Peter Thompson’s NorCal BG calendar for Jan. 2022

NORCAL BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME EVENTS

Be sure to listen to “Bluegrass Signal,” broadcast every Saturday (5-6 pm Pacific) on www.KALW.org (91.7 FM in the Bay Area), and available on demand for a week following the broadcast.

NOTE: 
– many of these events require proof of vaccination and the wearing of face masks
– all times = Pacific

CONCERTS

Jan. 4: Skillet Licorice – The Page, SF
Jan. 6: Blue & Lonesome / Ed Neff & Friends – Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Jan. 6: Goat Hill Girls – Summit House, Los Gatos
Laurie Lewis, Don Henry, Claudia Russell, & Nina Gerber – 
– Jan. 6: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
– Jan. 7: State Theatre, Auburn
– Jan. 8: Pacifica Performances
– Jan. 9: Occidental Center for the Arts
Jan. 8: Daisy Caire & Friends – Strum Shop, Roseville​
Jan. 8: Painted Mandolin feat. Joe Craven – Michael’s On Main, Soquel
Jan. 9 (noon): Bluegrass Brunch: Harmony Grits reunion w/ Mike McKinley – Michael’s On Main, Soquel
Jan. 11: Skillet Licorice – The Page, SF
Jan. 12: Nefesh Mountain – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Jan. 13: The Gibson Brothers – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
​Jan. 13: Blue & Lonesome / Ed Neff & Friends – Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Jan. 13: Wildcat Mountain Ramblers – Summit House, Los Gatos
The Punch Brothers; Haley Heynderickx –
– Jan. 14: Cascade Theatre, Redding
– Jan. 15: Fox Theater, Oakland
– Jan. 17: Sunset Center, Carmel
– Jan. 18: Campbell Hall, Santa Barbara
– Jan. 19: Ace Hotel, LA
Jan. 18: Skillet Licorice – The Page, SF
Jan. 18-19: Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, with Mike Dawes – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
​Jan. 20: Bloomfield Bluegrass Band – Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
​Jan. 20: Purple Mountain Majesty Band – Summit House, Los Gatos
AJ Lee & Blue Summit – 
– Jan. 21: Ivy Room, Albany
– Jan. 29: Almost Famous Wine, Livermore
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway –
– Jan. 25: Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
– Jan. 26: Goldfields, Sacramento
– Jan. 27: Sweetwater, Mill Valley
– Jan. 28: The Siren, Morro Bay
– Jan. 31: Soho, Santa Barbara
– Feb. 1: The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano
– Feb. 2: The Roxy, Los Angeles
Jan. 25: Skillet Licorice – The Page, SF
​Jan. 27: Bloomfield Bluegrass Band – Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
Jan. 29 (1 pm): American String Music Festival w/ Bloomfield Bluegrass Band, Swing Fling, TJ Band – Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa
COMING …
Bruce Molsky & Alison deGroot – 
– Feb. 9: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
– Feb. 10: Fresno Folklore Society
– Feb. 12: Deep End Ranch 
– Feb. 15: Octagon Barn
Feb. 25: Evie Ladin Band – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 4: Mr. Sun (feat. Darol Anger) – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 4: AJ Lee & Blue Summit – HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol
March 23: David Nelson & Eric Thompson + Suzy (Thompson) Sings Siebel – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 30: Della Mae – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
April 1: Infamous Stringdusters; Duistbowl Revival – The Fillmore, SF
Sarah Jarosz –
– April 1: Felton Music Hall, Felton
– April 2: Mystic Theatre, Petaluma
– April 3: Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
– April 4: Great American Music Hall, SF
Aoife O’Donovan – 
– April 7: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
– April 9: Center For the Arts, Grass Valley
– April 10: Sunset Center, Carmel
– April 12: Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara
– April 13: The Loft (UCSD), La Jolla
– April 14: Troubadour, West Hollywood
April 28: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – The Guild Theatre, Menlo Park
Kathy Kallick Band –
– April 29: The Side Door, Sacramento
– April 30: Pacifica Performances
– May 1: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley​

FESTIVALS

Jan. 13-16: Portland Old Time Music Gathering – Portland, OR
Feb. 24-27: Wintergrass – Seattle
March 4-6: Bluegrass On the Beach – Lake Havasu City, AZ
May 26-30: Strawberry Music Festival – Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley –
– Sam Bush Band; Sierra Hull; Steep Canyon Rangers; Aj Lee & Blue Summit; Watkins Family Hour; Evie Ladin Band; Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk; David Bromberg Quintet; Allison Russell; Lindsay Lou; Rita Hosking; Samantha Fish; John Craigie; Marley’s Ghost; Ron Artis Ii; Rainbow Girls; Steve Poltz; David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach; Small Glories; Barbaro; Mumbo Gumbo; Sunny War; The Risky Biscuits; Pathetic Honey
June 16-19: Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival – Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley –
– Dom Flemons; John Reischman & the Jaybirds; Kathy Kallick Band; Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands; The Onlies; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; Special Consensus; others tba; Emerging Artist: AJ Lee & Blue Summit; California Showcase Bands: Blue & Lonesome; Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band; North Country Blue; Sheri Lee; Skillet Licorice
June 17-19: Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival – Cashmere, WA 
June 23-26: Kate Wolf Music Festival – Black Oak Ranch – Hwy 101, 5 miles north of Laytonville
June 30 – July 3: High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy
Sept. 2-4: North Cascades Bluegrass Festival – Bellingham, WA

