackson. Songs will be played by some of the bands that will be at the upcoming Summergrass Bluegrass Festival -- New Found Road, Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, Bluegrass Patriots and Sawmill Road. And some new tracks from The Mighty Crows, Dalton Mountain Gang, Butch Waller, High Country, Blue & Lonesome, Nell Robinson & Red Level, The David Thom Band, 49 Special, and Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands. Sky is interested in receiving music from other California bluegrass bands who would like to have their music featured on his show. Send him an email at sky@bluegrassmix.com for more info.

 

Mill Valley singer/songwriter Jamie Clark will be playing a house concert in Corte Madera on the 15th starting at 6 p.m. For info, go to his web site.

 

Singer/songwriter Caren Armstrong will be appearing on Teresa Tudury’s Live From the Doublewide radio show on KOWS (107.3 FM) in Occidental on the 18th from 8-10 p.m. Then she will be playing at the Black Cat in Penngrove on the 23rd from 5-7 p.m.

 

The new all-star bluegrass band called the Brother Creek Mountain Boys will be making its long awaited appearance at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. The band is David Thom on mandolin, Chris Smith on guitar, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, Chris Caputo on banjo, and Carltone on doghouse bass.

 

The Honky Tonk Dreamers will be playing on the 21st at McGrath’s in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. They play Western swing and classic country music. The band is Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, National, dobro, and guitar, Tony Marcus on fiddle and guitar, Jerry Logan on bass, and Julay Brooks on rhythm guitar.

 

Poor Man’s Whiskey will be pickin’ their form of rockin’ bluegrass at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 28th.

 

The Blasters will be playing the KRSH radio Hot August Rockabilly Roadhouse show at the Hopmonk on the 29th. Bring earplugs.

 

Reminders

 

The Sonoma County Fair runs through August 9th. Music, rides, food, destruction derby, etc., can all be found there. You can see a blues festival, Natasha James, Mark McLay & The Dust Devils, JL Stiles, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, and Wall Street, just to name a few.

 

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 Holdouts on the 15th, Emily Bonn, Deborah Crooks, Chantelle Tibbs on the 18th, Sacred Profanities on the 19th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 20th, Royal Deuces on the 26th, Blue Diamond Fillups on the 27th, Honeydust on the 28th, and Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 30th. Also, on the first and third Friday of every month (next is the 21st) it will be Otis Scarecroe and Tommy Odetto on the patio from 4-7 p.m. And on the 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. see Dave Gleason's smokin' hot country band with 77 El Deora.

 

Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum can be seen playing a solo acoustic show on the 15th at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m.; on the 18th for the After Party at Murphy’s in Sonoma; and on the 22nd The Traumatics will play the Cur-Ville Dog Days Festival (details below).

 

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 Eugene Huggins on the 15th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 21st, Mike Angel & Two Sheas on the 22nd, Jef Labes on the 28th and Paul Robinson on the 29th.

 

Kevin Russell and his band Under the Radar will play at The Black Rose in Santa Rosa on the 15th, and on the 29th it will be a benefit for the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in Nepal at the Youth Annex in Sebastopol (next door to the Community Center) along with The Phil Lawrence Band, Jayne Russell & Wilson (Doug Jayne, Kevin Russell & Dean Wilson), Moss Henry, Under the Radar and Caren Armstrong.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see Joel Grey on the 15th, Los Pinguos on the 16th, Heart and Soul of the Blues on the 22nd, Hippy Chick Twang on the 23rd, Ian Dogole & Hemispheres CD release show on 28th, Austin deLone’s Soul Blues Time on the 29th, Mostly Dylan on the 30th, and other fine shows.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax offers a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. See Pink Sabbath on the 15th, the Bluegrass Showcase on the 18th, Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 19th, Jeb Brady Band on the 21st, Namely Us on the 23rd, Kyle Alden & Friends on the 27th, String Sessions on the 26th, The Gas Men on the 29th, plus others.

 

Dore Coller is the busiest picker in Mill Valley. On the 15th it will be Caribbean R&B at a benefit for CASA Napa in St Helena; on the 21st it will be bluegrass with Savannah Blu at Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas starting at 9 p.m.; Dore Coller & Bermudagrass will be in Lytton Plaza in downtown Mill Valley opening for Nicholas, Glover and Ray at 3 p.m. on the 22nd; and the Hot Club of Marin will play the monthly Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton on the 31st from 7-9:30 p.m.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Under the Radar on the 15th, The Farallons on the 22nd, and The Tonewoods on the 29th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be doing a solo set on the 15th at the Nomad Cafe in Oakland, and his jazz quintet, Namely Us, performs at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 23rd.

 

Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band New Rising Sons will be performing Americana and blues on the 15th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito at 7 p.m.

 

Tasmanian singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach and now living in Nashville, has a series of shows to play out this way this month. On the 15th see her at Studio E in Sebastopol with Nina Gerber, on the 21st at Evangeline’s in Colfax, on the 22nd at a house concert in Davis, and on September 5th at the Stinson Beach Community Center (again with Nina).

 

The Annual Healdsburg Guitar Festival is taking place at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on the 15th-16th. Workshops, luthiers, vendors, seminars, concerts, demonstrations and lots more activities.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters  Summer Extravaganza to benefit Left Coast Folk in Berkeley at 8 p.m. on the 15th with Walter Strauss, Michael McNevin, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, Rick DiDia & Aireene Espiritu, Garrin Benfield, John Haley-Walker, Wendy DeWitt, and Greg Newlon & Bev Barnett. In a lovely show of support for the wonderful venue, all of these amazing songwriters will appear, one after another, like an eight course gourmet meal.

 

The 7th Annual Russian River Beer Revival is the place to be on the 15th in Guerneville. Lot of brewpubs will be on hand, and you can taste while grooving to the music from noon-6 p.m.

 

Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol on the 15th and 16th showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities. Brimming with tradition, visitors go every year to experience the unique flavor of an old-time country get-together and to celebrate the Gravenstein apple. Some of the acts you can see are The Pulsators, Mariachi Tarasco Mexican Folcloric, Joni Morris & After Midnight, Shana Morrison, Solid Air, St. Peterbilt and Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s.

 

North Bay Live, besides presenting Audrey Auld & Nina Gerber on the 15th at Studio E in Sebastopol, will have Stacey Earl & Mark Stuart on the 28th at 8 p.m.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the 16th 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.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See The Green String Farm Band on the 16th, Megan McLaughlin on the 20th, the Brother Creek Mountain Boys on the 21st, High Country on the 22nd, Greenhouse on the 23rd, Lonesome Holler String Band on the 28th, The Carrtunes on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Lindalou and Michael on the 16th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. can be seen playing at the Windsor Farmer's Market in downtown Windsor, and on the 29th from 9 a.m.-noon at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on Washington Street with the 3 D's – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.

 

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 Paul Asbell play swing, bouncy ragtime finger-picking, crisp flat-picking, and lush, jazzy chording on the 18th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

New bluegrass showcase in Fairfax. On the 18th at 9:30 p.m. the next monthly Bluegrass Showcase hosted by yours truly will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax in Marin County. Inspired by and based on the format of Tom Lucas's Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase promises to be a lot of fun, and some notable guest artist will be on hand from time to time. Come on out and support bluegrass in Marin County!

 

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 The Mission Three on the 19th and Mucho Axè on the 26th.

 

Mill Valley’s Lorin Rowan and his brother Chris will open for Johnny Rivers at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton on the 20th, and on the 27th Lorin Rowan & Jimmy Dillon will appear at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The date left for this month is 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 playing level is beginner to intermediate. Pat Palmer is the new host of the jam.

 

The Jenny Kerr Band has a few gigs this month. See them at the El Rio in San Francisco on the 21st, at the Space Gallery in SF on the 26th, and at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae on the 29th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing county music on the 21st at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, and on the 22nd at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station.

 

Backstory, a new band featuring Sara Winge and Michael Harmon and special guests can be seen playing on the 21st at Music Studio at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

 

Old-time is not a crime. Everyone is looking forward to the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on the 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County, with workshops, jams, partying and a square dance on Saturday night. Food will be sold on the grounds, or you can bring your own, plus it's a very short walk to grocery stores, great local cafes and restaurants. This new event will be presented by the CBA, the Sonoma Country Folk Society, and the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For more info contact Mark Hogan at hogiemoon@comcast.net.

 

Dave Gleason & The Golden Cadillacs will be riding into the area from LA later this month and doing some serious twangin’. On the 21st it will be Hotel Utah in San Francisco, on the 22nd at noon hear them on KPIG’s Ham Jam Show, later that night it will be Old Ironsides in Sacramento, and then on the 23rd see them at Peri’s in Fairfax at 4 p.m. along with 77 El Deora.

 

77 El Deora will be playing oblique Americana on the 21st at Hotel Utah in SF with Dave Gleason and others; on the 23rd with it will be with Dave Gleason in the afternoon at Peri's in Fairfax; and on the 29th they’ll perform acoustically at the "Big Bash at The Clubhouse #3." This is a benefit for Bird & Beckett Books & Records at the Miraloma Clubhouse, 350 O'Shaughnessy in S.F. starting at 1p.m.

 

Fairfax songwriter Jo D’Anna can be seen/heard singing for her coffee and yours on the 22nd at the BookBeat Book & Music Café in Fairfax from 9 a.m.-noon. Also on the 22nd she will be at the Bazaar Cafe in SF from 7-9 p.m. with SF songwriter Kelly Vogel.

 

Sonoma House Concerts proudly presents Nashville-based award-winning singer-songwriter Mare Wakefield for an evening of music and dining on the 22nd. Doors open 6 p.m., potluck dinner 6:30, show starts 7:30. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.net. 

 

The Cur-ville Fourth Annual Dog Days Fest in Kenwood on the 22nd promises to be great fun. It features a solid lineup of Carltone favorites such as Three At Last, Larry Potts Michael McNevin, The Adam Traum Trio, Doug Blumer & Friends, Solid Air, and more. This is a benefit for the Kenwood Education Foundation.

 

Use an accordion, and don’t go to jail! Instead, go to the Cotati Accordion Festival on the 22nd-23rd to see all of your favorite bands.

 

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.

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden on the 23rd will be hosting the Traditional Irish Music Session at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco starting at 9 p.m. with John Sherry; and on the 27th it will be Kyle & Friends Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

 

The 2nd Annual Bluegrass Camp Out will be happening at the Lighthouse Marina, Restaurant & Resort in Isleton on the 24th-31st. Lots of jamming and hanging with good folks. Reservations are required and space is limited, so reserve your slot now.

 

Ain't Misbehavin' plays vintage and Western swing and more at Nick's Cove, Hwy. 1 in Marshall, on the 25th, from 7-9 p.m.

 

Mill Valley singer/songwriter Elaine Dempsey on the 26th will be singing at the No Name Bar in Sausalito starting at 8:30 p.m.

 

The SF Outside Lands Festival in SF will be the big event in GG Park on the 28th-30th with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Tea Leaf Green, Brett Dennen, Lucinda Williams, Black Eyed Peas and dozens more.

 

The Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival takes place on the 29th and 30th out on the coast, and some of the acts you can see there are Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Solid Air, Zakiya Hooker, Pamela Rose, Pride & Joy, Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums and others.

 

The Petaluma Wine, Jazz & Blues Festival, a benefit for Music Education Programs in Petaluma Area Schools, will take place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on the 29th featuring Booker T, Joe Louis Walker, Charlie Musselwhite and more on the 29th.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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August 1, 2009

 

Welcome to the 104th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

With so much turmoil and strife going on this world, it is a wonder how we can even get through the day! Is the American Idol TV game show rigged (yes, according to a former contestant)(but we won’t mention his name here because this just gives him more publicity than he already deserves)? Is Paula Abdul finished as being one of the judges or is she just holding out for more cash? Was Jacko murdered? Who will get custody of his kids? Does anyone really care about any of this, or are these just more weapons of mass distraction by the corporate media? Whatever the case, the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters slogs through it all so you don’t have to, and we bring you the only real music news that matters…

 

Editors note. Due to time restraints, this edition does not include all of its regular links and bold fonts, and there may even be some missing news herein. Apologies in advance to anything that was sent and omitted.

 

Breaking news! The Carltone editor is a known steroid user! And he got a standing ovation for doing such! It’s all true, ladies and gents. (Though longtime readers of this newsletter have not seen a noticeable improvement in the quality of these pages over the years as a result of this medical practice.) However, the steroid that has been used is not one of the hip designer varieties that baseball players have often used “by mistake.” This one is called betamethasone didpropionate, and it is used sparingly to combat a poison oak allergy. The staff here at CWH gave the boss a standing ovation when he admitted such, because, as anyone that follows baseball knows, this seems to be the proper response…

 

Remembering Newport. This weekend marks the 50 year anniversary of the first Newport Folk Festival, so a special concert will be taking place in Rhode Island. Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Del McCoury and many others will be performing. To hear some interviews with Ramblin’ Jack, Mavis Staples and Doc Watson about the first fest, go here to the NPR Talk of the Nation show. There was also another recent show featuring Judy Collins that can be heard here.

 

Take The Stage. Do you enjoy playing Americana, bluegrass, folk or other roots music for fun, at home, in your spare time? Well here's your chance to literally “take the stage”! Fall applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Take The Stage musician workshops in Berkeley. The workshop will be led by Dave Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy, and guest instructors will include Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally. There will be a Welcome Jam at the end of August so folks should get their applications and deposits in ASAP to save a spot. The Summer Session Showcase will take place at the new location of the Freight & Salvage on August 25th at 7 p.m., before the venue officially opens. Plus there will be a new Peninsula workshop location with Lisa Burns. Go to the Take The Stage website for more info.

Hardly news. Speaking of stages, a sixth stage will be added to the five that already exist at this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which is put on by SF financier Warren Hellman in Golden Gate Park in October. According to a story in a recent SF Chronicle, “This one will be ‘Towers of Gold,’ the name of Frances Dinkelspiel's book about Isaias Hellman, great-grandfather of Warren Hellman, great-great-grandfather of Dinkelspiel. The term refers to Hellman during the bank panic of 1893, taking his money from San Francisco to Los Angeles, piling it on a counter - in stacks of gold - and opening an institution that was ancestor to today's Wells Fargo.” Does this mean that there will now be more bluegrass bands playing at the fest? Uh, what’s the name of this festival again?

 

Special time at RockyGrass. Big congratulations to the Bay Area bluegrass band 49 Special, who won the band competition at RockyGrass in Lyons, CO, last weekend. Besides a cash prize and bragging rights, winning also means that they get to play the main stage at the festival in 2010!

On the mend. Last week Sam Criswell, lead singer and guitarist for the California bluegrass band Groundspeed, suffered a heart attack. He is now at home recuperating. For more info read these CBA Message Board postings. On June 22nd two Clinch Mountain Boys were injured in a car accident. Ralph Stanley’s grandson Nathan Stanley and fiddler Dewey Brown were returning to North Carolina after a show at Bean Blossom when they were struck by a drunk driver. Both were pretty banged up, as was Brown’s wife Leslie. Nathan sustained two broken legs. All are expected to return to full health. Read more about them here on the Bluegrass Blog. In May it was mentioned here that East Bay bluegrass mandolin picker Bob Blanshard was severely injured in a serious bicycle accident. He's still dealing with multiple broken bones and other injuries while recovering at home. If you want to show your support, you can either send a card to his home address (6616 Pine Needle Drive, Oakland, 94611) or leave a message on his machine at (510) 653-5454.

Strawberry fields. The Strawberry Music Festival takes place just outside of Yosemite over Labor Day Weekend on the September 3rd-6th. Some of the acts you can see there are Will Kimbrough, Greensky Bluegrass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lost Weekend, Alison Brown with Joe Craven, The Belleville Outfit, Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell, Suzy Bogguss, The Time Jumpers, The Del McCoury Band and Bearfoot. If you do not have tickets yet, the aforementioned Bob Blanshard cannot attend, and he has two all-fest tickets available for $190 each. Please call him ASAP. The Carltone staff has one available as well for $180.

 

Ailing. Legendary folk singer Mike Seeger is apparently very ill and in hospice care at this time, as many emails have been floating across the blogosphere about such. However, we could not find any solid evidence about this on the web as of press time.

 

Alison at the White House. Well, you can’t get much more of a high profile gig than performing for the Commander in Chief. The White House Summer Music series two weeks back presented A Country Music Celebration with Alison Krauss & Union Station, modern country artist Brad Paisley and legendary country singer Charley Pride. Read the story in the NY Times. During her set, “Alison glanced nervously in the direction of the Obama family and said, ‘I can’t look down there.’ But earlier she had been gleeful about performing where bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley had appeared years ago. ‘Something’s going right if there’s a banjo in the White House,’ she said.”

See these. There are some fine new CDs being released around the bay by some local bands. The Americana band The Cowlicks have a smokin’ disc titled Hey, Hey We’re The Cowlicks; Santa Rosa acoustic musician Rory McNamara’s new album is called So Far, So Good (available at revolutionsper@aol.com through PayPal); Mill Valley percussionist Ian Dogole and his band Hemispheres has a new recording titled Crossroads; and the Saddle Cats, one of the finest Western swing bands around, have a wonderfully titled new CD out called Herdin’ Cats.

 

Congratulations to the Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax for being awarded the Editor's Choice Award in Marin Magazine

 

CarlTube. A new segment has been added to Carltone’s Corner. YouTube is everywhere these days, documenting everything from music performances to sporting events to ESPN reporters standing naked in front of mirrors in the presumed privacy of their hotel rooms. So in order to keep up with the times, we will occasionally link some videos here in the newsletter. And why not start now? Are these next three tenors? Check out these teenage Italian opera singers and decide for yourself. And here is a fabulous performance of a Toto song by a Slovenian chorus.

 

Family tradition. Everyone knows of the great country singer Hank Williams from back in the day. Then there was Hank Jr., who sang a lot of redneck country songs in the 80s and 90s and has been a staple of Monday Night Football for many years. Some may even know of Hank III, who sounds and looks nothing like his grandpa. But how many of you know of III’s sister Holly Williams? You can listen to a story about her here on National Public Radio.

 

Man of Constant Sorrow. Grammy Award winner and bluegrass banjo legend Ralph Stanley’s autobiography will be coming out in October, and it will be titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times. Apparently he has some choice words to say about certain country and bluegrass singers, and you can read about this on the Bluegrass Blog.

 

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: a review of the life of the late jazz singer Anita O’Day, a review of Wilco’s new CD, and highlights of the 30th Annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there was a story about San Rafael blues guitarist Steve Edmonson. The SF Chronicle had pieces on violin playing supervisor David Chiu, opera singer Zheng Cao, and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s friendship with the late, great newsman Walter Cronkite. In the Boston Globe there was a great story about Berkeley singer/songwriter Claudia Russell. In the Wall Street Journal there was a story about women in bluegrass.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Alex Forman, president of the Marin Municipal Water District board, environmental leader, civil rights activist, guitarist and singer and friend, passed away in San Rafael on July 9th from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 62. John "Marmaduke" Dawson, longtime lead singer in the seminal country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage, died in Mexico on July 21st of stomach cancer. He was 64. The Riders were a major influence on my musical career in my early days. Having started out playing rock and roll as a teenager, it wasn't long before I fell "under the influence," so to speak, of the New Riders, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, etc. I knew all of the Riders' songs, and I still have some of their albums on vinyl. One of my biggest musical thrills about ten years ago was to play bass on a few gigs with the Riders in Marin County. Needless to say, I knew the songs before the gig and no rehearsal was required. From country rock it was a short evolutionary jump towards bluegrass, where I have been ever since. Yet I have been singing the song "Glendale Train" (a song Dawson co-wrote) since 1970, and I will go on singing it. On the night of the 21st while playing a gig I almost called out “Glendale” as a song to play, and it would have been a fitting tribute had I done so...North Bay banjo player David Ross Boots died on July 9th at his home in Sebastopol after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 51. David loved playing his banjo and picking with his friends, and was a former member of the band HiJinks. You can read his obituary here. Gangubai Hangal, the Indian classical singer who battled caste and gender prejudices to establish a career that spanned more than seven decades, died on July 21st in New Delhi, India, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems. She was 96. Gordon Waller, one-half of the British pop duo Peter & Gordon from the ‘60s who had a hit with "A World Without Love," died in Connecticut on the 17th of July after going into cardiac arrest. He was 64. Choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham, credited by many with revolutionizing visual and performing arts, died at age 90 in New York City on July 27th of natural causes.

