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Workshops, Concert and Dance at FolkWorks Folk Roots Festival, March 24

Sausage Grinder will be on hand Saturday, March 24, for a Folk Roots Festival put on by our friends at

David Bragger and Chris Berry will be teaching fiddle and guitar workshops, respectively, at 2 p.m., with Sausage Grinder playing a square dance from 3-4, maybe a short solo set from Chris somewhere in there, and a big concert from 6-10 p.m., with Sausage Grinder playing from 7-8 or so.

There will be lots of workshops, dancing and a huge variety of music. You can help support the festival by donating here, or buy your tickets at the link below!

St. Paddy’s Leprechaun-Palooza, Saturday, March 17!

Leprechaun-PaloozaThe Old-Time Tiki Parlour and the 3rd Saturday Square Dance are teaming up for a St. Paddy’s Day “Old-Timey” Leprechaun-Palooza with Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Sausage Grinder and Echo Mountain.

Fiddles, Banjos, Guitars, Mandolins, Square Dancin’ and a Bar!

Join us at American Legion Post 206 (one of the Old-Time Social venues) in Highland Park from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Things kick off at 7:30 with a concert from Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, followed at 9 with a square dance played by a mashup of Sausage Grinder and Echo Mountain. Calling by Evie Ladin & LAs awesome Rookie Callers Club!

Plenty of jamming, too! And from 5:30-7, Evie Ladin will also be teaching an Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshop before the concert! Seats are limited.

$20 for the concert and dance; the workshop is $30. See the link below for tickets and we hope you can join us!

Grinders at the Red Barn in Los Osos on Saturday, Feb. 3

Red Barn Community Music SeriesWe’re very excited to be playing for The Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos, near San Luis Obispo, on Saturday, Feb. 3. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., there’s a potluck supper at 5, and Sausage Grinder goes on at 6. Get tickets at the door, there’s no advance seating or reservations.

We’ve been trying to get up to this part of California for quite some time and are thrilled to be playing. Hope to see you there!

Chris Berry solo set Saturday, Jan. 6

Sausage Grinder’s Chris Berry will play a solo set on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. at TRIP in Santa Monica, opening for The SWING RIOTS Quirktette. It’s $10 and 21 and over only.

It’s been a while since Chris has played a solo gig in the L.A. area, so come on by and hear some old time blues and banjo music, and then stick around for the SWING RIOTS, who play traditional jazz and swing from lots of different traditions with some Balkan and Eastern European flavor thrown in.

Special thanks to Pat McSwyney of the SWING RIOTS for organizing the gig and for being a great friend to Sausage Grinder (and an occasional guest Grinder too)!

Here’s a video of the gig, courtesy of the Swing Riots’ Nicholas Casillas:

Compton & Newberry with Sausage Grinder – Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m.

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry

The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is presenting an evening of Old-Time Music on Saturday, March 12 starting at 8 p.m. featuring Mike Compton and Joe Newberry — Sausage Grinder is very excited to be opening for these master musicians.

The concert is $20 and is at Timewarp Records, 12204 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. This is a great venue – David’s CD release party was held there a few weeks ago and we had a great time.

Get tickets here.

In addition, Joe Newberry will teach a banjo workshop at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

Mike Compton will teach a mandolin workshop at Timewarp Records before the concert at Timewarp Records at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Workshop seats are very limited, so contact David Bragger ASAP to reserve your seat. More info at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour.
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Kick Off Party for 10th Annual L.A. Old Time Social

LAOTS PosterSausage Grinder, along with Tom Sauber & Tom Carter and The Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band, will be kicking off the 10th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social on Thursday, May 14 at El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd. 90029.

This should be a great way to start off an incredible weekend of music and fun — the concert is only $5! Please come and join us. Click the poster for lots more information about the Social — there are more concerts and workshops and dances all weekend long. (David is teaching a fiddle workshop on Saturday.)

First Old-Time Tiki Parlour DVD now available!

Old-Time Tiki Parlour DVD cover - Rafe and Clelia StefaniniVery exciting news —

Grinder David Bragger’s latest project, the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, is coming to fruition and the first DVD release is now available!

The Tiki Parlour project will be a series of DVDs featuring performances from some of the best in old-time music, with high quality video and sound. Take it from us they look and sound beautiful.

The first release features father-daughter duo Rafe and Clelia Stefanini and you can get a copy for only $18 at County Sales’ website.

More releases are coming soon (Dan Gellert will be the next one) and this project will only get more exciting as time goes on — do not miss this DVD!

Chris and David teaching workshops at Goleta

The 43rd Annual Fiddlers’ Festival (this year also the 10th Annual GVAA Art Festival) is Sunday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chris and David are teaching banjo and fiddle workshops (respectively) at 11 a.m. The festival is always a great time with lots of jamming, performances and of course the annual instrumental and singing contest.

Come by a workshop or jam and wish Chris a happy birthday!

More info on the festival here.

Live at the Talking Stick, Venice on Saturday, 3/22

FolkWorks logoWe’re doing another concert for FolkWorks, this time at the Talking Stick Cafe in Venice on Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Our last FolkWorks concert sold out, so get your tickets in plenty of time.

$18 for general admission, $16 for FolkWorks members (includes preferred seating). We’ve got some new songs and tunes plus plenty of your favorites so please come and join us! Ticket details are below.