Sunday, June 21st, 7 - 8:30 PM, Main Stage
Master storyteller and versatile musician Steve Earle is a flat-out legend whose extensive songbook is stuffed with literate, confessional roots-rock gems. A protégé of songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Steve Earle has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez. With three Grammy Awards to his credit, all for best contemporary folk album, Steve Earle channels the traditions of Americana with authority and virtuosity. Known for his heartfelt anti-death-penalty and anti-war stance, he has a gift for articulating the plight of the downtrodden and misunderstood. Along with his band The Dukes, his debut album from Texas established the term “new country” nearly 30 years ago. This iconic troubadour is also a poet, novelist, short story writer, and actor.
Friday, June 19th, 9:00 PM, Main Stage
Best known for covering popular albums in reggae and dub style, Easy Star All Stars are a high-energy reggae collective with a dedicated fan base throughout the world. This New York City-based band blends musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful harmonies, and a premier rhythm section. Their best-selling tribute albums include "Dub Side of the Moon," "Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band," "Thrillah" and others. Founded in 1997 by musicians at Easy Star Records, Easy Star All Stars cross reggae with pop, rock, and jazz, infused with "one love." With their onstage spontaneous dance moves, improvised solos, and fun synergy, they turn the crowd into an energetic foot-stomping, sweat-dripping frenzy.
Saturday, June 20th, 8:45 PM, Main Stage
Starting on the bass drum as a child, Andrews soon picked up the trombone; he was blowing a joyful noise by the time he was 12. He practiced his musicianship and showmanship with the city's most energetic brass bands, from New Birth and L’il Rascals to ReBirth and Treme.
Sunday, June 21st, 5 PM, on the Main Stage
Grammy Winning Country and Folk Singer-Songwriter
Known as one of the key artists who defined the golden days of ’90s country, singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss has had numerous singles in country’s Top 10, along with platinum and gold album sales. With evocative vocals that swoop and soar, this Nashville-based singer has performed on TV’s “Austin City Limits” and “The Tonight Show,” and is a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Grammy Award-winning Bogguss has also won awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She started singing in a church choir at age 5, and learned piano, drums, and guitar as a young girl. In her latest album “Lucky,” Bogguss presents Merle Haggard songs from a woman’s point of view.
Saturday, June 20th, 6:45 PM, Main Stage
One of the few remaining authentic links to raucous pure Chicago blues, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are a full-throttle blues-boogie machine. Slide blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams has a direct bloodline to blues history—his uncle and mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto. From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to deep slow-burning blues, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials are Blues Music Awards winners. Known for onstage toe-walks and back-bends, master bluesman Lil’ Ed has seen a storybook rise from working in a carwash to entertaining fans all over the world. Featuring the same lineup for more than 25 years, this rollicking, road-tested band fires on all cylinders.
Sunday, June 21st, 1 - 2:15 PM, Main Stage
West Coast Americana and Progressive Bluegrass
A longtime favorite of the festival circuit, Hot Buttered Rum rouses the dance floor and puts a smile on audiences’ faces. This tuneful Bay Area-based band delivers easygoing progressive bluegrass, melding remarkable instrumental and vocal virtuosity to create a timeless acoustic sound. With three expert songwriters, dynamic three-part harmonies, and their heartfelt string-band sound, Hot Buttered Rum is a well-oiled machine. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the Sierras, and that same spirit of friendship still permeates their performances. During their years of touring, Hot Buttered Rum has shared their onstage chemistry with Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Robert Earl Keen, and many others.
Saturday, June 20th, 11:20 AM, Main Stage
Award winning guitarist and songwriter from Nickel Creek.
Progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek’s consummate flat-picking guitarist Sean Watkins has branched out into a solo career, writing and singing honest songs with thought-provoking lyrics. Like Grammy-winning Nickel Creek, his music has widened from traditional bluegrass to acoustic folk, pop, country, and indie rock with bluegrass instrumentation. One of the early pioneers of Americana, Watkins started playing mandolin with Nickel Creek in Southern California before he was a teenager, going on to play many bluegrass festivals with the trio. He brings his own trio to Live Oak. Elsewhere he also plays with the duo Fiction Family and with Works Progress Administration, and plays regularly with his sister and fellow Nickel Creek member Sara Watkins.
Friday, June 19th, 7 PM - 8:15 PM on the Main Stage and the Hotlicks dance at 10:30 PM
Get ready for a wild night of frenzied dancing when the new queen of rock’n’roll ignites the Hot Licks dance floor! Petite powerhouse Nikki Hill and her band pump out explosive vintage-style R&B, soul, rockabilly, blues, gospel, and rock for your hip-shaking, foot-stomping pleasure. Find out why Nikki Hill has left the sweat-drenched crowds at the Chicago Blues Festival and Australia’s Byron Ban Bluesfest clamoring for more.
Friday, June 19th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Main Stage
Roots rock/blues trio.
