Chapmans’ Annual Jam-of-the-Month & Chili Cook-off, September 29, El Dorado County
Mel & Bonnie Chapman will host their annual chili cook-off at their home on Sept. 29 starting at 5 PM. Make your best chili and come
on over for great eating, cool prizes, and the best music in the world… BLUEGRASS, plus old country & western swing… not to even
mention the “jazz room”. All pickers & grinners are welcome. Prizes for the best overall, the hottest & the most original chilis. We’ll
provide beans, snacks, desserts & beverages. You bring, YOUR BEST CHILI, your special drinks & a chair if you like. Side dishes are
welcomed, too. We are 10 miles SE of Placerville at 5041 Pathfinder Trail. Driving directions: Take US 50 east to Placerville’s Missouri
Flat Exit. Go south on Missouri Flat about 2 miles & turn left at the “T” onto Pleasant Valley Road. Go through Diamond Springs & con
tinue about 5 miles to Bucks Bar Road. Signs will begin there. Turn Right on Bucks Bar & go only 0.6 mile & turn left on Springer
Road. Now, follow the signs!! Continue 1.9 miles on Springer & go right at the mailboxes. At the “T”, turn LEFT onto Cumberland. Go
750 feet, turn right on Pathfinder, & you are there!! We are the house on the right. Phone 530-621-0409 or 530-409-6708 if you get
lost. For more info Email
Dry Branch Fire Squad, Thursday, October 4, 8 PM, Harlow’s, Sacramento
Dry Branch Fire Squad plays aggressively traditional bluegrass music. For 40 years they’ve been a too well-kept secret. Brian
Aldridge, Tom Boyd, Jeff Byrd and Ron Thomason bring nearly boundless energy and enthusiasm as well as a variety of musical expe
riences to their shows. The local band MerryGold will open the show. $15, 2708 J St, Sacramento 916-441-4693,
Nell & Jim Band, Friday, October 5, The Side Door, Sacramento
Nell & Jim Band bring together genre-busting artists and joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and
blues. Alt-Roots, Folkbilly – whatever you call it – it’s original, well done, and a pleasure to hear. Featuring Nell Robinson on flute & vo
cals, Jim Nunally on guitar & vocals, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle, Jon Arkin on percussion, and Rob Reich on accordion & keyboards, this
is truly an all-star band. The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento. 916-442-8282, $20, tickets at
CBA Fall Campout, Monday – Sunday, October 15 – 21, Lodi
The Fall Campout is at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds which is near our Sacramento area. There is plenty of camping for RVs and
tents alike. There are an assortment of restaurants, wineries and beer breweries available for your taste buds and lots of shopping for
those that love that! The Old Town of Lodi is within walking distance and has lots to offer. Jackson Hall has been reserved for Thursday
through Saturday so we will have a room for Quilters, Puzzle masters, Game players, and Music makers as well. Friday evening will
feature an open mic; Saturday will feature the usual dinner, concert as well as a silent auction to benefit our Youth Programs; a CBA
Board Meeting will be held Sunday morning which is open to all CBA Members; and finally, every day and night will be filled with jam
ming. The Lodi Grape Festival Grounds are located at 413 E Lockford St, Lodi, CA. More info at
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Friday, October 19,
Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts, Sacramento
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and
educator. She is a “founding mother” of California bluegrass, and is widely recognized for having helped shape and inform many of to
day’s best-loved artists in the genre. She has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum.
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? Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest
album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, and Andrew Conklin), The Hazel and Alice Ses
sions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. Her song, “Swept Away,” is currently nominated for the IBMA
Song of the Year. Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, 7 PM, $35.
Brandon Godman will also perform at the Western Open Fiddle Championship in Red Bluff on October 26
Festivals & Camps
Huck Finn Jubilee:
October 5 – 7, Friday – Sunday, Ontario, CA,
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival:
October 5 – 7, Friday – Sunday, San Francisco,
Yosemite Songwriting Retreat:
October 5 – 8; Friday – Monday, Midpines, CA,
Prusch Farm Park Mountain Music Festival:
October 7, Sunday, San Jose, free,
CBA Fall Campout:
October 15 – 21, Monday – Sunday, Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fairgrounds, see CBA website**
First Annual Grass Roots Music Festival:
October 19 -21, Friday – Sunday, Dew Drop Inn, Grass Valley,
Western Open Fiddle Championship:
October 25 – 27, Thursday – Sunday, Red Bluff,
Walker Creek Music Camp:
November 1 – 4, Thursday – Dunday, Marin County,
The Great 48 Jam:
January 10 – 13 2019, Thursday – Sunday, Bakersfield**
Nashville Fiddle & Banjo Camp:
January 18-20 2019, Friday – Sunday, Nashville Tennessee area,
**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.
October 4, 6 – 9 PM, Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 E Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020,
Nell and Jim Band:
October 5, 7-10 PM, The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd, $20, Sacramento 95818. 916-442-8282,
October 6, 10 AM – Noon, Flower Farm Cafe, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis; Free, 916-652-5661
El Dorado Family Band:
October 6, 11 AM – 1 PM, Grandpa’s Cellar, (Apple Hill) 2360 Cable Rd, Camino, CA.
October 7, lesson 1:30 PM, dance 2 – 5 PM, Talib Huff calling to the music of Contrapositive, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main
St, Winters, 530-758-8058, $12/$8 students,
Michael P. Justis:
October 11, 8 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625, Free,
Cache Valley Drifters:
October 12, 3 – 6 PM, The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd, Sac. 916-442-8282, $20, tickets at
October 12, 5 – 8 PM, Eldorado Brewing Company, 6051 Enterprise Drive, #102 Diamond Springs,
Poor Man’s Whisky:
October 13, 8:30 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, $20,
Dan Crary and friends:
October 14, 4 PM, The Hart Lounge, 301 Main St., Placerville, $10, reservations (530) 417-1677
Justin Austin Band:
Oct 17, 9:30-12 AM, Crazy Horse, 230 Commercial St, Nevada City, $20-25, 530-265-4000,
Barwick & Siegfried:
October 20, one of many bands, noon – ! AM, $30, Dew Drop Inn, Grass Valley
October 22, 7:30 PM, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Big Room, 1075 E 20th St, Chico, $20,
8 PM, Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, 916-425-0077, $18 – $21,
Putah Creek Crawdads:
October 27, 9 – Noon, Davis Farmers Market, 3rd & C St, Davis CA, Free,
Public String Band:
October 27, 7:30 PM, Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City,
Bob Cheevers & Friends:
27 October, 7 – 10 PM, Acoustic Country, The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd, Sac, 916-442-8282, $20,
Austin Lounge Lizards:
November 1, 7 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-758-8058, $22,
November 2, 6-7 PM, SacYard Community Tap House, 1725 33rd Street, Sacramento,
Past Due and Payable:
Nov 2, 6:30 PM,
California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,
Regular Monthly Jams
New Jam for the Summer –
Sunday, Oct 7, 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.
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,
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 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,
2nd Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St B, Sacramento, Bob A. Jam, 916-272-4472,
2nd Sunday, 4 – 6 PM, California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530-265-9392,
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, 6 – 9 PM, 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 916-601-7233
Sacto Calendar–October, 2018 from Ron Dale
Chapmans’ Annual Jam-of-the-Month & Chili Cook-off, September 29, El Dorado County