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The inaugural South State 48 – Bluegrass by the Sea
Friday, November 5 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
In the winter of 2020 the California Bluegrass Association created a Southern California task force with instructions to find venues to host Bluegrass-based events. These dedicated volunteers identified a need for a large-scale event in SoCal that could bring members together from throughout the Southwest. An extensive search yielded a gem of a venue in the Carlsbad By The Sea Hotel.
The California Bluegrass Association is proud to announce the inaugural South State 48 – Bluegrass by the Sea.
This is a jamming event! Tune up your guitar, rosin up that fiddle bow, and get ready to pick 24/7. You can play music in the beautiful tree-filled courtyard all day and night. When you get hungry (for something besides music), check out the Windmill Food Hall, conveniently located adjacent to the hotel. This brand-new food venue features a dozen different restaurants and a full bar. Jamming is also welcome inside the Windmill Food Hall during their normal hours.
This event features all-night jamming rooms and quiet hours rooms. Jamming is welcome 24/7 in designated all-night jamming rooms, on room patios, and in the courtyard that is surrounded by our room block. We don’t have the entire hotel reserved, so please be mindful and considerate of other hotel guests at all times. Late night music will only be allowed in the above mentioned locations.
Sorry hotel reservations may be gone. Call hotel to explore options. (760)[masked].
You may participate in the event without hotel reservations. All ages and genders are welcome. This is a family friendly event.
THE SAN DIEGO BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS ATTENDEES HAVE COVID VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE COVID TEST RESULTS. PLEASE CONSIDER CONSCIOUS SOCIAL DISTANCE, OR WHEN INDOORS, PLEASE CONSIDER WEARING A MASK. SAN DIEGO HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST VACCINATION RATES IN THE USA. HOWEVER, THERE IS STILL EVIDENCE OF DELTA VARIETY OF COVID-19 VIRUS.
WE CAN REDUCE CONTRACTING OR SPREADING THIS VIRUS.
We're again restarting this great get together. Yes! Come early for dinner and stay for fun.
THANK YOU MAIN STREAM BAR AND GRILL RESTAURANT! The new location offers plenty of parking, indoor dining with a wide selection of food and beverage, a covered patio, as well as space for jamming outside. There's a stage for cameo performances with a PA system, mixer and audio specialist. Like before, these events are family friendly. Bring the kids and their instruments. Come for dinner, music, jamming, and ... to make new friends!
After 16+ months of Covid-virus caution, isolation and shutdowns, we are elated to meet again, socialize and jam together again! Yes! Thank you San Diego Bluegrass Society! Yes, come early for dinner, stay to jam and make music, have fun! http://www.sandiegobluegrass.org/
YES, SEVERAL JAMS AND CAMEO PICK UP BANDS WILL PLAY. BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT. (Please, no drums)
(Before Covid, SDBS occurred the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. As many recall, for many years we enjoyed our 2nd Tuesdays at Fuddruckers in La Mesa, and the 4th Tuesdays at the Boll Weevil restaurant in the Clairemont area. These venues are no longer available to us.)
The SDBS sponsors a wide variety of bluegrass music events, including open mics and jam sessions for San Diegans. We welcome visitors who want to play bluegrass in a group setting. SDBS also sponsors bluegrass concerts by nationally recognized bands touring through our region, along with workshops and other educational activities. SDBS is also a co-sponsor of Summergrass, featuring top national and local bands. Summergrass will be held this hear from August 20-22, 2021 at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA. For tickets, camping, and other details, visit: https://summergrass.net
For the Mainstream Bar and Grill Tuesday event, we invite acoustic musicians. We encourage bluegrass, old time and acoustic music.
Yes, again, please bring your acoustic guitar, your acoustic bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, or harmonica. PLEASE, NO DRUMS OR ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT.
Let's meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Fun! 6:30-9 PM at the Main Stream Bar and Grill in Poway. (address, location below)
Old Time Country and Folk featuring Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, with Clinton Davis.
Southern Pacific Sessions is proud to present two of the finest musicians working in old time today: Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms. Many of us know these musicians. Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms are two of the esteemed band members of The Foghorn Steam Band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBHtboWjJNQ
The show will be held at the magical Verbatim Books in San Diego (corner of 30th and North Park Way) on Saturday November 13th. Doors at 6:30. Show at 7pm. Local old-time string wizard Clinton Davis will play a short opening set.
Tickets are sliding scale $20-25 cash at the door. The audience will be masked while inside the venue. Performers will not be masked. Cheap, ample parking (even on the weekend!) is available at the parking garage directly across the street.
