I get this as an e-mail every month or so, as far as I know it isn't posted to any 'website' and thus I can't link to it.
Thought some of the bay area members might be interested in the contents..
CARLTONE'S CORNER UPDATE
"All the San Francisco music news the local media tends to ignore"
September 15, 2006
Many apologies again for the unedited and incomplete previous issue of this newsletter that was sent out on August 30th. There were 40 some mistakes and necessary edits, but we just ran out of time between packing for the Strawberry Music Festival and dashing to the porcelain throne, as a 24-hour food poisoning bout really knocked us down for the count. Somehow we made it to the fest and had a great time, and now we’ve recovered from sleep deprivation and the reality that the summer of ’06 is gone forever and it is time to hunker down for the fall and winter months ahead. But don’t for a minute think that since the summer is over that the festivals and fun have stopped. There so much going on in the last two weeks of this month that this is without a doubt the longest mid-month update on record…
Errors and omissions. Among the many mistakes previously, on the 15th the Alhambra Valley Band should have been listed as playing at the Plough & Stars in SF on the bill with The Earl Brothers. The dates for the Saturday jams in Sebastopol were wrong. For the rest of the month they are 16th, 23rd and 30th, not the 17th and 24th. The Sebastopol gospel jam should have been listed as being on the 24th, not the 23rd. And we left out an entire passage about the upcoming Bluegrass Gold show at Sweetwater on the 28th. This info lies below here.
Dialing for dollars. Public radio station KALW (91.7 FM) in SF is in the midst of a fundraising drive, and one thing you can do to help keep bluegrass on the air is to tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal show on Saturday the 16th. Normally it airs from 6:30-8 p.m., but this will be a special three-hour edition of the program from 5-8 p.m. Your pledge of support will help pay some bills and keep Peter’s great show going. Whatever you can afford is very much appreciated. And he’ll have extra thank-you gifts for you, including a DVD titled Bluegrass: Country Soul, the first film ever made about bluegrass, shot at a 1971 North Carolina festival; the new CD by Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands titled The Golden West; the Dale Ann Bradley CD Catch Tomorrow that Compass Records is making available to Bluegrass Signal listeners one month before it’s on sale to the public; and a book and two CDs - A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, about the region's music, past and present, and highlights its annual festivals, weekly concerts, live radio shows, and informal jam sessions. Tune in and support Bluegrass Signal and KALW with a call to 1-800-525-9917. Other wonderful shows of note on before Peter’s when it isn’t fundraising time are Thistle & Shamrock, Folk Music & Beyond, and A Patchwork Quilt.
Do wah diddy. Sean “Puffy” Combs, the artist formerly known as “Puff Daddy” who, since 1991 has called himself “P. Diddy,” now wants to be known simply as “Diddy.” He can call himself that anywhere he wants except in England. Turns out that London-based music producer Richard "Diddy" Dearlove has been using the name for long time, and he got old Puff to agree to a settlement whereby he won’t use the name over there. You can read the story here.
Beatle album covers will soon be available on postage stamps in Britain. Read the story here. Watch for the trend to catch on here in the US anon.
Still blaming Sally. The Bay Area all-female quartet named Blame Sally recently had a great time playing the Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite. The video of their song “If You Tell A Lie” has been mentioned here previously, and it has rapidly climbed the video chart on Neil Young’s web site to the number three position. If you go here to view it, the more folks do this, the higher ranking it will get. Check it out if you have not done so already, or, look at it again. The more times, the merrier.
New sounds. Many years ago the interns here used to write real reviews of recordings for other publications, and many of those can be found on the Carltone web site. However, due to a shortage in staff and the high pockets of the publisher, there is no time left to do detailed reviews. A whole slew of CDs from Bay Area artists have made there way to Carltone World Headquarters recently, and the best we can do is to list them with links so you can go and listen to songs on your own. Here is a partial list of some of the stuff to check out. Get your holiday shopping done early, or, better yet, give them out at Halloween instead of candy:
-- Michael Koppy, a San Francisco performer, has a new CD titled Red River Redux. He plays what he calls “front porch music,” and on the CD he offers his own interpretations of mostly traditional tunes.
-- Sherry Austin is a singer/songwriter from Santa Cruz (and Strawberry Breakfast Club favorite) who’s new CD is titled Drive On Back. She wrote seven of the ten songs on this new disc, and also covers tunes by Dylan and Tim O’Brien.
