The Southern California pier has been a great music venue over the years, and served as a host to the renewed Ash Grove for a period of eleven months.
My fondest recollection of the pier was a public performance I did there as a duo with fiddler Byron Berline, before he moved back to Guthrie OK.
It was the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday. Byron had requested that his wife tape the game. A nice stage had been set up outdoors, and we did two long sets, mainly fiddle tunes and a few songs thrown in. There was a good-sized crowd there. Near the end of our performance, a “street person” with a very disreputable outfit came up to the front of the stage and proceeded to empty his pockets of all the loose change he’d collected that day, spilling it across the stage front. Byron and I both agreed that it was the best tip we’d ever received, anywhere.