Weaving together powerful harmonies, these two voices are backed by Caleb’s distinct and lyrical mandolin and fiddle playing, and Reeb’s unwavering guitar playing. Caleb and Reeb perform timeless original songs, as well as their favorite gems from old time and country repertoire.
Caleb grew up on Orcas Island, Washington and began playing and singing at the early age of twelve. He moved to Oregon in 2002 and has contributed to a number of influential and successful groups, namely: The Foghorn Stringband, Pig Iron, and his own honky tonk band, the Caleb Klauder Country Band. His unique, powerful voice has captured many a heart. He also collaborates from time to time with the legendary Jesse Lége, & Joel Savoy as the Cajun Country Revival.
Reeb was raised in Waterville, Washington by a family of wheat farmers. She grew up listening to her father and uncles, the Willms Brothers, singing country. Reeb began singing and playing guitar in her early twenties and quickly displayed a strong vocal style that is clearly her own. She is a respected and well-loved singer and has been touring professionally with the Foghorn Stringband, and the Caleb Klauder Country Band since 2011.
Clinton Davis is an old-time folk musician based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in Carroll County. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano. He has performed at folk festivals across the country including Wintergrass (WA), Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (WA), National Jug Band Jubilee (KY), and the Brooklyn Folk Festival (NY).
Davis’ skills across instruments and genres have earned him acclaim at home in Southern California and across the country. Stefan Grossman, renowned authority of American roots guitar, has called him “a master…carrying on the traditional music torch of Mike Seeger.” No Depression calls his work “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” Deering Banjos has called his playing “simply sublime.” In 2021, Davis released his solo album "If I Live And I Don't Get Killed" on Tiki Parlour Records.
Clinton Davis is one of San Diego's best Old Time musicians. His fiddle and banjo sparkle, and he's a great teacher/instructor too. http://clintonrossdavis.com/ Or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz-EtwgAegk
This performance is at Verbatim Books (address below). Sliding Scale at the door of $20-$25.
More information about the artists? Check: CALEBKLAUDER.COM, REEBWILLMS.COM, CLINTONROSSDAVIS.COM
We are re-starting and opening this jam! Hooray! Please, please understand there is still caution advised. San Diego is encouraging with one of the highest vaccination rates in the country! But ... for those still unvaccinated, we encourage the covid vaccination, then mindful awareness and yes, reasonable social distance while jamming.
Sunday, second Sunday of the month, 1-3 PM. Duck Foot Brewery bluegrass jam. (See location address below.) Time to get out and jam!
Do you love to play music? Do you enjoy playing with other musicians? Do you like bluegrass, old time, acoustic music? We meet and jam at one of San Diego's best micro breweries with award winning craft beer. (Soft drinks and snacks, and a food too. Yes, a food truck!)
Bring your guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, dobro or acoustic instrument. We really love and appreciate fiddles and bass. Please, bring your bass or fiddle. Please bring 1-4 songs or tunes to share. (Sorry. Please, no drums, no electric instruments.)
PLEASE BRING A PORTABLE FOLDING CHAIR OR STOOL BECAUSE WE WILL PLAY OUTDOORS.
IT IS STILL RECOMMENDED TO KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE. THERE IS EVIDENCE OF THE DELTA VARIETY OF COVID-19. WE CAN REDUCE CONTRACTING OR SPREADING THIS VIRUS. PLEASE CONSIDER SIMPLE SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND WHEN INDOORS, PLEASE CONSIDER WEARING A MASK.
(This jam has been growing. If we find our group is 12 or more, we may separate into two independent jams on the premises. Not to worry. This will be an improvement for a better music making experience. I'll help make this happen when we meet.)
Please consider purchasing a beer or take some home, or gift someone.
Duck Foot Brewing Company has award winning great beer. Really great beer for aficionado beer lovers! Check their website and menu: https://duckfootbeer.com/
Lastly, are you a member of San Diego Bluegrass Society? Thank you!
If not, please help acoustic music flourish and grow in San Diego. Please consider joining SDBS for $20/year. It sure helps spread the music. SDBS is a 501 c3 nonprofit group that supports this event, concerts, instruction, outreach to schools and seniors, instrument and book lending library, and a lot more. ...importantly, none of the volunteer board members and friends earn any money from SDBS.
Check for other events on this Meetup site and the San Diego Bluegrass Society. We love our members. And here is a link for more information about the San Diego Bluegrass Society.