Bay Area Bluegrass Events
May 2, 2020
In This Issue
Concerts & Lessons
BG Sig on BG Country
BG Signal playlists
California Bluegrass Assn
I hope you and yours are doing as well as possible during these strangest of times. I continue to appreciate your interest in Bay Area bluegrass and old time music events, despite the fact that such events have to be experienced from home these days.
Many musicians are offering online concerts and lessons, and our donations can help them get through this difficult time. Other sources of support include gift certificates, Patreon memberships, and purchase of music through artist web sites, bandcamp, and other online outlets.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Jeanne Marie Acceturo and others at KALW, the station has continued broadcasting most of its usual schedule — including Bluegrass Signal, which I’m producing at home.
Digits are crossed that the next newsletter will have news of the jams, concerts, and festivals that we’re missing these days. Please visit the Bluegrass Signal web site for updates, playlists, and a number of items and articles of interest to bluegrass and old time music fans like me.
Be safe & be well –
Today & tomorrow –
Online Old Time Banjo Festival
Broadcast Saturdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm on KALW (91.7 FM in the Bay Area)
– All KALW local music programs are archived for one week and can be heard on demand. Just go HERE and select ‘Bluegrass Signal’ to hear that week’s show.
– Every Saturday on KALW, there are two other acoustic music-based programs broadcast before Bluegrass Signal: Folk Music & Beyond (with JoAnn Mar and others at 3 pm) and A Patchwork Quilt (with Kevin Vance at 5 pm).
KALW radio is now off-limits to all but essential staff, so Bluegrass Signal production is happening at home. It seems like a good time to revisit some of the live performances of Bay Area bluegrass and old time musicians done at the KALW studios, so that will be the primary focus of the program for the foreseeable future. None of these often-remarkable sessions have been broadcast since the initial presentation, and I hope you’ll enjoy hearing them as much as I do. Unless otherwise noted, I’m producing and hosting these sessions. – PT
May 2 (tonight!): Live at KALW
Bearcat Stringband Duo (July 15, 2017)
Skillet Licorice (Nov. 9, 2019)
Bearcat Stringband (Nov. 9, 2013)
A wide variety of old time music performed by Robin Fisher and Rowan McAllister aka the Bearcat Duo; Skillet Licorice (Matt Knoth, Katy Hill Harris, and Elise Engelberg); and the original Bearcat Stringband (Robin & Rowan plus Ryan Finch and Allegra Thompson).
May 9: Live at KALW
Stairwell Sisters (Feb. 8, 2003)
Crooked Jades (May 27, 2017)
Ray Bierl (April 7, 2018)
The first of two live-at-KALW sessions for the Stairwell Sisters (Sue Sandlin, Stephanie Prausnitz, Evie Ladin, Lisa Berman, Martha Hawthorne), broadcast shortly before the release of their debut album. The Crooked Jades (Bill Foss, Tom Lucas, Jeff Kazor, Megan Adie) appeared before a series of NorCal gigs, and Ray Bierl visited the station in advance of his participation in a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s music.
May 16: Live at KALW
Windy Hill (March 10, 2012)
Windy Hill Trio (June 22, 2013)
The Picks (July 15, 2017)
Two versions of Windy Hill, both with Ryan Breen (banjo) and Thomas Wille (guitar) – one also with Henry Warde (mando) and Johnny Campbell (fiddle), the other a trio with Kyle McCabe (bass) – plus a Handsome Ladies jam band with Jessica Furui (guitar), Yennie Brecheisen (banjo), Dana Frankel (fiddle), Donna Bodine (mandolin), and Katya Polovina (bass), exploring the varieties of traditional bluegrass.
May 23: Going Across the Sea
A collection of songs (and tunes) inspired by water. These days physical travel is limited, but we can still take a mental trip down the river or on the ocean with old-time and bluegrass music, brought to you on the radio WAVES; host: Allegra Thompson
May 30: Live At KALW
Thompsonia (Dec. 9, 2017)
Little Missy (Dec. 29, 2018); host: Allegra Thompson
Chicken Train (June 30, 2018); host: JoAnnn Mar
June: Live At KALW
Performances by Hailey Pexton & Amy Scher; Kathy Kallick & Gene Tortora; AJ Lee & Blue Summit; Fog Holler; North Country Blue Duo; Richard Brandenburg & Lucy Salcido Carter; Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood; The Mighty Crows; the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers; …
Concerts and Lessons
March 15-April 26: Evie Ladin & Keith Terry’s Sunday Salon – plus
April 28: Evie & Keith’s UKan’t Tour Special
March 21: AJ Lee & Blue Summit
April 4: Berkeley Bluegrass Festival performers, including Alice Gerrard, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, and Tatiana Hargreaves.
