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@ Sweetwater Union High School
2900 Highland Avenue
National City, CA 91950
(619) 303-8176
Chris Smither
April 8 @ 7:30pm
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Ramblin' Jack Elliott
April 16 @ 7:30pm
One of the great American musical treasures, Ramblin' Jack Elliott has led a rich
and storied life.  As a budding musician, Jack developed his voice under the tutelage of
Woody Guthrie, truck hitching across the country off and on for a couple of years with
Woody, carrying “only razors and guitars.” The pair eventually landed in the McCarthy-
free enclave of Topanga Canyon CA in the 1950s, where Elliott played for
James Dean
and later married Dean’s former flame.

On the other coast, Elliott was also a fixture of the Greenwich Village scene, and once
spent “three days and a lot of wine” listening to
Jack Kerouac read On the Road. But it
is his relationship with a young
Bob Dylan that Elliott is perhaps most famous for,
though back in the 1960s the up-and-coming Dylan was often mistakenly dubbed the
“son of Jack Elliott.”

Today Elliott simply states “Dylan learned from me the same way I learned from Woody.”
Five time GRAMMY Award nominee    
GRAMMY Awards:  Best Traditional Blues Album (2009) / Best Traditional Folk Album (1995)
National Medal Of The Arts (1998)
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Blues-folk icon Chris Smither has long been revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a
lyric, inspiring artists from Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. From
Boston Music Awards to five-star reviews in Mojo magazine and earning a spot on Rolling Stone
Senior Editor David Fricke’s Personal Top 10 list of best New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival
performances in 2014,  Chris continues to earn accolades for his music.  His songs have appeared in
various films and TV shows and have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana
Krall, among others. Chris continues to tour festivals, music clubs and concerts halls in North
America, Europe and Australia; 2015 included stops at the legendary Cambridge Folk Festival in the
UK and Tonder Festival in Denmark.

As Smither marked his 50th year of music-making in 2014, the New Orleans-raised troubadour
looked back at his career with STILL ON THE LEVEE, a two-CD retrospective from Signature
Sounds. He also released his full lyric collection as a book titled CHRIS SMITHER LYRICS 1966-
2012, and in September, Signature Sounds saluted him with LINK OF CHAIN, a tribute album
featuring contributions by labelmates Jorma Kaukonen, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III,
Dave Alvin, Patty Larkin, Josh Ritter, Peter Case, Tim O’Brien and many other friends and
admirers from the music world.  New York Times:  "With a weary, well-traveled voice and a
serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won
lessons and try to make peace with fate."
April 23 @ 7:30pm
Takoma Records Guitar Masters
  • [About Peter Lang]: "Fragile finger-picking, vicious slide work and an uncanny ability to mix his virtuosic technique with
    tenderness and soul" ~ Guitar Player Magazine
  • "...so brilliant at times that he seems to transcend normal approaches to the guitar....Ruskin may be the smoothest technical
    player around. Flashy, fast, inventive and musical and that isn't easy." ~ Guitar Player Magazine
  • "For fans of Fahey, Kottke and Robbie Basho, Toulouse Engelhardt is the next link in the chain… Mind-blowing fingerstyle
    romps!" ~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine (12/14)
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This milestone performance will feature three of the finest finger style guitar masters: Peter Lang, Rick Ruskin and Toulouse
Engelhardt and is sponsored by Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar Magazine!

All three of these acoustic guitarists were original members of the legendary “Takoma 7” along with Leo Kottke and Robbie Basho, and
were hand picked by the late John Fahey to record for his cult label, Takoma Records and their affiliates back in the years.
Special Guest:  Berkley Hart
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Three of the original seven guitarists signed to John Fahey's
ground-breaking record label, Takoma Records, in concert together
(individual solo performances)
April 2 @ 7:30pm
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Venice is a band from Venice Beach, California that consists of two sets of
brothers:  Michael and Mark Lennon, and their cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon.  

As a band, the Lennons have recorded and performed together since the 1980s.  Their
music is a reflection of many of their influences while growing up in the small, eclectic
and culturally diverse beach town for which they are named.  Their sound is at once
familiar and fresh, their classic rock and folk influences apparent in their pop
sensibilities.  You might recognize some of Venice’s influences, such as Crosby, Stills
& Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, the Eagles or Sly &
the Family Stone.  Their hybrid of folk/rock/soul is relevant, alive and still growing,
with many fans worldwide considering them the torchbearers of the Southern
California sound.

Venice’s trademarks are their harmonies, personal lyrics and high energy, communal
shows.  These garner them huge ovations and encores at virtually every performance
they’ve given, from intimate theaters to sprawling festivals, from the US to Europe.  
And it’s earned them major record releases on Sony Records, Universal Records,
Atlantic Records and Vanguard Records.
Their distinctive vocal sound and harmonies have allowed Venice and its members to perform and/or record with some of the biggest names
in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson,
Cher, Don Henley, Elton John, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol, America, Heart, and the list goes on.  The Lennons
spent most of 2010-2013 as backing vocalists performing in the 219 show, record-breaking worldwide arena and stadium tour of “Pink Floyd’s
The Wall” with Roger Waters.  Recently, Venice was invited to contribute a track to the 2014 CD, “Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson
Browne,” joining such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Ben Harper and Lyle Lovett.
AUDIO:
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