 

Coming attractions. Sausalito Art & Wine Festival 9/4-7; Stevie Coyle at the The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur 9/9; Steve Baughman & Eric Schoenberg at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 9/19; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF’s Golden Gate Park on 10/2-4; Danny Montana & The Bar Association at Iron Springs in Fairfax 10/10; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25; Rory McNamara at The Acoustic Vortex 10/30.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Sonoma County Fair started on July 28th and it runs through August 9th. Music, rides, food, destruction derby, etc., can all be found there. You can see a blues festival, Natasha James, Mark McLay & The Dust Devils, JL Stiles, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, and Wall Street, just to name a few.

 

Folk diva Claudia Russell returns to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 1st at 8 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, 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. Her band consists of Carl Byron on piano and accordion, Russell's husband, Bruce Kaplan, on mandolin and guitar, Mark Petrella on acoustic bass, and Russell on acoustic guitar and vocals. Songwriter Dan Navarro will perform a short set as a special guest. This show is a benefit, with a portion of the proceeds going to the ALS Association in honor of Navarro's musical partner, musician/songwriter Eric Lowen, who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  

 

North Bay singer/songwriter Moss Henry will be appearing at the French Garden in Sebastopol on the 1st from 7-10 p.m., at the Sebastopol Summer Plaza Series on the 6th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and at Saylor's in Sausalito on the 8th from 7-10 p.m.

 

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   School of Brock on the 1st, Peri's Blues Jam on the 2nd, Jeb's Twangfest  on the 5th, Vinyl on the 8th, Sexy Sunday on the 9th, Unwed Fathers on the 11th, Cole Tate Band on the 13th, Jinx Jones and the King Tones on the 14th, Emily Bonn, Deborah Crooks, Chantelle Tibbs on the 18th, Sacred Profanities on the 19th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 20th, Royal Deuces on the 26th, Blue Diamond Fillups on the 27th, Honeydust on the 28th, and Peri's Songwriters' Night on the 30th. Also, on the first and third Friday of every month (7th and 21st) it will be Otis Scarecroe and Tommy Odetto on the patio from 4-7 p.m. On the 9th from noon to 6 p.m. it will be the first Annual ‘Dog with Fleas’ flea market in their parking lot with live music, food and a host of vendors to peruse their wares. And on the 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. see Dave Gleason's smokin' hot country band with 77 El Deora.

 

Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum can be seen playing on the 1st at Finnegan’s in Novato, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. with Tony Robinson on bass, Pat Campbell utility man, and Robbie Bean on drums; on the 7th at the Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma from 7-9 p.m. as Adam Traum & The Traumatics; on the 8th at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae for the afternoon concert series from 12-2 p.m. as The Traumatics; on the 15th it will be a solo acoustic show at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-4 p.m.; on the 18th for the After Party at Murphy’s in Sonoma; and on the 22nd The Traumatics will play the Cur-Ville Dog Days Festival (details below).

 

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 welcomes requests, so email him at sky@bluegrassmix.com

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden will be playing solo at the San Gregorio General Store on the 1st from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and then joining his trio the Mild Colonial Boys from 3-6 p.m.; on the 23rd the Traditional Irish Music Session will take place at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco starting at 9 p.m. with Kyle and John Sherry; and on the 27th it will be Kyle & Friends Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

 

Lindalou and Michael on the 1st starting at 6 p.m. will be at the St. Helena Soroptimist Summerfest in the Vineland Station Event Garden in downtown St. Helena; on the 16th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Windsor Farmer's Market in downtown Windsor; and on the 29th from 9 a.m.-noon at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on Washington Street with the 3 D's – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.

 

Maggie Catfish and Joe Tate will be joined by Cici Wilcoxen on bass and vocals with Lonnie Walters and his hot bongos on the 1st from 6-8:30 p.m. at the No Name in Sausalito.

 

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 Mindy Canter on the 1st, Wendy DeWitt on the 7th, The Moss Henry Group on the 8th, Macy Blackman on the 14th, Eugene Huggins on the 15th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 21st, Mike Angel & Two Sheas on the 22nd, Jef Labes on the 28th and Paul Robinson on the 29th.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See Andrew Freeman on the 1st, the Celtic jam on the 2nd, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 7th, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 8th, Megan McLaughlin on the 20th, the Brother River Mountain Boys on the 21st, High Country on the 22nd, Greenhouse on the 23rd, Lonesome Holler String Band on the 28th, The Carrtunes on the 29th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Fairfax songwriter Jo D’Anna can been seen on the 1st playing at The Westbrae Garden Concert Series at Berkeley Bagel's Toot Sweet Garden (1281 Gilman Street @ Santa Fe) from 1-3 p.m., and then she will be singing for her coffee and yours on the 8th and 22nd at the BookBeat Book & Music Café in Fairfax from 9 a.m.-noon. Also on the 22nd she will be at the Bazaar Cafe in SF from 7-9 p.m. with SF songwriter Kelly Vogel.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 1st from 6:30-8 p.m. On the show this week hear the music of some of the bands that will be appearing at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival and the Dead On the Creek Festival. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The Jenny Kerr Band has a few gigs this month. See them at Smiley's in Bolinas on the 1st, at the El Rio in San Francisco on the 21st, at the Space Gallery in SF on the 26th, and at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae on the 29th.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz will be playing on the 2nd from 5-8 p.m. at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station with Trio Bravo and then he and Chris Goddard will be at Nick's Cove in Marshall on the 4th starting at 7 p.m.

 

Kevin Russell and Michael Capella & Markie Sanders will be playing a house concert in Sebastopol on the 2nd from 4-6 p.m.; on the 8th Kevin’s band The Rhythm Rangers knock it down at The Black Rose in Santa Rosa; on the 15th his band Under the Radar will play at The Black Rose; and on the 29th it will be a benefit for the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in Nepal at the Youth Annex in Sebastopol (next door to the Community Center) along with The Phil Lawrence Band, Jayne Russell & Wilson (Doug Jayne, Kevin Russell & Dean Wilson), Moss Henry, Under the Radar- and Caren Armstrong.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see The Community Jam on the 2nd, Robin Williams on the 3rd and 5th, George Kuo on the 14th, Joel Grey on the 15th, Los Pinguos on the 16th, Heart and Soul of the Blues on the 22nd, Hippy Chick Twang on the 23rd, Ian Dogole & Hemispheres CD release show on 28th, Austin deLone’s Soul Blues Time on the 29th, Mostly Dylan on the 30th, and other fine shows.

 

Former Waybacks front man Stevie Coyle has just one more full-band Bay Area CD release party scheduled, this time on the Peninsula on the 2nd at 4 p.m. at a beautiful and huge private home in Woodside. The album is a concept album called Ten-In-One, which is what carnies and circus folk call a “sideshow tent.” The Ten-in-One band is Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven, Matt Flinner) on bass, Kit Walker (Kundalini Boombox, Airto Moreira) on keys and Kendrick Freeman (Alison Brown) on drums. Email patrickhouseconcerts@yahoo.com for all the details. Paul Liberatore, music editor for The Marin Independent Journal had this to say about the album: "... ambitious and impressive solo debut ... imaginative, intelligent, clever, highly skilled musically and fearlessly conceived in the spirit of 'Sgt. Pepper's' ... 'Ten-In-One' deserves repeated listening, and takes its place in my collection as one of the finest albums I've heard this year."

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on 2nd and the 16th 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 debut gig of The Lovitt/Page Band will take place on the 2nd at the Taste of Rome Café in Sausalito. This is a new blues combo featuring blues guitarist Jonathan Lovitt and blues singing sensation Veronica Page, with Bonnie Hofkin on harmonica, Paul Segal bass and Seth Affoumado on drums. Lovitt and Page have been thrilling audiences together for the last few years. Staying true to their music, they bring you a new band focused on shared passion for the blues.

 

On the 2nd The Second Annual Community Jam BeeKee Scholarship Concert will take place at the 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and proceeds will go to a four-year scholarship awarded to Ms. Barbara Begley, who will be a sophomore at New York University this fall. This year’s lineup includes Kimrea & Dreamdogs, Lisa Kindred, Derek Evans from the Jules Broussard Band, Michael LaMacchia, Matt Lax, Brian Byrnes, The John Cross Jazz Trio, The Brother's Comatose and Barbara Begley on ukulele & vocals.

 

Western swing at the library. The Saddle Cats will have the Pleasanton Library swinging and dancing on Sunday the 2nd starting at 2 p.m. this is a free event, and they will have copies of their new CD Herdin' Cats on sale. The band is Bobby Black, Richard Chon, Gordon Clegg and Bing Nathan.

 

Musical family. San Rafael’s Dana Rath and his daughter Emily will be playing at the Hotel Utah in SF on the 4th and at Jack Irving’s Songwriter Showcase at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 5th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing county music on the 4th at Taylor Maid Farms 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Party in Sebastopol from 7-10 p.m., on the 8th at the Village Concert Series in the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa from noon-3 p.m., on the 21st at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, and on the 22nd at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station.

 

Stringdusters headed west. The Infamous Stringdusters are headed this way next week, so you may want to plan ahead. You can see them at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 4th, at The Palms in Winters on the 5th, at The Great American Music Hall in SF on the 6th (with the Stairwell Sisters), at The Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 7th, and at the Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits on the 8th.

