Valley Bluegrass Newsletter for the Northern San Joaquin Valley (and then some) News
Valley Bluegrass News
Valley Bluegrass Newsletter, Mid-Aprily 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.  

Howdy Folks.  

There’s a lot of music going on this weekend in the northern San Joaquin Valley! 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?

Bonnie and the Bang Bang , at the The Partisan 423 W. Main St. Merced. Starts @ 9pm. $5 cover. Soulful indie folk/rock with solid musicianship with an electric edge. Valley Bluegrass gives them a thumbs-up!

At the Hideout Saloon, Mariposa: 5031 “F” Hwy 140 (go west down 6th a few steps and then head downstairs) Friday April 18, 9pm The Trespassers, Saturday April 19, 9pm The Mountain Men.

Sonora Contra Dance at the Aronos Women’s Research Club in Sonora, Saturday April 19 Contra Dancing and traditional Square Dancing in the old time country dance tradition. A caller will give a short instruction before the dance and call the dance to live Oldtime String Band music. Callers will be Wayne and Sue.  Musicians will be The Oldtime String Skinners and Associates. Music and dancing start at 7:30 and there will be a potluck at 6:30 if you would like to come early. For info

CBA Spring Campout, April 21 - 27, Turlock
The CBA spring campout will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock April 21 - 27.  The heart of the campout is April 25 - 27, but many people come early.  This is a great campground with plenty of level ground & RV hookups & shade for tents.  Our campouts are a bluegrass picker’s dream, & grinners can just sit back or cruise jams & soak up the music we all love.  CBA campouts are a great opportunity to taste several jams & pick with people you don’t see often enough.  There are no band performances scheduled, just lots of jamming.  A dinner will be served on Saturday evening; purchase your tickets ($7) when you check in for camping ($25 per night for RVs, $10 per night for tents).  No charge for non-campers.  If you can volunteer to help out, call David Brace at 209-534-9284

RED DOG ASH Concert Series with The Earl Brothers:  The very popular Central Valley bluegrass band has big bluegrass ideas. They've arranged to bring in some top California bluegrass bands and playa series of shows at the Westside Theatre in Newman. The Earl Brothers are no exception in this series finale. They’ll bring their outlaw hillbilly music to Newman May 3, Friday.  They make me think of the Dry Branch Fire Squad, but with an decided edge. All shows are $12 or $15 reserved, students half price. Doors open at 7, shows start at 8:00.

Regular Jams:

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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