The month of September brings us Bill Monroe’s Birthday (September 13, 1911 — with the Freight & Salvage Bill Monroe Birthday Party on the 11th this year), plus great festivals all month long, and lots of other fine shows with both touring and area bands.
Come on out and join your friends who are Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society — they know where the music and fun will be. See you there!
1 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
1 — Cowgirl Pallooza With 77 El Deora, Velvetta, The Patsychords, Jessica Rose, Judea Eden Trio, El Rio, San Francisco.
1 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.
1 — Front Country, Roscoe’s Happy Hour, 10-String Symphony, Amnesia, San Francisco.
1 — Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto.
2 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
3 – The Cherry Pickers, Zodiacs, Petaluma.
3 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Irve, Berkeley.
3 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
3 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
4 — Bangers & Grass With Mike Witcher, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.
4 – Misisipi Mike & The Midnight Gamblers, Amnesia, San Francisco.
4 — The Bucket Draggers, Dredger Grill, Snelling.
5 — TrueLife Troubadours, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
5 — David Field, First Friday, Homeless Garden Project Downtown Store, Santa Cruz.
5 — Sugar By The Pound, Edible Monterey Bay Release Party, San Juan Oaks Country Club, Hollister.
5 — Baloney Creek, Bluegrass In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.
5 & 6 — Faux Renwah, Lava Cats, Hurst Ranch, Jamestown.
6 — Savannah Blu, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.
6 — Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
6 — The Creak, B. R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen.
6 – Bluegrass At The Lake, Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.
7 – Savannah Blu, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.
7 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association Jam, Hoover School, San Jose.
7 — Patsy Cline 82nd Birthday Bash With The Carolyn Sills Combo, Club Fox, Redwood City.
8 – Toshio Hirano, Amnesia, San Francisco.
9 — The Avett Brothers, Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata.
10 — Savannah Blu, Iron Springs Pub, Fairfax.
10 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
10 – The Bills, Ray Bonneville, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.
10 — Keith Greeninger, Rio Theater, Santa Cruz.
11 — Marverick — A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.
11 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Palms Playhouse, Winters.
11 — Bill Monroe Birthday Tribute Hosted By Laurie Lewis, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
11 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
11 — Jean Butterfield, The Naked Nut, Oakhurst.
11-14 — Strawberry Fall Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.
12 — High Country, USS Potomac, Jack London Square, Oakland.
12 — The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento.
12 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, T Sisters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
12 — Elm Street, Marvin Gardens, Belmont.
12-13 – Old Time Bluegrass Jamboree, Soper Reese Community Theatre, Lakeport.
12-13 – McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Hoo Hoo Park, McCloud.
12-14 — American River Music Festival, September 12-14, various venues, Coloma.
13 – The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Greek Theatre, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley.
13 — Sugar By The Pound, Cameron Marks September Party & Trunk Show, Santa Cruz.
13 — The Cherry Pickers, The Jugtown Pirates, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.
13 — The Hillbenders, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.
13 — Santee Bluegrass Festival, Town Center Park, Santee.
13 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.
13 — Greg Brown, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.
14 — Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Bakersfield Museum Of Art, Bakersfield.
15 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.
16 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
16 — Nina Gerber & Chris Webster, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
16-21 — Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, various venues, Berkeley.
17 — Bangers & Grass With Mike Witcher, Memorial Park, Albany.
17 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
18 — Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit (opens for 2-year run), Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.
18 — Hilltown, Safari Club, Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.
18 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles.
18-21 — Lost Sierra Hoedown, Plumas Eureka State Park, Graeagle.
19 — Red Dog Ash, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
19 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Golden State Theatre, Monterey.
19-21 — Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills, Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth.
19-21 — Millpond Music Festival, Millpond County Park, Bishop.
20 — David Thom Band, The Skunk Train, Willits.
20 — Sherry Austin & Henhouse, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz.
20 — Fiddlers’ Jam, Fiddletown Community Center, Fiddletown.
20 — Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
20 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco.
20 — Jay Howlett & Blah Blah Woof Woof, The Woodshed, St. James Church, San Jose. (NCBS-welcomed)
21 — Steep Ravine, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.
21 — George Kahumoku Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i (Hawaiian Masters), Don Quixote’s, Felton.
21 — Strange On The Range, Bartley Ranch, Reno, NV.
21 — The Barefoot Movement, The Ranch At Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach.
22 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
22 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, NV.
23 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
24 — Carolyn Sills Trio, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
25 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
25 – Rainy Day Ramblers, Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto.
26 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Point Arena Theater, Point Arena.
26 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.
26 — Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Tony Futado, Zodiacs, Petaluma.
27 — TrueLife Troubadours, Joe’s Bar, Boulder Creek.
27 – Sugar By The Pound, Santa Cruz Harvest Festival, various venues, Boulder Creek.
27 — Whiskey Puppy & Tennessee Studs, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
27 — Black Eyed Susies, Art Bar, The Tannery, Santa Cruz.
27 — Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Humbolt Hills Hoedown, Mateel Community Center, Redway.
27 – The Dim Lights At Pacific Coast Fog Festival, North Stage, Pacifica.
28 – Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson & Paul Kowert, Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State Universitry, Arcata.
28 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Joe’s Garage, San Mateo.
28 – Paul Knight & Friends With Sharon Gilchrist, Avram Seigel, Blaine Sprouse & special guests, Windrush Farm, Petaluma.
29 — Tennessee Studs & Whiskey Puppy, Amnesia, San Francisco.
30 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
30 — David Thom Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Somoma.
30 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
30 – Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones, Willie Watson & Paul Kowert, Cascade Theatre, Redding.
September 30-October 4 — IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.
Early October: The world’s largest bluegrass festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, will come to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park October 3-5.
And…on Saturday, October 4, Ralph Stanley is coming to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz!