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The Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For February 2015

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Keith Little & The Littleband

Keith Little & The Littleband

There will be plenty of live bluegrass music all around Northern California and beyond during the month of February. The Hillbilly Robot Festival (in its second year) runs each weekend in San Francisco featuring bands like The Earl Brothers, The Creak, The Vivants, Bearcat Stringband, The Beauty Operators, and more.

The biggest on-air festival in the Bay Area, KKUP’s Bluegrass, Folk & Country Marathon, runs February 12-16 at 91.5FM.

new-kkup-logo-2There are many other great shows, some of which are included in this selective listing.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will be out in force — and you can join us! Here are the month’s highlights:

FEBRUARY

1 — 10 String Symphony, House Concert, Sunnyvale.

The Keller Sisters

The Keller Sisters

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

1 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

1 — The Keller Sisters, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

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

2 — Alabama Bow Ties, 10 String Symphony, Amnesia, San Francisco.

2 — Banjo Babes – Erin Inglish, Sharon Martinson & Donna Lynn Caskey, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara.

nu-blu-band-posed-name2 — Garrison Keillor, Laxson Auditorium, Chico.

2 — Nu-Blu, West Palms Conservatory, Victorville.

3 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

3 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

3 — Garrison Keillor, McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert.

Garrison Keilor

Garrison Keilor

4 — Larry Keel, One Grass Two Grass, David Thom, Zodiacs, Petaluma.

sams-bbq-sign4 — The Bee Eaters, Powderbears Log Cabin, Bear Valley.

4 — Garrison Keillor, Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto.

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

5 – Kentucky Twisters, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

5 — Collin Ludlow & The Folks, Deep Ellum, The Beehavers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking

5 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

5 — Rita Hosking Trio, Notorious Shank Brothers, Odd Fellows Hall, Davis.

studio-55-speed-limit5 – Muriel Anderson, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

5 — Garrison Keillor, California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

5-8 – SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN.

6 — Maverick — A Bluegrass Duo, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.

6 —  Keith Little & The Little Band With Special Guest Blaine Sprouse, The Palms, Winters.

6 – T Sisters, Oaksongs Society, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 27, & 28 – Hillbilly Robot Festival, various venues, San Francisco.

6-8 – Colorado River Bluegrass Music Festival, Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ.

7 – Keith Little & The Little Band With Special Guest Blaine SprouseRedwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View. (NCBS welcomed)

hillbilly-robot-festival-poster-157 — The Mosey Boys, Rincon Valley Regional Library, Santa Rosa.

7 – The Bee Eaters, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, San Juan Ridge.

7 – Poor Man’s Whiskey Performing “Graceland,” Hot Buttered Rum, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

7 — The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

8 — Banjo Babes – Moira Smiley, Evil Diane, Erin Inglish, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

8 — Natural Drift, Arden Christian Church, Sacramento.

8 — Bill Evans Banjo In America, Trinity United Methodist Church , Chico.

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

10 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

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

11 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

11 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

12  – Maverick — a Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.

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

12-16 – KKUP Bluegrass, Country & Folk Marathon, 91.5FM, South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas.

13 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar and Grill, Salinas.

The Bearcat Stringband

The Bearcat Stringband

dim-lights-winters-valentines-1513 – Prairie, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

13 — Coffee Zombie Collective, The Bluetail Flies, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

13 — Dirty Cello, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael.

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

14 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.

14 —  The Dim Lights, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.

14 — Red Dog Ash, A. J. Lee, West Side Theatre, Newman.

14 – David Thom & Aaron Redner, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

14 – True Life Troubadours, Red Rock Coffee, Mountain View.

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A. J. Lee

A. J. Lee

14 — The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Jug Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

14 — Houston Jones, Armando’s, Martinez.

14 — KWMR Sweethearts Of The Radio Benefit Concert With Blue Diamond Strings, Keeley Valentino Hogan, Heidi Clare, Ron Thomason, Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center, Point Reyes.

14 – Mostly Simply Bluegrass, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

15 – San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

15 — Mountain Fire Band, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.

