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Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:00pm, Jill Knight and The Luckys, “Soulful Americana” $20.00

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Introducing The Luckys Formerly known as “Jill’s Knight Out”, long time friends and bandmates Jill Knight, Rob Strom, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones were a Central Coast favorite for many years. Voted Best Band for 3 years running in the New Times Arts and Entertainment Magazine, the group played up and down the Central Coast of California and regularly at some of LA’s most famous venues. In the late nineties the four moved on with separate musical journeys. Pam and Jeri co-founded the popular Bay Area band “Blame Sally’ which later included Rob. Jill continued her solo songwriting career winning numerous awards and placing her music in film. The four remained friends and always enjoyed the opportunity to play together when paths would cross at various festivals and venues. They reunited for a show at Berkeley’s premier music hall, “The Freight and Salvage” in August of 2015 and had such overwhelming response that they knew they needed to take the next step and commit. Something unique and magical happens when these four energies coalesce that cannot be reproduced in any other way, shape or form. Songs, strings and voices soar, organic and true…like a homecoming, a soul circle now complete. The Luckys are lucky and can’t wait to share this ineffable magic with you! Press Quotes/The Luckys …It was clear that the ensemble had a great amount of fun playing with one another, and that they take the music seriously. Knight played with Delgado, {Strom} and Jones … well before Blame Sally went on to wide acclaim, and they seemed to have picked up where they left off. The chemistry and camaraderie between the artists was palpable. No Depression Magazine, show review (Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA) August 2015 Press Quotes/Jill Knight: “Its hard to say which is better-the song or the way Jill Knight sings it.” Performing Songwriter Magazine. “Few songwriters seem to have the self-assurance that this singer possesses…Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences… this is first rate, high quality music” Dirty Linen. Press Quotes/Blame Sally: “Their live performances are more than just a musical journey, as they banter back and forth with each other in between songs as only true friends can do, making for a very entertaining evening.” Sacramento Press “The band’s heavy instrumentation has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, while the rich harmonies have been compared to everyone from the Indigo Girls to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.” H-P Features “Blame Sally broke the mold. In a music scene where youth still rules even as record company budgets shrink, this California quartet of middle-aged female rockers landed a five-year, three-album contract…Boston Herald

 

 

…It was clear that the ensemble had a great amount of fun playing with one another, and that they take the music seriously. Knight played with Delgado, {Strom} and Jones … well before Blame Sally went on to wide acclaim, and they seemed to have picked up where they left off. The chemistry and camaraderie between the artists was palpable. No Depression Magazine, show review (Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA) August 2015 Press Quotes/Jill Knight: “Its hard to say which is better-the song or the way Jill Knight sings it.” Performing Songwriter Magazine. “Few songwriters seem to have the self-assurance that this singer possesses…Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences… this is first rate, high quality music” Dirty Linen. Press Quotes/Blame Sally: “Their live performances are more than just a musical journey, as they banter back and forth with each other in between songs as only true friends can do, making for a very entertaining evening.” Sacramento Press

“The band’s heavy instrumentation has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, while the rich harmonies have been compared to everyone from the Indigo Girls to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.” H-P Features

“Blame Sally broke the mold. In a music scene where youth still rules even as record company budgets shrink, this California quartet of middle-aged female rockers landed a five-year, three-album contract…Boston Herald

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00pm, Gary Stockdale, singer-songwriter $20.00

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Gary Stockdale has an impressive resume:

Wonderful singer. Witty songwriter. Engaging performer. TV and film composer. Two EMMY nominations. A BMI award for music composition.

He plays piano and guitar. He has sung on many Henry Mancini movie scores. He has scored films for Roger Corman and others. He was an arranger for film composer Lalo Schifrin. He composed music for many Penn & Teller projects, as well as for television sitcoms including Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  He has sung on commercials, on TV and in films.

And then there’s his infectious grin.

Gary Stockdale will live up to his resume and then some when he returns to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

Music was part of his life growing up. His mother was a jazz singer before she gave it up to raise a family, and he sang in church choirs from an early age. Stockdale started piano lessons when he was only four, but in sixth grade, when the Beatles hit the airwaves, he switched to guitar.

