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Upcoming Events

Oct 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Blue Moonshine @ Arroyo Grande 
Venue: Alphy's Broiler  Cost: Support Band & Venue 
Address: 130 W Branch St,, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
100 Octane Bluegrass 805-714-1292 

Nov 1, 2014 | 5:00 PM | Appalachian Songwriters Jeni & Billy @ Los Osos CA 
Venue: Red Barn South Bay Community Park  Cost: $15 donation 
Address: 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos, CA 93402
Appalachian Songwriting Duo Jeni & Billy, joined by multi-instrumentalist Craig Eastman, will perform at the Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Jeni & Billy's music is described as " a deceptively simple style that will catch you completely by surprise" some of the best southern music I have heard in a very long time." (Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out Magazine) They play "stunningly original music is as old as the hills, yet brand new at the same time. Jeni is a true poet and a born storyteller, through and through." (Lee Smith, novelist) Jeni's songs spring from the true vine. Billy is the perfect partner, skillfully accompanying Jeni with guitar, banjo and harmonies. These two are tradition bearers of the next generation of traditional music. (Mary Smith, Director of the Richmond (VA) Folk Music Society) Jeni & Billy are celebrating the release of their 6th CD, ?Picnic in the Sky.? Co-produced by 4 time Grammy award winning David Way, 'Picnic in the Sky' cont 

Nov 1, 2014 | 5:30 PM | Appellation Bluegrass Band @ Arroyo Grande 
Venue: Branch Street Deli  Cost: Support Band & Venue 
Address: 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA
"The Abbies" will bring its traditional brand of that old high lonesome music rocking the house with 'raditional bluegrass music, slick harmonies plus a wacky twist of the blues, rock, Celtic, and surf music. This is a free gig, folks--but the band members are starving for gas, so please feed the tip jar. We love our fans and Deli food is delish! Thanks for your support. Links: Shell Cafe -; The Abbies - 

Nov 14, 2014 | 6:00 PM | Off The Griddle Old Time String Band 
Venue: David's Kitchen Cafe  Cost: Support Venue 
Address: 9975 El Camino real, Atascadero, CA 93422
Off The Griddle is an old-time string band that plays Appalachian fiddle tunes. Band members are Ray Berguia (mandolin, harmonica), Dan Herron (guitar), Connie Moxness (banjo), Doug Moxness (guitar), Roz Phillips (mandola), Brian Phillips (base) and Sally Speers (fiddle). Making the world safe for old-time music, one tune at a time. 

Nov 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | BMSCC Annual Meeting 
Venue: Last Stage West  Cost:  
Address: 15050 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422
November 16, 2014 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Last Stage West, 15050 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422 Please join us for our annual meeting and bluegrass jam on November 16, 2014, 1:00 - 6:00 at the Last Stage West, half way between Atascadero and Morro Bay on Hwy. 41. Come visit, vote, play some music, eat great food and hear about BMSCC?s accomplishments and plans. The Last Stage West will open at 1:00 pm on November 16 just for our meeting. They have indoor and outdoor jamming areas and feature hand-cooked BBQ, delicious pie and an extensive selection of beer and wine. The Last Stage West has been a steadfast resource for bluegrass music in our area for many years. They regularly host jams and live performances that feature local pickers and national bands. Election of Board of Directors. The annual meeting is your opportunity to vote for the Board of Directors. Currently we have two directors whose terms will expire and who would like to continue to serve. Confirmation of Officers. The annual meeting is your opportunity to confirm the officers who have been appointed by the Board of Directors. We are also accepting nominations for the position of Treasurer. If you are interested in serving as Treasurer please email Connie Moxness at All current BMSCC members are eligible to vote. You may renew your membership at the annual meeting. A ballot and voting instructions will be sent out soon. If you cannot attend the annual meeting you may still vote by email or regular mail. Instructions will be sent with the ballot. We're looking forward to seeing you on November 16 and don't forget to bring your instruments for the jam. Thank you for supporting bluegrass music. 

Jan 9, 2015 | 08:00 AM | 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 
Venue: Double Tree Hotel  Cost: See Website 
Address: 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308
The GREAT 48 Hour Jam, which will be held at the Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel January 9 through 12, 2014. NOTE THAT THIS YEAR THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SECOND WEEKEND RATHER THAN THE FIRST WEEKEND OF JANUARY. The DoubleTree one of the nicest hotels in the region and is a wonderful venue for the event. The 2013 ?Great 48 Hour Jam? held this past January lived up to all expectations, and then some. The 6th year of this annual event was bigger and better with tons of non-stop Bluegrass jamming throughout the hotel. Pickers from all parts of California descended on the event in greater numbers and were even joined by a few out of state folks. Bluegrass clubs and organizations were well represented and in addition to the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) those bringing sizable contingents and hosting jam suites were the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC), Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast (BMSCC), Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS), San Diego Bluegrass Society (SDBS), and the Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA). The ?Great 48? has proven to be one heck of a way to kick off the Bluegrass New Year and maybe the best time of the year to pick, sing, grin and rub elbows with folks from the far reaches of California and beyond. A great addition to the 2012 and 2013 events was the introduction of the ?Showcase Showdown? Bluegrass band competition. Four bands from various parts of California were selected by an independent panel of judges and performed at the GREAT 48 on Thursday night. That same panel selected a winner which was given a slot at the FDF?s Pioneer Stage. Rocky Neck Bluegrass won the competition in 2013; last year the winner was Grasslands winning the 2013 spot. The 2014 ?Showcase Showdown? is set for Thursday, January 9, and is open to any non-touring California based Bluegrass Band, (with last year?s winner ineligible.) The four bands which are selected by the judges perform 25 minute sets and receive $500. As in the past, the band selected as winner of the competition receives a paid set at Grass Valley. For further information regarding the Showcase Showdown and how to enter your band contact Dave Gooding: 707-365-1940. The Saturday night band scramble and open mic has had great support and attendance each year and as usual there will be a number of musical workshops held on Saturday afternoon. At this point it appears we?ll once again have a Friday night concernt, but plans are still pending. Watch the Bluegrass Breakdown and the CBA web site for more updates on the 2014 GREAT 48 The Bakersfield DoubleTree hotel is conveniently located, at: 3100 Camino Del Rio Court Bakersfield, CA 93308 (near the junction of SR-99 and SR-58) For hotel bookings go to On-Line Booking Page and use: Group Name: California Bluegrass 48 Hour Jam Group Code: C-BLU By Phone: Central Reservations: 888-779-4694 888-779-4694 FREE Front Desk: 661-323-7111 

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