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Celebrating the 25th Annual
RBA Concert Season

Another great selection of performers in a comfortable setting at reasonable prices

Ticket prices for all shows except Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band:
Individual show tickets in advance: $23/adults, $21/seniors, $15/students
Individual show tickets at the door: $25/adults, $25/seniors, $20/students
As always: Free for under-13 and music students.

Jamming starts at 5:00, Doors Open at 7:00, Showtime is 7:30 PM

Location for all shows: Mountain View Masonic Lodge
890 Church St., Mountain View, California 94041

The 2016-2017 Season


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$105 for adults and seniors
A savings of $15 over the adult advance price!
($108 at the door on October 22)
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The Kathy Kallick Band

Front Country

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

John Reischman & the Jaybirds

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kathy Kallick Band

Kathy Kallick is a frequent and beloved performer for RBA, so it’s appropriate that this show celebrates REDWOOD BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATES’ 25th ANNIVERSARY! It kicks off a season of performances by (mostly) Northern California-based musicians, showcasing the diversity of bluegrass (and related) music emerging from this region.

"Kathy Kallick makes bluegrass records that, at their best -- and decades into it she makes nothing less -- are exciting propositions. She's as gripping a vocalist as anybody on the scene, she has a superior band, and she writes and chooses superb material. If you ask for more than that, may the universe forgive you." - Jerome Clark, Rambles

The band is based along the west coast - the SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage - but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere. Their latest album, "Foxhounds," appeared on many "Best Of" lists, was #1 on the Roots Music Report Bluegrass Chart seven weeks in a row, and is currently #2 on the National Bluegrass Survey (Bluegrass Unlimited chart).

"They still play the tried-and-tested mixture of hot bluegrass and cool originals, and latter category provides the album's opening trio of standout cuts, in my book all virtually guaranteed instant-classic status. [But] every single cut exhibits that characteristic sense of sparkling yet relaxed drive and entirely confident instrumental chops, with splendid, almost incidental, vocal harmonies from every member of the band." - David Kidman, Fatea

Kathy's exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol' Persons, and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians - including her mighty current band: fiddler Annie Staninec, winner of the IBMA Momentum Award (Instrumentalist of the Year), and now also a member of Rod Stewart’s band; mandolinist Tom Bekeny (High Country, Bangers & Grass, Missing Man Quartet); Greg Booth (dobro, banjo); and Cary Black (acoustic bass). Everyone sings and contributes to the band's sparkling arrangements.

"Kathy Kallick is one of the best songwriters in bluegrass and acoustic music, always coming up with interesting, sometimes playful, always sure-handed songs [featuring] conversational yet evocative lyrics and solid bluegrass sensibilities. The Kathy Kallick Band is a wonderful combination of youth and experience. All are strong musicians and they create a distinctive band sound." - Chris Stuart, Sing Out!

Led by one of the music's extraordinary composers and vocalists, the Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is electric, the vocals luminous, the presentation inclusive.

"This is a top-notch band led by a woman with the warmest, richest voice in our music today." - Katy Daley, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Front Country

"Front Country blends everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. This is Americana at its best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision." - Popatunes

What started as an occasional band of some of the hottest young pickers in the San Francisco Bay Area has transformed into a hard-touring powerhouse ensemble that is stretching the boundaries of Bluegrass and Americana until they break. In 2013, Front Country won both the Telluride and RockyGrass band contests, lead singer Melody Walker won the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for Grammy for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet on their album Americana. That was the year the band released their debut CD, followed the next year by Sake of the Sound in 2014, and Mixtape (eclectic covers) in 2016, with a second full-length album in the works.

Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, fiddler Leif Karlstrom, and bassist Jeremy Darrow, "they somehow strike that perfect blend of soaring vocals, impressive playing, and interesting song choices." - Fretboard Journal

In recent years, Front Country has performed at the country’s top festivals: Grey Fox, MerleFest, Rockygrass, Old Settlers, Wintergrass, Strawberry, Grass Valley, Bluegrass Underground, ROMP, and Big Sky Big Grass, as well as touring throughout the US and UK. Their original songwriting and hand-selected covers lean toward a perspective that is unique in the roots music realm, partly because of a global span of interests among a band of world-class talent. It’s no wonder Front Country's bluegrass sounds like it was born in a new century.

"The synthesis is dramatic: the gutsy depth and underlying power of the vocals, sharp lead guitar, attacking violin breaks, and a subtle and far-reaching mix of harmonies." - Folkwords



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Advance Ticket prices for this show only: $28/adults, $26/seniors, $20/students
Door Ticket prices for this show only: $30/adults, $30/seniors, $25/students

"I have always followed Bill Monroe’s advice - if you can play bluegrass you can play anything. I’ve never worried too much about which category I fit in. At some point, I realized the songs I write take me in that bluegrass direction." - Peter Rowan, The Knoxville Journal

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience, an ensemble that has graced the stages of the world’s premier acoustic music events.

