Dec 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM | Molly's Revenge, with guest vocalist Christa Burch
Venue: Song Tree Concert Series Cost: $15
Address: 820 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
Molly's Revenge (http://www.mollysrevenge.com/) will present their 8th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration with special guest vocalist Christa Burch. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band's new album titled Trio. Molly's Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured extensively in the USA as well as Australia, China and Scotland. The band is known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. Tickets for upcoming concerts can be purchased at Folk Mote Music, 1034 Santa Barbara Street in Santa Barbara, (805) 962-0830; and at Jensen Guitar and Music, 2830 De la Vina Street in Santa Barbara, (805) 687-4027. (It?s a good idea to call them first.) But here?s another way: purchase by mail!
Dec 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM | Molly's Revenge, w/ guest vocalist Christa Burch & Irish dance
Venue: St. Benedict's Episcopal Church Cost: $18 adv/22 door
Address: 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos, CA 93402
Molly's Revenge (http://www.mollysrevenge.com/) will present their 8th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration with special guest vocalist Christa Burch and Irish step dancers. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band's new album titled Trio. Molly's Revenge, whose lineup includes bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, have toured extensively in the USA as well as Australia, China and Scotland. The band is known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm. Their arrangements of traditional jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
Dec 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM | Appellation Bluegrass Band @ Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant
Venue: Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant Cost: Free
Address: 1245 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
"The Abbies" rock the house with 'raditional bluegrass music and are headed for dog-friendly Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant. Join us for a marathon 4-hour performance right on the Bay! You can find Tognazzini's on the Morro Bay Embarcadero directly across from the Duke Power smokestacks. The music starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 2:00 p.m. It's going to be beautiful, with plenty of sun and fresh seafood. There's no charge for the bluegrass (but we love it when you add to the tip jar). Links: http://www.theabbies.com/; http://bonniemarietta.com/Dockside-Restaurant.htm
Jan 9, 2014 | 09:00 AM | 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield
Venue: Double Tree Hotel Cost: See Website
Address: 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Once again we?re happy to announce the upcoming 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
Jan 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM | Salt Martians @ Cold Spring Tavern Santa Barbara
Venue: Cold Spring Tavern Cost: No Cover
Address: 5995 Stagecoach Road, Sanda Barbara, CA 93105
The Salt Martians (http://www.saltmartians.com/) 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. Their combined talents give the Martians almost four thousand Earth years of combined playing experience. Their enjoyment of playing bluegrass music together -- from Bill Monroe to the Byrds -- is virulently contagious.