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Lobero Live: Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur
Saturday August 25, 2012
By Edhat Subscriber
On August 25, Lobero LIVE presents 1960's folk revival heroes, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur in
concert with fiddler Suzy Thompson and Santa Barbara's own blues duo, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan. Jim
Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur were founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the original inspiration
for the Grateful Dead, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Byrds, and others. Together they encompass the history
of American traditional music, continuously playing and influencing new players for over a half century.
This is the first concert in Lobero LIVE's Roots series, which offers a qualified exploration of American
roots music from the finest pickers and strummers around. After Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur take
jugband music to the blues on August 25, Dr. John joins the Blind Boys of Alabama on October 15 for a
journey down the bayou in Spirituals to Funk. The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile will take
audiences beyond bluegrass in a rare Santa Barbara appearance on December 4. It's all the good-time
blues, funk and American music to make your fall season hum.
Lobero Roots series subscriptions are available now at Lobero.com or by calling the Box Office, with
single tickets on sale Saturday, July 28. Subscription benefits include 20% savings over single ticket
prices, priority seating, advance notice to buy tickets to added events, and Patron ticket holders enjoy
invitations to pre-show receptions.
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Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur with Suzy Thompson
American home-grown musicians Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, and Suzy Thompson will get toes tapping
to unbeatable tunes from their extensive combined repertoire of jugband, ragtime, and old-time
country music. The Jim Kweskin Jug Band parlayed its good-time music at venues from Cambridge
coffeehouses to the Newport Folk Festival to the psychedelic ballrooms of San Francisco, where they
shared billing with the likes of Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Doors. Jim led the band on
guitar and vocals, as he and Geoff shaped its good-humored mix of old-time folk, jazz, blues, and 20's
and 30's party music. Geoff went on to do a stint with Paul Butterfield's Better Days before embarking
on his own solo career. Geoff is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
"There are only three white blues singers-Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them." - Richard Thompson
Suzy Thompson is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following
in the footsteps of Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. Suzy's exuberant fiddling and
vocals have graced acclaimed roots music bands like Any Old Time, the California Cajun Orchestra, and
the Bluegrass Intentions.
Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan
Although Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan are reminiscent of 60's blues revival harmonica/guitar duo Sonny
Terry & Brownie McGhee, they inject fun themes into their repertoire, creating a style all their own: blues
with a funny bone. Their acoustic styles of blues, ragtime, and folk are like tossing fruit in a blender and
creating a tasty, nutritious drink. In addition to gigging regularly, they perform studio work, writing
instructional books, such as Sultan's Introduction to Blues Guitar and Acoustic Blues Guitar, and Ball's
Roots Series subscriptions are available now at Lobero.com or by calling 805-963-0761. Series tickets
prices start at $108 with a limited number of Patron tickets available for $300. All prices are subject to
$15 facility fee. All Patron tickets include priority seating, pre-performance private reception,
recognition in the event program, and a tax-deductible gift to the Lobero Theatre. Single tickets go on
sale on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
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Lobero LIVE is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of
Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Additional sponsorship
for the Lobero Roots Series is provided by the Lobero Theatre Endowment for American Roots Music,
CASA Magazine, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the Santa Barbara Independent, and KCSB 91.9 FM.
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