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State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

State Park Activities

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sponsored activities. Park day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside of the State Park.

Saturday, September 20
1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Pfeiffer Photosynthesis"

Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

7:30 p.m.
Night Program "Starlight, Star Bright"

Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the stars. Hear legends and stories about the night sky, find constellations, and do some fun activities. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight for this one-hour program. Park in day use lot #3 or #4 and meet Danielle on the softball field.

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.
TOURS:
Saturday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,
Sunday: 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

MOONLIGHT TOURS:
August 10 & 11, 7:15 PM
September 8 & 9, 6:30 PM
October 7 & 8, 5:45 PM

GHOST TOURS:
October 18, 25 & 31
www.pointsur.org

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Music in the Tavern

+Saturday, September 18 ~ The Western Collective

The Western Collective
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Western Collective

The Western Collective is a collaboration of Fast Heart Mart, Justin Werner, Trent Hancock, Chad Farran and Jamie Shadowlight.

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+Friday, September 19 ~ Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine
10:00 PM ~ FREE

CB Brand

Steep Ravine is an acoustic quartet hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their unique sound, equal parts poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, bends folk and bluegrass in compelling new directions while paying homage to the spirited Northern California landscape the band calls home. TRAMPIN’ ON, the quartet’s debut album of originals, is an ode to Steep Ravine’s musical prowess, blending melodic verse, tight harmonies, and rich instrumentals while showcasing the diverse musical backgrounds of the band mates, which also encompass classical, jazz, and funk. Guitarist and lead vocalist Simon Linsteadt and violinist Jan Purat began playing music together back in high school in 2007 and later moved on to study music at UC Santa Cruz, where they met mandolinist Andy O’Brien and bassist Alex Bice in 2012.

After funding TRAMPIN’ ON with a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the band headed to Tiny Telephone Studios, an analog recording studio in San Francisco that records onto 2-inch tape. With the Fall 2013 release of the album, Steep Ravine embarked on its first national tour, with shows in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New Orleans, St. Louis, Denver, Seattle, Portland, and many points in between. In addition to a packed schedule of shows around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, plus appearances at such music festivals as Outside Lands and the Northwest String Summit, the band has been featured live on KPIG, KPFA, KZSC, and NPR’s West Coast Live.

Here’s what others are saying about Steep Ravine:

“I love Steep Ravine! These guys can lay the hammer down on traditional bluegrass and then turn around and amaze you with innovative and tasteful new songs. They’re laying the foundation to be heavy hitters on the acoustic scene.”
— Bill Evans, internationally recognized banjo extraordinaire

“Steep Ravine's personal mix of acoustic string band styles, drawing from jazz and swing, folk and bluegrass, is as refreshing as the western breezes blowing off the Pacific.”
— Laurie Lewis, Grammy award-winning bluegrass and folk musician

http://www.steepravineband.com

+Saturday, September 20 ~ CB Brand + Phoebe Hunt & Condor Forsyth

CB Brand + Conor Forsyth & Phoebe Hunt
10:00 PM ~ FREE

CB Brand

CB Brand

Phoebe Hunt & Conor Forsyth

The Burning of Rome

Conor Forsyth

Phoebe Hunt Biography

Like all troubadours, singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt is a rambler. Recent years have seen the Texas native relocate from Austin to Nashville to her current residence in Brooklyn. This wanderlust is evident in her new album with The Gatherers featuring Connor Forsyth, Walk with Me (out Aug. 26, 2014), which effortlessly blends country, swing, jazz, folk, and pop.

Hunt and singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Connor Forsyth (a founding member of roots act The Ghosts Along the Brazos) have been collaborating together for more than six years: they first began performing together as bandmates in Americana/swing/gypsy jazz band The Belleville Outfit. After that group dissolved, the two musicians began writing songs together as Forsyth toured with the legendary Ray Price and Hunt pursued a solo career, releasing a self-titled EP in 2012 and a live album in 2013, in between touring with cellist Ben Sollee and forming Fuel Our Fire (Heal the World Through Music), a program that brings the gift of musical collaboration to young artists from around the world.

Hunt and Forsyth's musical chemistry cannot be denied, and it has never been stronger than it is on Walk with Me, where they're also joined by longtime friends guitarist Marshall Hood, bassist Kris Wade, and drummer Robb Kidd. Forsyth's piano, guitar, accordion, and melodica complement Hunt's intimate and sultry vocals as well as her soulful fiddle style, creating a welcoming, yet intriguing sound that seizes listeners' attention on the first song, the jaunty, swing-influenced "Darkness," and holds it for the next forty minutes, until the final notes of the album's closer, the emotional piano-and-violin ballad "Send Out Your Love," fade away.

Walk with Me draws from multiple roots genres as Hunt channels jazz greats like Billie Holiday on torch songs like "Warm Summer's Evening" and "You Can Love," while her fiddling on the accordion-laced "Walk of Angeline" would make Cajun fiddle legend Michael Doucet proud. "Long Gone" and "Flee Fly Flow Flum" are two of the summer's most infectious pop songs, and on "You Know by Now," which is anchored by Forsyth's piano and melodica, Hunt proves she is an exceptional vocalist, infusing each note with a nearly tangible ache.

Performing tour dates from the West Coast to the East this summer and into the fall, Hunt and Forsyth will get to indulge their rambling ways once more. With the release of Walk with Me, listeners get to accompany them on their musical journey; riding shotgun has never been more fun.

http://phoebehuntmusic.com/

Conor Forsyth

+Thursday, September 25 ~ KARAOKE

KARAOKE
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Marty O'Reilly

+Saturday, September 27 ~ Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Marty O'Reilly

 This three-man orchestra seamlessly weaves trance based blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works. Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra deliver an enthralling and passionate performance, which often leaves them out of breath and the stage littered with broken strings and bow hairs. 

