Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter


This newsletter can also be read on the CBA website:
John Hettinger, CBA Sacramento Area Activities VP
113 Puffer Way, Folsom, CA 95630 916-990-0719 E-mail:
cbalogoJuly 2013
Keith Little & the LittleBand, July 12, Winters
Centered around the creative work of multi-instrumentalist & singer Keith Little, the LittleBand will perform in concert on July 12, 800
PM at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825, Rooted in bluegrass, gospel, & blues, the
combination of band members Michael Witcher on dobro, Josh Tharp on banjo, Luke Abbott on fiddle, & Steve Swan on string bass,
produces a rich sound that is both authentic & unique. Over his 40-year career Little has played extensively, including with Rose
Maddox & the Vern Williams Band, both milestones in west coast country music. Keith has also been an important member of many
national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time), & has performed on the
Grammy award-winning recordings The Grass Is Blue & Little Sparrow by Dolly Parton, & Another Country by the Chieftains. An
amazing vocalist, Keith is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band & as
a duo with regional favorite Jim Nunally. Tickets for this show are $20.
James King Band, July 26, Sacramento
The James King Band is well-known to Sacramento bluegrass fans, & every time they have played here it has been an absolute treat!
They will play in concert at the Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282, on July 26, 700
PM. James King is considered one of the greatest bluegrass musicians working today. His first album James King Sings Cold, Cold
World was released in 1998, soaring on the bluegrass charts & establishing King as an up & coming star on the bluegrass circuit.
Rounder Records took an interest in King & assembled a band of bluegrass all-stars to back him up on These Old Pictures (1994)
& Lonesome & Then Some (1995). Shortly after, The James King Band was formed, followed by extensive touring & recognition as
Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 1997. The James King Band’s debut Bed by the
Window (1998) was nominated for IBMA’s 1999 Song of the Year Award. In addition to his own band, King is also a member of the
bluegrass supergroup Longview, which has featured Dudley Connell, Don Rigsby, Joe Mullins, Glen Duncan, Marshall Wilborn, Ron
Stewart, Lou Reid, & banjo master J.D. Crowe. Tickets for this show are $20.
Nicholson’s MusiCafe, Wednesdays, Folsom
Rick Sims of Nicholson’s Music Store hosts an open mic for bluegrass music every Wednesday, 600 – 900 PM, at the MusiCafe, 632 E
Bidwell, Folsom, 916-984-3020. Come out, enjoy some bluegrass music, & perform your favorite songs before a live audience.
Hog Wild BBQ, Saturdays, Placerville
Hog Wild BBQ, 38 Main St, Placerville, 530-622-3883,, presents live bluegrass music most Saturday nights,
500 – 800 PM. Confirmed bands for July are Banner Mountain Boys on July 13, Natural Drift on July 20, & Hill Country on July 27
(& June 29). Come out & enjoy some great bluegrass music that goes so well with their fine BBQ.
Other 2013 Festivals, Camps, & Campouts
High Sierra Music Festival: July 4 – 7, Quincy,
California Coast Music Camp: July 7 – 13 & July 14 – 20, Placer County,
California Worldfest: July 11 – 14, Grass Valley,
Americana Music Festival: July 12 – 14, Virginia City, NV,
Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival: July 19 – 21, Etna,
Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 9 – 11, Gilroy,
Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: August 16 – 18, between Reno & Carson City, NV,
Summergrass: August 16 – 18, San Diego,
CBA Old-Time Campout: August 22 – 25. Lake Sonoma,
Mammoth Bluegrass Festival: August 30 – September 1, Mammoth Lakes,
American River Music Festival: September 13 – 15, Coloma,
Berkeley Old-Time Music Festival: September 18 – 22, Berkeley,
Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills: September 20 – 22, Plymouth,
Kings River Bluegrass Festival: September 27 – 29, Sanger,
KVMR Celtic Festival: September 27 – 29, Grass Valley,
Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival: October 11 – 13, Gilroy,
Walker Creek Music Camp: October 11 – 14, Marin County,
CBA Fall Campout: October 14 – 20, California Delta,
In Memoriam
John Duncan, who served many terms on the CBA board, passed over Jordan on June 16. Long-time CBAers will fondly remember
his pickin’ parties. John was a quiet, gentle man who loved our music & knew more about it than almost anyone.
Save the Dates
Hettingers’ annual house jam / potluck: August 17, Folsom
Chapmans’ annual chili cookoff: September 28, El Dorado County
Other Events
Dan Crary & Thunderation: June 28, 800 – 1000 PM, Winesmith, 346 Main, Placerville, 530-622-0516,, $8.