 

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 Aussie AmeROCKana on the 5th, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys on the 12th,

The Mission Three on the 19th, and Mucho Axè on the 26th.

 

Calling all songwriters. The West Coast Songwriters association will be having their annual North Bay at The Mystic in Petaluma on the 5th starting at 7 p.m. Hosted by Jan White, top industry judges will choose “Song of the Year.” Contestants include international songwriting winners Mark Keller & Larry Potts as well as fantastic new songwriters David Luning and Meisner & Smith.

 

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 Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 5th and 19th, Barbwyre on the 6th, Trailer Park Rangers on the 7th, WTJ2 on the 14th, Pink Sabbath on the 15th, Bluegrass Showcase on the 18th, Jeb Brady Band on the 21st, Namely Us on the 23rd, Kyle Alden & Friends on the 27th, String Sessions on the 26th, The Gas Men on the 29th, plus others.

 

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. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. Pat Palmer is the new host of the jam.

 

Dore Coller is the busiest picker in Mill Valley. On the 7th it will be Caribbean R&B at The Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station from 9-12, and the same band will play on the 15th at a benefit for CASA Napa in St Helena;

on the 9th it will be bluegrass with Savannah Blu at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. and on the 21st at Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas starting at 9 p.m.; Dore Coller & Bermudagrass will be in Lytton Plaza in downtown Mill Valley opening for Nicholas, Glover and Ray at 3 p.m. on the 22nd; and the Hot Club of Marin will play the monthly Gypsy Jazz Jam at 142 Throckmorton on the 31st from 7-9:30 p.m.

 

77 El Deora will be playing oblique Americana at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz on the 7th with James Intveld; on the 12th the band’s Maurice Tani & Jenn Courtney take part in the big Buck Owens Tribute at The Elbo Room in SF featuring members of Red Meat and other twangers; on the 21st the band joins Dave Gleason and others at Hotel Utah in SF; on the 23rd with Dave Gleason in the afternoon at Peri's in Fairfax; and on the 29th they’ll perform acoustically at the "Big Bash at The Clubhouse #3." This is a benefit for Bird & Beckett Books & Records at the Miraloma Clubhouse, 350 O'Shaughnessy in S.F. starting at 1p.m.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa see Greenhouse on the 7th, Rhythm Rangers on the 8th, The West County Professional Teasippers Old-Time String Band on the 14th, Under the Radar on the 15th, The Farallons on the 22nd, and The Tonewoods on the 29th. There is an international jam on the first Wednesday of the month, and Celtic jams on the second and third Wednesdays.

 

Going Goofy. All roads lead to the south to Hollister on the 7th-9th for the all-California band Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, which is always the highlight of the summer festival season, and it is presented by the NCBS. Some of the great bands you can see playing there are Page Brownton & Sidetrack, Dalton Mountain Gang, 49 Special, Bean Creek, Alhambra Valley Band, OMGG, The Wronglers,  Barefoot Nellies, Dark Hollow, Circle R Boys, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Kitchen Help, Houston Jones, Nell Robinson & Red Level, and Earthquake Country.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget can be seen/heard on both sides of the Bay this month. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, performs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 8th and also at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 23rd. He'll be doing a solo set on the 15th at the Nomad Cafe in Oakland.

 

Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band New Rising Sons will be performing Americana and blues at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 8th; a free outdoor performance in Mill Valley's downtown Lytton Square on the 12th at 6 p.m.; on the 13th at the Sausalito Cruising Club, on the 14th outdoors again at Tiburon's Night on Main Street at 6 p.m.; and on the 15th at Taste of Rome in Sausalito at 7 p.m.

 

The Dead on the Creek festival in Willits on the 8th and 9th has Moonalice, Great American Taxi, Spring Creek, Town Mountain, Infamous Stringdusters, Stu Allen & Sandy Rothman, and Melvin Seals & JGB.

 

Tasmanian singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach and now living in Nashville, has a series of shows to play out this way this month. On the 8th it will be a house concert in Berkeley, on the 15th at Studio E in Sebastopol with Nina Gerber, on the 21st at Evangeline’s in Colfax, on the 22nd at a house concert in Davis, and on September 5th at the Stinson Beach Community Center (again with Nina).

 

Don’t even think about missing the Saw Players Festival on the 8th and 9th in Roaring Camp down in Felton by Santa Cruz. Workshops, performances, jamming, contests and more. Cutting edge music all weekend!

 

The Annual Healdsburg Guitar Festival will be taking place at the Luther Burbank Center (some call it the Wells Fargo Center) in Santa Rosa (uh, not in Healdsburg? Yeah, well, and the SF 49ers may someday be playing in Santa Clara) on the 14th-16th. Workshops, luthiers, vendors, seminars, concerts, demonstrations and lots more activities.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition on the 14th and more.

 

At the San Geronimo Cultural Center on the 14th it will be a CD Release Party for Singing Bear’s new album Gold. A poet, songwriter, actor, singer, dreamer, and mystical musical alchemist, Singing Bear is becoming known for his powerful voice and lyrics as well as his very unique songwriting style.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts the Celebrating Songwriters  Summer Extravaganza to benefit Left Coast Folk in Berkeley at 8 p.m. on the 15th with Walter Strauss, Michael McNevin, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, Rick DiDia & Aireene Espiritu, Garrin Benfield, John Haley-Walker, Wendy DeWitt, and Greg Newlon & Bev Barnett. In a lovely show of support for the wonderful venue, all of these amazing songwriters will appear, one after another, like an eight course gourmet meal.

 

The 7th Annual Russian River Beer Revival is the place to be on the 15th in Guerneville. Lot of brewpubs will be on hand, and you can taste while grooving to the music from noon-6 p.m.

 

Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol on the 15th and 16th showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities. Brimming with tradition, visitors go every year to experience the unique flavor of an old-time country get-together and to celebrate the Gravenstein apple. Some of the acts you can see are The Pulsators, Mariachi Tarasco Mexican Folcloric, Joni Morris & After Midnight, Shana Morrison, Solid Air, St. Peterbilt and Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s.

 

North Bay Live is presenting Audrey Auld & Nina Gerber on the 15th at Studio E in Sebastopol, and Stacey Earl & Mark Stuart on the 28th at 8 p.m.

 

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 Paul Asbell play swing, bouncy ragtime finger-picking, crisp flat-picking, and lush, jazzy chording on the 18th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

New bluegrass showcase in Fairfax. On the 18th at 9:30 p.m. the a new monthly Bluegrass Showcase hosted by yours truly will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax in Marin County. Inspired by and based on the format of Tom Lucas's Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase promises to be a lot of fun, and some notable guest artist will be on hand from time to time. Come on out and support bluegrass in Marin County!

 

Mill Valley’s Lorin Rowan and his brother Chris will open for Johnny Rivers at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton on the 20th, and on the 27th Lorin Rowan & Jimmy Dillon will appear at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael.

 

Backstory, a new band featuring Sara Winge and Michael Harmon and special guests can be seen playing on the 21st at Music Studio at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

 

Old-time is not a crime. Everyone is looking forward to the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on the 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County. There will be no scheduled performances, but there will be workshops, jams, partying and a square dance on Saturday night. Food will be sold on the grounds, or you can bring your own, plus it's a very short walk to grocery stores, great local cafes and restaurants. This new event will be presented by the CBA, the Sonoma Country Folk Society, and the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For more info contact Mark Hogan at hogiemoon@comcast.net.

 

Dave Gleason & The Golden Cadillacs will be riding into the area from LA later this month and doing some serious twangin’. On the 21st it will be Hotel Utah in San Francisco, on the 22nd at noon hear them on KPIG’s Ham Jam Show, later that night it will be Old Ironsides in Sacramento, and then on the 23rd see them at Peri’s in Fairfax at 4 p.m. along with 77 El Deora.

 

Sonoma House Concerts proudly presents Nashville-based award-winning singer-songwriter Mare Wakefield for an evening of music and dining on the 22nd. Doors open 6 p.m., potluck dinner 6:30, show starts 7:30. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@Monitor.net. 

 

The Cur-ville Fourth Annual Dog Days Fest in Kenwood on the 22nd promises to be great fun. It features a solid lineup of Carltone favorites such as Three At Last, Larry Potts Michael McNevin, The Adam Traum Trio, Doug Blumer & Friends, Solid Air, and more. This is a benefit for the Kenwood Education Foundation.

 

Use an accordion, and don’t go to jail! Instead, go to the Cotati Accordion Festival on the 22nd-23rd to see all of your favorite bands.

 

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 2nd Annual Bluegrass Camp Out will be happening at the Lighthouse Marina, Restaurant & Resort in Isleton on the 24th-31st. Lots of jamming and hanging with good folks. Reservations are required and space is limited, so reserve your slot now.

 

Ain't Misbehavin' plays vintage and Western swing and more at Nick's Cove, Hwy. 1 in Marshall, on the 25th, from 7-9 p.m.

 

Mill Valley singer/songwriter Elaine Dempsey on the 26th will be singing at the No Name Bar in Sausalito starting at 8:30 p.m.

 

The SF Outside Lands Festival in SF will be the big event in GG Park on the 28th-30th with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Tea Leaf Green, Brett Dennen, Lucinda Williams, Black Eyed Peas and dozens more.

 

The Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival takes place on the 29th and 30th out on the coast, and some of the acts you can see there are Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Solid Air, Zakiya Hooker, Pamela Rose, Pride & Joy, Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums and others.

 

The Petaluma Wine, Jazz & Blues Festival, a benefit for Music Education Programs in Petaluma Area Schools, will take place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on the 29th featuring Booker T, Joe Louis Walker, Charlie Musselwhite and more on the 29th.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Music Television. There is some usually some good music stuff on TV on KQED-Channel 9, public television, in the SF Bay Area, but they have not been sending out their emailers since June. Write to them to kvetch.

