Thursday, April 10, 2008


Bakersfield Bluegrass News

HI Folks,
Our second monthly jam was another success we had 20 pickers or so and a good time was had. I would like to thanks those that attented and I appreciated and enjoyed all the songs that they brought to the jam. We re-arranged the room and it seemed to work fine and we were'nt as cramped, so for the short term I think Rusty's will work out just fine. Special thanks to Jason from driving down from Lake Isabella for the jam. I enjoyed his picking and singing. I also noticed that our group killed off a bunch of pizza and drinks which helps out with the room. Our next monthly jam will be held on Monday May 5th. at Rusty's Pizza in the Olive Drive Vons Shopping Center.

Craig Wilson was at the jam and he had with him the latest creations from his woodshop. Not one but two F5 Mandolin's. I have heard mandolin's described as "cannons" or "banjo killers" before but I don't think I understood what that meant until last monday's jam. Craigs mando's where loud and had great tone. Way to go Craig I think are on you way to a second career. If anyone is interested I am sure Craig could be swayed to part with one of them.

Whew! It looks like the next few month's are pretty Blue. Check out the event's listed below and I hope to see you at some of them. Thanks to Alan Aleksander for sharing his information with me. Alan's band the Wild River Ramblers have a regular gig over in Nipomo. If you get a chance stop by and give a listen and let him who you are and where you are from. If you are aware of any other events that need posting just let me know and I will be more than happy to include them. Give me a call @661-392-7973

Upcoming Concerts and Events

4/10 - 4/13 (thursday through sunday) CBA Spring Campout Turlock CA. 4 day's of picking, a chicken dinner on friday, a band scramble and open mic on saturday. This event is well attended in fact several of our Bakersfield Jam group will be heading up there, and your fingers will be burning come sunday. For more info checkout the CBA webpage.

4/14 Acoustic Jam and songwriting workshop. The Blackboard Stages of Bakersfield. Bring you instrument or just come in and observe, network and collaborate. It is interesting and entertaining. 805 North Chester Ave. 8:00 p.m.

4/16 Irish Jam at Dagney's Coffe Shop 7:00 - 9:00

4/17 MARLEY’S GHOST, five exceptional musicians, singers, songwriters Since forming in the mid-’80s, Marley’s Ghost has built a singular reputation among discerning roots–music lovers for its instrumental virtuosity, ultra-tight 4 part harmonies and animated live performances. The Band has a rabid following they’ve gathered through countless shows at festivals, clubs and colleges. These guys are perennial favorites at the Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather), and the Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas). Read their extensive professional bios on

Tickets available online: Patrick's Music, National Hardware or phone me (Pat Wolk) 559-431-3653 $20 advance with $5 donation to the church.

4/25/08 (On Sale Apr 11) Legendary Mandolinist Roland White from the Kentucky Colonels, with Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson-$20. Mandolin workshop with Roland on Sunday Apr 27, 10am. Boulevard Music . (Cut and Past link into Browser)

4/26 Squaw Valley Jam (The last saturday of each month) Host Henry and Nancy put on a good jam and the potluck is awesome. I have attended one of their jams and it is a good one. It is about 90 minutes from Bakersfield. Contact Henry at 559-338-0025 for info and directions.

5/2 The Isaac's A great gospel bluegrass band with great vocals and exellent musicians. Valley Bible Church on Fruitvale Avenue. Tickets go on sale this Friday and can be picked up at Valley Bible Church.

5/4 Wild River Ramblers

(Julio Boysenberry on Banjo, John Sharpe on Fiddle, Tony Irvine on Bass and Alan Aleksander (me) on Guitar) Each 1st Sunday of the month, from 2 PM to whenever. Santa Maria Brewing Co Cut and Paste Link into Browser (owner: Dan Hilker) 112 Cuyama Lane (1/2 block W of the 101) Nipomo, CA, 805 349 2090

5/8/08-5/11/08 (Thurs. thru Sun.) -- PARKFIELD hosts the 10th annual Mother's Day Weekend Festival, produced by your own the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast. Bands include national headliners, and state and local bands of renown: James King Band, Rambler's Choice, Chris Hillman-Herb Pedersen-Bill Bryson Trio, Eric Uglum & Sons, Leroy McNees Bluegrass Gospel Band, Virtual Strangers, Eric Uglum & Sons, Whiskey Chimp, Southside, Wild River Ramblers, Better Late Than Never, Baloney Creek, Bean Creek, and the Del Williams Band. Festival begins about 2:30 PM on Thursday, runs til 6:00 PM on Sunday -- it envelops a picturesque hamlet in secluded oak-shrouded valley, with over 60 acres of level, grassy camping sites. Some RV electrical hook-ups available (first come, first served), free hot shower facility. For details and ticket info, see, or call (805)-925-5280.

5/18/2008 (Sunday) Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest- Put this on your calendar now. I had so much fun last year that it's still fresh in my mind. Visit for line-up of performers and activities, the Contestant Registration Form and Volunteer Questionnaire, photos.or call the Hotline at (818) 382-4819 and leave a message. Contestant Registration had been extended ONLY until April 12, 2008. The BAND CATEGORY...sorry but that closed within the first 2 weeks of Registration.
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