Marty 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 of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, and Ireland. being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2014), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2014), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Hotel Cafe (LA), and Empty Sea Studios (Seattle). The Band released a self titled live album in 2013 and their debut studio album "Pray For Rain" in Spring of 2014. 

http://www.martyoreilly.com/

+Saturday, October 4 ~ Brown Shoe

Brown Shoe
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Brown Shoe

Brown Shoe is for sure one of the top ten nicest group of bastards you’ll ever meet. Not literally, because they all have a dad—the same one, in fact. Going on ten years as a band, Ryan (vocals & guitar), Aaron (guitar), Bryson (bass) and Landon (drums) have four records, too many whiskey drinks and a half-dozen nationwide tours between them. They grew up in Folsom, California, a stone’s throw from the prison. They currently live in Los Angeles. Sometimes, they come this close to gouging each other’s eyes out in the name of music.

Brown Shoe’s fifth release, Lonely Beast, is a full-length album broken up into three EP’s, the second of which will be released on August 19, 2014. The idea behind breaking it up into three parts is a convoluted one; you could chalk it up to the changing landscape of digital media (or whatever), or to the shrinking attention span of the general public. You could call it a “think piece,” says Bryson, “(just kidding.)” But really, when the idea presented itself, the final point was this: Why not?

The band has always been pulled in two directions: simple and smart, and loud and big. Three EP’s means three concentrated sessions of recording and producing, rather than one long, protracted one. It means circumventing the pressure to release ten or twelve songs all at once simply because that’s the format an album was supposed to adhere to not that long ago. The band will write these new songs because that’s what’s exciting to them. It’s a way for them to be excited pretty much all the goddamn time, and to make music for people that feel the same.

http://www.crash-avenue.com/current-roster-2/brown-shoe/

+Saturday, October 11~ Susan Vallie Band

Suzanne Vallie Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Suzanne Vallie

 

Description
"Suzanne Vallie writes unusual folk songs that are at times sweet and childlike, and at other times haunting and seductive. A roots-y aesthetic runs through her music, and her lyrics paint vivid (and often weird) pictures of small town, rural life…Her honest, unadorned voice rings beautifully over her often spare arrangements….Vallie's four-song EP, Water Table, is an excellent introduction to her work, but it left me wanting to hear more…"
~ Meg Ruddick, NPR's Second Stage

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+Saturday, October 18 ~ David Holodiloff

David Holodiloff
10:00 PM ~ FREE

David Holodiloff

+Saturday, November 1 ~ TBA

TBA
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, November 8 ~ Billy Martini

Billy Martini
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Billy Martini Show

+Saturday, November 15 ~ Scary Little Friends

Scary Little Friends
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Scary Little Friends

Biography
Scary Little Friends is the Folk-Rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums, Jon Payne on bass, and Patrick Blizinski on keys. Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record their debut album, “From the Beginning”, which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff Buckley) and surfs-up psychedelic guitar; a trademark of the “San Francisco Sound”. Based in both Santa Cruz and SF with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

Since forming in early 2013, the band has quickly risen up in the local Bay Area music scene, performing with Folkyeah! and Loving Cup Presents, playing major Santa Cruz and SF shows at Rio Theatre, Don Quixote’s, Moe’s Alley, Brick & Mortar, Boom Boom Room, and Bottom of the Hill. The band has shared the stage with a variety national touring acts, such as: Boy & Bear, Chuck Prophet, Caravan Palace, Stone Foxes, Baptist Generals, Streets of Laredo, Jimbo Mathus, Debauche, Wildlife (Canada), Jail Weddings, Coffis Brothers, as well as Terrapin Crossroads staples Midnight North and Go By Ocean. They even shared the bill with Norah Jones for her surprise visit to Santa Cruz’s Crepe Place!
Description
Scary Little Friends is thoughtful and emotional rock/pop songwriting that we want you to hear. Awesome vocals and musicianship:www.soundcloud.com/scarylittlefriends
http://www.scarylittlefriends.com/
+November 22 ~ Marc and the Casuals

Marc and the Casuals
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+December 8 ~ Kuckaw!

Kuckaw!
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Kuckaw!

Kuckaw! is a brand spankin’ new band, fresh out of Oakland, California. The band members, all seasoned players in the Bay Area music scene, have come together through happenstance in order to fulfill one common goal: to get some booties shakin’! Influenced by the music of Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Orgone, and Roy Ayers, Kuckaw!’s sound melds the driving, heavy rhythms of 70′s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, adding a touch of disco, and bringing the wild abandon of a Zappa-esk musical odyssey.

Adam Lowdermilk and Michael Wynar (both of Albino! Afrobeat), combined forces on bass and guitar respectively, with Ross McIntire on drums (of DRMS), who is fresh off the Bayou from New Orleans. Feeling the emptiness of a keyboard-less trio, the three conscripted long time flood pants advocate and all around musical wizard Casey Cameron to lay down an ever-shifting polyester blanket of harmony. Shortly after, the band roped-in Bulgarian folk music extraordinaire and Fulbright fellow, saxophonist Teddy Raven (MWE, Jazz Mafia). Recently new to the group, is fellow Albino! trumpet maestro Chris Brown (The Original). Together, the six notoriously funkified local heavy-hitters compile an outfit of epic proportions… Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!

http://kuckawmusic.com/