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CARLTONE'S CORNER

December 17, 2010

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly. With one week left to go before the post-season holiday sale madness begins, the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters has been hitting the eggnog and watching out for low-flying reindeer. The hope is that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that you give and receive copious amounts of tidings of joy. As mentioned in this space last time, the emphasis around here is on giving the gift of music and art in some form – whether it be CDs, concert and festival tickets, books, instruments, or heck, even CBA and NCBS memberships! You can look at our staff suggestions here. Buy mostly direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man. All of the CD and book suggestions are from 2010, and you just may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Or, do some of your holiday shopping at the Mendocino Stories online store. Mendocino County products include CDs, books and art work by county artists. 10% discounts on multiple orders. Art and music – the gifts that keeps on giving year round…

 

Bluegrass calendar. Here is one more idea for the bluegrass someone in your life: the Bluegrass Calendar, which in 2011 pays homage to the Stanley Tradition. Amazing Bay Area shutterbug Mike Melnyk has some of his photos of Ralph Stanley included.

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Also mentioned last time and worth repeating is the fact that the spammers have won and we have decided to raise the white flag of surrender. The carlin@carltone.com address is now being forwarded to this new one at lc@carltone.com, and by January 1st the former will cease to exist altogether. So please make the change on your end, and also, please do not add the new address to any lists of any sort without asking first.

 

Go elf yourself! Want to send a cool email holiday cartoon greeting of your band or family to your friends and fans? Then check out this one from the Bay Area bluegrass band Keystone Station, and when it is done you can easily make one yourself for free. All you need is a photo to cut and paste from.

 

Joy to the world. All of you animal lovers out there will all enjoy this seasonal rendition of " Deck the Halls." Fa la la la la...

 

Sweet and sour news. More than three years after closing in downtown Mill Valley the Sweetwater nightclub was in the paper again, and the news is not that good. The owners have had a series of financial and legal setbacks, and any reopening of the venerated venue is still a long way away, if ever. You can read the story in the Pacific Sun. Anyone have any leftover TARP money you can spare? Do you think Meg Whitman is looking for something new to do with her millions?

 

Take the Stage. The next installment of the Take the Stage band performance workshop will start up on February 6th but it is never too early to sign up for the session. TTS brings together aspiring musicians from around the Bay Area to learn and perform music with expert coaching from professional musicians. The workshop culminates in a performance at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

 

Chilling sounds of the season. Here is an interesting MSNBC story about music-induced chills, and it uses mostly holiday music as examples. The betting here is that there are pickers and singers that elicit the same sort of responses in a lot of us year-round…

Jamming at bluegrass festivals. This one minute cartoon pretty much – for better or for worse – sums up what the jamming scene is like for many pickers at bluegrass festivals far and wide. And if you missed this one and you consider yourself a songwriter, check out this video too. Even though it is a cartoon, it is all too real...

 

Winter music camp. For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp starts in February, and you can sign up now. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or info@cbamusiccamp.org.

 

Exceptional Rob. Dobro player of the bluegrass band Blue Highway and Bay Area native Rob Ickes was named a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship from United States Artists. This award is given annually to 50 exceptional artists across a wide spectrum of disciplines, and includes a cash grant of $50,000. Congrats, Rob!

 

Marin County’s Dr. Elmo and Dan Hicks each have new holiday CDs out, and they both were featured in this story by Paul Liberatore in the Marin IJ two weeks back. Elmo was also on WGN-TV in Chicago and on the show Good Day New York. And, on Monday the 20th he will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

 

Finally, there is such a thing as an honest R&B song! Watch this video of “Ooh Girl” and see for yourself. Thanks to Kevin Russell for sending this.

 

Imagine…December 8th marked 30 years since one gun-toting maniac changed the course of musical history by shooting John Lennon to death in New York City. We can only wonder about all of the great music that we all have missed as a result of this tragedy. Now, more so than ever, Lennon’s dream that “the world will live as one” remains just that, a dream. There is this wonderful photo exhibit of Lennon at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Thanks to Tom McCarter for this link.

 

Tryin’ to set the night on fire. In the previous edition it was noted that Jim Morrison, the long-dead lead singer for the rock band the Doors, was on the verge of being pardoned for his 1970 misdemeanor conviction for profanity and indecent exposure by outgoing Florida governor Charlie Christ. Well, this is done deal. Read the details here.

 

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie opened to raves on Friday the 3rd, and if you can pull yourself away from Harry Potter, Jackass 3D or an ancient Cher Bono-Allman-whatever-her-real-last-name-is-now, go see this film about a real person who has brought endless joy to thousands of people…

 

The latest edition of Live From Bay 6 from Harwood Productions features Bay Area singer/songwriter Staci Frenes, and you can watch the episode here.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Hate the song, love the royalty checks: Irish rocker Bob Geldof supposedly can’t stand to hear the “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” song that he wrote some years back. Yeah, neither can we, Bob!

 

Police log. Hot fiddle: If you are ever wondering around downtown at lunch time with your fiddle under your arm, hold on tight to the dang thing! A musician named Min-Jin Kym went into a central London sandwich store to buy something to eat had her 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, worth $1.9 million, stolen. Inside the case was a 1696 Antonio Stradivarius antique violin as well as a Peccatte bow, valued at $30,000. That’s one expensive sandwich…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Don Van Vliet, otherwise known as legendary avant garde rocker Captain Beefheart, passed away in California today from multiple sclerosis. He was 69. Jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died in San Diego on the 9th. He was 85. Romanian-born American violinist Sirgiu Luca, who founded several important chamber music festivals and ensembles, died from cancel on the 6th in Houston. He was 67. Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod passed away on the 6th in Switzerland. He was 108. Helen Boatwright, an American soprano renowned for her interpretations of Charles Ives, died on the 8th in Jamesville, N.Y. She was 94. Mill Valley porn actor and musician John Leslie Nuzzo died on the 5th of a heart attack. He was 65.

 

Fishwrap Roundup. In the Marin IJ read about the late rock guitarist John Cipollina. Warren Hellman, the benefactor of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in SF's Golden Gate Park, was interviewed last week in the North Bay weekly The Bohemian. Dobro player Jerry Douglas is winding down a busy year, and you can find out what he has been up to by reading about him in the Tennessean.

 

Coming attractions. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in Berkeley 1/5; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. 1/8; Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue at Murphy’s in Sonoma 1/8; The Whutknotts at Iron Springs in Fairfax 1/8; Dave Alvin, Nina Gerber & Christy McWilson at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/14-15; Doug Adamz & Bravo at Rancho Nicasio 1/15; Kyle Alden at the Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur 1/15; The Waymores at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/21; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22; Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Festival 1/29-30; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma 2/24-27; Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/12; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/30; Kathy Kallick Band at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 4/30.

 

Additions

 

Cabin Fever reunion. The bluegrass band Cabin Fever will be reuniting with some former members on the 17th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. The pickers will be Larry Chung, John Relph, Steve Swan, Yvonne Walbroehl and Bryan McClennehan.

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 Christmas Time's A Coming, featuring mandolin-based seasonal instrumentals. 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.

 

Paul Knight and Friends will be playing some country and bluegrass on the 19h at the Station House Café in Point Reyes Station starting at 5 p.m. His friends on this day will be Doug Adamz, Paul Shelasky and Michael Stadler.

 

A new stage production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song will run at the Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma starting on New Year’s Eve and going until January 23rd.

 

The New Year’s Eve Celebration on the 31st at the Sebastopol Community Center will offer lots of bands, dancing, food and more.

 

Reminders

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, Narada Michael Walden on the 17th, Maria Muldaur on the 19th, a year-end New Year's Eve Blast on the 31st with comedy, music and dancing with Austin de Lone, Jimmy Dillon and others.

 

Some shows of note at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley are Marley’s Ghost on the 17th, Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur on the 18th, the Winter Solstice Holiday Show on the 19th, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 27th, and the High Country and Jim & Dix New Year’s Eve on the 31st.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Two Rock Ramblers on the 17th, Elaine Dempsey on the 30th, Greenhouse and The Carrtunes on the 31st, and other fine acts.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Dore Coller will play with Savannah Blue in SF on the 17th, on the 18th with Matt & Joe at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, and at the Hot Club of Marin Gypsy jazz jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 27th.

 

Saylor’s 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 17th, Eugene Huggins on the 18th, they will be closed on the 24th and 25th, and on the 31st usher in the New Year with The Don Bennet Duo.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget wraps up a great year with a couple of shows this month. His alt-country Moonlight Rodeo band returns to Pt. Reyes Station at the Old Western Saloon on the 17th, and his jazz quintet Namely Us has a gig on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady.

 

Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons bring their Rock and Roll Dance Party to the Sausalito Cruising Club on the 17th, to Taste of Rome in the town on the 18th, and then they will close out the year at the Seahorse in Sausalito on the 31st.

 

The Christmas Jug Band is back for its annual holiday hijinks, and you can see them play on the 17th at the Murphy Productions show at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael, on the 18th at the Mystic in Petaluma, on the 19th at The Palms in Winters, and on the 21st and 22nd at The Woods in Mill Valley.

 

The rockabilly band Quarter Mile Combo can be seen on the 18th at The Red Devil Lounge in SF with Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys and The Revtones.

 

Celebrate the holiday season with Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur's Christmas Show. She will be at The Arena Theater in Point Arena on the 18th and at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on the 19th.

 

Uncle Bill will be playing on the 18th from 7-10 p.m. at Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental. Bill is a Sebastopol area resident and he plays folkified versions of old jazz standards, folk rock, rock, blues, country and whatever else strikes his fancy.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Vinyl on the 18th, Kyle Alden on the 26th, Elvin Bishop on the 30th, and The Zydeco Flames 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. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night, plus other great shows. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has The Greyboy Allstars on the 18th.

 

The Midnite Ramblers will be offering Cajun and Creole music at the 23 Club in Brisbane on the 19th.

 

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

 

Andrew Freeman is hosting an acoustic open mic at the 50 Mason Social House in SF, a gorgeous new music room, on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. It's on Mason at Market, a block from the Powell Station. He also plays every Wednesday at Giordono’s in SF in North Beach.

 

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

 

The Woods in Mill Valley has The Christmas Jug Band on the 21st and 22nd, El Radio Fantastique on the 31st, and more.

 

Guitarist Matt Lax and bassist Joe Kyle continue their Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See The Rubber Souldiers on the 22nd and Cosmic Shenanigans on the 29th. The weekly Saturday Cozy & Casual Winter Series will begin on January 8th with the amazingly talented Marin band The Whutknotts.

 

San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden on the 22nd will be hosting Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady and on the 26th check out Kyle & Friends at Rancho Nicasio.

 

Jammin’ in Petaluma. There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. Check it out on the 22nd. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

 

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Then go see the Murphy ProductionsRita Abrams’ 5 Star Review at The Palm Ballroom in San Rafael. For one night only, Emmy-winning Abrams and her dream cast of Bay Area notables – Valentine Osinski, Darlene Popovic, Joe Osborn, and Sean O'Brien – will serve up a concoction of hilarious songs and satire comprising the best of her work from For Whom the Bridge Tolls, New Wrinkles, and Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, as well as some brand new surprises.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m. The gospel, bluegrass and old-time gathering that used to take place on the fourth Sunday at the Sebastopol Christian Church has come to an end and is no longer happening.

 

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 1, 2010

 

Welcome to the 120th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Ready or not, the holidays on their way. Here at Carltone World Headquarters, the overworked and underpaid elves are as busy as ever decking the halls with boughs of holly while trying to bring you tidings of joy this holiday season. As always, the emphasis around here is on giving the gift of music and art in some form – whether it is CDs, concert and festival tickets, books, instruments, or heck, even CBA and NCBS memberships. You can look at our staff suggestions here. Buy mostly direct from the artists themselves and cut out the Amazonian middle man. All of the CD and book suggestions are from 2010, and you just may find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Also, do some of your holiday shopping at the Mendocino Stories online store. Mendocino County products include CDs, books and art work by county artists. 10% discounts on multiple orders. Art and music – the gifts that keeps on giving year round!

 

Bah, humbug! Once again, after a long and hard fought battle with spammers, the staff here at Carltone has decided to throw in the towel and make a change. Do morons really respond to these blind email requests for Viagra, Cialis and manhood enhancers? The answer must be yes, otherwise why do these emails keep coming by the dozens every day? The carlin@carltone.com address is now being forwarded to lc@carltone.com, and by January 1st the former will cease to exist altogether. So please make the change on your end, and also, please do not add the new address to any lists of any sort without asking first.

 

How sweet the sound. Amazing Grace Music, the venerable acoustic music store in San Anselmo, will soon be getting a new home. The business is owned by banjo and fiddle player John Pedersen of the Marin County old-time band The Roadoilers, and the building is owned by George Lucas of, well, yes, that George Lucas. He also owns the adjacent building on the site, and this is where the store will soon be moving too. The current building is in a state of disrepair, and Pedersen is ecstatic about the impending relocation. Read the story in the Marin Independent Journal.

 

Blue Grass Boy on the air. On November 24th on the National Public Radio arts show Fresh Air former Blue Grass Boy Peter Rowan played live with his band while also being interviewed by host Terry Gross about his new CD titled Legacy. Go to the Fresh Air site to listen in the archives or read the text version. It was one of the best editions of the show ever. Normally the host interviews someone for about half an hour, and then there are reviews of shows, books, CDs, etc. But this episode was all Rowan and the boys. Really worth listening to. Or, better yet, you can go see the band playing at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 2nd., hear them on the radio show West Coast Live on the 4th on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF from 10 a.m.-noon, or see them at the Fillmore on the evening of the 4th.

Out of her tree. Legendary folksinger Joan Baez is resting comfortably after falling out of her tree house on her property in Woodside, CA. The tree house was built without walls because she wanted to sleep among birds. The 69-year-old Baez was climbing down from the platform on November 17th when she fell to the ground. Read the story here.

Benefit concert. Max DeLacy, of Tuolumne County, (and son of Ron DeLacy of the band Doodoo Wah) works at various California venues as a stage hand, and serves a stage manager for the Mother Lode Fair in Sonora, the Strawberry Music Festivals near Yosemite and the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy. In late October he was diagnosed with adeno carcinoma in his sinus, nasal cavities, palate, near his left eye and abutting his brain. He underwent surgery on November 10th at Stanford Hospital and returned last week to start up to two months of radiation treatment and probably chemotherapy. Max has insurance, but he faces more than $20,000 in co-payments for hotel and house rentals near Stanford for surgery and two months of radiation and chemotherapy. To help him out, some folks are hosting the Party to the Max at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on the 11th. More than ten bands will donate their services, and scores of friends and businesses are donating time, money, food, labor and goods to be auctioned and raffled.

 

All you need is love…and an iPod. In case you have been too busy following the exploits of the Kardashian sisters to hear the news, The Beatles’ songs are finally available on iTunes. Speaking of the band, December 8th will mark 30 years since the untimely death of John Lennon, so get ready for the media circus....

 

Re-release. Eric Schoenberg of Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon says that a recording done in the 1960s by his cousin, Dave Laibman, on which Eric played second guitar, is now available. Originally released on Smithsonian Folkway Records, The New Ragtime Guitar  “was,” according to Eric, “the first release of guitar versions of classical piano ragtime ever. Dave is a pioneer, with musical abilities heads above 90% of guitar players in many ways, and was the first to arrange the works of the classical ragtime greats such as Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Jelly Roll Morton, and Zez Confrey for finger-style guitar. Much of what I know I learned from Dave, including my own attempts at playing the classic rags. Floating Records is a new online music source for local musicians here in the Bay Area. The name comes from the fact that the office is located on a houseboat in Sausalito, which is about as nice a working environment as one can find.”

 

Would you like a little opera singing with your appetizer? Colesso, an Italian restaurant in SF’s North Beach, has a waiter named Luca who also happens to be a trained opera singer. The joint wants to feature Luca singing to its patrons but with a recorded and amplified musical backing. At you might imagine, nearby neighbors are not happy with this plan…

 

That sounds familiar! The country band Lady Antebellum is being faced with accusations of plagiarism with their big hit and single of the year titled “Need You Now.” The Alan Parsons Project is claiming the song is a rip-off of their song “Eye in the Sky” from 28 years ago. Go here to read about the fuss.

 

Double CDs for the Divine Miss Double M. Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur has a brand new holiday CD coming out on the 4th titled Christmas at the Oasis. It will be available at her upcoming shows (info below) and real soon on her web site. She also has Maria Muldaur's Barnyard Dance - Jug Band Music for Kids, which was just released last week or so. This delightful collection of happy, spirited, good time music is the perfect gift for those little people in your life!

 

Winter music camp. For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will not start until February of next year, but signups have already begun. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or info@cbamusiccamp.org.

 

Come on, baby, light my fire. Jim Morrison, the long-dead lead singer for the rock band the Doors, is on the verge of being pardoned for his 1970 misdemeanor conviction for profanity and indecent exposure by outgoing Florida governor Charlie Christ. This is great news for erstwhile anti-smut queen Anita Bryant, who was sort of the Sarah Palin of her day. Now the TV talking heads will no doubt be banging on her door at the old folks home to find out what she thinks about all of this…

 

Up in smoke. A three-alarm fire damaged a San Carlos warehouse containing memorabilia belonging to guitarist Neil Young on November 9th. The fire started in a vintage car that he had converted into a hybrid vehicle. Young kept guitars, paintings, vintage cars and cases of other memorabilia at the warehouse, and 70 percent of the belongings have been salvaged or are salvageable. The blaze caused at least $1 million in damage.

 

The recently renovated George’s Nightclub in San Rafael was also damaged by a fire in November, but the venue hopes to reopen soon, according to this story. Go to their site to find out what is happening for sure.

 

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie opens on Friday the 3rd, and if you can pull yourself away from Harry Potter, Jackass 3D or an ancient Cher Bono-Allman-whatever-her-real-last-name-is-now, go see this film about a real person who has brought endless joy to thousands of people…

 

The latest edition of Live From Bay 6 from Harwood Productions features Bay Area singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe, and you can watch the episode here.

 

Carltube. Here are the latest Carltone video recommendations: Bubbie Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Uncle Johnny’s Glass Eye by Marin musician Doug Adamz, this one about mandolin players, and this must-see one for any band that has ever had to play at a wedding.

 

Police log. Smokin’ Willie: To the surprise of no one, country singer Willie Nelson was once again arrested for smoking marijuana on his tour bus. The betting here is that some Barney Fife wannabee saw Willie’s bus coming through town and immediately thought, “Hey, I can become famous if I pull this rig over and hope something smells funny!”…Idol no more: Former teen idol David Cassidy (now age 60!), who played the singing David Partridge in the TV series The Partridge Family back in the proverbial day, was arrested for drunken driving last month in Florida. Those with weak hearts or nostalgic hankerings for the boy may not want to look at this photo here. Thanks to Tim Van Raam for this item.

 

Fishwrap Roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about violinist Mark O’Connor, The Marin Film Group, and angry singer Nick Cave. In the Marin IJ read about Larkspur’s MacIntosh Pipe Band, the Western swing band The Lonestar Retrobates, Marin rocker Sammy Hagar, and jokester/waitress Linda Hepworth. El Cerrito’s Arhoolie Records founder and owner Chris Strachwitz was written about last week in the NY Times. Dr. Elmo was featured on AOL News. The Marin band Lansdale Station had a nice review in the Haight Street Music News.

 

Coming attractions. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at The Freight in Berkeley 1/5; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/11; Dave Alvin, Nina Gerber & Christy McWilson at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/14-15; Doug Adamz & Bravo at Rancho Nicasio 1/15; Kyle Alden at the Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur 1/15; The Waymores at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/21; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22;  San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma 2/24-27; Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/12; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/30; Kathy Kallick Band at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 4/30.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, Roy Zimmerman on the 1st, Mitch Woods on the 4th, Sammy Hagar on the 11th, Christmas Jug Band on the 12th, Narada Michael Walden on the 17th, Maria Muldaur on the 19th, and more.

 

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.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See David Correa on the 1st, The Gold Diggers Trio on the 8th, Emily Rath & Friends on the 15th, The Rubber Souldiers on the 22nd, and Cosmic Shenanigans on the 29th. The weekly Saturday Cozy & Casual Winter Series will begin on January 8th with the amazingly talented Marin band The Whutknotts.

 

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

 

Knockers in SF. The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, Americana and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 2nd it will be old-time tunes with The Knuckle Knockers.

 

Comatose in SF. The Sonoma County band The Brothers Comatose are headlining the bill at Slim’s in SF on the 2nd, with The Jugtown Pirates and The Human Condition also playing

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 3rd, Andrew Freeman on the 4th, the Celtic jam on the 5th, The Courtney Janes on the 10th, High Country on the 11th, The Two Rock Ramblers on the 17th, Friends in Sonoma Helping Benefit on the 21st, Elaine Dempsey on the 30th, Greenhouse and The Carrtunes on the 31st, and other fine acts.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see The Rubber Souldiers on the 3rd, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys on the 5th, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 10th, the Songwriter Series on the 16th (details below), Vinyl on the 18th, Kyle Alden on the 26th, Elvin Bishop on the 30th, and The Zydeco Flames 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. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night, plus other great shows. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. The Marin County old-time band The Roadoilers is headed there on the 3rd to render rags, reels, hoedowns and showdowns. Hopefully the brewery will have enough beer on hand to sate the thirsts of these guys!

 

Mill Valley guitarist Dore Coller will play solo on the 3rd at Elsewhere Gallery in Fairfax from 7-9 p.m., he’ll be with Savannah Blue at the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival on the 4th, with Matt Lax & Joe Kyle on the 7th at Vasco in Mill Valley, at the Plough & Stars with Savannah in SF on the 17th, on the 18th with Matt & Joe at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, and at the Hot Club of Marin Gypsy jazz jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito on the 27th.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Macy Blackman on the 3rd, Mike Angel Group on the 4th, Tina Marzell & Alex Markels on the 12th, Em K. on the 11th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 17th, Eugene Huggins on the 18th, they will be closed on the 24th and 25th, and on the 31st usher in the New Year with The Don Bennet Duo.

 

Murphy Productions presents Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael on the 3rd, The Christmas Jug Band on the 17th, and Rita Abrams’ 5 Star Review on the 31st (details below). They also have something to do with the ICB Open Studios in Sausalito on the 4th and 5th.

 

At Point Reyes Books on the 3rd from 5-7:30 p.m., authors and artists featured in the newest volume of the West Marin Review will be signing books that have arrived just in time for holiday purchase.

 

The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival in Boulder Creek on the 3rd-5th will have The Earl Brothers, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Julio "Inglasses" Guerra, Common Cents, The Alhambra Valley Band, and lots more.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Dick Dale on the 3rd, the Charlie Hunter Trio on the 8th, a Holiday Hoedown with The Wronglers and Arann Harris & The Farm Band on the 12th, The Christmas Jug Band on the 18th, and Tommy Castro on the 31st.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget wraps up a great year with a few shows this month. On the 4th you can find him up in Petaluma at the Aqus Café, with Julia Harrell on percussion. Heading north the next day, he joins Kimberlye Gold for an afternoon performance at Vine Tastings in Windsor. He’ll be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at the Corte Madera Rec Center on the 8th. His alt-country Moonlight Rodeo band returns to Pt. Reyes Station at the Old Western Saloon on the 17th. Finally, his jazz quintet Namely Us has a pair of performances, first at the Two Bird Café on the 11th, followed by another on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady Café.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, is now hosting an acoustic open mic at the 50 Mason Social House in SF, a gorgeous new music room, on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. It's on Mason at Market, a block from the Powell Station.

 

Marin’s Drew Pearce presents a house concert in SF on the 4th with Keeley Valentino and Mike Gibbons. Go to his web site for complete info.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 4th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Bay Area Bonanza. While consulting with Carltone about 2010 CD releases, Peter realized that this year there have been an unprecedented number of new CDs by Bay Area bluegrass and old-time musicians. This show provides a recap, with selections from the Kathy Kallick Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, 49 Special, Dalton Mountain Gang, The Tuttles With A.J. Lee, OMGG, Oak Grove, Earl Brothers, Kitchen Help, Dark Hollow, The Wronglers, The Knuckle Knockers, Luke Abbott, Tamara Little, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, and Dr. ElmoYou 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.

 

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 Carol McComb & Kathy Larisch on the 4th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will play at Bazaar Stock at the Bazaar Cafe in SF on the 4th, at The Revolution Café in SF on the 5th, the Red Devil Lounge in SF on the 7th, Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 10th, and a house concert in SF on the 11th.

 

San Anselmo’s Kyle Alden is on the go this month. On the 4th he will be playing at the San Gregorio General Store from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. with special guest Robert Powell on guitar, then from 3-6 he will play there with The Mild Colonial Boys; on the 10th there will be a Benefit Concert for Roots Music Marin at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax with Culann’s Hounds, Three At Last, John Pedersen, plus special guests; on the 12th the Traditional Irish Music Session take place in San Francisco at the Plough & Stars with Kyle and fiddler John Sherry hosting; the 14th finds him with Melissa Lyn and The Low Rollers at Club Waziema in SF; on the 22nd it will be Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady; and on the 26th check out Kyle & Friends at Rancho Nicasio.

 

Twang Ditty will be throttling back a bit for the holidays, but you can still catch them on the 4th at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove. Show starts at 8:30 and there's no cover.

