The April 2014 Bluegrass Highlights For Northern California


The Earth Bike Banjo Tour on the road to California

The Earth Bike Banjo Tour on the road to California

Will the month of April bring drought-parched Northern California some much-needed April Showers? We hope so, but in the meantime, we still have some much-needed April Bluegrass for you! Festivals are sprinkled throughout the month and there is a serious downpour of great concerts and other bluegrass entertainment raining down on our heads. (OK, we will stop now — get out and enjoy some bluegrass fun!)

There are many great shows all around the area besides the ones on this list — here are the highlights:


1 — Melody Walker & Jacob Groupman, Powdersbears Log Cabin, Bear Valley.

Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman

Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman

1 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

atlasfront12 — Steep Ravine, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

2 – SUPERMULE, Front Country, Emily Yates, The New Parrish, Oakland.

3 — Small Town Therapy, Rob Reich Trio, The Lost Church, San Francisco.

3 — Laurie Lewis With Tom Rozum & Nina Gerber, Jason Eady, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

3 – Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

good-old-days-2014-poster3 — David Grier, Lagunitas Taproom, Petaluma.

4 — PatchySanders, Freight & Salvage Stage At First Friday Art Walk, Oakland.

David Grier

David Grier

4 — Dakota Dave Hull, (House Concert) spalazzo (at) cruzio (dot) com, Santa Cruz.

4 — Hubert Davis & The Season Travelers Tribute Concert With The Grasscals, The Stone Fox, Nashville.

4-6 – Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, various venues, Modesto.

4, 5, 11, 12 — Live Musical Play — “A Tribute To Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” Paper Wing Theatre, Modesto. (NCBS-welcomed)

5 – Live Music Brunch With Elm Street, Main Street Coffee Roasting Company, Redwood City.

5 — David Grier, House Concert, Reno, NV.

5 — Uncle Ephus, Good Old Days, Pacific Grove.

5 — Yonder Mountain String Band, Fox Theater, Oakland.

5 — The Vivants, Local Honey Swing Band, Twin Oaks Tavern, Penngrove.

5 — Emmylou Harris, Warfield Theater, San Francisco.

Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle

"Oh Brother", The live musical play, through April 12.

"Oh Brother", The live musical play, through April 12.

5 — Houston Jones (acoustic show), (Rose Avenue House Concert) mark (at) roseavenue (dot) com, Piedmont.

5 — Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale.

5 — John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Palms Playhouse, Winters.

spring-2014-sf-cba-events-poster5 — Uncle Ephus, American Burger, Monterey.

5 — PatchySanders, Fifth Street Farms, Berkeley.

6 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Molly Tuttle  & John Mailander, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Dark Hollow

Dark Hollow

6 – One Lane Ahead, The Lucky Horseshoe, San Francisco.

6 – Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber, Aromas Grange Hall, Aromas.

6 — Bluegrass Day, The Flower Fields, Carlsbad.

6 — PatchySanders, Papa Bear & Kendra McKinley, Hotel Utah, San Francisco.

7 — Front Country, Amnesia, San Francisco.

8 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

9 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

10 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheeseboard Collective, Berkeley.

10-13 — Roseanne Cash, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco.

10-13 –- Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 10-13, Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX.

Eddie DuCommun will perform at Don Quixiote's in Felton on Friday, April 11.

Eddie DuCommun

11 – The Naked Bootleggers, Snap Jackson and The Knock on Wood Players, Eddie DuCommun Band, Don Quixote’s, Felton. Note: Eddie DuCommun’s many friends are encouraged to attend this show.

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

11 — Red Dog Ash, Rock Ridge, West Side Theater, Newman.

11 — Sharon Gilchrist & Scott Law, Camp Cedar Glen, Julian.

11 — Arlo Guthrie, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

11 — Jimbo Trout & the Fishpeople, Lagunitas Taproom, Petaluma.

11 — Banjo Fiddle, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC-Davis, Davis.

12 — Live Music Brunch With Savannah Blu, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

12 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

12 – A Day Of Bluegrass, Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall, St. Helena. (NCBS-welcomed)

12 — D’Lilah Monroe & The Tom Cats, The Lucky Horseshoe, San Francisco.

13 — Kathy Mattea, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

The Shook Twins

The Shook Twins

woodshed-music-arts-logo14 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

15 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

15 — The Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish market, Moss Landing.

16 — The Shook Twins, Steve Poltz, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

16 — Noel Paul Stookey, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

16 — Natural Drift, Hog Wild BBQ, Placerville.

16 — Taj Mahal, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

The Kentucky Twisters

The Kentucky Twisters

17 – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

Laura Lind

Laura Lind

17 — The Shook Twins, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

17 – Si Kahn & Laura Lind, (Protect Bristol Bay House Concert) houseconcert (at) att (dot) net, Oakland.

18 – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

18 — The Kentucky Twisters, The Plough and Stars, San Francisco.

19 — Canyon Johnson, Mountain Dojo, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

19 – Seabright Stringfest, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz.

19 — Houston & Jones, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose.

19 — Phoebe Hunt & Connor Forsyth, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur.

19 – Rick Sparks & Karen Roemmich, (Barn Concert) brookdalebluegrass (at) hotmail (dot) com, Bonny Doon.

19 – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, Auburn.

san-gregorio-store20 — Montara Mountain Boys, San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

21 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

21-27 – CBA Spring Campout, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock.

Le Bateau Irve

Le Bateau Irve

22 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

23 – Ray Bierl With Markie Sanders & Charlie Hancock, Le Bateau Irve, Berkeley.

23 — Greg Brown, Rio Theater, Santa Cruz.

23 — Scott Nygaard & Sharon Gilchrist, Annalivia, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

23 — Erin English & Anna Cosper “The Good Folk Show,” The Ugly Mug, Soquel. (Part of Portland to San Luis Obispo Bike & Music Tour)

23 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

24 – Bangers & Grass (Jim Nunally, Chad Manning, Bill Evans, Tom Bekeny & Steve Pottier), Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

24, 25 & 26 – The String Cheese Incident, Fox Theater, Oakland.

24-27 – Merfefest, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.

Bangers & Grass

Bangers & Grass

25 — Canyon Johnson, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Alameda.

city-diner-san-jose-logo25 – The Skidanenko & Green Duet, City Diner, San Jose.

25-27 – DIO Fest, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.

25-27 – Two Day Town, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore.

26 — Sidesaddle & Co, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Los Altos.

26 –  Vern Williams & Ray Park Tribute With Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Windy Hill, St. Cyprians, San Francisco.

26 – Jim Kweskin With Suzy Thompson, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

26 – The Skidanenko & Green Duet, Velo Rouge Cafe, San Francisco.

amnesia-day-signphils-fish-market-sign27 — Greg Brown, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

27 — Sarah Jarosz, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

27 – Pig’s Foot String Band, Lilly Mac’s, Sunnyvale.

28 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

29 – Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

29 — Sarah Jarosz, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

29 — Glad To Be Here , Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

A bit of obscure, but beloved, bluegrass history in Nashville.

A bit of obscure, but beloved, bluegrass history in Nashville.

30 — Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Irons Springs Pub, Fairfax.

30 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

— Special Event: Panel Discussion —

April 1 at The Chapel — Keeping The San Francisco Music Scene Alive, 8:00pm, with John Vanderslice, musician and owner, Tiny Telephone Studios; Jocelyn Kane, executive director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission; Guy Carson, former owner, Cafe Du Nord; Adam Theis, founder, Jazz Mafia; Jeremy Pollock, Legislative Aide, Supervisor John Avalos.


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