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Sept 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM | The SLO County Stumblers @ Baywood Park CA 
Venue: The Blue Heron  Cost: Free 
Website: https://stumblers.band/ 
Address: 1365 2nd Street, Baywood Park, CA 93402
The SLO County Stumblers play red hot old time fiddle tunes along the Central Coast of California. Band members are Casy Meikle: fiddle, Daniel Bohlman: banjo, Stuart Mason: guitar, and Jerry James: bass fiddle. A SLO county native, fiddler Casy Meikle moved to middle Tennessee in 2007 where he learned the traditional musical styles of the Southeast. Since then, he has become heavily involved in traditional music and craft. He learned to build fiddles from Gene Horner of Cumberland County, Tennessee, and performed extensively with a wide range of southern string bands and with buck dancer Thomas Maupin. Midwest transplant Daniel Bohlman plays banjo in the clawhammer and old two finger styles. His approach to the banjo is heavily influenced by the playing of Kyle Creed and Dock Boggs. Guitarist Stuart Mason, originally from West Virginia, has performed traditional music for over 40 years with bands that include Molly?s Revenge and Little Black Train. He has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States, and has won awards for traditional singing, mandola, and songwriting. Jerry James plays bass fiddle in the band. Jerry travels the world in search of the best jam sessions, and builds unique banjos for clients all over the world. 

Sept 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Bean Creek @ Atascadero CA 
Venue: St. Williams Church  Cost: $25 
Address: 6410 Santa lucia Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422
Bean Creek is a California Bluegrass Band that prides themselves on song selection and delivery. They search for songs that have been lost or underappreciated and make them their own, while still tapping into the bluegrass tradition of the original vocal rendition. They have carved a niche for themselves among the critical and experienced bluegrass fans as the "real thing". Pasta Dinner & Dessert Includes a cold Beer or a glass of Wine and a Bean Creek Bluegrass Concert. Tickets can be purchased at St. Williams Church. 

Sept 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Honey Suckle Possums @ Carpinteria, CA 
Venue: Palm Loft Gallery  Cost:
Website: http://www.honeysucklepossums.com/ 
Address: 410 Palm Ave Loft A-1, Carpinteria, CA 93013
The Honeysuckle Possums are gathered from a love of songs, people, good old-time music and rocking out, string band style!! Five women: three singer-songwriters, three-part harmonies, one Appalachian Style Flatfooter, and an outstanding upright bass/mandolin player and singer who holds it all together. We always have fun spreading joy, laughter, and good times whenever and wherever we play. Pot luck dinner 6:00-6:30 Open mic - 6:30-7:15 pm (open first to all CA Songwriting campers) Possums 7:15 -8:00pm Tall Men 8:15-9:00 pm 9:00 pm - Song circle 

Oct 4, 2019 | 7:00 PM | The SLO County Stumblers @ Morro Bay CA 
Venue: Libertine Pub  Cost: Free 
Website: https://stumblers.band/ 
Address: 801 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
The SLO County Stumblers play red hot old time fiddle tunes along the Central Coast of California. Band members are Casy Meikle: fiddle, Daniel Bohlman: banjo, Stuart Mason: guitar, and Jerry James: bass fiddle. A SLO county native, fiddler Casy Meikle moved to middle Tennessee in 2007 where he learned the traditional musical styles of the Southeast. Since then, he has become heavily involved in traditional music and craft. He learned to build fiddles from Gene Horner of Cumberland County, Tennessee, and performed extensively with a wide range of southern string bands and with buck dancer Thomas Maupin. Midwest transplant Daniel Bohlman plays banjo in the clawhammer and old two finger styles. His approach to the banjo is heavily influenced by the playing of Kyle Creed and Dock Boggs. Guitarist Stuart Mason, originally from West Virginia, has performed traditional music for over 40 years with bands that include Molly?s Revenge and Little Black Train. He has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States, and has won awards for traditional singing, mandola, and songwriting. Jerry James plays bass fiddle in the band. Jerry travels the world in search of the best jam sessions, and builds unique banjos for clients all over the world. 

