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"Bluegrass Signal" radio show

Broadcast Saturdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm on (91.7 FM in the Bay Area)
Archived for one week at (select 'Bluegrass Signal')
Re-broadcast three times/week (Sun @ 8 pm, Mon @ 8 pm, Wed @ 3 am Pacific Time) on

- Aug. 9: Goin' To the Races: August 9th was the date of the Stanley Brothers' first Mercury recording session (in 1953) and Jerry Garcia's passing (1995). Both are remembered.
- Aug. 16 & 23: Across the Tracks: New releases and reissues.
- Aug. 30 & Sept. 6: What's Goin' On: Musical previews of the Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Bluegrassin' In the Foothills, and other events in the busy month of September.
- Sept. 13: I Ain't Broke, But ... On the anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth, the KALW Fall Membership Drive special. Lots of great music -- including some of Big Mon's -- presented (and available as thank-you gifts), along with your support via and/or 1-800-525-9917.
- Sept. 20: Blue is Fallin': On the anniversary of Charles Sawtelle's birth, the first new release from Hot Rize since his passing, along with a few favorite recorded moments from Charles.
- Sept. 27: Reso Rootin': On the anniversary of Uncle Josh's birth, two new ones featuring the dobro - "Three Bells" with the late Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes, and Jerry Douglas, plus Jerry's tribute to Josh and Flatt & Scruggs, "The Earls of Leicester."
- Oct. 4: Blue Grass Style: A few songs about music from the true vine, as a reminder of the inspiration for this weekend's fester.
- Oct. 11: Happy Birthday, Blaine Sprouse!
- Oct. 18 & 25: Across the Tracks: New releases and reissues.
- Nov. 1: Day Of the Dead (Grass)
- Nov. 8: Happy Birthday, Roy Lee Centers!


Concert & Club Dates

Aug. 4: The Alabama Bowties - Amnesia, SF
Aug. 4: Nickel Creek - Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Aug. 5: Bean Creek - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 6: Sidesaddle & Co. - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 6: Whiskey Brothers - Albatross Pub, Berkeley
Aug. 7: Ed Neff & Friends/Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Aug. 7: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 7: Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands - Atlas Cafe, SF
Aug. 8: Ventucky Stringband - Plough & Stars, SF
Aug. 8: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen; Front Country - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Aug. 8: Houston Jones; Suzie Glaze & the HiLonesome Band - SF Live Arts @ Cyprian's, Turk & Lyon, SF
Aug. 8: Maverick - A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica
Aug. 9 (3 pm): Harmony Grits - San Gregorio Store
Aug. 9: Beargrass Creek - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 10 (noon): Dark Hollow - Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach
Aug. 11: Toshio Hirano - Amnesia, SF
Aug. 12: New Carolina Special - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 12: MilkDrive - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Aug. 12: Della Mae - The Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico
Aug. 13: Della Mae - The Chapel, SF
Aug. 13: Slide Road - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 14: Ed Neff & Friends/Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Aug. 14: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 14: Bill Evans' "The Banjo in America;" Earl Brothers - UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden
Aug. 14: Jinx Jones & Jessica Rose - Atlas Cafe, SF
Aug. 15 (5 pm): Windy Hill - Bluxome St. Winery, SF
Aug. 15: 'Bout Time - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 15: The Beauty Operators - Plough & Stars, SF
Aug. 16 (noon): JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople - Sand Dollar, Stinson Beach
Aug. 17 (11 am): Montara Mountain Boys - San Gregorio General Store
Aug. 17 (2 pm): San Bruno Mountain Boys - San Gregorio General Store
Aug. 18: Windy Hill - Amnesia, SF
Aug. 19: Bangers & Grass - Kensington Circus Pub
Aug. 19: Cabin Fever - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 20: Sidesaddle & Co. - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 20: Whiskey Brothers - Albatross Pub, Berkeley
Aug. 20: Steep Canyon Rangers - Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Aug. 20: David Thom & Ultra Grass - Zodiacs, Petaluma
Aug. 21: Ed Neff & Friends/Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Aug. 21: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 21: JimBo Trout & the Fishpeople - Atlas Cafe, SF
Aug. 21: Mandolin Orange - Hotel Utah, SF
Aug. 22: Locust Honey String Band - Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael
Aug. 22: Uncle Jake & the Bluegrass Disciples - Plough & Stars, SF
Aug. 22: Dim Lights - Moose Lodge, Pacifica
Aug. 23 (noon): JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople - Sand Dollar, Stinson Beach
Aug. 23: Canyon Johnson - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 23: Windy Hill; Steep Ravine; The Juncos - Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz
Aug. 24 (11 am): The Littlest Birds - Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Aug. 25: The Earl Brothers - Amnesia, SF
Aug. 26: Dark Hollow - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 27: Carolyn Sills Combo - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
Aug. 27: High Country - Albany Taproom, Albany
Aug. 28: Ed Neff & Friends/Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Aug. 28: Mill Creek Ramblers - Mission Pizza, Fremont
Aug. 28: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience - City Winery, Napa
Aug. 30: Bearcat Stringband; Canyon Johnson; One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass - Starry Plough, Berkeley
Aug. 31 (noon): Paul Knight Trio - Sand Dollar, Stinson Beach
Aug. 31: David Thom & Friends - Bergamot Alley, Healdsburg

coming ...