April 10: Miles & Teo Quale
April 14, 21, 28: Eric & Suzy Thompson / Thompsonia
April 25: Bill Evans – The Banjo In America
Tuesdays (4:00 pm): Eric & Suzy Thompson, often with Allegra Thompson
Fridays (4:30 pm): Martinez Music Mafia shows
Sundays (~10:00 am): AJ Lee & Blue Summit jam
Laurie Lewis is posting a song each day
May 2-3 (this weekend!) : Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival with Cathy Fink, Brad Kolodner, Adam Hurt, Evie Ladin, Eden & Lukas Pool, Victor Furtado, Allison deGroot, Chris Coole, Frank Evans, and Frank & Allie Lee
May 2 (tonight!) at 5:00 pm: Hot Club Of San Francisco (reunion)
Sundays at 5, the Freight & Salvage presents live streamed concerts from Freight favorites
May 5 (4:00 pm): Suzy Thompson – solo!
Saturdays, May 23 – June 20: The California Bluegrass Association’s
Turn Your Radio OnLINE
May 2 (today!) at 11 am: Understanding Melodic Banjo w/ Bill Evans
Classes offered through the Freight & Salvage include:
– Tuesdays (5/5 – 6/9) at 6:00 pm: Clawhammer Banjo for the Rank Beginner ONLINE w/ Evie Ladin
– Tuesdays (5/5 – 6/9) at 7:30 pm: Clawhammer Banjo Slow Repertoire ONLINE w/ Evie Ladin
– Thursdays (5/7 – 6/11) at 5:30 pm: Singing from Inside the Song ONLINE w/ Richard Brandenburg
– Thursdays (5/7 – 6/11) at 7:00 pm: Flatpicking Fundamentals ONLINE w/ Richard Brandenburg
– Thursdays (5/7 – 6/11) at 8:30 pm: Expand Your Country/Bluegrass Song Repertoire ONLINE w/ Richard Brandenburg
Jack Tuttle offers ONLINE classes in all the bluegrass instruments, but not, at this time, his jam classes.
To explore other ONLINE teaching possibilities, email instructors, including
Avram Siegel <[email protected]>,
Suzy Thompson <[email protected]>, and
Dix Bruce <[email protected]>
IBMA online concerts and instruction
Bluegrass & Old Time
Radio Stations & Programs
THIS LIST of 78 programs and 11 stations is based on the recommendations of other listeners as well as my own experiences and research. Please send additional suggestions to <[email protected]>, and I’ll add them.
And please note that some programming is not be available because of station closures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Additional coverage of this project can be found in the 4-7-20 Bluegrass Today.
on Bluegrass Country
Bluegrass Signal broadcasts — new shows on Fridays (6 pm), then rebroadcasts Mondays (11 pm) and Tuesdays (midnight), all times EASTERN — are available HERE.
Bluegrass Country also has an ARCHIVE PLAYER. Just pick the date and (Eastern) time of broadcast, and you can listen to Bluegrass Signal (or any of the other 33 shows on BlueGrassCountry.org) at your convenience for two weeks after the initial broadcast.
May 1-7: Lonesome Old Songs
PT revisits a collection of songs that’s most appropriate for these strange (and sometimes lonely) days.
May 8-14: A Celebration Of Curly Ray Cline
Originally broadcast on Curly Ray’s birthday a few years ago, PT finds some solace in his music and presence, and hopes you will too. “Thank you, music lovers!”
May 15-21: A Few Old Memories
Kathy Kallick was the guest producer/host a few years ago on International Women’s Day, and presented some of her favorite recordings by women, including songs by the Carter Family, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Delia Bell, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, the Lynn Morris Band, the Marshall Family, Pam Gadd, Sally Van Meter, Suzanne Thomas, The Tuttles with AJ Lee, and Wilma Lee Cooper.
May 22-28: Live at KALW
Bill Evans, Larry Cohea, Avram Siegel, & Ryan Breen (3-31-12), remembering Earl Scruggs three days after his passing with classic recordings (including unreleased radio broadcasts) and a (unique!) 4-banjo jam.
May 29 – June 4: Live at KALW
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum (11-21-15) and Dix Bruce & Julie Cline (4-28-12)
June 5-11: Live at KALW
Bearcat Stringband Duo (7-15-17) and Skillet Licorice (11-9-19)
June 12-18: Live at KALW
The Stairwell Sisters (2-8-03) and the Crooked Jades (5-27-17)