 

As always, shows, dates and times are subject to change. Please contact any venue listed above to confirm appearances.

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.

 

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July 17, 2009

 

Halfway. Here we are halfway through the month of July, the summer and the baseball season. One thing is for certain – there is still a lot of good music going on in July, so get out and enjoy some while the days are long, the sun is high and the weather is fine!

 

Flying the unfriendly skies. If you are a musician and you have to take your instrument with you on an airplane, you may or may not want to watch this hilarious video that Canadian singer/songwriter Dave Carroll made after United Airlines broke his Taylor guitar and then gave him the ultimate runaround when he tried to collect damages. The good news is that Carroll is now famous as a result of the incident, and he promises two more videos will follow. United now claims that it will use Carroll’s work as part of its training for its workers. Ah, the smell of putrid PR spin is in the air…

 

Music camp. The American River Acoustic Music Camp will take place from August 10th-14th in Coloma, and registration is still open. It will be held at the scenic American River Resort on the banks of the American River. Instructors for this year’s camp include Steve Palazzo (flat-picking guitar), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Kathy Barwick (dobro), Debbie McClatchy (old-time frailing banjo), Keith Little (vocals), Janet Beazley (banjo), Lisa Burns (bass), Chris Stuart (rhythm guitar and songwriting), Dix Bruce (mandolin & guitar), John Massey (beginning guitar), and Michelle Kiba will be teaching ukulele. Keith Greeniger returns this year with his inspirational songwriting classes, and Joe Craven will be camp artistic director. For more info go to the web site or call (530) 333-1018.

 

Old-time is not a crime in Marin County. The 37th Annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest took place at the Marin County Fair on July 4th, and three of the top five winners included Marin County fiddlers – Paul Shelasky, Joe Osborn, and Kenny Blacklock. Congratulations to all!

 

New honky-tonk band. Julay Brooks, formerly of The Cash Magnets and Julay Brooks & The Nightbirds, has a new band called The Honky Tonk Dreamers, and they will be playing only their second gig on the 17th at McGrath’s in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. They play Western swing and classic country music. The band is Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, National, dobro, and guitar, Tony Marcus on fiddle and guitar, Jerry Logan on bass, and Julay on rhythm guitar.

 

New recordings. Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle has a new CD out titled Ten In One, and he will be releasing them by the box load at two big shows coming up later this month. On the 17th at 8 p.m. he will be playing the Murphy Productions show at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley, backed by a full-band featuring Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven, Matt Flinner) on bass, Kit Walker (Kundalini Boombox, Airto Moreira) on keys, Kendrick Freeman (Allison Brown) on drums and Walter Strauss (Ten Sleep, The Burns Sisters) on guitar. Then on the 18th the same crew will be hitting the stage at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley at 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter Rita Hosking has a new CD out titled Come Sunrise which she just featured at the Kate Wolf Festival last weekend. And she has a newly designed web site. Rita and her band Cousin Jack will be releasing CDs on the 19th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. And the Sonoma County bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome has a CD titled Some Old Day. They play every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma, and this month they can also be seen playing at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 17th and at their CD release party at Studio E in Sebastopol on the 19th.

 

Bluegrass showcase. Yours truly will be starting and hosting a new monthly bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of every month at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax starting on the 21st at 9 p.m. Each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase promises to be a lot of fun, and without a doubt there will also be some notable pickers on hand from time to time. This show will feature David Thom (The David Thom Band) on mandolin, Chris Smith (The Mighty Crows) on guitar, Chris Caputo on banjo, Carltone on bass, and a fiddler to be named later.

 

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: a review of CDs by jazz player Fred Hersch, Mark Oliver Everett, and a box set of Little Walter recordings, and an interview with John Cougar Mellencamp.

 

Police log. Busted bussie: Kid Rock’s tour bus driver was arrested for driving drunk on the 14th after leaving a gig at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in New York. Note to bussie – next time, wait until you get to the hotel before downing some cold ones (thanks to Tim Van Raam for this tip)…Under the boardwalk: Faye Treadwell, longtime manager of the singing group The Drifters in the ‘60s and ‘70s, won a lawsuit against promoter Larry Marshak, who had been using the name illegally for many years. The Drifters had hits with “There Goes My Baby," "Up on the Roof" and "Under the Boardwalk."

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Calling all bachelors! Everyone’s favorite celeb, Amy Winehouse, is now free to roam! She has to pay her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil $3.6 million as a divorce settlement after she admitted cheating on him during their marriage.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about guitarist Mark Karan and Bill Champlin, and a review of Stevie Coyle’s CD by Paul Liberatore. In the SF Chronicle you can read about KFOG’s Rosalie Howarth, salsa musician Ruben Blades and Shakira

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Reza Honarkhah, longtime bartender, cook and all around good guy at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda, passed away on July 8th from cancer. He was only 50 years old. Friends will be remembering him at the pub on Sunday the 19th at 2 p.m. For details go of the memorial, go here. Renowned British conductor Edward Downes and his wife Joan ended their lives last week at a Zurich clinic run by an assisted suicide group. Both were in failing health. Downes spent many years as head of the BBC Philharmonic and had a five-decade association with the Royal Opera House. He was 85, she was 74. Allen Klein, erstwhile manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones back in the day, died in New York City on July 4th from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.

 

Coming attractions. Claudia Russell at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley 8/1; Moss Henry at the French Garden in Sebastopol 8/1; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Hollister 8/7-9; Dead on the Creek in Willits 8/7-9; CBA Old Time Campout in Boonville 8/21-22; Cur-ville Festival in Kenwood 8/22; Outside Lands Festival 8/28-30; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25.

 

Additions

 

Jeanie & Chuck Poling on the weekend. SF’s favorite country/bluegrass duo will be hosting a gala at the Velo Rouge in SF on the 17th starting at 7 p.m. featuring The Cowlicks, Misisipi Mike Wolf, The Barbary Ghosts, Doug Blumer, Smelley Kelley, Todd & His Tequila Mockingbirds and Barbee & The Barb-Wires. Then on the 19th Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup will be singing for their beers at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. No cover at either venue, and all ages are welcome.

 

World Fest in Grass Valley. The 13th Annual California WorldFest started on the 16th and runs through the 19th at the Nevada Country Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, and while there is not a lot of bluegrass there, you can see Bearfoot, Done Gone String Band, Joe Craven, Los Lobos, Indigo Girls and lots more.

 

Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival. The place to be this weekend is the town of Etna (southwest of Yreka) for the 6th Annual Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival on the 17th-19th. Some of the bands to see there are Sawmill Road, Mossy Creek, Borderline, Monroe Crossing, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, The Wintons and III Generation.

 

Bonnie and Keb' in Lake Woebegone. Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 18th on KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m. will feature Mill Valley slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo', and Randy Newman. The show will re-air on the 19th starting at 11 a.m.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 18th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Across the Tracks: Patuxent Records, with music from Frank Wakefield, The Stonemans, Angelica Grim, The Doerfels, Nate Leath, Tatiana Hargreaves and Jordan Tice. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

Youngblood and Gus in Geyserville. Healdsburg musician John Youngblood will be playing guitar at Santi Restaurant in Geyserville on the 19th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the patio. Joining him will be Gus Garelick on fiddle and mandolin.

 

Special guests. Alex Call and Lisa Carrie are visiting from Nashville and they will be doing an early set (9-10 p.m.) at Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans' show at Peri's in Fairfax on the 24th. Originally from Mill Valley, Alex is the founder, former lead singer and songwriter of the legendary Marin County rock band Clover, and he wrote hit songs that ended up on several gold and platinum albums, including “Perfect World” (Huey Lewis), “It's a Little Too Little” (Pat Benetar) and “Jenny (867-5309)” for Tommy Tutone. Local country band Danny Montana and The Bar Association play a number of his country tunes. Lisa Carrie sang backup with Eddie Arnold, Mickey Gilley and Wayne Newton.

 

The 3rd Annual Far West Fest, benefitting public radio station KWMR, will happen on the 25th in Point Reyes. The lineup includes Sean Hayes, Lyrics Born, Albino, Red Meat, Susan Z, Green String Farm Band, Jerry Hannan, and lots more.

 

Tasmanian singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, formerly of Stinson Beach and now living in Nashville, has a series of shows to play out this way this month. On the 25th she’ll be at the Cayuga Vault in Santa Cruz with Sharon Allen & Sherry Austin, on the 26th hear her on KPIG radio at 10 a.m., on the 26th it will be a house concert in Stinson Beach, and then on the 31st see her at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.

 

Larkspur singer/songwriter Corinne West will be playing a house concert in San Rafael on the 25th. For info email danfontes@yahoo.com.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur will be presenting highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarist Michael Gulezian on the 25th at starting at 7 p.m. Reservations highly encouraged.

 

Musical family. Papa Dana Rath and his daughter Emily have been playing the open mic with Simon Costa at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Simon is producing a Best Of night there on the 28th, and the Raths have been invited to play it. Catch this talented young singer while you still can!

 

Benefit Concert for Darfur. Mill Valley’s Ian Dogole, along with Michael Gulezian and Michael Manring, will be playing a benefit concert for the victims of Darfur on the 29th at Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael, starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be an opening set by Fred Ross-Perry and Friends.

 

Reminders

 

Murphy Productions has two hot shows this month at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall. See Stevie Coyle on the 17th and The Itals on the 18th.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa it will be The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 17th and The Tonewoods on the 25th. There is also an international jam on the first Wednesday and a Celtic jam on the second and third Wednesdays of the month.

 

The Mendocino Music Festival runs through the 25th with various kinds of music (but mostly classical) in downtown Mendocino. Go to the site for complete info.

