Photo by Maria Camillo
Twisted Folk Concerts
at Twisted Oak Winery!
At the Winery in Vallecito
All shows start at sundown (see each show for specific time).
Attendees admitted one hour before show time.
Dinner, snacks. and delicious Twisted Oak Wines available for purchase.
Thank you for supporting us in 2017!!
Tickets for 2018 are on sale as shows are announced!
Saturday May 12th -- Show starts at 7:30pm
Formed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro quickly made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. And, after four recordings and successful tours through Europe and North and South America, they are receiving more than their share of it. Among the many accolades, their 2017 recording with the brilliant Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, Rosa Dos Ventos, was nominated for a Grammy for Best World Music Album, and was named one of the top twenty jazz recordings of the year in the Downbeat Readers’ Poll.
Half of the highly regarded Brazilian Choro ensemble, Caraivana, Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia; and the master of Brazilian percussion and Hand Pan virtuoso, Alexandre Lora.
"These master musicians perform choro, a style of Brazilian music featuring samba rhythms, beautiful melodies and lightning fast tempos layered over jazzy harmonies." - Pamela Beaty, Portland Community College
Trio Brasileiro's stunning virtuosity is matched with remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music. Trio Brasileiro is truly world class, featuring Dudu Maia as the first stage of what we are calling The Year of the Mandolin! - El Jefe
featuring John Jorgenson, Joe K Walsh, Keith Little & Sharon Gilchrist
Saturday May 19th: Show starts at 7:30pm
It's a concatenation of some of the most brilliant Acoustic String Music stars, all of whom are excellent at standing out while blending. If they don't want you to notice them, you won't… but when the Chips are Down, the Pizza is Delivered with rockets and sirens. Much like fondue; a great hot thick compost of taste, tying the room together but leading boldly from the center of the table. And they will play Bluegrass with force, subtlety, and lovely touches of humor and grace.
Three of the most influential of the West Coast branch of Acoustic Music players - and well-know to Twisted Folk audiences - fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist-multi-instrumental virtuoso John Jorgenson, and 5-string banjoist Keith Little, together for the first time, join two highly beloved musicians: bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh.
plus Jeremy Kittel & Co!
Saturday June 23rd: Show starts 8:00pm
Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond.
Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
“Smart and assured, a continuation of the band’s penchant for blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk, soul, and old-time traditions” -The Boston Globe
Saturday July 14th: Show starts 8:00pm
If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage.
“I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”
“Absolutely one of the finest musicians to exist in the history of the world.” – Alison Krauss
Saturday August 11th: Show starts 7:30pm
Bring Your Lampshades!
Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Bluegrass. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
“Best Live Band in LA” - LA Weekly
“They’re a party in a box!” - Patrice O’Neill, Artistic Director, Wintergrass Music Festival
Saturday August 25th: Show starts 7:30pm
Swinging gracefully between bluegrass, jazz, classical and Brazilian musical styles, Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile mandolinists. He began his career as a member of The David Grisman Quintet in the 1970s and has toured and recorded with Stephane Grappelli, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Darol Anger, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas and Bela Fleck. On radio Mike can be heard on the “Car Talk” (NPR) soundtrack alongside Earl Scruggs, and he wrote the theme music for San Francisco’s KQED talk-show “forum.”
Caterina Lichtenberg is one of the most important classical mandolinists in the world today. Raised in Germany, Caterina graduated with highest honors from the Music Conservatory in Cologne. She now holds the position of Professor of classical mandolin/soprano lute at that prestigious institution. (The only position of its kind in the world today)