-- Ginny Mitchell is also from Santa Cruz and a friend of Sherry Austin’s. Her most recent recording is titled Just To Hear Your Voice, and you should buy this CD just to hear her voice.
-- Jayme Kelly Curtis is a third songbird from the Santa Cruz area worth listening to who plays an “earthy blend of metaphysical blues and folkloric jazz," and her most recent effort is titled Sugar & Sand.
-- Michael Gaither is an American roots singer/songwriter from the South Bay who has a new CD of mostly original songs titled Spotted Mule and Other Tales.
-- Kimrea is a prolific singer/songwriter/artist from Mill Valley, and her newest CD, with her band Dreamdogs, is a live recording titled Monday Nights at the No Name.
-- Sylvia Herold & Eyphonia’s CD titled Lovely Nancy, just arrived, and on it Sylvia, who is also a member of Wake The Dead and was a longtime member of Cats & Jammers, sings what she calls “sophisticated traditional folk songs.”
-- Marshall Rhodes is an Americana quartet that has a new CD titled Marshall Rhodes, with all the songs written by band members Glen Burke and Michael Lehman except for one penned by Mill Valley’s Jesse Kincaid.
-- Howdy! is a young acoustic band from San Francisco that plays what they call “outlaw folk,” and they have a brand new CD titled Stranger.
There are two new recordings that will get a lot of ink and media coverage elsewhere but will no doubt suck. Paris Hilton has a new CD out titled Paris. Heck, she ain’t just into making porno videos anymore! And Yusaf Islam (birth name Steven Demetre Georgiou), the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has inked a deal with Atlantic records to make a new album. Ooh, baby, it’s a wild world, indeed…
The Bard of West Marin, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, recently turned 75 and also put out a new album titled I Stand Alone. You can read a story about him by Paul Liberatore in the Marin Independent Journal here. You can see him at the Mystic in Petaluma on the 30th, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass next month, or at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley on October 18th.
There was a nice story in the Contra Costa Times a few weeks back about 19 year-old saw player Caroline McCaskey of San Pablo who came in second at the 27th Annual International Musical Saw Competition last month. Thanks to Kenny Blacklock for this item.
Has the world heard enough of silly love songs? Paul McCartney asked this in a song from over 30 years ago, and if you look around the city of Mogadishu in the African country of Somalia, you’d certainly think so. Islamic militants that control that part of the world shut down Radio Jowhar for playing love songs that go against their beliefs. They also closed movie houses and even broke up wedding celebration because a live band was playing. Note to Bay Area bluegrass bands trying to book out of town gigs: Ixnay on Somalia-ay…
All that glitters is not gold. For some time now the Carltone Webwitness News Team has been following the sordid exploits of erstwhile British rocker Paul Francis Gadd, otherwise known as Gary Glitter. He was convicted of sexual molestation last spring in Viet Nam and sentenced to three years in jail (after having been convicted of similar counts in England as well). His song, “Rock and Roll Part 2,” has been played at every football game and other sporting events in the US for years. But now the National Football League has banned the song. What, being convicted in England wasn’t enough for the NFL? It took getting popped in Southeast Asia? The league subsidized his travels with royalty checks for year. The betting here is that Michael Jackson songs won’t be played either…
Congratulations to Don Burnham, leader of the band Lost Weekend. The Western Swing Society's Hall of Fame Festival will run from September 28th until October 1st in Rancho Cordova, and on the 1st Don will be inducted in the Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Get out your handkerchiefs. To the amazement of many, the marriage of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has lasted 14 years and many arrests. Alas, they are finally going to untie the knot. Read the sad details here.
Band scramble. As mentioned previously, the local lads/lasses of The Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band are changing their name to Lost Coast, and they have a new web site with photos, sound clips and other good stuff. They are headed to Nashville at month’s end to attend the International Bluegrass Music convention as invited guests. These kids are the future of bluegrass, folks, so catch them around the Bay while you still can. And, there is a new bluegrass band from the East Bay called The Ancient Tones comprised of veteran all-stars Kathy Kallick, Bill Evans, Cindy Browne, and Tom Bekeny. Look for their shows coming up in November.
