Ready for some pickin' and grinnin'? How about some campin' and dancin' and eatin' and laughin'? The 20th annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival—scheduled for next Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13—offers all that and a whole lot more (tickets and festival schedule at parkfieldbluegrass.org).
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- CLASSIC BLUEGRASS The Lonely Heartstrings Band headlines the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival May 10 to 13, in Parkfield.
Held every Mother's Day weekend in Parkfield (the so-called "earthquake capital of the world"), the festival takes over the super charming, unincorporated community of about 18 people, transforming it into an Americana lovers' paradise with bluegrass, old-time, traditional, and gospel music concerts, plus workshops, dances, and lots of kids' activities.
This year's headliner is The Lonely Heartstring Band, a classic bluegrass quintet that pays reverence to the past but pushes into the future of bluegrass. Their three-part vocal harmonies will blow you away.
Also appearing is Missy Raines and The New Hip. She's a seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Bass Player of the Year winner with a smoky alto voice. Molsky's Mountain Drifters will bring their old-time traditions. Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is an IBMA Award-winning high-energy Colorado-based quintet. Also from Colorado, FY5 brings "thoughtful arrangements, strong singing, and musicianship," organizers say.
Other performers include The Sonoran Dogs, Phil Salazar and The Kin Folk, Snap Jackson and The Knock On Wood Players, Bean Creek, AJ Lee with Blue Summit, The Honeysuckle Possums, Amber Cross, Echo Mountain, and the Goat Hill Girls.
Added organizers, "There are café shows for the late nighters, a barn dance featuring Echo Mountain and dance caller Robin Fischer on Friday night. An extensive menu of free workshops will provide instrumental, vocal, and dance instruction. Back by popular demand are walking tours of the San Andreas Fault led by a geologist. Tantalizing food vendors and the Parkfield Café, plus merchandise vendors and a raffle."
Come on over,
I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into an 1858 Bacon Burger ($10) and a side of Pozo Chili ($4) this Saturday, May 5, when Pozo Saloon celebrates its grand reopening Cinco de Mayo party from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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- TEX-MEX HERO Grammy Award-winner Louie Ortega is one of several artists playing the free grand reopening of Pozo Saloon on May 5.
Yes, I'll also be having a Pozo martini (a beer with an olive; $6) while I listen to the likes of acoustic country duo Michelle and Chad (noon to 1 p.m.), folk rock act Carter (1 to 2 p.m.), Gypsy jazz band the Seaweed Vipers (2 to 3 p.m.), country rockers The Chad Land Band (3 to 4:30 p.m.), traditional dance troupe Grupo Folklorico Nueva Esperanza (New Hope Folkloric Dance Group to you, gringo; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.), Tex-Mex Grammy Award-winner Louie Ortega (6 to 7 p.m.), and Americana rockers The Creston Line (7 to 8 p.m.).
The 160-year-old saloon recently revamped its kitchen and is also serving tri-tip, chicken, linguiça, hot dogs, various burgers, fries, salads, chili, and garlic bread. It's going to be like the old days with free music on the back porch!
"The Santa Margarita Historical Society will be on hand with demonstrations and stories from Pozo's colorful rootin', tootin', and shootin' past," saloon marketing director John Mackey said. "And if you've got a Pozo story to tell or a song to sing, let us know, and we'll find a spot for ya!"
This is an all-ages event, first come, first served. Groups of more than eight should call ahead at (805) 438-2785. Only service animals are allowed at this time. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended since the picnic tables may be full at peak hours.
If you want to skip the opening day madhouse, show up on Sunday, May 6, when Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band will play from noon to 4 p.m.
¡Viva el Pozo Saloon!
N9ne in the house
Rapid-fire chopper-style rapper Tech N9ne brings his Planet Tour 2018 with special guests Krizz Kaliko, Just Juice, Joey Cool, and King ISO to the Fremont Theater this Sunday, May 6 (8 p.m.; $35 at eventbrite.com and Boo Boo's).
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- THE FASTEST Rapid-fire chopper-style rapper Tech N9ne (pictured) brings his Planet Tour 2018 with special guests Krizz Kaliko, Just Juice, Joey Cool, and King ISO to the Fremont Theater on May 6.
Two decades into his career, Tech N9ne has "earned three gold records, sold over 2 million albums, and made multiple appearances on Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' list," according to his bio. "Tech's multi-faceted skill set has not gone unrecognized by artists of all genres, exemplified by collaborations with such diverse artists as The Doors, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Eminem, and Boyz II Men, to name just a few."
Also, mark your calendar for rapper Carnage, who'll make at stop at the Fremont as part of his Battered Bruised & Bloody California Run on Thursday, May 10 (9 p.m.; 16-and-older; $35 at eventbrite.com or Boo Boo's).
The Red Barn Community Music Series presents the New World String Project this Saturday, May 5, in Los Osos' Red Barn (5 p.m. potluck, 6 p.m. concert; all ages; $15 suggested donation; BYOB).
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- WORLD STRINGS Hear Celtic, Nordic, and American folk traditions when the Red Barn Community Music Series presents the New World String Project on May 5.
The New World String Project is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki), together creating a "lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic, and American folk traditions," according to their bio.
This is a great community event! Bring a dish to share and join in.
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- RAZZLE DAZZLE Virtuosic fiddler Hanneke Cassel and her trio play a SLOFolks show at Castoro Cellars on May 5.
Cassel, a multi-award winning fiddler who's gained worldwide renown thanks to her blend of Americana-style fiddling with influences from Cape Breton and Scotland, creates everything from deeply soulful ballads to upbeat celebrations of joy.
Cellist Tristan Clarridge and guitarist Christopher Lewis join her as she tours with her newest release, Trip to Walden Pond.
More music ...
Street dance! The Fresh Picked Concert Series returns to SLO's Farmers Market this Thursday, May 3, with the Zongo All-Stars (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; all ages; free), on the corner of Osos and Higuera Streets. Hear some great Cali-Cubano sounds from one of SLO County's best bands!
If you want a taste of Opera SLO's upcoming production of Oklahoma!, head to SLO's First Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 4, for their free Noontime Brown Bag Concert in Wilson Hall. Meet Maestro Brian Asher Alhadeff and the stars from the production, and enjoy a preview. You can get tickets for the Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, SLO PAC production of Oklahoma! at pacslo.org or by calling (805) 756-4849.
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- TINA MEETS TAMMY If Tina Turner and Tammy Wynette were cloned together, you'd get Petrella, the "First Lady of Country Soul" playing Paso's Chateau Lettau on May 5.
Petrella, the so-called "First Lady of Country Soul," sings like Tina Turner ... if Tina sang country! She'll bring her blend of R&B, blues, and country with a rock edge to Paso's Chateau Lettau on Saturday, May 5 (7 to 9 p.m.).
The SLO Symphony's season finale concert, entitled The Bold and the Beautiful, features music from Beethoven and Berlioz, as well as the lilting melodies of Mozart, on Saturday, May 5, in the SLO PAC (8 p.m.; all ages; $20 to $80 at pacslo.org).
On Sunday, May 6, in D'Anbino's tasting room (4:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $10 at (805) 227-6800) hear amazing vocal group the In Time Trio (Becky Robinson, Kit Johnson, and Judy Philbin). "Our tight harmonies and sassy moves bring to life some of America's