He studied theater and music at Los Angeles City College, writing, performing, and directing the music for their shows. “After a time,” he said, “it became obvious that music was where my greatest abilities lay.”

Stockdale ignored his father’s advice to have something “to fall back on” other than show business. “I always figured if you have something to fall back on, if times get tough, you’ll fall back,” he said.  From college on, he was able to make a living in doing what he loved — either singing, playing music directing or writing music.

Stockdale’s singing credits range from being the solo singer on commercials for In-and-Out Burgers and singing a Paul McCartney sound-alike for a John Lennon miniseries on NBC, to creating “odd vocal sounds” in a chorus in the film “Avatar.” He said, “You can hear us most prominently in the scenes where the alien people are all sort of chanting and praying together.”

With a full body of work behind him, Stockdale now has the freedom to pursue his love of live performance, singing and playing piano and guitar. His songs are those of a man who sees the irony in life and is enjoying sharing it with his audience. Even his more serious songs have wit and humor in them.

And then there’s that grin….

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $20, available at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture, Lucky’s Barbershop, or at the Fiddler’s Crossing Wednesday Open Mics and First Fridays. Tickets are also available online at Fiddlers Crossing.com, and may be reserved by calling 661-823-9994.  Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street, Downtown Tehachapi at Robinson. Buying tickets early is strongly suggested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:00pm, The Hay Dudes, Bluegrass and Americana $20.00

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The Hay Dudes are Kenny Blackwell, Mike Mullins and Wally Barnick. Friends by musical association for over 30 years, they have crossed paths many times at festivals and casual gigs. Sometime around 2009 a few calls came in to Wally from folks wanting some “bluegrass” music for their backyard or other casual events. Naturally, Kenny and Mike would be contacted due to their friendship and proximity to Wally, and before long an impromptu set list began to emerge. Most importantly, it was fun to do, and coincidentally, to them at least, it sounded pretty good!

In 2010 Wally was tracking some tunes at Painted Sky Studios in Cambria, CA for what he thought could eventually become a solo bluegrass project. He called friend Byron Berline to see if he would add some fiddle to the project. During that conversation Byron asked if Wally could help with arranging a performance date in the San Luis Obispo, CA area for The Byron Berline Band, as part of their March 2011 west coast tour.

Byron thought it would be “just fine” if Kenny, Mike and Wally (at that time no “band” name had been considered) were part of the bill, opening the show which took place in Los Osos, CA in March 2011. Subsequently, following the opening set performance at the show, Byron asked the three if they would come to Guthrie, Oklahoma in October 2013 to be part of Byron’s Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival. It took about .ooooo1 seconds to say okay…

Between the Los Osos concert and the Oklahoma date, the boys came up with their uber clever new band name and set about putting a cd together to have along for the OIBF gig and beyond. Byron contributed to several of the tracks as did multi-instrumentalist, string maestro Dennis Caplinger. The result being their 11 track, self titled debut album.

Now after dozens of LIVE performance appearances the fellows have settled in pretty well on the cd material and continue to add to the playlist. They are are having a blast and look forward to many more years of playing together.

Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:00pm,First Friday Showcase, featuring David Reeves Carpenter, singer-songwriter FREE EVENT (tips for the performer are strongly encouraged)

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Currently living in Bakersfield, David Reeves Carpenter moved to California from Vermont and started recording for the “Natural Resources” label at Motown records in 1970. He has opened for Linda Ronstadt and others, received several awards, among them the gold medal for “Best Public Service Commercial of the Year” (Atlanta Film Festival). Over the years he has been featured on radio, network and cable television as well as in internet broadcasts. His 1980 song, “Lady You’re my Rainbow”, recorded by the Hawaiian group “The Allis” reached number one and is now on five greatest hits CD’s. David also has three songs on Cliffie Stone’s “21 Gun Salute” CD. The California Country Music Association named David as LA’s “Best New Country Artist” in 1999. His single, “Lombardi Ranch” and three subsequent CD’s titled “A Little Bad Luck” and “Love Keeps a Man Young” and “Under the Influence” have been released on the “Beer Truck Music” label.  In 2010, Bobby Durham recorded David’s song, “The Bakersfield Sound” which became the most requested song by an independent artist on an independent label, ever, on KUZZ radio in Bakersfield.