With a modern take on timeless bluesy rock, The Record Company is steeped in the classic sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, with the jump of Howlin’ Wolf. In just a couple of years, The Record Company has gone from listening to records and playing junky instruments in the bass player’s L.A. living room to playing with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Trombone Shorty. With rich vocals, infectious energy, and brotherly camaraderie, this dynamic trio (Marc Cazorla, Chris Vos, and Alex Wood) creates music that would sound at home in a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint. The Record Company’s raw, bluesy sound, reminiscent of some of the best acts of the ’50s and ’60s, has also been featured in film and TV.
Saturday, June 20th, 5 PM - 6 PM, Main Stage
Living up to their name, Jungle Fire pumps out an incendiary Latin-Afro-funk sound that ignites audiences and keeps the dance floor packed.
With up to a dozen musicians of diverse musical backgrounds, Jungle Fire reflects the cultural and musical landscape of L.A. The band started as a one-off project in 2011, but soon the buzz grew, attracting fans across the globe. With timbales, congas, bongos, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and baritone sax, Jungle Fire creates a sonic melting pot of lively Afro-Cuban rhythms, break-beats, and ’70s-inspired psychedelic funk. Individually and collectively, these accomplished musicians have played with Stevie Wonder, Breakestra, Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, and the Greyboy Allstars; the band has shared the stage with the Budos Band, Shuggi Otis, the Blackbyrds, among many others.
Saturday, June 20th, 1 PM - 2 PM, Main Stage
Riyaaz Qawwali is an ensemble that represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s 8 musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and also represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds.
Sunday, June 21st, 11:30 AM, Main Stage
Joe Craven’s unique “Afromericana” trio blends the music of West Africa with oldtime Americana and spirited originals. Mamajowali blends kamala ngoni (the hunter’s harp) with guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin, and singing, creating a sound that’s uncommon and familiar, traditional and innovative, all at the same time. Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning music educator Joe Craven is a master of multiple genres. Award-winning kamale ngoni master Mamadou Sidibe, from Mali, West Africa, has added extra strings to the traditional harp, helping to transform Mali’s music from its origins in hunters’ sacred melodies. Fingerstyle guitar ace and composer Walter Strauss has transposed the music of 21-string African kora to 6-string guitar. Together, they create an improvisational trialogue of grooves.
Sunday, June 21st, 10 - 11 AM, Main Stage
California Folk & Soul
With four songwriters and two lead singers, San Luis Obispo-based Próxima Parada creates captivating, genuine music with dynamic grooves of blues, jazz, folk, and soul. After winning multiple awards at last year’s New Times Music Awards, including Best Live Performance, Próxima Parada has been heard all over the Central Coast radio dial and now has a brand-new recording. Taking their name from the Spanish words for “next stop” on the bus, Próxima Parada promises to take listeners on an immensely satisfying ride. This quartet of Cal Poly grads includes Bryson Baily on vocals and lead guitar, Nick Larson on vocals, piano, and rhythm guitar, Kevin Middlekauff on bass and mandolin, and Andy Olson on percussion.
Saturday, June 20th, 10 AM - 11 AM, Main Stage
After a stunning Live Oak debut at Hot Licks last year, award-winning San Luis Obispo-based quartet Shadowlands performs on the main stage. Their haunting, heart-melting music continues to win accolades, especially since the release earlier this year of their crowd-funded debut album. With a gorgeous, ethereal folk-pop sound and literate, stirring songwriting, Shadowlands won a first-place award for best song at the New Times Music Awards, and pianist/singer Karoline Hausted received a nomination for a Danish Grammy. The two husband-and-wife duos that make up Shadowlands continue to influence and inspire each other. Shadowlands is three strong songwriters and an evocative cellist, with mutual chemistry: Danish-born Hausted, guitarist and singer Mark Davis, singer Wendy Liepman, and cellist Bob Liepman.
(Formerly known as Emy Reynolds Band)
Friday, June 19th, 4:00 PM, Main Stage
Kick-starting this year’s festival with an irresistible dose of musical passion, Elkke combines harmony-laden vocals with orchestral folk sounds. Formerly known as the Emy Reynolds Band, this award-winning Ojai-based quartet was born from a unique vision shared by songwriters Emy Reynolds and Piper Denney in 2007. Resonating with listeners of all ages, the group’s songs have been featured on TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well as commercials. After creating two successful self-released EPs, Elkke recently completed work on their debut album, due for release this summer. Emy Reynolds sings and plays guitar, Piper Denney dishes up harmonies along with drums and percussion, Andy Alseri shows his prowess on keyboards, and Alex Heflin moves through a variety of rhythms on upright bass.
