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
1 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
2 — 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.
3 — David Grier, Lagunitas Taproom, Petaluma.
4 — PatchySanders, Freight & Salvage Stage At First Friday Art Walk, Oakland.
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.
"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.
5 — Uncle Ephus, American Burger, Monterey.
5 — PatchySanders, Fifth Street Farms, Berkeley.
6 – John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
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.
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
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
14 — 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
17 – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
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.
20 — 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
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
25 — Canyon Johnson, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Alameda.
25 – 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.
27 — 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.
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.