It’s Saint Patrick’s Week in Northern California and we have a barrel of bluegrass fun waiting for you! Come on out and enjoy some shows! Here are the Thursday to Thursday listings:
THURSDAY, March 12
Kathy Kallick Band, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.
Crary Evans & Spurgeon, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, Folsom.
Claire Lynch Band, The Palms, Winters.
Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
Lil’ Smokies, Rusty Stringfield, The Neckbeard Boys, Good N Ready, The Chapel, San Francisco.
Opening Night: Cole Porter’s Musical “Anything Goes” With Helen Foley (in the lead as Hope Harcourt), Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, Palo Alto.
FRIDAY, The 13th
Kathy Kallick Band, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose.
The Naked Bootleggers, Little Fuller Band, Sugar By The Pound, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
Claire Lynch Band, The Barefoot Movement, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
Working Girl Blues With Laurie Lewis, Mary Gibbons, T Sisters, Melody Walker, Allegra & Robin, Avery Hellman, Calliope, Rita Hosking, Ashkenaz, Berkeley.
Hilltown, Pajaro Bar & Grill, Salinas.
Skidanenko & Green Duet With Katya Polovina, Cafe Velo Rouge, San Francisco.
Mission Hill, A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica.
SATURDAY, Pi (3.1415) Day
Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.
The Stragglyrs, Los Gatos Farmers Market, Los Gatos.
Alison Steele & Becky Hendricks, The Pie Ranch, Pescadero.
Scott Law Bluegrass Dimensions, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.
The Dim Lights, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.
Natural Drift, Dillians Bar & Grill, Lincoln.
Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol.
Claire Lynch Band, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto. (NCBS-welcomed)
Peter Rowan, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.
Houston Jones With Stevie Coyle, Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette.
David Thom Band, Red Dog Ash, Westside Theatre, Newman.
Ain’t Misbehavin’, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.
Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Lighted Window Concert, Campbell United Church of Christ, Campbell.
Barwick & Siegfried, The Palms, Winters.
Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, Fox Theatre, Oakland.
Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
The Sam Chase, Slim’s, San Francisco.
Celtic Belles, Grand Avenue Deli, Pacific Grove.
The Barefoot Movement, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.
Peter Feldmann & Blaine Sprouse, San Ynez Valley Grange Hall, Los Olivos.
Richard Brandenburg, The Bazaar Cafe, San Francisco.
Steve Kaufman & Friends, Slide Mountain Bluegrass Band, Mountain Music Parlor, Reno.
BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.
The Edge Of Art, Fuel Dock Saloon, Morro Bay.
SUNDAY, The Ides Of March
Circle R Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
Extended Roots Band, The Tea Cottage, Dublin.
The Barefoot Movement, Jeannie & Chuck, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
Keith Little, Sharon Gilchrist & Mike Witcher, Foothill Community Concert Series, San Jose.
MONDAY, March 16
Windy Hill, The Cherry Pickers, Amnesia, San Francisco.
Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
Lonesome Otis, Viva Cantina, Burbank.
TUESDAY, St. Patrick’s Day
Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.
Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
The Bearcat Stringband With Julay Brooks & Barbara Rosner, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.
The Mild Colonial Boys, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.
Them Travelin’ Birds, BanjerDan, Last Stage West, Atascadero.
Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
Paul Knight & Friends, Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station.
Faux Renwah, Jack Douglass Saloon, Columbia.
Michael & Shay Black, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
Casey Wickstrom & Autumn Rose Thompson,The Brittania Arms, Cupertino.
The Brothers Barton, Padre Hotel, Bakersfield.
WEDNESDAY, March 18
Mr. Sun Featuring Darol Anger, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.
Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
Black Eyed Susies, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
Strange On The Range, Brasserie St. James, Reno, NV.
Java Invitational Jam, The Coffee Cat, Scott’s Valley.
THURSDAY, March 19
Blue & Lonesome, 18th Anniversary, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.
Mr. Sun Featuring Darol Anger, The Palms, Winters.
Maverick — A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.
Amber Cross, Shell Cafe, Townes Tribute, Pismo Beach.
Front Country, Dustbowl Revival, Mystic Theater, Petaluma.
The True Life Troubadours (Boulder Creek) are set to perform at the FREE Saturday, May 2, 2015 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair.
The relaxed afternoon fair has been held on the first Saturday of May since 1986 and is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Five bands will play throughout the afternoon at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park.
This beloved Rite Of Spring features bluegrass music, springtime picnicing, a raffle with tickets to upcoming summer bluegrass events, food, ducks on the pond, and your friends!
The benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society helps support area bluegrass projects throughout the year.
The Claire Lynch Band will perform at a Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert in Palo Alto on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Concert Location: First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto.
