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Music in the Tavern

+Saturday, April 19 - The Donnis Trio

Billy Martini Show

The Donnis Trio consists of Nate Donnis(songwriter/guitar/vocals), Phil Woodring (drums/bg vocals), and Denis Sluka (bass).  Formed in late 2005, the trio met for the first time after Nate and Denis auditioned Phil on drums at Nate's apartment in Encinitas.  In 2006, the band began playing shows in various San Diego venues which prompted them to investigate options for recording.  The band settled on renting a desert house for a week and bringing out Phil's (somewhat mobile) studio.   They ended up rigging up the guest house as the live tracking room and the house for the mixing/monitoring.   The place was very isolated and eerily quiet. It brought about some interesting moods and helped hone the feelings in Tip of the tongue and Pills and Coffee.   Despite their intentions only a few tracks made it to the final album from these sessions and the rest were re-recorded in various bedrooms/closets..

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+Saturday, April 26 :: NO MUSIC :: ~ Big Sur International Marathon weekend

This Saturday is the night before the world famous Big Sur International Marathon and we keep the house quiet so the runners can get to bed early, get up early, and run 26 miles from the heart of Big Sur to Carmel.

+Thursday, May 8 - (((folkYEAH!))) Presents Soft White Sixties

Soft White Sixties

Named as one of Paste Magazine's "Top 25 Shows at SXSW 2013", The Soft White Sixties are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performance. Since 2010 they have been perfecting their sound, appropriately dubbed Working Class Soul - a gritty edge to modern pop. They mix their vast influences into a hard-hitting and confident force reminiscent of classic R&B and Rock 'n' Roll but with a contemporary sensibility. Octavio Genera (vocals), Aaron Eisenberg (guitar/keys), Ryan Noble (bass), and Joey Bustos (drums) combine soulful melodies, deep grooves, and fuzzed-out hooks to form a completely distinct sound.

An anticipated forthcoming album titled "Get Right." is out now. Produced by Jim Greer (known for his recent work on Foster the People’s platinum-selling album, Torches), the new record offers a sonic diary of the band's last two years: an organic collection of soul-driven anthems, heart-felt choruses, sticky grooves, and clever arrangements. Like the object after which The Soft White Sixties are named, this band shines.

TICKETS on sale Saturday, April 5 at high noon at

Music begins at 10:00 PM

+Friday - Sunday, May 9-11 (((folkYEAH!))) Presents HIPNIC VI


(((folkYEAH!))) Presents in Big Sur
May 9, 10, 11, 2014
An Annual Mother Hips Family Hipnic in Big Sur, CA!
Fernwood Resort & Family Campground.
***SOLD OUT***

HIPNIC V :: May 9, 10,11 :: Fernwood Resort in Big Sur ::: 3 Day Camping Pass (includes access to all stages and all performances & general admission at Fernwood) ::: Presented by (((folkYEAH!))) and camping for 3 nights 5/9 5/10 and 5/11

Mother Hips, Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Cass McCombs, The Fresh & Onlys, Kelley Stoltz, Jacco Gardner, Little Wings, Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), The Brothers Comatose, Deep Dark Woods, Scott Law, Sensations, The Moore Brothers, Elisa Randazzo, Sweet Chariot, Extra Classic, Dave Mulligan, Sparrows Gate, The Blank Tapes
*lineup subject to change
*A portion of each HIPNIC VI ticket sold will be donated to The Volunteer Big Sur Fire Brigade.

All tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.

Hipnic VI starts at 4pm on Friday, May 9, 2014

We are selling a limited number of pre-sale three-day camping and event passes at $230.00 a person 13 years of age and older. (This includes camping and resort fees and tickets for all three days of music).

It is all general admission camping whether you are sleeping in a tent, an RV or under the stars. This includes the music event and camping for 3 nights 5/9, 5/10, 5/11 (vehicles not included you mist purchase a car pass to bring in your vehicle. *please note: only a limited number of car passes will be sold).

We are selling 100 car passes for a flat rate of $30.00 (that is good for all 3 days, RVer's must purchase a car pass)

Children age 12 and under are free with their parents.

If you are bringing an RV we recommend that you come in the day before the event starts or arrive early on Friday 5/9 to make sure you can get parked and situated before the tenters arrive.

