The Bluegrass Highlights In & Around Northern California For June 2014

Picking blueberries at the Pick & Gather Festival.

Picking blueberries between music shows at the Pick & Gather Festival.

run-boy-run-so-sang-the-whipoorwill-album-coverThere are plenty of festivals to keep Northern California Bluegrass Society Members busy in June, but the month will also bring plenty of concerts and other great live music.

These are the highlights; many other fine shows also await us. See you where the music is!


May 30-June 1 – Bottle Rock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa.

May 31-June 1 – Pick And Gather Festival & Merced River Fair, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

May 31-June 1 – Redwood Mountain Faire, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.

hog-wild-bbqroaring-camp-railroads-logo1 — Grace Clark & Lisa Burns, Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

1 — Abbott Brothers & Bean Creek, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

1 — David Thom Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

1 — Run Boy Run, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.

2 — Front Country, Amnesia, San Francisco.

2 — Run Boy Run, Hacienda Restaurant, Reno, NV.

3 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

grass-valley-2014-poster3 – Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3 — Old Man Markley, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Dandelion Massacre, The Brewhouse (At Heroes), Modesto.

4 — Windy Hill, David Thom, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

4 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

4 — Natural Drift, Hog Wild BBQ, Placerville.

5 — Bonnie & The Clydes, The T Sisters, Small Town Therapy, Amnesia, San Francisco.

5 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

6 — Old Belle, The Creak, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

6 — Valley Oak, Veterans Memorial Square Park, Clovis.

6 — The Mountain Men, Mariposa Art Park Concert, then Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

6 –  Supermule, Marty O’Reilly Band, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

6 — Michael Gaither, Steve Kritzer, & Steve Uccello, Museum Of Art & History, Santa Cruz.

6-8 – Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

7 – Live Music Brunch with Rusty Stringfield, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

7 — Poor Valley Band, Partisans, Merced.

7 — Steep Ravine, Poor Man’s Whiskey, 19 Broadway, Fairfax.

7 — The Crooked Jades, (Fifth Street Farms) fifthstfarms (at) gmail (dot) com (House Concert), Berkeley.

Bonnie & The Clydes

Bonnie & The Clydes

7 — Bonnie & The Clydes, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

7 — Bearcat Stringband, Pacific Coast Brewing Co, Oakland.

7 — Suzy Thompson & Del Ray, Red Barn Community Music , Los Osos.

7 — Singing Rails Railroad Music Festival, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown.

Railtown 1897 State Park

Railtown 1897 State Park

7 — The Brothers Barton, The Bird Channel, Christian Ward, Keith Starrh, Starrh’s On The Corner/The Ford Theater, Shafter.

8 – Banjo Fiddle, Six Hands Winery, Walnut Grove.

8 – Scott Nygaard, Jody Stecher & Eric Thompson, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.

8 — Bonnie & The Clydes, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

8 — Vintage Grass, Angel Island State Park, Angel Island.

Aoife O’Donovan

Aoife O’Donovan

Old Belle

Old Belle

8 — HayDudes, Coalesce Bookstore, Morro Bay.

9 – Bonnie & The Clydes, Chris Jamison, Jesse Terry, Osteria, San Francisco.

9 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

9 — Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Club, Modesto.

10 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

10 — The Abbott Family, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

10 — Bonnie & The Clydes, 19 Broadway, Fairfax.

11 — The Deadly Gentlemen, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

11 — Rusty Stringfield, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.

11 — Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Show, Pappy McGregor’s, San Luis Obispo.

The Deadly Gentlemen

The Deadly Gentlemen

11 — Aoife O’Donovan, Liz Longley, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

12 – The Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball, Foghorn Stringband, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

city-winery-napa-logo-bw12 –  Aoife O’Donovan, Red Molly, City Winery, Napa.

12 — Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico.

sierra-nevada-brewery-exterior12-15 – CBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

live-oak-music-festival-logo-green12-21 – Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

13 – Aoife O’Donovan, Liz Longley, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

13-15 – Huck Finn’s Jubilee, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

Huck Finn's Jubilee

Huck Finn's Jubilee

13-15 – Live Oak Music Festival, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

14 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito.

14 – Harmony Grits, San Gregorio Store, San Gregorio.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

san-francisco-free-folk-festival-poster-201414 — Houston Jones, The Boathouse, Oakland.

14 — The Offshoots, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

14 – Amador City Banjo Festival, various venues, Amador City.

14-15 – La Honda Music & Art Fair, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

14-15 – Country & Bluegrass Festival, Pioneer Park, Winnemucca, NV.

15 — Banjo Fiddle, Berryessa Brewing Co., Davis.

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids

15 — Houston Jones With Stevie Coyle, Club Fox, Redwood City.

15 — San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio Store, San Gregorio.

susanville-map15 — Milk Carton Kids, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico.

16 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

16 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

16 — Milk Carton Kids, City Winery, Napa.

16-22 – Susanville Bluegrass Festival, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.

coast-cafe-bolinas-sign-front17 – Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

18 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

18 —  Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley

18 – Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

18 — Steep Ravine, The Railsplitters, Tate Toussaint, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

19 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

19 — Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

19-22 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Telluride, CO. Sold Out.

20 – Black Mountain Jungle Boys aka Black Mountain Asphalt Boys, The Dance Palace, Pt. Reyes Station.

20 — ’bout Time, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

20 — Uncle Ephus, Veteran’s Memorial Square Park, Clovis.

20 – Old Soles, Park Concert, Mokelumne Hill.

The Mosey Boys

The Mosey Boys

Valley Oak

Valley Oak

21 — Black Mountain Jungle Boys aka Black Mountain Asphalt Boys, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.

21-22 – San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Presidio Middle School, San Francisco.

22 – Carlene Carter, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

22 – The Mosey Boys, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

23 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

24 – Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

coffee-cat-scotts-valleyamnesia-day-sign25 — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Concert In The Park, Victory Park, Stockton.

25 – Kristin Andreassen & Alec Spiegelman,   The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.

25 — High Country, The Albany Taproom, Albany.

25 — Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

25 — Java Invitational Jam Hosted By Steve Rosen, Coffee Cat, Scott’s Valley.

25-28 – International Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

26 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

27 — Tim O’Brien, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito.

uss-potomac-oakland27 — Jim Lauderdale, The Easy Leaves, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

27 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

27 – Bill Evans’ Banjo In America, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.

27 – Kristin Andreassen & Alec Spiegelman, Poplar Playhouse House Concert, Berkeley.

27 – Skidanenko & Green Duet, The City Diner, San Jose.

27-29 – Kate Wolf Music Festival, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.

28 – Skidanenko & Green Duet, Canyon Johnson, First Street Cafe, Benicia.

Phil DiGirolamo, Phil's Fish Market

Phil DiGirolamo, Phil's Fish Market

28 — Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

28 — Banner Mountain Boys, Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

carolyn-sills-combo-logo-bw28 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Southern Culture On The Skids, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

29 — David Thom & Friends, Bergamot Alley, Healdsburg.

29 — High Country, Jupiter Cafe, Berkeley.

29 — Possessed By Paul James, The Naked Bootleggers, M. Lockwood Porter & Tom Vandeavond, Amnesia, San Francisco.

30 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

30 — Corrine West Band, The Fall Risk, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Wavy Gravy, Mystic Theater, Petaluma.


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