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Celebrating the 24th Annual
RBA Concert Season

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

Individual show tickets in advance: $22/adults, $20/seniors, $12.50/students
Individual show tickets at the door: $25/adults, $25/seniors, $15/students
As always: Free for under-13 and music students.

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

The 2015-2016 Season


Save by buying all 7 shows at once
Available by mail or online
$126 for adults and seniors
A savings of $28 over the adult advance price!
($130 at the door on October 17)
See the tickets page for details

New locations this year:

Mountain View Masonic Lodge
(all shows except November)
Etz Chayim Hall, Palo Alto (November only)

The Piedmont Melody Makers
(Alice Gerrard, Chris Brashear, Jim Watson & Cliff Hale)

California Banjo Extravaganza
(Riley Baugus, Ryan Cavanaugh, & Bill Evans, plus John Reischman, Sharon Gilchrist, Chad Manning, & Jim Nunally)

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
Sing the Songs of Vern and Ray

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

The Tuttles with A.J. Lee

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Piedmont Melody Makers

New Location!
Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

The Piedmont Melody Makers play old time, country, and bluegrass, and make no apologies for it. They take their name from the Piedmont region of eastern North Carolina, where three-quarters of the band now reside.

Alice Gerrard (banjo, guitar), half of the legendary and highly influential Hazel & Alice and longtime practitioner of powerful old time music, continues to grow as a songwriter while remaining a commanding singer and musician; her most recent album hit #1 on the folk-dj charts and was nominated for a Grammy. As her bandmate Chris Brashear puts it, "Alice sings with swoops and bluesy twirls — all soul and no flash. She knows what she’s doing and she taught you too, even if you don’t know it. Pay attention."

Chris Brashear (fiddle, guitar, mandolin) has appeared at RBA shows with Perfect Strangers and Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Band, and has made music with Peter McLaughlin for more than two decades. He’s also a terrific singer and songwriter — and also hit the top of the folk-dj charts with his latest album, "Heart of the Country."

Jim Watson (bass, mandolin, guitar) has delighted music lovers for many years with the original Red Clay Ramblers, Robin & Linda, and others. He is the heir-apparent to Charlie Poole as THE exponent of North Carolina hillbilly music.

Cliff Hale (guitar) was coaxed to join in with the family quartet as a child, and has been singing ever since. Bit by the bluegrass and old time bugs while attending West Virginia University, he now sounds like a profound blend of Hank Williams, Carter Stanley, and Lefty Frizzell.

Video: "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations"

Saturday, November 14, 2015

California Banjo Extravaganza
featuring Riley Baugus, Ryan Cavanaugh, and Bill Evans

New Location! (one show only)
Etz Chayim Hall, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto

Accompanied by an all-star band — John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar), and Sharon Gilchrist (bass) — Bill Evans presents the country’s finest banjo players performing a wide variety of banjo-based music. This year is the 4th such Banjoganza, and includes bluegrass, old time, and jazz styles

North Carolina's Riley Baugus represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing and his expert musicianship place him among the best of his generation. Best known for his singing and playing on the "Cold Mountain" soundtrack and "Great High Mountain" tour, Riley also has collaborated with other leading lights of American roots music, including Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Kirk Sutphin, Ira Bernstein, the Lonesome Sisters, and Polecat Creek. In addition, he’s played on the Grammy-winning "Raising Sand" (Alison Krauss & Robert Plant) and the Grammy-nominated "Country Music" (Wille Nelson).

“… quintessential American old-time music. The instrumental component is impeccable, while Baugus' vocals sound like they've been echoing through the Appalachian Mountains for about 150 years.” - BILLBOARD Magazine

Ryan Cavanaugh's innovative ideas of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo are occupied by few banjo players and musicians alike. Also hailing from North Carolina, his first appearances as a child featured his hard-driving style on WPAQ radio, and he later won the country's premier traditional banjo contests: RockyGrass, MerleFest, and RenoFest. Having honed his now uber-untraditional chops for nine years under the wings of jazz sax legend ("the other") Bill Evans and his Soulgrass band, Ryan Cavanaugh has meticulously developed an approach and songwriting craft entirely his own — while not compromising his instrument to play new genres.

“Ryan Cavanaugh is the most versatile banjo player in the world whose name isn’t Fleck ... He can play anything.” - NO DEPRESSION

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years. His current performance outlets include a solo historical overview (The Banjo in America), old time (with Fletcher Bright), bluegrass (with Bangers & Grass), and the trio who played for RBA last year (Crary, Evans & Spurgin).