Police log. Actress, model, heiress, “singer,” weapon of mass distraction and, lest we forget, homemade porno video star Paris Hilton was arrested on September 7th in Los Angeles for drunken driving. And only in America, her publicist claims that the arrest “Will only help her career…” Rapper 50 Cent was arrested in New York on the 8th for traffic offenses. Onlookers started booing the police when they saw who was driving the car. Victor Willis, erstwhile founder of the 70s disco band The Village People who was mentioned here some months back for being busted near SF on drug and parole violations, was sentenced to rehab and probation. He is just one more infraction away from being sent to the Big House where he can certainly “have fun with all the boys”…
Life’s railway to heaven. Bandleader and longtime jazz saxophone player Walter “Dewey” Redman died on the 2nd in New York of liver failure. He was 75. Matthew Allred, 35, a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday the 10th. A former member of The Country Gentlemen and Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys, Matthew had toured with Ricky Skaggs as well. He often performed with his brother Derrick in The Allred Brothers group and appeared frequently with The Bluegrass Experience and Carolina Lightning.
The Plymouth Bluegrass Festival will take place on the 15th-17th at the Amador County Fairgrounds southeast of Sacramento. Some of the bands to see there are Cherryholmes, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Chapmans, Grizzly Peak, Bound To Ride, Hit and Run Bluegrass, and The Mighty Crows.
Bye bye Ivy Room. After 15 years of serving up stiff drinks and live music, the Ivy Room in the East Bay town of Albany has been sold and its future is unknown. The weekend of the 15th-17th will be its last under the current ownership, and they are going out in style by having many regular bands come and play. On the 15th at 8 p.m. you can see Red Meat, Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days, Mover (Reunion), Dreamdate, The Moore Brothers, Sweetbriar, and on the 16th The Loved Ones (Bart, Mike, John & Xan), Rusty Zinn (Duo), Carlos Guitarlos, The Salem Lights, Ride The Blinds, Eric McFadden Trio, and special surprise guests.
Earthdance, the Global Dance Festival for Peace, has grown to become the world's largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1997, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, Earthdance events have occurred in over 240 cities in 50 countries, with locations ranging from the clubs of New York to the rainforests of Brazil. Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 200,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands more joining online in support of global peace and humanitarian aims. The fest will take place in Laytonville on the 15th-17th. Some of the artists to see are Ani DiFranco, India.Arie, Ozomatli, Blackalicious, Tea Leaf Green, Mad Professor, DJ Logic, John Trudell and Pele Juju. Go to the site for more info.
Wagon will be rolling into the Black Rose Pub in Santa Rosa on the 15th, starting at 8:30 p.m., and going until they get tired, which won’t be until around 11 p.m.
The Wine, Women & Song benefit on the 16th at 9 p.m. at Sweetwater in Mill Valley presents the music of Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Dusty Springfield, Carly Simon and other artists affected by breast cancer. Performers will be Eric Martin, Lorin Rowan, Susan Z, Loralee Christensen, Victoria George and many more. Join the fight against breast cancer with a night of rockin' good music and raffle prizes. Tickets are only $15. Order at Ticketweb or call Sweetwater at (415) 388-2820. All proceeds from the event benefit Zero Breast Cancer (formerly Marin Breast Cancer Watch) and Rally to Celebrate Life (formerly Rally for the Cause).
Sailing with Maria. Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur sang to a sold-out crowd at the 142 Theatre in Mill Valley on the 1st, which was a CD release party for her smokin’ new recording titled Heart of Mine: The Love Songs of Bob Dylan. You can see Maria and her band on dry land in the town of Paradise on the 16th, or you can join them on the “Blues Cruise” on the 24th from 4-8 p.m. when The Empress sails on the bay from Sausalito.
Dave Crimmen’s rockabilly band has a gig on the 17th from 12-3 p.m. at the Novato Hometown Festival in Hamilton Amphitheater Park at the decommissioned Hamilton Air Force Base. Admission is free.
Rock the Earth, an environmental organization defending the Earth through strong ties to the music community, is hosting a benefit concert on the 17th from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park in SF. The benefit is free, but a donation of $25 is recommended, with proceeds benefiting Rock the Earth's ongoing efforts to defend the planet one beat at a time. Artists include Rubber Souldiers, including David Gans, Chris Rowan and Lorin Rowan, Robin Sylvester, Barry Sless and Adam Perry, with very special guests including David Nelson and Martin Fierro; Blue Turtle Seduction; Mark Karan's Buds, including Pete Sears, Robin Sylvester, Jimmy Sanchez, and Jay Lane; Zoo Station; and The Trespassers.