 

North Bay Live in Sebastopol on the 4th is hosting Doug Jayne’s CD release party at Studio E. He is a fine songwriter, singer, and interpreter of songs, and he also co-owns The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa. 

 

Francesca Nagle & Primary Colors will be releasing CDs by the box load at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 4th.

 

The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia will be happening on the 4th at 6 p.m. at the Fillmore in SF with music legends Jesse McReynolds, Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, David Nelson & Friends, and special guests.

 

Misner & Smith will finish off 2010 with some fun shows in December, and they're looking ahead to exciting things in 2011, perhaps even some international touring. But before they get their passports stamped they have some cool gigs this month. On the 4th at 8 p.m. they'll be sharing and 'in-the-round' set at the Bazaar Cafe in SF as part of the annual Bazaar Stock – live music from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Three new performers every hour, on the hour. On the 9th they'll be playing at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, on the 10th they'll be up at Aubergine in Sebastapol, playing a big show with Three-Legged Sister and Old Jawbone. And their last stop in 2010 will be on the 11th at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville, sharing the night with the Mendocino duo Gwyneth & Monko.

 

Singer/songwriter Jo D’Anna will be appearing at the Holiday Art Fair & Silent Art Auction sometime from 3-6 p.m. on the 4th at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. On the 7th at 7:30 p.m. she will be at the College of Marin Fine Arts Theater in Kentfield, performing with a small group of jazz dancers to the song "Mack the Knife," choreographed for the College of Marin's Jazz Ensemble Performance.  

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has The Tubes on the 4th, Asleep at the Wheel on the 11th, Clint Black on the 16th, and The Greyboy Allstars on the 18th.

 

Stadler-Gibbons in Alameda. Michael Stadler & Mary Gibbons will be back at McGrath's Pub in Alameda on the 4th.  Joining them will be Jon Mitguard on dobro and pedal steel, and Chuck Ervin on the bass. They have some new old country music gems, a new original or two, and lots of material between them that they are rediscovering – most of it delightfully sad.

 

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

 

Guitarist Matt Lax and bassist Joe Kyle continue their Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests.

 

Hot blues night at the Freight. On the 9th at the Freight in Berkeley it will be a CD release show for Mark Hummel, who will be joined by Rusty Zinn. Mark’s new CD is titled Back Porch Music: Hummel Unplugged. Opening the show will be SF native Dave Earl, who has a new CD of his own titled Unplugged: Acoustic Blues From San Francisco.

 

Two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst is headed out this way this month for a series of shows. On the 9th it will be a house concert in Cloverdale, on the 10th he’ll play solo at the Petaluma Arts Center (ticket info at 707-763-0100 or hotgrubb@comcast.net), on the 11th it will be an evening of swing & jazz music with Jim featuring Chris Gramp on guitar and Bill Amatneek on bass at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (ticket info at 707-824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com), and on the 12th it will be another house concert in Santa Cruz.

 

The Christmas Jug Band is coming back for its annual holiday hijinks, and you can see them play on the 9th at the Seahorse in Sausalito, on the 11th in Sutter Creek, on the 13th a family show at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, on the 14th at the Freight in Berkeley, on the 17th at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael, on the 18th at the Mystic in Petaluma, on the 19th at The Palms in Winters, and on the 21st and 22nd at The Woods in Mill Valley.

 

Get into the spirit with The Mayflower Chorus when they perform Holiday Magic on the 10th and 11th at the Marin Center Showcase Theatre and on the 12th at the Church of St. Isabella in San Rafael.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael presents Edie Carey on the 10th at starting at 8 p.m. For reservations call (415) 785-4530 or email-danfontes@yahoo.com.

 

It will be an evening of Americana, Roots, and Rock on the 10th at the Velo Rouge Café in SF from 7-9:30 p.m. with Jeanie & Chuck, Misisipi Mike Wolf, Doug Blumer and Nancy Irish, Bill Meyer, The Mission Three, The VeloTones, and featured guests The Oxalis Pickers and The T-Sisters. No cover, and all ages are welcome.

 

Petaluma Church Concerts presents Eric Thompson's Kleptograss CD release concert on the 11th. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear musical traditions from around the world distilled through bluegrass, old-time and Americana. A pioneering folk/bluegrass guitarist, Eric Thompson circulated in the mid '60s Palo Alto bluegrass scene, playing with Jerry Garcia in The Black Mountain Boys. In Kleptograss he joins with Grammy Award nominee Jody Stecher, champion fiddler Paul Shelasky, veteran bluegrass bassist Paul Knight and master guitarist Scott Nygaard for some deep musical exploration.

 

The rockabilly band Quarter Mile Combo has two shows this month. See them at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa on the 11th with St. Peterbilt, and on the 18th it will be The Red Devil Lounge in SF with Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys and The Revtones.

 

Some other shows of note at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley are the Stairwell Sisters ten-year anniversary show on the 12th, the Winter Solstice Holiday Show on the 19th, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 27th, and the High Country and Jim & Dix New Year’s Eve on the 31st.

 

The Woods in Mill Valley has The Youth Rocks For Haiti Benefit Concert on the 13th, The Christmas Jug Band on the 21st and 22nd, El Radio Fantastique on the 31st, and more.

 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones are on tour this month, and you can see them at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on the 15th and at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on the 16th.

 

Celebrate the holiday season with Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur's Christmas Show. She will be at Yoshi's in Oakland on the 15th, at The Arena Theater in Point Arena on the 18th, and at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on the 19th.

 

Lauralee Brown will be hosting Rancho Nicasio's Singer Songwriter Series on the 16th. This is night number eight in the series and the featured talent includes Debra Clawson & Mike Lynch, Greg Lamboy, Jeff Smiler and more. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the bar, no cover. Kids are welcome. She will also be singing jazz & beyond at Saylor's on the 17th.

 

Uncle Bill will be playing on the 16th for happy hour (from 4-7 p.m.) at Aubergine Cafe in Sebastopol, and then on the 18th see him playing from 7-10 p.m. at Barley and Hops Tavern in Occidental. Bill is a Sebastopol area resident and he plays folkified versions of old jazz standards, folk rock, rock, blues, country and whatever else strikes his fancy.

 

Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons bring their Rock and Roll Dance Party to the Sausalito Cruising Club on the 17th, to Taste of Rome in the town on the 18th, and then they will close out the year at the Seahorse in Sausalito on the 31st.

 

The Midnite Ramblers will be offering Cajun and Creole music at the 23 Club in Brisbane on the 19th.

 

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

 

Friends in Sonoma Helping Benefit. Murphy's Irish Pub and the Sonoma band The Carrtunes are presenting a benefit show on the 21st at 7 p.m. to raise money for FISH, an organization which feeds, clothes and even gives rent money to families in need. The goal is to feed 50 families this Christmas. Donation is $12 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.

 

Jammin’ in Petaluma. There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. Check it out on the 22nd. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

 

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Then go see the Murphy Productions’ Rita Abrams’ 5 Star Review at The Palm Ballroom in San Rafael. For one night only, Emmy-winning Abrams and her dream cast of Bay Area notables – Valentine Osinski, Darlene Popovic, Joe Osborn, and Sean O'Brien – will serve up a concoction of hilarious songs and satire comprising the best of her work from For Whom the Bridge Tolls, New Wrinkles, and Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, as well as some brand new surprises.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m. The gospel, bluegrass and old-time gathering that used to take place on the fourth Sunday at the Sebastopol Christian Church has come to an end and is no longer happening.

 

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 12, 2010

 

An early edition of the Carltone World News? What a concept! Enjoy it while you can, as you never know if such an experience will ever happen again. Lots of good stuff for this weekend came in over the transom these past few days, so we thought we’d send out the newsletter sooner rather than later. With this early version you now have more time to read elsewhere about important items such as the rehabbed Lindsay Lohan, stranded cruise ships, and an angry Kanye West…

 

Three years and counting. There are strung-out streamers, confetti, and empty Champagne bottles strewn about Carltone World Headquarters here in downtown San Francisco. And this has nothing to do with the recent World Series baseball parade. It was three years ago on the 9th that we pecked out our first Almost Daily News column on the California Bluegrass Association web site, a column that covers all things bluegrass throughout the state. And what we wrote here two years ago pretty much describes the past year as well. The numbers have changed slightly – in three years time we have now logged 445 columns and 444,233 words – but most everything else in the one-year anniversary column (save for the election and World Series results) from two years ago pretty much still applies. But who is counting?

 

Speaking of writing anniversaries, this coming January will mark ten years and hundreds of thousands of words since this newsletter began in the first month of 2001. Stay tuned for this special commemorative issue...

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Another battle has been won by the spammers. This email address of carlin@carltone.com will soon be going the way of Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign and the telephone book. With any luck, by the time the December newsletter rolls around a new address will be in place. It will be lc@ the same domain name.

 

Bill Monroe to play Times Square. According to this story here, 14 years after going to that big jam session in the sky, Bill Monroe will be playing soon in New York's Times Square to promote the celebration of the centennial of his birth. The convention and visitors bureau for Owensboro and Daviess County, KY, is putting a 15-second ad on a digital full-motion billboard on New York's 42nd Street. The spot will run from November 15th to January 1st, 18 times a day for 48 days, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. Bill was born September 13, 1911. Read about his centennial here.

Coal Miner’s Daughter. It has been 50 years since country singer Loretta Lynn wrote her first song “Honky Tonk Girl.” The country star, now 76, went on to accumulate 16 No. 1 country singles and numerous honors over the course of her career. She's the subject of a new album titled Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, which features tracks from Faith Hill, Steve Earle, Alan Jackson, The White Stripes, Kid Rock, Martina McBride, and others, who sing her tunes about heartbreak and strife. Listen to an interview with Loretta on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air.

 

Fiddlers in the news. The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association held its 9th Annual Youth Fiddle Contest last weekend, and the event got a real nice write-up in the San Jose Mercury.

 

Warner archives. Some folks at the Warner Music Group are working on an ambitious project to recover the company’s story – and a good chunk of American cultural history as well – by excavating the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes from warehouses around the globe, whose accumulated photographs and other memorabilia track popular music. Read the full story here. Thanks to Tom McCarter for this tip.

 

Holiday greetings. Check out these bluegrass holiday greeting cards 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!

 

Winter music camp. For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will not start until February of next year, but signups began on October 20th. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or info@cbamusiccamp.org.

 

Carltube. Check out this nice little video that Marin photographer Bruce Forrester put together last week after a party in Mill Valley. It features lots of Marin folks and musicians along with a bluegrass soundtrack.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Don’t ask him about his “Achy Breaky Heart.” Country singer and erstwhile mullet king Billy Ray Cyrus (and dad of Hannah Montana) got a bit testy when an interviewer asked him about his impending divorce from his wife of 17 years. What, was the guy supposed to ask him about his string of hit records since “Achy”?

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Shirley Verret, an acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano praised for her blazing intensity during a career that spanned four decades, died in Ann Arbor, MI, on November 5th. She was 79. Jerry Bock, who composed the music for the Broadway shows "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Fiorello!" died of heart failure in New York on November 3rd. He was 81. Actress and singer Michelle Nicastro, the voice of Princess Odette in the animated film "The Swan Princess," died on November 4th after a long battle with cancer. She was 50. Rudolph Barshai, an orchestral conductor who built a prominent career in the West after defecting from the Soviet Union in the 1970s, died on November 2nd in Basel, Switzerland. He was 86.

 

Fishwrap Roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash and “country singer” Gwyneth Paltrow. In the Marin IJ you can read about Huey Lewis & The News and The Eric Muhler Quartet.

 

Coming attractions. Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/3; Brookdale Bluegrass Festival in Boulder Creek 12/3-5; Doug Jayne CD release party at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 12/4; Carol McComb & Kathy Larisch at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 12/4; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; Eric Thompson's Kleptograss CD release concert at Petaluma Church Concerts 12/11; Christmas Jug Band at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/17; The Midnite Ramblers the 23 Club in Brisbane 12/19; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/11; The Waymores at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/21; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ, 1/22; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22;  San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma 2/24-27; Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu, AZ, 3/4-6; Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/12; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/30; Kathy Kallick Band at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 4/30.

 

Additions

 

The David Nelson Band can be seen with Great American Taxi on the 12th at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, at Humbrews Arcata on the 13th, and at The Barn at the Nelson Family Vineyards in Ukiah on the 14th.

 

On Air Folk Festival. On Saturday the 13th from 3-8 p.m. on KALW (91.7 FM) radio in San Francisco there will be a five-hour on-air folk festival encompassing the shows Folk Music & Beyond, A Patchwork Quilt and Bluegrass Signal. You can hear singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, the harp trio Triskela, a guitarists’ round robin, and the bluegrass bands Dark Hollow and Windy Hill.

 

Cash on the barrelhead. The Man in Black’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, will be playing shows at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on the 13th and at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF on the 14th.

Waybacks back in town. The Bay Area Americana band known as The Waybacks is busy in and around NorCal these next two weeks. On the 13th see them at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy, at the Crystal Bay Club in Nevada on the 17th, at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 18th, at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael on the 19th, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 20th, and at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 21st.

 

The Marin trio known as Barbwyre will play at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma on the 13th at 3 p.m. See David Thom picking bluegrass there on the 20th. No cover.

 

Point Richmond Acoustic Music continues its fall concert series on the 14th at 4 p.m. with singer/songwriter Teresa Tudury at the First Methodist Church of Pt. Richmond. Christopher Smith opens the show. Teresa combines comedy, tender songs and folk cabaret to create an unforgettable performance that is truly mesmerizing. San Anselmo’s Chris Smith’s songs explore youthful angst, unexpected events, sidewalk scams and more from a unique and musical point of view, with a warm and inviting voice. The December 3rd the show will feature Peter Case and Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan. On January 9th see Stevie Coyle.

 

Paul Knight & Friends on the 14th will be jammin’ at the Station House Cafe in downtown Pt. Reyes Station starting at 5 p.m. Friends this month will be David Thom, Tom Rozum and the artist formerly/currently known as Banana.

 

See Novato’s Amy Wigton & Band playing original acoustic rock on the 19th at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Special guest Manny LaCarrubba Jr. will sit in some on saxophone.

 

The New Riders of the Purple Sage will be back in the Bay Area later this month. See them at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz on the 23rd, at the Great American Music Hall in SF on the 24th, at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 26th, and at Humbrews in Arcata on the 28th.

 

The Boho Rhapsody Benefit Concert & Auction for KOWS (107.3 FM) Community Radio at the Occidental Center For The Arts on the 27th from 7-11 p.m. will feature The Ruminators, Teresa Tudury & Friends, and Visionary Alliance.

 

Reminders

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Poor Man’s Whiskey on the 12th, Charles Neville on the 14th, The New Riders of the Purple Sage on the 26th, Roy Rogers on the 27th, and others.

 

The Lost Cats trio will be swinging at Bacheeso’s Taste of Europe in Berkeley on the 12th from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and then the LC duo will be at C’era Una Volta in Alameda on the 14th from 6-8 p.m.

 

North Bay Live is hosting Cheryl Wheeler and Jill Sobule at the intimate Studio E in Sebastopol on the 12th.  

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Jezebel on the 12th, Don Bennett Duo on the 13th, Connie Ducey on the 19th, Eugene Huggins on the 20th, Lauralee Brown on the 26th, Charles Wheal on the 27th.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget and his jazz quintet Namely Us has a pair of performances. See the band at the Two Bird Café on the 13th and on the 28th at the Sleeping Lady Café.

 

Marin’s Drew Pearce presents house concerts around the bay, and on the Chris Von Sneidern on the 13th in Sonoma, Danielle Gasparro and Brad Brooks in Redwood City on the 19th, and Jean Mann and Caitlin Canty in San Rafael on the 20th. Go to his web site for complete info.

Sonoma County singer/guitarist Kevin Russell has just one show in November but it's a big one. On the 13th he will have a double CD release party at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex. Kevin has created two CDs featuring local North Bay favorites (Doug Adamz, Bill Amatneek, Tony Marcus, Markie Sanders and others) as well as out of town pals (Jim Hurst and Mike Dowling). Pilgrim and There Ain't Nobody Home But Me are two collections of blues, swing, country and folk music designed to please your ear and tickle your heart. Tickets are $15 and are available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Murphy Productions at The Palms Ballroom in San Rafael has three hot shows left this month – Blame Sally on the 13th, The Waybacks on the 19th and The Sun Kings on the 20th.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays on the 13th at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

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 Mimi Fox on the 13th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

George’s Nightclub in San Rafael has Country Joe McDonald’s Tribute to Woody Guthrie on the 13th, Pocket Change and James Moseley Band on the 19th, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s on the 21st, Shana Morrison on the 27th, and others.

 

Three At Last will be performing on the 13th at a benefit for Manor Elementary School in Fairfax. Then they're taking a break for several weeks, and they will be back with more shows and new tunes to share by January.

 

The Hicktones, still riding high from the release of their CD, Tellico Plains, have a busy month. They can be seen playing in Santa Rosa on the 13th, at Papa's Taverna on the Petaluma River on the 19th, and at the farmers market in Healdsburg on the 20th and 27th.

 

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

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Carolina Special on the 13th, Kith & Kin on the 19th, The David Thom Band on the 26th, The Hot Tamales (Liz Brown & Michael Yonchenko) on the 27th, and more.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, is now hosting an acoustic open mic at the 50 Mason Social House in SF, a gorgeous new music room, on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. It's on Mason at Market, a block from the Powell Station.

 

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

 

Mill Valley musician Matt Lax and bassist Joe Kyle continue their Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests.

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. See. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Ben Jordan on the 17th, and Bryan Horne & The Jawdroppers on the 24th.

 

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

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Forest Knolls singer/songwriter Jo D’Anna on the 18th will be performing a short set of original songs at the weekly Senior Lunch at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center at 12:45 p.m.

 

The Mendocino Stories & Music Series at the Hill House Inn presents singer/songwriters in-the-round on the 19th with Marcus McCallen, Angela Rose Heimann, Patrick Nagel and Renee Burnett, and Mixed Nuts on the 20th playing swing, Latin, and jazz from the ‘40s to the present.

 

The North Bay band Twang Ditty will be bringing their unique brand of traditional classic country on the 19th at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park for the County Chic Gala Benefit.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, Bye

Bye Birdie on the 19th, 20th and 21st, The Mark Growden Quartet on the 20th, and more.

 

The Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the world premier of Narada Michael Walden's Symphony Composition The Enchanted Forest (The Seven Higher Worlds of Music) featuring Narada and special guest Carlos Santana on the 19th and 20th.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will play at the Velo Rouge Cafe in SF on the 20th and at the Fillmore Poster Room in SF on the 28th with The Frames.

 

Caren Armstrong presents Celebrating Songwriters at its new home for the series at The East Bay Dance Center, at 1318 Glenfield Avenue, in Oakland (just off Park Boulevard). On the 20th at 7:30 p.m. she will present Stevie Coyle and Steve Seskin.

Petaluma Church Concerts presents The Kathy Kallick Band at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Petaluma on the 20th.

 

The only show listed on The Woods web calendar in Mill Valley is Eric McFadden with The Faraway Brothers, Adam Traum and Baby Gramps on the 20th.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 20th is hosting Alex DeGrassi at 7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Jammin’ in Petaluma. There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. Check it out on the 24th. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

 

There are some great shows at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley this month. Dr. K's Home Grown Roots Revue with Culann's Hounds, Quin, and Nine-8ths Irish on the 24th, Bill Evans & Jody Stecher on the 26th, Laurie Lewis on the 27th, and Irish Christmas in America on the 28th.

 

Enjoy the traditional Cajun and Creole music of The Midnite Ramblers (Julay Brooks, Agi Ban and Marc Mercin) at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 30th, with a dance lesson at 8 and show at 8:30 p.m.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m. The gospel, bluegrass and old-time gathering that used to take place on the fourth Sunday at the Sebastopol Christian Church has come to an end and is no longer happening.

 

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November 1, 2010

 

Welcome to the 119th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Hippity, hoppity, the holidays are on their way! November has arrived and there is no time like the present for merchants and corporate monoliths to be bombarding you with Christmas stuff already. For the next 54 days/daze you will have nightmares of sugarplums dancing in your head while Bing Crosby drones on “pa rum pum pum pum” 24/7. Best thing you can do is ignore it all until after Thanksgiving at the least. Or, better yet, get out and see/hear some live music!

 

Even though Halloween is over (thank whomever!)(when did the day go from being an event for little kids to becoming a big to-do for adults, anyway?), there is still a lot of orange and black being seen in San Francisco and in the surrounding areas. The SF Giants are on the verge of winning their first World Series since they moved west from New York in 1958. The hope in some quarters is that the team gets it done tonight down in Texas so that everyone will be free on Wednesday to attend the Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack show the Freight in Berkeley on the 3rd. If not, and there is a game six, it will start at 5 p.m. on that night, and there are quite a few cafes and brewpubs near the Freight where you can watch the game before heading over to see the show.

 

Seasons greetings. 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 31 years. He has a new recording out on Time-Life Records titled Bluegrass Christmas, and it was featured some weeks back on The Bluegrass Blog.

 

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 15th of this month. 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 8th-10th, 2011, 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.”

 

Nice round number. October 22nd marked 40 years since Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy released the first two Rounder Records albums, George Pegram and The Spark Gap Wonder Boys. Congrats to Rounder for 40 years of great musical recordings!

 

The Marin Society of Artists Presents an open fine arts show through the 14th of this month at the gallery at The Marin Art and Garden Society in Ross. Check out the watercolors of Mill Valley musician Joy Perrin while are there. Mon- Thurs. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends noon-4 p.m.

 

Winter music camp. For students of bluegrass and old-time music, the Second Annual California Bluegrass Association Winter Music Camp will not start until February of next year, but signups began on October 20th. The dates are February 24th-27th at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma. The camp includes instructional classes, group practice and jams, elective classes, concerts and more. Onsite camping or lodging is available. For more details or to register, go to the web site or contact Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.) or info@cbamusiccamp.org.

 

Honoring Vets. This Veterans Day, join musicians Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Joe Craven and Andrew Conklin for Soldiers Stories show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Veterans Day on the 11th. The event will be a benefit concert for veteran’s health-care projects, and it will be an evening of Americana string band music reflecting soldier stories from before the American Revolution to the current day, with a guest appearance by the Soldier Band (musician-veterans). In addition to the music, the evening will include historical photos and letters, and an art poster designed by artist Hannah Regier. There will be a reception after the show in the Freight lobby. Check out the video of the song “Forgotten Soldier Boy” here.

 

Music photography. Suki Hill's photography show will be opening at Frame O Rama on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley on the 5th. Suki is a photographer who, among other things, was a close friend of Bob Dylan's and Joan Baez in Carmel, was at the front of the stage at the Monterey Pop Festival, and was at the Mt. Tam Festival. She has amazing unpublished photos from then as well as from the SF jazz scene from the early '60s. Dore Coller & Friends will provide music for the event.

 

The latest edition of Live From Bay 6 from Harwood Productions features Bay Area singer/songwriter Austin Willacy, and you can watch the episode here.

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Achy-breaky heart: Hannah Montana’s mom and dad have decided to call it splits after 17 years. One-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus and soon to be ex-wife Tish filed divorce documents last week, citing the ever popular “irreconcilable differences” as the reason. Sounds like a great name for a band…Another country singer, Randy Travis, and Elizabeth Travis, his wife of 19 years, have also announced they are splitting for the same reason. Looks like Randy is reneging on his vow to “love you forever, forever and ever, amen”…

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Jamaican reggae singer Gregory Isaacs died in London on October 25th of lung cancer. He was 59. Gospel and R&B singer James Phelps passed away in Los Angeles on October 27th. He was 78. Jazz saxophonist Marion Brown departed this world in Florida on October 23rd. He was 79.

 

Fishwrap Roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about the Bay Area band The Real Nasty, North Bay drummer Kevin Wells, and pianist Leon Russell. In the Marin IJ you can read about Bill Graham’s sons and their battle with their late father’s executor, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Japanese jazz composer Mark Izu, and Marin-bred jazz singer Laurie Antonioli.

 

Coming attractions. Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/3; Brookdale Bluegrass Festival in Boulder Creek 12/3-5; Doug Jayne CD release party at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 12/4; Carol McComb & Kathy Larisch at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon 12/4; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; Eric Thompson's Kleptograss CD release concert at Petaluma Church Concerts 12/11; Christmas Jug Band at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/17; The Midnite Ramblers the 23 Club in Brisbane 12/19; The CBA Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield 1/6-9; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/11; The Waymores at North Bay Live in Sebastopol 1/21; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ, 1/22; Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 1/22; David Lindley at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station 1/22;  San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Summertown Road and OMGG at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 2/12; CBA Winter Music Camp near Petaluma 2/24-27; Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu, AZ, 3/4-6; Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 3/12; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 4/30; Kathy Kallick Band at the Oak Song Society show at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding 4/30.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Andrew Freeman, besides performing on the first Saturday of every month at Murphy’s in Sonoma, is now hosting an acoustic open mic at the 50 Mason Social House in SF, a gorgeous new music room, on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. It's on Mason at Market, a block from the Powell Station.

 

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

 

Mill Valley musician Matt Lax and bassist Joe Kyle continue their Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests.