 

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 17th, Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Jeff Titus on the 18th, Roy Zimmerman on the 23rd, AC/DShe on the 25th, Ledward Kaapana on the 30th, George Winston on the 31st, and other fine shows.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See Blue & Lonesome on the 17th, The David Thom Band on the 24th, Peter Lamson on the 26th, E-Z Kewl on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

Great 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 Otis Scarecroe (from 4-7 p.m.) and John Korty & Friends on the 17th, Lansdale Station on the 18th, Andre and Friends on the 19th, Ryan Bisio on the 21st, Royal Deuces on the 22nd, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 24th, Peri's Songwriters' Showcase on the 26th, (W+T) J2 on the 29th, Highway Robbers on the 31st and lots more

 

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 Brindl on the 17th, Carltone’s Bluegrass Showcase on the 21st, Fiddle Summit on the 22nd, Red Hot Chachkas on the 24th, String Session on the 29th, The Tom Finch Group on the 31st, plus others.

 

The Savannah Blu bluegrass band has a show at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 17th.

 

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 Debra Clawson & Sean Pagelow on the 17th, J S N Trio on the 18th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 24th, Eugene Huggins on the 25th, and Under The Radar on the 31st.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has the Big B & The Snakeoil Saviors on the 17th, subdudes on the 19th, and Elvin Bishop plus Rancho Deluxe on the 26th.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Mystic Roots on the 17th, John Corbett Band on the 25th, The Donnas on the 23rd, The Mermen on the 31st, and more.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa presents Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on the 17th.

 

House concert in Larkspur. Bill & Carol Haggerty will be hosting a concert in their house in Larkspur on the 17th with singer songwriter Joe Koenig and the foursome Cave Country. Joe has a terrific new CD titled Something Concrete and his sweet and powerful singing, stompin' guitar and harmonica will bring some Texas soul right into the Haggerty’s living room. Cave Country has a more eclectic sound but with the same sincerity and originality as Joe does. They hail from Southern California and describe their music as folk/roots/country. For more info email Carol at chaggert@pacbell.net.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts Celebrating Songwriters featuring Steve Noonan and Wendy Beckerman at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley in Berkeley on the 18th starting at 8 p.m.

 

Fairfax songwriter Jo D’Anna will be singing for her coffee and yours on the 18th at the BookBeat Book & Music Café in Fairfax from 9 a.m.-noon.

 

Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Lee Kincaid and his band The New Rising Sons on the 18th will play at the Sausalito Cruising Club at 7:30 p.m., with an afternoon show at San Rafael Plaza from 4:30-5:10 p.m. Jesse joins Kurt Huget for an outdoor acoustic show at 5 p.m. on the 19th in Corte Madera's Menke Park. The Sons will also play at McInnis Park on the 24th at 7 p.m., and in Menke Park at 5 p.m. on the 26th.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see James Henry & The Hands On Fire Band on the 18th, Emma Hill and Her Gentleman Callers on the 23rd, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on the 25th, and Ruby: Wisdom into Song on the 26th.

 

See Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum on the 18th at Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae as entertainment for a sidewalk sale from 12-3 p.m.; on the 19th at Rocker Oysterfellas in Valley Ford with Michael Yonchenko from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and on the 29th at Pier 23 in SF from 6-9 p.m. with The Good Ol’ Jiven’s Boys featuring Whiskey Pills on bass and Diamond D. on the Telecaster. This is an old band of his that is re-forming for some shows.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays of the month. See them on the 19th 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.

 

Crazy In Love With Patsy Cline. This is the name of a hot show featuring Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), Lavay Smith (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Likkers) and Carmen Gettit (Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums). See them at Cafe Du Nord in SF on the 19th, Rancho Nicasio on August 14th, and at the Little Fox Theater in Redwood City on the 23rd.

 

Backstory, a new band featuring Sara Winge and Michael Harmon, can be seen playing on the 22nd at the French Garden in Sebastopol. You’ll hear plenty of "hurts so good" songs from 6:30-9:30 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 Pink Sabbath on the 22nd and Bryan Horne & The Jaw Droppers on the 29th.

 

Lauralee Brown & Company can be seen performing jazz and beyond on the 23rd at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael from 7-10 p.m. and then on the 24th at Saylor’s in Sausalito from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, besides appearing all over NorCal this month, will be playing on the 24th for the Jazz and Blues By the Bay series in downtown Sausalito.

 

Twang Ditty will be singing county music on the 24th at 8 p.m. at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove. No cover.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget  and his jazz quintet Namely Us performs at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 24th. He'll also be sharing the gazebo stage with Jesse Lee Kincaid at Menke Park in Corte Madera for a late afternoon show on the 19th.

 

The Marin Civic Center has the Texas Guitar Show on the 25th and 26th. 

 

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.

 

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 26th. 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.

 

Kevin Russell, Michael Capella & Markie Sanders will be at The Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station on the 26th from 5-8 p.m., Kevin’s band The Rhythm Rangers will be at the Sebastopol Town Square on the 30th, (across the street from Whole Foods) in concert for The Sebastopol Center for the Arts Plaza Series, and on the 31st Kevin Russell, Michael & Markie can be seen at Saylor’s in Sausalito.

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz can be seen playing with his Trio Bravo (Russ Gauthier and Bill Amatneek) at Nick's Cove in Marshall on the 28th from 7-9 p.m.

 

The Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa starts on the 28th and runs through August 9th. There will be more info about this event in the August issue.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) will be playing at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 31st starting at 9 p.m. When not fronting his own band Craig is Maria Muldaur’s lead guitarist.

 

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

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month (but not in July) 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.

 

Music Television. There is always some good music stuff on TV on KQED-Channel 9, public television, in the SF Bay Area, however they never sent out their listings for the month of July.

 

 

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July 1, 2009

 

Welcome to the 103rd edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Time marches on. He we are halfway through the year and one-third of the way through the summer season already. And it is high time for the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters to take a break and head east for the annual journey through the hot and muggy past to visit friends, family and former lives. So this edition of the newsletter is actually on time for a change!

 

Born on the Fourth of July. This is a big holiday weekend, and there are lots of parades, parties, fireworks, etc., going on all over the place. The Marin County Fair starts on the 1st (details below) with a lot of great music and activities. And on the 4th, besides the old USA celebrating its birthday, notable Marin musicians Peter Rowan and Dore Coller will be celebrating their birthdays as well. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

Grass Valley photos. If you haven’t seen the pictures yet, then you must look at these slide shows from the CBA's Father’s Day Fest by Mike Melnyk, Dave Weiland and Michael Sharps. The CBA’s 34th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, as everyone who was there can attest, was one grand gathering of the bluegrass cognoscenti. The hardest part of the event was packing up and leaving, knowing that it will be another 51 weeks until the next one. Lots of great music, jamming and visiting with friends old and new, as well as the young and somewhat wizened. A great time was had by all in attendance. Best quote of all, overheard at 1 a.m. in the men’s loo while 13 year-old picker Marty Varner and his banjo pickin' friend were taking a nature break: “Hey man, don’t play the banjo in here! You should never play the banjo while someone is going to the bathroom!”

 

More happy campers. Sounds like the attendees at the colossal Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee had a grand time as well a few weekends back. While not a bluegrass festival, the event did have the Del McCoury Band, The Tony Rice Unit, Cherryholmes, The SteelDrivers and Merle Haggard there. That well known music fishwrap called The Wall Street Journal has interviews and some videos that you can watch.

Bela and banjo in the NY Times. The banjo is sure getting a lot of coverage these days, thanks to Steve Martin and Bela Fleck. Read the latest story about Bela in the New York Times.

Plan ahead. Now that the Father's Day Festival has come to pass all eyes are set on the CBA’s new Golden Old-Time Festival that will be taking place on August 21st-23rd at the fairgrounds in Booneville in Mendocino County. Food will be sold on the grounds, or you can bring your own, plus it's a very short walk to grocery stores, great local cafes and restaurants. There will be no scheduled performances, but there will be workshops, jams, partying and a square dance on Saturday night. This new event will be presented by the CBA, the Sonoma Country Folk Society, and the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. For more info contact Mark Hogan at hogiemoon@comcast.net.

 

Crunch Mountain Boys. Two members of Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys were seriously injured in a hit and run car accident recently. Mandolin player (and grandson) Nathan Stanley suffered two broken legs, and fiddler Dewey Brown and his wife Leslie also sustained injuries. You can read more about the incident on the Bluegrass Blog.

 

How can we miss you if you won’t go away? Casey Kasem, who has been doing the America’s Top Whatever show since the Dark Ages, has once again retired from the show. With any luck, for good this time. Heck, did anyone even know that a version of this show still existed? For a real classic Kasem rant, go to this site here. You’ll never be able to listen to his voice again after hearing this…

 

Speaking of pop songs on the radio, ever wonder who the geeks are that get to decide what you hear played on the air everyday on the rock stations in SF? Then read this story here in the SF Chronicle.

 

Bar with no name turns 50. In downtown Sausalito, the no name bar (sic) will mark 50 years of existence on July 1st, and there was a story about the joint in the Marin IJ. Rumor has it that legends Sterling Hayden, Charles Mingus, Shel Silverstein and many others used to hang out there back in the day.

 

Bluegrass showcase. Yours truly will be starting and hosting a new monthly bluegrass showcase on the third Tuesday of every month at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax starting on the 21st at 9 p.m. Each month individual pickers will be invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The showcase promises to be a lot of fun, and without a doubt there will also be some notable pickers on hand from time to time. More details next time.

 

All in the family. Some weeks back the staff here at CWH was given the Up Front and Down Low CD by a British singer named Teddy Thompson, who, besides also having three albums of original music out, just happens to be the son of musicians Richard and Linda Thompson. This CD is a fine collection of classic country songs (save for the title cut, which was written by TT), and young Teddy has one of the best voices we’ve heard in some time. There is also some fine harmony singing done on the hidden track on the album (“Don’t Ask Me To Be Friends”), and it took some crack research by the interns here to find out who the female voice is, because the song is unaccredited. Turns out that it is none other than Jenni Muldaur, daughter of Maria and Jeff, who also has a solo career of her own while living in New York City. She has a relatively new CD out titled Dearest Darling and she was also on tour last week singing with David Byrne. Proud momma Maria Muldaur is also busy, coming full circle and returning to her roots with a new jug band album, to be titled Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, which is being recorded now and will be released by Stony Plain Records in September; it will be followed by a six-week tour from October 1st through the end of November throughout the U.S. and Canada. This album is a reunion of sorts between the Divine Miss Double M and some of the alumni of the legendary Even Dozen Jug BandJohn Sebastian and David Grisman. They will be also be joined by the illustrious Dan Hicks, who continues to record and tour internationally with his band The Hot Licks. Also joining these venerable jug band veterans are Muldaur’s newest discovery, a band from Port Townsend, WA, called the Crow Quill Night Owls.

