Peter Thompson's Bay Area Newsletter News
12/9/2014
Thompson's Bay Area Calendar

BAY AREA BLUEGRASS EVENTS

For complete, regularly updated information -- and more (like a list of all the area's bands and radio shows) -- visit www.bgsignal.com
Just added: Bay Area Bluegrass and Old Time Music history 1959-2001; see www.bgsignal.com/bay-area-bluegrass-history-1959-2001.html

Additions, corrections, and suggestions -- and your comments -- are most welcome via e-mail: bgsignal@comcast.net

Keep on the sunny side -
PeterT

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"Bluegrass Signal" radio show

Broadcast Saturdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm on www.KALW.org (91.7 FM in the Bay Area)
Archived for one week at www.KALW.org/local-music-player (select 'Bluegrass Signal')
Re-broadcast Sun @ 8 am and Mon @ 8 pm (Pacific Time) on www.bluegrasscountry.org

Nov. 22: Eat At the Welcome Table: Bluegrass food songs to get us ready for Thanksgiving.
Nov. 29: Dale Ann & Steve: An overview of the music of Ms. Bradley and Mr. Gulley, to get us ready for next week’s duet shows.
Dec. 6: Across the Tracks: New releases and reissues.
Dec. 13: Color Of the Blues: Bluegrass versions of George Jones songs.
Dec. 20: Christmas Is Near: Songs and tunes of the season.
Dec. 27: Round Up the Usual Suspects: The annual IBMA Awards Show, recorded live in Raleigh.

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Concert & Club Dates: NOVEMBER

Nov. 17: Windy Hill - Amnesia, SF
Nov. 18: Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore; Chris Webster & Nina Gerber - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico
Nov. 18: Cabin Fever - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Nov. 19: Sidesaddle & Co. - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Nov. 19: Whiskey Brothers - Albatross Pub, Berkeley
Nov. 20 (6:30 pm): Eric & Suzy Thompson - Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF
Nov. 20: Ed Neff & Friends - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Nov. 20: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Nov. 21: Avram Siegel & Blaine Sprouse - Diesel Bookstore, Oakland
Nov. 21: Canyon Johnson - Plough & Stars, SF
Nov. 22: Canyon Johnson - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Nov. 22: Misner & Smith; American Nomad; Freddy & Francine - Viracocha, SF
Nov. 23 ( 11 am): Blithedale Canyon - Sweetwater, Mill Valley
Nov. 23 (2 pm): Circle R Boys - San Gregorio General Store
Nov. 24: The Earl Brothers - Amnesia, SF
Nov. 25: Slide Road - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Nov. 26 (11 am - 2 pm): Eric, Suzy, & Allegra Thompson - SFO, Terminal 3 (United Hub)
Nov. 26: Carolyn Sills Combo - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Nov. 26: High Country - Albany Tap Room
Nov. 27: Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 28 (3 pm): Blithedale Canyon - Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma
Nov. 28: Dim Lights - Moose Lodge, Pacifica
Nov. 28 & 29: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - SFJAZZ Center, SF
Nov. 29 (2 pm): The Dim Lights - Surf Spot, Pacifica
Nov. 29 (11 am): Savannah Blu - Sweetwater, Mill Valley
Nov. 29: Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Nov. 29: Beargrass Creek - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Nov. 30 (4 pm): Blithedale Canyon - Rancho Nicasio
Nov. 30 (5 pm): The Bolos - Station House Cafe, Pt. Reyes

