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Apr 27, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick @ Atascadero, CA 
Venue: Last Stage West BBQ / Toro Creek Event Center  Cost: $20 Adv / $25 door 
Website: http://torocreekeventcenter.com/Schedule 
Address: 15050 Morro Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422
Toro Creek Event Center and The Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast are proud to present a VERY Special Edition of "The BanjerDan Show," as BanjerDan welcomes legendary bluegrass guitarist Dan Crary, along with banjoist Bill Evans, and Wally Barnick (Cache Valley Drifters) on bass. DAN CRARY "A native of Kansas, his childhood interest in the guitar turned serious during Dan's early years in the late 1950s. His first musical performances in Midwestern churches established an enduring connection that continues to infuse his music with a spiritual dimension: "Call it God, call it divine, call it world spirit," he says. "You can't have an aesthetic experience unless you're in touch with something real about the world that we don't really understand." Building on this essential insight, he pursued the development of an approach to the steel string, flat-top guitar that explored new dimensions, transforming what had always been an instrument of accompaniment into one with a leading role, capable of fluent, expressive melodies and a variety of textures. In his travels around the United States, Crary learned and integrated traditional American styles and tunes, transforming them into strongly personal and creative works that are at once deeply rooted and freshly new. "A long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and group efforts (especially with the award-winning ensemble California, active through most of the 1990s) plus many guest appearances, have brought Dan Crary acclaim as a versatile performer able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. Nineteen ninety-four's Jammed If I Do, with guests Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta, was hailed as one of the decade's great gatherings of guitarists, while is 1992 solo album, Thunderation, won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturer's annual "Indie" award for "Best String Instrumental Album." Crary's 1997 release, Holiday Guitar, won 1998′s "Indie" for "Best Seasonal Music" from the Association For Independent Music. "As a solo artist, Dan has created a performance style that blends traditional material from a variety of American sources with original compositions, vocals with instrumental showcases, all woven together with stories and observations that share his experience and insights with the audience. His ability to connect both musically and personally has brought him success not only in North America but throughout the world, with concert and workshop appearances everywhere from Europe to Japan and the South Pacific." http://dancrary.com/ Cost for ticket is $20.00 per person, and seating is limited. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Showtime is 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Food, beer, and wine will be available. For information and reservations call 805-792-0505. The Last Stage West / Toro Creek Event Center is located on Highway 41 at Toro Creek Road, between Atascadero and Morro Bay. The address is 15050 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422. For more information, please visit their website at http://torocreekeventcenter.com/, e-mail eventbooking@torocreekeventcenter.com, or call 805-792-0505. 

Apr 28, 2017 | 6:30 PM | The McKinley Boys! @ Grover Beach CA 
Venue: Man Rock Brewery  Cost: Support Band & Venue 
Website: http://www.manrockbrewing.com 
Address: 1750 El Camino Real, Grover Beach, CA 93433
The McKinley Boys is a musical group which performs a blend of rousing, foot stomping, two stepping Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Country. A high energy trio performing on multiple instruments with vocals that have a warm inviting quality and tight harmonies which have that classic 'high lonesome sound' and regularly have the audience dancing and singing. Links: https://www.facebook.com/TheMcKinleyBoys. 