Check in time is after noon on 5/9. Check out time is 11:00 AM on Monday, May 12.

If you are not purchasing a car pass and are planning on walking in with your gear to camp, there is public parking ($5.00 a day) 1 mile south of Fernwood at the back parking lot in the Big Sur Station parking area.

We are going to ask you to please leave your pets at home for the event.

For Motel, Tent Cabin, Adventure Tent and Cabin accommodations call Fernwood Resort at 831-667-2422 to RESERVE THEM DIRECTLY OVER THE PHONE.

All Motel Rooms, Tent Cabins, Adventure Tents and Cabins come with festival tickets. DO NOT buy your tickets on eventbrite unless you are buying a 3 DAY CAMPING TICKET, If you are staying in one of these types of units your accomodations will include tickets to the event and can only be secured by calling the resort.

+Saturday, May 17 - TBA

To be announced.

+Thursday, May 22 - Beso Negro

Beso Negro

Beso Negro has an all-star lineup of internationally experienced musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Swing. The love for tradition has collided with a modern sensibility and has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast. Darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy, Beso Negro's indelible fingerprint brings Jazz Manouche to a new generation and to the 21st century.

Javier Jimenez of Madrid adroitly conjures the ghost of Django with his phenomenal guitar playing. Adam Roach's vocals are singular, soulful and penetrating. Steve Gardner's fiddle playing is fluid and dark. Cheyenne's Bass playing locks with Ethan Turner's hard swinging drums, driving the rhythm and laying down the foundation. One night with Beso Negro and you will understand what is means to get the "Black Kiss".


Adam Roach - GUITAR/VOCALS - studied guitar with Grammy winner Red Volkaert who is widely considered among the best living guitar players and with Dave Biller. He played for Country legend Dale Watson, Toured extensively throughout Europe and America and even did one tour of Iraq for the USO. He cut his teeth on the guitar while founding the Darktown Rounders. He has had multiple performances at the Grand Old Opry. Adam has been gifted with a voice that few people can believe comes from him, evoking a delta bluesman more than an Irishman from California. He sites Louis Armstrong as his personal messiah.

Javier Jimenez - GUITAR/VOCALS - left his home in Madrid, Spain to be part of Beso Negro. He studied at the Liceo L'aula, the Berkeley School of Music affiliate in Barcelona. His mentor was Manouche legend Diego Araoz of Baxtalo Drom. His phenomenal technique and style evoke the master, Django Rhienhardt.

Steve Gardner - VIOLIN - studied at San Francisco State University under Paul Yarbrough on the Viola and at The Aaron Copeland School of Music in New York under Danny Phillips. His current violin teacher is 2 time grammy winner Evan Price (Hot Club of San Francisco, Turtle Island String Quartet). Steve has been a guest performer with Grammy winners Blues Traveler at Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Popper Project with DJ Logic, Toured Europe and America with Country diva Danni Leigh, Performed and recorded with Counrty Blues outfit The Darktown Rounders. Steve has worked as a studio musician in the SF area for many years, including recording for Grammy winning producer Bobby Ozuna. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Roots Music Marin, a non profit folk music school. Steve has performed the National Anthem for the SF Giants 3 times. He has spent the last 10 years recording and performing in America and Europe with Culann's Hounds.

Cheyenne Young - UPRIGHT, ELECTRIC, and WASH-TUB BASS - was literally born on tour. He started playing Bass at age 9. His Father, Seminal folk rock Icon Jesse Colin Young from The YoungBloods, had him on stage playing gigs at 12 years old. At age 16, he attended the Bass Institute in Los Angeles. Cheyenne is an intuitive player with a warm natural feel.

Ethan Turner – Drummer/Producer - has played with some of the best Bay Area bands, including 20 Minute Loop, Chrome Johnson, The Jonny Keigwin Band, Soul Pie, Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods), and American Drag. He has also produced music by 20 Minute Loop, Chrome Johnson, Rusty Evans, Soul Pie, Taylor Brooks, Versus Them, and Lowell Levinger. Ethan has been fortunate to tour nationally and internationally with 20 Minute Loop, Jesse Colin Young, and American Drag. Ethan grew up in "the business" as his parents were both linked with such acts as Van Morrison, The Youngbloods, The Grateful Dead and folk duo Ian & Sylvia. He started playing bass at age 12 when his godfather, Jesse Colin Young, gave him his first 4 string. Bass was an introduction to musicianship, but ultimately the drum kit and music production would fuel his passion for music. Ethan joined Beso Negro soon after agreeing to produce their debut record and continues to tour and produce full time.