15 — The Shut-Ins, Mitch Polzak, JimBo Trout & The Fishpeople, Amnesia, San Francisco.

kuumbwa-jazz-logo15 – Carolyn Sills Combo, Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

phils-fish-market-sign-entrance16 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

16 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

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

sleeping-lady-front17 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

18 — Rory McNamara & Stevie Coyle, The Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.

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

18 — Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.

18-22 – Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp, Westin & Sheraton Hotels, Kansas City. MO.

Bangers & Grass

Bangers & Grass

auburn-ca-logo19 — Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

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

19 — T Sisters, ALO, Harlow’s, Sacramento.

19 – Gregory Alan Isakov, The Shook Twins, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

t-sisters-guitar-posed20 – Grateful Bluegrass Boys, 19 Broadway, Fairfax.

20 — Marley’s Ghost, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, Auburn.

mid-winter-bluegrass-festival-logo20 — Banner Mountain Boys, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

20 — T Sisters, ALO, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

20-22 – Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza Hotel, Denver, CO.

20-22 – WinterWonderGrass Festival — Colorado, Nottingham Park, Avon, CO.

21 – Cousin Jack’s Winterfest, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

21 — Robinson Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Marley's Ghost

Marley's Ghost

21 – Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

21 – Slaid Cleaves, Oaksongs, Unitarian Universalist Church, Redding.

21 — Marley’s Ghost, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

21 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Kanbar Center for Performing Arts, San Rafael.

21 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

21 — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Castoro Cellars, Templeton.

21 & 22 — Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Harney Lane Winery, Lodi.

22 — Slaid Cleaves, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.

22 — Houston Jones, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

22 – Anne & Pete Sibley, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

23 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

24 – Slaid Cleaves, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

24 – Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

25 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

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

25 — Slaid Cleaves, Sebastopol Grange Hall, Sebastopol.

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

27 – The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.

27 — Steep Canyon Rangers, Front Country, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

27 – Avram Siegel & Blaine Sprouse, Diesel Bookstore, Oakland.

27 — Hot Buttered Rum, Dusty Green Bones Band, The Real Sarahs, Little Lake Grange Hall, Willits.

27 – Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

27 – Slaid Cleaves, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.

27 — Amy Grant, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

February 27-March 2 – Wintergrass International Music Festival, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue, WA.

28 — Rita Hosking, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose. (NCBS welcomed)

28 — Del McCoury Band, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

28 — Steep Canyon Rangers, City Winery, Napa.

28 —  Adkins & Loudermilk, Morgan Hill Grange Hall, Morgan Hill.

28 — T Sisters, ALO, The Fillmore, San Francisco (also afternoon children’s show).

28 — Slaid Cleaves, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara.

28 — The Mountain Men, Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.

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Woodshed Music & Arts To Present Rita Hosking On February 28 In San Jose

St. James Church, San Jose

St. James Church, San Jose

woodshed-music-arts-logoWoodshed Music & Arts will present Rita Hosking in a Northern California Bluegrass Society-welcomed concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in San Jose.

The show is at St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Avenue.

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking

There is plenty of street parking near the church, which is south of downtown Willow Glen. Eat before you come to the concert. Showtime is 7:30pm.

The Woodshed concert series presents a variety of roots music programming, including bluegrass, in an intimate setting.

22nd Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 6-9, 2015 At Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the newly-renamed Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA.

The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

RBA To Present Keith Little & The Littleband, Blaine Sprouse In Mountain View February 7

Keith Little & The Littleband

Keith Little & The Littleband

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present Keith Little & The Littleband With Special Guest Blaine Sprouse at the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View on Saturday, February 7.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the 7:30pm show. An open jam begins at 5:00pm at the church, as will a separate slow jam hosted by Jack Tuttle. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

The monthly RBA series will continue through May.

Blaine Sprouse

Blaine Sprouse

Yonder Mountain String Band Set For April 3 In Oakland

another-planet-entertainment-logoncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Another Planet Entertainment presentation of the Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fox Theater-Oakland on Friday, April 3, 2015.

Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band