Southern Pacific Sessions will welcome a trio of hugely talented musicians from Appalachia in June! As soloists and members of several different string bands, each of these fine musicians has taken first prize at some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions for old time music, including the Appalachian String Band Festival (aka Clifftop) and the National Old Time Banjo Championship. They will give what is sure to be an unforgettable concert on Thursday, June 21st at the Kalabash School of Music & the Arts. Additionally, Joseph and Luke will each give hourlong workshops on banjo at my home in North Park on Friday 22nd at 7pm and 8pm. More info on all events can be found at the Southern Pacific Sessions’ calendar page.
Last year I started organizing concerts dedicated to traditional American music. With the help of Nick Montemarano, we are continuing this work under the banner of the Southern Pacific Sessions. We will be hosting concerts and workshops in the beautiful and intimate Kalabash School of Music + the Arts and documenting concerts for an online video series. I’m thrilled to share the first three artists we’ve booked: Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, Ritchie Stearns and Rosie Newton, and Joseph Decosimo. Visit our calendar page for the full scoop on these amazing artists. Please like, follow, share, and I’ll see you at the shows!
I’m proud to announce the G Burns Jug Band is again teaming up with jug band and folk revival legend Jim Kweskin for a very special concert presented by San Diego Folk Heritage on Saturday March 24th. We had our first rehearsal with Jim this weekend and can’t wait for you to hear what we’re working up. Info and tickets on the San Diego Folk Heritage website.
I’m so excited to be playing the Los Angeles Old Time Social in 2018! The lineup is incredible: Ozark Highballers from Arkansas, twin fiddling of David Bragger and Susan Platz, Echo Mountain Stringband, Have More Fun Stringband, and the Yo Pitzy Jug Band with our old pal, papa Jonas from the Red Barn Series.
I recently concluded the first season of American folk music concerts in La Jolla. It’s been a thrill hosting so many wonderful musicians over the last twelve months. I’ve put together a clip of some of my favorite moments. I’ll be taking a few months off to think about the next season and brainstorm ways to expand the audience and reach of these shows.