Sacto Calendar–August, 2018 from Ron Dale

The Great 80 & the Lower 48: Saturday, July 28, Folsom Opry House
This is a big combination concert/open jam/and potluck celebrating John Hettinger’s 80th Birthday and his daughter’s (Julie) 48th birth-day. The concert features Natural Drift and will be in the afternoon.  The party will be at John & Loretta’s home 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, starting at 2:00 PM.   For more info see the July Newsletter or contact John at 916-990-0719.   In lieu of gifts John would feel very hap-py if you would make a donation to the CBA Youth Program

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band: August 17, Sacramento
John Jorgenson has been in the forefront of acoustic music for many years. In the bluegrass world, his mandolin and guitar playing have been recognized at the highest levels. No less an authority than Earl Scruggs picked John to play mandolin with him on the road during his final years touring,  His Band, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (J2B2) will perform on August 17th at Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento.  Their performance starts at 7 PM.  Tickets are $35 at

Rita Hosking, Berryessa Brewing, August 18, Winters & August 29 at Tahoe
The Rita Hosking Trio plays at Berryessa Brewing in Winters for their new August Summer Night Concert series. Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar, and Bill Dakin on upright bass. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”  The all-ages, outdoor show starts at 7 PM and tickets, $20, are available online via Eventbrite,  The brewery is at 27260 Highway 128 in Winters.  In South Lake Tahoe, Rita & Sean will co-bill with Susie Glaze and Steve Rankin at the Valhalla Tahoe’s Art, Music and Theatre Festival.  The show begins at 7:30 PM at Valhalla Tahoe’s Boathouse Theater, at #1 Valhalla Rd, 870 Emerald Bay Rd (Highway 89), South Lake Tahoe.  Tickets are $22 regular or $30 preferred seating via the Valhalla website at

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival, August 17 – 19, Bowers Mansion County Park, Nevada
The 2018 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival performances are on the 18th of August from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM.   Blue Highway, John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band (J2B2), Sonoran Dogs, Sage Creek, Suspect Terrane & Mosquito Road will fill the ticket.  Tickets are $25.00 on line or $30.00 after August 11 and at the gate.  Purchase via PayPal at until August 11.  Bowers Mansion County Park is at 4005 Bowers Mansion Rd, New Washoe City, Nevada (about halfway between Reno and Carson City, NV on Old highway 395).

The Golden Old-Time Camp Out, August 23 – 26, Browns Valley, CA
Enjoy four day’s of camping, R & R but mostly pickin your favorite tunes with everyone, under the shade of the Sycamore trees, along-side the Yuba River.  Tent camping and RV sites are available, and a free RV dump station is on site.  Be sure to tell your friends. The camp out is at the Sycamore Ranch Campground Group Site A, 5390 Highway 20, Browns Valley, CA (In a rural setting, about 15 miles East of Marysville).  Tickets: Available only at the gate. $8 a day for CBA members. $10 a day for non-members.  More info and direc-tions are at or from Kim Smith at 530-798-3595 or email [email protected]

Festivals & Camps
Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 9-12, Thursday-Sunday, Tres Pinos,
Summergrass:  August 17 – 19, Friday – Sunday, San Diego,
Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Friday – Sunday, August 17 – 19, Bowers Mansion County Park,
CBA Golden Old-time Campout: August 23 – 26, Thur-Sun, Sycamore Ranch Campground, Browns Valley, see CBA website**
Strawberry Music Festival: August 30 – September 3, Thursday – Monday, Tuolumne,
Plumas Americana Homegrown Festival: August 31 – September 2, Friday – Sunday, Quincy,
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival: September 1 – 2,  Ferndale, WA,
International Bluegrass Music Association Conference & Festival: September 25 – 29, Raleigh, NC,
Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention: September 26 – 30, Berkeley,
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 5 – 7, San Francisco,
Prusch Farm Park Mountain Music Festival: October 7, San Jose, free,
CBA Fall Campout: October 15 – 21, Monday – Sunday, Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fairgrounds, see CBA website**
Walker Creek Music Camp: November 1 – 4, Marin County, or 415-663-6030
**CBA Wedsite Link –

Save the Dates
Kathy Kallick Band: Friday, September 14, 2018, Folsom Opry House
Chapmans’ Annual Jam-of-the-Month & Chili Cook-off: Saturday, September 29, El Dorado County

Other Events
Unless otherwise indicated, these events are without charge as far as I know, but patronage of the venue is expected.  The times listed are show times; doors open at least a half hour earlier.  Come out & support these venues that produce our music.  House concerts are by donation, all of which typically goes to the artists, & are open to the public.  Call for reservations & directions.