 

New recordings. Three of the Carltone staff’s favorite local artists have new CDs out. Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle has one titled Ten In One, and he will be releasing them by the box load at two big shows coming up later this month. On the 17th at 8 p.m. he will be playing the Murphy Productions show at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley, backed by a full-band featuring Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven, Matt Flinner) on bass, Kit Walker (Kundalini Boombox, Airto Moreira) on keys, Kendrick Freeman (Allison Brown) on drums and Walter Strauss (Ten Sleep, The Burns Sisters) on guitar. Then on the 18th the same crew will be hitting the stage at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley at 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter Rita Hosking has a new CD out titled Come Sunrise which she just featured at the Kate Wolf Festival last weekend. And she has a newly designed web site. Rita and her band Cousin Jack will be releasing CDs this month at the Georgetown IOOF Hall on the 10th, at The Palms in Winters on the 11th, and on the 19th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. And the Sonoma County bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome has a CD titled Some Old Day. They play every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma, and this month they can also be seen playing at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 17th and at their CD release party at Studio E in Sebastopol on the 19th.

 

New all-star band afoot. The band is called Chickenfoot, and it features Joe Satriani on guitar, Sammy Hagar on vocals, Michael Anthony (Van Halen) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums.

 

Spinal Tap is Back from the Dead with a new album. The iconic band, stars of the fabulous mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap from 25 years ago, is touring again to promote the CD.

 

Check out the new North Bay trio Three At Lasts website, as it has live performance videos, music clips from their new self-titled CD (mentioned here in a previous issue), photos, and lots of other good info on the band. They also played a well-received set at the Kate Wolf Festival last weekend.

 

Racing for a Cure. In August of 2003 Bay Area bluegrass picker Patti Garber (of the bluegrass band Grizzly Peak) was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the plasma cell in the bone marrow, so over the past six years, she and her husband Ted have been learning about the disease first-hand. Patti has committed to supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in Team in Training, a four-month endurance building and fundraising program, and she will participate in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco on October 18th. She has a goal to raise over $4000 for research to find a cure for all blood related cancers. Please support her in this valiant effort by contributing generously to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by going here.

 

Want to know where open mics take place in Sonoma County? Then go to this wonderful site here, put together by Lisa Mann.

 

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: reviews of Wussy’s self-titled album and Patterson Hood’s Murdering Oscar and Other Love Songs CD, and interviews with Janelle Monae, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Darrell and Wayne Scott.

 

Police log. Well, he used to light up lives: Oscar-winning composer and director Joseph Brooks allegedly raped 11 women that he lured to his apartment with the promise of a starring role in a movie, prosecutors said at his arraignment on June 23rd in New York City. Brooks, 71, denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty. He was arraigned on a 91-count indictment charging him with rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, assault and other charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree rape. If convicted maybe Brooksie and recently convicted murderer and former music producer Phil Spector can make some music together in the pokey…R & B singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star and erstwhile partner Rihanna. His deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the Marin IJ there were stories about Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sha Na Na, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. In the SF Chronicle you can read about Kris Kristofferson and the 50th anniversary of the SF Mime Troupe. In the Pacific Sun there was a story about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Gordy Hall, a longtime Fairfax musician/videographer/recording engineer/activist and all around good guy, passed away last month from lung cancer at age 58. There was a real nice memorial service for him on the 28th of June in the Peri Park Redwood Grove in Fairfax with about 70 people in attendance. There were testimonials as well as lots of food, drink and music. His spirit lives on. Ali Akbar Khan, one of the greatest Indian classical musicians of all time, died of complications from kidney disease on June 18th at his home in San Anselmo. Influential longtime bluegrass band leader Bill Harrell passed away in Maryland on the 24th. In the ‘60s he had a band called The Virginians, and he also played for 10 years with Don Reno & The Tennessee Cut-Ups. Lawrence Granger, a cellist for the SF Symphony for 30 years, died in San Francisco on June 14th. He was 57. Former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett, who passed away on May 24th at age 45, died of an overdose of the pain killer fentanyl, a coroner said, and authorities are viewing his death as accidental. Sky Saxon, founder and lead singer of the 1960s band The Seeds (“Pushin’ Too Hard”), died from heart and kidney failure on June 25th in Austin, TX. He was in his 60s. German choreographer Pina Bausch, director of The Wuppertal Dance Theater in Germany, passed away in Berlin at age 68 on the 30th. Her death came five days after a cancer diagnosis. And Michael Jackson is dead at age 50. Unless you are living in a cave in Afghanistan, you have seen and read about this elsewhere, and will continue to do so for weeks to come, because the corporate media loves and needs this kind of story. Enough said.

 

Coming attractions. Claudia Russell at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley 8/1; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Hollister 8/7-9; Dead on the Creek in Willits 8/7-9; CBA Old Time Campout in Boonville 8/21-22; Cur-ville Festival in Kenwood 8/22; Outside Lands Festival 8/28-30; West-Fest in SF’s Golden Gate Park 10/25.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Marin County Fair from the 1st-5th at the Marin County Civic Center offers Hot Buttered Rum, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Macintosh Pipe Band, Healy Irish Dancers and lots more. The 37th Annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest will be taking place there on the 4th. The Marin Arts Council will once again be hosting shows on the Ben & Jerry's Solar Stage at the fair on the 4th and 5th. Some of our highlights on the 4th include The Matt Eakle Band (Flutist-former David Grisman Quintet member), the Brothers Comatose and young Marin songwriter/guitarist Matt Jaffe. On the 5th see The Macintosh Pipe Band, Healy Irish Dancers, Sang Matiz (Latin/fusion/flamenco), and Walter Strauss with Mamadou Sidibe (Afrobeat acoustic blues, kamal'ngoni and guitar). For a PDF version the music schedule at the fair from Marinlocalmusic.com, simply click here.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place on the 1st 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

Sacred Profanities on the 1st, Eric Vaughn (from 4-7 p.m.) and Chrome Johnson on the 3rd, Jenny Kerr Band on the 4th, Peri's Blues Jam on the 5th, The Eldon Brown Band on the 8th, Sweetie Pie & The Doughboys on the 10th, Sexy Sunday on the 12th, The Eldorados on the 15th, Rahman's Songwriters in the Round on the 16th, Otis Scarecroe (from 4-7 p.m.) and John Korty & Friends on the 17th, Lansdale Station on the 18th, Andre and Friends on the 19th, Ryan Bisio on the 21st, Royal Deuces on the 22nd, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 24th, Peri's Songwriters' Showcase on the 26th, (W+T) J2 on the 29th, Highway Robbers on the 31st and lots more

 

Backstory, a new band featuring Sara Winge and Michael Harmon, can be seen playing on the 1st at the French Garden in Sebastopol. You’ll hear plenty of "hurts so good" songs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

 

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 Jack Irving’s Songwriting Showcase on the 1st and 15th, Aaron Render & Friends on the 3rd, Jack Irving & Friends on the 4th, Finger-Style Showcase on the 8th, The David Thom Band on the 11th, Namely Us on the 12th, Kyle Alden on the 16th, Brindl on the 17th, Carltone’s Bluegrass Showcase on the 21st, Fiddle Summit on the 22nd, Red Hot Chachkas on the 24th, String Session on the 29th, The Tom Finch Group on the 31st, plus others.

 

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 Sang Matiz on the 1st, The Tom Finch Group on the 8th, Barbwyre on the 15th, Pink Sabbath on the 22nd, and Bryan Horne & The Jaw Droppers on the 29th.

 

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 2nd and the 16th. 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 playing level is beginner to intermediate. Pat Palmer is the new host of the jam.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see Marianna August on the 2nd, Mumbo Gumbo on the 11th, James Henry & The Hands On Fire Band on the 18th, Emma Hill and Her Gentleman Callers on the 23rd, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on the 25th, and Ruby: Wisdom into Song on the 26th.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, and there is never a cover charge for music. See Amy Wigton on the 2nd, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 3rd, The All American Music Festival on the 4th, the Celtic jam on the 5th, Carolina Special on the 11th, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 12th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 16th, Blue & Lonesome on the 17th, The David Thom Band on the 24th, Peter Lamson on the 26th, E-Z Kewl on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

The duo Front Porch Blues can be seen playing on the 3rd at 10 p.m. at the Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, and then on the 13th at 6:30 p.m. at JK's Lounge in Rohnert Park.

 

See Sonoma County singer/songwriter Adam Traum on the 3rd and 5th at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves in Healdsburg along with Tony Robinson and Chris Rovetti as Tony’s Tennessee Three; on the 4th he will play at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood with Joe Kyle on bass and Michael Yonchenko on harp from 1-4 p.m.; on the 10th at River Rock Casino Lounge with Tony Robinson from 9 p.m.-12 a.m.; on the 12th at Murphy’s in Sonoma as Adam Traum & The Traumatics at 6 p.m., on the 18th at Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae as entertainment for a sidewalk sale from 12-3 p.m.; on the 19th at Rocker Oysterfellas in Valley Ford with Michael Yonchenko from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and on the 29th at Pier 23 in SF from 6-9 p.m. with The Good Ol’ Jiven’s Boys featuring Whiskey Pills on bass and Diamond D. on the Telecaster. This is an old band of his that is re-forming for some shows.

