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    **** REDWOOD BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATES proudly presents **** We began our 20th Anniversary Concert Season with a HOT show ... WHO: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
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      **** REDWOOD BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATES proudly presents ****

      We began our 20th Anniversary Concert Season with a HOT show ...

      WHO: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
      WHEN: Sat., Sept. 24, 2011
      -5 pm--Jamming begins, spectators welcomed.
      -7 pm--Doors & ticket-desk open, baked goods & drinks available.
      -8 pm--Concert begins.

      WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View,
      1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta Dr.), Mountain View, CA 94040
      TICKETS: $22/advance, $25/at the door;
      - Half-price for teens 13-18, free for 12-and-under and music students--when accompanied by a paid ticket-holder.
      INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS: http://www.rba.org, 650-691-9982

      To purchase tickets in advance:
      •By Mail: RBA, P.O. Box 390515, Mountain View, CA 94039-0515. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your check or money order, and be sure to tell us how many tickets you want to order and for which shows. All mail order ticket purchase orders received less than 10 days before the show will be held at Will-Call at the Ticket Desk at the Concert Hall.

      •In-person: Gryphon Stringed Instruments: 211 Lambert St., Palo Alto (Cash, check or credit card are accepted.)

      •Web: TicketWeb at www.rba.org/tickets.html (Note: TicketWeb charges a small service fee.)

      For more information: Go to www.rba.org or call 650-691-9982.

      SEASON TICKETS- 2011 Fall Season:
      Four shows: Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. for only $70--a 23% savings over at-the-door prices—that's four shows for the price of three!
      - Season tickets are available only by mail or at TicketWeb. (Not sold at Gryphon).
      - 2011 Fall Season ticket purchases by mail must be postmarked on or before Sept. 16 to get the special price. TicketWeb purchases.
      - The special advance $70 price expires on Sept. 24 at 3:00 pm.
      - 2011 Fall Season tickets cannot be purchased after Sept. 24.

      For more information: www.rba.org or call 650-691-9982.

      RBA Fall Season 2011
      Sept. 24: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. $22/$25
      Oct. 22: Frank Wakefield Band plus Windy Hill. $18/$20
      Nov.12: The Tuttles with AJ Lee. $18/$20
      Dec.3: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with special guests. $22/$25

      - BAND INFO: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

      8-time Fiddler of the Year ... 4-time Instrumental Group Of the Year ... 4-Time Instrumental Recorded Performance Of the Year ... Fired Up for RBA!

      "Bluegrass so blue it's indigo and a gaggle of pickers so tight they make a can of vacuum-packed good ol' boys scream with envy, this is grrrrreat stuff! Cleveland and his ensemble is a textbook example of why bluegrass is undergoing a renaissance. Prog-grass, nu-grass, and a buncha other splinters leave the field all the more open and receptive to so brilliant a re-visitation of where it all came from as we have here. With groups like this, none need fret about the hallowed sound going anywhere but exactly where it should."
      - Mark S. Tucker, FAME

      Considered the premier bluegrass fiddler of his generation, Michael Cleveland began playing the fiddle when he was four years old in Henryville, Indiana. In 1993, at the age of 12, he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars (along with Chris Thile and Josh Williams) at the IBMA's award show. Later that year, Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends, from Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley to Doc Watson and J.D. Crowe.

      After high school, Mike toured with both Dale Ann Bradley and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, with whom he shared the 2001 IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award. That was also the year that Michael Cleveland won the first of his eight IBMA Fiddler Of the Year Awards. His debut solo release on Rounder came in 2002; for it, Michael received the first of four IBMA Instrumental Album (new Instrumental Recorded Performance) of the Year Awards. He's been leading his own band — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper — for several years, and they have won four IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year Awards (2007-1010), and are nominated for a fifth this year.

      But his music is more than just award-winning. It's genuinely moving, encompassing a variety of styles while remaining based in emotional, hard-driving bluegrass.

      Reviewing the latest Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper release on Rounder, "Fired Up," Donald Teplyske (Lonesome Road Review) notes that "on stage, no one enjoys himself more than Cleveland, and he possesses the verve necessary to translate this energy in the recording studio [with] one of the most impressive and well-regarded instrumental bluegrass groups working the circuit," while Larry Stephens (Country Standard Time) says, "From a country-tinged, shuffle beat to bluesy bluegrass to storytelling - with some outlaw novelty thrown in - this is bluegrass that's as good as it gets."

      - Blake Bowen: vocals, bass. Son of Jimmy Bowen; played in his father's band, as well as those led by Jesse McReynolds, Michelle Nixon, and Randy Waller.