Oct 5, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Salty Strings @ Santa Barbara CA 
Venue: Cold Spring Tavern  Cost: Support Band and Venue 
Website: https://saltystringsband.weebly.com 
Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Coming out of the coastal mountain town of Santa Barbara, CA, Salty Strings is a 5-piece string band setting out to transcend the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music. Sprinkling in notes of latin and jazz and adding percussive elements, this untraditional band puts on an engaging live performance filled with fast-picking originals and old-timey favorites. You can often find them playing their instruments along a coastal bluff as the sun is setting, their strings ever so salty. 

Oct 6, 2019 | 11:00 AM | The SLO County Stumblers @ San Luis Obispo CA 
Venue: Lincoln Market Deli  Cost: Free 
Website: https://stumblers.band/ 
Address: 496 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The SLO County Stumblers play red hot old time fiddle tunes along the Central Coast of California. Band members are Casy Meikle: fiddle, Daniel Bohlman: banjo, Stuart Mason: guitar, and Jerry James: bass fiddle. A SLO county native, fiddler Casy Meikle moved to middle Tennessee in 2007 where he learned the traditional musical styles of the Southeast. Since then, he has become heavily involved in traditional music and craft. He learned to build fiddles from Gene Horner of Cumberland County, Tennessee, and performed extensively with a wide range of southern string bands and with buck dancer Thomas Maupin. Midwest transplant Daniel Bohlman plays banjo in the clawhammer and old two finger styles. His approach to the banjo is heavily influenced by the playing of Kyle Creed and Dock Boggs. Guitarist Stuart Mason, originally from West Virginia, has performed traditional music for over 40 years with bands that include Molly?s Revenge and Little Black Train. He has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States, and has won awards for traditional singing, mandola, and songwriting. Jerry James plays bass fiddle in the band. Jerry travels the world in search of the best jam sessions, and builds unique banjos for clients all over the world. 

Oct 12, 2019 | 3:00 PM | Fiddlers' Convention and Festival-Pre Fest Concert @ Goleta CA 
Venue: Stow House  Cost: Free 
Website: http://fiddlersfestival.org/pre-festival-events/ 
Address: 304 N. Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
THE SLO COUNTY STUMBLERS play red hot old time fiddle tunes along the Central Coast of California. Band members are Casy Meikle: fiddle, Daniel Bohlman: banjo, Stuart Mason: guitar, and Jerry James: bass fiddle. A SLO county native, fiddler Casy Meikle moved to middle Tennessee in 2007 where he learned the traditional musical styles of the Southeast. Since then, he has become heavily involved in traditional music and craft. He learned to build fiddles from Gene Horner of Cumberland County, Tennessee, and performed extensively with a wide range of southern string bands and with buck dancer Thomas Maupin. Midwest transplant Daniel Bohlman plays banjo in the clawhammer and old two finger styles. His approach to the banjo is heavily influenced by the playing of Kyle Creed and Dock Boggs. Guitarist Stuart Mason, originally from West Virginia, has performed traditional music for over 40 years with bands that include Molly?s Revenge and Little Black Train. He has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States, and has won awards for traditional singing, mandola, and songwriting. Jerry James plays bass fiddle in the band. Jerry travels the world in search of the best jam sessions, and builds unique banjos for clients all over the world. ART ROSENBAUM, of Athens, Georgia, has been collecting, studying, and performing traditional American music for over 60 years. He sings, plays 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and mouth bow. His repertoire, much of it learned first-hand in the course of his field work, ranges from Appalachian banjo tunes and songs, Southern and Mid-Western ballads and blues, fiddle tunes, sea chanteys, and spirituals. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Historical for Best Historical Album, 2008, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes. DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ conjure the mysteries of the old, weird America through their hypnotic twin fiddling and banjo-fiddle duets. Archaic, trance-inducing bow rhythms and melodies become enveloped in a wash of drone and harmony when the duo invokes the echoes of America?s early, forgotten folk music. ?There?s twin fiddling, and then there?s David Bragger and Susan Platz. Their music really reaches into that space where two instruments become one and draws you right in with it. Their debut CD, King?s Lament, is one of the most sonorous and rhythmically locked-in sets of tunes you?ll hear.? -Bruce Molsky SKILLET LICORICE is the latest project from San Francisco Bay Area roots-music luminaries Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth. The result is a full fledged proto-swing orchestra capable of expert musicianship in a dizzying array of folk genres. Whether they?re playing hot fiddle breakdowns, slinky blues, sparkling banjo breaks, ragtime or dreamy waltzes Skillet Licorice displays an impressive command of styles and techniques that comes from deep study and loving dedication to America?s folk traditions. With the help of their talented friends they?ve put together an incredible repertoire that is essentially traditional, yet with a modern approach that is anything but a stale. Skillet Licorice is hot, sweet, and just a bit greasy! 

Oct 12, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Todalo Shakers @ Los Olivos CA 
Venue: Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall  Cost: $15.00 Adv$20door 
Website: https://www.ericandsuzy.com/todalo-shakers.html 
Address: 2374 Alamado Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Hot old time, ragtime and blues from Berkeley. Led by Eric and Suzy Thompson, the Todalo Shakers also include Northern California notables Matt Welner - bass, Frannie Leopold - guitar, and WB Reid - banjo, guitar, and pizzicato fiddle. Drawing their inspiration for a variety of traditional folk and blues sources. Tickets will go on sale beginning September 15th, on-line and at the Book Loft on Mission Dr. in Solvang. $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door (if available.) 

Oct 13, 2019 | 09:00 AM | Fiddlers' Convention and Festival @ Goleta CA 
Venue: Stow House  Cost: $15/Student$5/12underFree 
Website: http://fiddlersfestival.org/ 
Address: 304 N. Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
**** Contest Registration at: https://fs18.formsite.com/JzaBpw/lc11oxebwv/index.html ****. Featuring Entertainment & Workshops By: Rafe Stefanini (PA); Hog-Eyed Man (GA); Jim & Jamie Fox (MT); The Todalo Shakers (WA & CA); Art Rosenbaum (GA); The Horsenecks (OR); David Bragger & Susan Platz; SLO County Stumblers (TN & CA); Skillet Licorice (CA); Paul Rangell & Emily Abbink (CA). TIME: 10am-5pm - Join us for a GREAT day of Old-Time Music ! Enjoy all-day entertainment by some of the best Old-Time bands in the world ? all in our beautiful, historic gardens. Plus enjoy free instrument work shops, jamming with fellow musicians and one of the premier music contests on the West Coast! There will even be an Instrument Petting Zoo for kids (and adults!). There is something for everyone! No dogs, please. Note that on Saturday, October 12, 3-5pm we will host a free concert in the garden. For more information click HERE. At the heart of any great old-time festival is the jamming! Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, washtub basses, and other stringed instruments are picked, plucked, strummed and banged on in jams that vary in size, from 2 to 25 people! Musicians are free to start old-time jams anywhere around the grounds. Additionally, there will be assigned areas for jams too. This year we?ll even have 4 hosted jams for musicians and beginners who are just breaking into the world of playing with others OR who simply want to meet new folks to make old-time music with! 

Oct 13, 2019 | 3:00 PM | Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys @ Santa Barbara, CA 
Venue: Music Academy Campus  Cost: $10/ ages 7-17 free 
Website: https://www.musicacademy.org/whats-on/music-in-the-gardens/ 
Address: 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Peter Feldmann, the South Coast's long-time champion for folk, old time, and bluegrass music, will bring his friends David West and Tom Lee. The show will feature a program of bluegrass and early country standards. https://bluegrasswest.com/very_lonesome_trio.html 

Oct 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM | Cache Valley Drifters / Crary, Evans & Barnick @ Cambria CA 
Venue: PAINTED SKY STUDIOS  Cost: Call 
Website: https://www.paintedskystudios.com/contact/ 
Address: 715 MAIN STREET, CAMBRIA, CA
Tickets/Reservations 805.927.8330 The Cache Valley Drifters have been pushing the boundaries of American acoustic music for over four decades. CVDʻs sound is a blend of a wide range of musical styles and influences with a focus on vocals rich with harmony. While their music sits on a solid foundation of Bluegrass and Folk, they create a collective alchemy of all musical interests the individual members bring to the table. The result: performances that cover a lot of musical territory while maintaining a common thread that can only be described as the CVD style. A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It's whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunestunes https://www.facebook.com/theCacheValleyDrifters/ https://dancrary.com/crary-evans-and-barnick/ 

