Redwood Bluegrass Associates are working hard to present another
great season of concerts, and are pleased to announce the first show.
As in past years, we do plan to have subscription/series tickets
available for the season's remaining concerts, but can't confirm the
complete schedule yet.
Your suggestions and comments are very much appreciated --- and we
look forward to seeing you again on Oct. 15th!
- RBA Board Of Directors
WHO: PERFECT STRANGERS
WHEN: Sat., Oct. 15 (8:00 pm showtime, doors open at 7:00 pm)
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View,
1667 Miramonte Ave. (at the corner of Cuesta Dr.), Mt. View
TICKETS: $15 advance, $18 day of show
Half-price for students aged 13-18
No admission charge for those 12 and under
INFORMATION: 650-691-9982, http://www.rba.org
"Perfect Strangers are something quite special...The true and deep
understanding of bluegrass, coupled with a strong creative charge is
a very unusual combination these days. They are a bluegrass
- Pete Wernick aka "Dr. Banjo"
Perfect Strangers is a special band. Comprised of a veteran of Bill
Monroe's Boys, a National Flatpicking Champion, a Grammy Nominee, a
brilliant songwriter, and a powerful bassist, these outstanding
musicians have a sound and spirit that binds them together and sets
them apart from typical generic bluegrass.
Perfect Strangers are deeply steeped in classic bluegrass and other,
older forms. Like the first generation of bluegrass pioneers to whom
they favorably compare, their strong and readily identifiable sound
and style is deeply and powerfully connected to the same forces that
shaped bluegrass: fiddle tunes, gospel music, blues, old-time
balladry, swing, ragtime, the music of the banjo, and mountain music
sweet and wild.
Perfect Strangers' presentation is warm and friendly, their
repertoire unique, and their music marked by spine-tingling harmonies
and inventive, emotive picking.
CHRIS BRASHEAR is a charismatic singer, a dynamic fiddler, and a
songwriter with a penchant for writing memorable, perhaps classic,
bluegrass songs on topics other than failed love.
A veteran of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, BOB BLACK'S stunning banjo
solos and subtle back up work are a joy to hear. Bob is also a
songwriter with many songs to his credit.
JODY STECHER is an incomparable repository of tradition and a Grammy
finalist several times for his work with Kate Brislin. Jody sings in
true bluegrass style and plays mandolin with a beautifully warm tone.
A veteran of Laurie Lewis' band, and a National Flatpicking Guitar
Champion, PETER McLAUGHLIN is a powerful rhythm and solo guitarist,
as well as a songwriter of considerable note.
PAUL KNIGHT is not only RBA's exceptional sound engineer but also an
exceptional bass player, having been part of bands led by Peter
Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Sandy Rothman, David Thom, and many others.
"Here is a real gem of an album by a group that is new on the scene
but whose members are no 'strangers' to Bluegrass music. The band
features wonderful singing by two fine vocalists, Chris Brashear and
Jody Stecher, and dynamic work on banjo and lead guitar from Bob
Black and Peter McLaughlin respectively. Brashear sings in a lilting,
engaging manner, and both he and Stecher demonstrate a highly melodic
styling that has plenty of 'edge' to it. Great music."
- County Sales Newsletter
And ... if you need to hear some bluegrass in the South Bay before
Oct. 15th, here are some possibilities:
Tuesday/Wednesdays: Sam's BBQ, 1110 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
Music by Sidesaddle & Co., Diana Donnelly & the Yes Ma'ams, Bean
Creek, Dixie Fried, Carolina Special, Wild Oats & Honey, MacRae
Brothers, Mr. Banjo & the Lonesome Wailers, others
Aug. 18: Dan Crary & Beppe Gambetta - Don Quixote's, 6275 Highway 9,
Felton, 831-335-2800, http://www.donquixotesmusic.com
Aug. 19: The Min-Tones - The Ugly Mug, 4640 Soquel Dr., Soquel
Aug. 24: Fragment - Espresso Garden Cafe, 814 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose
Aug. 25 (5 pm): "Bluegrass Blowout" in Santa Cruz - Hit & Run, REO
Haywagon, Harmony Grits, Moonshine - The Attic, 931 Pacific Ave.,
downtown SC, 831-460-1800, http://www.theatticsantacruz.com
Aug. 28 (9:30 am): Highway One - Menlo Park Farmer's Market, Chestnut
St. (b/w Menlo & Santa Cruz Avenues)
Aug. 29: Bean Creek - Phil's Fish Market, Moss Landing
Sept. 1: Mighty Crows - Prince Of Wales Pub, 102 E. 25th Ave., San Mateo
Sept. 4 (2-5 pm): Earthquake Country - San Gregorio Store
Sept. 6: Dirk Powell Band (w/ Riley Baugus) - Don Quixote's, Felton
Sept. 10 (2-5 pm): Harmony Grits - San Gregorio Store
Sept. 18 (2-5 pm): Circle R Boys - San Gregorio Store
Sept. 19: Bean Creek - Phil's Fish Market, Moss Landing
Sept. 23: Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum - Don Quixote's, Felton
Sept. 30: Druha Trava - Espresso Garden Cafe, San Jose
Oct. 2 (2-5 pm): Earthquake Country - San Gregorio Store
Oct. 3: Druha Trava - Don Quixote's, Felton
Oct. 3: Bean Creek - Phil's Fish Market, Moss Landing
Oct. 7: Kleptograss (Eric Thompson, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Scott
Nygaard, Paul Shelasky) - Espresso Garden Cafe, San Jose
Oct. 8 (2-5 pm): Harmony Grits - San Gregorio Store
South Bay jam sessions include:
First Sunday (1-5 pm): Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association -
Hoover Middle School, Naglee & Park Streets, San Jose
Second Sunday (2-7 pm): Methodist Church, Boulder Creek
Second/Fourth Sunday (2-6 pm): Fandango Pizza - Alma Plaza Shopping
Center, 3407 Alma St. (near East Meadow Dr.), Palo Alto,
Wednesdays (7-10 pm): Fandango Pizza - Alma Plaza Shopping Center,
And, even though it's not in the South Bay, don't forget:
Oct. 1-2: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Golden Gate Park, SF
with Hazel, Earl, Doc, Ralph, Rhonda, Del, J.D., Peter & Tony, Hot Rize,
Ricky, Dale Ann, Laurie & Tom, DBFS, and MANY others, including ...