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SLO County Stumblers
Aug
27
9:00 PM21:00

SLO County Stumblers

Old Time String Band

The SLO County Stumblers is a red hot old time string band featuring fiddler and vocalist Casy Meikle, a SLO County native who moved to middle Tennessee to learn the traditional musical styles of the Southeast – and also learned to build fiddles while he was there! Banjo player Daniel Bohlman plays in the clawhammer and old two finger styles, influenced by Appalachian legends Kyle Creed and Dock Boggs. Guitarist and vocalist Stuart Mason, has performed traditional music for over 40 years all over the world, and has won awards for traditional singing, mandola, and songwriting. Bass player Jerry James travels the Earth in search of the best jam sessions, and builds unique banjos for clients all over the world.

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The Cimo Brothers
Aug
26
10:00 PM22:00

The Cimo Brothers

Folky Classical World Rock

Daniel, Vincent, and Jack Cimo are musicians local to the central coast of California. Originally from Chicago, blues and jazz run through their veins. Between the three brothers, they span a wide variety of musical genres. Each brother has focused on a different instrument: Daniel on violin, Vince on acoustic guitar, and Jack on Spanish guitar. All three of them grew up studying classical music, which heavily influences their music today. Although they enjoy performing acoustically, they also experiment by blending their acoustic sound with a more modern digital sound, utilizing synthesizers, beats, and music sequencing. The Cimo Brothers promise to bring an unforgettable musical experience!

www.cimobrothers.com

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Derek Senn
Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Derek Senn

Singer-Songwriter

A longtime Live Oak attendee and a staple on the local folk scene, Derek Senn brings a unique perspective to subjects ranging from canoes to White House interns to storage units to domestic travails. Derek is celebrating the release of his new album How Could a Man, recorded with Damon Castillo at Laurel Lane studios in San Luis Obispo.

www.dereksenn.com

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The Upside
Aug
23
4:00 PM16:00

The Upside

Ska

Ska revival hits the Central Coast! The Upside is an exciting new vintage ska band with players from Rock Steady Posse, The Cheeseballs, Zongo All-Stars, Mozaic, and more. Mixing some originals and some classics, this band is a tribute to old school Jamaican ska masters such as the Skatalites, Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, Lee Scratch Perry, and more.  It’s fun, highly danceable, and appealing to all ages. So get off your seat and move your feet to The Upside's ska beat!

www.upsideska.com

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Brass Mash
Aug
21
4:00 PM16:00

Brass Mash

Powerhouse Brass Band Mash-ups

Brass Mash draws from the second line tradition in New Orleans and specializes in mash-ups, mixing genres with a brass band lineup that brings the Mardi Gras spirit everywhere they play. Whether they’re mixing Van Halen into Nicki Minaj or Ace of Base with Alice Cooper, Brass Mash mixes classic rock, pop, funk, jazz, and everything in between, all while remaining true to their brass band roots.

www.brassmash.com

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Noach Tangeras Band
Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00

Noach Tangeras Band

Americana Roots

The award-winning Noach Tangeras Band is an Americana roots band with flavors of folk, country, rock, and blues. They have been lauded locally, having won first place in the Country/Americana category and second place in best songwriting at the 2016 New Times Music Awards with their single release “Big Sur.” The band received 2nd place in blues/R&B category of the New Times Music Awards in 2015 for “Walking Out Your Door.” The lead vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist, Noach Tangeras, is accompanied by Rachel Santa Cruz on harmonies, keyboard and light percussion; Adam McAlexander on lead guitar; Scott Marlin on the fiddle; Jeremy Lemen on bass; and Luis Monge on drums.  The band’s influences include Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dolly Parton, and Grace Slick.

www.noachtangerasband.com

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True Zion
Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

True Zion

Roots Reggae

Based out of San Luis Obispo, True Zion is a roots reggae band that strives to unifyaudiences regardless of color or creed. Spreading the messages of oneness andovercoming trials and tribulations have been the foundation of True Zion’s sound. The band tours relentlessly throughout California, opening up for legendary reggaeacts such as Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang among many others. In 2017 True Zionwon the SLO New Times Awards for “Reader’s Choice” and 2nd place “Best Single.” Their original, wholesome music will keep you dancing and smiling.

www.facebook.com/truezion805

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Chris Beland and Harmony
Aug
20
9:00 PM21:00

Chris Beland and Harmony

Father-Daughter Singer-songwriters

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Beland has played at major music festivals around the U.S. and is now a local favorite. His 13-year-old daughter Harmony has a powerhouse voice with an Etta James-esque range that weaves perfectly through songs she co-writes with her dad. Their synergistic vocals are accompanied by 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, prolific songwriter Chris Beland creates what he calls “honest music” influenced by performers such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Vance Joy, and Josh Ritter.