Oct 19, 2019 | 7:30 PM | Cache Valley Drifters / Crary, Evans & Barnick @ Camarillo CA 
Venue: Camarillo Cafe  Cost: $20-25 
Website: https://camarillocafeconcerts.com/ 
Address: 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA
The Cache Valley Drifters have been pushing the boundaries of American acoustic music for over four decades. CVDʻs sound is a blend of a wide range of musical styles and influences with a focus on vocals rich with harmony. While their music sits on a solid foundation of Bluegrass and Folk, they create a collective alchemy of all musical interests the individual members bring to the table. The result: performances that cover a lot of musical territory while maintaining a common thread that can only be described as the CVD style. A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It's whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunestunes https://www.facebook.com/theCacheValleyDrifters/ https://dancrary.com/crary-evans-and-barnick/ 

Oct 20, 2019 | 8:00 PM | Cache Valley Drifters / Crary, Evans & Barnick @Santa Monica CA 
Venue: Mc Cabe' Guitar Shop  Cost: $25 
Website: https://www.mccabes.com/ 
Address: 3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Cache Valley Drifters have been pushing the boundaries of American acoustic music for over four decades. CVDʻs sound is a blend of a wide range of musical styles and influences with a focus on vocals rich with harmony. While their music sits on a solid foundation of Bluegrass and Folk, they create a collective alchemy of all musical interests the individual members bring to the table. The result: performances that cover a lot of musical territory while maintaining a common thread that can only be described as the CVD style. A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It's whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunestunes https://www.facebook.com/theCacheValleyDrifters/ https://dancrary.com/crary-evans-and-barnick/ 

Oct 25, 2019 | 7:00 PM | AJ Lee & Blue Summit @ Morro Bay, CA 
Venue: Coalesce Bookstore  Cost: Call 805.772.2880 
Website: https://www.coalescebookstore.com 
Address: 845 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
TICKETS: Coalesce Bookstore - 805.772.2880 Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Links: https://www.slofolks.org/events and https://www.coalescebookstore.com 

Nov 9, 2019 | 1:00 PM | Salt Martians @ Santa Barbara CA 
Venue: Cold Spring Tavern  Cost: Support Band & Venue 
Website: http://www.saltmartians.com/ 
Address: 5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
The Salt Martians http://www.saltmartians.com/ (whose name refers to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh) are a Santa Barbara-based, all-acoustic bluegrass band, established in 2005. Ken Gaston (lead vocals and guitar) and Tim Mullins (banjo, dobro and harmony vocals) first performed together in the mid-Seventies at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. Aaron Douglas (string bass and harmony vocals) is our recovering rock and roll and rockabilly bass ace. Doug Toews (mandolin, lead and harmony vocals) is our newest member, bringing his over forty years of bluegrass knowledge and playing experience. Link to event: http://coldspringtavern.com/ 

Jan 26, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Steep Canyon Rangers @ Arroyo Grande, CA 
Venue: Clark Center  Cost: See Website 
Website: https://clarkcenter.org/event/steep-canyon-rangers/ 
Address: 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Steep Canyon Rangers - With OUT IN THE OPEN. BMSCC members are offered a 15% discount. Online ticket sales to general public will go fully live by about 10am on August 1. Box office opens at noon. Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. The GRAMMY Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own. OUT IN THE OPEN is perhaps Steep Canyon Rangers' bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre's true form thanks to producer Joe Henry's very traditional approach towards recording. Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the genre-defying band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music - predominantly co-written by Sharp and bassist Charles R. Humphrey III - that links them to the past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance. 

NOTE: While we make every effort to insure the accuracy of information for events mentioned, we suggest that you contact the host venue in advance to confirm key information, especially if you must travel very far to attend. Send corrections and additions to bmscc12@gmail.com.
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