Apr 29, 2017 | 8:00 PM | DAN CRARY, BILL EVANS, & WALLY BARNICK - Culver City, CA 
Venue: Boulevard Music  Cost: $20 
Website: http://boulevardmusic.com/event/dan-crary-bill-evans-wally-barnick/ 
Address: 4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
Join flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and SoCal acoustic favorite Wally Barnick as they come together for the first time to perform cutting edge bluegrass, folk, and Americana music. Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with founding fathers Doc Watson, Clarence White and Norman Blake in carving a role for the flatpick guitar soloist in bluegrass music. A founding member of the Bluegrass Alliance, and the "newgrass" approach, his 20+ year collaboration with Byron Berline and John Hickman (as BCH and in the bands Sundance & California) earned him numerous awards and accolades. A veteran of tours in more than thirty countries, Dan's a stylist with an international reputation for taste and brilliance. His "racing licks sounded like the fretboard equivalent of Fred Astaire dancing up, then down a staircase."(LA Times) Bill Evans is an internationally loved five-string banjo life force. Whether he's lending his instrumental chops to a blazing fiddle tune or performing one of his original compositions, Bill is one of contemporary banjo's treasures. He's probably the only banjo on earth who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, on A Prairie Home Companion and with Dan and Wally! He's at home with traditional and contemporary bluegrass as well as branching out on the farthest musical limbs that Dan and Wally can take him. Wally Barnick (bass & vocals) describes himself as "principally a singer who some 40 years ago took up playing bass guitar in order to ensure a place in the band." That strategy has definitely worked for this wonderful singer and instrumentalist, who is at home singing and playing everything from folk and bluegrass to Bakersfield country and even some rock and roll. Wally has performed with many familiar California Americana and bluegrass groups in these past four decades, including the Cache Valley Drifters, Bluegrass, Etc., and The Hay Dudes. His warm vocals and engaging stage presence are a perfect complement to Dan and Bill's instrumental fireworks. 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 tunes, and a little touch of glory-to-God. And it's the hovering ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woody and all the greats who showed the way. Links: http://www.dancrary.com; http://www.billevansbanjo.com; http://www.wallybarnickmusic.com 

May 5, 2017 | 7:00 PM | CENTRAL COAST FOLK FESTIVAL @ MORRO BAY CA 
Venue: LIBERTINE PUB  Cost: $35 online/$40Gate 
Website: https://www.centralcoastfolkfest.com/tour/ 
Address: 801 EMBARCADERO, MORRO BAY, CA 93442
1ST ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST FOLK FESTIVAL MAY 5TH & 6TH. GRASSROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING GREATAMERICANA/FOLK/JUG/COUNTRY/STRING/OLDTIME MUSIC, WORKSHOPS, JAM SESSIONS, AND MORE. MOONSVILLE, WILLY TEA TAYLOR, G BURNS JUG BAND, MAPACHE, AMBER CORSS, ECHO MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND, YOU PITZY JUG BAND, VICTORIA BAILEY, PETER BECK. THE RED BARN COMMUNITY MUSIC SERIES IN COOPERATION WITH KCBX PUBLIC RADIO, LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL AND LAST RAMBLE EVENTS. LODGING: GREAT CAMPING AT MONTANA DE ORO & MORRO BAY STATE PARK. MOTELS IN BAYWOOD, LOS OSOS, MORRO BAY & SAN LUIS OBISPO. ARE THERE ID OR MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER THE EVENT? THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL IS ALL AGES. OF COURSE KEEP AN EYE ON THE KIDDOS. WHAT CAN I BRING INTO THE EVENT? IT'S BYOB BUT KEEP IT FAMILY FRIENDLY. YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. 

May 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys @ Los Olivos, CA 
Venue: S.Y. Valley Grange Hall  Cost: $12.50 on line 
Website: http://bluegrasswest.com/tickets.htm 
Address: 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA
Bluegrass Impressario Peter Feldmann with be joined by multi-instrumentalist David West, and bassist Tom Lee for a fun filled evening of the bluegrass music from the true vine. Banjos, mandolins, guitars and string bass; heartfelt singing; songs of false true lovers, hounds on Jerusalem Ridge, nine pound hammers, cold steel, and silver daggers, with plenty of ancient tones. Refreshments and CDs on sale at intermissionn. Hear traditional bluegrass and old time music at its best! Advance tickets available on-line [see website above]. Doors open at 7:30 PM For further information, call 805 688-9894. 