Sept. 3: Ed Neff & Friends - Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley
Sept. 4: The Miskey Mountain Boys - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Sept. 11: Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration - Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, others - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Sept. 12: High Country - USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland
Sept. 12: Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line; T Sisters - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Sept. 17: Bangers & Grass - Memorial Park, Albany
Sept. 25: David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio - City Winery, Napa
Oct. 3: Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys - City Winery, Napa
Oct. 11: Del McCoury & David Grisman - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Oct. 23: Marty Stuart - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Oct. 24: Iris DeMent - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Oct. 24: Druha Trava - St. James Church, 1565 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Oct. 30: Bill Evans' "The Banjo in America" - Stanford University's Continuing Studies Series
Nov. 1: Kathy Kallick Band - First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View
Nov. 2: Kathy Kallick Band - Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael
Nov. 7-9: Dare To Be Square West - Oakland
Nov. 13-16: California Banjo Extravaganza - Tony Furtado, Mark Johnson, and Bill Evans plus John Reischman, Sharon Gilchrist, Chad Manning, and Jim Nunally - Grass Valley, Winters, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz
Nov. 29: Laurie Lewis - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Dec. 12: Peter Rowan - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley



- Aug. 7-10: GOOD OLD FASHIONED BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Bolado Park, Tres Piños (just south of Hollister)
27strings, Abbott Brothers, Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine, Bean Creek, Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Courthouse Ramblers, Faux Renwah, Grassfire, Highway One, Houston Jones, Jimmy Chickenpants, Kids on Stage, Naked Bootleggers, Pearly Blue, Rainy Day Ramblers, Red Dog Ash, Rogue River, Rhythm Roundup, Sidesaddle & Co, Slide Road, Steep Ravine, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band, Ventucky String Band, Windy Hill
- Aug. 8-11: DEAD ON THE CREEK - Willits
The Tuttles with AJ Lee, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Front Country, The Carper Family, plus Melvin Seals & JGB, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Todd Snider w/ Great American Taxi, others
- Aug. 15-17: SUMMERGRASS - Vista (San Diego)
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Special Consensus, Della Mae, Bluegrass, Etc., Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, Sonoran Dogs (Peter McLaughlin & Friends), Front
Country, several San Diego bands
Peter Rowan, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, 6 Mule Pile-up, Slide Mountain Band, The Mountain Girls, Monday Night Volunteers, The Gabardine Sisters, The Note-Ables
Larry Gillis Band, North Country Bluegrass Band, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, Central Valley Boys, Natural Drift, Siskiyou Summit, Sourdough Slim, Otter Creek, Steve Blanchard, Green Mountain Bluegrass Band; Sid Lewis' Jamming 101 class
- Sept. 11-14: STRAWBERRY FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL - Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley
Hot Rize; John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (with Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall, & Mark Fain); Kathy Kallick Band; (Keith) Little Band; Steep Ravine; The Hillbenders; ... plus ... the Jerry Douglas Band; Patty Griffin; Chris Webster & Nina Gerber; T Sisters; Hot Buttered Rum; Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit; California Honeydrops; others
Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, Joseph Decosimo & the Bucking Mules, The Cliffhangers, Frank George & Kim Johnson, John Cohen, Paul Brown & Terri McMurray, The Onlies, The Earl White Band, Twice As Nice, …
- Sept. 19-21: BLUEGRASSIN' IN THE FOOTHILLS - Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth
Adkins & Loudermilk, Reno & Harrell, Blue Moon Rising, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Ron Spears & Within Tradition, Larry Gillis & His West Coast Friends (Ella & Henry Warde, Meghan & Curtis Leslie), The BladeRunners, Next Generation, The Grasskickers (2013 Emerging Artist winner), and 2014 Emerging Artist contestants: Doc's Holiday, The Littlest Birds, Red, White & Bluegrass
Windy Hill, James Reams & the Barnstormers, Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players, AJ Lee, Cliff Compton & the Mountain Tops


