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Upcoming Events


Sept 3, 2015 | 12:00 PM | Strawberry Music Festival, Fall 2015 @ Tuolumne, CA 
Venue: Westside property in Tuolumne, CA  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.strawberrymusic.com/Tickets.aspx 
Address: Westside Rd & Tuolumne Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379
The 34th Year of Festivals. The Fall 2015 Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, on September 3rd-7th at the historic Westside property in Tuolumne, CA. In addition to over twenty Main Stage Performances beginning Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening, Strawberry offers Workshop performances, the Band Scramble, the Breakfast Club, Late Night programming, Westside Amphitheater performances, Kids Program performances, and Hog Ranch Radio broadcast throughout the festival. Other programs include the top notch Kid?s Program, Yoga, historical and nature presentations, art & photography workshops, dance & movement workshops, jamming and music workshops, and so much more! Hot showers, a permanent restroom building, portable toilets and hand washing stations throughout camp, and access to potable water are all provided. Camping is first come first serve, however if you have a camping ticket, there will be space for you whenever you arrive. A majority of the camping is in tree lined open spaces, with easy access to festival programming. 

Sept 5, 2015 | 5:00 PM | Amber Crossl @ Los Osos CA 
Venue: Red Barn South Bay Community Park Los Osos  Cost: $15 
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 Amber Cross. Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber's melodies are more than complimented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that "less is more". The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more. Upon first hearing the straightforward, old-school country songs of Amber Cross, you might at first think you are listening to an archival Smithsonian recording. Her old-time voice is clear and captivating, like a strong muscle fringed in lace. She's a singer and songwriter who writes from her own life?s struggles and experiences, delivering her stories with unforgettable power and emotion. 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, $15 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 

Sept 12, 2015 | 6:00 PM | Steep Ravine @Templeton CA 
Venue: Castoro Cellars  Cost: $40 Donation 
Website: http://www.steepravineband.com/ 
Address: 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton, CA 93465
JOIN A FUN-FILLED EVENING UNDER THE STARS September 12 2015 Bluegrass, Dinner, Dancing, Scrumptious Desserts, Silent Auction Steep Ravine's soulful tunes and fiery instrumentals take roots and acoustic music in compelling new stylistic directions. Blending equal poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, the San Francisco based band has been racking up rave reviews for its debut album of original music, Trampin' On. Doors Open at 6:00pm; Dinner Served 6:00pm to 8:00pm; Music and Dancing 7:30-10:00pm; $40 per person. The proceeds will benefit the Center for Family Strengthening as well as other local charities. Links: www.cfsslo.org; www.castorocellars.com; TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED: Knights of Columbus, Mike LoPicolo 661-317-6048; Castoro Cellars 805-238-0725 

Sept 16, 2015 | 09:00 AM | Berkeley Old Time Music Convention @ Berkeley CA 
Venue: several venues around Berkeley  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org/ 
Address: See Website, Berkeley, CA
See Website for current information 

Oct 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM | Music Camp, Walker Creek @ Petaluma CA 
Venue: Walker Creek Ranch  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org/ 
Address: 1700 Marshall Petaluma Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952
October 8-11, 2015; REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 15! This camp is for people who like bluegrass and oldtime traditional music (though other related styles such as Celtic, Cajun, country, and swing tend to sneak in here and there). All ages are welcome, and core classes are offered in instrumental skills, jamming and band dynamics, and vocals. There are classes for beginners as well as intermediate levels. We also offer a special class for younger children who are not yet ready for the full camp program, but would enjoy spending the morning playing music, singing, dancing, and taking breaks for arts and crafts, nature walks etc. Camp starts the first day with registration, early-bird classes, a meetn greet jam, dinner, staff introductions, jamming, and dancing. The next three days will include assigned classes each morning with instrumental and vocal instructors, average ten students to a class - these are the classes for which you sign up in advance. Afternoons feature a wide array of elective classes, including instrumental workshops, vocal harmony classes, clogging, band rhythm, music theory, music history, songwriting, and more - which you can choose at the time. Sample elective topics are listed at the bottom of the classes page. Evening activities include staff and student concerts, barn dances, and lots of jamming. On the final evening, there will be a concert and dinner opportunity at the Station House Cafe in nearby Point Reyes Station. 

Oct 24, 2015 | 7:00 PM | The Honeysuckle Possums @ Santa Paula CA 
Venue: Santa Paula Theater  Cost: $15 
Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1139047 
Address: 125 S 7th St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
The Honeysuckle Possums are an all-woman band, playing high-energy, old-time, mountain-bluegrass, and original music. The three lead singers, Nicola Gordon (fiddle and ukulele); Susan Marie Reeves (guitar, strumstick, and ukulele); and Rebecca Troon (banjo, fiddle, bodhran, and tin whistle) are all accomplished songwriters. Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and joins in on vocals and harmonies, while Ruth Alpert is the band?s dancing percussionist?an Appalachian-style flat-footer, who seems to float as she makes it easy for the crowd to dance and clap along. 

Nov 7, 2015 | 5:00 PM | Johnny B. Connolly @ Los Osos CA 
Venue: Red Barn South Bay Community Park Los Osos  Cost: $15 
Website: http://compassrecords.com/johnny-b-Connolly 
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 Johnny B. Connolly. Although still in his twenties, Johnny B. Connolly has already generated a reputation as an exciting and accomplished button accordionist. Johnny?s talents have paved the way across continents and provided him opportunities to perform or record with many internationally renowned artists including Kevin Burke, the Chieftains, Anam, Martin Hayes and Altan. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Johnny has been immersed in Irish traditional music since he was eight years old. By the age of 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age. Johnny?s dexterity on the accordion earned him a slot with established Celtic ensemble Anam at the age of 17. For the next two years, he continued to build his reputation back home in Dublin?s trad music scene and abroad with Anam, touring festivals throughout Europe and Ireland. 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, $15 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 

Nov 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Chris Thile @ San Luis Obispo CA 
Venue: CHRISTOPHER COHAN CENTER  Cost: See Website 
Website: http://www.pacslo.org/calendar/event/chris_thile 
Address: 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile ? a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek ? is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With a broad outlook that encompasses classical, jazz, rock and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. 

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