This month, we celebrate Bill Monroe’s 104th Birthday on September 13 and the 50th Anniversary of the First Bluegrass Festival that was held on Labor Day Weekend, 1965. Meanwhile, we have plenty of bluegrass to keep us busy in Northern California all month long.
Festivals range from McCloud in the north to Sanger in the south, with a new home at Tuolumne for Strawberry in between. NCBS & CBA are looking forward to the new Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Pacifica.
The old-time folks will meet in Berkeley and the Americana crowd in Lodi and Coloma. Many other festivals take place throughout the month, while Marty Stuart, Mountain Heart, Nora Jane Struthers, The Lowest Pair, Susie Glaze, Dan Walsh, and Emmylou Harris have Northern California concert dates. Meanwhile Californians will be everywhere at the International Bluegrass Music Association Convention in Raleigh, NC at the end of the month.
This is a selective list of some excellent shows — there are many other top live bluegrass music events in our area during September.
August 31-September 7 – Burning Man Festival, (BanjerDan & Andy Owens — the only bluegrass!) Black Rock City, NV.
1 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
1 – Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
2 — Bangers & Grass, Memorial Park, Albany.
2 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
3 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
3 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.
3-7 – Strawberry Music Festival, Westside, Tuolumne.
4-6 – Four Corners Folk Festival, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.
4-7 – San Francisco Folk Music Club Labor Day Campout, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.
5 — Front Country, Lady Crooners, The Town Howlers, Leo’s Music Club, Oakland.
5 – The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine, Beth Bombara, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
5 – Front Porch Music Festival, Wente Vineyards, Livermore.
5 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
5-6 – Santa Cruz Mountains Art, Wine, & Music Festival, Garrahan Park, Boulder Creek.
6 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddler’s Association, Hoover School, San Jose.
7 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.
7 – Jay Howlett, Jennings & Keller & Friends, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
7 — Front Country, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.
7 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
8 – The Lowest Pair, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
8 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
8 — BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West, Atascadero.
9 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
9 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers. Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
10 — Bill Monroe Birthday Tribute With Laurie Lewis & more, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
10 — Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Club Fox, Redwood City.
11 — High Country, The Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.
11 — True Life Troubadours, The Craftsman, San Jose.
11 – Doug Bremseth & Lonesome Moon, Bluegrass In The Park, Veteran’s Memorial Square, Clovis.
11 — Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.
11 — Free Range Stringband, California Organics, Nevada City.
11-12 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.
12 — Sidesaddle & Co, Los Altos Hills Hoedown, Westwind Community Barn, Los Altos Hills.
12 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
12 — Steep Ravine, Castora Cellars, Templeton.
12 — Dan Walsh, The Ugly Mug, Soquel.
12 – Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.
12 – Carolyn Sills Combo Patsy Cline Birthday Party, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.
12 – Americana Music At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.
12 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
13 – King’s River Bluegrass Festival, The Grove, Sanger.
13 — Rusty String Express Live Bluegrass Brunch, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.
13 — David Grier, St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, Pacific Grove.
13 — Dan Walsh, The Open Book, Grass Valley.
13 — Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco. (Two shows)
14 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.
14 — Mountain Heart, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.
14 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
15 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
15 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
16 — Mountain Heart, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.
16 — Cold & In The Bay, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.
16-20 – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.
17 — Bluegrass & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
17 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Smothers Theatre, Malibu.
17 — Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, Jake Peavy, Slim’s San Francisco.
17 — Doug Bremseth & Lonesome Moon, Tenaya Park, Fresno.
18 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
18 — The Pine Needles, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.
18-20 – Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.
18-20 – Pickin’ In The Pines, Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ.
18-21 – American River Music Festival, various venues, Coloma.
19 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Scott’s Valley Farmers Market, Community Center, Scott’s Valley.
19 — Nora Jane Struthers, Leo’s, Oakland.
19 — The Vivants, Mildred Owens Concert Hall, Pacifica.
19 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Caspar Inn, Caspar.
19 — Dan Walsh, Red Rock Coffee House, Mountain View.
19 — Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford. (Sold out)
19 – Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.
20 – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS/CBA welcomed)
20 — Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Tulare County Fair, Tulare.
20 — Vintage Grass, Broadway Under The Stars, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen.
20 — David Grier, House Concert, Morgan Hill. RSVP Required: (408) 710-2957.
20 — Black Eyed Susies, Wine Tyme, Capitola.
20 — Front Country, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata.
20 — CCMC Jamathon, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto.
21 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.
22 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
22 — BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West, Atascadero.
23 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Aubrie Sellers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
23 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.
24 – Sons of Jefferson, The Tackle Box, Chico.
24 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
24 — Grassfire, Tenaya Park, Fresno.
24-27 – Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.
25 — One Grass Two Grass, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, 19 Broadway, San Francisco.
25 — Black Eyed Susies, Whale City Bakery, Davenport.
25 — True Life Troubadours, Revolution Cafe, San Francisco.
25 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Lulu Carpenter’s on Pacific, Santa Cruz.
26 — Handsome Ladies, Bluegrass Disciples, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.
26 — Grass Less Traveled, The Patio Cafe, Fresno.
26 — David Thom Band, The Skunk Train, Willits.
26 — The Crooked Jades, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.
26-27 — The Dim Lights, Montara Mountain Boys, more, Pacific Coast Fog Fest, various venues, Pacifica.
28 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
28 — Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.
29 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
29 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
September 29-October 3 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.
30 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
30 — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley.