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Event Details

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Doors: 12pm
Festival Starts: 1pm

General Admission Tickets: $45
Members: $40


Venue

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Main Hall & Annex

390 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA 95472

Questions

Tickets@sccc.org
(707) 823-1511

Featuring… Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Waddie Mitchell, California Bluegrass Reunion, Rita Hosking, & Cowboy Scott Gerber!

Top left to right: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Waddie Mitchell, Rita Hosking; Bottom: California Bluegrass Reunion

Join us for a celebration of the anniversary of Sonoma County’s very own Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival!

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar – before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin – Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Ramblin’ Jack is a two-time GRAMMY winner, National Medal Of Arts recipient, and in 2016, received a Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. Featured in the recent Rolling Thunder Revue film by Martin Scorcese and also in the early 2019 PBS release of the Woody Guthrie All Star Tribute Concert Center, Ramblin’ Jack is an icon of American roots and folk music. A lover of storytelling and veteran troubadour style musician, on tour he is in his element and known for telling the tales gathered along his magnificent journey through the roots of Folk, Blues, Americana and Cowboy music and poetry. His permanently enshrined seat at Woodie Guthrie Center Theater in Tulsa, OK., sits among other greats, including Lead Belly, Cisco Houston and Pete Seeger.

“Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you’re about to meet right now. He’s got a song and a friend for every mile behind him. Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.” -Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969. Read more about Ramblin’ Jack HERE

Rita Hosking

Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised with capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and honors in the International Songwriting Contest and West Coast Songwriters’ Association. “This California girl comes by her mountain music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family’s frontier experience,” (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita’s fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice. Read more about Rita HERE

Waddie Mitchell

From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Waddie presents his material with personal insights and the lessons learned during his life spent as a buckaroo. Read more about Waddie HERE

California Bluegrass Reunion

The California Bluegrass Reunion brings together six internationally-known instrumentalists who all have deep connections to the Golden State. The collective is highlighted by the outrageous double fiddling of acoustic legend Darol Anger and Chad Manning and features an abundance of original instrumentals from mandolinist John Reischman and banjo player Bill Evans. Anchoring the rhythm section is Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals and Sharon Gilchrist on bass. These musicians have made music together in various combinations for decades but this performance represents the North Carolina debut of this truly spectacular All-Star combination.

Click for more about the California Bluegrass Reunion
Freestyle fiddler, composer, producer and educator and California native, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, The Montreux Band, his Duo with Mike Marshall, Mr Sun, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Bruce Molsky, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli. For more, visit darolanger.com.

Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman has been a foundational mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and musical educator in bluegrass and North American roots and folk music since emerging from the vibrant “new acoustic” music scene of the Bay Area in the 1980s. A founding member of the groundbreaking Tony Rice Unit, Reischman’s mastery of bluegrass, old-time, swing, and multiple Latin American musical styles, coupled with an Old Masters sense of tone, taste and musicality, has brought him a global reputation as one of the finest mandolinists of his era. John was a founding member of the California band The Good Ol’ Persons and he has led John Reischman & The Jaybirds for over twenty years. For more, visit johnreischman.com.

Virginia native Bill Evans has been involved with bluegrass music and the world of the banjo as a player, teacher, composer, writer and historian. He occupies a unique niche in the banjo world: celebrated worldwide for his traditional as well as progressive bluegrass banjo styles as well as his innovative original compositions, he also enjoys a reputation as an outstanding instructor as well as being an expert player of 19th century minstrel and classic banjo styles. Bill currently performs with flatpick guitar legend Dan Crary and tours with his solo show The Banjo in America. In over twenty-seven years as a California-based performer, he has performed with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jody Stecher, Eric & Suzy Thompson, David Bromberg, Tony Trischka & Alan Munde, among many others. For more, visit billevansbanjo.com.

San Francisco Bay Area native Jim Nunally is a musician, composer, record producer and teacher – all in addition to being one of the finest guitar players in the world. His third- generation traditional music roots began in Arkansas with this guitar-playing grandfather who taught Jim’s father who in turn taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound. For the last several years, Jim has co-led the Nell & Jim Band with Nell Robinson, performing a unique mix of original Americana sounds based around their outstanding duet singing and Jim’s arranging. Jim has performed with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, and Keith Little as well as leading the path-breaking California band Due West. For more info, visit jimnunally.com.

