BlueGrass West!

BlueGrass West! Musc Newsletter
Vol. 19 Number 9 *** September 2019
With Bluegrass and Traditional Music news for the Southern / Central California Region

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Peter Feldmann
Peter Feldmann , with his 1953 Martin D-28 guitar, photographed at a recording session at Rainbow Garage, where the Mothers' Boys CD of Carter Family songs, Home Among The Hills, was recorded.

Welcome back to our web-based newsletter! It's our goal to provide you with accurate information about our types of music occuring in and around Santa Barbara County and neighboring areas.

Again, we will try our best to keep you informed on music happenings around our section of the world. We would ask that you let us know about events, with relevant info, which we will try to share with other subscribers. If there's a way we can improve this system, please let us know! Thank you again, for helping us support bluegrass and American traditional music!

Speaking of support, please consider helping us produce our music concert series. We especially need help in (1) publicity: help us spread the word! and (2) setup tasks, including a couple of people who could show up an hour before the show to help us do chairs, stage, etc. And someone to help sell tickets at the door. Contact me by phone or email if you'd like to volunteer.

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-Peter Feldmann 805 688-9894.

Comming attractions:

After a lazy summer, the music scene is livening up in these parts! We're participating in three events ourselves, all of which should be fun.

Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys
F2 Wines
2982 Grand Avenue, Los Olivios CA
Saturday afternoon, September 7, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ** Free.

A Little glass of wine: Enjoy some traditional bluegrass in a shady green garden next to the F2 Wine's tasting room in Los Olivos. This relaxed setting is a perfect place to hear the music. Wine and refreshments will be available. No admission charge. Our show last month went so well that we're coming back by popular demand! Come by for some fine music, fine wine and surprise guests!

Very Lonesome Boys
David West, Peter Feldmann, and Tom Lee.

Saturday, October 12, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
The Todalo Shakers!
Todalo Shakers
Hot old time, ragtime and blues from Berkeley.
Led by Eric and Suzy Thompson, the Todalo Shakers also include Northern California notables Matt Welner - bass, Frannie Leopold - guitar, and WB Reid - banjo, guitar, and pizzicato fiddle. Drawing their inspiration for a variety of traditional folk and blues sources, this band is not to be missed!
Their Website:

Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall
2374 Alamado Pintado Avenue
Los Olivos CA.

Tickets will go on sale beginning September 15th, on-line and at the Book Loft on Mission Dr. in Solvang. $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door (if available.)

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys
Music in The Gardens of . . .
The Music Academy Of The West
Click HERE for more information

Attend the fiddlers' event in the morning, then mosey on down to the cooler regions of Montecito to help celebrate one the most famous -- and oldest -- schools of music in the USA!

Very Lonesome Boys


Other's Events:

Sunday, October 13, All Day
Fiddlers' Convention and Festival

Stow House
304 N. Los Carneros Rd, Goleta

This event's got a few years on her . . . I remember attending there myself, in the last Millenium.


Featured CD this month:

   HC-505 Home On the Grange CD


Peter Feldmann & The
Very Lonesome Boys

Home On The Grange

Domestic / Foreign


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This convenient service enables you to give some fine music as a present and help keep the live music going here at BlueGrass West!
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JAM SESSIONS (Be sure to check dates & times with the venues involved. Jam leaders, please keep us up to date on your jam session listings.)

LONG BEACH. Fourth Sunday Bluegrass jam at SHUTTS FABRICATORS, 15481 Electronic Lane,unit C, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. 562 432 4648 1:00 PM until five-ish.

PASO ROBLES: every Wednesday, open jams mostly bluegrass, some folk -- run from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Matts Music, 617 12th St. For details call (805) 237-0054, or see website at

LOMPOC: 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening jams, 6:30 -- 8:30 PM at Southside Coffee Co., 105 So. "H" St. -- for more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

VENTURA. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6 PM until 11:30 PM,  at Ventura's Grapes and Hops. 454 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA. 93001.  Plenty of parking in the back.. Info: Gene Rubin: 805-340-2270.

BAKERSFIELD -- first Monday of each month. Rusty's Pizza 5430 Olive Drive, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Come on down and bring a couple of songs. Contact S. C. "Slim" Sims 760-762-6828

FRESNO: The Fresno Folklore Society has a weekly jam. It's the friends of Kenny Hall Memorial jam at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant every Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

WEST LOS ANGELES -- The Westside Jam has morphed into “Bluegrass Thursdays at the Grand View Market.” We have a dinner concert on the second Thursday and a jam on the fourth Thursday. FB page at Grand View Market is located at 12210 Venice Blvd. LA 90066. Jeff Fleck 310-773-6753; e-mail:

SANTA CLARITA -- BASC BLUEGRASS Jam Starting April 10th every Second Sunday of the Month. An open jam session for pickers of all ages. This is an open to the public event. Vincenzo's Pizza Newhall /// 24504 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, California 91321.

ATASCADERO -2nd & 4th Wednesdays, The Last Stage West, Hwy. 41 at Toro Creek Rd. Atascadero, CA * 805-461-1393 **

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY -- BASC’s 4th Sunday of the month jam: West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St., West Hills. Ca.91307 *** Phone: 818-992-4142

California BG Association websites:
CBA: [ ]
BASC [ ]
Northern Calif. BG Society [ ]
Bluegrass Society - Central Coast [ ]

From Old Time Community Board in LA (Facebook):

OLD-TIME JAM SESSIONS (Reliably regular monthly OT Jams in Los Angeles)

1st Sunday 11AM - 2PM
Viva Cantina OT Jam / Host Steve Lewis
Viva Cantina: 900 Riverside Drive Burbank, CA 9150

1st Thursday 8PM – 11PM
1642 OT Jam / Host Kelly Marie Martin 
1642 Bar: 1642 Temple St. Echo Park

2nd Thursday 7PM – 10PM
MacLeod OT Jam / Host Steve Shapiro
MacLeod Brewing Co.: 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys

3rd & 4th Thursday 6PM – 9PM
West Valley OT Jam / Host Pete Tinker
Jerry's Pizza Restaurant: 22035 Sherman Way, Canoga Park


We'll have more dates and news in our next newsletter, which is published more or less monthly. Please pass the word to your friends. They're welcome to subscribe to this newsletter free at:

Thank you for supporting old time and bluegrass music.

                        Peter Feldmann
BlueGrass West!
Post Office Box 614 * Los Olivos CA 93441 * USA
     +1 805 688-9894 * Cell Phone: 805 350-3918



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