 

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 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

The North Bay duo Misner & Smith will be heading up to the foothills on the 3rd and playing live on KVMR up in Nevada City at 10:30 a.m. before their gig that evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Copper Top in Grass Valley. On the 4th they'll roll down the road to play the happy hour at Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m. Friday the 5th will find them at Max's Cafe in Corte Madera where the music starts at 8 p.m. On the 13th they'll be playing a benefit in Marin at the Manor School Winter Faire at 1 p.m. and then driving up to Willits to play at Shanachie Pub at 8 p.m.

 

There are some great shows at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley this month. On the 3rd it will be Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Blue Highway on the 5th, the aforementioned Soldiers Stories benefit on the 11th, Dr. K's Home Grown Roots Revue with Culann's Hounds, Quin, and Nine-8ths Irish on the 24th, Bill Evans & Jody Stecher on the 26th, Laurie Lewis on the 27th, and Irish Christmas in America on the 28th.

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. See. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See The Tom Finch Group on the 3rd, The Matt Eakle Band on the 10th, Ben Jordan on the 17th, and Bryan Horne & The Jawdroppers on the 24th.

 

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

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

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

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 5th, Andrew Freeman (with special guest Doug Adamz) on the 6th, the Celtic jam on the 7th, Carolina Special on the 13th, The David Thom Band on the 26th, The Hot Tamales (Liz Brown & Michael Yonchenko) on the 27th, and more.

 

Out at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station see the Day of the Dead Celebration on the 5th, The Unusual Instruments Trio on the 12th, Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir on the 13th, Del Sol String Quartet on the 14th, and more.

 

Forest Knolls singer/songwriter Jo D’Anna on the 5th will be playing at The Red Vic Sessions in SF along with Daniel Durret, Easy Leaves , Kate Kilbane, Benjamin Francis, Karaj, and Lost Coast. On the 18th she’ll be performing a short set of original songs at the weekly Senior Lunch at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center at 12:45 p.m.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Jesse Colin Young on the 5th, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on the 7th, Tim Weed and Friends on the 14th, and lots more.

 

Murphy Productions in San Rafael has some great shows coming up, including The David Nelson Band on the 5th and 6th, Blame Sally on the 13th, The Waybacks on the 19th, and The Sun Kings on the 20th.

 

The Bay Island Ramblers will be playing bluegrass and country at McGrath's Irish Pub in Alameda at 9 p.m. on the 5th. The band is Lanie Anderson-Barrett, Mark Berkley, Ken Smith, and Tom Biggs.

 

The Mendocino Stories & Music Series at the Hill House Inn presents Hit and Run Theatre on the 5th and 6th, singer/songwriters in-the-round on the 19th with Marcus McCallen, Angela Rose Heimann, Patrick Nagel and Renee Burnett, and Mixed Nuts on the 20th playing swing, Latin, and jazz from the ‘40s to the present.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Dore Coller & Friends on the 5th will play for the aforementioned Suki Hill photography show in Mill Valley, on the 9th he’ll be at Vasco with Matt Lax and Joe Kyle, and on the 12th the Hot Club of Marin will appear at the Baltic in Point Richmond starting at 7 p.m.

 

Larkspur’s Stevie Coyle will be headed south to play a house concert in Cupertino on the 5th, one in Berkeley on the 13th, and will also be at the Celebrating Songwriters show in Oakland on the 20th.

 

The North Bay band Twang Ditty will be bringing their unique brand of traditional classic country to the town of Clayton for a two-night engagement at the Clayton Club on the 5th and 6th. Friday the 12th will find them back at Druid Hall in Santa Rosa for another one of the Local Moose Order's Friday night dances (members and guests welcome), and on the 19th see them at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park for the County Chic Gala Benefit.

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Em K. on the 5th, Wendy DeWitt on the 6th, Jezebel on the 12th, Don Bennett Duo on the 13th, Connie Ducey on the 19th, Eugene Huggins on the 20th, Lauralee Brown on the 26th, Charles Wheal on the 27th.

 

The Nashville bluegrass band Blue Highway, after playing at the Freight on the 5th will also be appearing at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 6th.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael presents a special evening with pianist, singer, and songwriter Amie Penwell on the 6th at starting at 8 p.m. For reservations call (415) 785-4530 or email-danfontes@yahoo.com.

 

The Sonoma/Marin trio known as The Mild Colonial Boys (John Caulfield, Rory McNamara and Kyle Alden) will be at the San Gregorio Store down the coast doing what they do best on the 6th at 2:30 p.m.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, Jump, Jive & Swing on the 6th, Bye Bye Birdie on the 12th, 19th, 20th and 21st, 3 Leg Torso on the 13th, The Mark Growden Quartet on the 20th, and more.

 

The Hicktones, still riding high from the release of their CD, Tellico Plains, have a busy month. They can be seen playing at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma on the 6th and 16th, in Santa Rosa on the 13th, at Papa's Taverna on the Petaluma River on the 19th, and at the farmers market in Healdsburg on the 20th and 27th.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will play a KC Turner house concert with The Mothers Hips in Marin on the 6th, at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma on the 10th, at the Velo Rouge Cafe in SF on the 20th, and at the Fillmore Poster Room in SF on the 28th with The Frames.

 

The Skyline Riders and The String Slingers will be sharing the bill at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 6th

 

Marin’s Drew Pearce presents house concerts around the bay, and on the 6th it will be Utah Girl and Benjamin Henderson in Oakland, Chris Von Sneidern on the 13th in Sonoma, Danielle Gasparro and Brad Brooks in Redwood City on the 19th, and Jean Mann and Caitlin Canty in San Rafael on the 20th. Go to his web site for complete info.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Shooter Jennings on the 7th, Poor Man’s Whiskey on the 12th, Charles Neville on the 14th, The New Riders of the Purple Sage on the 26th, Roy Rogers on the 27th, and others.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be making the rounds this month. On the 9th you can see Kurt & Friends (with Julia Harrell and Pat Campbell) at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael. He’ll be on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at the Corte Madera Rec Center on the 10th. Finally, his jazz quintet Namely Us has a pair of performances, first at the Two Bird Café on the 13th, followed by another on the 28th at the Sleeping Lady Café.

 

North Bay Live is hosting Cheryl Wheeler and Jill Sobule at the intimate Studio E in Sebastopol on the 11th and 12th.  

 

The Lost Cats trio will be swinging at Bacheeso’s Taste of Europe in Berkeley on the 12th from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and then the LC duo will be at C’era Una Volta in Alameda on the 14th from 6-8 p.m.

Sonoma County singer/guitarist Kevin Russell has just one show in November but it's a big one. On the 13th he will have a double CD release party at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex. Kevin has created two CDs featuring local North Bay favorites (Doug Adamz, Bill Amatneek, Tony Marcus, Markie Sanders and others) as well as out of town pals (Jim Hurst and Mike Dowling). Pilgrim and There Ain't Nobody Home But Me are two collections of blues, swing, country and folk music designed to please your ear and tickle your heart. Tickets are $15 and are available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

San Anselmo’s The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) plays on the 13th at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m. Craig also plays guitar with Maria Muldaur.

 

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 Mimi Fox on the 13th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

George’s Nightclub in San Rafael has Country Joe McDonald’s Tribute to Woody Guthrie on the 13th, Pocket Change and James Moseley Band on the 19th, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s on the 21st, Shana Morrison on the 27th, and others.

 

Three At Last will be performing on the 13th at a benefit for Manor Elementary School in Fairfax. Then they're taking a break for several weeks, and they will be back with more shows and new tunes to share by January.

 

The Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the world premier of Narada Michael Walden's Symphony Composition The Enchanted Forest (The Seven Higher Worlds of Music) featuring Narada and special guest Carlos Santana on the 19th and 20th.

 

Caren Armstrong presents Celebrating Songwriters at its new home for the series at The East Bay Dance Center, at 1318 Glenfield Avenue, in Oakland (just off Park Boulevard). On the 20th at 7:30 p.m. she will present Stevie Coyle and Steve Seskin.

 

Petaluma Church Concerts presents The Kathy Kallick Band at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Petaluma on the 20th.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 20th is hosting Alex DeGrassi at 7:30 p.m.

 

The only show listed on The Woods web calendar in Mill Valley is Eric McFadden with The Faraway Brothers featuring Baby Gramps on the 20th.

 

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

 

Jammin’ in Petaluma. There is a bluegrass jam led by Jack Murphy every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma. Check it out on the 24th. The Aqus has food and beverages of all kinds available for your jammin’ enjoyment.

 

Enjoy the traditional Cajun and Creole music of The Midnite Ramblers (Julay Brooks, Agi Ban and Marc Mercin) at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 30th, with a dance lesson at 8 and show at 8:30 p.m.

 

Jammin’ in Sebastopol. The place to be for pickin’ bluegrass on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz from 2-5 p.m. The gospel, bluegrass and old-time gathering that used to take place on the fourth Sunday at the Sebastopol Christian Church has come to an end and is no longer happening.

 

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 15, 2010

 

Pennant fever. Who has time for music when postseason baseball is happening in a big way in the Bay Area? It has reached a fevered pitch here at Carltone World Headquarters for numerous reasons, the biggest being that the publisher/editor of this newsletter is from Philly, and the interns are mostly from this area, and they are late bandwagon jumpers. Needless to say, tensions are running high here in the corridors of this office, and trash talking has overtaken discussions of shows, bands, festivals, etc. Lucky for you that most of this newsletter was already in the can before the Giants beat Atlanta earlier this week…

 

Heavenly Hardly. It was quite the amazing weekend at the little gathering in Golden Gate Park two weekends back. If you were able to attend, you know what we’re talking about. Especially if you were by the Banjo Stage all day on Sunday, where the line-up consisted of Peter Rowan, Hazel Dickens, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, The Del McCoury Band, and Emmylou Harris. The highlight was when Del – for the band’s encore – called up to the stage Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, John Doe and fest benefactor Warren Hellman for a spirited version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” If you were unable to attend, in the SF Chronicle you can read a review of the event here and look at photos here.

Hardly thankful. Speaking of Hardly Strictly, once again, 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. Tell him you read this here.

 

Campout in Isleton. The CBA Fall Campout started on Monday in Isleton and runs through the 17th. The weather is gorgeous, so grab your instruments, get in your car/van/motor home and start driving if you aren’t there already!

 

Calling all vets. Nell Robinson and others are producing another Soldiers Stories show at the Freight & Salvage on Veterans Day, November 11th. They are putting together a couple of songs that will be performed by veterans/service members, and they are looking for some volunteers. You'll be backed by a smokin' band (including Jim Nunally, Keith Little and Joe Craven). If you are interested send an email to Jon@vin.com. For more info on the show go here.

 

Hats off to Larry. Larry Murphy, founder and now retired owner of Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma, also does watercolors, and on the 15th from 4-7 p.m. there will be a reception for him at Red Wolf Gallery in downtown Sonoma. His work will show there through the 24th of this month.

 

Like a rolling stone. On the 23rd of this month the SF Art Exchange will open an exhibit called Before They Make Me Run - Portraits of Keith Richards 1963-1972. The show is timed to coincide with the release of Keith's much-anticipated autobiography titled Life. The exhibition features work from some of the world's greatest rock photographers to form an intimate look at the various stages of guitarist’s life. Thanks to Tom McCarter for this item.


Bluegrass ensemble class. Check out the new Bluegrass Ensemble Class with Bill Evans starting on October 26th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. This class is open to all bluegrass instrumentalists and singers who want to move beyond slow jams but aren't quite ready for on-stage performances. You'll learn the fine art of singing bluegrass harmonies, how to construct instrumental solos and how to play tasteful and appropriate backup. You will also discover how to kick off and end songs, and how to create dynamic and exciting arrangements. Register online at the link above or email info@freightandsalvage.org for more info.

 

John Lennon acoustic. Gibson Guitars announced last week – in honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9th – that they were releasing a limited number of J-160Es, the model of guitar that the late Beatle played. Read the story here.

 

Band scramble. The Bay Area bluegrass band 49 Special, just a few months after releasing their debut CD, is apparently about to go through some personnel changes. A posting on their Facebook page last Thursday said this: “49 Special playing our last show (as you know us) tonight on the USS Potomac.”

New Western swing band. There is new Western Swing band on the Bay Area scene called, appropriately, The West Coast Ramblers. Its members are Josh Workman, Lee Jeffries, Steve Walz, Jay Laude, and Ran Bush. Check out their bios and some sounds on their site.

 

Smartass Selvin. Longtime SF Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin has a new book out titled Smartass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin, and in today’s paper you can read an excerpt about the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.

 

Dawg talk. North Bay mandolin wizard David Grisman was interviewed here on the Mandolin Café website.

 

One way to get your band noticed. The rock band Imperial Stars found a novel way to make headlines in LA – they parked their truck on a freeway during rush hour (which, in LA anymore, is any time of the day/night) and started jamming. They were arrested at the site. The bad news? Other morons will probably now do the same thing in order to get their five seconds of fame. Worse news? The Stars will probably get a record deal and a reality show out of this stunt…

 

Andrew Freeman is now hosting an acoustic open mic at the 50 Mason Social House in SF, a gorgeous new music room, on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. It's on Mason at Market, a block from the Powell Station.

 

Sonoma County guitarist Adam Traum has a second DVD out titled Learn Blues Guitar with a Flatpick, DVD 2 on Homespun Music Instruction. It’s a fun lesson with lots of informative material. His father Happy Traum plays rhythm after each of the four segments. It is also available on their Instant Access download site.

 

Holly Tannen & Ronnie Gilbert had to cancel their show for the Mendocino Stories and Music series at the Mendocino Hotel on October 29th.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about erstwhile Monkee Davy Jones, sitarist Ravi Shankar, the Jazzschool in Berkeley, singer/songwriters Kelley Stoltz and Jerry Joseph, and jazz legend Ahmad Jamal. In the Marin IJ there were stories about the locally filmed movie Opal and the Rock of Our Ages music photo exhibit in San Rafael. The Avett Brothers, who played at Hardly Strictly, were featured in the LA Times and you can read the piece here. Read this great story here about the North Bay bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome. You can read a review of the recent Earl Brothers CD here in Bluegrass Unlimited. Also, check out the story Hillbilly Hero Robert Earl Davis And The Earl Brothers by George B. McCeney in the October edition of the printed edition of the magazine.

 

Carltube. If you haven’t seen the hilarious video yet about an infestation of musicians that has been making the rounds on Facebook, check it out here. And hey, who remembers Opie Taylor playing with a band called The Sound Committee on The Andy Griffith Show?

 

Get out your handkerchiefs. Pop singer George Michael has once again been released from jail in London, this time for driving under the influence of drugs. He spent four weeks in the pokey. The real good news to Londoners is that Georgy has lost his driver’s license for five years.  

 

Life's railway to heaven. T Lavitz, jazz-rock/fusion keyboardist, composer and producer who played with the Dixie Dregs, Mothers Finest, Jefferson Starship, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford and others, died in his sleep on October 7th. He was 54. Jazz saxophonist Ed Wiley Jr., whose six-decade career began as a sideman behind such blues vocalists as Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, died in Raleigh, NC, on September 27th. He was 80. Noted Philly soul singer Solomon Burke died on October 10th while traveling to Amsterdam. He was 70. He won a Grammy for "Don't Give Up On Me," and in 1964 wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," which was featured in "The Blues Brothers." The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett also recorded the song. Renowned opera singer Joan Sutherland died in Switzerland on October 10th. She was 83. General Norman Johnson, lead singer of the popular beach music trio Chairmen of the Board, died on October 13th. He was 67. His voice rang out in "Just a Little More Time" and other hits. Johnson also won a Grammy for the song "Patches." Read his story here.

 

Coming attractions. Anderson Family Bluegrass and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack the Freight in Berkeley 11/3; The David Nelson Band at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/5-6; Hit and Run Improv at the Mendocino Stories and Music series at the Hill House of Mendocino 11/5-6; Blue Highway at the Freight 11/5, Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 11/6; The Hicktones at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma 11/6 (and 11/16), in Santa Rosa 11/13, Papa's Taverna on the Petaluma River 11/19, farmers market in Healdsburg on the 11/20 and 11/27; Soldiers Stories benefit for veterans at the Freight in Berkeley 11/11; Cheryl Wheeler with Jill Sobule at North Bay Live on 11/11-12; Blame Sally at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/13; The Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the world premier of Narada Michael Walden's Symphony Composition "The Enchanted Forest (The Seven Higher Worlds of Music)" featuring Narada and special guest Carlos Santana 11/19-20; The Waybacks at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/19; The Sun Kings at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/20; Bill Evans & Jody Stecher at the Freight 11/26; Laurie Lewis at the Freight 11/27; Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/3; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; Christmas Jug Band at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 12/17; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/11; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ, 1/22; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu, AZ, 3/4-6.

 

Additions

 

Some shows this month at George’s Nightclub in San Rafael are Drew Youngs/Rolando Morales & The Earthwire Band on the 15th and 16th, Denise Perrier & The Swing Fever Band on the 17th, Vinyl on the 22nd, The Linda Imperial Band on the 23rd, Stompy Jones on the 24th, Play Live Dead on the 28th, Eric Martin on the 30th, and Wonder Bread 5 on the 31st

 

Windy Hill and the Barefoot Nellies are sharing the bill and will be pickin’ some bluegrass at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 15th.

 

The Woods in Mill Valley has Fishbone on the 15th, Clarence Clemmons on the 22nd, The Fall Risk on the 23rd, and others. And there are two open mics Mondays.

 

Loganville Acoustic is playing a show in Moss Beach on the 15th.

 

The Craig Caffall Band will be playing a show at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito on the 16th (under the Golden Gate Bridge) starting at 8:30 p.m. Craig has been performing for many years in places like Mexico and New Orleans, and with many artists like Rolf Cahn, Steve Earle, John Mayall, Walter “Wolfman” Washington. For the last six years has been the principal guitarist with Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. On the 29th the band will also be at Miss Pearl's Jam House in the Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland from 7-10 p.m.

 

Kyle Alden and Jim Page will be playing a house concert at 8 p.m. in San Anselmo on the 16th. Go to their web sites for more info. Kyle will also perform as part of the singer/songwriter series at Rancho Nicasio on the 21st.

 

The Treasure Island Music Festival runs on the 16th and 17th, featuring dozens of bands that the staff here at Carltone has never heard of. But don’t let this stop you from going. The band name Holy F*** doesn’t sound like our style…

 

The Western Swing band Lost Weekend will have people dancing at Little Switzerland in the town of Sonoma on the 16th.

 

The Bay Area’s longest running bluegrass band High Country will appear in Pacifica on the 16th and at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 23rd.

 

Ray Bierl & Markie Sanders are playing two house concerts this weekend, one in SF on the 16th and the other in Grass Valley on the 17th.

 

The Earl Brothers will be playing their original mountain music and having a CD release party at the Freight in Berkeley on the 16th.

 

The Cowlicks will have the joint jumping at Rancho Nicasio on the 17th starting at 5 p.m. One wise sage had this to say about their most recent CD: “Hey Hey We're the Cowlicks is the finest Americana recording to come out of the SF/Bay Area music scene in a long, long time."

 

Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands will be back at Thee Parkside in SF on the 17th for Twang Sunday at 4 p.m. They’ll be joined by Mario DeSio & His Secret Identities. All ages welcome, good food, no cover.

 

The 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit will take place in Mountain View on the 23rd and 24th with Buffalo Springfield, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne & David Lindley and many others.

 

Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 28th presents Jim Page, Bruce Victor and Kyle Alden, solo and in the round.

 

The Reckless Flames (original folk/rock) and The Rousers (classic rock) share a Halloween bill at the Sleeping Lady on the 29th.

 

Enjoy the Celtic tunes of The Gas Men on the 30th at the Plough and Stars in SF.

 

Reminders

 

The 33rd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival runs through the 17th, and there are way too many events taking place to be listed here. Go to the site for complete info.

 

Mendocino Stories and Music Series presents the Ancient Current "Transformance" healing music and cosmic light show at the Hill House on the 15th; Dusty Rhodes and Her Handsome Cowboys and Roy and Dale meet the Smothers Brothers on the 16th at Lauren's Cafe in Boonville; Mike Ehlers and Terry Shields on the 23rd at the Mendocino Hotel; and The Safe Sax Swing Septet at the Hill House on the 30th.

 

Three At Last will be playing a show on the 15th at Olive & Vine in Glen Ellen, a house concert benefit for Little Arrows School in Fairfax on the 17th, and at the Blue Heron in Duncan’s Mills on the 30th. Their new live album has been gathering stellar reviews, including this one by Carolyn McCoy, and the one on the site The Pursuit of Folk.

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See  David Blakley on the 15th, Judy Hall on the 16th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 22nd, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 23rd, Paul Robinson & Al Chan on the 29th, and Eugene Huggins on the 30th.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see Revolver on the 15th, Stompy Jones on the 16th, The Cowlicks on the 17th, The Jeb Brady Band on the 22nd, Shana Morrison on the 23rd, Kaye Rodden & Sweet Leaf on the 24th, and Jerry Hannan or Will Durst on the 31st.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is, as usual, all over the place this month. See him with the bluegrass band Savannah Blue at Smiley’s in Bolinas on the 15th; on the 26th he’ll be at Vasco in Mill Valley; and on the 28th Bermudagrass will be at Bocci’s Cellar in Santa Cruz.

 

The Marin Center in San Rafael offers the 21st Annual Bioneers Conference on the 15th, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle on the 30th, and lots more.

 

North Bay classic country greats Twang Ditty on the 15th will be back in Santa Rosa for a Friday night dance at the Druid Hall, put on by the local Moose Order. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (members and guests welcome). And on the 23rd, catch the band at the Point Richmond Fall Fest from 2-3 p.m.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will be at Pasta Moto in Novato on the 15th.

 

Good things are happening Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, Tuesdays are now new-to-Peri’s nights, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m.

 

Mill Valley musician Matt Lax on the 16th will play with The Palm Wine Boys at The San Geronimo Community Center (details lie below), and he will also appear with Kaye Rodden & Sweet Leaf at Rancho Nicasio on the 24th at 5 p.m. Matt and bassist Joe Kyle continue their Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests The Sweet Leaf Duo on the 19th and Dore Coller on the 26th.

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Perfect Crime on the 16th, Blue House on the 17th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 21st, Misner & Smith on the 22nd, High Country on the 23rd, Out of the Blue on the 29th, Keystone Station (details below) on the 30th, The Cork Pullers on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

West Marin picker Tim Weed will be at the Arizona Folklore Preserve on the 16th and 17th, Larkspur Farmer's Market on the 30th, and at the Station House in Point Reyes Station 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. Check out their site.

 

Caren Armstrong presents Celebrating Songwriters at a new home for the series at The East Bay Dance Center, at 1318 Glenfield Avenue, in Oakland (just off Park Boulevard). On the 16th at 7:30 p.m. she will present Gypsy Soul and Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a few gigs lined up this month. He’ll be performing as a duo with Cynthia Lewis for the Wine, Women, and Song benefit at Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady Café on the 16th. The 22nd will find him doing a solo show at the Two Bird Café in San Geronimo. On the 23rd he’ll be teaching a beginning guitar workshop at the Pt. Reyes Dance Palace. Finally, his jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears at the Sleeping Lady on the 24th.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma thinks that the perfect accompaniment to delicious beer served up in the TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary is great music. Check the website for complete listings. Music starts at 4:20 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on Saturdays from 6:30-8 p.m. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons on the 16th, Terri Clark plus Victoria George on the 17th, The Derailers on the 21st, Pride & Joy on the 22nd, and The Joan Osborne Trio plus Honeymoon Acoustic on the 26th.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center presents the West African music of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana with the Palm Wine Boys on the 16th at 7 p.m. Partial proceeds benefit the SGVCC food bank and other programs. On the 23rd it will be former longtime West Marin singer/songwriter Joe New at 8 p.m. Joe has had his songs recorded or performed by artists such as John Mellencamp, Levon Helm, Kiki Dee, Joe Louis Walker, Bill Kirchen, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nick Lowe, Johnny Rivers, The Moonlighters and, most recently, covers on two Del McCoury Band CDs. Joe's songs reflect both his rural childhood and struggle to come to terms with the conflicting pulls of life, love, work, family, and the quest for fame.

 

The 12th Annual Wine, Women & Song Benefit for the Fight Against Breast Cancer (a.k.a. The Rack ‘n Roll Music Breastival) will be happening on the 16th in downtown Fairfax at the Sleeping Lady (The Amy Wigton Band), Peri’s and 19 Broadway. Dozens of performers at the venues all on the same night!

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 17th 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 8th Annual Spice of Life Festival on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on the 17th 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.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, film festival stuff through the 17th, Patricia Smith on the 18th, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble on the 21st, Will Durst on the 24th, and more.

 

Jamvitational in San Rafael. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 19th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. See Deirdre Donovan, Joe Ridout and others play. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. Usually no cover, and great beer, food and music. See Grandpa Banana on the 20th and Buck Nickels & Loose Change on the 27th.