May 6, 2017 | 12:30 PM | CENTRAL COAST FOLK FESTIVAL @ Los Osos CA 
Venue: RED BARN COMMUNTY CENTER  Cost: $35 online/$40Gate 
Website: https://www.centralcoastfolkfest.com/tour/ 
Address: 2180 PALISADES AVE, LOS OSOS, CA 93402
1ST ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST FOLK FESTIVAL MAY 5TH & 6TH. GRASSROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING GREATAMERICANA/FOLK/JUG/COUNTRY/STRING/OLDTIME MUSIC, WORKSHOPS, JAM SESSIONS, AND MORE. MOONSVILLE, WILLY TEA TAYLOR, G BURNS JUG BAND, MAPACHE, AMBER CORSS, ECHO MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND, YOU PITZY JUG BAND, VICTORIA BAILEY, PETER BECK. THE RED BARN COMMUNITY MUSIC SERIES IN COOPERATION WITH KCBX PUBLIC RADIO, LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL AND LAST RAMBLE EVENTS. LODGING: GREAT CAMPING AT MONTANA DE ORO & MORRO BAY STATE PARK. MOTELS IN BAYWOOD, LOS OSOS, MORRO BAY & SAN LUIS OBISPO. ARE THERE ID OR MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER THE EVENT? THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL IS ALL AGES. OF COURSE KEEP AN EYE ON THE KIDDOS. WHAT CAN I BRING INTO THE EVENT? IT'S BYOB BUT KEEP IT FAMILY FRIENDLY. YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. 

May 11, 2017 | 1:30 PM | Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ Parkfield CA 
Venue: V6 Ranch  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.org 
Address: 1st and Oak St,, Parkfield, CA 93451
TICKETS NOW Available On-Line. Venue: V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California Cost: See Website Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.ORG Address: 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451, Parkfield, CA 93451 Costs: See Website. The 19th annual Mother's Day Weekend Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Thurs May 11th @. 1:30 PM thru Sun May 14 @ 6 PM. Located at 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451. For more info see website. Jamming, RV camping, food and craft vendors, Oak tree shaded audience area, Kid's programs: arts & crafts, storytelling and music FEATURING: Sawmill Road, Cache Valley Drifters; We are also proud to present these additional amazing acts: Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood; Pacific Drive; Pacific Drive; The Blue J's; Have More Fun Stringband; Ynana Rose Band; Honeysuckle Possums; Amber Cross, CA; Gerry Higbies "Kids on Stage" + More 

May 12, 2017 | 9:30 PM | Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ Parkfield CA 
Venue: V6 Ranch  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.org 
Address: 1st and Oak St,, Parkfield, CA 93451
TICKETS NOW Available On-Line. Venue: V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California Cost: See Website Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.ORG Address: 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451, Parkfield, CA 93451 Costs: See Website. The 19th annual Mother's Day Weekend Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Thurs May 11th @. 1:30 PM thru Sun May 14 @ 6 PM. Located at 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451. For more info see website. Jamming, RV camping, food and craft vendors, Oak tree shaded audience area, Kid's programs: arts & crafts, storytelling and music FEATURING: Sawmill Road, Cache Valley Drifters; We are also proud to present these additional amazing acts: Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood; Pacific Drive; Pacific Drive; The Blue J's; Have More Fun Stringband; Ynana Rose Band; Honeysuckle Possums; Amber Cross, CA; Gerry Higbies "Kids on Stage" + More 

May 13, 2017 | 9:30 PM | Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ Parkfield CA 
Venue: V6 Ranch  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.org 
Address: 1st and Oak St,, Parkfield, CA 93451
TICKETS NOW Available On-Line. Venue: V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California Cost: See Website Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.ORG Address: 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451, Parkfield, CA 93451 Costs: See Website. The 19th annual Mother's Day Weekend Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Thurs May 11th @. 1:30 PM thru Sun May 14 @ 6 PM. Located at 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451. For more info see website. Jamming, RV camping, food and craft vendors, Oak tree shaded audience area, Kid's programs: arts & crafts, storytelling and music FEATURING: Sawmill Road, Cache Valley Drifters; We are also proud to present these additional amazing acts: Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood; Pacific Drive; Pacific Drive; The Blue J's; Have More Fun Stringband; Ynana Rose Band; Honeysuckle Possums; Amber Cross, CA; Gerry Higbies "Kids on Stage" + More 