www.chrisbeland.com

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The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
Aug
19
10:00 PM22:00

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

Kick A** Folk

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional hails from San Francisco, California. This juggernaut of a band blends rock-n-roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. The leader of the band is The Sam Chase himself, a natural storyteller whose powerful and weathered voice brings good cheer wherever it is unleashed . With boot-stomping orchestration and lyrics that have been immortalized on the tattooed skin of their fans, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional don’t mess around.

www.thesamchase.com

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Carbon City Lights
Aug
18
9:30 PM21:30

Carbon City Lights

Groovy Indie Alt Rock

Carbon City Lights is a groovy alternative rock band based in San Luis Obispo. Their sound blends folk, pop and rock with some funk, and even a little country twang. The band’s live performances are fun and energetic, and feature extended jams with tight rhythm and dueling guitars. Carbon City Lights started as a solo project by singer-songwriter, Michael Venia, in 2010 in Toronto, and morphed into a full band in 2018 with Central Coast locals Bret Heenan (lead guitar), Dan Hernandez (bass), and Gerald Purify (drums). Listeners will appreciate the authenticity that comes from Venia’s lyrics and shines through in his powerful vocals.

carboncitylights.com

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Midtown Social
Aug
17
9:30 PM21:30

Midtown Social

Exclusively Inclusive Soul

Get ready to stretch, hydrate, and double-knot your dancing shoes, because San Francisco’s favorite soul party band, Midtown Social, is going to quench your thirst at Live Oak. Their freshly squeezed blend of California soul, funk, and rock is downright irresistible. Together, these musicians are a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. When they’re on stage, they invite you into the family. Midtown Social serves up food for hungry souls—fuel for a revolution of free, open and creative thought. Deeply inspiring and guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think. Midtown Social asks us all to come together, find common ground, love and camaraderie, to fight for our communities, way of life, and rights— to stand together as one.

www.midtownsocialband.com

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The Ghost of Paul Revere
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

The Ghost of Paul Revere

Foot-Stompin’ Holler Folk

"We grew up listening to Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd," says Griffin Sherry, guitarist/singer in The Ghost Of Paul Revere. "Everyone assumed we were a bluegrass band because we were playing these traditional instruments, but we weren’t writing traditional music. We were just writing songs with the instruments we had."  The result is a sound that the Portland, Maine-based band describes as "holler folk," not because it involves a lot of hollering, per se, but because it invokes the rich communal tradition of field hollers, with their call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies.

www.ghostofpaulrevere.com

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Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk
Aug
13
9:00 PM21:00

Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk

Acoustic Folk Fusion

Phil Salazar has been one of the mainstays in California bluegrass for a good many years. The Kin Folk includes Phil on vocals, fiddle and guitar; Tom Corbett, on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Bill Knopf, on vocals, banjo, guitar; Rick Borella, their longtime rock solid bass player; and their newest member Bill Flores on dobro, accordion and guitar. They play in the style of bluegrass, but draw from a wealth of genres including folk, rock, traditional American, Cajun, Irish, jazz, country, and cowboy. Their performances together are rare, so don’t miss these guys!

pskfband.com

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Arthur Watership
Aug
12
10:30 AM10:30

Arthur Watership

Indie Folk

Over time laced with an array of musical influences and experiences, Arthur Watership has cultivated a unique sound and style that is often compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Scout Niblet. Arthur Watership is the name given to the spirit that comes from the passion in performance; the ghost at the helm of life's journey. Arthur Watership songs are centered around a love of nature and a longing to return to it, and the human mishaps that bring us back. The band is built of a small and sturdy crew of musicians on a variety of instruments ranging from pedal steel to the rare Viola da Gamba.

www.arthurwatership.com

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The Sons of the Soul Revivers
Aug
5
5:30 PM17:30

The Sons of the Soul Revivers

Traditional Gospel

The Sons of the Soul Revivers, a San Francisco-based gospel quartet, was formed in 1970 by three brothers to carry on the work of their father’s original Soul Revivers from the 1960s. The brothers, guitarist/singer Walter Morgan Sr., and singers James and Dwayne Morgan, have spent a lifetime of singing in church together and, with their band, present hand-clapping, soul-reviving traditional gospel music that will lift your spirit.