Peter Rowan has long been a force in contemporary music, a brilliant songwriter, soulful singer, and commanding performer. He is internationally-known for his music on more than 50 albums and decades of memorable performances in a variety of stylistic settings -- impressionistic folk, Tex-Mex, "Reggae-billy," Afro-Cuban-Caribbean, fusion rock, Celtic -- but it is with bluegrass that he has made some of his most enduring music. Peter was a member of Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys, Old & In the Way, and Muleskinner, and has collaborated extensively with a number of notable bluegrassers, including the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Vassar Clements, Richard Greene, Tex Logan, Bill Keith, Druha Trava, and, now, a truly great bluegrass band. He is joined by banjo player Keith Little (Vern Williams, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman), fiddler Blaine Sprouse (Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, the Osborne Brothers, James & Bill Monroe), mandolinist Patrick Sauber (Loafer’s Glory, Laurie Lewis, Brainstormers), and RBA soundmeister Paul Knight on acoustic bass. "Like the sight of a well-groomed baseball field, the styling of a Fender Stratocaster, or the strength of a 1965 Ford Mustang, the sound of Peter Rowan’s voice to me represents freedom, and a particularly American brand at that. Half-controlled, half-wild, that voice can convey the high lonesomeness of bluegrass as well as the liberation of the sort of rock that has influenced bluegrass." - Aaron Keith Harris, Lonesome Road Review



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

"Electrified honky tonk and Doc Watson-style acoustic bluegrass boogie with some killer flatpicking. And above all that enthralling, nuanced singing." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots

This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians, seamlessly blending contemporary bluegrass and the spare stylings of classic country music, is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and relative newcomer Trey Hensley is bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist.

Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with the much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has won IBMA’s Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times, making Rob the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA awards. Rob has also played on countless sessions, recording and often touring with artists such as Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Charlie Haden, Patty Loveless, Dierks Bentley, Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, Tony Rice, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In addition, Rob leads a jazz-oriented trio, Three Ring Circle; is a gifted teacher who founded ResoSummit; and, most recently, won IBMA’s Instrumental Performance of the Year for "Three Bells," a collaboration with fellow dobro greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge.

Trey Hensley was raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey appeared on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11. In the next decade, he played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Janie Fricke. Hensley’s voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre’s first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard, and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. The fact that Hensley is still just in his early 20s makes the experience of listening to him even more astounding. Stuart remains a supporter, noting that "in the ever-changing world of country music, it’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists. I’m counting on Trey to keep the voice of the mountains alive because mountain boys always have something to say that’s worthy of a listen."

In addition to Rob Ickes' and Trey Hensley’s own songs and tunes, sources on their 2015 Grammy-nominated debut, "Before the Sun Goes Down" (Compass), range from Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Flatt & Scruggs to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Billy Joe Shaver and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Their new album "The Country Blues" (also on Compass) provides distinctive treatment of songs from Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Wood Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elton John, and the Grateful Dead, as well as more great originals.

Both albums were recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs, fixes, punch-ins, or even very many takes, and with all the musicians in one room in only a few days of studio time. The spontaneity and sheer joy of creation among a small group of master musicians is palpable - which is also a feature of Rob & Trey’s live performances.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

John Reischman & the Jaybirds

"A fascinating and fresh-sounding collection of tunes that incorporate the best elements of bluegrass and old-time into a killer new sound." - Nashville Public Radio

John Reischman is widely acknowledged as one of the premier mandolinists of his generation, a tone-master and lyrical composer known in the ‘80s and ‘90s for his music with the Good Ol’ Persons and Tony Rice Unit. Since moving to Vancouver, BC, he’s released 6 albums with John Reischman & the Jaybirds, 3 as a solo artist, 3 more with guitarist John Miller, and collaborations with a number of others. John formed the Jaybirds in 2001, and the original lineup remains intact: the Bay Area’s Jim Nunally (David Grisman, Nell Robinson) on guitar; Spokane’s Greg Spatz (Mighty Squirrel, Fiddler’s Dream) on fiddle; Chilliwack, BC’s Trisha Gagnon (Tumbleweed, World Jam Championship) on acoustic bass; and Nanaimo, BC’s Nick Hornbuckle on banjo.

"Will knock your socks off. Lead man John Reischman could be one of the best mandolin players alive today, and the folks he's playing with are neck and neck with him all the way. Lightning speed and laser precision." - Victory Review

John Reischman & the Jaybirds move seamlessly between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and elegant original instrumentals. Everyone in the band sings, writes, and has solo releases, yet their collaboration is what makes them special. They’ve received two Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, and offer "clarity, energy, good ensemble work, classy originals, and an adventurous approach." - FolkWax



Saturday, April 22, 2017

To Be Announced