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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:

January 2015

CBA Great 48, January 8 - 11, Bakersfield
The annual CBA Great 48 will be held January 8 - 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield. Hopefully you have already taken advantage of the CBA room rate with the hotel because this hotel is full, but others are available. Several other bluegrass organizations from all over California have established a presence at this event. Besides the incredible opportunity to jam with others from around the region, four organized events will be available. On Thursday night the Brothers Barton from Bakersfield & MojaviSoul from San Diego will perform a free concert in the Presidential Suite. Paul & Loren Barton feature their major songwriting talent backed by their haunting vocals & excellent mandolin & guitar musicianship. MojaviSoul is a quintet reminiscent at times of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli’s Minor Swing. On Friday night the Bakersfield Kiwanis will present Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper in a benefit concert for leukemia research. Nine-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland is no stranger to CBA folks, having played several times at the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley & at Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills in Plymouth. Flamekeeper features tight vocals, blistering instrumentals, & fiddle & banjo duets that echo the first generation of bluegrass greats. Advance tickets are available from Gary Young, 3101 Victoria Way, Bakersfield, CA 93309, for $20. On Saturday there will be a Kids on Stage event, a band scramble, an open mic, & a teen jam suite. Roger Siminoff will demonstrate the new Straight Up strings for mandolin & banjo in his suite. All this plus all the jamming your fingers & voices can stand. Check out Randy Shelton’s youtube presentation of the 2014 Great 48 at Come on down & bring a friend.

Bill Evans’ Banjo in America & Bluegrass Jam Survival Skills for Banjo, January 10, Roseville
Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar & composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans & banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years. On January 10 he will offer two events at the Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786, At 700 PM Bill will present The Banjo in America, which includes the music from his three chart-topping CDs but also much more. Bill takes the listener on a musical adventure, following the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, performing musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on vintage instruments. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, & from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, The Banjo in America illuminates as well as entertains, exposing audiences to over 250 years of banjo music. From 400 - 600 PM, Bill, the author of Banjo for Dummies, will present his Bluegrass Jam Survival Skills workshop for all levels. If you’re looking to gain more confidence playing with others, this is for you! Topics include the role of the banjo in a jam, how to accompany singers & other instruments, using your ear to hear chord changes & learning to follow the guitar, vamping, roll patterns & up-the-neck backup, using fill-in licks, negotiating kick-offs & endings, & using the capo to play in all keys. Also the “In The Mood” roll, down-the-neck backup using forward rolls & target tones, how to use Earl Scruggs’ great backup licks to enhance your sound, how to “hear” chord progressions, using the capo & back-up aesthetics (when to do what!), fiddle tunes, & more. Tab examples will be presented for everything that will be covered in the session, but it's not necessary to read tab well to get a lot out of this workshop. Audio &/or video recording is encouraged. Get ready to rock your next bluegrass jam session with this practical & fun workshop designed for all level players! The cost of these events is $40 for the workshop, $15 for the concert, or $50 for both.

CBA Father’s Day Festival, June 18 -21, Grass Valley
Get your early bird tickets for the CBA signature event by February 28 to save some bucks. Four-day early bird tickets are just $110 ($100 for seniors) vs $125 after that.

Palms Playhouse, multiple dates, Winters
The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825,, presents numerous acts of interest to us.
Utah Phillips Tribute: January 17, 730 PM, with Duncan Phillips, Erin Inglish, Misner & Smith. $15.
John McCutcheon: January 18, 700 PM. Terrific multi-instrumentalist, singer, & songwriter. $25.
Adrian Legg: January 31, 730 PM. World class finger style guitarist. $20.
Keith Little & the Little Band w/ Blaine Sprouse: February 6, 800 PM. $20.

2015 Festivals & Music Camps
CBA Great 48: January 8 - 11, Bakersfield,
Blythe Bluegrass Festival: January 16 - 18, Blythe, CA,
Bluegrass on Broadway: January 24, Redwood City,
Wintergrass: February 26 - March 1, Bellevue, WA,
Bluegrass on the Beach: March 6 - 8, Lake Havasu, AZ,
Walker Creek Music Camp: April 9 - 12, Marin County,
Julian Family Fiddle Camp: April 8 - 12, San Diego County,
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival: April 11, Cloverdale,
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival: May 8 - 10, Parkfield,
Strawberry Music Festival: May 21 - 25, Grass Valley,
CBA Music Camp: June 14 - 17, Grass Valley,
CBA Father’s Day Festival: June 18 - 21, Grass Valley,
Good Old Fashioned Festival: August 7 - 9, Tres Pinos,

Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, multiple dates, Auburn
The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center / State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-0156,, has several events of interest coming up.
Steve Seskin, Don Henry, & Craig Carothers: January 17, 730 PM, $22.
Eliza Gilkyson & Nina Gerber: February 14, 730 PM, $27
Marley’s Ghost: February 20, 800 PM, $27

Save the Date
Jim Hurst: April 16, 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.

Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks: January 1, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried: January 3, 800 PM, Wagman house concerts, 1350 Monarch Ln, Davis, 530-753-3472,, $15 donation.

Tamara Phelan Trio: January 9, 800 PM, Dave’s Cave, 540 Wall St, Auburn, 530-887-5477,, $15.

Free Range String Band: January 9, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Steve Davison, Peter Janson, & Larry Pattis: January 10, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $20. American Guitar Masters.

John McCutcheon: January 11, 730 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $23. Annual Fundraiser for KVMR.

John McCutcheon: January 13, 730 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, 530-893-3520,, $22.

Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players: January 15. 600 PM, Haggin Museum, Victory Park, 1201 N Pershing, Stockton, 209-940-6300,

Tom Rigney & Flambeau: January 17, 800 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077,, $22.

Past Due & Playable: January 17, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players: January 17, 1130 AM, Klinker Brick Winery, 15887 N Alpine Rd, Lodi, 209-333-1845,

John Gorka: January 18, 730 PM, Center for the Arts, 314 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333,, $22.

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, January 23, 630 - 830 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,

Chuck Brodsky: January 25, 800 PM, Wagman house concerts, 1350 Monarch Ln, Davis, 530-753-3472,, $15 donation.

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. New jam.

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, 916-990-0719. 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 John at 916-990-0719 or Ron at
916-988-8062 for location. New pickers welcome.

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

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, 700 - 1000 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751.

3rd Saturday of the month, 1200 N - 500 PM, Round Table Pizza, 7867 Lichen Dr, Citrus Heights, 530-409-4012.

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. The CBA does not fund this newsletter; you can help support this newsletter by sending 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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