The Chazz Cats, the Bay Area swing band led by sultry D’Lilah Monroe, has been on hiatus for most of the past few years, coming out of hiding to play a few select gigs. On the 17th you can see them at the Ace-In-The-Hole Pub in Sebastopol from 6-9 p.m., and then on the 23rd they will play a special anniversary show at the Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax.
Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be pickin’ some bluegrass at the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach on 17th from 12-3 p.m.
Tie-dye optional. Dead Set will be on the retro-neo-psychedelic folk revival bill together with Hobo Jungle (includes Will Scarlett, famed harmonica player for Hot Tuna and others) and Juice at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa on the 19th starting at 8:30 p.m. $5 gets you in the door. The North Bay progressive roots ensemble Trailer Park Rangers will appear there along with 60s songwriter and harmonica virtuoso, Powell St. John & The Aliens, on the 21st at 9 p.m.
The 12th Annual Sebastopol Celtic Festival runs from the 21st-24th, and here is who you can see there: Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Lunasa, John Williams & Dean Magraw, Vasen, The Cottars, Mary Jane Lamond, Richard Thompson, Pipeline, Wake The Dead, the Santa Rosa Scottish Dancers, Healy Irish Dancers, Apple Tree Morris, Swords of Gridlock, William Coulter & David Brewer, Dockside, and others.
You can see Pete Olson play solo & acoustic on the 21st at Murphy’s in Sonoma at 7:30 p.m. and on the 24th from 5-9 p.m. at the Ace-In-The-Hole Pub in Sebastopol. No cover at either venue.
The 34th Annual SF Blues Festival will be happening at Fort Mason in SF on the 22nd-24th. Some of the acts to see are Ruth Brown, Phil Guy, Louisiana Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, Irma Thomas, Henry Butler, Kermit Ruffins, Mem Shannon, and the Brass Monkey Brass Band.
The Hitmen, who have been a Marin County staple for close to 20 years now, play a combination of rhythm & blues and rock & roll, and everything from the 60s to current hits. See them on the 22nd at Peri’s in Fairfax.
The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival will take place in downtown Sonoma on the weekend of the 22nd-24th, and there are lots of activities, such as music, a parade, wine tasting, and food. The fest celebrates the harvest and continues the Sonoma Valley tradition of generous support of the community and their winemaking heritage. First held in 1897, the fest has brought the Sonoma Valley community and visitors from all over the world together for many generations.1/4 Mile Combo, besides playing the festival from 3:30-5 p.m. on the 23rd, will also on the 28th at 10 p.m. be at the Fourth Street Tavern in San Rafael with Lil Bit and the Customatics from San Antonio, TX.
Strictly Bluegrass. Join Jeanie & Chuck Poling at an official CBA picking party in Golden Gate Park on Saturday the 23rd, starting at noon and going until at least 6 p.m. They’ve reserved their favorite little grove, the Dahlia Dell near the Conservatory of Flowers. Bring a dish or something to throw on the grill, along with something to drink. They'll bring plates, cups, and utensils. Chairs might be handy too. Bring your instruments, bandmates, friends and family. The grove is hidden away behind the Garfield statue on JFK Drive. There's plenty of room to spread out and have several jams. The California Bluegrass Association sponsors this event and it is open to all. For anyone who is looking to learn more about bluegrass music or is new in town, this is a chance to have a good time and get involved with the CBA.
Caren Armstrong, besides hosting the Celebrating Songwriters series at the Larkspur Café Theatre on the second Tuesday of each month, also tours nationally and performs locally. See her at the Alpha 2006 Acoustic Concert Series on the houseboat in Sausalito on the 23rd starting at 8 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (415) 289-0490. This is a fabulous venue for seeing performers up-close and personal.
Head on up to the Old-Time Bluegrass Festival that will take place on the 23rd in the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park near Clearlake. Acts you can see are the Stairwell Sisters, The Roadoilers, Bluegrass Contraption, Pat Ickes & Friends, Gus Garelick & Don Coffin, Laura Lind, Andy Skelton & The Konocti Fiddlers, and Jim Williams. There will be many workshops as well.