DECEMBER

Dec. 1: The Alabama Bowties - Amnesia, SF
Dec. 2: Bean Creek - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 3: Sidesaddle & Co. - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 3: Whiskey Brothers - Albatross Pub, Berkeley
Dec. 3: Bruce Molsky, Arto & Antti Järvelä - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Dec. 4: Ed Neff & Friends - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Dec. 4: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Dec. 5 (11 pm): Maverick - Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica
Dale Ann Bradley & Steve Gulley -
Dec. 6: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Los Altos
Dec. 7: Trinity United Methodist Church, Chico; info/res:
Dec. 8: Don Quixote’s, Felton
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Dec. 7: Little River Inn, Little River
Dec. 9: Tallman Hotel, Upper Lake
Dec. 11: Don Quixotes, Felton
Dec. 14: Country Cowboy Church, Sonora
Dec. 8: Toshio Hirano - Amnesia, SF
Dec. 9: New Carolina Special - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 10: Dark Hollow - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 11: Ed Neff & Friends - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Dec. 11: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Dec. 12: Peter Rowan - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Hot Rize -
Dec. 12: Sweetwater, Mill Valley
Dec. 13: Sierra Nevada Big Room, Chico
Dec. 14: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Dec. 13 (2 pm): Harmony Grits - San Gregorio Store
Dec. 14 (4:30 pm): Maverick - Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica
Dec. 15: Windy Hill - Amnesia, SF
Dec. 16: Cabin Fever - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 17: Sidesaddle & Co. - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 17: Whiskey Brothers - Albatross Pub, Berkeley
Dec. 18: Ed Neff & Friends - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Dec. 18: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Dec. 18: Bangers & Grass - Kensington Circus Pub
Dec. 18: Maverick - Coast Cafe, Bolinas
Dec. 20 (11 am - 12:45 pm): Eric, Suzy, & Allegra Thompson - KPFA Crafts Fair, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Marina
Dec. 22: The Earl Brothers - Amnesia, SF
Dec. 22: Thompson-Rothfield Family House Concert in Oakland (w/ Suzy's sister Jane Rothfield and niece Shona Carr + Suzy, Eric, & Allegra Thompson; info/res:
Dec. 23: Slide Road - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 24: Carolyn Sills Combo - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 26: Dim Lights - Moose Lodge, Pacifica
Dec. 27: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Dec. 27: Beargrass Creek - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Dec. 29: The Jordan Klein Players - Amnesia, SF
Dec. 30: Leftover Crow - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Revue with High Country, Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

BEYOND

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick Sing the Songs Of Vern & Ray -
Jan. 2: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Jan. 3: The Barn, Gilroy; info/res:
Jan. 4: French Garden Restaurant, Sebastopol
Jan. 10: Red Dog Ash; Front Country - West Side Theatre, Newman
Jan. 16: Bill Evans’ "Banjo in America” - Occidental Center for the Arts
Jan. 17: The Tuttles with AJ Lee - First Presbyterian Church Of Mountain View
Jan. 18: Sean Watkins - Don Quixote’s, Felton
Jan. 21: Alan Munde & Bill Evans, Ifshin Violins, El Cerrito
Jan. 24: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander; Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman - St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., SF
Feb. 7: Keith Little & the Little Band with special guest Blaine Sprouse - First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View
Feb. 14: Red Dog Ash; AJ Lee - West Side Theatre, Newman
Feb. 28: Adkins & Loudermilk - The Grange, Morgan Hill
March 13: Claire Lynch Band - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 14: Claire Lynch Band - First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
March 14: Red Dog Ash; David Thom Band - West Side Theatre, Newman
March 14: Railroad Earth; The Infamous Stringdusters - Fox Theater, Oakland
March 21: Hills to Hollers with Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery, Barbara Higbie - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

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Festivals

Dec. 13: COSTANOA WINTERFEST - Costanoa Lodge, Pescadero
http://www.brookdalebluegrass.com/
Naked Bootleggers; Bluegrass Roundup; Willy Tea Taylor; Sugar By the Pound; Rainy Day Ramblers; Brookdale Bluegrass Band; (jamming on Dec. 12)

Jan. 16-18: BLYTHE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Blythe
http://www.blythebluegrass.com
The Seldom Scene, The Lonesome River Band, The Kathy Kallick Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Blue Canyon Boys, Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation, Town Mountain, Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Central Valley Boys, The Bluegrass Brethren

Jan. 23-25: BLUEGRASS ON BROADWAY - Redwood City
http://www.scbs.org/events/bob/

Feb. 26 - March 1: WINTERGRASS - Bellevue, WA
http://www.acousticsound.org/
The Del McCoury Band, Dale Ann Bradley, The SteelDrivers, Kathy Kallick & Laurie Lewis, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Della Mae, Jayme Stone & the Lomax Project, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Mr. Sun, Joe Craven, Sarah Jarosz, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Aoife O’Donovan, Caleb Klauder Country Band, Dustbowl Revival, I Draw Slow, The Steel Wheels, Birds of Chicago, ...

