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Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter

John Hettinger, CBA Sacramento Area Activities VP
113 Puffer Way, Folsom, CA 95630 916-990-0719 E-mail:

August 2015

Hettingers’ Annual Jam/Potluck, August 8, Folsom
It’s that time of the year again! John & Loretta Hettinger (that’s us) will host their 16th annual jam / potluck at their home (aka Folsom Opry House), 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, on August 8. The pickin’ will start around 400 PM & go late. A potluck dinner will happen around 600 PM. This is always a fun event, not because of us, but because of all y’all 40 or more pickers jamming in several rooms of our house plus the backyard. There will be music everywhere. Everyone from beginning jammers to A-level pickers can find a fun jam. Grinners & your bluegrass friends are welcome. We’ll have lots of good music, good food, & good company. Come pick some tunes with the folks you don’t get to see often enough. Sodas, tea, coffee, bottled water, ice, ice chests for your other beverages, & all the paper / plastic ware will be provided. Bring your bluegrass instruments, potluck dish, & any other beverages of your choice. This jam has become an annual tradition in the Sacramento area; out-of-towners are welcome to come & stay overnight. Just bring your sleeping bags or small RV, & we’ll provide the floor or parking space, maybe even a bed or two for the first ones to reserve them. If you need further info, call 916-990-0719 or Email

Cliff Compton & Mountaintop, August 1, Sacramento
Cliff Compton & Mountaintop will perform in concert at the Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,, August 1 at 700 PM (door at 630 PM). Theirs is a big tent gospel bluegrass band with influences running from Pentecostal gospel, to doo wop, bluegrass, country western & swing & a touch of Django. I’ve never heard anyone sing with more joy than Cliff. Their harmonies are jazz influenced & heartfelt. Mountaintop is like the weather, If you don’t like ‘em, wait five minutes. They stay within the tradition, but push the edges. Mountaintop consists of Cliff Compton, Dave Rietz, Allen Hendricks, Zack Zapinor, & the Lovely Renee. Tickets are $15.

Rob & Christine Bonner and Joe Craven, August 1, Auburn
The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center / State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-0156,, will present an enjoyable evening of acoustic music, featuring Christine Bonner, Joe Craven, Rob Bonner, & friends, Saturday, August 1, 730 PM. Christine is one of the area's most popular folk harpists & has performed for many years in concerts & special engagements throughout the West Coast. Christine’s debut album Sand Castles attained a number 1 ranking on the “Americana” charts at KVMR radio. Her musical style includes a wonderful blend of Celtic, Latin, Classical, & Jazz. Rob, a long time Sierra foothills musician, is well known for his work with The South Loomis Quickstep, a Bluegrass band that toured all over the country & in Europe. Rob has released a new CD, Violet’s Old Guitar, a Musical Journey, a retrospective look at his career that has spanned over forty years. Christine & Rob will be joined by their friend & world renowned multi-instrumentalist, Joe Craven, on fiddle, mandolin, & percussion. Joe has kept impressive musical company over the years, as a former member of the David Grisman Quintet. Joe also performed with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Bonnie Raitt, Darol Anger, & many others. The trio will be joined by two very special guests & dear friends: guitarist / songwriter Bill Edwards, who over the years has worked with many bands including The South Loomis Quickstep, Way Out West, & currently with Webster, Walton, & Edwards. Also joining on the bass will be Brett Cole, well known for his work with the Pyronauts, a very popular “surf” band from the Auburn area; he is also a veteran of numerous jazz & classical ensembles, & is currently working with the Bob Woods trio as well. Tickets are $20.

2015 Festivals, Music Camps, & Campouts

Good Old Fashioned Festival: August 6 - 9, Tres Pinos,

Bowers Mansion Festival: August 14 - 16, between Carson City & Reno, NV,

Summergrass: August 14 - 16, Vista (near San Diego),

CBA Golden Old-Time Campout: August 27 - 30, Poker Flat, Lake Sonoma,

Strawberry Music Festival: September 3 - 7, Tuolumne City,

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival: September 11 - 12, McCloud,

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 16 - 20, Berkeley,

American River Music Festival: September 18 - 21, Coloma,

KVMR Celtic Festival: October 2 - 4, Grass Valley,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 2 - 4, San Francisco,

Dixon Lambtown Festival: October 3 - 4, Dixon,

Walker Creek Music Camp: October 8 - 11, rural Marin County,

CBA Fall Campout: October 19 - 28, Lodi,

Palms Playhouse, multiple artists & dates, Winters
The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058,, produces a number of outstanding shows of interest to bluegrass fans. Here’s what they have for August.
Ray Wylie Hubbard: August 1, 830 PM, $25. American elder statesman celebrating his newest CD The Ruffian’s Misfortune.
Jimmy LaFave Band: August 13, 800 PM, $20. Red dirt music from one of the best.
Peppino D’Agostino: August 14, 800 PM, $20. Inventive acoustic guitar virtuoso.

Save the Dates

Marcia Ball: September 11, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, $30

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: September 30, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley, $37 - 87

Kathy Kallick Band: October 23, Folsom Opry House (aka Hettingers’), $25, or $20 for CBA advance donation

Rita Hosking: November 7, Sutter Creek Theater

T Sisters: Rescheduled to 2016 at the Folsom Opry House

Other Events
Unless otherwise indicated, these events are without charge as far as I know, but patronage of the venue is expected. Come out & support these venues that produce our music. House concerts are by donation, all of which typically goes to the artists.