The Wild Catahoulas will have you tapping your feet to the Cajun beat when they play at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa on the 27th from 8-11 p.m.
The Bluegrass Gold series at Sweetwater in Mill Valley on Thursday the 28th at 8:30 p.m. will be a special night featuring the Marin County band Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue. Show producer Carltone will be celebrating a quarter century of playing with Elmo. Bluegrass Gold is produced by Carltone Music and co-sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Wild Blue is Marin County's longest running bluegrass band. Led by the entertaining Dr. Elmo ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer") on banjo, the group also consists of John Pierson on guitar and yours truly on bass. All three of these talented musicians sing both lead and harmony, forging a musical blend that captivates and delights their audiences. They’ll be picking traditional bluegrass music with a bit of Elmo's original songs thrown into the mix. Sitting in this night with the band will be Sausalito fiddler Kenny Blacklock (of Keystone Station) and San Rafael mandolin player Dana Rath (of The Modern Mandolin Quartet).
Novato bassman Pat Campbell along with guitarist Ricc Sandoval, keyboardist Steve Shufton and drummer Paul Revelli, will be playing a show with Bill Cutler & The Hounds of Time at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 29th. Also on the bill is the band Grapefruit Ed.
The Ruminators will play on the 30th at 7 p.m. at the Ace-In-The-Hole Pub in Sebastopol.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival VI is coming on October 6th-8th. The complete lineup is now posted on their site. This is a free event in Golden Gate Park. More details next edition. Also recently added to the Hardly roster is Marin County’s own Keystone Station, who played the first and second years of the festival as well.
Everyone is headed to the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention from the 14th-17th to see The New Lost City Ramblers, Ginny Hawker, Jody Stecher & Hank Bradley, The Mercury Dimes, The Stairwell Sisters, and lots more.
Marin guitarist Kurt Huget is as busy as usual. He will play as a duo with Kimberlye Gold on the 14th at Cafe Amsterdam in Fairfax, solo at the San Anselmo Coffee Roasters on the 23rd, and he’ll also play jazz with Namely Us at Cafe Amsterdam on the 24th.
The Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) will be playing on the 14th at the Famous For Our Look Block Party in downtown Mill Valley at 7:30 p.m. This is a benefit for Katrina victims and Kiddo Schools. Then see them at the Iron Springs Brewery on the 27th, as joining them will be Barry Sless and Doug Harman. Finally you can see the brothers at 12:30 p.m. at Rock and Blues by the Lake on the 30th, followed by Lorin’s Beatle cover band Lonely Hearts from 1-1:30 p.m.
At Murphy's in Sonoma this month are Kimrea and Joe Lococo on the 14th, Solid Air on the 15th, Pete Olson on the 21st, The David Thom Band on the 22nd, The Whutknotts on the 23rd, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack on the 24th, Adobe Creek Bluegrass on the 29th, the Spiral Mystics on the 30th, plus more.
Sweetwater in Mill Valley. Besides the Bluegrass Gold show mentioned above on the 28th you can also attend the open mic each Monday night, which is hosted by Austin deLone. And, most Tuesdays it is Local Musicians night. See Calmodee on the 14th, Commander Cody on the 15th, the Wine, Women & Song benefit on the 16th, Aram Denesh on the 22nd, Kermit Ruffins on the 23rd, Heather Combs Songwriters In The Round on the 27th, and more. Plus, Bayside Jazz with Dan Hicks most Saturdays from 3- 6 p.m., with no cover.
Some shows of note at the Larkspur Café Theatre are Small Change Romeo on the 14th, David Roche on the 15th, Pilar on the 16th, Valerie Jay & The Americanos on the 21st, Julie Layne on the 27th, and Corinne West on the 28th.
Good things are happening at Peri’s in Fairfax. Every Monday is acoustic open mic night hosted by Mike McShea. Some shows to see are Highway Robbers on the 14th, Swammees on the 21st, Danny Montana & The Bar Association on the 23rd, Krickie's Songwriters' Night on the 24th, Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire on the 29th, and lots more.
Great double bill in Santa Rosa. On the 14th the outlaw folk band Howdy! will be playing at the Last Day Saloon, opening for the band Hit & Run Bluegrass.