 

Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:00pm, Kerry Patrick Clark, singer-songwriter $20.00

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Kerry Patrick Clark has been called “A Musical Norman Rockwell” because of the portraits he paints with his music of everyday life. Rockwell gave us an affectionate and humorous look at small town and family life in America in his famous paintings and Saturday Evening Post Magazine covers. Like Rockwell with his art, Clark, in his music, shows us what we as a people have in common.  A native of Ohio, Clark’s music centers around stories of love, faith, family, friends and the dreams to which we aspire. His music resonated well with the audience when he played in Fiddlers Crossing last year.

Clark’s career spans more than three decades, with chart-topping singles in the Country, Americana and folk genres, and seven CDs to his credit. He was a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels. His songs have been used in film and TV. His song, “Ground Zero,” was included on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN special commemorating the six-month milestone after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Other songs Clark wrote in response to the attack were featured in the PBS special, “Reclaiming Hope,” and recorded on his CD, “Songs to Heal a Nation.”

Clark will also be an instructor this year at Camp Kiya, which will be held July 23-27 in Tehachapi Mountain Park. At the camp, he will hold workshops in songwriting, performing, and contemporary guitar techniques.

Clark’s take on themes of humility, loving, serving, choosing, healing, and yearning appear like a slice of daily life resonating across the lines that would try to divide us by age, race, gender, and religion. Ultimately his music brings people together under the auspices of all that is good in each of us. What lies behind his music is Clark’s belief that, “as we share our stories of loss, love, hope and fear, we connect on a deeper level.”

Along with his humor and charm, what comes across to the audience most of all is, like in a Norman Rockwell painting, Kerry Patrick Clark’s absolute honesty in his depiction of everyday  life.  This is a concert for the whole family.

For more about Kerry Patrick Clark, go to www.kerrypatrickclark.com.

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $20, available at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture, Lucky’s Barbershop, or at the Fiddler’s Crossing Wednesday Open Mics and First Fridays. Tickets are also available online at Fiddlers Crossing.com, and may be reserved by calling 661-823-9994.  Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street, Downtown Tehachapi at Robinson. Buying tickets early is strongly suggested.

On the horizon: Berkley Hart, Ray Bonneville, Flagship Romance

 

 

 

Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:00pm, Berkley Hart, Award winning folk singer-songwriter duo $20.00

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Storytelling in music is as old as melody. Although today’s pop music tends to focus more on  “beats” than ballads,  musical storytelling is still alive and well in acoustic music. Over the last five years, Fiddlers Crossing has been bringing some of the best musical storytellers to Tehachapi.

Berkley Hart, returning for their third appearance in the venue on Friday, August 4, is certainly in the top tier of musical storytellers. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country.

Each song they present is a little slice of contemporary life, like a little movie. It’s storytelling at its best and most succinct, whether told from the point of view of the family dog, or a single father consoling his heartbroken daughter after a disastrous prom date. The ups and downs of life are explored in their six CDs, with the piercing twists of observation in their lyrics accompanied by stunning harmonies and virtuosic guitar playing. Their live show is laced with comedy and their obvious camaraderie.

Hailing from San Diego, both Berkley and Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for more than twelve years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues.

To see a slice of the world through the eyes of these masterful storytellers, visit  berkleyhart.com, and then join them live at Fiddlers Crossing on August 4.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3:00pm, Ray Bonneville, Blues-influenced singer-songwriter, poet $20.00

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Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.  Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.