 

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 Richard Smith on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next one will be on the 21st. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

The Kathy Kallick Band – Kathy, Tom Bekeny, Dan Booth, and Annie Staninec – will be joined by special guest Luke Abbott for three Bay Area shows while Greg Booth attends the Reso Summit. They’ll be on board the USS Potomac in Jack London Square in Oakland on the 21st, then back on dry land for shows at Armando's in Martinez on the 22nd, and down in Felton at Don Quixote's on the 24th. These dates follow a short tour to the northwest, and precede concerts in Petaluma and Fresno in November. Their new CD Between the Hollow & the High-Rise and a track from it (“Where Is My Little Cabin Home”) are both rising in both the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles charts. The song is #2 on the BMP Top 30, bested only by The Grascals, and the album has cracked the BU Top 15.

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band. She will also be at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 21st.

 

The 2010 Folk Alliance Region West Coast Conference will be held on the 21st-24th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Some of the acts you can see there are Carltone favorites Caren Armstrong, Stevie Coyle, Blame Sally, Houston Jones, Claudia Russell, Sherry Austin, and Michael McNevin.

 

Lauralee Brown will be hosting Rancho Nicasio's Singer Songwriter Series on the 21st, and she will be singing jazz & beyond on the 22nd at Saylor's Restaurant & Bar in Sausalito from 7-10 p.m.

 

Misner & Smith have just returned from six weeks on the road playing through the Southwest and up the California coast. They recently released a new album Live at the Freight & Salvage, and you can see them playing at Murphy's Irish Pub on the 22nd at 8 p.m.

 

Drew Pearce is presenting Blame Sally at the Cornerstone in Sonoma on the 22nd.

 

Redwood Bluegrass Associates presents The Tuttles with AJ Lee in Mountain View on the 23rd. This (mostly) young group of pickers really did a bang-up job at the recent Strawberry Music Festival, so if you missed them, go see them play this CD release show.

 

Jesse Kincaid & The New Rising Sons with Boudeeka bring their Rock and Roll Dance Party to Taste of Rome on the 23rd.

 

At the Napa Valley Opera House you could see Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers on the 23rd, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy on the 28th, and the Grand Masquerade Ball with Quartetto Gelato on the 30th.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play with their band at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on the 23rd from 9 a.m.-noon.

 

Lance Walker's Petaluma Church Concerts resume this fall with flat-picking guitarist extraordinaire Steve Kaufman on the 23rd and Grammy Award-winning bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick and her band on November 20th.

 

On the 23rd Kevin Russell will present July Brooks, Tony Marcus & The Honky Tonk Dreamers at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Pull on your cowboy/girl outfit and head on over.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 24th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents Randy Travis on the 24th, Jackie Greene on the 28th, Billy Bragg on the 29th, and BB King on the 31st.

 

Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers will be doing a reunion show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 28th.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 30th. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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October 1, 2010

 

Welcome to the 118th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

The end/arrival of summer as we knew/know it. The autumnal equinox, signifying the sun being in line with the equator, officially took place on September 22nd here in California, and logic dictates that soon it will be time to get out those sweaters and long-sleeved shirts, as the days are getting shorter. But what is logical here in the SF Bay Area, where the temperatures have hovered in the 90s for the past few days and the entire staff here at Carltone World Headquarters is saddled with a nasty cold? It was one great summer of music around here, but by no means does this mean that things are quieting down any. There is still a ton a great stuff going on, so don’t let any seasonal change slow you down!

 

Hardly weekend. A few hundred thousand folks are headed to SF’s Golden Gate Park this weekend for the free 10th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Some of the acts of note on the bill are Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Hazel Dickens, Earl Scruggs, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Del McCoury Band, The David Grisman Quintet, and The Anderson Family Bluegrass Band. The fest was the cover story in the SF Chronicle’s Pink Section last weekend (read stories here and here), so expect even more people than ever to attend this year. Yeehaw!

Hardly fun. For all of you techies out there The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization that is funded in part by HSB benefactor Warren Hellman (featured here in the Wall Street Journal this week), is doing a fun collaboration with the festival. They’ve created a mobile game that folks can play on their iPhones or Androids by going to this link here. Festival goers can do quick challenges – like snapping a photo of the bands or answering a trivia question – to earn points and win amazing prizes, such as a guitar signed by Warren and his band The Wronglers, a pair of tickets to any show at the Great American Music Hall or Slim’s, a year’s subscription to The New York Times’ Crossword Puzzle Society, and a limited edition HSB keychain. If any of you Carltoners in the Bay Area want to sign up for The Bay Citizen's newsletter, you can do so here, and if you do, you will be emailed a special hint to get a leg up in the mobile game.


Reindeer man. No sooner did the season change when it became time to start talking about Dr. Elmo, the man who brought us the “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” song a few decades back. What most people don’t know about Elmo is that he grew up in the heart of Bluegrass Country in Lexington, KY, and he has also been playing bluegrass banjo for many years with band Wild Blue. He has a new recording out on Time-Life Records titled Bluegrass Christmas, and it was featured last week on The Bluegrass Blog.

 

Old-time Melnyk. Mighty Mike Melnyk has posted his photos from the recent Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention, and you can watch the wonderful slideshow here.

 

It takes a village. Although he closed his Village Music record store in downtown Mill Valley three years ago, owner John Goddard still runs a scaled down version of his business out of a storage bin in town. Read an interview with him here from the SF Chronicle.

 

Back to the future. Jessica Felix – the recently fired woman that founded the Healdsburg Jazz Festival but was ousted by the board in a coup a few weeks back – is back in charge and the board is now gone. How often does this happen?

 

Classic bluegrass photos. San Rafael bluegrass musician Artie Rose was quite the shutterbug back in the 60s, and you can look at some of his wonderful bluegrass photos here if you can access Facebook.

 

Steve Martin banjo prize. The comedian and banjo player has created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Award, and the winner is young picker named Noam Pikelny. Read the story here in the NY Times.

 

The Woods gets a thumb’s up. The renamed location at the Masonic Hall in downtown Mill Valley – now called The Woods – recently got approval to make some changes to the auditorium so that it can continue to present live music in town. Read the story here. Also check out their current music schedule, which includes Nick Lowe, who will be playing there on the 2nd.

 

The 33rd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival runs from the 7th-17th, and there are way too many events taking place to be listed here. Go to the site for complete info.

 

Jerry’s pad. The last house that Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia lived in is up for sale in West Marin. Any one have a spare $4 mil burning on hole in their pocket?

 

Hot guitar. A vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar that was stolen eight years ago in Minnesota ended up for sale on eBay in Mill Valley. Needless to say, the rightful owner was ecstatic to be able to find his heisted axe.

 

Check out the latest Harwood Podcast Broadcast of Live From Bay 6 with singer/songwriter Jesse Brewster.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about renowned and revered Bay Area folk singer Faith Petric, and also about staff writer Kevin Fagan’s success with a song he wrote and sang in Australia over 20 years ago. In the Marin IJ read about the improvisational chamber group Wrack and Hot Buttered Rum’s fiddle player Aaron Redner, who has a new CD out titled City By the Bay.

 

Life's railway to heaven. Erstwhile heartthrob and oft-married pop singer Eddie Fisher died in Berkeley on September 22nd after complications from hip surgery. He was 82. Jazz saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and bandleader Buddy Collette died in Los Angeles on the September 19th from a respiratory ailment. He was 89. Santa Cruz jazz drummer Jimmy Baum was killed by his estranged (and, apparently, deranged) wife in a murder-suicide on September 23rd. He was 61.

 

Coming attractions. The David Nelson Band at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/5-6; Blue Highway at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 11/6; Cheryl Wheeler with Jill Sobule at North Bay Live on 11/11 and 11/12; The Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the World Premier of Narada Michael Walden's Symphony Composition "The Enchanted Forest (The Seven Higher Worlds of Music)" featuring Narada and special guest Carlos Santana 11/19-20; The Waybacks at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/19; The Sun Kings at the Murphy Productions show in San Rafael 11/20; Frankie Nagle & Primary Colors at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View 12/4; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/11; Bluegrass in the Park in Yuma, AZ 1/22; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19; Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu, AZ, 3/4-6.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The annual Hardly Strictly Anything Goes show hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling takes place at the Velo Rouge in SF on the 1st starting at 7 p.m. No cover.

 

Misner & Smith have just returned from six weeks on the road playing through the Southwest and up the California coast, logging 6900 miles on the odometer. They'll be playing four local shows this month to celebrate the release of their new album Live at the Freight & Salvage. Just as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival finishes it's first day on the 1st they'll be right down the street at the Bazaar Cafe in SF, starting at 7 p.m. On the 2nd they'll be playing at the Aqus Cafe up in Petaluma, and on the 9th the duo will be at the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival on the main stage from 2:15-3 p.m. And then after a short tour up to the Pacific Northwest the duo will be back at Murphy's Irish Pub on the 22nd at 8 p.m.

 

Mill Valley musician Matt Lax will start out the month at the above mentioned event at The Velo Rouge on the 1st. He will also play a fundraiser at Contempo Marin on the 6th at 6 p.m. for his harmonica playing brother Peter Lacques, who is running for Marin Municipal Water District. On the 16th Matt will play with The Palm Wine Boys at The San Geronimo Community Center (details lie below), and he will also appear with Kaye Rodden & Sweet Leaf at Rancho Nicasio on the 24th at 5 p.m. Matt and bassist Joe Kyle continue their (normally) Tuesday night music series at Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley with special guests this month. There will be a special Thursday the 7th show with Lisa Kindred (for a special Mill Valley Film Festival Opening night celebration), The Palm Wine Boys on the 12th, The Sweet Leaf Duo on the 19th, and Dore Coller on the 26th.

 

Mendocino Stories and Music Series presents a singer/songwriter showcase with Christy Wells of  Rogerwood and Stevie Gurr & Carol Ann Ives of emith at the Mendocino Hotel on the 1st; the New Orleans-style jazz of The Dixie Devils on the 2nd at the Hill House; the Ancient Current "Transformance" healing music and cosmic light show at the Hill House on the 15th; Dusty Rhodes and Her Handsome Cowboys and Roy and Dale meet the Smothers Brothers on the 16th at Lauren's Cafe in Boonville; Holly Tannen & Ronnie Gilbert at the Mendocino Hotel on the 29th; and The Safe Sax Swing Septet at the Hill House on the 30th.

 

Three At Last will be playing an evening show on the 1st at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, a house concert in El Cerrito on the 9th, a house concert benefit for Little Arrows School in Fairfax on the 17th, and at the Blue Heron in Duncan’s Mills on the 30th. Their new live album has been gathering stellar reviews, including this one by Carolyn McCoy, and the one on the site The Pursuit of Folk.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, Mort Sahl on the 1st, The English Beat on the 2nd, Robin Nolan Trio on the 7th, lots of film festival stuff from the 8th-17th, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble on the 21st, Will Durst on the 24th, and more.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents Hot Tuna on the 1st, Blues Traveler on the 2nd, Joe Satriani on the 6th, Aimee Mann on the 10th, Randy Travis on the 24th, Jackie Greene on the 28th, Billy Bragg on the 29th, and BB King on the 31st.

 

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 Sonoma Mountain Band on the 1st, the Celtic jam on the 3rd, Blue & Lonesome on the 8th, Sweet Burgundy on the 9th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 21st, Misner & Smith on the 22nd, High Country on the 23rd, Out of the Blue on the 29th, Keystone Station on the 30th, The Cork Pullers on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

Saylor’s 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 1st, Michael Joe Kirkbride on the 2nd, Nigel Healy on the 8th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 9th, David Blakley on the 15th, Judy Hall on the 16th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 22nd, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 23rd, Paul Robinson & Al Chan on the 29th, and Eugene Huggins on the 30th.

 

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

 

Bluegrass invitational in Berkeley. Everyone is invited to the First Friday Invitational Bluegrass Jam on the 1st at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant in Berkeley. The house band will be pickin' and grinnin' from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Player this night will be Neil Linden, Deirdre Donovan, Jerry Barush, Scott Thompson, and Jill Cruey.

 

You could see The Stairwell Sisters and The Carolina Chocolate Drops at Slim’s in SF on the 1st.

 

Steve Martin will be playing banjo in Arcata on the 1st, in Chico on the 2nd, and in Davis on the 3rd, but amazingly so, not at Hardly Strictly this year.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see the Carlene Carter Band on the 2nd, Houston Jones on the 3rd, Fred Eaglesmith on the 8th, David Olney on the 10th, Revolver on the 15th, Stompy Jones on the 16th, The Cowlicks on the 17th, The Jeb Brady Band on the 22nd, Shana Morrison on the 23rd, Kaye Rodden & Sweet Leaf on the 24th, and Jerry Hannan or Will Durst on the 31st.

 

Good things are happening Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, Tuesdays are now new-to-Peri’s nights, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m.

 

The North Bay band The Mild Colonial Boys will be playing at the San Gregorio General Store on the 2nd at 2:30 p.m. The MCBs are John Caulfield, Kyle Alden, and Rory McNamara. Kyle will be playing solo earlier that day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

West Marin picker Tim Weed will be at the Point Reyes Farmers Market on the 2nd, at the Global Work Party for 350.org on the 10th in Point Reyes Station, at the Arizona Folklore Preserve on the 16th and 17th, Larkspur Farmer's Market on the 30th, and at the Station House in Point Reyes Station on the 31st.

 

The 23rd Annual Carousel Fund Casino Night benefit on the 2nd at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial presents the Jefferson Starship with Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, and Cathy Richardson, along with special guests Marty Balin, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Tommy Smothers. The event runs from 5-midnight, and tickets are $75. All for a great cause.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma thinks that the perfect accompaniment to delicious beer served up in the TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary is great music. In October highlights include Ain't Misbehavin' on the 2nd, The Stone Foxes on the 3rd, Sage on the 6th, Rusty Evans on the 9th, Anne McCue on the 10th and more. Check the website for complete listings. Music starts at 4:20 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on Saturdays from 6:30-8 p.m. 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.

 

Jesse Kincaid & The New Rising Sons with Boudeeka bring their Rock and Roll Dance Party to the Seahorse in Sausalito on the 2nd, to the Corte Madera Town Center on the 3rd and to Taste of Rome on the 23rd.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has the Carolina Chocolate Drops plus The Brothers Comatose on the 3rd, Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons on the 16th, Terri Clark plus Victoria George on the 17th, The Derailers on the 21st, Pride & Joy on the 22nd, and Joan Osborne Trio plus Honeymoon Acoustic on the 26th.

 

The Marin Center in San Rafael offers The Marin Symphony on the 3rd, Drumline Live and The Firesign Theatre on the 8th, the 21st Annual Bioneers Conference on the 15th, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Masters of the Fiddle on the 30th, and lots more.

 

On the 3rd, from 12-3 p.m., Adam Traum will be playing in Stinson Beach at the Sand Dollar. Joining him will be Pat Campbell on bass and Chris Rovetti on the fiddle and mandolin

 

Mill Valley artist and musician Kimrea plays with her band Dreamdogs every Monday night at the no name in Sausalito, and players are invited to sit in with the band. She will also be at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 21st.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. Usually no cover, and great beer, food and music. See Dore Coller & Bermudagrass on the 6th, Savannah Blue on the 13th, Grandpa Banana on the 20th, and Buck Nickels & Loose Change on the 27th.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 6th, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is, as usual, all over the place this month. As noted above, he and his band Bermudagrass will be at Iron Springs on the 6th; the bluegrass band he is in called Savannah Blue will be there on 13th followed by a night at Smiley’s in Bolinas on the 15th; on the 26th he’ll be at Vasco in Mill Valley; and on the 28th Bermudagrass will be at Bocci’s Cellar in Santa Cruz.

 

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 John Miller & John Reischman on the 7th and Richard Smith on the 21st starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next ones will be on the 7th and 21st. The address is Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.

 

At the Napa Valley Opera House you could see the Cowboy Junkies on the 8th, Judy Collins on the 10th, Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers on the 23rd, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy on the 28th, and the Grand Masquerade Ball

with Quartetto Gelato on the 30th.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 8th presents the finest in high-octane Americana with Houston Jones. Vortex host Bruce Victor will also be one of the players in Kyle Alden's "Troubadour Night" at The Sleeping Lady on the 28th.

 

Steep Productions, in association with Larry the Hat of Famous4, will present a live music event to tie in with MVFF's Nowhere Boy, the new Sam Taylor-Wood-directed biopic on John Lennon. The concert will be on the 8th at 8 p.m. at the 142 Throckmorton. The evening, hosted by former SF Chronicle Senior Music Editor Joel Selvin, will feature a wildly eclectic live concert of classic Beatles and John Lennon solo tunes with the Rubber Souldiers, led by Lorin and Chris Rowan of The Rowan Brothers and Grateful Dead historian and songwriter David Gans, members of Hot Buttered Rum with special guests guitarist James Nash from The Waybacks and violinist Carlos Reyes, Lebo from ALO, and others. The evening with be kicked off by the screening of a collection of rare clips chosen for the occasion by the maestro of the Hi De Ho Show, Village Music's John Goddard.

 

North Bay classic country greats Twang Ditty will start off the month with a show on the 8th at The Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station, followed by an appearance at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove on the 9th. The 15th will find the band back in Santa Rosa for a Friday night dance at Druid Hall, put on by the local Moose Order. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (members and guests welcome). Finally, on the 23rd, catch the band at the Point Richmond Fall Fest in downtown Pt. Richmond from 2-3 p.m.

 

Nashville singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, who lived in Marin for a few years, will be back here playing at the Stinson Beach Chapel on the 8th with Walter Strauss at 7:30 p.m., and on the 10th she will be playing a benefit for Bread and Roses at The Woods in Mill Valley along with Tracy Blackman, Gail Muldrow and others.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will be at the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival on the 9th, the Civic Center Farmer’s Market on the 10th, and at Pasta Moto in Novato on the 15th.

 

The 24th Annual Cohn Winery Fall Music Festival benefit in Glen Ellen on the 9th and 10th will feature The Doobie Brothers, The Turtles, Grand Funk Railroad, Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, and more.

 

Danny Montana & the Bar Association will be raising the roof at Peri's in Fairfax on the 9th. Opening the show will be The Dogtown Ramblers. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

 

Caren Armstrong presents a special Marin edition of Celebrating Songwriters featuring Teresa Tudury and John Batdorf as part of the Dance Palace Fall Concert series in Point Reyes Station on the 9th at 7 p.m. The three will share a high spirited evening of original music in-the-round Nashville style. Caren has also found a new home for the series at The East Bay Dance Center, at 1318 Glenfield Avenue, in Oakland (just off Park Boulevard). On the 16th at 7:30 p.m. she will present Gypsy Soul and Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan.

 

Sonoma County guitarist/singer/bandleader and concert promoter Kevin Russell presents the 4th Annual Chipfest on the 9th at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex. The evening’s entertainment will feature perennial favorites The Mighty Chiplings, Shari Garn & Deeper Rhythm, Tonebent, Sara Winge & Friends, Solid Air and a reunion of Modern Hicks. The event celebrates the life and musical spirit of mandolin master Chip Dunbar, who passed in 2006. Ticket information or reservations can be made by calling Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or email krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions will host singer/songwriter/comedian Fred Eaglesmith playing solo at Studio E in Sebastopol on the 9th. 

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a few gigs lined up this month. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears on the 9th at the Two Bird Café in San Geronimo, as well as on the 19th at the brand new George’s Nightclub in San Rafael, and also at Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady Café on the 24th. You can also find him on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at the Corte Madera Rec Center on the 13th. Finally, on the 23rd, he’ll be teaching a beginning guitar workshop at the Pt. Reyes Dance Palace.

 

The Lost Cats members Jim Passard and Marc Babin will be at C'era Una Volta in Alameda on the 10th from 6-8 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play at the Windsor Farmer's Market on the 10th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. They'll also play with their band at the Calistoga Farmer's Market on the 23rd from 9 a.m.-noon.

 

The annual California Bluegrass Association Fall Campout will be happening in Isleton from the 11th-17th, so grab your instrument and prepare to do some serious jamming.

 

Hopkin & Winge will be playing at the French Garden in Sebastopol on the 13th from 7-10 p.m.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center presents the West African music of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana with the Palm Wine Boys on the 16th at 7 p.m. Partial proceeds benefit the SGVCC food bank and other programs. On the 23rd it will be former longtime West Marin singer/songwriter Joe New at 8 p.m. Joe has had his songs recorded or performed by artists such as John Mellencamp, Levon Helm, Kiki Dee, Joe Louis Walker, Bill Kirchen, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nick Lowe, Johnny Rivers, The Moonlighters and, most recently, covers on two Del McCoury Band CDs. Joe's songs reflect both his rural childhood and struggle to come to terms with the conflicting pulls of life, love, work, family, and the quest for fame.

 

The 12th Annual Wine, Women & Song Benefit for the Fight Against Breast Cancer (a.k.a. The Rack ‘n Roll Music Breastival) will be happening on the 16th in downtown Fairfax at the Sleeping Lady (The Amy Wigton Band), Peri’s and 19 Broadway. Dozens of performers at the venues all on the same night!

 

For a rip roarin’ good time join The Lonestar Retrobates when they play on the third Sunday of the month. See them on the 17th 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 8th Annual Spice of Life Festival on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on the 17th 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.

 

Jamvitational in San Rafael. The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael on the 19th. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

 

The Kathy Kallick Band – Kathy, Tom Bekeny, Dan Booth, and Annie Staninec – will be joined by special guest Luke Abbott for three Bay Area shows while Greg Booth attends the Reso Summit. They’ll be on board the USS Potomac in Jack London Square in Oakland on the 21st, then back on dry land for shows at Armando's in Martinez on the 22nd, and down in Felton at Don Quixote's on the 24th. These dates follow a short tour to the northwest, and precede concerts in Petaluma and Fresno in November. Their new CD Between the Hollow & the High-Rise and a track from it (“Where Is My Little Cabin Home”) are both rising in both the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles charts. The song is #2 on the BMP Top 30, bested only by The Grascals, and the album has cracked the BU Top 15.

 

The 2010 Folk Alliance Region West Coast Conference will be held on the 21st-24th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Some of the acts you can see there are Carltone favorites Caren Armstrong, Stevie Coyle, Blame Sally, Houston Jones, Claudia Russell, Sherry Austin, and Michael McNevin.

 

Lauralee Brown will sing jazz & beyond on the 22nd at Saylor's Restaurant & Bar in Sausalito from 7-10 p.m., and she will also be hosting Rancho Nicasio's Singer Songwriter Series on the 21st. This is a free show in the bar.

 

Drew Pearce is presenting Blame Sally at the Cornerstone in Sonoma on the 22nd.

 

Redwood Bluegrass Associates presents The Tuttles with AJ Lee in Mountain View on the 23rd. This (mostly) young group of pickers really did a bang-up job at the recent Strawberry Music Festival, so if you missed them, go see them play this CD release show.

 

Lance Walker's Petaluma Church Concerts resume this fall with flat-picking guitarist extraordinaire Steve Kaufman on the 23rd and Grammy Award-winning bluegrass singer Kathy Kallick and her band on November 20th.

 

On the 23rd Kevin Russell will present July Brooks, Tony Marcus & The Honky Tonk Dreamers at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Pull on your cowboy/girl outfit and head on over.

 

There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual up in Sebastopol on the fourth Sunday of this month, and the date is the 24th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.

 

Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers will be doing a reunion show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 28th.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 30th. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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September 16, 2010

 

Down from the mountains and headed for the foothills. Contrary to rumors, two weekends back the Carltone staff was not at Burning Man in the Nevada desert, but instead was at the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite. It was a great time, and the four Bay Area acts – Nell Robinson & Red Level, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee – really did a bang-up job. The highlight of the fest for some was a very special impromptu concert that took place one afternoon in Camp Carltone during the camp’s annual anti-social social. Molly Tuttle, AJ Lee and Angelica Grim were there and they sang for about an hour together. Everyone at the event was mesmerized, sensing that they were watching the future of bluegrass as we know it. What a special treat that was, and thanks to the CBA’s Kids on Bluegrass program for helping develop such fine young talent!

 

Mea culpa redux. As with the previous edition of this newsletter, this one was hastily assembled as well, and again, apologies to those whose music news either did not make it in here or got short shrift. The Carltone staff is once again headed out to a music festival, this one the Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills fest in Plymouth (details below), so there has been little time for research, quality control, etc. Plus, the interns have either all gone back to school, they’re standing in the free section at PacBell Park to watch the Giants, they’re trying to save space on the grass for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate park two weeks from now, or they are off to the local tattoo parlor. Good help is hard to come by anymore…

 

Kathy Kallick hits the charts. Congrats to The Kathy Kallick Band! Their latest CD – Between the Hollow & the High Rise – is now #14 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Bluegrass Albums, and #6 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 National Bluegrass CDs. Their song "Where Is My Little Cabin Home" is now #25 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey (up from #28 last month) and #3 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles (up from #29 last month).

 

Two fests for the price of one. Everyone is headed to the Bluegrassin' in the Foothills festival in Plymouth this weekend on the 17th-19th to pick and see Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Brombies, The Bluegrass Brothers, Bound to Ride, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Dalton Mountain Band, Blue & Lonesome, and a lot more. And, if you go to Plymouth you can get a coupon for free admission to the Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger the following weekend!

