Sacto Calendar–September 2019

CBA Fall Campout, October 14-20, Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, Lodi

It’s time to start your planning for the Fall Campout in Lodi. It is centrally located in Northern California and has proved popular with pickers and grinners who have attended the Fall Campouts there for the last few years. There are plenty of camping areas for RVs and tents. See all the details at or call Deb Livermore 916-601-7233.

Rita Hosking, September 8th, Auburn House Concert, Auburn

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, black holes and hope. An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as “here and now” by The Observer, she’s recently released her seventh album, For Real. Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar. Together, they de-liver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.” Hosted by Auburn House Concerts, Sunday afternoon, September 8 at 3 PM, $25, all goes to the artists. Email [email protected] or call 530-885-4292 for reservations and directions.

Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration, September 23rd, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Bluegrass artists Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Joshua Zucker, Butch Waller, Tom Bekeny, and special guest Elise Leavy on accordion, will concentrate on the contributions of accordionist Sally Ann Forrester to the Blue Grass Boys. Sally Ann played with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys in 1944 and 1945, recording some of Monroe’s most classic songs, like Foot-prints in the Snow, Good-Bye Old Pal, and Rocky Road Blues. Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, $15 – $26 ($30 at the door), 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, (510) 644-2020,

Chapmans’ Annual Jam-of-the-Month & Chili Cook-off, September 28th, El Dorado County

Mel & Bonnie Chapman will host their annual chili cook-off at their home on Sept. 28 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, old country & western swing/jazz. All pickers & grinners are welcome. Prizes for the best overall, the hottest & the most original chilis. We’ll provide beans, snacks, desserts & bever-ages. You bring, YOUR BEST CHILI, your special drinks & a chair if you like. Side dishes are welcomed, too. Address is: 5041 Path-finder Trail, Placerville. 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 & continue 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. 530-621-0409 or 530-409-6708 if you get lost. For info Email [email protected]

Heifer Belles, October 12th, Folsom House Concert, Folsom

The Heifer Belles began as friends getting together for some casual picking and singing. The resulting blend of back porch Americana, took them out of the living room into the world to perform their music. Juliet Gobert’s song writing ranges from tongue-in-cheek to heart-felt to socially insightful—a gamut of human experiences in today’s world. Juliet leads on vocals and guitar, with a powerful and expres-sive voice. She has performed over the years at some of Northern California’s finest music festivals including, Strawberry Music Festi-val, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Kentucky Mine Music Festival and American River Music Festival. Kim Rog-ers, on pedal steel and harmony vocals, is also a long-time DJ at KVMR community radio. Toni Valenta on bass and harmony vocals. Their love of 3-part harmony brings extra richness to the songs. The Heifer Belles and their musical hijinks guarantee a knee-slapping, tear-jerking time.The concert will be at the home of Rich and Pam Smith, 112 Burnt Creek Way, Folsom, (around the corner from the Folsom Opry House) on Saturday, October 12, 7:30 PM (door at 7:00 PM), [email protected] Call Rich at 916-765-0552 for tick-ets and info. The price, $25 in advance includes appetizers and dessert, water and coffee. All proceeds will be donated to the band.

Save the Date

The Kathy Kallick Band, October 18, Folsom Opry House

Festivals & Camps

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival: September 13 – 15, McCloud, CA

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 18 – 22, Berkeley,

Western Swing Hall of Fame Music Festival, October 4, 5, 6, Machinist’s Hall, Rancho Cordova,

CBA Fall Campout: 14 – 20 October, Lodi, CA,

The Great 48 Hour Jam: January 9 – 12, Bakersfield, CA,

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.

Western Swing: September 1, 1st Sunday monthly, 1-5 PM, dance lessons at 12:30, Machinist’s Hall, 2749 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho

Cordova, $6 – $9, [email protected]

Bluegrass Tuesdays: September 3, 10, 17, 24, band listings not available, 7 – 9 PM, Fig Tree Coffee, 222 Vernon Street, Roseville, Free, 916-771-7010,

Jez Lowe: September 12, 7:30 PM (UK Songwriter), Wagman House Concerts, Davis, $20 donation, (530) 753-3472, email [email protected]

Blue Mountain Quartet: Sept 13, 5 PM, The Big Sexy Brewery, 5681 88th Street, Sacramento, 916-374-7332,

The Sweet Lillies w Kyle Ledson: September 14, 9:15 PM, Progressive Folk/Newgrass, Crazy Horse Saloon, 230 Commercial St, Nevada City, $10, 530-265-4000,

Tony Furtado Trio: September 14, 7:30 PM, Auburn State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, $30, 530-885-0156,

Putah Creek Crawdads: September 28, 9 – Noon, Davis Farmers Market, 301 C St, Davis, Free

The Brother Brothers: September 14, 8 PM, Close harmonies and folk instrumentation from twin brothers, The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters, $20 general/$12 students, 530-795-1825,

Stagecoach West: September 28, 10 – Noon, Flower Farm Cafe, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd, Loomis; Free, 916-652-5661

Hot Club Of Cowtown: September 29, 7 PM, Western Swing, Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, $35,

Hot Club Of Cowtown: October 3, 7 PM, Western Swing, Machinist’s Hall, 2749 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, $25 members, $35.00 Non-Members at the door or at To join the WS Society, go to

Grace Clark & Swingitude: October 4, 6:30 PM, at Western Swing Music Festival, Oct 3, 4, 5, $10/day or $35 for all days, Machinists Hall 2749 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova. More info at

Regular Monthly Jams

Boeger Winery Summer Jam, 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,

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 PM, Folk Jam, Fig Tree Coffee Art and Music Lounge, 222 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-622-2467

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6 – 9 PM, McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville, 707-448-8963.

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th 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, 5:30-8:30 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, Tower Brewing Jam, 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, Old-time jam.

2nd Thursday, 6 – 9 PM, Bluegrass jam in Sacramento area homes. 916-770-7340 New pickers welcome.

2nd Thursday, 7 – 8:30 PM, Acoustic Guitar Club, 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 Tuesday, 6 – 9 PM, Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave Suite 103, Sacramento, Kim A. jam, 916-456-1614,

4th Thursday, 6 – 9 PM, Americana/Bluegrass Jam, The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon, Roseville, 916-787-8786,

Floating Jams Without Long Term Schedules

Saturday, September 7, 12 – 4 PM, Clubhouse at 6211 Summerset Lane, Citrus Heights; Preston’s Jam, 916-572-