He’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists, and shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

Easy Gone, Ray’s fourth album for Red House Records,  takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels. An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017, Patrick Ball, “Come Dance With Me in Ireland: Encounters with W.B. Yeats” $25.00, adults $15.00, students (venue TBA)

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Patrick Ball’s Celtic Harp & Story presents
Come Dance with Me in Ireland: Encounters with W.B. Yeats
Come spend an evening with the life, works and quirks of Ireland’s greatest poet.
Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain in the years before history began or yesterday in the snug corner of a pub in Dublin, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling. Their passion for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to their mythical past, their ability to find joy and humor in a dark world, and their belief that the supernatural world could appear between one breath and the next made their stories and the telling of them unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition.And always, amidst the storytelling, there was music. Jigs, reels and haunting airs graced the spaces between the tales. And first among Irish instruments, and the most honored, was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it would soothe its listeners and lead them deeper into the realms of the imagination. In Celtic Harp and Story Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. For in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and in playing the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create “a warm and magical performance.”

Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00pm, Flagship Romance, “Harmonic Alternative Folk” $20.00

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Back by popular demand!

Flagship Romance consists of newlywed singers and songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the term “Harmonic Alternative Folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique & intense guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions are centered around and feature the couple’s unclassifiable vocal blend.

“Their songs & vocals have a simmering intensity… I also suspect Fisher used to play in rock bands, as he tended to attack his guitar with an unbridled ferociousness.” – Mayer Danzig // Twangville

Since the release of their debut EP, The Fudge Sessions, in January of 2013, Flagship Romance has developed a reputation of being one of the hardest working new acts to hit the scene. Touring upwards of 8 months a year, Flagship Romance performs at lengenday listening rooms, such as the Bitter End in New York City, & have become a staple on the burgeoning international house concert circuits. Shawn & Jordyn have also made appearances at the Mumford & Son’s ‘Gentleman of the Road’ Stopover, the Florida Folk Festival, Strangecreek, & the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. The variety of acts that this duo has shared the stage with is a tribute to the universal accessibility of their compositions and live show. These names include Iris Dement, Claire Lynch, Lisa Loeb, the Goo Goo Dolls, Half Moon Run, and Mason Jennings.

“Their energy is infectious. We had people from 25 to 85 in our audience & they all said they felt energized & exuberant after the performance.” – Barbara Richmond // Live at Philip & Barbara’s

On the heels of a successful crowd-funding campaign, raising in excess of $25,000, Flagship Romance ventured into the sandhills of rural Florida in January 2014 to record their first full-length album, entitled Fee Fie Foh Fum. The stripped tracks on this collection consist of full-takes, with no splicing or tuning. Given the intimate & energetic quality of their live performances, Fee Fie Foh Fum is a raw, real, perfectly imperfect experience. In addition to the album, Fisher and Jackson invited a team of professional cinematographers to travel with them and document the entire recording process at Gatorbone Studios. This behind the scenes documentary features the studio performances, the duo’s love-laced back-story, and the beautiful nature surrounding the home-studio. Fee Fie Foh Fum debuted in the top 10 on the Roots Alternative Airplay charts in 2015.

“We’ve seen loads of ‘duets’ over the years without ever understanding what real harmony could sound like.” – Cynthia Dewick // The Barn in Arden

Flagship Romance has aligned their musical career with the clean water cause via the organization charity: water. In August 2012, Fisher and Jackson founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Florida, to raise funding and awareness for the 800 million people on this planet without access to safe, clean drinking water. Since then, they have raised over $125,000; 100% of that money is currently being used for well building and tap-stand projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Sahel region of Africa.

 

 

Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring The ROAMies, Free event, tips for the performers strongly encouraged!

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The ROAMies are a refreshing listening experience and an adventure for your soul. This fun duo/band’s music is a playful marriage of Alexa James’ hooky melodies, upbeat lyrics and unique vocals with Rory Partin’s soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics fused into a one of a kind sound. After touring together, fans continually asked them to combine their sound into one. Honoring that request, The ROAMies was formed. Deeply rooted by their passion for travel, adventure and people, they’re a duo that you will definitely want to “follow,” “like,” and “subscribe” to as they ROAM around the world.