 

El Cabong! Ever wanted to whack some noisy lout over the head with your guitar or banjo? Well, a street musician named Brandin Hochstrasser (a.k.a. “Bongo Jesus”) in Madison, WI, apparently had had enough criticism of his music by some unflattering patron, and Bongo bashed the guy over the head with this guitar, thereby using up his 15 minutes of allotted fame and getting arrested at the same time. Just think – if Bongo had played the bongos instead of guitar it would have been a lot harder to attack his critic. This being America in 2010, Bongo will probably soon be on David Letterman, get a reality show and a record deal…

 

El Cabong, part two. In Kansas City two alleged friends got into an argument. The unfortunate soon-to-be-ex-pal tried to attack this other dude with a knife and a frying pan, but the dude had a banjo in his hands, and before you can say “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” he smacked the pan man upside the head with his five-string. Talk about perfect pitch! You may be shocked to know that, according to police, “the smell of alcohol was prevalent”…

Robert Plant and American music. Robert Plant, erstwhile lead singer from an obscure rock band named Led Zeppelin, really loves American acoustic music, according to this video and interview in USA Today. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this item.

 

BIG MONday. It was 99 years ago on September 13th that a boy named William Smith Monroe was born near Rosine, KY. Suffice to day, if he had never started picking the mandolin you would not be reading this newsletter right now, and instead you might be going gaga over some pop singer with garish makeup, outfits and Clorox-enhanced hair. Yikes! As Generation Duh is likely to say, “Gag me with a spoon.” Last week on National Public Radio there was a story about a gathering of former Blue Grass Boys. You can listen to the piece here.

Silent fiddles. The Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest, which has taken place in January for the past 35 years, will not be happening in 2011 due to – surprise, surprise! – the current state of the economy. Heck, maybe there is some fat cat out there who has some excess pocket change to contribute that would keep the festival going. Anyone got any TARP money left over?

 

Old George’s is back! The long-dark nightclub in downtown San Rafael once known as New George’s is now back and simply called George’s. There is a lot of good music happening there already, so go to the web site for complete info.

 

Purple haze. The 18th will mark 40 years since legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix died, and as you might imagine, stories have been all over the media of late. On National Public Radio you can listen to a piece here, and you can read about the photo art exhibit of him at an art gallery in San Francisco.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle there were stories about Soprano Zheng Cao and Joe Smiell’s Band, and also one about music in the BART and MUNI underground stations.

 

Coming attractions. Steve Martin (with the Steep Canyon Rangers at some of these shows) in Arcata 10/1, Chico 10/2, Davis 10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3; Carousel Fund Casino Night in Petaluma with Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Tommy Smothers 10/2; KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley 10/2-3; Americana Music Festival in Agoura Hills 10/3; CBA Fall Campout in Isleton 10/11-17; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out in Livermore 10/22, Potter Valley 10/23; Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers at the Freight in Berkeley 10/28; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9.

 

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Blau gras im Alameda. There is no truth to the rumor that Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be wearing lederhosen when they play bluegrass at the Speisekammer Restaurant in Alameda on the 16th from 8-10:30 p.m.

 

American River Music Festival near Coloma 9/17-19.

 

Rockin’ By The Bay on the 18th will be an evening of music, dancing and cocktails at the beautiful Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club in Novato. Dance to live music by the Bay Area’s favorite rockin’ gals, The CoverGrrlz. Great raffle prizes and auction items too. All proceeds from the event go directly to support Novato High School Football. For information contact Kathy Bugos at (415) 897-3080 or kbugos@comcast.net.

 

Paul Knight and friends will play on the 18th from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station. See Mary Gibbons, Mike Stadler and Jon Mitguard. No cover.

 

Marin’s Peter Rowan performs solo at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco 9/19.

 

The Norton Buffalo Memorial Harmonica and Music Festival will take place on the 19th at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma. Proceeds benefit the Norton Buffalo Memorial Music Fund, which will be used for music education and grants for promising musicians. Artists include The Hellhounds, Tudo Bem, Bill Noteman, Steve Judkins, Sonny Lowe, Bruce Kurnow, Carlos Reyes, Rick Hatfield & the Bobcats, The Knockouts, Ford Band w/Volker Strifler, Michael Hinton, Tommy Thomsen, and more.

 

Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack will appear at the Jupiter Brewpub in Berkeley 5-8 p.m. on 9/19.

 

West Marin multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and banjo Tim Weed will play the Marin Organic Benefit Dinner & Reception in Mill Valley on the 19th, at the Sleeping Lady on the on the 21st with Debbie Daly and Dana Rath, and on the 26th at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station.

 

Lorin & Chris Rowan sing duets at Horizons in Sausalito 6-9 p.m. 9/24.

 

Kathi McDonald CD release show at the Larkspur American Legion 9/24.

 

Bluegrass Intentions reunion weekend with Eric and Suzy Thompson, Bill Evans, Alan Senauke and Markie Sanders in Santa Clara 9/24, Oakland 9/25, and Santa Cruz 9/26.

 

Sebastopol Celtic Festival 9/24-26 with Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Irish super-group Lunasa, award-winning Irish singer Karan Casey and Grammy nominated dynamic guitarist John Doyle, popular award-winning Irish-American band Solas, the Juno award-winning energizer-bunnies Le Vent du Nord, dancing fiddler April Verch and her band, percussive dancer Sandy Silva, five time all-Ireland accordion player Jimmy Keane, and more.

 

Mendocino Stories and Music Series has two events left this month. On the 24th it will be rock and roll with The Gatecrashers at the Hill House. On the 25th it will be a concert at the Mendocino Hotel with Sheila Fetzer and Bob Daley.

 

SolFest in Ukiah will have Poor Man’s Whiskey, Dgiin, Moondance, The Jug Dealers and more 9/25-26.

 

The Humboldt Hoedown Festival will have Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Town Mountain, Head for the Hills and more in Redway 9/25.

 

JimBo Trout & The Fishpeople and The Saddlecats share the bill at Yoshi’s in SF 9/28.

 

Lorin Rowan & The Rubber Souldiers play in Albany 9/29 and at George's in San Rafael 9/30.

 

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys will rock the Freight in Berkeley 9/30.

 

Reminders

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

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

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Courtney Janes on the 16th, the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 17th, The David Thom Band on the 24th, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 25th, Liz Brown & Michael Yonchenko on the 30th, and more.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on their 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. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. The club has featured live music every night for 27 years. Thousands of happy musicians have played there and over a million plus fans have enjoyed the music. Tuesday nights have exploded because of the Uzilevsky/Korty duo that started a musician’s jam seven months ago, and it has caught on big time. It’s free, good fun and the fans love it. Action starts around 10 p.m.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. Music runs from 8-10:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. Go to the site for show info.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music in Clayton for a two night engagement at The Clayton Club Saloon on the 17th and 18th from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The next day, Sunday the 19th, you can catch them at the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa from noon-3 as part of their Summer Concert Series. Finally, on the 25th, the band returns to Bolinas for a show at Smiley's from 9-1, cover is $7.

 

Earthdance Live will be happening in Laytoneville on the 17th-19th with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Zap Mama, The West Coast Hip Hop Massive, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Hot Buttered Rum and lots more.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be heading up to Petaluma’s Aqus Café on the 18th for a duo set with percussionist Julia Harrell. He’ll be playing solo at the “Falling into the Arts” event on the 22nd at the Marin Arts Council Gallery in San Rafael. And his jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady Café.  

 

The Marin trio Barbwyre will be playing at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts the 18th at 8 p.m., sharing the bill with Under the Radar. Tickets are $10, available at The Last Record Store or by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Dusty Rhodes & Her Handsome Cowboys can be seen yodeling and fiddling on the patio at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 18th from 5-7:30 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play on the 18th at the Calistoga Relay For Life, and then on the 25th at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market.

 

Sara Winge, Carlo Calabi, and Bill Foss bring their old-time and classic country music to the Pine Cone Cafe in Sebastopol on the 18th from 7-9 p.m.

 

See Nell Robinson & Red Level playing bluegrass at the Rockwell Winery in Alameda 9/19.

 

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

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 21st.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Dore Coller, besides pickin’ at the jam on the 21st, will also play on the 23rd at the New Leaf Cafe in Capitola, on the 25th with Savannah Blue at McGraths in Alameda, and on the 28th at Vasco in Mill Valley.

 

North Bay Live. After a long two years, Slaid Cleaves will be at the intimate Studio E in Sebastopol on the 22nd. Slaid will be accompanied by Michael O'Connor. 

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. See The 4 Teardrops on the 22nd and Brown Chicken Brown Cow on the 29th. No cover, and great beer, food and music.

 

On the 23rd at The Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, Rory McNamara will be sharing the bill with Robyn Landis for the cafe's monthly Troubadour Night. Go early for this, have some dinner, kick back and enjoy an evening of "unusual" music and song. Kyle Alden will be hosting.

 

Jesse Kincaid and The New Rising Sons with Boudeeka bring their 60s dance party to the Sausalito Cruising Club on the 24th, to Taste Of Rome the 25th, and then wrap the month again at Sausalito Cruising Club on the 26th. Jesse plays drums with Corte Madera Town Band at Corte Madera Town Center on the 26th.

 

Bluegrass galore and more at the Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26.

 

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 Bill Mize on the 24th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center presents Film Night in the Park on the 24th with WALL-E at 8 p.m.

 

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will have Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan and lots more on 9/25-26.

 

The Fairfax Body & Soul Festival will be happening on the 25th from 11-6 p.m. in Peri Park, featuring the Fairfax All-Stars, Solstice, Jim Talley, and Todd Boston. There will also be healers, kid fun, speakers and more.

Three At Last will be performing at EarleFest in Santa Rosa on the 25th. Later that same night they will be at the Blue Heron in Duncans Mills.

 

Will the sun be shining at the Fog Fest in Pacifica on the 25th?

 

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. See them on the 25th at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma from 7-9 p.m.

 

Benefit at the Pickin’ on Pinot event in Philo with The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers 9/25.

 

On the 26th Kevin Russell and Radar cohort Michael Capella will be playing for free in the courtyard at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol from 5-8 p.m.

 

Emmylou Harris will sing at the Napa Valley Opera House 9/27.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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September 1, 2010

 

This is a truncated, hastily edited version on the newsletter, as the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters has one foot out the door en route to the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite. Heartfelt apologies in advance if your gig news did not make it in here. There are only so many hours in the day, and this week there were less than usual available for searching out music news. If you do make it up to the festival, stop by the mess hall some morning for the live Breakfast Club show. Yours truly is the host in the bathrobe, red slippers and strawberry pajamas.

Country music week on Fresh Air. The National Public Radio arts show Fresh Air w/Terry Gross is featuring interviews with and stories about various country artists all this week. Monday had pieces on Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Patsy Cline, and Charlie Haden, and on Tuesday it was interviews with Merle Haggard and George Jones. You can also listen to the shows online the day after they are broadcast. Consult your local public radio listings for the times of the show.

 

Jam sessions in Berkeley. Ran Bush will be starting up the new slow jam sessions again on Tuesday evenings at the 5th String in Berkeley starting on September 7th from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. John Kornhauser will continue to host the medium-fast sessions on Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Ensemble Class. A second section of the Bluegrass Ensemble Class: Beyond the Basics with Bill Evans has been added at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and it will start on September 7th. This class is open to all bluegrass instrumentalists and singers who want to move beyond slow jams but aren't quite ready for on-stage performances. You'll learn the fine art of singing bluegrass harmonies, how to construct instrumental solos and how to play tasteful and appropriate backup. You will also discover how to kick off and end songs, and how to create dynamic and exciting arrangements. Register online at the link above or email info@freightandsalvage.org for more info.

 

Bluegrass romance. Bluegrass notables Tim Stafford and Alecia Nugent, according to the Bluegrass Blog, have announced their engagement. No doubt an album or two is already in the works...

 

Blue Moon of Kentucky. Hollywood has taken a sudden interest in Bill Monroe, the late Father of Bluegrass. The tentative title of the planned movie is Blue Moon of Kentucky, and it is to feature real-life acting couple Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal (who played opposite Jeff Bridges in the recent Crazy Heart) in the roles of Monroe and Bessie Lee Mauldin. Read the details here.

Uncle Ralph. On a recent Saturday evening, while playing some bluegrass with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma, a piece of paper made it to the stage with a request for “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Your Carltone editor used to sing the song years ago, but it had fallen off the set list. Still, I thought I could remember some of it, and I stumbled through a few verses, much to the delight of the crowd. Halfway through the song I noticed a person in the back holding her cell phone up in the air, and I was mystified as to why anyone would want to share my hatchet job with anyone else. At the break the woman with the phone waved me over to her table, and she said, “I want to thank you so much for singing that song. My husband’s uncle sang it in a movie about ten years ago, and I wanted my husband to hear the song being played live.” The wheels started turning in my slow-moving brain. I said, “Are you saying that Ralph Stanley is your husband’s uncle?” “Yes he is, and he was quite happy to hear his uncle’s song being sung live over the phone.” Considering the way I mangled the tune, I’m so glad it wasn’t Uncle Ralph who was listening in…

 

Exit, stage left. At a Swell Season concert – the folk act that won an Oscar for their song "Falling Slowly" from the Irish film Once – at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga last month, an unidentified man apparently climbed to the roof of the stage and committed suicide by jumping down and landing next to the performers. Needless to day, the band and audience was shocked and stunned in disbelief, and the rest of the show was canceled. Read the tragic story here.

 

IBMA nominations. Read ‘em and weep. The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the 2010 nominees last month. Once again (unless there are songwriters on the list that we are not aware of), there are no representatives of the West Coast on this list. Which – as with the baseball all-star roster every year – will lead to complaints in some quarters about unfairness, how California should start their own bluegrass awards program, etc. Yet nothing will get done, because these kinds of things take time and money. And while some have an excess of the former these days, not many of us (at least, in the bluegrass world)(except for maybe one event producer who puts on a little gathering every year in Golden Gate Park) have any extra TARP, inheritance or leveraged buy-out money burning holes in our pockets…

Carter Family story. There was a nice story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the Carter Family Fold that you can read here, but readers beware – this is one of the worst links ever! Simply awful, and to think that this is from a daily newspaper…

 

The latest episode of Live From Bay 6 features singer/songwriter Amie Penwell, and you can watch it here.

 

Need a housemate? A female bluegrass banjo player would like a low-cost share rental in a music-friendly household. Here are the details: "I am quiet except when playing bluegrass now and then. Southern, mid-Marin, female bluegrass household preferred. Environment, personality, and musical taste are all important. Pets are cool, too.” Contact Cathy at box4light@yahoo.com.

 

The band Marshall Rhodes, formerly of Marin County, is still alive and kicking down in Santa Barbara. It took a while to get the right bass and drummer to replace Adam Berkowitz and Mike Godwin. They've been playing out a fair amount now and they got a new song in a surf movie called The Women and The Waves. They also got a cut on the new Best Of Cold Spring Tavern III. .

 

New tunes. Be the first one on your block to own the new CDs by the following acts: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen by, amazingly so, the band with the same name; Legacy by The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; Return by Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Stone Poneys (Linda Ronstadt’s first band of note that had a hit with the song “Different Drum”) who also played bass and guitar and sang with Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Bryndle and many others throughout his career, died on August 18th. He was 64. Songwriter George David Weiss, co-writer of such classis hits as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” and “What a Wonderful World,” died in New Jersey on August 23rd. He was 80. Bill Millen, the Scottish bagpiper who played highland tunes in 1944 on D-Day during the invasion of Normandy, died in London on August 18th. He was 88.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. See The Matt Eakle Band on the 1st, Barbwyre on the 8th, Rattlebox on the 15th, The 4 Teardrops on the 22nd, and Brown Chicken Brown Cow on the 29th. No cover, and great beer, food and music.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6. The lineup includes four Bay Area acts – Nell Robinson & Red Level, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee – plus lots more great stuff such as Arlo Guthrie, The Travelin' McCourys, and Tommy Emmanuel.

 

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

 

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 Glen Robertson on the 2nd, Big Wide Grin on the 3rd, Andrew Freeman on the 4th, the Celtic jam on the 5th, Carolina Special on the 11th, The Courtney Janes on the 16th, the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 17th, The David Thom Band on the 24th, Adam Traum & The Traumatics on the 25th, Liz Brown & Michael Yonchenko on the 30th, and more.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on their 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. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

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

 

It costs some serious coin to attend the Sausalito Art Festival on the 3rd-6th. $20 just for parking? Hope they provide valet service…

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. Go to the site for show info.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music at the Druid Hall on the 3rd for one of the Santa Rosa Moose Order's Friday dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The following Tuesday the 7th will find Nick & Maria doing a rare acoustic duo Twang Ditty performance as part of Sonoma State's Nooner Concert Series on the quad at noon. The band will then venture out to Clayton, in the shadow of mighty Mt. Diablo, for a two night engagement at The Clayton Club Saloon on the 17th & 18th from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.. The next day, Sunday the 19th, you can catch them at the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa from noon-3 as part of their Summer Concert Series. Finally, on the 25th, the band returns to Bolinas for a show at Smiley's from 9-1, cover is $7.

 

BiG WiDE GRiN (Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert & Karl Werne) will be making a rare Bay Area performance at Murphy’s on the 3rd, and Elaine will be playing solo there on the 23rd. 

 

Bluegrass invitational jam. The invitational jam on the first Friday of every month at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. On the 3rd the players will be Tom Sours on bass, Jerry Barush on banjo, Dane Miller on fiddle, Rick Horlick on guitar, and Scott Thompson on mandolin. Bacheeso's is a major supporter of all kinds of acoustic music, and it is great that they have now added bluegrass to their mix.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget will be wrapping up the summer with a slew of gigs. On the 3rd he’ll be playing solo music-to-appreciate-art-by at Fairfax’s Elsewhere Gallery. He’ll return there on the 12th for a performance in association with Fairfax’s Classic Car Show. Another solo, art-related appearance will take place at the “Falling into the Arts” event on the 22nd at the Marin Arts Council Gallery in San Rafael. His jazz quintet, Namely Us, appears twice this month, first at the Two Bird Café on the 4th, then later on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady Café.  Sunday the 5th will find him rounding out a jazz trio for morning music at the Coffee Roasters in San Anselmo. His alt-country/roots-rock band, Moonlight Rodeo, headlines on Labor Day at the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association community event. Additionally, he’ll be heading up to Petaluma’s Aqus Café on the 18th for a duo set with percussionist Julia Harrell.

 

Jesse Kincaid and The New Rising Sons with Boudeeka bring their 60's dance party to Taste Of Rome on the 4th, Sausalito Cruising Club on the 6th, Servino in Tiburon on the 9th, Presidio Yacht Club on the 10th, back at Sausalito Cruising Club on the 24th, Taste Of Rome the 25th, and wrap the month again at Sausalito Cruising Club on the 26th. Jesse plays drums with Corte Madera Town Band at Corte Madera Town Center on the 26th.

 

The riveting of riffs of guitar maestros Doug Adamz & Chris Goddard will dazzle the denizens of The Cove Cafe on Angel Island on the 4th from 2-5 p.m.

 

The Mild Colonial Boys (John Caulfield, Rory McNamara and Kyle Alden) will be at the San Gregorio Store doing what they do best on the 4th at 2:30 p.m. On the 11th, starting at 7 p.m., Rory will be one of the featured players at a house concert hosted by The Acoustic Vortex. On the 23rd at The Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, Rory will be sharing the bill with Robyn Landis for the Cafe's monthly Troubadour Night. Come early for this, have some dinner, kick back and enjoy an evening of "unusual" music and song. The aforementioned Kyle Alden will be hosting.

 

The 8th Annual Cowgirl Palooza with 77 El Deora, Evangenitals and others will take place on the 4th at the El Rio in SF.

 

Monroe tribute at Amnesia. On Monday the 6th, one month before the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Amnesia bar in SF will be hosting a Bill Monroe Tribute Night, a truly strictly bluegrass night in honor of the 99th birthday of Bill Monroe. Three acts will be playing all Monroe songs all night long, followed by a jam onstage. The Monroe Tribute Band will feature Butch Waller, Larry Cohea, Paul Shelasky, Chris Smith, and Matt Dudman. Matt and George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys will also play a set. The event is free, and Eric Embry & Nicole Solis will be playing some Monroe Brothers duets during happy hour. Happy hour specials from 6-8 p.m., with duets at 7:30, and the bands start at 8:30.

 

Tea Sipper news. The West County Professional Tea Sippers won “Best Old-timey CD of 2010” from the National Traditional Country Music Association for their recording “The Kettle is On.” See them play on the 7th at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda, and on the 11th at the Blue Rock Springs Bluegrass Fund Raiser for Vista Farms in Vallejo with the Alhambra Valley Band, The West County Professional Tea Sippers, Spinning Wheel and The Mighty Chiplings.

 

The Marin trio Barbwyre will be playing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax on the 8th, and then at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts the 18th at 8 p.m., sharing the bill with Under the Radar.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. Music from 8-10:30 p.m.

 

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/8-12.

 

The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12.

 

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 David Grier on the 10th and Bill Mize on the 24th starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center presents its annual gala on the 11th, honoring founder and former County Supervisor Gary Giacomini. Tickets are $85, including food and wine and beer. Dance with Howie’s Persuasion, an all-star R&B band convened by drummer Howie Cort including Mike McQuilkin, Tim Bush, Jack Pribble, Cathleen Riddley, Kira Gapinski and Maiya Champa with special guest Tim Cain. The event benefits the programs and services of the Community Center, including an emergency food pantry, a youth center and much more. It will be Film Night in the Park on the 24th with WALL-E at 8 p.m.

 

See Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at a house concert in Piedmont on the 10th.

 

The Acoustic Vortex in Larkspur is having a concert fundraising event for itself on the 11th. See Stevie Coyle, Bruce Victor, David Siegler, Eric Schoenberg, Tom Neylan, Doug Adamz, Rory McNamara, Teresa Tudury, and John McCormick. Email bruce@acousticvortex.com for info.

 

Dusty Rhodes & Her Handsome Cowboys can be seen playing at Faith Petric's 95th birthday Vaudeville show at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 11th, and they'll be yodeling and fiddling on the patio at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 18th from 5-7:30 p.m.

 

Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival with the John Reischman Jaybird Trio, Bill Evans & Megan Lynch and more in Lower Lake 9/11.

 

Check out the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena 9/11-12.

 

The Lost Cats duo will be swinging on the 12th from 6-8 p.m. at C’era Una Volta in Alameda.

 

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. See them at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma on the 12th from 3-6 p.m. and on the 25th at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma from 7-9 p.m.

 

Lots of hot bluegrass at Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19.

 

Earthdance Live will be happening in Laytoneville on the 17th-19th with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Zap Mama, The West Coast Hip Hop Massive, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Hot Buttered Rum and lots more.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play on the 18th at the Calistoga Relay For Life, and then on the 25th at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market.

 

Sara Winge, Carlo Calabi, and Bill Foss bring their old-time and classic country music to the Pine Cone Cafe in Sebastopol on the 18th from 7-9 p.m.

 

Sonoma County's Kevin Russell and his Americana-grass band Under the Radar will share the bill with Barbwyre in a concert setting at Sebastopol Center for the Arts on the 18th starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at The Last Record Store or by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com. On the 26th Kevin and UtR co-hort Michael Capella will be playing for free in the courtyard at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol from 5-8 p.m.

 

See Nell Robinson & Red Level at the Rockwell Winery in Alameda 9/19.

 

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

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 21st.

 

Mill Valley guitarist Dore Coller, besides pickin’ at the jam on the 21st, will also play on the 23rd at the New Leaf Cafe in Capitola, on the 25th with Savannah Blue at McGraths in Alameda, and on the 28th at Vasco in Mill Valley.

 

North Bay Live. After a long two years, Slaid Cleaves will be at the intimate Studio E in Sebastopol on the 22nd. Slaid will be accompanied by Michael O'Connor. 

 

Bluegrass at the Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-2.

 

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will have Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan and lots more on 9/25-26.

 

The Fairfax Body & Soul Festival will be happening on the 25th from 11-6 p.m. in Peri Park, featuring the Fairfax All-Stars, Solstice, Jim Talley, and Todd Boston. There will also be healers, kid fun, speakers and more.

Three At Last will be performing at EarleFest in Santa Rosa on the 25th. Later that same night they will be at the Blue Heron in Duncans Mills.

 

Will the sun be shining at the Fog Fest in Pacifica on the 25th?

 

Benefit at the Pickin’ on Pinot event in Philo with The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers 9/25.

 

Emmylou Harris will sing at the Napa Valley Opera House 9/27.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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August 13, 2010

 

Lucky weekend. Not only is the Carltone World News ahead of schedule for a change, you can also forget about all of the media hype about today being the "ominous" Friday the 13th, because this is indeed a weekend filled with so much great music that you will think you won the lottery. The only problem you will have is trying to decide what you will have to miss while making your choices…

 

Stuffed Pig. Eclectic KPIG-FM radio, based in Freedom, CA, for the past couple of years has also been broadcasting on 1510-AM in the San Francisco Bay Area. But this arrangement is about to come to an end, as the 15th will be the last day. Read the sad details here. Very sad, indeed. San Francisco has two AM frequencies for the all-sports station and both an AM and FM frequency for KCBS, yet there is no room for the Pig on the dial…

Songwriting in the WSJ. If you fancy yourself a songwriter, than this story in today’s Wall Street Journal may be of some interest to you. No mention, though, on how to write the perfect bluegrass, folk or country song…

 

Talkin’ ‘bout Mill Valley. The song “Mill Valley,” written by Mill Valley’s own Rita Abrams, is celebrating its 40-year anniversary, and there was a story about it on the front page of the SF Chronicle earlier this week that you can read here.

