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A diverse group of musicians brought their skills to the Alcazar Theater in Carpinteria, CA, Saturday night November 4th. The intimate acoustic evening was organized by Ones To Watch Productions, the musical promoters who have brought a wealth of Americana music to local venues in Southern California. The historic 200 seat non-profit Alcazar Theater, which was recently remodeled boasts accidentally perfect acoustics, due to its architecture.

It seems like the Violent Femmes have been around forever.  That's because the Milwaukee, Wisconsin band have been playing with several different lineups since 1980, and their eponymous debut album, released in 1983, contains most of their best-known songs.  That album was one of the few albums ever to go gold and platinum without appearing in the Billboard top 200 album chart, although Violent Femmes did eventually appear in the top 200 after the album was certified platinum.

Cellarmaker Brewing Company out of San Francisco has built a stellar reputation for their consistent artisanal brews. As evidenced from their fifth-anniversary celebration hosted at Great American Music Hall last Saturday night, they sure know how to treat their community. Foremost the evening’s entertainment was a fine progressive bluegrass lineup of Billy Strings with Cold and in the Bay supporting.

Twenty-four years, twenty-seven albums—to call Keller Williams a prolific artist is an understatement. Last week, the multi-instrumentalist talked with Grateful Web about record number twenty-seven, this year’s all-instrumental Sans.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros featuring Bob Weir, Don Was and Jay Lane, who have been on tour performing songs of Grateful Dead and more made a stop in Portland, Oregon on October 22. The tour, which kicked off October 16 in Reno, Nevada, will run through November 18, hitting major markets across the US including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, Denver, and Washington D.C.

Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) is a fixture in every Austinite’s schedule. Whether it be to leave town and avoid the influx of people and traffic, or to attend the festival either weekend, you can tell when the weekends are coming. Having gone to college in Austin, and attended the festival several times throughout college and after, I’ve found it to be a popular activity with friends, year after year.

The Jeff Austin Band played a wickedly high energy show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with openers on the first night of their two-night run.

Our favorite funk jam group Pigeons Playing Ping Pong flew on over to the Boulder Theater this past weekend. October 18th and 19th marked another two night run in Boulder, Colorado.

Just over four hundred lucky music fans filled the historic Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara to hear Graham Nash perform on a sleepy October Tuesday night. The iconic singer-songwriter is currently touring in support of his latest musical release, Over The Years. The 30 song compilation features over 50 years of hit songs from Nash’s illustrious career, as well as 15 demo tracks, 12 of which have never been released.

George Thorogood brought his (Delaware) Destroyers and their “Rock Party” to Florida’s Seminole Coconut Creek Casino last Friday night.

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