Alexa James has recorded several professional studio albums, has had a #1 song and five other Top 10 songs. She was named Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year with the L.A. Music Awards. Rory Partin has also garnered a #1 radio single and has performed in over 30 countries. His soulful vocals and piano-based grooves leave you wanting more! They recently won the award for Best Theme Song in a Comedy at the LA WEBFEST and Best Soundtrack at the Maverick Movie Awards. They are currently in the studio working on their first album together and are looking forward to what this chapter will bring. Once you see this duo live, you will know this is just the beginning of an enjoyable adventure.

The ROAMies release a brand new video each week! Check out their various playlists and be sure to Subscribe! http://www.YouTube.com/TheROAMies

 

 

 

Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00pm, The Mountain and The Moon, Banjo/bass duo $20.00

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The Mountain & The Moon was formed during the spring of 2015 when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore a larger musical space around that idiom. ” What has emerged is a form of classically informed roots music – a blend of the string arrangements on Nico’s Chelsea Girl and the banjo playing of Béla Fleck, perhaps…” Freshgrass- 2016

In August 2016, the banjo/bass duo released their self-titled EP of original music which synthesizes folk, bluegrass, and classical music in a bold and innovative way. After which, they were invited to the Freshgrass Festival in North Adams, MA as finalists in an international competition after just a year of working together. With a solid start underfoot these musicians are cutting new ground and expanding beyond the limitations of traditions with a style completely their own. 

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Bassist and composer Noah Laniakea grew up in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from SUNY University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in music performance, they furthered their studies at University of California, Los Angeles where they studied with Chris Hanulik and received their master’s degree, also in music performance. A self-taught composer, Noah seeks to write music that is both immediately accessible to the listener while synthesizing diverse sounds and styles in an organic way. They currently reside in Cupertino, CA, with their husband, where they continue to write and perform original works for solo bass as well as bass and small ensemble, further exploring the artistic potential of their chosen instrument.

 

 

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Banjoist, singer and performer Casey James Holmberg was born and raised in Petaluma, CA where gold rolling hills and chickens were dear neighbors. Studying with Banjo virtuoso Tim Weed in Point Reyes, Casey saw the banjo used as a complete instrument, not restricted by genre or style. He furthered his studies in music at UCLA becoming an excellent bluegrass banjoist while branching into classical and jazz music.  Holmberg writes music influenced by his past and present with an emphasis on creating strong distinct feeling and narrative. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he teaches,  performs original works, sings in a brother duo and writes scores for film.

 

 

Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Keith Rea, singer-songwriter, FREE EVENT, (tips for the performer are strongly encouraged)

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Keith brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. His instrumental styling’s cover the landscape from finger picked ballads to raucous twelve bar blues.

Keith is a singer-songwriter based in Longview, Texas. He travels throughout the United States and just finished recording his second project for national release “Life’s an Open Road”. Keith is a veteran of over 40 years in the music business.

Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00pm and 7:00pm, “Winterdance” with Molly’s Revenge, vocalist Christa Burch and The Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers $25.00, adults, $15.00, students

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 A Tehachapi Tradition!

“Winterdance,” a Celtic Christmas celebration, will return to Tehachapi for two performances in the BeeKay Theatre on Saturday, December 23. The concert, put on by Fiddlers Crossing, has been a sell-out the last three years. As in the past years, two performances will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The core of the concert is the traditional Celtic trio, Molly’s Revenge. They will again be joined by vocalist Christa Burch, along with the Rosemary Turco Irish dancers from San Jose, in an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band’s holiday album.

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band complete with bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, to guarantee a rousing afternoon for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, as well as at prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

The band is comprised of a trio of Californians in love with Celtic music. David Brewer plays whistle and four types of bagpipes. He studied in Scotland under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His unique style of playing has earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. He has lived in Ireland, teaching workshops in Irish fiddle — to the Irish! He studied with master fiddlers in County Donegal and hones his skills there annually.

Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and his own  compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also  leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.  Mason and Weed previous played Fiddlers Crossing with Kenny Blackwell as old-time trio Little Black Train.