Grass Valley photos. Mighty Mike Melnyk has posted his CBA’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival photos on his site, and you can look at them here. Great stuff, as usual!


Bluegrass Jamming Essentials. Bay Area banjo master Bill Evans has a new AcuTab DVD out titled Bluegrass Jamming Essentials that's a band/jam project for all instruments featuring co-host Megan Lynch, along with Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford and David Thomas. This DVD is now for sale now at the Bill Evans & Megan Lynch, Megan Lynch and Bill Evans homepages. Watch the YouTube trailer here.

 

New Nunally DVD. East Bay bluegrass guitarist Jim Nunally has a new instructional DVD out titled The Art of Rhythm Guitar - Volume #2 - Walks and Runs. It is a follow-up companion to his previous Strums DVD. You can order it right now from PayPal or through Jim's website.

Hey, Bill Monroe had one in his band once! There was a nice story in the SF Chronicle recently about accordion player and repairwoman Skyler Fell.

Sing along with Mitch. Chet Flippo in his Nashville Skyline column earlier this week wrote about the late Mitch Miller and his effect on having Hank Williams songs recorded by other artists. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this item.

Journey through the past. There is very little music content here, but if you have some time check out the amazing set of photos titled Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 that were posted on a blog in the Denver Post. Photos 13 and 14 are music related, but the rest of them just tell stories on their own...

Desert Rose in the Tennessean. There was a real nice story and classic videos of The Desert Rose Band in the Tennessean last weekend. Rose members Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson’s blood runs blue these days…

Car Talk theme. Fans of the NPR show Car Talk with Click & Clack know the bluegrass theme song that the show has used since its inception. But how many of you know that the song was written and recorded by David Grisman, and that it is called “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown”? You can watch a video of The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience playing the song here.

 

All fired up. Jessica Felix, the founder and longtime artistic director of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, was fired recently by fest’s nonprofit board. Read the story here.

 

Carltube. While the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters seldom encourages readers to turn on the TV, we do plug the occasional video from one of the entertainment game shows. Check out this one from Britain’s Got Talent. You’ll never make fun of your purple-haired, multi-pieced, cappuccino maker again. Thanks to Paul Hamilton for sending this along.

 

The latest edition of the Harwood Productions’ Live From Bay 6 features singer/songwriter Kyle Williams. You can watch it here.

 

Viva Van Halen! The rock band Van Halen plans to put aside their “creative differences” in order to reunite and make some serious nostalgic dollars. It will be every one save for the original bassist. Bet you can’t wait…

 

Singer to run for president of Haiti. Hip hop singer Wyclef Jean has announced his plans to run for president of Haiti. Why not? In the US we have had an actor president, both a weight-lifting and wrestling governor, and a comedian as senator. To quote Kinky Friedman, irreverent country singer and erstwhile gubernatorial candidate in Texas, “How hard of a job can it be?”

Composed Rosanne. Singer Rosanne Cash has written a new memoir titled Composed, and in the book she talks about her famous father and step-mother, her music career, motherhood, her marriages and a lot more. She will be appearing at a free event at Dominican College in San Rafael on the 18th.

 

Life's railway to heaven. Richie Hayward, co-founder of the band Little Feat, a group that maintained a strong cult following throughout the decades, died on the 12th near Vancouver, Canada. He was 64. The drummer had been suffering from liver cancer and died after complications of pneumonia. John Wynn, builder of Wynn mandolins and banjos and the banjo player/band leader along with his wife, Betty, of their family band, SouthWynn, passed away on the 11th from cancer in Springfield, MO. He was 72.

Coming attractions. Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Sausalito Art Festival 9/3-6; 8th Annual Cowgirl Palooza at the El Rio in SF with 77 El Deora, Evangenitals and more 9/4; Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/8-12; The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12; Bill Evans & Megan Lynch at a house concert in Piedmont, CA, 9/10; David Grier at Schoenberg’s Guitars in Tiburon 9/10; Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue at the Marin Country Mart 9/10; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival with the John Reischman Jaybird Trio, Bill Evans & Megan Lynch and more in Lower Lake 9/11; The Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena 9/11-12; Swing Tonic in Petaluma at the Lagunitas Brewery 9/12, Aqus Cafe 9/25; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Slaid Cleaves with Michael O'Connor at North Bay Live 9/22; David Mize at Schoenberg’s Guitars in Tiburon 9/24; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival with Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Devine’s Jugband, Griffin Stoler, Jerry Hannan, and more 9/25-26; Fog Fest in Pacifica 9/25; Pickin’ on Pinot – Bluegrass in the Vineyard in St. Helena with The David Thom Band, Blue & Lonesome, The Knuckle Knockers, The Bluegrass Revolution 9/25; Emmylou Harris at the Napa Valley Opera House 9/27; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3; John Reischman & John Miller at Schoenberg’s Guitars in Tiburon 10/7; Cheryl Wheeler with Jill Sobule at North Bay Live on 11/11 and 11/12; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/8; San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival 2/11-19.

 

Additions

 

Trip on back to a ‘60s dance party with Jesse Kincaid & New Rising Songs with Boudeeka on the 13th at the Sausalito Cruising Club. Go to their site for more info, as the Cruising Club is private and you have to be on a list to attend.

 

West Marin musician Duncan Draper can be seen playing with Miracle Mule at the Marin Country Mart on the 13th at 5:30 p.m., on the 14th at the Apple Box in Petaluma with Blue Ambiance from 6-8 p.m., and on the 15th at the Aqus Café in Petaluma from 1-3:30 p.m. with the Hot Club of Marin.

 

The Fairfax band The Shots will be playing at The Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival between Cloverdale and Boonville on the 14th from 2-6 p.m.

 

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 weekend is titled Happy Birthday, Jake Landers. One time member of the Blue Grass Boys and mainstay of the Dixie Gentlemen, Jake is best-known for his bluegrass compositions. 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.

 

You can see Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands playing on the 14th at Los Cenzontles Center in Richmond and then at the Gravenstein Apple Fair on the 15th.

 

At the Outside Lands Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park on the 14th and 15th experience Further, The Levon Helm Band, Al Green, Kings of Leon, and dozens more acts that we are not familiar with.

 

Point Reyes Station multi-talented musician Tim Weed and friends will perform an evening of eclectic music including jazz, classical, bluegrass and World music on the 17th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

 

The Craig Caffall Band (CCB) with be playing at the Presidio Yacht Club on the 27th starting at 8:30 p.m. And they still play semi-weekly at Miss Pearl's Jam House at Jack London Square in Oakland at 8 p.m. with no cover.

 

Reminders

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See Kith & Kin on the 13th, Under the Radar on the 20th, Keystone Station on the 21st, Greenhouse on the 22nd, High Country on the 28th, and lots more good stuff.

 

Sonoma County’s Adam Traum will be at Max’s Café in Corte Madera on the 13th, at the Rickhouse Bar in SF with the Traumatics on the 14th, at the Cur-Ville Dog Days Festival in Kenwood on the 21st, at Murphy’s After Farmer’s Market Party with the Traumatics on the 24th, at the Aqus Café in Petaluma on the 27th, and on the 28th at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-3 p.m. playing solo acoustic.

 

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Bolado Park south of Hollister on the 13th-15th has Nell Robinson & Red Level, The David Thom Band, Barefoot Nellies, Savannah Blue, Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup, Highway One, Sidesaddle & Co., Houston Jones, California Borderline, Pearly Blue and many more California artists.

 

The Lost Cats members Jim Passard and Marc Babin will be at Bacheeso’s in Berkeley on the 13th and 20th, the full band will play at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on the 15th from 3-6 p.m., and then three of the Cats will be at The New Zealander in Alameda on the 26th.

 

The Mendocino Stories and Music Series on the 13th at 7:30 p.m. presents original and standard jazz tunes by Lynn Kiesewetter and The Mendonesians. Lynn will be bidding a bon voyage to son Bing, a jazz drummer, who is on his way to New York City. The five-piece band with keyboards, drums, bass, trumpet and sax will play at the Mendocino Hotel on Main Street. On the 14th the series will present the Swing Band Express featuring Jerry Olsen playing ‘40s and ‘50s rock and swing at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill House of Mendocino on Palette Drive. See The Lavender Grace Band at the Mendocino Hotel on the 20th at 7:30 p.m. This neo-folk ensemble plays an acoustic blend of Americana, soul, World and pop music. And on the 21st the Mendocino writers group The Usual Suspects will be at the Mendocino Hotel. There will be music with singer/songwriter Marcus McCallen opening the show at 7 p.m., and readings of original work start at 7:30.

 

Hopkin & Winge hit the Sebastopol hot spots. They'll be at the Pine Cone Cafe on the 13th from 7-9 p.m., and at the French Garden on the 25th from 7-10 p.m. For a preview, check out their new MySpace page at the link above.

 

Film festival in Sausalito? Who knew? Not in the town itself, but the 2nd Annual Sausalito Film Festival will take place at Cavallo Point in Fort Baker on the 13th-15th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music on the 13th at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa, at the Gravenstein Apple Fair on the 14th, and on the 21st at Smiley's Schooner Saloon.

 

The Shanghai Cowboys (David T. Carter and Rick Miller) on the 13th will be at Legends in Santa Rosa from 6-9 p.m. Coming up in October will be six-state tour of the northwest by David T. Carter and Company, featuring Brad Leach on drums, Ken Braziel on bass, Rick Miller and David on guitars.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing and Local Music Vibe present three hours of family-friendly, live music every Friday through September 10th. Each free show, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is outside on the grounds. Shoppers and diners, as well as ferry riders, are encouraged listen to the music in a relaxing, social atmosphere at the start of each weekend. See Miracle Mule on the 13th, Moonlight Rodeo with Rule 5 on the 20th, and the Sage and Kawili Hawaiian Dancers on the 27th. The Mart used to be called Larkspur Landing.

 

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

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 13th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 14th, Ken Husbands & Suzannah Smith on the 20th, Nigel Healy on the 21st, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 27th, and Eugene Huggins on the 28th.

 

Sebastopol’s Doug Blumer on the 13th and 14th will play with his Doug Blumer Trio at The French Garden in Sebastopol from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. He’ll be with Savannah Blue on the 13th Blue at the Good Old Fashioned Festival, on the 24th he’ll be back at Vasco, on the 26th at Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz, on the 27th with Trio Max in Half Moon Bay, on the 28th with Andy Turpin and Rick Carlsen for the Schooner Regatta at SF Yacht Club in Belvedere, on the 29th Savannah Blue plays The Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach, and on the 30th the Hot Club of Marin of does their Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, and Mort Sahl on the 14th, Hapa on the 21st, a production of “Into the Woods” on the 27th-29th, and more.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. See Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue pickin’ some bluegrass there on the 14th from 3-6 p.m. No cover, children are welcome.

 

In the Woods at the Masonic in Mill Valley has an open mic every Monday, Miles Schon Band B'day Bash with Honey Dust on the 14th, Chrome Johnson on the 20th, and The Fumes with Arann Harris & The Farm Band on the 21st.

 

Good things are happening Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, Tuesdays are now new-to-Peri’s nights, and every Wednesday for $10 per participant there are professional swing dance lessons from 7:30-9 p.m. See Culann's Hounds on the 14th, Andre's eclectic showcase on the 15th, Otis Scarecroe with Tommy Odetto on the 20th from 5-8 p.m., Rusty Evans later on the 20th, Eddie Neon on the 21st, Sage on the 27th, Aram Danesh and Austin deLone in 4AD on the 26th, and Songwriters' Sunday on the 29th.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Robben Ford on the 14th, The Mother Truckers plus Chrome Johnson on the 15th, and The BoDeans plus Dan Navarro on the 17th.

 

Drew Pearce is presenting two shows of songwriters this month. See Amaré Silva, Michael Bloch and Misisipi Mike on the 14th at the Bazaar Café in SF starting at 7 p.m., and on the 22nd it will be Allie Moss and Lauren Zettler at a house concert in Sausalito.

 

At the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol on the 14th-15th you can see The Brothers Comatose, Twang Ditty, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, The Wild Catahoulas, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and more.

 

The annual Saw Players Festival will be buzzing in Felton on the 14th and 15th. Some of the best saw players from all over the world go each year to compete in the annual “Saw-Off Contest” for the fun and glory of being chosen and being recognized as the year’s best saw players. It’s an interesting and fun event suitable for the whole family, and it’s free.

 

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

 

The Napa Valley Opera House presents Tony n' Tina's Wedding on the 17th-29th.

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 17th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. No cover

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights from 8-10:30 p.m. 

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. Usually no cover, and great beer, food and music. See the Snakebite Trio on the 18th and Dgiin on the 25th.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents Cyndi Lauper on the 18th and They Might Be Giants on the 21st.

 

Some shows of note at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley are Joy Kills Sorrow on the 18th, three guitarists on the 19th (see below), the West Coast Jug Band Jubilee on the 21st, and the 22nd Annual Fiddle Summit on the 26th.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes will play at the Wild Fox in Novato on the 19th and at Cafe Royale in SF on the 26th.

 

Bending the Rails. Three acoustic guitar innovators – Alex de GrassiBob Brozman, and Walter Strauss – will cross tracks and explore new terrain for contemporary acoustic guitar at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on the 19th at 8 p.m. 

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget’s alt-country/roots-rock band Moonlight Rodeo headlines the Friday night music series at Marin Country Mart on the 20th, and his jazz quintet Namely Us appears on the 22nd at the Sleeping Lady Café.

 

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

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Sonoma County guitarist Kevin Russell and Under the Radar cohort Mike Capella will play at Cafe Azul in Petaluma as a duo on the 19th from 7-9 p.m. And on the 20th Under the Radar plays newgrass, swing & blues at Murphy's in Sonoma beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Lauralee Brown will host Rancho Nicasio's Singer Songwriter Series on the 19th starting at 7 p.m. This month’s participants include The Windshield Cowboys, Jezebel, Roscoe Born, Mike Lipskin and more. This is a free show in the bar. She will also be singing jazz & beyond on the 27th at Saylor's Restaurant & Bar in Sausalito from 7-10 p.m.

 

If you are up for a road trip, the Beavergrass bluegrass festival in Corvallis, OR, on the 20th and 21st will have, among others, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Tony Furtado, and Joy Kills Sorrow.

 

Be one of the many folks headed for the Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 20th-22nd.

 

North Bay singer Moss Henry will be performing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 20th from 7-10 p.m. No cover.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the 21st has the Mystic Roots Band. They are LA Music Award winners for best Reggae/Pop album, have toured as reggae legend Pato Banton's official band for two and a half years, and have starred in their own reality TV show on The Learning Channel. Partial proceeds benefit the SGVCC.

 

Three At Last has a busy August. They are on the bill at the 21st at The CurVille Dog Days Festival in Kenwood. The 27th finds them at the Barley & Hops Tavern in Occidental, the 28th at The Blue Heron in Duncans Mills, and on the 29th at the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 21st will be sponsoring a benefit concert for Marin Services for Women, one of the key resources for treatment of substance abuse in women in Marin County. The first set will feature Rebecca Folsom, who, with Celeste Krenz, is one-half of the Rhythm Angels. Hailing from Boulder, CO, she had a very successful solo career and toured with her own band. On some of the songs she will be joined by her new friends Kyle Alden, Bruce Victor, and maybe John Caulfield. The second set will feature the Bay Area Celtic band The Gas Men. Those interested in attending who may not yet be on the Vortex mailing list should email Bruce Victor at bruce@acousticvortex.com.

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden, besides playing on the 21st at the aforementioned Vortex with The Gas Men, will also be hosting Troubadour Night on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax featuring singer/songwriters Amy Wigton, Peter Axell and himself.

 

Michael Stadler and Richard Brandenburg in Santa Clara. It will be an evening of roots, folk, country and old-time on the 21st at 8 p.m. at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company. Michael Stadler is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, performing a broad mix of country, folk, bluegrass, swing and old-time. Richard Brandenburg is a Bay Area singer and songwriter whose thoughtful, well-crafted songs reflect his love for the classic country music of the early to mid-twentieth century. He will open for Michael and probably sing and play a few duos with him.

 

The Cotati Accordion Festival takes place on the 21st and 22nd, so be aware if you happen to find yourself in the town…

 

Murphy Productions is now producing shows at The Palm Ballroom, a new venue for live music and dance. It is located in central San Rafael right off 101 adjacent to the Seafood Peddler. See Hot Buttered Rum on the 21st, The Itals on the 26th, and Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck on the 27th.

 

Maurice Tani, Jenn Courtney & 77 El Deora bring their "Hell Yeah! Turn it Down!" acoustic set to the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco on the 21st. Joining them will be Bay Area favorites Misisipi Rider.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 21st. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play.

 

The Cur-ville Dog Days Festival in Kenwood on the 21st will feature Johnny Harper, Solid Air, Three at Last, Adam Traum, Dale Henry Geist, Larry Potts, Lindalou & Michael, and The Bodie Travelers.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 22nd and Asleep at the Wheel on the 28th and 29th. The Cowlicks will open on the 29th.

 

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 Doug Adamz Trio will be at The Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station on the 22nd from 5-8 p.m. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and bass alert is in effect. Doug will also perform solo after the potluck at 6 p.m. at the Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series on the 28th in Windsor. For information and reservations, contact Scott Nevins scottn@sonic.net.

 

The Ruminators can be seen performing at Aubergine in Sebastopol on the 26th from 8-11 p.m.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa has Melissa Etheridge on the 27th.

 

The 16th Annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival goes from 28th-29th, and some of the acts to see there are Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Jules Broussard, Three At Last, Incendio, Greenhouse and Gator Beat.

 

Lindalou and Michael, besides playing at Curr-Ville, can also be found playing the Windsor Farmer's Market at the Windsor Town Green on the 29th.

 

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

 

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

 

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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August 4, 2010

 

Welcome to the 116th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Once again the staff here at Carltone World Headquarters is behind schedule. Who has time for music when the national media keeps going “Gaga” over Lyndsay Lohan being in the slammer, Chelsea Clinton getting married, Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin not getting married (again), the TV game show American Idol being in a state of disarray, Terrell Owens joining the Cincinnati Bengals, and the annual betting on whether or not quarterback Brett (how the heck is it pronounced “Farve”?) Favre retires or not? You do, of course! Leave the rest of this other BS to the great unwashed masses, and get out and see some bluegrass, old-time, country or other fine acoustic music.

 

Mill Valley at 40. The song “Mill Valley” by Rita Abrams is celebrating its 40-year anniversary, and Rita and two of the once-young singers were interviewed earlier today on the 4th by Michael Krasny on KQED-FM (88.5) in the SF Bay Area. If you missed the show you can listen here to an archived edition. Rita was recently featured in the Pacific Sun, and this Sunday the 8th there should be a story about her in the Pink Section of the SF Chronicle.

 

Webb on the web. There is an interview on National Public Radio as well as real nice stories in the NY Times and on the CMT site about singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, who has won multiple Grammys for songs such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Galveston,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” and “Wichita Lineman.” Webb has a new recording out titled Just Across the River, and some of these songs are on the disc, featuring guest artists such as Jerry Douglas, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Mark Koehler, Glenn Campbell and Billy Joel. Not a bad cast of singers to have on your project!

 

Home sweet home. If you are in the market to buy or sell a house in Marin County, consider contacting real estate broker and bluegrass singer Claudia Hampe for the best personalized service around. She has been selling houses in Marin for over 30 years and when she is not working the day job she can be found singing in the duo Keystone Crossing and in the band Keystone Station.

 

New Nunally DVD. East Bay bluegrass guitarist Jim Nunally has a new instructional DVD out titled The Art of Rhythm Guitar - Volume #2 - Walks and Runs. It is a follow-up companion to his previous Strums DVD. You can order it right now from PayPal or through Jim's website.

 

Take the Stage. The next Take the Stage session will start in late August so applications and deposits will need to be in by August 15th. It is an eight-session class which includes a sound class and a “graduation” performance that will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 31st. The cost is $350, and applications and info can be found at the link above. The hosts also hope to put together another Peninsula/South Bay band that will practice there down south but come to the Freight for the welcome jam, sound class and show. In addition to newcomers there is a special track for already-existing bands that want to take their music to the next level with the help of folks like Kathy Kallick. Bands will get their own special evening show at the Freight in early November. People interested in this should send an email to hilary@nellrobinsonmusic.com.

Composed Rosanne. Singer Rosanne Cash has written a new memoir titled Composed, and in the book she talks about her famous father and step-mother, her music career, motherhood, her marriages and a lot more. She will be appearing at a free event at Dominican College in San Rafael on the 18th.

 

The new movie Get Low, with Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, opens this week, and it has a great soundtrack with Alison Krauss, the SteelDrivers, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and more. Can’t wait!

 

Giant Dead fans. Take me out to the ballgame! On the 9th it will be Jerry Garcia Day at Pacbell (or whatever corporate monolith the place is now named for) Park when the SF Giants play the Chicago Cubs on the 15th anniversary of the passing of the former guitarist for the Grateful Dead and banjo player for Old and In the Way. Bob Weir will sing the National Anthem and Mickey Hart will lead a kazoo ensemble on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Some of the proceeds will be benefit the Rex Foundation. Will the Giants be wearing tie-dye uniforms?

 

Band vs. promoter. This is a great Youtube cartoon for anyone that has ever played in a band and has had to deal with a promoter or club owner. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so true to life...

 

The duo Misner & Smith is on the road again for six weeks promoting their new album Live at the Freight & Salvage. They will be in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and all the way up the California coast. They'll be back in the Bay Area after Labor Day. Hope you caught them in the recent production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.

Vampire photo. We have no doubt that most Carltone readers own a copy of Vampire Weekend’s album titled Contra. What, you never heard of the band? Uh, well, neither did we, but the album supposedly debuted at number one on Billboard back in January. On the cover is a photo of a young former model named Ann Kirsten Kennis, and she claims that the photo was used without her permission, so she is suing the band and the photographer who says he took her photo in 1983. The upshot from this tempest in a teapot? The band gets free publicity, and the retired model is now back in the news...

 

Fishwrap roundup. The late Marin County bass player Segovia Bader was written about in the Marin IJ, the SF Chronicle had stories about Elvin Bishop and Dusty Baker, bassist Ruth Davies, the ukulele, the West Coast Country Music Festival, and carpet cleaning drummer Larry Lynch, and Texas bad boy Kinky Friedman was seen in the SF Examiner.

 

Life's railway to heaven. San Jose singer/songwriter/performer Chuck McCabe passed away on July 23rd from pancreatic cancer. He was 65. Ben Keith, longtime guitar, piano, sax and pedal steel player with Neil Young, died recently of unknown causes. He was 73. Willem Breuker, the Dutch jazz composer and band leader, died on July 23rd in Amsterdam. He was 65. Bobby Hebb, songwriter and singer of the hit song “Sunny” back in the ‘60s, died on the 3rd in Nashville. He was 72. He performed with Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys in the 1950s, and was one of the only African-American performers to appear regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Mitch Miller, former orchestra leader, record executive, and conductor on his Sing Along With Mitch TV show from the early 1960s, died in New York on July 31st. He was 99. Mitch Jayne, longtime member and story-teller for the band The Dillards, passed away from cancer on August 2nd. He was 80. We can only hope that Mitch Greenhill, president of Folklore Productions, and Mitch Third, site manager for the Strawberry Music Festivals, are in good health...

 

Coming attractions. Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Sausalito Art Festival 9/3-6; David Grier at Schoenberg’s Guitars in Tiburon 9/10; Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue at the Marin Country Mart 9/10; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Swing Tonic in Petaluma at the Lagunitas Brewery 9/12, Aqus Cafe 9/25; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Slaid Cleaves with Michael O'Connor at North Bay Live 9/22; David Mize at Schoenberg’s Guitars in Tiburon 9/24; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3; Cheryl Wheeler with Jill Sobule at North Bay Live on 11/11 and 11/12; Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry at the Petaluma Arts Center 1/8/11.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

The Sonoma County Fair started last month and it runs through August 8th. Music, rides, food, destruction derby, etc., can all be found there. You can see a Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, The Rhythm Rangers, and lots more.

 

The 3rd Annual Bluegrass Campout in Isleton started on the 2nd and runs through the 8th, so most folks are either there or en route. Let the pickin’ begin!

 

Wonderful East Bay singer/songwriter Caren Armstrong will be hosting her annual birthday show at Strings in Emeryville on the 4th. She will be playing all news songs in the first set so arrive early to get a good seat, and she will be joined by Joshua Zucker on bass, John Haley-Walker on harmonies and other special guests.  

 

The West Coast Songwriters North Bay Competition Playoffs will be happening at The Mystic in Petaluma with host Jan White on the 4th starting at 7 p.m. The cost is only $10 and all of the money goes to WCS. The judges will be Bill Cutler, Andre Pessis and Bonnie Hayes, and they will choose the Song of the Year.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

Jammin’ in SF. The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF on the 4th, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

 

West Marin guitarist Elvin Bishop is playing at Biscuits & Blues in SF on the 4th. He has a new CD out titled Red Dog Speaks.

 

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

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center has some hot shows this month. On the 4th see Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, a refreshing mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and show-stopping burlesque. On the 6th it will be Napoleon Dynamite Film Night in the park (bring a low beach chair or blanket). And on the 21st see the Mystic Roots Band. They are LA Music Award winners for best Reggae/Pop album, have toured as reggae legend Pato Banton's official band for two and a half years, and have starred in their own reality TV show on The Learning Channel. Partial proceeds benefit the SGVCC.

