Valley Bluegrass Newsletter for the Northern San Joaquin Valley (and then some) News
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Valley Bluegrass Newsletter, August 2014
The official newsletter for the northern San Joaquin Valley
(and then some)
Marc Alvira, California Bluegrass Association Area Activities V.P.
209-658-3852 /

Howdy Folks.  

Summer vacation is almost over for Valley Bluegrass! After a summer semi-hiatus from newsletters, radio shows and what-not, it’s time to get back to spreading the bluegrass news! If you want to keep up with all that is really current, follow my FaceBook page ( ). To see news letters from other activity CBA areas in California, go to For information from our friends at the Northern California Bluegrass Society check out:

So, what’s happening?

Live Irish Music at P. Wexford’s Pub. , Wednesday August 6 from 8-11PM. 3313 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Awesome beer and whiskey selection…and the best Celtic music the Valley has to offer! No need to go yo Ireland; just go to Modesto instead!

Symphomania Saturday, August 16 starts at 7pm.
It's a night of sterling string sounds with a trio of performers!

Dirty Cello ( - Led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists, Dirty Cello presents a high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music. As classically trained musicians who also love to rock out, the Dirty Cello band puts on a unique performance that shows a whole new side to the cello. Think B.B. King meets Yo-Yo Ma
Saul Rayo and Elena Powell ( - gourmet acoustic duo from the Sierra Foothills, featuring Saul on vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, percussion & harmonica; and Elena on vocals, violin, acoustic guitar & piano.

Xin Zhang ( - graduate of Tianjin Conservatory of Music, one of China’s top four music schools, with a major in erhu (two-stringed Chinese fiddle.) She has won multiple awards as an erhu soloist, and today teaches music in the SF Bay Area when not performing.

Doors are at 6 PM, and music will start at 7. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto.Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Email or call 209-543-5306 to get yours!

The 21st Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-11 @ Boledo Park in Tres Pinos (near Hollister) Featuring the Naked Bootleggers, Red Dog Ash, Sidesaddle & Co., Bean Creek, Faux Renwah and many more! Go to for more info.

And from up the hills just a little northeast of Merced (Alpine and Tuolumne Counties):

River Ranch Music Festival 2 Days and Nights of Live Music, DJ's, Light Show, Dancers, Vendors, Swimming and Camping for All Ages.

TELL RIVER, Tractor Boy, Nathan Ignacio @ the Gypsy Shack in Jamestown at 18145 Main St.  Saturday, August 16 from 8-12 PM
Commander Cody and his Modern Day Airmen at the Black Oak Casino August 15 9-12:30

From the Fresno/ Clovis Area:

Teresa Tudury with Doug Adamz @Mia Cuppa Latte Presented by the Fresno Folklore Society. August 24!

"Leonard Cohen meets Bessie Smith" said a fan overheard at a "Teresa " concert. Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. “Picture a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt musically, and toss in the most side-splitting stage patter imaginable, and you have Ms. Tudury.”—Johnny Angel, LA Weekly

Doug Adamz plays back porch simple but dazzling finger-style guitar and scorching harmonica and features songs written in the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown.

$10 ADV/FFS $12 door Advance tickets at National Hardware, Patrick's Music and 559-307-3610?

Bluegrass in the Park! This is a venerable bluegrass series that happens every summer at Clovis’ Veteran’s Memorial Park. The best talent from the Valley and beyond perform here. Shows start at 6:00. Bring a lawn chair!

Grasskickers: Fresh Cut a new CD coming out by the Fresno’s popular, award winning bluegrass band.

Merced Jams: 

Jam at The Coffee Bandits .  First Tuesday of the month. Bluegrass, Old time, Americana.  Acoustic only.  7:00 -9:30 PM Tuesday February 4
309 W. Main St. Merced CA. 209-383-1200  or Marc Alvira @ 209-658-3852

Modesto Jams: 

Jam at the Queen Bean Coffee House from 7:00-9:00 pm 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month sponsored by Rainy 1126 14th Street.

In the Mountains:

SONORA Bluegrass Jam  2nd and 4th Fridays (Except if major Bluegrass Event that day) at 6:30-8:30 pm at Mi Pueblo Restaurant 126 S  Washington (Formerly known as Pablito’s) Down the steps and next to the creek The Sonora Jam will return with Bill and Rick as your hosts.
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

Upcoming Shows, Gig and other cool stuff:

Irish Music at P. Wexfords Pub 3313 McHenry Ave, Modesto, California 95350 First Wednesdays of the month. Great selection of beer, Irish and English pub food, cool atmosphere and off the chart traditional Irish music. 8-11PM

The Hanger BBQ 2343 W 324342 S, Merced Air Center, CA They have a variety of live music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. From rock to bluegrass. A very popular place among Mercedians.

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 Coffee Bandits Cafe Is there a show on the books right now? No, but check their calendar often. They frequently have acts before I have a chance to get them out on FB or in a newsletter. Likewise, if you have a new band or an established one looking to try out new material at a venue with an appreciative audience, this is it. ,

On the air…CBA Radio!!!, the official broadcast voice of the California Bluegrass Association Tuesday nights at 7PM (PST) on 91.9 in the northern San Joaquin Valley or streaming on or …playing bluegrass, old time, gospel, honky tonk and what ever is floating Marcos’ boat at the time most Tuesdays. Steve Lodonga will mesmerize you on the first Tuesdays of the month. Broadcasting from Stanislaus State.

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:oopm  with old-time, bluegrass, classic country, western swing, etc.  Please tune in at 91.9 FM or 

Open Mic at:
The Coffee Bandits Cafe, first and third Wednesdays of the month starting at 7pm. 309 West Main St. Merced CA
The Queen Bean Coffee House, Sundays Sign ups at 5:30 starts at 6pm runs till 9p, we only have room for 23 so be here at 5:30 to sign up! 1126 14th St. Modest
Posted By:  Marcos Alvira

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