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Upcoming Events


Dec 6, 2014 | 5:30 PM | BanjerDan @ Arroyo Grande 
Venue: Branch Street Deli  Cost: Support Band & Venue 
Website: http://www.branchstreetdeli.com/ 
Address: 203 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) is a banjo player/multi-instrumentalist based near Atascadero, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles. Dan has performed all over the U.S. and internationally, as a solo artist, as a member of bands, and in theatrical productions and symphony orchestras, and most recently as a member of ?J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.? He's among the regular featured acts at The Last Stage West on Morro Road between Atascadero and Morro Bay on Highway 41, and can be heard at wineries, restaurants, craft beer houses, and events all over San Luis Obispo County. Links: https://www.facebook.com/BanjerDan/app_2405167945 www.reverbnation.com/banjerdan 

Dec 6, 2014 | 7:00 PM | Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys @ Santa Barbara 
Venue: Presidio Chapel  Cost: $12 advanced/$15 door 
Website: http://bluegrasswest.com/tickets.htm 
Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys with David West, Tom Lee, and Blaine Sprouse. "Septober, Octember, Nowonder" (as Stan Laurel used to say) . . . the year is quickly heading to its multi-holiday conclusion. To celebrate, and to say thank you to all fans and supporters of old time and bluegrass music, we're going to have our final concert for 2014, right downtown in the Presidio Chapel, where Santa Barbara got its start. The Chapel, rebuilt by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, looks like it did more than 250 years ago: whitewashed adobe walls, Spanish style altar, and tallow candles everywhere - a beautiful setting for an intimate concert! And we promise you quite a show . . . withh all the Very Lonesome Boys: David West - banjo, Tom Lee - bass, Blaine Sprouse - fiddle, and Peter Feldmann - mandolin, along with the Golden Voice of the SY Valley, "Ms. Francine" for a couple of songs. Classic bluegrass, along with several surprises. Some of you may know that Blaine has relocated to north of the SF Bay area, so we don't get to hear his fine fiddling in our neighborhood very often. So, don't miss this chance to hear some extra fine bluegrass! Seating is limited in the chapel, so don't wait too long to reserve your seats. Tickets are $15, on sale at the Presidio office in SB. Special, advanced-sale tickets are available at this link: Buy tickets on-line Doors will open at 7:30 PM. If available, tickets at the door will be $15 each. Info: 688-9894. 

Dec 7, 2014 | 5:30 PM | Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands @ Fresno CA 
Venue: Wedgewood Banquet Hall  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://kfcf.brownpapertickets.com/ 
Address: 4584 W Jacquelyn Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
KFCF/ Fresno Free College Foundation Annual Banquet Order tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or at kfcf.brownpapertickets.com (no surcharge) *Our guest speaker offers her message in both words and song, as we welcome Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, and Andrew Conklin. *We will also be honoring our Free Speech Award winner, along with our KFCF "Programmer of The Year." Plus a raffle, silent auction, and a buffet dinner. *5:30-6:30 PM Meet and Greet/ No host Bar *6:30-7:30 PM Dinner *7:30-8:30 PM Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands *8:30-9:30 PM Free Speech/Programmer of The Year awards.Buffet Style Dinner (w/ vegan option) *No Host Bar *Annual Free Speech Awards *KFCF Programmer of The KFCF Programmer of The Year Award *Silent Auction *Raffle *Buffet Style Dinner (w/ vegan option) *No Host Bar *Annual Free Speech Awards *KFCF Programmer of The Year Award *Silent Auction *Raffle Contact Sue@kfcf.org or call 559-349-3777. 

Jan 9, 2015 | 08:00 AM | 48 Hour Jam in Bakersfield 
Venue: Double Tree Hotel  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.cbaontheweb.org/cba_news.asp?newsid=9631 
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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