Ain't Misbehavin' performs acoustic swing and more at the Station House Café in Pt. Reyes Station on the 15th at 7 p.m. in the bar area. Besides Phil Richardson on fiddle, Marin guitar legend Chris Goddard will join Barry & Annie Ernst. The café serves great entrees and desserts and the best burgers in Marin.
Saylor’s Landing in Sausalito has a full lineup of music. Every Sunday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. see Eugene Huggins & Chris Goddard on harmonica and guitar, and every Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. it is the Don Bennett & Chris Huson jazz duo. Music time on Fridays is 7:15-10:15, and on Saturdays it is 7-10 p.m. See Lauralee Brown & Denise Leigh on the 15th, Lynn Clyde on the 22nd, The Tom Bowers Duo on the 23rd, Jazz Philosophy on the 29th, and Joan Getz on the 30th.
The 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley has a variety of entertainment on the calendar. Besides Mark Pitta’s comedy night every Tuesday, there will be a benefit fundraiser called “Love Letters” for the theatre starring Ann Fraser and Ross McGowan on the 15th and 16th, Roberta Donnay on the 22nd, Daniel Ho and Herb Ohta, Jr. on the 27th, the 20th Anniversary of Schoenberg Guitars on the 29th, and many other shows.
At Rancho Nicasio see The Goldbrickers on the 15th, Elvin Bishop on the 17th, Tom Rigney & Flambeau on the 22nd, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on the 24th, The Sons of Champlain on the 30th, and others.
Out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station you can see the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band on the 15th, and on the 17th an evening of Flamenco guitar revelry, song and dance with Los Gitanos Andalones.
Sonoma County guitarist Kevin Russell and his band Under The Radar will play a mix of bluegrass, swing, country, folk and acoustic rock from 8:30 to 11 p.m. on the 16th at The Black Rose in Santa Rosa. And then his old bluegrass band Modern Hicks will pick on the 30th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at a benefit for the Sonoma Land Trust. For info call Craig at (707) 544-7284.
Jesse Lee Kincaid will perform original songs of wit and humor at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival on the 16th at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage. Other performers include ‘Til Dawn, Joe Price, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman, and others.
The Sweetspot Lounge in Santa Rosa has a lot of music coming up. On the 16th see Soul Shine, Sons of Emperor Norton on the 21st, The Eugene Band on the 23rd, Ancient Mystic on the 29th, and lots more.
In Point Reyes Station there is a new hot music scene happening at the Old Western Saloon. Jerry Lunsford, of KWMR radio, is now booking the joint, and for the most part there is a mixture of bluegrass, country and blues on the calendar. See Three Mile Grade on the 16th, Wilson McFarlin & Friends on the 22nd, Love Rocket on the 23rd, and Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors on the 29th.
Singer/guitarist Kyle Alden has quite a few gigs this month. On the 17th see him at the San Gregorio Store on his own from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the 22nd at BookBeat from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on the 28th at Schmidt’s Pub in Albany with the band Curfew from 7-9 p.m.
Lauralee Brown, besides playing on the 15th at Saylor's Landing as noted above, will be with her band on the 17th on the Sausalito Empress bay cruise from 4-8 p.m. And on the 26th, from 8-10 p.m., you can see her at The Left Bank in Larkspur as guest vocalist with the Jon Stiener Jazz Trio.
Marin bluegrass jam. On the 21st the jam will take place at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, from 7:30-10 p.m.
The Sons of Emperor Norton, with San Anselmo’s Gary Bauman on lead guitar, will be will be the Sweetspot in Santa Rosa on the 21st, at Anna's Cantina in St Helena on the 22nd and at The Baltic in Pt. Richmond on the 30th. The Sons play vintage rockabilly and, besides Gary, also feature "Sourdough" Joe Kaline on vocals and rhythm guitar, Eva Maass and Scott Hoover on bass, Ed Randol on sax, Dale Gutridge on trumpet, and George Smeltz on drums.
The David Thom Band will be picking bluegrass at Murphy’s in Sonoma on the 22nd.
