Grammy-winning guitarist plays Julie’s tonight
I usually save this stuff for my weekend post, but this is happening tonight, and it sounds too good to miss: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is hosting Grammy Award-winning bluegrass guitarist Scott Nygaard, with mandolinist Paul Kotapish, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. And the show is free.
Nygaard, who is a San Francisco resident, was part of a group that won a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 1997 for “True Life Blues,” a tribute to Bill Monroe (his song on the album, “Scotland,” was also nominated for a Grammy in the instrumental country category).
He’s played with a bunch of different groups, including the O’Boys, and most recently with his own outfit and Crow Molly. He’s also got an album with Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth in the works. Oh, and he’s a senior editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Kotapish, a Berkeley resident, has been a guitarist for 46 years. He has played with The Hurricane Ridgerunners and Irish fiddle player Kevin Burke and is the cofounder of the Celtic Grateful Dead band, Wake the Dead.
Julie’s, by the way, is at 1223 Park Street, and their phone number is 865-2385.