May 14, 2017 | 9:30 PM | Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ Parkfield CA 
Venue: V6 Ranch  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.org 
Address: 1st and Oak St,, Parkfield, CA 93451
TICKETS NOW Available On-Line. Venue: V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California Cost: See Website Website: http://www.parkfieldbluegrass.ORG Address: 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451, Parkfield, CA 93451 Costs: See Website. The 19th annual Mother's Day Weekend Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Thurs May 11th @. 1:30 PM thru Sun May 14 @ 6 PM. Located at 1st and Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451. For more info see website. Jamming, RV camping, food and craft vendors, Oak tree shaded audience area, Kid's programs: arts & crafts, storytelling and music FEATURING: Sawmill Road, Cache Valley Drifters; We are also proud to present these additional amazing acts: Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood; Pacific Drive; Pacific Drive; The Blue J's; Have More Fun Stringband; Ynana Rose Band; Honeysuckle Possums; Amber Cross, CA; Gerry Higbies "Kids on Stage" + More 

May 25, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Strawberry Music Festival @ Grass Valley, CA 
Venue: Nevada County Fairgrounds  Cost: See website Tickets 
Website: http://www.strawberrymusic.com/ 
Address: 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949
May 25th-29th, 2016. Join us for all your favorite music and programs at the 65th Strawberry Music Festival in our 35th year. The Spring Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds offers beautiful forest and meadow camping, permanent shower and restroom facilities, lots of indoor and outdoor space for family fun and entertainment and is accessible to all ages and abilities. 

June 3, 2017 | 5:00 PM | Na Hoa Aloha @ Los Osos CA 
Venue: Red Barn South Bay Community Park Los Osos  Cost: $20 
Website: http://www.ambercrossmusic.com/ 
Address: 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos, CA 93402
The Red Barn Community Music Series in cooperation with KCBX Public Radio and the Live Oak Music Festival presents Na Hoa Aloha in Concert. Robb (Lopaka) Kiaha, Ric Pagaduan, Abe Garza, Kristyl Gomes: We are a Hawaiian music group that performs on the Central Coast of California. Our musicians include vocalists, ukukele, lap steel, bass guitar and guitar. We perform at all venues, from the wineries of Paso Robles to the sands of Avila beach. Doors open at 4:30, the pot luck supper and pot luck band starts at 5:00 PM., and the show begins at 6:00 PM. No tickets are required, Donations at the door. All proceeds from the show go directly to the artists. BYOB and a dish to share for the pot luck supper. This show is made possible through the generous support of KCBX Public Radio and Live Oak Music Festival. Links: https://www.facebook.com/redbarnmusicseries 

June 15, 2017 | 10:00 PM | CBA FATHER'S DAY FESTIVAL @ Grass Valley, CA 
Venue: Nevada County Fairgrounds  Cost: See website Tickets 
Website: https://www.cbaweb.org/Events/ 
Address: 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
Date(s): 6/15/2017 - 6/18/2017 Event Time: 10 am Thursday, 6/17 to 4 pm Sunday, 6/18. Band(s): Doyle Lawson and QuickSilver Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express Molsky's Mountain Drifters Tony Trischka Territory Becky Buller Band Mipso Piedmont Melody Makers Sawmill Road 

June 16, 2017 | 10:00 AM | LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Live Oak Camp, CA 
Venue: Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara CA  Cost: See website Tickets 
Website: http://www.liveoakfest.org/pp/index.shtml 
Address: northwest of Santa Barbara, California on State Route 154, near Cachuma Lake, CA SeeWebsite
6/16/2017 - 6/18/2017. The Live Oak Music Festival is held at Live Oak Camp, about twenty minutes northwest of Santa Barbara. Nestled in the river valley that feeds Cachuma Lake, the site is filled with old oaks that provide restful shade and pristine beauty. The temperate climate, the shady oaks, the early summer setting, and the slow-moving pace create a pastoral backdrop for relaxing and listening to great music with family and friends. It's hard to imagine a better way to kick off the lazy days of summer. 

June 23, 2017 | 9:00 PM | Susanville Bluegrass Festival @ Susanville, CA 
Venue: Lassey County Fair Grounds  Cost: See Website 
Website: https://lassencountyfair.org/interim-events/bluegrass-festival/ 
Address: 195 Russell Ave, Susanville, CA
June 23rd-25th, 2017. Located in Susanville, CA nestled in at the 4200 ft. elevation level, you can be assured of beating the summer heat in the valley. For those who want to come early, there are many things to do such as hiking, mountain biking, or fishing in some of the most productive streams and lakes in CA. Air-conditioned and secured quilting room open ALL week with tables, chairs and power!! 75 + RV sites with power and water.. Pets are allowed.. Lighted picking areas at night. Audience seating shaded all day!! Warm days, pleasant nights, walking distance to shopping and the charming town of Susanville!! The Susanville Bluegrass Festival is not to be missed!!! 