 

Getting Kinky. Irreverent Texas country singer and novelist Kinky Friedman and his band are touring the West Coast for the first time in 20 years, so see them while you can, because you never know if and when they will come this way again. They will be playing on the 4th at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, on the 5th at the North Bay Live show at Studio E in Sebastopol, and on the 6th at the Palms in Winters. Yeehah!

 

Good things are happening Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Billy D of The Billy Boys, Tuesdays are now new-to-Peri’s nights, 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, Otis Scarecroe with Tommy Odetto on the 6th (and 20th) from 5-8 p.m., The Royal Deuces on the 6th, Eldon Brown on the 7th, Sexy Sunday the 8th, Vintage City on the 12th, Culann's Hounds on the 14th, Andre's eclectic showcase on the 15th, Rusty Evans on the 20th, Eddie Neon on the 21st, Sage on the 27th, Aram Danesh and Austin deLone in 4AD on the 26th, and Songwriters' Sunday on the 29th.

 

Music is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. Usually no cover, and great beer, food and music. See the 5th Annual Jerry Garcia Tribute show on the 4th with Barry Sless, Vince Herman and other special friends ($5 cover), Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 11th, Snakebite Trio on the 18th, and Dgiin on the 25th.

 

Mill Valley percussionist Ian Dogle has a new group with Bill Douglas and Mimi Fox called Sympatrio, and they will be having their debut concert on the 5th at the 142 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley. Drawing upon an extensive, worldly palette of musical genres and instruments, Sympátrio performs music that spans the musical gamut from Wayne Shorter to Chinese folk music to original compositions and thrilling free improvisations.

 

Swinging in SF. The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 5th you can enjoy Western swing with The Saddlecats.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. There is comedy every Tuesday, the above noted Sympatrio on the 5th, Mort Sahl on the 14th, Hapa on the 21st, a production of “Into the Woods” on the 27th-29th, and more.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

The Shanghai Cowboys (David T. Carter and Rick Miller) on the 5th will begin an ongoing once a month happy hour stint at Aubergines Vintage Emporium in Sebastopol from 4-6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Coming up in October will be six-state tour of the northwest by David T. Carter and Company, featuring Brad Leach on drums, Ken Braziel on bass, Rick Miller and David on guitars.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa presents The Lonely Boys on the 5th, the B-52s on the 9th, Ron White on the 12th, Cyndi Lauper on the 18th, and They Might Be Giants on the 21st.

 

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 5th, the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 6th, Andrew Freeman on the 7th, Kith & Kin on the 13th, Under the Radar on the 20th, Keystone Station on the 21st, Greenhouse on the 22nd, High Country on the 28th, and lots more good stuff.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Jammin' in Marin. The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. The next ones will be on the 5th and 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.

 

Sonoma County guitarist Kevin Russell has some gigs this month. On the 5th his band The Rhythm Rangers will be playing Western swing & alt-country at the Sonoma County Fair from 1-4:30 p.m. The music is free with regular fair admission. Kevin and Radar cohort Mike Capella will play at Cafe Azul in Petaluma as a duo on the 19th from 7-9 p.m. And on the 20th Under the Radar plays newgrass, swing & blues at Murphy's in Sonoma beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Lots of women are appearing this month at The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. See Blondie on the 5th, Mary Chapin Carpenter on the 6th, Natalie Merchant on the 10th, and Melissa Etheridge on the 27th.

 

Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue have three gigs of import coming up. See them at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on the 6th from 1-4:30 p.m., at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax on the 11th from 8-10 p.m., and at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma on the 14th from 3-6 p.m.

 

At the Napa Valley Opera House you could see Jim Messina on the 6th and Tony n' Tina's Wedding on the 17th-29th.

 

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

 

Saylor’s in Sausalito has live music in the restaurant from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 7-10 on most Saturdays. See Antar Blue Band on the 6th, Dale Polissar & Bart Hopkin on the 7th, Connie Ducey & Judy Hall on the 13th, Alex Markels & Tina Marzell on the 14th, Ken Husbands & Suzannah Smith on the 20th, Nigel Healy on the 21st, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 27th, and Eugene Huggins on the 28th.

 

In the Woods at the Masonic in Mill Valley has an open mic every Monday, the Beautiful Losers on the 6th, Mark Growden featuring Enzo Garcia and Brindl on the 7th, Kenge Kenge: Kenya's Luo Musical Roots on the 8th, Miles Schon Band B'day Bash with Honey Dust on the 14th, Chrome Johnson on the 20th, and The Fumes with Arann Harris & The Farm Band on the 21st.

 

Lauralee Brown will sing jazz & beyond on the 6th at The Pleasure is Mine at The Harbor Point Racquet Club in Strawberry (Mill Valley) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and again on the 27th at Saylor's Restaurant & Bar in Sausalito from 7-10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended for both venues. In between Lauralee will host Rancho Nicasio's Singer Songwriter Series on the 19th starting at 7 p.m. This month’s participants include The Windshield Cowboys, Jezebel, Roscoe Born, Mike Lipskin and more. This is a free show in the bar.

 

Sebastopol’s Doug Blumer has a mix of shows this month. On the 6th the Doug Blumer Duo will be at Max's Café in Corte Madera (60 Madera Blvd.) from 8-10:30 p.m., on the 11th Doug and a big cast of Bay Area All-Stars will play Buck Owens' Birthday Bash at the Elbo Room in SF, and on the 13th and 14th the Doug Blumer Trio will play at The French Garden in Sebastopol from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

The Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing and Local Music Vibe present three hours of family-friendly, live music every Friday through September 10th. Each free show, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is outside on the grounds. Shoppers and diners, as well as ferry riders, are encouraged listen to the music in a relaxing, social atmosphere at the start of each weekend. See The Courtney Janes and Savannah Blue on the 6th, Miracle Mule on the 13th, and Moonlight Rodeo with Rule 5 on the 20th. The Mart used to be called Larkspur Landing.

 

Mill Valley gitpicker Dore Coller is busy as usual. On the 6th he’ll be with Savannah Blue at the Marin Country Mart, on the 13th Blue will play the Good Old Fashioned Festival, on the 24th he’ll be back at Vasco, on the 26th at Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz, on the 27th with Trio Max in Half Moon Bay, on the 28th with Andy Turpin and Rick Carlsen for the Schooner Regatta at SF Yacht Club in Belvedere, on the 29th Savannah Blue plays The Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach, and on the 30th the Hot Club of Marin of does their Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.

 

Bluegrass invitational in Berkeley. Everyone is invited to the First Friday Invitational Bluegrass Jam on the 6th at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant in Berkeley. The house band will be pickin' and grinnin' from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The band for this date will be Bruce Campbell on bass, Craig Fletcher on banjo, Dan Large on mandolin, Josh Jakus on fiddle, and Larry Goldfield on guitar.

 

The Dead on the Creek Festival in Willits on the 6th-9th will have Deadwood Revival, Poor Man's Whiskey, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Wake The Dead, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Moonalice and more.

 

The Marin duo known as The Courtney Janes, while at the above mentioned Marin Country Mart on the 6th, will also play at the Wild Fox in Novato on the 19th and at Cafe Royale in SF on the 26th.

 

Three At Last has a busy August. They will be at Orchard Valley Coffee in Campbell on the 7th. On the 8th, they will be playing live on KPIG radio from 10 a.m.-noon, and later that night they will be at The Asana Tea House in Santa Cruz. They are on the bill at the 21st at The CurVille Dog Days Festival in Kenwood. The 27th finds them at the Barley & Hops Tavern in Occidental, the 28th at The Blue Heron in Duncans Mills, and on the 29th at the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF every Saturday evening from 6:30-8 p.m.You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on BluegrassCountry.org.

 

The North Bay band The Mild Colonial Boys will be playing at the San Gregorio General Store on the 7th at 2:30 p.m. The MCBs are John Caulfield, Kyle Alden, and Rory McNamara. The usual rules apply.

 

The Acoustic Vortex house concert series in Larkspur on the 7th will feature Sonoma County performer Teresa Tudury, and on the 21st they will be sponsoring a benefit concert for Marin Services for Women, one of the key resources for treatment of substance abuse in women in Marin County. The first set will feature Rebecca Folsom, who, with Celeste Krenz, is one-half of the Rhythm Angels. Hailing from Boulder, CO, she had a very successful solo career and toured with her own band. On some of the songs she will be joined by her new friends Kyle Alden, Bruce Victor, and maybe John Caulfield. The second set will feature the Bay Area Celtic band The Gas Men. Those interested in attending who may not yet be on the Vortex mailing list should email Bruce Victor at bruce@acousticvortex.com.

 

After a music-filled three-week trip to Ireland in July with shows in County Mayo, County Galway and Dublin, San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden is back in California with some exciting shows coming up this month. In addition to the San Gregorio General Store on the 7th (11 a.m. solo, and 3 p.m. with the Mild Colonial Boys), he’s playing on the 10th at Club Waziema in SF as part of CitySessions 7-Year Anniversary Show, and he’ll be hosting Troubadour Night on the 26th at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax featuring singer/songwriters Amy Wigton, Peter Axell and himself. On the 21st he’ll be at the aforementioned Vortex with The Gas Men.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget is strumming through the summer. His jazz quintet Namely Us appears twice this month, first at the Two Bird Café on the 7th, then later on the 22nd at the Sleeping Lady Café. Then his alt-country/roots-rock band Moonlight Rodeo headlines on the 20th at the Friday night music series at Marin Country Mart.

 

Some shows of note at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley are the Bay Area bluegrass band 49 Special’s CD release show on the 7th, Joy Kills Sorrow on the 18th, three guitarists on the 19th (see below), the West Coast Jug Band Jubilee on the 21st, and the 22nd Annual Fiddle Summit on the 26th.

 

Sebastopol Benefit. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is having a benefit on the 7th to generate some money for much needed repairs. Acts that will play include The Haute Flash Quartet, Michael Capella, Hugh Harris & Bobby Lee, Doug Jayne & Kevin Russell, Cori Wood & Friends, and Old Jawbone. Tickets are $10- $100, and they are available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa or by contacting Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

 

Young South Bay musician Francesca Nagle (formerly “Frankie”) will be having her CD release party at Senzala Restaurant in Sunnyvale on the 7th.

 

The Marin band Lansdale Station headlines the Julliard Summer Concert Music in the Park Series in Santa Rosa on the 8th at 5 p.m.

 

Paul Knight & Friends will be playing on the 8th at the Station House in Pt. Reyes Station starting at 5 p.m. The friends this week will be Butch Waller on mandolin, Steve Pottier on guitar, and Bruce Johnson on fiddle. No cover.

 

The Lost Cats members Jim Passard and Marc Babin will be at C'era Una Volta in Alameda on the 8th, at Bacheeso’s in Berkeley on the 13th and 20th, the full band will play at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on the 15th from 3-6 p.m., and then three of the Cats will be at The New Zealander in Alameda on the 26th.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights from 8-10:30 p.m. 

 

Sonoma County’s Adam Traum will be at the Finger-style Guitar Showcase at the Sleeping Lady on the 11th, at Max’s Café in Corte Madera on the 13th, at the Cur-Ville Dog Days Festival in Kenwood on the 21st, at Murphy’s After Farmer’s Market Party with the Traumatics on the 24th, at the Aqus Café in Petaluma on the 27th, and on the 28th at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood from 1-3 p.m. playing solo acoustic.

 

Phil Hardgrave & The Continentals play at Peri's in Fairfax on the second Wednesday of every month, with the 11th the next date. The band has Bruce Lacey on upright bass and Brian Fischer on drums, with Phil singing and playing his hot Telecaster. It's mostly rockabilly, with a smattering of country mixed in.

 

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Bolado Park south of Hollister on the 13th-15th has Nell Robinson & Red Level, The David Thom Band, Barefoot Nellies, Savannah Blue, Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup, Highway One, Sidesaddle & Co., Houston Jones, California Borderline, Pearly Blue and many more California artists.

 

The Mendocino Stories and Music Series on the 13th at 7:30 p.m. presents original and standard jazz tunes by Lynn Kiesewetter and The Mendonesians. Lynn will be bidding a bon voyage to son Bing, a jazz drummer, who is on his way to New York City. The five-piece band with keyboards, drums, bass, trumpet and sax will play at the Mendocino Hotel on Main Street. On the 14th the series will present the Swing Band Express featuring Jerry Olsen playing ‘40s and ‘50s rock and swing at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill House of Mendocino on Palette Drive. See The Lavender Grace Band at the Mendocino Hotel on the 20th at 7:30 p.m. This neo-folk ensemble plays an acoustic blend of Americana, soul, World and pop music. And on the 21st the Mendocino writers group The Usual Suspects will be at the Mendocino Hotel. There will be music with singer/songwriter Marcus McCallen opening the show at 7 p.m., and readings of original work start at 7:30.

 

Hopkin & Winge hit the Sebastopol hot spots. They'll be at the Pine Cone Cafe on the 13th from 7-9 p.m., and at the French Garden on the 25th from 7-10 p.m. For a preview, check out their new MySpace page at the link above.

 

Film festival in Sausalito? Who knew? Not in the town itself, but the 2nd Annual Sausalito Film Festival will take place at Cavallo Point in Fort Baker on the 13th-15th.

 

Twang Ditty will be playing country music on the 13th at the Druid Hall in Santa Rosa and at the Gravenstein Apple Fair on the 14th.

 

The Mystic in Petaluma has Robben Ford on the 14th, The Mother Truckers plus Chrome Johnson on the 15th, and The BoDeans plus Dan Navarro on the 17th.

 

Drew Pearce is presenting two shows of songwriters this month. See Amaré Silva, Michael Bloch and Misisipi Mike on the 14th at the Bazaar Café in SF starting at 7 p.m., and on the 22nd it will be Allie Moss and Lauren Zettler at a house concert in Sausalito.

 

At the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol on the 14th-15th you can see The Brothers Comatose, Twang Ditty, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, The Wild Catahoulas, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and more.

 

The annual Saw Players Festival will be buzzing in Felton on the 14th and 15th. Some of the best saw players from all over the world go each year to compete in the annual “Saw-Off Contest” for the fun and glory of being chosen and being recognized as the year’s best saw players. It’s an interesting and fun event suitable for the whole family, and it’s free.

 

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

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase takes place on the 17th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. No cover

 

Bending the Rails. Three acoustic guitar innovators – Alex de GrassiBob Brozman, and Walter Strauss – will cross tracks and explore new terrain for contemporary acoustic guitar at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on the 19th at 8 p.m. 

 

If you are up for a road trip, the Beavergrass bluegrass festival in Corvallis, OR, on the 20th and 21st will have, among others, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Tony Furtado, and Joy Kills Sorrow.

 

Be one of the many folks headed for the Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 20th-22nd.

 

North Bay singer Moss Henry will be performing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 20th from 7-10 p.m. No cover.

 

Michael Stadler and Richard Brandenburg in Santa Clara. It will be an evening of roots, folk, country and old-time on the 21st at 8 p.m. at the Mission City Coffee Roasting Company. Michael Stadler is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, performing a broad mix of country, folk, bluegrass, swing and old-time. Richard Brandenburg is a Bay Area singer and songwriter whose thoughtful, well-crafted songs reflect his love for the classic country music of the early to mid-twentieth century. He will open for Michael and probably sing and play a few duos with him.

 

The Cotati Accordion Festival takes place on the 21st and 22nd, so be aware if you happen to find yourself in the town…

 

Murphy Productions is now producing shows at The Palm Ballroom, a new venue for live music and dance. It is located in central San Rafael right off 101 adjacent to the Seafood Peddler. See Hot Buttered Rum on the 21st, The Itals on the 26th, and Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck on the 27th.

 

Maurice Tani, Jenn Courtney & 77 El Deora bring their "Hell Yeah! Turn it Down!" acoustic set to the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco on the 21st. Joining them will be Bay Area favorites Misisipi Rider.

 

Keystone Station at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 21st. Keystone is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County whose members are all bluegrass veterans. Formed in the winter of 2001 the quintet is one of the premier bands on the Bay Area bluegrass scene. Its members are Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. The band’s repertoire is based on the songs of such notables Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs. With haunting three-part harmonies, and hot instrumental picking on acoustic instruments, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play.

 

The Curr-ville Dog Days Festival in Kenwood on the 21st will feature Johnny Harper, Solid Air, Three at Last, Adam Traum, Dale Henry Geist, Larry Potts, Lindalou & Michael, and The Bodie Travelers.

 

Lindalou and Michael, besides playing at Curr-Ville, can also be found playing the Windsor Farmer's Market at the Windsor Town Green on the 29th.

 

At Rancho Nicasio you can see The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 22nd and Asleep at the Wheel on the 28th and 29th. The Cowlicks will open on the 29th.

 

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 Doug Adamz Trio will be at The Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station on the 22nd from 5-8 p.m. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and bass alert is in effect. Doug will also perform solo after the potluck at 6 p.m. at the Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series on the 28th in Windsor. For information and reservations, contact Scott Nevins scottn@sonic.net.

 

The Ruminators can be seen performing at Aubergine in Sebastopol on the 26th from 8-11 p.m.

 

The 16th Annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival goes from 28th-29th, and some of the acts to see there are Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Jules Broussard, Three At Last, Incendio, Greenhouse and Gator Beat.

 

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

 

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

 

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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July 17 , 2010

 

Summertime blues. Who has time for a case of the summertime blues (unless, of course, you are now-tough-to-find-an-acting-role Mel Gibson) when here we are halfway through the season and there is still so much great music to see/hear? Turn off CNN, FOX and American Idle and get the heck out of the house!

 

The end of the world. The World Cup football/soccer games have mercifully come to an end, so fans everywhere no longer have excuses to be drinking Bloody Marys at 7 a.m. in sports bars while blowing on their vuvuzelas. We can only hope that those annoying horns don’t make their way to baseball and football stadiums here in the US. Speaking of which, how’s this for a frightening new band idea: a vuvuzela, didgeridoo, accordion, saw, banjo and bongos…

 

Summer reading. While the great unwashed masses this summer are reading books about conspiracy theories and vampires, bluegrass and acoustic music fans are standing in line to buy the new book titled Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson by Kent Gustavson. Other music books of note that have been out for a bit are Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright, Man of Constant Sorrow by Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean, and King of Queen City: The Story of King Records by Jon Hartley Fox.

 

Band scramble. According to a report on the Bluegrass Blog, the West Coast bluegrass band Sawmill Road has decided to call it quits.

 

Calling all luthierites. Want to learn how to work on acoustic instruments? Then consider attending the Luthierie Camp with Roger Siminoff in Atascadero from the 18th-23rd. Roger will be building an H5 mandola. It is a week long program in his facilities in Atascadero. Attendees will learn all the processes for building an arched top/back f-hole instrument and will leave with a fully assembled mandola.

 

Harwood podcast. The latest edition of Live From Bay 6 from Harwood Productions features singer/songwriter Kyle Williams, and you can watch it here.

 

Jerry the Giant. On August 9th it will be Jerry Garcia Day at Pacbell (or whatever corporate monolith the place is now named for) Park when the SF Giants play the Chicago Cubs on the 15th anniversary of the passing of the former guitarist for the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir will sing the National Anthem and Mickey Hart will lead a kazoo ensemble on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Some – but not all – of the proceeds will be benefit the Rex Foundation.

 

Speaking of The Dead, there is a new set of recordings available titled Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 3 that commemorates the magical and transformative spring of 1970 – The Dead's early and late shows at the Fillmore East on May 15, 1970.

 

Talkin’ ‘bout Mill Valley. This past week there was a reunion of some of the Strawberry Point School Mill Valley singers in honor of the 40th anniversary of the song “Mill Valley” by Rita Abrams. Look for a story about the event by Joel Selvin in an upcoming Sunday SF Chronicle.

 

A Preservation Hall Jazz venue in SF? This could happen, according to a story in the Chronicle.

 

Back in the pink. Pink Floyd founders Roger Waters and David Gilmour are planning to play together again on stage at least once more. The upcoming appearance stems from the 2009 edition of the Hoping Foundation Benefit, which raises funds for young Palestinian refugees. The two, according to reports, have not been in close contact over the years…

 

Take the Stage. The next Take the Stage session will start in late August so applications and deposits will need to be in by August 15th. It is an eight-session class which includes a sound class and a “graduation” performance that will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 31st. The cost is $350, and applications and info can be found at the link above. The hosts also hope to put together another Peninsula/South Bay band that will practice there down south but come to the Freight for the welcome jam, sound class and show. In addition to newcomers there is a special track for already-existing bands that want to take their music to the next level with the help of folks like Kathy Kallick. Bands will get their own special evening show at the Freight in early November. People interested in this should send an email to hilary@nellrobinsonmusic.com.

 

Listen here on National Public Radio to an interview with rockabilly guitarist Bill Kirchen.

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo and Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre. In the Marin IJ there were stories about artist Mia Brown, the bands Tin Hat and Purvis & The Stray Dogs, The Other Café 30th Reunion Show, and Sausalito guitar maker Dan Jones. LA bluegrass singer/songwriter Susie Glaze is featured on page 16 in the recent edition of The Sounding Board, CF Martin’s monthly newsletter.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Legendary country singer/songwriter Hank Cochran, who wrote such classics as "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "Make the World Go Away," "A Little Bitty Tear," "The Chair," "Don't Touch Me," and "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurtin' Me," passed away in Nashville on the 15th at age 74. Gospel singer and pastor Walter Hawkins died in Ripon, CA, on July 11th, from cancer. He was 61. He first rose to prominence in 1969 while singing in his brother's group, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, who had a hit with the song "Oh Happy Day." Stanley Williams, founding artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in SF, died on July 2nd in SF. He was 60.

 

Coming attractions. Dead on the Creek in Willits 8/6-9; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Outside Lands Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park 8/14-15; Saw Players Festival in Felton 8/14-15; Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol 8/14-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Cotati Accordion Festival 8/21-22; Hot Buttered Rum 8/21, Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck 8/27 at Murphy Productions in San Rafael; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention 9/8-12; The Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival in San Martin 9/10-12; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3; River City Bluegrass Festival in Portland, OR, 1/7-9.

 

Additions

 

The California World Fest in Grass Valley began on the 15th and runs through the 18th. Same site as the CBA’s bluegrass fest, but worlds apart musically…

The Boulder Creek Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival started on the 16th and runs through the 18th, and some of the acts you can see there are Faux Renwah, Rainy Escobar, Page Brownton's Sidetrack, Regina Bartlett, Upcreek Drifters, Still Searchin', Heathen Hill, and Old Soles.

 

The Fabulosa Fest at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma continues through the 18th will feature lots of women singer/songwriters. Go to the site for info. There are music workshops, crafts, swimming, good food, healing practitioners and more.

 

The Doug Blumer Trio can be seen playing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 17th from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and then on the 21st they will be at Strings in Emeryville at 8 p.m.

 

Turn your radio on. Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 19th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Walking the Blues Part 2 (of 3). Hear bluegrass songs about perambulating, with music from, among others, Bill Monroe, the Bray Brothers, Charles Sawtelle, Doyle Lawson, The Grascals, Hot Rize, James Reams, Lynn Morris Band, Ronnie & Rob McCoury, Shannon Grayson & His Golden Valley Boys, Special Consensus, and Tim Graves. 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.

 

Missed Paul McCartney last weekend? Well then, the next best thing is the Beatle Tribute Night in the Union Room at Biscuits and Blues in SF on the 17th. Hosted by Jim Bruno and starting at 8:30, numerous Bay Area singers will be sharing the stage with the host.

 

Some of the bands to see at the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna on the 17th and 18th are the Anderson Family, Donna Hughes, Bound to Ride, Shades of Blue, California Borderline, Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band and G2.

 

The Humboldt Folklife Festival in Arcata runs from the 17th-24th, and on the 18th you can see Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum playing a show. Go to the site for more info.

 

Allen Lam and Project #7 will be appearing at Borders in Alameda on the 17th at 6 p.m., playing an eclectic blend of music for your listening pleasure. The show is free, all ages are welcome.

 

If you are in Monte Rio on the 18th swing by the Village Inn on River Boulevard and you'll find Dave Hardy playing guitar on the deck for brunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

The 5th Annual Far West Fest happens on the 17th at Love Field in Point Reyes. Two stages with The Pimps of Joytime, Monophonics, Sister Carol, El Radio Fantastique, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Dgiin, Bo Bo Tempo, Brindl, Coastal Dave One Man Band -Sanctified Cigar Box, and more. The will be local oysters and plenty of quality local food, The Beer Garden, Far Afield Large Sculpture Exhibit, arts and crafts, a kids’ zone and much more. It all benefits worthy causes: Community Radio- KWMR, Area Preschools, Love Field Community Commons, and Home Base Youth Programs.

 

Fairfax singer/songwriter Jo D’Anna and East Bay songwriter Julie Larson will play at the Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco on the 17th from 7-9 p.m.

 

Hot time in the Woods. And no, we’re not talking about swinging golfer Tiger Woods, we’re talking about In The Woods Productions, the relatively new venue in Mill Valley at the Masonic Hall. Some shows you can see there this month are Norton's Knockouts on the 17th, Michael LaMacchia, Jeconte and Cheap Therapy on the 24th, and Ronnie Montrose Trio Unplugged on the 31st. The Woods also has an open mic on Mondays that is hosted by Austin deLone. Call (415) 389-6637 at 3:30 p.m. that day to sign up for a slot later that evening.

