Delta-Sierra News
Delta-Sierra Activities Vice President

Hi Y’all,

Okay - Chanukah tonight and Christmas around the corner. Hope you all have a great holiday!
If you missed Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes, you missed one heck of a show. Rob is great, but Trey Hensley is one of the finest guitarists in just so many genres, incredible and he’s only 24…I expect great things!

Looks like the Black Oak Casino is once again getting some great Bluegrass Bands in the line-up for next year. Michael Cleveland and The Flamekeepers in January and Blue Highway in March.

Sonora Contra-Dance will not happen on the 3rd Saturday in December, It will be on New Years Eve beginning at 8:00 pm at the Aronos Club.

2nd Saturday Art Walk…every second Saturday of the month, there is an Art Walk in Sonora. Businesses and art galleries remain open from 5-8:00 pm. Many of the locations have live entertainment so come on down and hangout. Info - my contact

CBA Website. Band Links, chat rooms, CBA news of note, etc. go to


Modesto Jam at the Queen Bean Coffee House from 7:00-9:00 pm every Tuesday of the month except the first sponsored by Rainy 1126 14th Street.

Open Mic in Angel’s Camp every Saturday from 7:00-9:30 pm at Sidewinders in the basement next to Aeolian Harp for info email

Open Mic in Manteca 7-9:00 pm at the Café Aroma 1499 West Yosemite across from the Good will store. For info call (209) 824-9978

Open Mic at Sonora Joe’s 2nd and 4th Thursday 7-9:00 pm on Washington St.

Open Mic at the Hideout Saloon in Mariposa Thursdays, 8:00 pm

Open Mic at the Rusted Mic in Lodi Thursdays, 7:00 pm

Sonora Contra Dance at the Aronos Club in Sonora 3rd Saturday of the month. 6:30 pm potluck followed by dancing at 7:30 Live String Band and callers $7 donation for info

The Irish Jam at the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia (209) 532-1885* Every 2nd Sunday from 2-6 pm This will be moving to Columbia Kate’s During the summer. Starts in May!!!!

Merced Jam at The Coffee Bandits . First Tuesday of the month. Bluegrass, Old time, Americana. Acoustic only. 7:00 -9:30 PM 309 W. Main St. Merced CA. 209-383-1200

KCSS FAT SUNDAY from Turlock begins at 10 am with Texas Red until 1:00pm; and Uncle John every other Sunday afternoon from 1-4:00pm with old-time, bluegrass, classic country, western swing, etc. Please tune in at 91.9 FM or

New Community radio station at this station will feature music from many local bands and will serve the foothills including Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador at 90.7 Broadcasts now on the air.


Rainy Day Ramblers at the Speakeasy Club in Modesto 12th and J St. from 7-9:00 pm Country, Texas Swing and Bluegrassish every Thursday Night

Al Medina Friday’s at the Redwood Café from 6-9:00 pm in Modesto

Tim Hagar and Friends at the Hideout Saloon in Mariposa from 7-10:00 pm Sundays Jazz and blues

News in the Key of A

Thursday, December 18: Fiddles, Etc at Mike’s Pizza, Mono Way, Sonora, 6:00-8:30 PM, Country, bluegrass and Old-time Fiddle Music

Friday, December 19 Old Soles at the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill from 9-11:30 pm

Saturday, December 20 Sour Dough Slim and The Saddle Pals with Faux Renwah and Robert Armstrong at the SutterCreek Theater for their Christmas Show for info go to

Tuesday, December 30 Julio Inglasses at Alchemy for wine tasting night 4-8:00 pm

Saturday, January 10 Sourdough Slim and The Saddle Pals with Faux Renwah and Robert Armstrong at the Black Bart Theatre 7:30pmDowntown Murphys (580 S. Algiers)

Thursday, January 8 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeepers at the Black Oak Casino 8-10:00 pm in the Willow Lounge.

Thursday-Sunday, January 8-11 The Great 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield Claifornia at the Bakersfield Double Tree Hotel Reservations at 888-779-4694 or 661-323-7111 48 hours of continuous bluegrass Jams in many suites. Not to be missed plus a concert on Friday night band tba

Saturday, January 10 Sonora Art Walk 2nd Saturday Magnolia Rhythm Trio at Downtown Shoes 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturday, January 10 American Guitar Masters at The Sutter Creek Theater with Peter Janson and Larry Pattis for info

Thursday, January 15 The Little Fuller Band doing Americana at The Black Oak Casino from 8-10:00 pm in the Willow Lounge

Saturday, January 17 Red Dog Ash with Front Country at the Westside Theater in Newman 7:30 Tickets $12 in advance for info go to

Saturday, February 14 Red Dog Ash with AJ Lee at the Westside Theater in Newman 7:30 Tickets $12 in advance for info go to

Tuesday, March 3 Blue Highway at The Black Oak Casino 8-10 PM in the Willow Lounge

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8 Sonora Celtic Faire with Celtica, Black Eyed Dempseys, Black Irish Band, Clan, Stand Easy, Tempest and more for info go to

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8 Bluegrass on The Beach in Lake Havasu. This is a fun festival especially when you need to get away because of cabin fever. With Blue Highway, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Spinney Brothers, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, Karl Shiflett & Big Country , Monroe Crossing, Red Dog Ash, Sonoran Dogs, Adkins & Loudermilk (1 set, Friday ONLY)
Nu~Blu (1 set, Saturday ONLY) for info go to

Saturday, March 14 Red Dog Ash with David Thom Band at the Westside Theater in Newman 7:30 Tickets $12 in advance for info go to

Saturday, May 2 Red Dog Ash with Dan Cray and Thunderation at the Westside Theater in Newman 7:30 Tickets $12 in advance for info go to

Thursday-Sunday June 18-21, CBA Father’s Day Festival 40th Anniversary with The Kentucky Colonels Reunion, The Good Ol’Persons Reunion, The Bluegrass Patriots Reunion for info go to

See ya


I typically provide information about music in the five counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Amador and Calaveras. On occasion, I will post events out of the area, I do this as a favor to bands who live in this area and are performing elsewhere. Please do not be offended if I do not provide statewide coverage.

Posted By:  Bill Schneiderman

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