 

At the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa it will be Greenhouse on the 3rd, The Farallons on the 11th, The Sonoma Mountain Band on the 17th, and The Tonewoods on the 25th. There is also an international jam on the first Wednesday and a Celtic jam on the second and third Wednesdays of the month.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget  just keeps on pickin'. On the 3rd he'll be providing solo music to appreciate art by at the Elsewhere Gallery in Fairfax. Later that evening, at BASS Studios in San Rafael, he'll be joining his band mates in the newly reformed legendary SF band Sopwith Camel (remember "Hello, Hello"?) for a showcase performance. His jazz quintet Namely Us performs at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 12th and at San Geronimo's Two Bird Cafe on the 24th. He'll also be sharing the gazebo stage with Jesse Lee Kincaid at Menke Park in Corte Madera for a late afternoon show on the 19th.

 

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 & Maggie Catfish on the 3rd, they will be closed on the 4th, Eugene Shilin on the 10th, Jazz Philosophy on the 11th, Debra Clawson & Sean Pagelow on the 17th, J S N Trio on the 18th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 24th, Eugene Huggins on the 25th, and Under The Radar on the 31st.

 

The Marin trio The Mild Colonial Boys (John Caulfield, Rory McNamara and Kyle Thayer) will play their usual first Saturday slot at the San Gregorio Store on the 4th from 2-5 p.m. There will be some special edition copies of Rory's new album So Far So Good on sale at the show, and they make wonderful 4th of July presents!

 

Lindalou and Michael on the 4th will be at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on Washington Street, playing as a duo from 9-11 a.m. They'll stop while the town parade happens from 11 to 12:30, and then they'll start up again at 12:30 and play until 2 p.m. They’ll play there again on the 11th as Lindalou and Michael and the 3 D's, same place from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has the Zydeco Flames on the 4th, The Sun Kings on the 5th, Jim Lauderdale plus Poor Man's Whiskey on the 12th, Big B & The Snakeoil Saviors on the 17th, subdudes on the 19th, and Elvin Bishop plus Rancho Deluxe on the 26th.

 

Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Lee Kincaid will be playing drums with the forty-piece Corte Madera Town Band in the Corte Madera-Larkspur parade on the 4th, then he’ll join his band mates in The New Rising Sons the same day for a 7 p.m. show at Taste of Rome, Sausalito, fireworks included. The Sons will then take the stage again on the 11th at Presidio Yacht Club and on the 18th at the Sausalito Cruising Club, with an afternoon show at San Rafael Plaza. Jesse joins Kurt Huget for an outdoor acoustic show at 5 p.m. on the 19th in Corte Madera's Menke Park. The Sons will also play at McInnis Park on the 24th at 7 p.m., and in Menke Park at 5 p.m. on the 26th.

 

The World One Festival 4th of July at Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Dore Coller & Bermudagrass, Diane Patterson, Dread Daze, and more.

 

Dore Coller is a busy picker. On the 4th he will be at the aforementioned One World Fest, and then the band will play at the 142 Throckmorton on the 7th. The Savannah Blu bluegrass band, in which he plays guitar and sings and who recently played at the CBA Festival in Grass Valley, has a gig at Plough & Stars in SF on the 17th.

 

The North Bay band The Ruminators will be taking the stage on the 5th from 7-10 p.m. at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they now play on first and third Sundays of the month. See them on the 5th and 19th 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.

 

Deadly venom from NY City. The bluegrass band called The Five Deadly Venoms from New York City will be making the rounds in early July. They will be at Amnesia in SF on the 6th, at Amoeba Music in SF on the 7th, at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 8th, and at BlueSix in SF on the 9th. Packed with world-class pickin' and some seriously classic tunes, these hard-hitting pickers psyched to also be taking place in the band competition at the Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival in Lyons, CO.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see the Henry Moser Quartet on the 9th, Unauthorized Rolling Stones on the 10th, A Thousand Years at Sea and The Midsummer Fiddle Band of Marin on the 15th, House Jacks on the 17th, Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Jeff Titus on the 18th, Roy Zimmerman on the 23rd, AC/DShe on the 25th, Ledward Kaapana on the 30th, George Winston on the 31st, and other fine shows.

 

West County Celtic singers and instrumentalists Riggy Rackin and Kate Price have both recently completed projects at Sebastopol's Studio E reflecting their life's work. A joint CD release party is scheduled for the 10th at Studio E. Riggy's Somewhere in Between defies categorization and covers the genres of his journey, including English folksong, Renaissance art song, English country dance instrumentals, Irish sea songs, American country and pop ballads. Kate's projects are two retrospective recordings in celebration of 25 years of  her recording career. Both collections – Songs from the Witches Wood and Waltz at the End of the World – span the first ten years of her career, between the years 1984-1994.

 

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 Orrin Star on the 10th. Show times are 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Mill Valley singer/songwriter Jamie Clark recently got back from Toronto from recording his new album titled This World, which will be released in early 2010. You can hear snippets of some of the songs on his web site He will be playing a house concert with guitarist Miles Schon on the 11th at a home in Corte Madera at 4 p.m. For more info on the house concert go here.

 

Murphy Productions has some hot shows this month at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall. See Jesus Diaz on the 11th, Stevie Coyle on the 17th, and The Itals on the 18th.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Alejandro Escovedo on the 10th, Mystic Roots on the 17th, John Corbett Band on the 25th, The Donnas on the 23rd, The Mermen on the 31st, and more.

 

Tim Weed and Matt Lax in the house. On the 11th West Marin multi-talented musician Tim Weed will be playing a house concert at the home of Albert DeSilver and Marian Cremin in Woodacre with Mill Valley’s Matt Lax opening the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Playing with Tim will be special guests Todd Pickering (singer/songwriter and guitarist) and Debbie Daly (vocals, percussion & guitar). For directions, RSVP to emcrem@earthlink.net or call (415) 488-1539. Please arrive at 7 to get a good seat!

 

The Mendocino Music Festival runs from the 11th-25th with various kinds of music (but mostly classical) in downtown Mendocino. Some of the acts to see are Maria Muldaur, Alex deGrassi, Holly Tannen, Joshua Redman Trio, Seldom Scene, and Julian Pollack. Go to the site for complete info.

 

North Bay Live (Schaef-Abel Productions) on the 12th will be hosting Bill Chambers (he is Kasey Chambers' father and is in her band) with special guest Audrey Auld at Studio E in Sebastopol. Mark Viator and Susan Maxey, from Austin, will be opening the show and Mark will be accompanying Chambers in his set.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa has Tears for Fears on the 14th and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on the 17th.

 

If there was ever a band that lived up to its name (at least, out here on the West Coast) it is the Seldom Scene, who we don’t get to see enough of around these parts. However, this month they can be seen at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV, on the 12th, at Yoshi’s in SF for two shows on the 14th, and then on the 15th they will be the only bluegrass band that will be featured at the Mendocino Music Festival.

 

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. She will also be at Murphy’s on the 16th.

 

WorldFest 2009 takes place on the 16th-19th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley with Tommy Emanuel, Los Lobos, Wailing Souls and Bearfoot, Fishtank Ensemble, Bluehouse, Wailing Souls, Abalone Dots, Indigo Girls and lots more. 

 

Crazy In Love With Patsy Cline. This is the name of a hot show featuring Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), Lavay Smith (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Likkers) and Carmen Gettit (Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums). See them at the Freight and Salvage on the 16th, at Cafe Du Nord in SF on the 19th, Rancho Nicasio on August 14th, and at the Little Fox Theater in Redwood City on the 23rd.

 

House concert in Larkspur. Bill & Carol Haggerty will be hosting a concert in their house in Larkspur on the 17th with singer songwriter Joe Koenig and the foursome Cave Country. Joe has a terrific new CD titled Something Concrete and his sweet and powerful singing, stompin' guitar and harmonica will bring some Texas soul right into the Haggerty’s living room. Cave Country has a more eclectic sound but with the same sincerity and originality as Joe does. They hail from Southern California and describe their music as folk/roots/country. For more info email Carol at chaggert@pacbell.net.

 

Caren Armstrong hosts Celebrating Songwriters featuring Steve Noonan and Wendy Beckerman at the Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley in Berkeley on the 18th starting at 8 p.m.

 

Fairfax songwriter Jo D’Anna will be singing for her coffee and yours on the 18th at the BookBeat Book & Music Café in Fairfax from 9 a.m.-noon.

 

Lauralee Brown & Company can be seen performing jazz and beyond on the 23rd at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael from 7-10 p.m. and then on the 24th at Saylor’s in Sausalito from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Houston Jones, the Bay Area’s favorite high-octane Americana band, besides appearing all over NorCal this month, will be playing on the 24th for the Jazz and Blues By the Bay series in downtown Sausalito.

 

Twang Ditty will be singing county music on the 24th at 8 p.m. at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove. No cover.

 

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 26th. 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.

 

Kevin Russell, Michael Capella & Markie Sanders will be at The Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station on the 26th from 5-8 p.m., Kevin’s band The Rhythm Rangers will be at the Sebastopol Town Square on the 30th, (across the street from Whole Foods) in concert for The Sebastopol Center for the Arts Plaza Series, and on the 31st Kevin Russell, Michael & Markie can be seen at Saylor’s in Sausalito.

 

The Marin Civic Center, besides hosting the county fair from the 1st-5th, will also have the Texas Guitar Show on the 25th and 26th. 

 

Novato’s Doug Adamz can be seen playing with his Trio Bravo (Russ Gauthier and Bill Amatneek) at Nick's Cove in Marshall on the 28th from 7-9 p.m.

 

The Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa starts on the 28th and runs through August 9th. There will be more info about this event in the next issue. But all of you Village People fans better get your tickets now! “It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!”…

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) will be playing at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 31st starting at 9 p.m. When not fronting his own band Craig is Maria Muldaur’s lead guitarist.

 

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

 

Andrew Freeman, besides normally performing solo on the first Saturday of every month (but not in July) 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.

 

Music Television. There is always some good music stuff on TV on KQED-Channel 9, public television, in the SF Bay Area, however they did not send us their info by press time.

 

 

 

 

 

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