March 6-8: BLUEGRASS ON THE BEACH - Lake Havasu City, AZ
http://www.landspromotions.com/parkerhome.htm
Blue Highway, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Spinney Brothers, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, Karl Shiflett & Big Country, Monroe Crossing, Sonoran Dogs, Red Dog Ash, Nu-Blu

March 14: SONOMA COUNTY BLUEGRASS & FOLK FESTIVAL - Sebastopol Community Center
http://www.socofoso.com/
Kathy Kallick Band, Crary, Evans & Spurgin, Steep Ravine, Bean Creek, Pete & Anne Sibley, Si Kahn

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Jam Sessions

Jan. 8-11: Great 48 - Bakersfield (includes a 1/9 concert with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper)

- Sundays (4 pm): The Lucky Horseshoe - 453 Cortland Ave., SF
- First Sunday (1 pm): Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association - Hoover Middle School, Naglee Ave. & Park St., San Jose
- 2nd/4th Sun. (3 pm): Progressive Grounds Cafe, 400 Cortland Ave., SF (old time)
- 2nd Sunday (2 pm): Methodist Church, Boulder Creek (831-423-5214)
- 3rd Sunday (1 pm): Creative Art Center (across from theater), Sunnyvale Community Center - 550 E. Remington Dr.
- 4th Sunday (1:30 pm): California Old Time Fiddlers Association - United Methodist Church, 19806 Wisteria St., Castro Valley
- 4th Sun. (1 pm): Ocean View Park, Santa Cruz
- 4th Sunday (2 pm): Sebastopol Christian Church (707-824-1960) (gospel)
- Mondays: The Stork Club - 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
- Mondays: Fandango Pizza - 3163 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto [old time]
- Mondays: Taco Jam - invitational jam hosted by Tom Lucas - Baja Taqueria, 4070 Piedmont Ave. (@ 41st), Oakland
with
Nov. 17: Amy Scher, Mitch Polzak, Allegra Thompson, Jacob Groopman, Gerry Tenney
Nov. 24: Tony Marcus, Paul Shelasky, Amy Stenberg, Butch Waller, Steve Swan
Dec. 1: Paul Shelasky, Larry Cohea, Steve Swan, Brian Judd, Chris Smith
Dec. 8: Tom Lucas, Isaac Cantor, Ben Bernstein, Jacob Groopman, Rowan McAllister
Dec. 15: Tom Lucas, Larry Cohea, Allegra Thompson, Butch Waller, Alan Senauke
- Second and Fourth Mondays (6:30 pm): The Pick Jam - Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF [precedes the Bluegrass Monday show]
- 1st/3rd Tuesdays: SUBUD Hall - 234 Hutchins, Sebastopol
- Second/Fourth Tuesdays: Dublin Heritage Center Park - 6600 Donlon, Dublin
- Wednesdays (6:30 pm): El Cerrito Music Works (upstairs), 11225 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito
- Wednesdays: Fandango Pizza - 3163 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
- Fourth Wednesday: Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez
- Fourth Wednesday: Aqus Café, Petaluma
- Thursdays: Morgan Hill Grange; info: Dick Simunic
- First/Third Thursdays: Marin Bluegrass Jam - Marin Lutheran Church, 649Meadowsweet, Corte Madera
- Final Thursday: Atlas Cafe, 3049 - 20th (@ Alabama), SF (415-648-1047)
- Saturdays (2 pm): Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (707-829-6600)
- First/Third Saturdays: Mission Pizza & Pub, 1572 Washington Blvd., Fremont;hosted by the Mill Creek Ramblers
- First Saturday (noon): Lamorinda Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jam - Lamorinda Music Store, 81 Lafayette Circle Lafayette
- Second Saturday (12 pm): Santa Clara Train Station, 1005 Railroad Ave., SantaClara; info: Mary Kennedy
- Saturdays (5 pm) preceding Redwood BG concerts: 1667 Miramonte Blvd.(corner of Cuesta Dr.), Mountain View; info: Ed Cirimele