Sunday, June 21st, 9:00 AM, Morning Hot Licks Stage
What started as laid-back music picking sessions in the 1970s has become a welcome Live Oak tradition, and we're sad to say goodbye to CVD. We're honored that the band wanted their final gig together to be at Live Oak. The Cache Valley Drifters bring their magic to the Hot Licks Stage one last time for a fun, love-filled Sunday morning show. Known for their California bluegrass-ized renditions of everything from Cream to Paul Simon, CVD offers rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic musicianship. The band features Bill Griffin (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Mike Mullins (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Wally Barnick (bass and vocals).
Saturday, June 20th, 9 AM - 9:45 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
Highly gifted master fiddler Phil Salazar makes fever-pitch fiddling look like great fun as he straddles the border between traditional bluegrass and contemporary sounds. Singer, songwriter, and talented guitarist Mark Heyes is known for creating emotional story-driven tunes. Together, this Santa Barbara duo creates a rootsy Americana sound, ranging from Appalachia to New Orleans.
Sunday, June 21st, 8 - 8:45 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
With lyrically driven songs that capture life’s ups and downs, SLO singer and songwriter Derek Senn shows that you’re never too old to start playing music. He picked up a guitar at age 21, holed up for a month in a Bolivian hotel room, and came out as an adept player of the three chords he still uses today. After recording his tunes for years in his home studio, Derek Senn has a new offering, “The Technological Breakthrough,” recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco.
Saturday, June 20th, 8:00 AM, Morning Hotlicks Stage
With a rich, soulful voice, Ynana Rose sings original folk music woven with bluegrass, country, world, and jazz sounds. Inspired by Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Dolly Parton, Ynana Rose slides effortlessly all over the musical map while she sings of the joy and heartbreak of living. This dynamic San Luis Obispo singer and songwriter’s debut CD was co-produced by Damon Castillo.
Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 PM on the Hot Licks Stage
With a playlist of old-school funk, soul, and blues underscored with a New Orleans groove, Burning James and the Funky Flames are known for creating a rollicking par-tay, y’all. Inspired by James Brown, the Meters, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, this horn-driven SLO sextet features James Scoolis (guitar, vocals), Ken Burton (Hammond B-3 organ, piano, vocals), Rick Pittman (drums, vocals), Billy Baxmeyer (bass, vocals), Bob Bennett (trumpet), and Brad Hackleman (saxophone).
Saturday, June 20th, 8pm, Teen Concert on Stage Too
With an upbeat, danceable folk-pop sound, San Luis Obispo teen vocalist and songwriter Dasha has an edgy yet innocently clear voice. She’s been studying singing since elementary school, and her debut EP was featured at this year’s Durango Songwriters Film and TV Showcase. Dasha’s band includes her brother and co-writer Bardo Novotny on drums, Johnny Vergara on guitar, and Rico Bustos on bass.
Saturday, June 20th, 9 PM Teen Concert on Stage Too
Roots Rock and Americana
A two-time winner of the New Times Music Awards (for Best Album, in 2014 and in 2011), crooner and songwriter Jody Mulgrew grew up in Morro Bay and has now made a name for himself in Nashville. He’s studied vocal jazz and classical voice, toured the U.S. and Europe with vocal ensembles, won various songwriter awards, and formed an old-time Americana group, The Johnny Starlings. He brings his latest Indie-folk-retro-rock-and-pop band to the Teen Concert.
Opening/Closing Ceremonies Bagpiper
This is the fifth year in a row for Riley Foster Evans and his magical bagpipes to create a memorable opening and closing for the Live Oak Music Festival. A graduate of Nipomo High School, Riley is now a student at Allan Hancock College. After ten years of bagpiping, his love of the instrument keeps growing, leading him to perform at weddings, ceremonies, festivals, and competitions. Riley enjoys playing with Scottish musicians, and has been a hit at the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival. He’s ready to rouse this year’s Live Oak crowd.
Sunday, June 21, 2:45 PM, Hot Licks Stage
Come and cheer on our very own future Live Oak stars.
Friday, June 19th, 8 PM on Stage Too
Acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Beland has played at major music festivals around the U.S. and is now a local winery favorite. His 10-year-old daughter Harmony joins him on stage with a powerhouse voice that weaves perfectly through Chris's songs. As a duet, Harmony and Chris accompany the words with the seasoned strum of an acoustic guitar, the twang of a harmonica, and the steady heartbeat of a kick drum. A top choice in a competition for Santa Barbara County’s best musician, Chris Beland’s sound is influenced by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Vance Joy, and Josh Ritter.
Friday, June 19th, 9 PM on Stage Too
A rapidly rising star of Santa Barbara’s music scene, King Zero is garnering a loyal fan base. This popular quintet’s music focuses on danceable California reggae, infused with hip-hop, funk, and jazz, delivered in a jam-band style. King Zero covers songs by Sublime, Bob Marley, and Slightly Stoopid, among others, while honing their original songs for their upcoming demo recording. Their lineup includes Ben Collinson (vocals), Angelo Caprio (guitar, vocals), Keith Cain (guitar), Kevin Long (bass), and Jay Clark (drums).