Carter-style Guitar Picking Workshop: June 29, 1200 N, Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282, FREE!
5th Sunday Bluegrass Service & Jam: June 30, 1000 AM service, 1130 AM – 300 PM jam, Mount Olive Church, 320 Montrose,
Folsom, 916-985-2984 or 530-601-0306, Bring finger food or snacks & a smile.
Matt & George & the Pleasant Valley Boys: July 3, 500 – 730 PM, Davis Farmer’s Market, Central Park, C & 3rd Sts, Davis. Free.
Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin: July 4, 1200 N, Nagglar Vineyards, 18125 Rosemary Ln, Grass Valley, 530-268-9059, Free. Opening for James Garner.
Spillit Quikkers: July 6, 1100 AM – 100 PM, Hoppy Brewing Co, 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, 916-451-4677,
No cover; come for brunch.
David Grier: July 9, 530 PM workshop & 730 PM concert, Fifth String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282, $50 for workshop, $20 for concert, or $60 for both.
Chicken Train: July 12, 730 PM, house concert in Berkeley hills, reservations. $20.
James Garner’s Musical Tribute to Johnny Cash: July 13, 800 PM, Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, 530-795-1825, $20.
Billy Buckman. + Will Morebeck + Patrice Webb: July 13, 730 PM, Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St, Placerville, 530-642-8481, $8.
Anderson Family Bluegrass Band: July 14, 700 PM, Library Garden Amphitheater, 350 Nevada St, Auburn, 530-885-5670, FREE!
Mike Justis Band: July 18, 800 PM, Fox & Goose, 1001 R St, Sacramento, 916-443-8625,, No cover.
Riverbend: July 18, 200 PM & July 24, 100 PM, California State Fair, Promenade Stage. Fair admission.
Tiffani Shiro & Hugh Hoeger: July 19, 800 – 1000 PM, Sierra Nevada House, 835 Lotus Rd, Coloma, 530-626-8096, No cover.
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn: July 19, 800 PM, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S Auburn St, Grass Valley,
530-274-8384, $50.
Banner Mountain Boys: July 20, 700 – 1100 PM, Holbrooke Hotel, 212 Main St, Grass Valley, 530-273-1353, No cover.
Tom Rigney & Flambeau: July 20, 700 PM, Library Garden Amphitheater, 350 Nevada St, Auburn, 530-885-5670, FREE!
Mark Hanson: July 20, 730 PM, house concert in Shingle Springs, for reservations. $20.
Asleep at the Wheel: July 26, 800 PM, Harlow’s, 2708 J St, Sacramento, 916-441-4693, $37.
Notorious Shank Brothers: July 27, 630 – 1000 PM, Elkhorn Saloon, 18398 Old River Rd, West Sacramento, 916-371-2277, No cover.
Tiffani Shiro & Hugh Hoeger: July 28, 700 – 1000 PM, Marco’s Cafe, 7221, Hwy 49, Lotus, 530-642-2025. No cover.
Fruit Jar Pickers: Every Sunday, 1000 AM – 1200 N, Rough & Ready Grange Hall, Rough & Ready Hwy, about five miles west
of Grass Valley, 530-272-4320, Donations accepted.
Regular Jams
Every Friday, 500 – 700 PM, Main Street Music, 263 Main St (corner Center), Placerville, 530-622-1357.
Every Thursday, 700 – 1000 PM, 5th String Music Store, 3184 N St, Sacramento, 916-442-8282.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 500 – 800 PM, Rail Depot, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Rd (near Taylor Rd), Loomis, 530-885-6871.
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 600 – 900 PM, Landmark Baptist Church, 609 Figueroa, Folsom, 916-990-0719. New pickers welcome.
1st Sunday of the month, 100 – 400 PM, National Hotel, 211 Broad St, Nevada City, 530-575-8766. Old-time jam.
2nd Sunday of the month, 100 – 500 PM, Old-Time Fiddlers, Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, Orangevale, 916-723-2314.
2nd & 5th Thursdays, 600 – 900 PM, bluegrass jam at various Sacramento area homes. Call John at 916-990-0719 or Ron at
916-988-8062 for location. New pickers welcome.
3rd Thursday of the month, 700 – 1000 PM, Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St, Sacramento, 916-443-9751.
3rd Saturday of the month, 1200 N – 500 PM, Round Table Pizza, 7867 Lichen Dr, Citrus Heights, 530-409-4012.
4th Thursday of the month, 600 – 900 PM, Strum Shop, 408 Roseville Square, Roseville, 916-787-8786. New pickers welcome.

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