 

The Big Time Festival on the 17th revives the culture and traditions of the Coast Miwok at Kule Loklo, a replica of a Miwok village at Point Reyes National Seashore. The fest is a re-creation of a traditional Native American trade festival from those times, featuring demonstrations of basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making and other activities from an economy based on gathering, fishing and hunting.

 

Dana and Emily Rath will be sharing the bill with amazing west Marin banjo player Tim Weed at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 20th starting at 9 p.m.

 

The Marin Country Mart (known to everyone in the county as Larkspur Landing) has free concerts on Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. See D'bunchovus on the 23rd and The Courtney Janes on the 31st.

 

Murphy Productions is presenting the Tommy Castro Band on the 23rd at The Palm Ballroom in San Rafael. Castro is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals, soaring guitar work and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show. The band is Castro on guitar, Keith Crossman on sax, Ronnie Smith on drums, Scot Sutherland on bass, and Tom Poole on trumpet.

 

Wild time in Fremont. The trio version of the Marin bluegrass band Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be playing at the amphitheatre at The Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series in Fremont on the 25th starting at 1 p.m. along with Michael McNevin and Ron Thompson. This is a free show, and WB will go on first. The band – as noted in the previous newsletter – will also play at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 24th.

 

The 18th Annual Catalan Festival will be taking place on the 24th and 25th at the Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma County featuring the melodies of classical guitar, rhythms of flamenco dance, aromas of saffron and spice, and world-class wine.

 

Reminders

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See The Perfect Crime on the 17th, The David Thom Band on the 23rd, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 24th, Blue & Lonesome 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. There are lots of great shows this month, so go to the web calendar for details.

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends.

 

The Mendocino Music Festival runs from through the 24th with various kinds of music (but mostly classical) in downtown Mendocino. Go to the site for complete info.

 

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 Em K–Sizzlin’ on the 17th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 23rd, Jocelyn Steele on the 24th, Macy Blackman on the 30th, and Chris Goddard on the 31st.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

The Ain't Misbehavin' trio performs on the 17th at the Cove Cafe on Angel Island from 2-5 p.m.

 

Art, wine, beer and bluegrass. The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival will be happening on the 17th-18th, and besides nostalgic rock and roll tribute bands there will be bluegrass being played there by the Marin County band Savannah Blue.

 

Houston Jones, with very special guests Stevie Coyle and Joe Craven, will perform at the Freight & Salvage on the 17th. HJ is the California based high-octane Americana quintet that formed in 2001. The band performs a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel and features Glenn Houston (lead guitar), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello, acoustic guitar), and Peter Tucker (drums). Chris, Peter and Glenn are all alumni of the Waybacks. Glenn was awarded "best guitarist" for 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see the all-star jazz benefit for the theatre on the 17th, Barbara Higbie on the 23rd, and more.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has Moonalice on the 17th, Big Ben & His Snakeoil Survivors on the 23rd, Paul Thorn on the 24th and 25th, Chrome Johnson on the 30th, and others.

 

Dore Coller and Savannah Blue on the 17th & 18th SB will be pickin’ at the San Anselmo Art and Wine Fest from 10 a.m.-noon, and later on the 18th they will be at the Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room from 3-6 p.m. On the 23rd SB will play at Armando's in Martinez, and on the 24th and 25th SB plays the Alameda Art & Wine Festival from 10 a.m.-noon. On the 26th it will be the Hot Club of Marin's Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito, and on the 27th he will be at Vasco in downtown Mill Valley from 8-10 p.m.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a busy two weeks left to go. The J2K trio, with Jesse Kincaid and Julia Harrell, appears on the 18th at Piccolo Pavilion in Corte Madera. His jazz quintet Namely Us on the 25th will play at the Sleeping Lady Café, and his band Moonlight Rodeo play at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station on the 31st.

 

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

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 20th.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. Music from 8-10:30 p.m.

 

The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa presents Lyle Lovett on the 20th, REO Speedwagon on the 28th, Michael McDonald on the 30th, John Legend on the 31st, and more.

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Chris Haugen, Aaron Redner & Friends on the 21st and Michael LaMacchia on the 28th.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has Lyle Lovett on the 21st and Toad the Wet Sprocket on the 24th.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Sonoma County's Americana artist Kevin Russell and his Western swing/blues/rock band, The Rhythm Rangers, will play at the Sebastopol Town Plaza on the 22nd from 6-7:30 p.m. This is a free event.

 

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. See them play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the 22nd starting at 7:30 p.m. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

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 Jimmy Dillon & Lorin Rowan on the 22nd starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

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

 

Nell Robinson & Red Level on the 23rd will play at The Craneway Pavilion Boilerhouse Restaurant in Richmond starting at 8 p.m.

 

Finger-style guitar wiz Walter Strauss and kamal'ngoni (hunter's harp) player Mamadou Sidibe from Mali, West Africa, on the 24th will play a special west Marin concert at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

 

Doug Adamz will perform hits from his new solo album Bernardo's Serenade at Joe's Garage (home of the Acoustic Tune-up) in downtown San Mateo on the 25th from 5-7 p.m. Doug Young, with his dazzling finger-style guitar work, will join Adamz in a special guest appearance. Contact Doug A at doug@dougadamz.com if you'd like to make a reservation or just show up at 308 6th Avenue in San Mateo. He will also be at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 29th.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center, besides presenting the Walter Straus show noted above, on the 25th will host a benefit for the center featuring Steve Kimock, Greg Anton and many other special guests starting at 4 p.m. There will be activities for kids, yummy food, booths and more.

 

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

 

The Sonoma County Fair starts on the 27th and runs through August 8th. Check out details on the web site.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael, in conjunction with Drew Pearce, on the 28th will host Amber Rubarth. Concerts are at 8 p.m. and you can contact Dan Fontes for reservations at (415) 785-4530 or at danfontes@yahoo.com.

 

Three At Last will be headlining at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 29th starting at 8 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play on the 31st at the Calistoga Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-noon. They'll be joined by the 3 D's – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.

 

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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July 2, 2010

 

 Welcome to the 115th edition of Carltone's Corner!

 

Gone fishin’. As you read this hastily edited newsletter the Carltone staff is back east in Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks (and no, not to search for Osama bin Laden!)(however, noted philandering golfer Tiger Woods is nearby at some big tournament and half of the Carltone Clan is out there on the course watching him swing his clubs)(no official bimbo sightings yet though) to visit family and friends, so this edition is not as action-packed or complete as usual. Since we are on vacation there is also less style and substance than usual here. In many cases just links and dates are posted. Apologies in advance if your news did not make into this edition.

 

The betting here is that lately you were not visiting Michael Jackson’s grave on the anniversary of his death last Friday, you were not in line waiting to buy the newest electronic gadget from Apple, you haven’t been holed up in some bar at 7 a.m. nursing a high ball while watching some guys kick a soccer ball up and down a field in South Africa, and hopefully you have not been driving your family and neighbors crazy while you try to play the vuvuzela, which, to the delight of banjo players the world over, is now the most maligned musical instrument ever. That is, if a one-note piece a plastic can be defined as a “musical instrument.” The sun is high, the summer is here, so it is time that you got out of the house and had some fun!

 

New tunes. More than a few California bluegrass bands have new CDs out. Christmas is just a little less than six months away, so get a head start on your holiday shopping by going to the sites of the Kathy Kallick Band, Kitchen Help, OMGG, Oak Grove, and the Dalton Mountain Gang. 49 Special will be releasing their new one on August 7th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

 

Maria vs. BP. Check out this poignant and heart-wrenching video produced by Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur in response to the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, set to the haunting song "Well, Well, Well," written by Bob Dylan and Danny O'Keefe and sung by Maria and the wonderful Mavis Staples.

Willie on Parade. Real country singer Willie Nelson was featured on the cover of Parade Magazine in your Sunday paper last weekend. In case you missed the story, you can now read it here.

Congrats to Del! Del McCoury is one of nine artists to win a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. In September, the 2010 awardees will attend a presentation and banquet at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Read the story here. And make plans now to see The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing together on the 4th of July at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael.

 

Take the Stage. The next Take the Stage session will start in late August so applications and deposits will need to be in by August 15th. It is an eight-session class which includes a sound class and a “graduation” performance that will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 31st. The cost is $350, and applications and info can be found at the link above. The hosts also hope to put together another Peninsula/South Bay band that will practice there down south but come to the Freight for the welcome jam, sound class and show. In addition to newcomers there is a special track for already-existing bands that want to take their music to the next level with the help of folks like Kathy Kallick. Bands will get their own special evening show at the Freight in early November. People interested in this should send an email to hilary@nellrobinsonmusic.com.

Bay Area Strawberrians. Two additional local bluegrass acts have been added to the end of summer (we refuse to call it the “fall fest” since the season does not start until three weeks later) Strawberry Music Festival lineup, making a total of four now on the schedule. Already listed were Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and The Tuttles w/AJ Lee. Just added last week were the bands Nell Robinson & Red Level and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack. Congrats to all!

 

Fishwrap roundup. In the SF Chronicle read about Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers, standup bass player Marcus Shelby, Bay Area jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, bluesman Chris Thomas King and West Marin musician and farmer Elvin Bishop. Banjo picker Steve Martin was featured in USA Today. LA bluegrass singer/songwriter Susie Glaze is featured on page 16 in The Sounding Board, CF Martin guitars’ monthly newsletter.

 

Life’s railway to heaven. Last edition it was noted here that Marin musician Segovia Bader had passed away at the age of 57. His obit finally appeared last week in the Marin IJ, and you can read it here.

 

Coming attractions. Dead on the Creek in Willits 8/6-9; Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival near Hollister 8/13-15; Outside Lands Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park 8/14-15; Saw Players Festival in Felton 8/14-15; Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol 8/14-15; Golden Old Time Campout at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville 8/20-22; Cotati Accordion Festival 8/21-22; Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite 9/2-6; Anderson Marsh Old-Time Bluegrass Festival in Lower Lake 9/11; Bluegrassin' in the Foothills in Plymouth 9/17-19; Hobbs Grove Bluegrass Festival in Sanger 9/24-26; IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, 9/27-10/3; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 10/1-3.

 

Onward to the calendar…

 

Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is the place to go for good music in Sonoma County, with no cover charge. See the Sonoma Mountain Band on the 2nd, the All American Music Festival on the 4th, Carolina Special on the 10th, Amy Wigton & Peter Axtell on the 11th, Kimrea & Dreamdogs on the 15th,The David Thom Band on the 23rd, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue on the 24th, Blue & Lonesome on the 31st, and lots more good stuff.

 

Mill Valley’s Jamie Clark and his band The Players will be playing original Americana-pop a free show at Ireland's 32 in SF on the 2nd from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover.

 

Bluegrass invitational jam. There is a new invitational jam scheduled for first Fridays at Bacheeso's Mediterranean Restaurant, 2501 San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of Dwight Way, in Berkeley. The next one is on the 2nd, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Deirdre Donovan is your host.

 

The 142 Throckmorton Theatre has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday see the English Beat on the 2nd, Tin Hat on the 8th, Perla Betalla on the 15th, an all-star jazz benefit for the theatre on the 17th, Barbara Higbie on the 23rd, and more.

 

The Marin bluegrass and old-time band Wagon will be rolling into the 269 Arlington Café in Kensington on the 2nd to play from 6:30-9 p.m. No cover.

 

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

 

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 Mike Angel & Friends on the 2nd, Jazz Philosophy on the 3rd, Schuster Bay on the 9th, Stafford & Sturdevant on the 10th, Jef Labes on the 16th, Em K–Sizzlin’ on the 17th, Lauralee Brown & Company on the 23rd, Jocelyn Steele on the 24th, T.B.A. on the 30th, and Eugene Huggins on the 31st.

 

North Bay purveyors of classic country Twang Ditty will touch down for a midday show on the 3rd from 12 noon-3 p.m. at the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa as part of their Summer Concert Series. Catch them again in Union City on the 10th at Old Alvarado Park from 10 a.m.-noon, and enjoy the farmer's market. Finally, on the 16th they will be at the Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove from 9 p.m.-midnite with no cover.

 

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

 

The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax has a traditional Irish session every Sunday afternoon, jazz every Sunday night, and an open mic every Monday night. Check out their site.

 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary presents acoustic alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, and old-timey stuff as well as acoustic Latin/jazz and World beat. Music start times are 4:20 p.m. during the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. Roy Book Binder will be playing a special show there on the 3rd starting at 3 p.m.

 

19 Broadway in Fairfax has an open mic with Derek Smith every Monday and the Uzilevsky/Korty Duo every Tuesday. Go to the site for show info.

 

The 38th Annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest will be taking place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marin County Fair on the 3rd. Good luck finding web info about the contest. Some of the acts that you can see at the fair are The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, The Wailers, Tea Leaf Green, Little Feat, The Four Tops, and The Temptations.

 

San Anselmo musician Kyle Alden on the 3rd will be at the San Gregorio General Store playing solo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and then he will play there from 3-6 p.m. as part of the Mild Colonial Boys with Rory McNamara and John Caulfield. On the 9th he will be in County Galway, Ireland, with The Gasmen if you happen to be over there. And on the 29th he will be hosting Doug Adamz at Troubadour Night at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

 

The Lost Cats will be swinging on the 3rd from12-1:30 p.m. on the Sutter Street Stage at the Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco. On the 9th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cats Jim Passard and March Babin will be at Bacheeso’s in Berkeley, the duo will be at C'era Una Volta in Alameda on the 11th from 6-8 p.m., the band will be at the Beta Lounge in Berkeley on the 15th from 7:30-10 p.m., and the duo will be back at Bacheeso’s on the 16th.

 

Carlo Calabi, Sara Winge, and Bill Foss will make their sole appearance of the summer on the 3rd at the Pine Cone Cafe in Sebastopol from 7-9 p.m. Listen to their old-time harmony and then walk up the street to the Sebastopol fireworks at Analy High School.

 

On the 3rd Misisipi Mike Wolf and Going Away Party's Ryan Lim will be backing up Steve Owen at the Plough and Stars in SF. Steve is a songwriter with a bunch of CDs out. The Earl Brothers and Bluegrass Revolutionwill also be on the bill that night.

 

Jesse Kincaid will be on double duty this month-doing the 60's Dance Party with his band New Rising Sons with Boudeeka on the 4th and 25th at the Sausalito Cruising Club, and he will be joining singer/guitarist Kurt Huget and Julia Harrell/percussion in the songwriter-Irish-folk band J2K at Larkspur Landing on the 9th followed by Corte Madera's Menke Park on the 18th.

 

Nell Robinson & Red Level will play at the Yountville Veterans Home on the 4th at 2 p.m. This is a free event with a day of music and food, hosted by the Veterans Home. They’ll be doing some originals, some soldier stories material and their favorite bluegrass and country music. Then on the 23rd see the band at The Craneway Pavilion Boilerhouse Restaurant in Richmond starting at 8 p.m.

 

Lindalou and Michael will play at the Windsor Farmer's Market on the 4th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. accompanied by Dan Brunetti. There will be a quilt and flower show at the market that day and it takes place on Windsor's Town Green. They'll play again on the 31st at the Calistoga Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-noon. They'll be joined by the 3 D's – Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.

 

San Rafael guitarist/singer/songwriter Kurt Huget has a jubilant month ahead. His band Moonlight Rodeo will kick things off at the big July 4th celebration held at the Vets Home in Yountville, and then wrap up the month at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station on the 31st. The J2K trio, with Jesse Lee Kincaid and Julia Harrell, appears on the 9th at Shelley Champine's Friday night music series at Marin Country Mart (formerly Larkspur Landing), and also on the 18th at Piccolo Pavilion in Corte Madera. He's scheduled a debut showcase performance (joined by Julia Harrell) on the 13th at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael. You can find him on the bandstand with the Ray Simpson Big Band at the Corte Madera Rec Center on the 14th. Finally, his jazz quintet Namely Us has a pair of performances, first at the Two Bird Café on the 10th, followed by another on the 25th at the Sleeping Lady Café. 

 

Petaluma Church Concerts has been on hiatus this summer while promoter Lance Walker has been adjusting to a new job and schedule. He plans to return in the fall, but in the meantime he has been involved in bookings for the Ben & Jerry's Stage at the Marin County Fair and sharing booking duties for the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol. At the Marin Fair on the 4th see Rue Manouche, Duo Cascada de Flores, Sang Matiz (Latin flamenco jazz fusion) and Baba Shibambo. On the 5th see the Macintosh Pipe Band, The Healy Irish Dancers, members of the Red Hot Chachkas, Bochinche Jarana and Amadou Camara-Guinea Spirit. The Gravenstein Apple Fair (August 14th & 15th) will feature Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Brothers Comatose, The Mighty Chiplings, Sang Matiz and The Matt Eakle Band among others.

 

The World One Festival 4th of July at Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito will feature John McCord, Euphonia, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Dwight Tribble, Rocky Dawuni, Moh Aliliche, Evolucion, Doug Went’s World Beat and more.

 

Rancho Nicasio in West Marin has The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band on the 5th, Dave Gleason and Rosie Flores on the 9th, Moonalice on the 17th, Big Ben & His Snakeoil Survivors on the 23rd, Paul Thorn on the 24th and 25th, Chrome Johnson on the 30th, and others.

 

At Vasco Restaurant in Mill Valley Matt Lax and Joe Kyle host a free music series on Tuesday nights. Music from 8-10:30 p.m.

 

Music and more is always brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play on Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. See Silly Strings on the 7th, Blue Light River on the 14th, Chris Haugen, Aaron Redner & Friends on the 21st, and Michael LaMacchia on the 28th.

 

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

 

Bart Hopkin & Sara Winge will be back at the French Garden in Sebastopol on Wednesday the 7th from 7-10 p.m.

 

Bill Evans & Megan Lynch will be on tour in northern CA from the 8th-12th. Go to their site for complete info.

 

Sonoma County's Americana artist Kevin Russell is busy this month. His all acoustic bluegrass/newgrasss/swing/blues band, Under the Radar, will play at Lagunitas Tap Room on the 8th from 4:20-7:30 p.m. and again at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa on the 10th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Later in the month Kevin's Western swing/blues/rock band, The Rhythm Rangers, will play at the Sebastopol Town Plaza from 6-7:30 p.m. All the shows are free. And don't forget that Kevin will be hosting ace bluegrass pickers Steve Smith & Chris Sanders, along with bassist Bill Amatneek, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on the 9th. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8 p.m. Contact Kevin at (707) 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com for reservations or more info.

 

The Coast Café in Bolinas now has live music every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. Look for wine and beer specials and beverage-only seating available during music.

 

Dore Coller (after celebrating his own, Peter Rowan’s and the US of A’s birthday on the 4th) on the 9th can be found pickin’ guitar with Savannah Blue at Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas at 9 p.m., on the 11th it's Caribbean R&B on Angel Island from 2-5 p.m., on the 15th Savannah Blue returns to The Atlas Cafe in SF, on the 17th & 18th SB is playing at the San Anselmo Art and Wine Fest from 10 a.m.-noon, later that day SB will be at the Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room from 3-6 p.m., on the 23rd SB will play at Armando's in Martinez, and on the 24th and 25th SB plays the Alameda Art & Wine Festival from 10 a.m.-noon. On the 26th it will be the Hot Club of Marin's Gypsy Jazz Jam at Taste of Rome in Sausalito, and on the 27th he will be at Vasco in downtown Mill Valley from 8-10 p.m.

 

North Bay singer/songwriter Moss Henry can be seen/heard singing at The French Garden in Sebastopol on the 9th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Great food and drink, and no cover.

 

Schaef-Abel Productions at Studio E in Sebastopol is presenting Rosie Flores on the 10th. Plan ahead for Kinky Friedman on August 5th.

 

Finger-style guitar wiz Walter Strauss has a few Bay Area shows this month. On the 10th he will play solo at a South Bay house concert in Cupertino. Email Maureen at VeloFemme33@yahoo.com for info. On the 11th he’ll be in Niles (by Fremont) for a duo show with kamal'ngoni (hunter's harp) player Mamadou Sidibe from Mali, West Africa, as part of the Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series. On the 14th see him in Fairfax as a solo again as part of the Sleeping Lady Fingerstyle Guitar Showcase with guitarists Teja Gerken and Mokai. And on the 24th Walter and Mamadou will play a special West Marin concert at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

 

The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series in San Rafael, in conjunction with Drew Pearce, on the 10th will have the Palm Wine Boys, and then on the 28th see Amber Rubarth. Both of these events are at 8 p.m. and you can contact Dan Fontes for reservations at (415) 785-4530 or contact me at danfontes@yahoo.com.

 

The Mendocino Music Festival runs from the 10th-24th with various kinds of music (but mostly classical) in downtown Mendocino. Some of the acts to see are The Steep Canyon Rangers on the 12th. Go to the site for complete info.

 

The California Coast Music Camp in the Sierra Nevada Gold Country takes place from the 11th-24th.

 

The Uptown Theatre in Napa has The Gypsy Kings on the 12th, Leon Russell on the 14th, Keb Mo on the 16th, and Lyle Lovett on the 21st.

 

At the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa see Yes and Peter Frampton on the 13th, Lyle Lovett on the 20th, REO Speedwagon on the 28th, Michael McDonald on the 30th, John Legend on the 31st, and more.

 

Triple bill in Berkeley. At the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 15th the Marin County bluegrass band Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue will be headlining a bill with Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band and The Tuttles with AJ Lee.

 

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

 

Singer/songwriter Caren Armstrong will be performing on the 16th in Napa at the Cedar Gables Inn from 7-9 p.m. Consider making this a weekend trip to the beautiful Napa Valley. Innkeepers/owners Ken & Susie recently added a music series to their luxurious bed and breakfast mansion. Joshua Zucker joins Caren on bass.

 

Going Away Party will be playing the Plough and Stars in SF on the 16th. Jeff Kaplan will be playing banjo, Steve Owen will be playing guitar, Ryan Lim will be playing string bass and David Finch will playing the fiddle.

 

The Ain't Misbehavin' trio performs on the 17th at the Cove Cafe on Angel Island from 2-5 p.m.

 

Art, wine, beer and bluegrass. The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival will be happening on the 17th-18th, and besides nostalgic rock and roll tribute bands there will be bluegrass being played there by the Marin County band Savannah Blue.

 

Houston Jones, with very special guests Stevie Coyle and Joe Craven, will perform at the Freight & Salvage on the 17th. HJ is the California based high-octane Americana quintet that formed in 2001. The band performs a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel and features Glenn Houston (lead guitar), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello, acoustic guitar), and Peter Tucker (drums). Chris, Peter and Glenn are all alumni of the Waybacks. Glenn was awarded "best guitarist" for 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

There will be nothing but bluegrass being played at the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival in Etna on the 18th-19th.

 

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

 

The Marin Jamvitational bluegrass showcase now takes place at Whipper Snapper (1613 4th Street, between F and G Streets) in downtown San Rafael. The restaurant offers “Cal-Caribe” food that blends Latin flavors with local farm fresh ingredients. The music now runs from 7:30-9:30 instead of starting at the later hour of 9 p.m. Go check it out on the 20th.

 

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. See them play at the Spice Monkey Café in downtown Oakland on the 22nd starting at 7:30 p.m. No cover charge and kids are welcome.

 

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 Jimmy Dillon & Lorin Rowan on the 22nd starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Call (415) 789-0846 for more info.

 

Doug Adamz will play hits from his new solo album Bernardo's Serenade at Joe's Garage (home of the Acoustic Tune-up) in downtown San Mateo on the 25th from 5-7 p.m. Joe's is among the very best house-concert venues in the Bay Area. Doug Young, with his dazzling finger-style guitar work, will join Adamz in a special guest appearance. Contact Doug A at doug@dougadamz.com if you'd like to make a reservation or just show up at 308 6th Avenue in San Mateo. He will also be at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax on the 29th.

 

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center, besides presenting the Walter Straus show noted above, on the 25th will host a benefit for the center featuring Steve Kimock, Greg Anton and many other special guests starting at 4 p.m. There will be activities for kids, yummy food, booths and more.

 

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

 

The Sonoma County Fair starts on the 27th and runs through August 8th. Check out details on the web site.

 

Three At Last will be headlining at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 29th starting at 8 p.m.

 

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 (but not this month), continues to play Tuesday evenings at Giordano's (Columbus and Broadway) in SF at 7 p.m.

 

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

 

For up to date state-wide bluegrass news three times a week, read my Almost Daily News column on the California Bluegrass Association web site.

 

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

 

Cheers!

 

Larry

 

Resources

 

Marin Bluegrass Jam, Northern California Bluegrass Society, California Bluegrass Association, Murphy Productions, Hicks With Sticks Twang Newsletter, North Bay Music Listings, North Bay Concerts, Schoenberg Guitars, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Country Music Television, Rancho Nicasio, The Alpha Acoustic Concert Series,The Black Rose, San Francisco Folk Club, SF Bay Area Radio Stations, SF Celtic Music, 19 Broadway, Peri’s Silver Dollar Saloon, Iron Springs Pub, Rocker Oysterfeller’s, Marin Local Music Scene

 

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