+Saturday, May 24 - Midnight North + Scary Little Friends

Midnight North + Scary Little Friends

Midnight North

Midnight North Biography:
Grahame Lesh has been woodshedding with the great American songbook over the last few years, performing with Phil Lesh & Friends at Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles, festivals across the country and, of late, performing with the house band at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA.

Now Grahame, joined in the songwriting department by Elliott Peck, has formed Midnight North so they can add their own pages to that songbook. Midnight North follows the path of a long line of successfully crafted California country-rock music that spans from Bakersfield to the Bay. A year of steady gigging has yielded a calm confident unit anchored by Connor Jon O'Sullivan's propulsive bass and Eric Saar behind the kit.

Midnight North's debut album, End of the Night, sonically picks up where Ryan Adams & the Cardinals and others left off, heartfelt rock & folk songs decked out in a tidy country rock nudie suit, smartly tailored with intuitively tight vocal harmonies and a steady beat. Produced by Connor and Grahame and recorded amidst the redwood groves at In The Pocket Studios in Forestville, CA, End of the Night peaks with a soaring slow burner that no great rock album would be complete without, Peck's "All Remains the Same." Worth a listen: the crisp guitars and memorable melody of opener "Falling," the band strutting through "Miss M", the gorgeous playing and singing on "Hold Me Down" and of course, the closing title track. Lesh put it best when he said, "We've got a little bit of country in us, but it's just rock n' roll."

Scary Little Friends Biography:
Scary Little Friends is the brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums and Jon Payne on bass. Chris built his own studio in the Mission especially for this project, which features lilting vocals, ala Jeff Buckley, and surfs-up psychedelic guitars, which are a trademark of the "San Francisco Sound". Strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band.

Scary Little Friend's live shows are intense journeys through the most intimate parts of the collective conscious which resonates true through every listener imaginable. Based in both Santa Cruz and San Francisco with underlying Southern roots, they mix sophistication and accessibility to make a brew that is never pretentious, never smooth. Always raw and real.


+Saturday, June 7- Marty O'Reilly and the Soul Orchestra

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Marty O'Reilly

O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, exploring the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O'Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.

When performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between. The trio was formed in late 2012, and has rapidly made a name for itself along the west coast, being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2013), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2013), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Hotel Cafe (LA), and Empty Sea Studios (Seattle). The Band released a self titled live album in 2013 and is currently preparing to release their first studio album in spring of 2014.

+Saturday, June 14 - Harry and The Hit Men

Harry and The Hit Men

Harry & the Hit Men serve up classic Motown and Soul with jovial professionalism. But don't let the "suits" fool you, the band comes from an improvised rock tradition, and has years of experimentation behind their tight arrangements. Unearthing gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records, the group curates new, heavily choreographed sets for every show. And because all six members are multi-instrumentalists and avid improvisers, their concerts continue to evolve nightly. Perfectly suited for weddings, music halls, and festivals, Harry & the Hit Men will deliver a one-of-a-kind dance party wherever needed.

+Saturday, June 21 - Chris Zanardi and the High Beamz

Chris Zanardi and the High Beams - (electron jam band bluegrass)

Chris Zanardi and the HIgh Beamz

+Saturday, June 28 - McCoy Tyler Band

The McCoy Tyler Band

The McCoy Tyler Band is a progressive acoustic trio based in Santa Cruz,CA. Their music fuses elements of traditional folk, bluegrass, old-school country, blues, and more.Tyler's impactful songwriting and unique arrangements paired with the band's high-energy live set make them one of the most intriguing up and coming bands in the Bay Area and beyond. Rooted deep in the customs of traditional American music, The McCoyTyler Band seeks to pay homage to such traditions while incorporating their own unique style of lyricism, arrangement, and performance. Their motto (in the words of David Grisman): "Any tradition results from free thinking.