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Groundhog Day Bluegrass Spectacular!

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2008

By: Dave Retz (Expired article)

Los Olivos, CA -

Come and help celebrate what many thinking adults consider America's most important national holiday, Groundhog Day! (For the Groundhoggingly-challenged, that's February 2!)

Peter Feldmann and The Very Lonesome Boys will present their first 2008 show at Los Olivos' celebrated Grange Hall #644, located at 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue. The musical program will feature traditional bluegrass music with lots of hot pickin' and singin'.

Peter will also sing an authentic version of the old song "Groundhog", as learned from Frank Proffitt of Reese, NC, accompanying himself on one of Frank's home-made fretless banjos . . . featuring (of course!) a groundhog-skin head.

Intermission will include the Dunn School's Eight-grade class' fabulous bake sale, now a regular Grange Hall tradition. The show begins at 8:00 PM, and will include bluegrass standards, songs of the West, and a number of 1920s-30s country songs adapted to the bluegrass format. Advance tickets, priced at $12.00, are available on-line at and at The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Dr., Solvang. If available, remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $15, beginning at 7:30 PM. Seating is limited.

A singer and multi-instrumentalist with many years' performing experience throughout California and the West, Peter has been presenting bluegrass, folk, string band, and related musics since the early 1960's, and is known as the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention, and the original Bluebird Café in Santa Barbara, a music club highly influential on the Southern California Music scene. Peter's tribute CD to Uncle Dave Macon, "Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm", was named to the nation's Top Ten Bluegrass albums of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune.

The five-piece Very Lonesome Boys band includes bassist Tom Lee, veteran of the Cache Valley Drifters and The Bluegrass Cardinals, Mike Nadolson, head of Tricopolis Records in Orange County plays Martin flat-top guitar. The banjo duties are ably handled by record producer David West (Play Ball Productions), known also for his song writing and engineering skills, while Tommy Marton, a leading exponent of Texas contest style fiddling as well as bluegrass music, will preside on fiddle. Together now for ten years, the band has performed throughout Southern and Central California at festivals, clubs, and college concerts. They were featured last summer at the annual fourth of July Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra concert at the sunken gardens of the SB County Courthouse.

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