The Brothers Comatose: August 3, Doors 6 PM, Show 8 PM, North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, bring a lawn chair, $27-$30,
Blue Mountain Quartet: August 3, 6 PM, D Street Steakhouse, 113 D Street, Davis, Free
Banner Mountain Boys: August 4, 9 – Noon, People’s Mt. Market, corner of Marshall Rd. and Garden Valley Rd in Garden Valley, Free
Putah Creek Crawdads: August 4, 9 – Noon, Davis Farmers Market, 3rd & C St, Davis CA, Free,
Acoustic Eclectic: August 5, 3 PM, Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave #300, Sacramento, Free,
Past Due and Payable: August 8, 6 PM, Pine Tree Stage, Nevada County Fair Grounds, Grass Valley, $9 Admission to the Fair
Michael P. Justis: August 9, 8 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625, Free,
Banner Mountain Boys: August 10, 4-7, NV Cnty Fairgrounds, at Foothill Lions Beer Booth adjacent to grandstand, $9 Fair admission
Blue Mountain Quartet: August 10, 6 PM, Yolo Brewery, 1520 Terminal St, West Sacramento, Free
Mosquito Road: August 11, 7-10 PM, New Haven Bar and Grill, 6022 Pony Express Trail Pollock Pines, 530-644-3448
Banner Mountain Boys: August 17,  afternoon hrs, Lions Classic Car Show, in the middle of Colfax where streets are closed off, Free
Barwick & Siegfried:  August 17, 6 – 9 PM, Auburn, Look for us near the Clock Tower, Free
Asleep At the Wheel: August 17, 7:30 PM, (Country), Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, $35-$75,
Asleep At the Wheel: August 18, 7:30 PM, (Country), Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, $5-$32.50,
Clint Black: August 18 & 19, 8 & 7 PM respectively, (Country), Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, $38-$72,
Blue Mountain Quartet: August 19, 3 PM, Milestone Saloon, 2968 State Hwy 49, Ste F, Cool, CA, Free,
Pleasant Valley Boys: August 19, about 1 PM, Idol Beer Works, 100 S Sacramento St., Lodi, Free, monthly Jam afterwards
Studebakers: August 22, 6 – 8 PM, Ruffhaus Hot Dog, 4355 Town Cntr Blvd, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-3647,
Sky Kings: August 24, 8 – 10 PM, County Rock, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, $16-$19, 916-425-0077,
Jason Eady:  August 24, 8 PM, (Country Music), Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, $20, 530-758-8058,
Public String Band: Aug 25, 6 – 9 PM, (Bluegrass), Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, NV City,, Free
Public String Band: September 2, 3 PM, (Bluegrass), opening for MerryGold at Music in the Mine, 100 Kentucky Mine Rd., Sierra City, CA, $22-$25, (530) 862-1310,
Nell & Jim Band: 7 September, 7:30 PM, Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, $10-$30,

Regular Monthly Jams
New Jam for the Summer – 1st Sunday of the month, 1-4 PM at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville. Hill Country will host an acoustic bluegrass, folk, old time and country jam, Beginners to pros are welcomed. We’ll do this all summer into cold weather.

Every Wednesday, 6 – 9 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020.  Open mike & jam.
Every Wednesday, 6 – 9 PM, Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-264-7263, .
Every Thursday, 7 – 10 PM, Fifth String, 2900 Franklin Blvd @ 4th, Sacramento, 916-442-8282,
Every Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM, The Acoustic Den, 10271 Fairway Dr, Roseville, 916-412-8739,  
1st & 3rd Sundays, 3 – 6 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-346-6942,
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 PM, for 55+ years Bluegrass Beginners, Folsom Senior Center, 48 Natoma, Folsom, 916-985-4960
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6 – 9 PM, McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville, 707-448-8963.  
1st, 3rd, & 4th Thursdays, 6 – 9 PM, Landmark Baptist Church, 609 Figueroa, Folsom, 916-770-7340.  New pickers welcome.
1st Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, National Hotel, 211 Broad St, Nevada City, 530-575-8766, Old-time jam.
1st Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020.  Acoustic guitar club.
1st Wednesday, 5:30 PM  PM, the Porchlight Brewing Co, 866 57th St, Sacramento, 916-476-5384                 
2nd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Old-Time Fiddlers, Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, Orangevale, 530-676-0836.
2nd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, Cancelled this Month
2nd Sunday, 4 – 6 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392, Old-time jam.
2nd & 5th Thursdays, 6 – 9 PM, bluegrass jam in Sacramento area homes. 916-770-7340 New pickers welcome.
2nd Thursday, 7 – 8:30 PM, The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786,
3rd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St B, Sacramento, 916-705-6569,
3rd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Monte Vista Inn, 32106 Ridge Rd, Dutch Flat, 530-389-2333.  Strictly old-time jam!
3rd Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020.  Beginning bluegrass club.
3rd Thursday, 7:30 – 10 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751,
3rd Saturday, 3 PM, The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786,
4th Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th Street Sacramento, 916-272-4472,
4th Thursday, 6 – 9 PM, The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786,
4th Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave Suite 103, Sacramento, Kim A. jam, 916-456-1614,                     
 Floating Jams Without Long Term Schedules
Sunday, Aug 19, 1 – 5 PM, Pleasant Valley Boys perform before jam, Idol Beer Works, 100 S Sacramento St., Lodi, call 916-601-7233
Saturday, Aug 25 & Sept 8, 12 – 4 PM, Clubhouse at 6211 Summerset Lane, Citrus Heights; Preston’s Jam, 916-572-0692