DRIVING INTO WORK this morning (sometimes I miss the train), I caught a lovely song by the Claire Lynch Band on KZSU Stanford. Lynch and her band are a bluegrass act, and as the DJ noted, they'll be playing this Saturday, Feb. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave. at Cuesta Drive, Mountain View.
Bluegrass shows are regularly booked at First Presbyterian through Redwood Bluegrass Associates (Web Link), a nonprofit created in 1991 to promote the genre. And let me tell you, churches, especially small wooden churches with vaulted ceilings, are fantastic venues. Nothing makes the years fall away like listening to string-driven music among the pews. I learned this years ago when I saw Jonathan Richman at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
Anyway, the Redwood Bluegrass Associates Web site provides the following details: "Jamming starts at 5:30 -- doors open at 7:00. Shows Start at 8:00 -- Pie and Coffee -- Fine Folks."
Also: "The venue has been remodeled, and now boasts a new stage, floor, drapes (which helps the sound), and chairs with padded seats. Tickets for RBA shows are $18/advance, $20/day of show."
For more on Claire Lynch click here: Web Link. Also, if you like bluegrass, and I don't know why you wouldn't, check out that KZSU program on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 (Web Link). It's hosted by "Sarah Bellum" and titled "That's Not Bluegrass" (but it really is -- she's only kidding).