Jam Sessions

Aug. 21-24: Golden Old-Time Campout - Lake Sonoma

Sundays (4 pm): The Lucky Horseshoe - 453 Cortland Ave., SF
1st Sunday (1 pm): Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Assn - Hoover Middle School, Naglee & Park Sts., San Jose
2nd/4th Sunday (3 pm): Progressive Grounds Cafe, 400 Cortland Ave., SF (old time)
2nd Sunday (2 pm): Methodist Church, Boulder Creek
3rd Sunday (1 pm): Creative Art Center (across from theater), Sunnyvale Community Center
3rd Sunday (4:30 pm): "Full speed" jam - Community Living Center (Building 90), Veterans Affairs, 4951 Arroyo Rd., Livermore
4th Sunday (1:30 pm): California Old Time Fiddlers Association - United Methodist Church, 19806 Wisteria St., Castro Valley
4th Sunday (1 pm): Ocean View Park, Santa Cruz
4th Sunday (2 pm): Sebastopol Christian Church(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
2nd & 4th Mondays (6:30 pm):The Pick Jam - Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF
1st & 3rd Tuesdays: SUBUD Hall - 234 Hutchins, Sebastopol
2nd & 4th Tuesdays: Dublin Heritage Center Park - 6600 Donlon, Dublin
Wednesdays (6:30 pm): Bluegrass Jam - El Cerrito Music Works (upstairs), 11225 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito
Wednesdays: Fandango Pizza - 3163 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
4th Wednesday: Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez
4th Wednesday: Aqus Café, Petaluma
Thursdays: Morgan Hill Grange; info: Dick Simunic
1st & 3rd Thursdays: Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera
Final Thursday: Atlas Cafe, 3049 - 20th (@ Alabama), SF
Saturdays (2 pm): Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol
1st & 3rd Saturdays: Mission Pizza & Pub, 1572 Washington Blvd., Fremont
1st Saturday (noon): Lamorinda Bluegrass & Old Time Music Jam - Lamorinda Music Store, 81 Lafayette Circle Lafayette
2nd Saturday (12 pm): Santa Clara Train Station, 1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara


Instruction / Workshops / Music Camps

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

Next series of classes at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley: September 8 - October 17
Previous instructors have included Avram Siegel, Bill Evans, Chuck Ervin, Eric Thompson, Sylvia Herold, Tony Marcus

Workshops at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
First/Third Sundays (1 pm): Beyond Bluegrass Slow Jam w/ Ran Bush
Second/Fourth Sundays (1 pm): Bluegrass Slow Jam w/ Ran Bush
First/Third Sundays (1 pm): Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshops with a rotating cast of teachers, including Evie Ladin, Suzy Thompson, Allegra Yellin, and Karen Celia Heil


Remaining 2014 Music Camps

July 26 - Aug. 15: Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Bremerton, WA
Week 3: Aug. 9-15 - instructors include John Mailander, Kathy Kallick, Missy Raines, Radim Zenkl, Roger Ferguson

Sept. 4-7: American Banjo Camp - Fort Flagler, WA
BLUEGRASS: Tom Adams, Pat Cloud, Alan O'Bryant, Patrick Sauber, Molly Tuttle + Mike Stahlman, Paul Elliott, Peter Langston, Mick Nicholson
OLD TIME: Riley Baugus, Paul Brown, Adam Hurt, Brad Leftwich, Michael Miles, Ken Perlman + Laura Smith, Alan Jabbour, David Cahn, Terri McMurray

Oct. 9-12: Walker Creek Music Camp - Petaluma
Instructors include Keith Little, Mike Witcher, Luke Abbott, Josh Tharp, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Eric Thompson, Suzy Thompson, Greg Canote, Jere Canote, Candy Goldman, Megan Lynch, Adam Chowning, Peter Ostroushko, Jim Kerwin, Sharon Gilchrist, Avram Siegel, Steve Baughman, Morgan Cochneuer, Carol Spiker


"Bluegrass Signal" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country
Broadcast three times/week via; Pacific Time zone broadcasts: Sun/8 pm, Mon/8 pm, Wed/3 am

- Aug. 2-8: Time Changes Everything: The third of a four-part exploration of bluegrass songs about … TIME.
- Aug. 9-15: Time Changes Everything: The fourth of a four-part exploration of bluegrass songs about … TIME.
- Aug. 16-22/14: Back To Back: Original as well as classic versions of bluegrass songs associated with Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and others -- as first recorded by The Shenandoah Valley Trio, Hobo Jack Adkins, The Wright Brothers, Estil Stewart & The Flat Mountain Boys, The Rocky Mountain Boys, and Leon Jackson & Johnny Bryant. Bonus: other releases from these lesser known musicians! Guest co-host: Todd Gracyk.
- Aug. 23-29/14: Goin' To the Races: The link between the Stanley Brothers and Jerry Garcia.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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