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Instruction / Workshops / Music Camps

CLASSES

Tuesdays: Bluegrass Slow Jam with Ran Bush - Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Bonita @ Cedar, North Berkeley
Wednesdays & Thursdays: Avram Siegel Bluegrass Jam Classes - Berkeley
various times: Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin, Bluegrass Jam w/ Jack Tuttle - Palo Alto

<><><> Music Education at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley <><><>

Next series of classes begins in early 2015. Previous instructors have included Eric Thompson, Suzy Thompson, Avram Siegel, Bill Evans, Evie Ladin, Sylvia Herold, Chuck Ervin, and Erik Hoffman.

Workshops at the Freight include:
First/Third Sundays (1 pm): Beyond Bluegrass Slow Jam w/ Ran Bush
Second/Fourth Sundays (1 pm): Bluegrass Slow Jam w/ Ran Bush

Dec. 7 (1 pm): Old Time Harmony Singing w/ Karen Celia Heil
Dec. 21 (1 pm): Old Time Harmony Singing w/ Allegra Yellin

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MUSIC CAMPS - 2015

March 3-6: Pete Wernick's Jam Camp - Costanoa Lodge, Pescadero
http://www.brookdalebluegrass.com/

April 8 - 12: Julian Family Fiddle Camp - Camp Cedar Glen (near San Diego)
http://www.familyfiddlecamp.com/home.php

April 10-13: Walker Creek Music Camp - Petaluma
http://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org/

June 14-17: CBA Music Camp - Grass Valley
http://www.cbamusiccamp.org/

June 17-20: CBA Youth Academy - Grass Valley
http://www.bluegrasscampsforkids.com/camp.php?camp_id=30

June 23-28: Voice Works - Port Townsend, WA
http://centrum.org/programs/voice-works/

June 28 - July 5: Fiddle Tunes - Port Townsend, WA
http://centrum.org/festival-of-american-fiddle-tunes-the-workshop/

July 5-18: California Coast Music Camp - Placer County, just east of Auburn
http://www.musiccamp.org
Week 1: July 5-11
Week 2: July 12-18

July 25 - Aug. 14: Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Bremerton, WA
http://www.psgw.org
Session 1: July 25 - 31
Session 2: Aug. 1 - Aug. 7
Session 3: Aug. 8 - Aug. 14

Oct. 8-11: Walker Creek Music Camp - Petaluma
http://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org/

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"Bluegrass Signal" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country
Webcast via http://www.bluegrasscountry.org; Pacific Time zone broadcasts: Sundays at 8 am and Mondays at 8 pm.

Nov. 22-28: Live On Arrival
Highlights from two Main Stage sets at the recent Strawberry Music Festival, featuring one emerging and one established bluegrass band: Steep Ravine and the Kathy Kallick Band.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 5: Across the Tracks
Reissues from Larry Rice and J.D. Crowe, plus a survey of new releases, with an overall theme of travel and sub-themes related to Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and a memorial tribute to Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi.
Dec. 6-12: Day Of the Dead (Grass)
Originally broadcast on El Dia de los Muertos, a program of the Grateful Dead playing bluegrass and bluegrass bands playing the Dead.
Dec. 13-19: Way Across the Tracks
More new ones, this time with thematic sets encompassing death (continuing last week's motif), duets, destinations (including home), dreaming, and, dare I say it, bluegrass versions of rock songs.
 
Posted By:  Rick Cornish



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