      - Ashby Frank: vocals, mandolin. Multiple award-winner in his teens, has since toured/recorded with Special Consensus, Marty Raybon, Ronnie Bowman, Alecia Nugent, Jeanette Williams, The Crowe Brothers, and Mashville Brigade.

      - Glenn Gibson: vocals, banjo, dobro. Toured and recorded with Mike as part of Dale Ann Bradley's band, and also was a member of bands led by Marty Rabon and Charley Sizemore.

      - Charlie Lawson: vocals, guitar. Leader of popular SPBGMA band, Charlie Lawson and Oak Hill, for many years, and member of Karl Shifflett & the Big Country Show.

      - Will-Call Tickets Procedure
      Based on our customers' suggestions, we have implemented a more convenient Will-Call Ticket process.

      When you arrive, please form two lines— one line on the left for Cash Ticket Buyers who are buying their tickets at the door, and one line on the right for people with tickets in hand, Advance-Purchase Ticket Holders and Will-Call Tickets.

      We will bring the Will-Call list outside before the doors open, and give the Will-Call customers their tickets before the doors open.
      This greatly speeds up the admittance process for everyone.
      We have also designated several seats and/or wheelchair spaces for our disabled customers. These seats will be held only until 7:45, so please arrive before that time.


      The Redwood Bluegrass Associates Spring season ended with the blockbuster performance by David Grisman and his merry band of bluegrass virtuosos: Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle and Samson Grisman on bass. To say that the crowd was ecstatic would be an understatement. David and the band proved that bluegrass is alive and well and the ancient tones can be upbeat, modern and totally captivating.

      Keith, David and Jim produced the classic bluegrass trio vocals and the band's opening song, "My Walking Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore," had the bluegrass rhythm and drive that had the audience delighted. David provided a bluegrass history commentary as the band showcased classic songs: the Carter Family's "Engine 143," a consummate train song and the Monroe Brothers' "I'm Rolling On." Jim's lead guitar work was crisp and melodic and Keith's banjo playing provided that hard-driving sound so much a part of bluegrass. David's mandolin playing is always a wonder to behold and his "Dawgy Mountain Breakdown," a tribute to Earl Scruggs' song, is also a popular theme song for the Car Talk radio program. Samson Grisman's steady bass playing anchored the band's sound and he stepped forward with a lead vocal on "Highway of Sorrow."

      The band continued its bluegrass history revue with songs from Clarence White and the Kentucky Colonels, Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and Reno and Smiley. David was clearly enjoying the sharing of a bluegrass experience with the audience and he encouraged everyone with his financial advice to "invest in CDs" which of course to the band was recordings, not certificates of deposit. The band encore was a fabulous medley of an upscale "Shady Grove" and the theme song of one of Dawg's "other" bands "Old and in the Way."

      - Reviewed by Brenda Hough
      RBA NEWS
      Some audience members have asked how they can become "members of the RBA". Of course, no "membership dues" are required- just come to the concerts. But as you know, the RBA is non-profit and run by volunteers- and we could sure use your help!

      Some ways you can help:
      1. Bring some friends to the next RBA concert.

      2. Please forward this e-mail to someone you know who might enjoy attending our concerts.

      3. Post some RBA flyers: Go to www.rba.org, "Home" page or "Tickets" page, and click on the band name. The concert flyer should pop up. Please print out some copies and post them in your local schools, churches, shops, community centers, retirement homes, etc.

      4. If you'd like to volunteer to help the RBA at some of our concerts, please contact us at: rbanews@.... Volunteers get free admission to the concert, a free dinner, get to meet the band— and receive the deep gratitude of the RBA.

      Thanks for your help!

      PRE-CONCERT JAM SESSION: The concerts are preceded by an open jam session, organized by Ed Cirimele and usually including a special guest musician or two.
      Jams begin at 5:00 pm on the front lawn, or inside the classroom building in cold weather. Beginners and spectators are welcome.

      Water, soda, coffee, various baked goods.
      Would you like to help us reduce costs and cause fewer trees to be cut down? If you are also getting the paper RBA concert flier via snail-mail, and would like to receive just these e-mailed reminders, please contact us at: rbanews@...
      Provide us your name and postal mailing address, and ask to have your name removed from the postal mailings.
      Do you have comments about our concerts?
      Ideas for improving the concert experience?
      Suggestions for bands you'd like to see at future RBA concerts?
      If so, please write to us at rbanews@...
      We'd love to hear from you!

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