Music is brewing at the Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax. Bands play most Wednesdays starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover, and great beer, food and music. There will be a special night on Saturday the 23rd when the pub will celebrate its second anniversary as well as owner Michael Altman’s 40th birthday and his wedding anniversary, and, as noted above, The Chazz Cats will perform. See The Rowan Brothers with Barry Sless on Wednesday the 27th
Love Rocket, a psychedelic folk-rock band with amazing three-part harmonies reminiscent of the Byrds, will be playing at The Old Western Saloon at Pt. Reyes on the 23rd. If you like jangly electric 12-string guitar and vocal harmonies, don't miss theses folks.
Santa Rosa House Concerts proudly presents the Calistoga singer-songwriter duo Lindalou & Michael Ryge for an evening of music and dining on the 23rd. Lindalou and Michael have been making music together for 30 years. Their first album, Beginner's Luck, released in summer of 2003, is brimming with close harmonies, true stories and adventures reflecting their love for life and each other. Their music is diverse in style, ranging from instrumental to a cappella, from story songs and love ballads to quirky autobiographical tales. Doors open 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner 6, show starts 7. Admission is $15.00. Reservations required. Call (707) 538-1215 for details, or e-mail HouseConcerts@monitor.net.
The Kings River Bluegrass Association & The Fresno Folklore Society present The 7th Annual Kings River Bluegrass Festival on the 23rd and 24th in Hobbs Grove Park in the town of Sanger. There are a few Bay Area bands on the schedule – The Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band, The Mighty Crows, Barefoot Nellies – as well as The Mill Creek Boys, Heartland Harvest, Kenny Hall and The Long Haul String Band, Boys in The Woods, The Kings River Gospelairs, and others.
Marinwood Music in the Park. On the fourth Sunday of these warmer months there are free concerts in Marinwood Park in San Rafael from 1-3 p.m. On the 24th see Swing Society.
Vern Williams Tribute. There will be a special show at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on the 24th to pay tribute to the late bay Area bluegrass icon, Vern Williams, who died in June. Former bandmates of Vern, as well as musicians who have been influenced by his music, take the stage in an exciting evening spotlighting his great repertoire and memorable style. Some of the players will be Herb Pedersen, Larry Park (the son of Vern's former duo partner, Ray Park), Butch Waller & High Country, The Kathy Kallick Band, The Pine Valley Boys, True Blue w/Del Williams (Vern's son), plus Mayne Smith, Eric Thompson, Scott Hambly, and many others.
They’re pickin’ up in Sebastopol on the 24th. It is a gospel, bluegrass and old-time gathering, and it takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Len and Jeanie Carl are the hosts, and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing.
The Jeb Brady Band will be playing the blues on the 24th at 19 Broadway in Fairfax and at Smiley's in Bolinas on the 29th.
Schoenberg Guitars. Besides being a wonderful acoustic guitar shop on Ark Row in Tiburon, Eric Schoenberg also has concerts and workshops there from time to time. However, this month Eric will be celebrating 20 years of being in business with a special show at 142 Throckmorton on the 29th featuring Jorma Kaukonen, Barry Mitterhoff, Laurence Juber, Mike Dowling, Muriel Anderson and other special guests.
Rock and Blues By The Lake will be going on out in West Marin on the 30th. This year you can see Jefferson Starship,
Sons of Champlin, David Laflamme Band (formerly of It’s A Beautiful Day), The Rowan Brothers, Verge, The Alameda All Stars, and Tim Cain.
Ed Neff and Friends continue to play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.
Music Television. There is some good music stuff on TV on KQED-Channel 9, public television, in the SF Bay Area:
TANGO – THE SPIRIT OF ARGENTINA 9/15 9 p.m.: “Tango is a unique _expressio! in music, song and dance, a local art form that blossomed to enchant and seduce the whole world. Produced on location in Buenos Aires in May 2004, this program displays the finest of Argentinean tango in a unique performance special that brings together the best singers, musicians and dancers, at a combination of locations and concert venues, to showcase the past and present of tango both for existing tango lovers and a whole new audience waiting to discover its magic.”
MY NAME IS BARBRA 9/16 8 p.m.: “Great Performances is proud to present the two historic musical showcases that brought Barbra Streisand the same unprecedented triumph on television that she had already achieved on Broadway and in recordings. My Name is Barbra, her first pioneering special from 1965, garnered five Emmys, including the first of several for Streisand personally, as well as her first Peabody Award. The critical acclaim was unprecedented, with UPl exclaiming, 'She is so great it is shocking. She may well be the most supremely talented and complete popular entertainer that this country has ever produced.