So much pickin’ in the New Year!

Well, here we are in 2017, and not a moment too soon. But don’t get too comfortable: there’s a lot of picking to be done! First of all, the first-Sunday jam at Cleophus Quealy Beer Co. has been pushed back to the second Sunday (the 8th) just this once. So you can still get in on that if you were too, um, foggy on New Year’s day. I mostly use this jam as an excuse to get my growler refilled with some of Quealy’s delicious hoppy ale.

We do have stuff  happening New Year’s day, though. The weekly Lucky Horseshoe jam is going on as I write this (I’d be there but I’m staying home with my cold this afternoon), and then later in the evening the invitational Shoe Jam takes the stage at that same Lucky Horseshoe, 8 to 10 pm.
It’s old-time jam time at Amnesia this Monday, 6:30 to 8:30-ish. This is a special one for me because I get to bring along my daughter Laura, an excellent old-time banjo player, who just last week became old enough to be around adult beverages! And because of the Bearcat Duo, which goes on stage at about 9. (Amnesia also hosts the regular bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday, of course, plus the Handsome Ladies‘ women-only jam on the third Monday.)
Then on Tuesday the 3d we troop on down to Pacifica for the Winters Tavern jam, which runs the first and third Tuesday every month, 8 to 10 pm. This is a fun little jam with a very friendly audience and a great beer selection. On Wednesday the 4th we’re back at the Plough & Stars on Clement for Jeanie & Chuck’s bluegrass jam. You could call this the Guinness jam — it’s one of those bars where they know the time-honored technique for slow-pouring the black stuff.
The Street Beats and Eats jam kicked off with a bang last month and it continues this Thursday, the 5th. This is at the SOMA Streat Food park, which is in that triangle where Division St. and 11th St. meet, under the Central Freeway. There’s a nice heated indoor space, plus lots of overflow space amid the food trucks in case you feel like wandering into a spinoff jam.
There won’t be a Street Beats & Eats jam on Thursday the 12th, though. That’s because a lot of pickers will be heading down to the Bakersfield Marriott that day for the Great 48 Jam. If you haven’t signed up for this already, it’s not too late! I’m told you can still get a room at a hotel nearby. It’s also not too late to book an Amtrak ticket and avoid the hassles of driving.
Speaking of Jeanie and Chuck: their Free Range Fridays variety show is back at La Promenade on the 20th, 7 to 9:30 pm. This time they’ve got trad-grass with the Dim Lights, the singer-songwriter Zoe Yungmi-Blank, and a bunch of other great stuff.
Of course, all of this and more can be seen at Hipster Hoedown, your calendar site for San Francisco bluegrass. Let me know if you want something you’re doing to be featured there!
Bluegrass blessings,
Ted Kuster
Local CBA Guy

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