Category Archives: General

Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater

Beginning in the early 1920’s the burgeoning film / entertainment industry began building very elaborate “Movie Palaces” to entice audiences inside to view the latest Hollywood efforts. One of the most beautiful I have ever seen was the Fox Arlington, … Continue reading

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The Bluebird Café – 50 Years

the Bluebird Café’s real mission was to form a center and school for acoustic music of all types on the central coast. Folk, Cajun, blues and bluegrass all found a home there, along with early country and a smattering of classical, jazz, eastern, and experimental musics. Continue reading

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Whiskey Flat – Jam Session 1965

We both agreed that Art Chambers, a two-finger stylist on the five string banjo was a special gem among the people there. Art had accompanied Fiddlin’ Van Cunningham in the contest, and he was rarin’ to go to demonstrate some of his  banjo showpieces. Continue reading

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Kernville CA: Whiskey Flat Days Fiddle Contest!

“A friend in Los Angeles told me about a fiddle contest being staged near the end of February in the mountain region known as Kernville, up highway 178 from Bakersfield CA. Always seeking the music, I decided to drive up there to record the event on tape if I could get permission.” Continue reading

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The Folk Music Revival (Monterey, CA 1963)

“I always wanted to play different from anybody else . . . and it turned out to be bluegrass music.”
-Bill Monroe,
Monterey California, May 18, 1963 Continue reading

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