The Fourth Annual

NORTH BAY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

This is a virtual bluegrass festival, in that it takes place at a series of venues and one person or group of people did not book these shows. This is just a listing of bluegrass and other acoustic events taking place in the North Bay over the course of two and a half weeks.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1/24 The Frontmen - Rory McNamara and Stevie Coyle (of The Waybacks) reunite their American duo, along with some special guest friends. 8 PM. Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. (415) 924-6107.

1/24 Bluegrass and Old-Time Session - join the jam. 8 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

1/25 Homespun Rowdy and The Barefoot Nellies. 8:30 PM. Bluegrass Gold, Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. (415) 388-2820.

1/24 The Night Time String Band - traditional bluegrass from Paul Knight and friends 8 PM.No cover. Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Centre Blvd., Fairfax. (415) 485-1005.

1/25 Bluegrass and Old-Time Session - join the jam. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

1/25 Ring of Truth Trio - Rory McNamara's trio picks originals and American traditional songs as well as some fairly obscure cover material. 7 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

1/25 Ed Neff & Friends - no-frills traditional bluegrass happens every Thursday. 6:30 PM. No cover. Willowbrook Ale House, 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. (707) 775-4232.

1/26 The Farallons - three singer/songwriters from Sonoma County join forces. 8:30 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

1/26 The Pine Needles - acoustic string band music. 9 PM. Café Amsterdam, Broadway, Fairfax.

1/26 The David Thom Band - red-hot traditional bluegrass band from Marin & Sonoma Counties. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

1/26 Tom Rigney & Flambeau - Cajun grass at the old-time fiddle contest. 8 PM. Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale. (707) 894-2067.

1/26 The Mercury Dimes - old-time music, still not a crime in West Marin. 9:30 PM. Old Western Saloon, Point Reyes Station.

1/27 The Bill Evans String Summit - progress acoustic music played on bluegrass instruments. 8 PM. The Petaluma Church Concerts, First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B Street, Petaluma.

1/27 The Roadoilers - Contra dance in Sebastopol by Marin County's favorite (and only) old-time band. 8 PM. Wischmann Hall in Sebastopol.

1/27 The 31st Annual Cloverdale Old-Time Fiddle Contest - old-time is not a crime! Resin up that bow, and join the contest. 8 AM. Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale. (707) 894-2067.

1/27 The Whutknotts - country, bluegrass and Americana from this North Bay trio of Doug Adamz, Don Rich, and Larry Carlin. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

1/27 Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire - Marin's finest rockabilly band doing the songs of Johnny Cash and more. 9:30 PM. Peri's Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. (415) 459-9910.

1/27 Acoustic Jam Session - do some pickin'! 2 to 5 PM. No cover. The Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. (707) 829-6600.

1/27 Under The Radar - bluegrass, swing, blues, folk and country by Kevin Russell and friends. 8:30 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

1/28 Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack - Bluegrass-tinged, soulful songs from this fine trio from Davis. 6 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

1/30 The Dust Bowl Cavaliers - bluegrass, country and Americana from Los Angeles. 9:30 PM. Peri's Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. (415) 459-9910.

2/1 Marin Bluegrass Jam - all levels welcome. 7:30 PM. Free. Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera.

2/1 Town Mountain - bluegrass and roots country by this young band from North Carolina. 9:30 PM. Peri's Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. (415) 459-9910.

2/1 Jon Stiles - bluesy singer/songwriter/triple-threat with a 12-string guitar, hot licks, and a great voice. 7:30 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/1 Ed Neff & Friends - no-frills traditional bluegrass happens every Thursday. 6:30 PM. No cover. Willowbrook Ale House, 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. (707) 775-4232.

2/1 Ring of Truth Trio - Rory McNamara's trio picks originals and American traditional songs as well as some fairly obscure cover material. 7 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

2/1 The Boulder Acoustic Society - American roots music with the edge of punk rock and the grace of chamber music. 8 PM. Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. (415) 924-6107.

2/2 Sonoma Mountain Band - traditional and contemporary bluegrass music from Murphy's longest-running bluegrass band. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/2 The Roadoilers - Contra dance in Petaluma by Marin County's favorite (and only) old-time band. 8 PM. Herrmann Sons Hall, Petaluma.

2/3 Andrew Freeman - sizzling guitar licks and rustic vocals from this red-hot Americana musician from San Francisco. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/3 Acoustic Jam Session - join the fun! 2 to 5 PM. No cover. The Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. (707) 829-6600.

2/3 The Pine Needles - acoustic string band music. 8 PM. Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. (415) 924-6107.

2/3 The Roadoilers - Contra dance in Calistoga by Marin County's favorite (and only) old-time band. 8 PM, Tucker Farm Center, 1201 Tucker Road, Calistoga. (707) 942-9695.

2/4 Acoustic Celtic Music Jam Session - traditional Irish music session, musicians and listeners alike are welcome to come in and enjoy the music. 6 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/6 Feed and Seed - stripped down, straight style acoustic music from Bellingham, WA. 9:30 PM. Peri's Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. (415) 459-9910.

2/6 The David Thom Band - plays a house concert in Sonoma featuring Greg Boyd's instruments. Doors at 6 PM, show at 7:20 PM.

2/7 Hot Buttered Rum and The Mountain Boys - high-altitude bluegrass by the headliner Hot Buttered Rum, and hot pickin' by the opener Mountain Boys. 8:30 PM. Bluegrass Gold, Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. (415) 388-2820.

2/7 Feed and Seed - stripped down, straight style acoustic music from Bellingham, WA. 7 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

2/8 Town Mountain - bluegrass and roots country by this young band from North Carolina. 8 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

2/8 Acoustic Eidolon - intriguing duo of guitmo and cello playin pieces that borrow from Celtic, contemporary, bluegrass and Latin influences. 8 PM. Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. (415) 924-6107.

2/8 Ed Neff & Friends - no-frills traditional bluegrass happens every Thursday. 6:30 PM. No cover. Willowbrook Ale House, 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. (707) 775-4232.

2/9 Wagon - bluegrass and old-time music from this Marin County band. 8:30 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

2/9 Adobe Creek Bluegrass - hot new all-star bluegrass band featuring Ed Neff, Keith Little, Mike Wilhoyte, and Jeff King. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/9 Sweethearts of the Radio - benefit for KWMR public radio featuring Peter Rowan, Keystone Crossing, and others. 7:30 PM. The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-0905.

2/10 Greenhouse - Celtic fusion grass from Sonoma County. 8:30 PM. The Black Rose, 2074 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7673.

2/10 Poor Man's Whiskey - bluegrass with a rock and roll attitude. 9 PM. Russian River Brewing Company, 725 4th Street, Santa Rosa. (707) 545-BEER.

2/10 The Acmes - old-timey music, Appalachian style, roots of bluegrass and country music. 8 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/10 Acoustic Jam Session - do some pickin'! 2 to 5 PM. No cover. The Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. (707) 829-6600.

2/11 Shades of Green - an eclectic mix of Celtic, country, and modern tunes. 6 PM. No cover. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma. (707) 935-0660.

2/11 Peter Rowan - Peter plays a benefit. 8 PM. Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur. (415) 924-6107.

Discover new venues, make new friends, and enjoy the great music! No age restrictions except for Sweetwater and 19 Broadway, where you must be at least 21 to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

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