Chad Manning is a Bay Area bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler who has performed with the David Grisman Sextet and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.  For many  years, he was also a member of Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.  He has performed and toured with many bluegrass greats such as J.D. Crowe, Curly Seckler, Alan Munde, and Tony Trischka, to name a few. Chad also finds great joy in teaching and working with all levels of fiddle students. He and his wife, Catherine, run Manning Music, a bluegrass/old-time/traditional music school in Berkeley, California where currently 250 students take lessons.   Chad is also an instructor at Peghead Nation where he currently offers three courses and he currently plays guitar in the band Birches Bend, which features his son Jasper on mandolin. Learn more at chadmanning.com.

Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. You may have seen her playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad, or performing an original piece on a concert or festival stage anywhere in North America.. She has performed with the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Scott Law and the Bluegrass Dimension and others. She earned a degree in Mandolin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has taught mandolin for 15 years both privately and online at Peghead Nation and at some of the nation’s finest music camps. Sharon currently resides in Nashville, TN after living for almost a decade in California. Learn more at sharongilchristmusic.com.

We look forward to having you join us! Below is information to help you plan your evening with us.

This will be a seated event.

Timing:

12:00pm Doors open. Grounds and Annex open for jamming after jammers get their wristbands.

1:15pm Opening act TBA

2:00pm Documentary on Scott Gerber

2:20pm Scott Gerber

3:25pm Rita Hosking

4:15pm Dinner break and workshops which are in the Annex or outside.
(Band Workshop with California Bluegrass Reunion)
(Old Time Fiddle Jam , District 10.)

5:00pm Film

5:30pm Jack Elliott

6:45pm Waddie Mitchell

8:00pm California Bluegrass Reunion

Parking:

There will be two parking lots available, and street parking. All parking is free for the evening. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CARPOOL!

    • Main Hall Parking – 390 Morris St
    • Annex Parking – behind 425 Morris St

Tickets:

You will receive a confirmation email with your QR code – that is all you need. If you are not arriving together as a full party – that is FINE! We have all the registered names. If you have any concerns, please email tickets@seb.org.

Concessions: 

Drinks will be available for purchase inside the Main Hall. There is no dinner or hot food onsite. No outside food or drink is allowed except for water bottles.

Restrooms: 

Restrooms available in the Main Hall.

Covid:

Sonoma County guidelines in place at the time of the event will be followed. Currently masks are not required but recommended. Please see below for more information regarding COVID protocols.

Security:

All persons and items entering the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center are subject to search. No weapons, outside food or drink or drugs will be permitted. This is a drug free zone/venue.

Certain types of bags and/or cases are prohibited, including but not limited to:
• Backpacks
• Luggage
• Computer Bags
• Camera Bags/Cases
• Instrument Cases ** FOR THIS FESTIVAL THEY WILL BE ALLOWED BUT MAY BE SUBJECT TO SEARCH BEFORE ENTRY **
• Briefcases
• Large Totes and Duffel Bags
• Any Purse or Bag exceeding 12”x12”x6”. Backpack purses must be worn on one shoulder. If a purse is worn as a backpack, it will be considered as such and will not be permitted in the venue.

Patrons with prohibited bags, cases, or other items will asked to return the item to their vehicle.

Items prohibited to enter Sebastopol Community Cultural include, but are not limited to:

      • Firearms of any size or type
      • Other weapons and knives of any size or type
      • Pepper spray, mace, or other chemicals*
      • Animals other than Registered Service Dogs
      • Alcohol, illegal substances, or drug paraphernalia
      • Professional-grade audio, photo, or video recording equipment
      • Cans, bottles, or outside food and beverages

 

Donate to the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

General Admission Tickets

$45

Member Tickets

$40

COVID – 19 PROTOCOLS

Sonoma County guidelines in place at the time of the event will be followed. Currently masks are not required but recommended.

Anyone who does not comply with the policy in place will not be allowed into the venue.

Please do not attend an event if you are experiencing any unexplained, Covid-19 related symptoms as listed here on the CDC website, or if you have had recent close contact with an individual who is confirmed as having Covid-19.

Donate to Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Benefactor of the Community
$2000+

Patron of the Community
$1000

Affiliate of the Community
$500

Contributor of the Community
$250

Supporter of the Community
$100

Friend of the Community
$50

Advocate of the Community
$25

Name Your Own Donation
Any Amount

Are you looking to make a recurring monthly donation?

Please email us at sccc@seb.org or use our Contact page to make a request.

The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center supports ongoing programs that have become a part of the cultural identity here in West County, and your support is more crucial than ever. As we continue building community while adapting to new challenges, we rely on your donations to sustain our programming. Thank you for your generosity.

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