Christa Burch is no stranger to Tehachapi, having been the vocal and bodhran instructor for Camp Kiya in 2012. She has performed with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, as well as with the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, who often perform at the Bakersfield Scottish Games. Her band, The Syncopaths, is a favorite for California contra dances. In her travels through Scotland and Ireland, Christa has collected a wide repertoire of songs and developed her own style.

If you have seen Winterdance, you will certainly want to revisit this fantastic Celtic Christmas Celebration. If you haven’t, you won’t want to miss it this year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Because nothing says “Christmas” like bagpipes – plus fiddles, guitars, bodhrans, whistles, singers and dancers in a brilliant Celtic spirit!

The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.com, at Mountain Music during Wednesday Open Mic Nights, as well as at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994 and leave your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  The concert times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one-half hour ahead.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:00pm, Jim Kweskin, Folk, Ragtime, Blues, Americana $25.00

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Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.

 

 

 

At the peak of the American folk revival, Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band reintroduced an essential component into folk music: fun.” – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., AllMusic.com

 

The rock historian Ed Ward went so far as to place the Kweskin Band alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Byrds as that period’s most influential groups.” – Alex Ward, The New York Times

 

When it came to jug band music, razzmatazz jazz, and swinging spins on Piedmont blues back in the ’60s, Jim Kweskin was top dog. Jim Kweskin’s famed Jug Band hot-wired an entire movement that still has a certain impact on the folk scene today.” – Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:00pm, The Special Consensus, “Bluegrass with an attitude” $25.00 Presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi

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Among the blueblood bands of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, of course, will always be the King. But the four-piece band, The Special Consensus, is certainly one of the crown princes. Tehachapi will be treated to a second royal visit by this Nashville-based band on Saturday, January 27, at 7 pm at The BeeKay Theatre in downtown Tehachapi.

The award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated group was formed in the Chicago area in 1975, and features a repertoire of traditional bluegrass standards, as well as original compositions and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 17 recordings and appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs, as well as TV shows such as The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry.

         International tours have taken Special Consensus to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. They have even appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide. Through their Traditional American Music Program (TAM), they bring an awareness of our musical heritage to schools, both  nationally and internationally.

The 2012 recording, “Scratch Gravel Road,” was Grammy-nominated, and the 2014  recording, “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver,” received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards.

Although the personnel line-up of The Special Consensus has changed over the years, the present four members are all bluegrass stars in their own right. Chicago born and bred Greg Cahill is a co-founder of the band and has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. He has appeared on all 17 of The Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercials. Cahill teaches banjo at festival workshops and at music camps and colleges nationally and internationally and has released  instructional DVDs and books. He served on the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors from 1998-2010 and was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011.

Rick Faris is known in the world of bluegrass music as an award-winning guitar player. Born and raised in the Midwest, Rick started playing with his family’s bluegrass Band in 1998. The Faris Family band toured extensively throughout the USA and Canada and was awarded numerous honors by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). Rick was awarded the SPBGMA Midwest Guitar Performer of the Year in 2005 and 2008. An accomplished luthier, Rick plays a guitar he built himself.

Bassist Dan Eubanks grew up in Missouri and attended bluegrass festivals with his grandparents from a very young age. As a young boy, he started playing music on drums, then added banjo and guitar, and eventually bass. Dan played in country and rock bands throughout high school and attended college on a music scholarship. He holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Webster University in St. Louis. In 2003, after many years of teaching at several St. Louis-area colleges and universities, Dan moved to Nashville to get back to his bluegrass roots. He joined Special Consensus in 2013.

The newest member of the band is Mandolin player Nick Dumas, who joined last year. He grew up in Brier, Washington, and was introduced to bluegrass music at a very young age by his dobro-playing grandfather who had a country gospel band. Nick learned the violin in his school orchestra and soon was playing fiddle in his family band. He has added mandolin, guitar and banjo to his skills, and was a highly respected member of several popular bluegrass bands in the Seattle region.

The consensus among bluegrass aficionados is that The Special Consensus is a royal visit not to be missed.

The BeeKay Theatre is located at 110 S. Green St. in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased  at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, Lucky’s Barbershop, or online at fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $25.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.