JAM SESSIONS 

Jan. 6-9: CBA’s Great 48 Jam – Bakersfield

First Saturday (12-3 pm): Coffee Catz, Sebastopol — but no jam on Jan. 1st!
Second Saturday (12:30 – 2:30 pm): Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa
Third Saturday (1 pm): Coffee & Moore, Sebastopol
Fourth Saturday: tba
Host/info: David Carlson <[email protected]>

Second Saturdays (12 pm): Bluegrass Train Jam – Santa Clara Depot, 1005 Railroad Ave, SC;
host/info: Mary Kennedy <[email protected]>

First Sunday (1-5 pm): Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association monthly jam – Hoover School, Naglee & Park, San Jose

Mondays (7-9 pm): South Bay (Mostly) Old-Time Jam – Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto

First Monday (6 pm): The Garage Jam – Out West Roadhouse, 321-2nd St., Petaluma

Wednesdays (7 pm): Andronico’s Oldtime Jam via Zoom; info/link: <[email protected]>

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Mon/Wed: Old Time Fiddling w/ Suzy Thompson <[email protected]>
Tues/Wed: Bernal Jam Workshop w/ Richard Brandenburg <[email protected]>
Wed: Flatpicking Fundamentals w/ Eric Thompson <[email protected]>
Wed: Structure of Music w/ Avram Siegel <[email protected]>

The Winter series of online Freight & Salvage classes begins the week of Jan. 9th, and includes …
Sundays
4 pm: Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer w/ Deborah Hamouris
5:30 pm: Mountain Dulcimer 2 w/ Deborah Hamouris 
Mondays
7 pm: Crafting a Simple Bluegrass Solo  w/ Dix Bruce
Tuesdays
5:30 pm: Rank Beginner Clawhammer Banjo w/ Evie Ladin
7 pm: Clawhammer Banjo Repertoire & Technique w/ Evie Ladin
8 pm: Fiddle Tunes with a Touch of Theory w/ Erik Hoffman
Wednesdays (Jan. 19 & 26 only)
Hustle Hero/Indie Artist 101 w/ Evie Ladin
Thursdays
5:30 pm: Singing from Inside the Song w/ Richard Brandenburg
7 pm: Flatpicking Essentials w/ Richard Brandenburg
8:30 pm: Expand Your Bluegrass/Country Repertoire w/ Richard Brandenburg

IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

The Winter series of in-person Freight & Salvage classes begins the week of Jan. 9th, and includes …
Mondays
7 pm: Fiddle Tunes with a Touch of Theory w/ Erik Hoffman
Sundays (Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb . 20 only)
11 am: Live Sound Intensive w/ Brian Walker

RADIO SHOWS

“Bluegrass Signal” on KALW
Broadcast every Saturday (5-6 pm Pacific) on www.KALW.org (91.7 FM in the Bay Area), and available on demand for a week following the broadcast.

Jan. 8: Hell On Church Street Blues
Leah Wollenberg compares and contrasts the Punch Brothers (in NorCal this week) tribute and Tony Rice original; bonus: fiddle tunes with this date’s title and additional musical previews.

Jan. 15: Crow On the Banjo
JD Crowe, that is! A memorial tribute to the musician eulogized by John Lawless in Bluegrass Today: “If Earl Scruggs was a machine, J.D. Crowe was a carnival ride. His playing was fun, lighthearted, and even frivolous at times, all coming from his own distinct personality.”

Jan. 22: Allegra Picks ‘Em & Plays ‘Em
The first of many (we hope) guest appearances from Ms. Thompson, now the Producer/Host of KPFA’s Pig In A Pen.

Jan. 29: All Kinds Of Country
Sully Roddy is now a Bluegrass Signal regular, and her mix of bluegrass, blues, and country will be presented on (most month’s) final Saturdays.

Feb. 5: Across the Tracks
New releases and reissues

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“Bluegrass Signal” on www.BluegrassCountry.org
The initial broadcast of Bluegrass Signal is on Monday at 8 pm (Pacific). The show is then rebroadcast on Wednesdays (9 pm), Fridays (3 pm), and Sundays (9 pm); available on demand for two weeks following the broadcasts.
Bluegrass Country now has an ARCHIVE PLAYER. Just pick the date and (Eastern) time of broadcast, and you can hear Bluegrass Signal — or any of the other 33 shows on Bluegrass Country — at your convenience!

Jan. 3-9: “New” Songs For A New Year
Jan. 10-16: Crow On the Banjo
Jan. 17-30: Between the Wars: Allegra Thompson’s annual two-part collection of songs for Armistice/Veterans Day.