Sept 1, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Strawberry Music Festival @ Westside, Tuolumne, CA 
Venue: Nevada County Fairgrounds  Cost: See website Tickets 
Website: http://www.strawberrymusic.com/ 
Address: 17807 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA 95327
August 31st - September 4th. Join us for all your favorite music and programs at the 66th Strawberry Music Festival in our 35th year. The Fall Festival at Westside offers lots of great camping space to choose from in expansive conifer studded meadows, amongst sprawling oaks, nestled into wooded folds and perched along winding hillside trails set on 175 acres. Amenities include hot showers, bathroom facilities, hand washing stations, and access to potable water. 

Sept 5, 2017 | 09:00 AM | Cruise To Alaska With Nu-Blu @ Seattle WA 
Venue: Carnival Legend  Cost: See Website 
Website: https://bluegrassandbluewatercruise.com/ 
A FUN FILLED WEEK OF PICKING ON THE PACIFIC! PLENTY OF JAMMING, WORKSHOPS, ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION AND CONCERTS BY OUR HOST BAND NU-BLU! WITH STOPS IN JUNEAU, SKAGWAY, KETCHIKAN, AND A DAY CRUISING GLACIER BAY, IT?S THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE ALASKA ADVENTURE YOU?VE ALWAYS WANTED. AND DON?T FORGET TO BRING ALONG YOUR INSTRUMENTS FOR A WEEK OF JAMMING, OPEN MIC SHOWS, AND BLUEGRASS CONCERTS! Cruise To Alaska With Nu-Blu! The Bluegrass and Blue Water Cruise Alaska is a floating jam session at sea. Our experience with other music cruises has taught us that folks of all ranges of talent like to get together and jam. We have seen seasoned professionals jam with novice players to create a magical experience for all involved. Besides the scheduled shows by the featured artist, there will be dedicated areas set up for jamming and special collaborations for all of those who are interested in joining a jam. If you don?t play, but enjoy listening, no problem, there?s still plenty of music for you! Watching the jams can be very entertaining. You will get a few laughs and enjoy some great music and may find yourself singing along. No matter if you play music for a living or just play for fun, bring your instrument and plan on getting together for some Pickin? on the Pacific, for some good old fashioned, porch playing fun. Below are just a few parts of the music package that are included, see you onboard! ?3 Concerts by your host band Nu-Blu, including there ?History of Banjo? Show that?s been a hit with audiences all over the USA. ?Ever want to learn Banjo? Here?s your chance, Deering Banjos and Nu-Blu will be hosting classes on beginner banjo, so come get your roll on! -Bluegrass Bingo ? bingo with a bluegrass twist ?Jam with the band ? enjoy multiple chances to jam with Nu-Blu throughout the week ?Workshops ? Nu-Blu will be hosting workshops throughout the week (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, vocal, playing as a band, the importance of tuning by Peterson Tuners) ?Individual Lessons ? sign up for individual one-on-one music lessons (limited amount of lessons available, so be sure and book your room early) ?Daily Jam Sessions ?Open Mic Band Contest 

Oct 8, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention & Festival @ Goleta CA 
Venue: Rancho La Patera & Stow House  Cost: $15 & see description 
Website: http://www.oldtimefiddlersfestival.com 
Address: 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117
The Goleta Valley Historical Society presents the 46th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention & Festival. Sunday, October 8th, 10am -5pm Performances by: Kirt Sutphin & Tom Sauber, Spencer & Rains, Clarke Buehling, The Hi-O Revelers, EcHo Mountain, & More. An Epic Contest (fiddle, banjo, guitar, band, singing and more) with $$$ and Prizes. Cost: Entry $15, Students $5, Kids under 12 Free. 

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