“It's one thing to be a strong progressive banjo player; another to excel at the traditional end of the spectrum. To be able to add an indelible mark to the whole history of the instrument is getting ridiculous. High kudos to Bill Evans.” - Tony Trischka


  • Riley Baugus: "Undone In Sorrow"
  • Ryan Cavanaugh - "Angeline the Baker"
  • Bill Evans - "Polly Put the Kettle On"
  • Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
    Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray

    Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

    "Both have voices that can be sweet, yet carry a razor's edge of their own… It's a treat to have Lewis and Kallick recording together again." - John Lupton, COUNTRY STANDARD TIME

    Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray brings together two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s — and the world’s — best bluegrass artists performing the songs of their highly-esteemed California predecessors. Vern Williams and Ray Park grew up a few miles apart in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, but didn’t meet until they were both living in Stockton in the 1950s. Their hard-core traditional bluegrass in the high lonesome style has found its perfect interpreters in Laurie and Kathy, both of whom learned from and sometimes played with Vern and/or Ray. CD HOTLIST calls it a "wonderful tribute album [of] straight-up, meat-and-potatoes bluegrass music of the kind that all too rarely features prominent female vocals."

    Both Laurie and Kathy have won a Grammy and two International Bluegrass Music Association awards for their contributions to True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and both have released 20 albums — often to much acclaim. Laurie has twice won the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, and Kathy’s releases consistently top the National Bluegrass Survey. For an evening of glorious real-deal bluegrass, with vocal and instrumental fireworks, don’t miss Laurie Lewis (fiddle) and Kathy Kallick (guitar) with Tom Rozum (mandolin), Cary Black (bass), and Patrick Sauber (banjo).

    "This is my favorite bluegrass album in years!" - Stephen D. Winick, HUFFINGTON POST


  • "If I Had My Life To Live Over Again"
  • "Little Annie"
  • "Oh! Susannah"
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016

    Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

    Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

    "Danny Paisley has an edge to his voice so hard that it cuts through nano-scale diamonds, mix(ing) raw power with heavy bluesy overtones. He’s a throwback to the early days of bluegrass and he surrounds himself with musicians who match the drive of his guitar playing." - Richard Thompson BLUEGRASS TODAY

    What a treat to have this wonderful and distinctive band back on the RBA stage! They’ll be celebrating a new release (on Patuxent) and playing their trademark brand of Galax-style, in-your-face bluegrass: powerful, unadorned, and intense, with no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Everyone in the band is a great singer, and Danny’s lead vocals combine a powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today. You won’t want to miss Danny Paisley (guitar), his son Ryan Paisley (mandolin), Mark Delaney (banjo), Eric Troutman (bass), and, once again back in the band(!), TJ Lundy (fiddle).

    Video: "Margie" -> "I Overlooked An Orchid"

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

    Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

    "There's no flimflam here, no tricks. They pull off what's almost impossible these days: honest, genuine music that will get your soul dancing." - Chris Stuart, BLUEGRASS TODAY

    You might know Mike Compton and Joe Newberry from their collaboration in the Jumpsteady Boys, from Mike’s many years with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and John Hartford Band, or from Joe’s numerous appearances on Prairie Home Companion. But their duo is something else, mining that period during the 1930s and '40s when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass, and also presenting new compositions that would have been appropriate in that era. Few are better equipped for the task: Joe's able to replicate the under-appreciated power of country rhythm guitar styles and exquisite open back banjo, Mike's mastery of the Monroe style of mandolin is legendary, and their simpatico duet singing makes a two person string band’s music that's both modern and ageless.

    "Joe Newberry is one of my favorite songwriters and interpreters of the old songs. Mike Compton’s playing is part of my musical DNA. Mike Compton and Joe Newberry make music together. Lots of people play together, but few are able to make music. With only two voices and two instruments, they can break your heart with one song and make you want to shout with joy on the next. Newly-written songs sound ancient and their choice of covers seem somehow new. Their LIVE 2012 album is a must for lovers of real music." - Leigh Gibson, The Gibson Brothers.


  • "Righteous Pathway"
  • "Rocky Island"
  • "Sittin’ On Top Of the World" (with Prairie Home Companion band)

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

    Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

    "A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions." - Roger Levesque, EDMONTON JOURNAL

    Jayme Stone has twice won a Juno (Canada’s Grammy), and his award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. His Lomax Project focuses on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, and brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and re-imagine a wide variety of traditional music.

    "A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes." - Alexander Varty, GEORGIA STRAIGHT

    Videos "Susan Anna Gal"

    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    The Tuttles with A.J. Lee

    Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View

    You know ‘em. You love ‘em. So let’s just enjoy a few recent videos to get ready for a most-welcome return.


  • "Alabam"
    (recorded at 1-17-15 RBA show)
  • "Another Side"
  • "Columbus Stockade Blues"
    (recorded at 1-17-15 RBA show)
  • "White Freightliner Blues"