“I was captivated from the first note to the very last. Incredible. I couldn’t stop moving and neither could the audience. SSR’s had EVERYONE on their feet, moving, their entire set. They took us to church and then some.” --Erika Olsen | Asst. Artistic Director, Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR

www.facebook.com/TheSonsOfTheSoulReviversOfSanFranciscoCA

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Soul Scratch
Jul
29
10:00 PM22:00

Soul Scratch

SoCal Soul

Soul Scratch is rooted in the principle that, through the healing power of music, the world may be made into a joyous, loving place where all of humanity can come together under the umbrella of love and togetherness. Founded by bassist Johnny Chou, guitarist Joel Givertz, and drummer Adam Greenberg, and adding Matt Reale’s horn lines and Dale Spollet’s vocals, Soul Scratch has blossomed into one of the mainstay powerhouses in the SoCal soul scene.

www.soulscratchband.com

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Moonshiner Collective
Jul
20
9:30 PM21:30

Moonshiner Collective

Indie Folk Rock 'n' Soul

Moonshiner Collective is the San Luis Obispo-based project of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Dan Curcio, drawing from a diverse range of rock, blues, funk, and Americana influences. Moonshiner Collective songs center around family, love, optimism, nature, and the power of community, with Curcio’s distinctively warm and soulful voice and introspective lyrics as the connecting thread. The music’s unifying positivity bridges gaps in generations and genres through a sound and message that combines good time music with a soulful, passionate depth.

www.moonshinercollective.com

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Sunny War
Jul
19
8:00 AM08:00

Sunny War

Blues Folk Punk

Sunny War was born Sydney Lyndella Ward in Nashville and grew up in Los Angeles’ punk scene. She was hopping trains and living homeless on the streets from a tender age. Her music has always been raw, and she refuses to shy away from a brutally open honesty about the rougher parts of her life. Her songs blend blues, folk and punk into a powerful, emotional amalgam that cuts deeply into the hearts and minds of her listeners. LA Weekly says, "To call War a striking talent would be a drastic understatement. Her dazzling, mutant finger-picking style, born of the blues and claw hammer banjo, conjures a luscious blur of rolling rhythm and rich riff flurries bristling atop every note struck.”

www.sunnywar.com
www.crossovertouring.com/sunny-war

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Orquesta Akokán
Jul
18
4:00 PM16:00

Orquesta Akokán

Joyous Cuban Big Band

Straight out of Havana, Cuba comes Orquesta Akokán, which takes its name from the Yoruba word meaning "from the heart." This blazing ensemble plays deeply soulful mambo that revives the spirit of Benny Moré and the Buena Vista Social Club. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere and Los Van Van. Their talent captured the attention of Daptone Records, which released its debut Spanish language album in 2018 to feature the band.

www.orquestaakokan.com

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John Craigie
Jul
17
9:30 PM21:30

John Craigie

Americana Singer-Songwriter

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. The Stranger appropriately dubbed Craigie, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg, with a vagabond troubadour edge.” When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song.

johncraigiemusic.com

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T Sisters
Jul
16
4:00 PM16:00

T Sisters

Americana Indie-Folk

Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies. Producer Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers says of the T’s,“Coming from a brother band, I especially appreciate the T Sisters. The soul of the family comes through their combined voices, and they create that sound that only family can get."

tsisters.com

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Shinyribs
Jul
15
9:30 PM21:30

Shinyribs

Country-Soul Swamp-Funk

Kevin Russell, of The Gourds fame, fronts Shinyribs. Whether on his 6-string uke or his electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass; Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party.

shinyribs.org

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Shook Twins
Jul
14
9:30 PM21:30

Shook Twins

Indie Folk Pop

Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook and their band create indie folk pop that is imbued with warm energy, joy, affirmation, and gorgeous harmonies. Along with the more traditional guitar, banjo and percussion, these multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters use imaginative techniques and unusual instruments to set their sound apart – including electronics, beat boxing, looping, a re-purposed telephone microphone, and glockenspiel. Since the band’s inception in 2004, they have attracted critical acclaim from the likes of USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Lumineers, and Langhorne Slim. Best-selling author Neil Gaiman says of the Shook Twins, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” 

www.shooktwins.com
Photo Credit Jessie McCall

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Bombino
Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Bombino

North African Desert Rock

Grammy-nominated virtuoso guitarist Bombino was dubbed "the Sultan of Shred" by the New York Times last year, a nickname that has since been adopted around the world. Bombino was born in Niger in an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs, recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert. Four thousand years of living in a hostile environment taught the Tuareg people that the will to survive with dignity intact is stronger than any external threat.  Bombino puts that sentiment to music, writes its anthem, and gives it a life of its own.  He is emblematic of the next generation of Tuareg, a new voice of the Sahara and Sahel, fusing blues and traditional Berber rhythms with the energy of rock and roll and songs about peace.

www.bombinomusic.com

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