Barwick & Siegfried: July 31, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Merrygold: July 31, 800 PM, Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-8481,, $10.

T Sisters: August 1, 900 - 1130 PM, Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St, Davis, 530-758-4333,, $5.

Putah Creek Crawdads: August 1 & 15, 830 - 1130 AM, Davis Farmer’s Market, Central Park, 3rd & C Sts, Davis, 530-756-1695,

Gold Stars: August 2, 900 AM - 1230 PM, Land Park Farmer’s Market, 4001 21st St, Sacramento, 916-484-7000,

Paul Thorn Band: August 6, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $22.50.
Steve McLane: August 6, 100 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks: August 6, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Dustbowl Revival: August 7, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $20.

MerryGold: August 7, 500 - 800 PM, Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Rd, Camino, 530-622-8094,, $5 parking.

MerryGold: August 8, 600 PM, Sacramento Bike Kitchen, 1915 I St, Sacramento, 916-538-2725, Part of 2nd Saturday Art Walk.

Riverbend: August 10, 700 PM, Sun City Roseville Timber Creek Ballroom, 7050 Del Web Blvd, Roseville, 916-774-3870,, $10.

Putah Creek Crawdads: August 11, 430 - 700 PM, Woodland Farmer’s Market at Woodland Healthcare, 1325 Cottonwood, Woodland, 530-666-2626,

Hot Buttered Rum: August 14, 800 PM, Sierra Nevada Lodge, 103 Main St, Calpine, 530-562-7051,, $25.

Brothers Comatose: August 15, 800 PM, Sierra Nevada Lodge, 103 Main St, Calpine, 530-562-7051,, $25.

Terry Robb: August 15, 730 PM, house concert in Shingle Springs,, $20 donation.

All Star Bluegrass Jam hosted by Brothers Comatose: August 16, 1200 PM, Sierra Nevada Lodge, 103 Main St, Calpine, 530-562-7051,

The Waifs: August 19, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $57.

Tamara Phelan Trio: August 20, 700 PM, Haggin Museum, 1201 N Pershing, Stockton, 209-940-6300,, $8.

Gold Stars: August 20, 530 PM, Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 2nd St, Davis, 530-756-2739,

T Sisters + Front Country: August 21, 800 PM, Sierra Nevada Lodge, 103 Main St, Calpine, 530-562-7051,, $15

F Street Stompers: August 21, 900 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Hill Country & Friends: August 22, 530 - 830 PM, Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larson, Camino, 530-644-1594,, $20 before August 4, $25 afterward. Barn dance, called by Eileen Butterfield; fundraiser for Camino Community Action Committee.

Riverbend: August 22, 600 PM, Schofield’s Cowboy Campfire, Red Mule Ranch, 17134 Red Mule Rd, Fiddletown, 209-296-4519, $50 for chuckwagon dinner & concert in a scenic outdoor venue.

Gold Stars: August 22, 600 PM, The Shack, 5201 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-457-5997,

Skin & Bones: August 22, 630 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Mike Justis Band: August 27, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Maria Muldaur: August 29, 800 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $32.

Fruit Jar Pickers: Every Sunday, 1000 AM - 1200 N, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready Hwy, about 5 miles west of Grass Valley, 530-272-4320, Donations accepted.

Regular Jams

Every Friday, 500 - 700 PM, Main Street Music, 263 Main St (corner Center), Placerville, 530-622-1357.

Every Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Open mike & jam.

Every Wednesday, 600 - 900 PM, Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-264-7263.

Every Thursday, 700 - 1000 PM, Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 600 - 900 PM, McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville, 707-448-8963.

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 600 - 900 PM, Landmark Baptist Church, 609 Figueroa, Folsom, 916-988-8062. New pickers welcome.

1st Sunday of the month, 100 - 400 PM, National Hotel, 211 Broad St, Nevada City, 530-575-8766. Old-time jam.

2nd Sunday of the month, 100 - 500 PM, Old-Time Fiddlers, Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, Orangevale, 916-723-2314.

2nd Sunday of the month,100 - 400 PM, Lockdown Brewery, 718 Sutter St (upstairs), Folsom, 916-358-9645.?

2nd & 5th Thursdays, 600 - 900 PM, bluegrass jam at various Sacramento area homes. Call Ron at 916-988-8062 or John at 916-990-0719 for location. New pickers welcome.

3rd Sunday of the month, 300 - 600 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-346-6942.

3rd Tuesday of the month, 630 - 800 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Beginners bluegrass club.

3rd Thursday of the month, 730 - 1000 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751.

4th Thursday of the month, 600 - 900 PM, Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786, New pickers welcome.

From Your Publisher
Some of the copy in this newsletter may not be original but gathered from various sources & adapted to fit into this newsletter format. Since the CBA does not fund this newsletter, I need your help to support this newsletter for distribution at music stores and festivals. You can send your donation of cash or check payable to John Hettinger to the address at the top of this newsletter. For mid-month updates check Sacramento Bluegrass on Facebook. Events listed are current at the time of publication as far as I know but are subject to change or cancellation. Before traveling to an event, it is always advisable to call ahead to check the time & ensure that it is taking place as scheduled.
Posted By:  John Hettinger

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