Banjo Extravaganza, November 9, Palms Playhouse, Winters
Each year Bill Evans brings together some of the best banjo players in the world and combines them with an ace backup band for a series of incredible concerts across northern California. This year’s celebration features 2018 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Ned Luberecki, Canada’s old-time banjo master Chris Coole and, of course, California favorite Bill Evans. Joining this trio of banjo greats is their All-Star band featuring John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) & Sharon Gilchrist (bass) for an evening celebrating the many different ways music is made today on the five-string banjo. The concert in our area is on Friday November 9, 800 PM, Doors 7:30, $25, at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058, palmsplayhouse.com. The Banjo Extravaganza will also be held in Chico on November 7, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. 5th St. Call 530-894-1449
Thompsonia, November 10, Wagman’s House Concert, Davis
Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creat-ing feel-good music that ricochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana. The concert begins on Saturday Nov 10th at 7:30 PM. A $20 donation is requested (all proceeds go to the band). For info and reservations call (530) 753-3472 or email, [email protected]
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, November 16, Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, Benefit Concert
Award-winning bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis and her band, the Right Hands, are returning for a concert to benefit the Foothill Con-servancy! The concert is a Celebration Benefit for the Mokelumne River’s Wild and Scenic designation! It will be held on Friday, No-vember 16, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year and won Song of the Year for her rendition of the beautiful “Who Will Watch The Home Place?” She will perform with her band members Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Andrew Conklin. The Town Hall is located at 8317 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill 95245. Contact [email protected], foothillconservancy
Sideline, November 16, Palms Playhouse, Winters
Sideline is a six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cher-ryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. These three are joined by the talents of Bailey Coe, guitar; Troy Boone, mandolin; and Daniel Greeson, fiddle. The bands combined talents, their on-stage energy and finesse, as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, bring you the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Friday, November 16, 800 PM, Doors 7:30, $22, at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058, palmsplayhouse.com.
Rita Hosking Trio, November 17, Foothills Event Center, Grass Valley
Come join the Rita Hosking Trio as they celebrate our California roots at the Foothills Events Center in Grass Valley on November 17th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with beer and wine available at the bar. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM. The Foothills Events Center is at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley, phone 530-271-1000. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be pur-chased at foothillsevents.com, at The Foothills Event Center and Briar Patch Co-op. Rita’s Trio will also be playing at the Side Door in Sacramento on December 8th. thesidedoor.net
2018 IBMA Awards
Here are the major awards presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association in Raleigh, NC, last month. Most of these art-ists have played the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley.
Entertainer of the Year — Balsam Range Vocal Group of the Year — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Instrumental Group of the Year — The Travelin’ McCourys Emerging Artist of the Year — The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Female Vocalist of the Year — Brooke Aldridge Male Vocalist of the Year — Buddy Melton
Banjo Player of the Year — Ned Luberecki Bass Player of the Year — Tim Surrett
Dobro Player of the Year — Justin Moses Fiddle Player of the Year — Michael Cleveland
Guitar Player of the Year — Molly Tuttle Mandolin Player of the Year — Sierra Hull
IBMA Hall of Fame Inductees — Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, Tom T. and Dixie Hall
Festivals & Camps Walker Creek Music Camp: November 1 – 4, Thursday – Sunday, Marin County, walkercreekmusiccamp.org or 415-663-6030
The Great 48 Jam: January 10 – 13 2019, Thursday – Sunday, Bakersfield** Nashville Fiddle & Banjo Camp: January 18-20 2019, Friday – Sunday, Nashville Tennessee area, nashvillefiddlebanjocamp.com Wintergrass: February 21- 24, Bellevue, WA wintergrass.com Bluegrass on the Beach: March 1 – 3, Friday – Sunday, Lake Havasu City, AZ bluegrassonthebeach.com
**CBA Wedsite Link – **
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.
Stagecoach West: November 3, 10 AM – Noon, Flower Farm Cafe, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis; Free, 916-652-5661 Austin Lounge Lizards: November 1, 7 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058, $22, palmsplayhouse.com Stillwater Creek: November 2, 6-7 PM, SacYard Community Tap House, 1725 33rd Street, Sacramento, https://sacyard.beer Past Due and Payable: Nov 2, 6:30 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392, californiaorganics.com ike Justis Band: November 8, 8 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625, Free, foxandgoose.com Barwick & Siegfried: November 10, 7:30 PM, CD RELEASE at Wild Eye Pub, 535 Mill Street, Grass Valley, $10, 530-446-6668, face-book.com/wildeyepub/
Mike Justis Band: November 14, 6:30-7:30 PM, prior to the Joan Baez show, in the courtyard at the Mondavi Center, Davis, 530-754-2787, mondaviarts.org Barwick, Sears & Harding: November 17, 8 PM, Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St, Sacramento, 916-441-3931, lunascafe.com
New World String Project: November 17, 7:30 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058, $23, students $19, palmsplayhouse.com New World String Project: November 18, 3 PM, Auburn House Concerts, $25, 530-885-4292, auburnhouseconcerts.org Lacy J. Dalton: Nov 24, 8 PM, Christmas Show, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, $25 – $29, 916-425-0077, sutter-creektheater.com
LeAnn Rimes: December 5, 8 PM, Christmas Tour, Harris Center for the Arts / Three Stages at Folsom Lake College,10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets $76 & Up, 916-608-6888, harriscenter.net
Regular Monthly Jams
Depending on the Weather – Sunday, Nov 4, 12:30-3:30 PM at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville. Hill Country will host an acoustic only bluegrass, folk, old time and country jam, Beginners to pros are welcomed. Beautiful courtyard to play in, friendly audience. Bring your armless chair for guitar. Call Mel for info: 530-621-0409. Checkout Placerville weather before coming.
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, olrepublicbrewery.com . Every Thursday, 7 – 10 PM, Fifth String, 2900 Franklin Blvd @ 4th, Sacramento, 916-442-8282, www.thefifthstring.com. 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3 – 6 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-346-6942, holbrooke.com.
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 Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Acoustic guitar club.
1st Wednesday, around 5:00 PM, 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, 1210 66th St B, Sacramento, Bob A. Jam, 916-272-4472, sactownunion.com 2nd Sunday, 4 – 6 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392, californiaorganics.com 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, thestrumshop.com 3rd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St B, Sacramento, 916-705-6569, sactownunion.com
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, theoldironsides.com. 3rd Saturday, 3 PM, The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786, thestrumshop.com 4th Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th Street Sacramento, 916-272-4472, sactownunion.com 4th Thursday, 6 – 9 PM, CANCELED 4 Nov The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786, thestrumshop.com
4th Thursday, 6 – 9 PM, CANCELED 4 Nov Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave Suite 103, Sacramento, Kim A. jam, 916-456-1614,
Floating Jams Without Long Term Schedules
Saturday, October 6, 12 – 4 PM, Clubhouse at 6211 Summerset Lane, Citrus Heights; Preston’s Jam, 916-572-0692
Sunday, October 14, 1 – 5 PM, Idol Beer Works, 100 S Sacramento St., Lodi, call 916-601-723