11th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12-21

Bluegrass & Old-Time Afternoon
Sunday, February 21, 2010

McGrath's Pub Handicapped accessible 21 and older show
1539 Lincoln Avenue
Alameda, CA map
Show 4:00 pm

At the forefront of a rising wave of new talent from Canada's west coast in the bluegrass and old-time music genres, Viper Central has managed to create an original niche in an otherwise traditional style and yet simultaneously appeal to audiences both young and old. Blending instrumental prowess with innovative arrangements and creative vocal harmonies, their first album, "The Devil Sure is Hard to Please," showcases the diverse songwriting talents of every member in the band, ensuring them a unique place among their peers in Canadian acoustic music and establishing them as an act to follow in the years to come. Viper Central is Lorraine Cobb (guitar & vocals), Steve Charles (upright bass, claw hammer banjo and vocals), Kathleen Nisbet (fiddle & vocals), Tyler Rudolph (banjo, upright bass & vocals), Tim Tweedale (dobro), and Mark Vaughan (mandolin).

Check out workshops by Viper Central and it's members!

Don't Look Back String Band   Don't Look Back is an eclectic (not electric) acoustic string band with a wide repertoire ranging from old-time to folk and country, from Cajun to jazz, and swing. The band prides itself on thoughtful arrangements and rich vocal harmonies, and an expanding segment of their repertoire includes original songs by band members. Initially formed in Santa Cruz in the mid-80ís, the band is now based in Berkeley. All the years that this band has played together is reflected in their genuine love of the music they play, their smooth and relaxed performing style, and their down-home stage presence. The band features John Bidwell (vocals, dobro, lap steel guitars), Brian Bloom (vocals, guitar, mandolin), John Croizat (vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin), Willie Pettus (vocals, mandolin, guitar), and Dale Scott (standup bass, bass guitar).

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