The next two RBA concerts will be held at this new Palo Alto location due to schedule conflicts at the Mountain View church used for many past shows.
The concert schedule remains the same: 5:00pm — Open Jam, 7:00 — Concert Doors Open, 7:30 — Concert Begins.
Claire Lynch will call in to the Monday Night Bluegrass Show on KKUP Radio, 91.5FM during the 6:00pm hour for a short interview.
The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, will soon award scholarships from the NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund to assist needy students at the upcoming Spring 2015 camp near Petaluma, set for April 9-12.
The fund accepts tax-deductible donations and disburses scholarships for deserving music camp students. Donations for the NCBS fund can be sent to: Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. PO Box 390846, Mountain View, CA 94039-0846, Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.
Donations to the NCBS fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisers. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not seek a tax deduction may make donations directly to the camp. More information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp.
Here is the breaking news in Northern California bluegrass music:
New California Old Time Fiddlers Association Chapter In Mother Lode
A new Mother Lode area chapter of the California Old Time Fiddlers Association met for the first time on March 1, 2015 at the Standard Community Church in Standard (Tuolumne County). The organization will meet first Sunday afternoons.
KCSM TV In San Mateo Programs Bluegrass Music Programs
KCSM-TV, the public broadcast service of the College of San Mateo, now programs a significant amount of bluegrass and related music. The San Mateo station is available on digital Channel 60 and on most cable systems in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The troubled station is slated to disappear in about two years when arrangements are finalized to convert the station’s allocated broadcast spectrum to cell phone transmission use. In the meantime, a wide variety of less commercial music styles such as bluegrass get air time, along with other lower-cost public television fare.
The Festival: The Brookdale Bluegrass Springfest 2015 continues the Brookdale festival tradition that dates back to 1998 at the old Brookdale Lodge. The 2015 event will be held for the first time at The Great Room high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Soquel. The festival will be held on Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, and like all past Brookdale events, is welcomed by the NCBS.
Tickets: Advance Tickets are available online. Advance Ticket Prices: 3-Day — $45, 2-Day – $35, Friday — $15, Saturday — $30, Sunday — $10. Tickets will be available at the door beginning Friday afternoon. Ticket prices will be higher at the door.
Performances: All music performances will be indoors. Jamming will be both indoors and outdoors
FRIDAY, March 6
6:00pm — Rick Ednie & Bluegrass Roundup
7:00 — Sugar By The Pound
8:00 — The Lampel Brothers
9:00 — Houston Jones
SATURDAY, March 7
9:00am — Banjo Workshop with BanjerDan Mazer
10:00 — Songwriting Workshop with Jean Butterfield
1:00pm — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers
2:00 — Skyline Special
3:00 — Bad Neighbor
4:00 — Dinner Break
6:00 — Sidetrack
7:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band
8:00 — Sourdough Slim
9:00 — The Naked Bootleggers
SUNDAY, March 8
11:00am — BanjerDan Kids Show
Noon — Jean Butterfield
1:00 — Eddie DuCommun
2:00 — Toby Gray & Patty Maxine with Bob Carter
3:00 — Festival Ends
The festival will be held at a NEW LOCATION, The Great Room, between Summit Road and the town of Soquel, on Miller Hill Road, off of San Jose Soquel Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Address: 24500 Miller Hill Road. Phone: (408) 655-3333.
From Los Gatos: Take Highway 17 South to the summit. Then take Summit Road south to San Jose-Soquel Road. Go downhill towards Soquel, then left on Miller Hill Road (do NOT take “Miller Cutoff”), The Great Room is on the right at 24500 Miller Hill Road.
From Santa Cruz: Take Highway 1 south to Soquel. Exit at Bay/Porter. Go east on San Jose-Soquel Road, then right on Miller Hill Road. The Great Room is on the right at 24500 Miller Hill Road.
Camping: Camping is available for $10 per unit per night (RVs or tents), payable at the gate. An outdoor shower will be available. An evening bonfire will be provided. No hookups.
Food: Food will be available onsite at The Great Room Cafe. No alcohol will be sold onsite, but attendees may bring their own drinks. No drugs allowed. Supplies can be purchased at The Summit Store near the corner of Summit Road and San Jose-Soquel Road or at various stores in the town of Soquel.
Weather: Nice! Sunny. Friday: High 74 Low 41, Saturday: High 75 Low 46, Sunday: High 73 Low 46.
Dogs: No dogs are allowed in the house. If you will pick up after your dog, then your dog is allowed ON LEASH on the upper part of the property (above the lower driveway), off leash on the lower part of the property.
Smoking: No smoking is allowed except next to the bonfire.
And remember…all of your friends will be there!