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Folk Music Concerts

The following folk music concerts are presented by The Living Tradition. These concerts feature international and local artisans of contemporary folk music and traditional folk music. 

To view a list of artists who have performed in The Living Tradition concert series, click Concert History, or scroll to the bottom of this page. These events are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council.

Note:  The Living Tradition newsletter will continue to be mailed, but concert fliers will be sent by e-mail.  Click here for more information.

Location & Time

All concerts are held on the 3rd Saturday of most months at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim (in the heart of Orange County).  Free parking

Concerts start at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.


Unless otherwise noted:  $18 per person ($15 with Living Tradition membership discount).  Children under 18 FREE with paid adult.


For reservations, concert information and booking inquiries, please call Ron at (714) 202-7330 or e-mail concerts@thelivingtradition.org.

Announcing a change of The Living Tradition Concert Coordinators: 

Gary & Terri Trobridge stepped down as Concert Coordinators with Ron Bloom and Carol Schryver taking over the role effective January 1, 2017.  

 Ron & Carol

Click here to read Gary's announcement letter. (PDF)

The Living Tradition 2017 Folk Music Concert List (PDF)


April 15, 2017

Nathan & Jesse.  Gypsy jazz fusion.  Two resonator guitars, one accordion, female and male voices, one unforgettable performance!  Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith are often joined by their talented musical friends, Trevor Mulvey on the upright bass, Karl Kummerle and Milly Raccoon on the fiddles. The duo has traveled all over the world on the streets and stages sharing their unique sound.  They frequent Mexico and Europe, as well as New Orleans.  A fusion of jazzy folk and blues on National Reso-Phonic guitars and accordion, with interesting interplay between female and male vocals, their trilingual performances are uplifting, fun, and with a message for people of all ages and cultures.

The MacMammals are Southern California-based acoustic music performers presenting an eclectic musical stew of sounds from Ireland, the British Isles, and North America, seasoned with a touch of bluegrass and salted with some songs of the sea (arrggh!).  From warm ballads to rousing sea shanties, their music weaves historical tales with folklore and humor.  The MacMammals are a husband and wife team.  Carol Schryver-Bloom is most noted for her clear, crystalline contralto vocals.  She also performs on guitar and is backed up by Ron Bloom on vocals, mandolin, and Irish bouzouki.  This evening they will be joined on bass by Nate LaFranchi.  The MacMammals’ CD, Keeping Up With The Heard, has received accolades in Folk Works magazine.

May 20. 2017

Rob Rio.  Dubbed “boogie woogie virtuoso” by Keyboard magazine.  Rob plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s with a virtuosity that has excited audiences around the world for more than 25 years.  In 2008 he was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame by the Cincinnati Blues Society.  Rob currently performs at festivals, events, and clubs throughout Southern California, nationally, and abroad.  He has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, James Cotton, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker, Paul Butterfield, and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya, Finis Tasby, Walter Trout, Mud Morganfield, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams, among others. Over the years, Rio has also recorded 17 different projects under his own name including the latest from his alter ego, "Harry Tonic, Sr.," released April, 2014.  Rob will be taking us on a boogie woogie journey from ragtime to Jerry Lee Lewis and points in between.  On stage, it is a good bet that Rob is one of the most entertaining and hard-working acts ever to be featured at The Living Tradition concert series.  

Tom Lee performed as a folk singer in Metro Detroit performing at The Mount Chalet, Absolute Zero, The Raven Gallery, Fox & Hounds, and a 13-year stint as a member of The Shenanigans at The Clarkston Cafe (now owned by Kid Rock).  Lee moved to Malibu California in 1972 with an original band.  He met recording engineer and long time friend and producer Mike Denecke, who recorded Tom's first album of original material entitled "Take Off The Day."  (Denecke was the engineer for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album, including "Mr. Bo Jangles.")  In 1981, Lee realized his love for Irish music, and began playing with The Vagabonds, Des Regan, and also with Men of Worth, usually filling in when one of the lads couldn't make it.  In 1982 he co-founded Big Daddy, a time-warp theatrical comedy band that transforms today’s hits into the more palatable sounds of the 1950's.  (Why not?  Wasn't everything better then?)  Big Daddy enjoyed a top-20 hit in Great Britain with their version of "Dancin' In The Dark," (which sounds more like Pat Boone's "Moody River") and went on to record 6 albums on Rhino Records, and graced Europe and Australia with tours!  And they're back doing it today!  Tom is excited to bring his solo music to The Living Tradition Concert series.  On May 20th, 2017 his show will include original music, traditional Irish and American music, along with songs from Scotland and Australia, blended with Blarney and Fair Dinkum.

June 17, 2017

I See Hawks in L.A. is a California country band with a unique approach to roots music.  They've been featured performers at the national Folk Alliance showcase and festivals all over the U.S. and Europe/UK, including two appearances at Stagecoach.  Their genres include folk and psychedelic country, with plenty of traditional country and traditional folk influence.  Their seven acclaimed CDs consistently garner praise for strong three part vocal harmonies, and their literate and often humorous lyrics.  The group consists of Rob Waller, whose rich baritone vocals and rhythm acoustic guitar are front and center; Paul Lacques on lead guitar, dobro and vocals; Paul Marshall on bass and vocals (Paul also performs on bass with The Living Tradition’s own, The MacMammals, aka Ron & Carol Bloom, your concert coordinators); and Victoria Jacobs on drums.  They've shared the big stage with artists like Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dave Alvin and Chris Hillman.  Collectively and individually their music has been included in numerous film and TV productions.

Additional 2017 concert details will be listed as information becomes available.

Attention Artists:

If you are an artist who wishes to be considered for an appearance at The Living Tradition concert series, please first review the Concert History below.  Does your music fit in with this diverse group of artists?

Concert History

The following artists have performed in The Living Tradition Concert Series (since 1999) or are booked for upcoming shows:

Albert & Gage 

Joyce Andersen

Caren Armstrong 

Paul Arnoldi 

Audrey Auld 

Sherry Austin

Banshee in the Kitchen

Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon

Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith 

Cathy Barton and Dave Para

John Batdorf 

Mike Benecke

Bettman & Halpin 

Bob Bennett

Kate Bennett

Richard Berman 

Chris Berry 

Lou & Peter Berryman

Blue Mama

Bryan Bowers 

The Brilliant Gypsies

Mikki Brisk

Severin Browne

The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh

The Buccaneers

Burning Heart Bluegrass

Fil Campbell

Kate Campbell 

Corrina Carter

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

Donna Lynn Caskey

Joanna Cazden

Phil Christie


Colerick-Corbett Band

Brad Colerick

Lui Collins

Conjunto los Pochos 

Tom Corbett 

Chuck E. Costa

Debra Cowan 

Ronny Cox

Shaun Cromwell

The Crooked Jades

Joe Crookston



Michael DeLalla 

Bill Dempsey 

The Devil’s Box String Band

Fur Dixon & Steve Werner

John Doan

Ray Doyle

Maria Dunn

Cliff Eberhardt

Kat Eggleston 


Aireene Espiritu

Joel Fafard

Aengus Finnan 

Beth Fitchet Wood  

Four Shillings Short 

Bob Fox 

Michael Fracasso

David Francey 

Bob Franke

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen


Freebo & Photoglo

Kerry Getz

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Susie Glaze 

Jim Goodin

Richard Grainger 

Tracy Grammer 

Ken & Phee Graydon

Melissa Greener

Patrick Hanifin 

Jack Hardy 

Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines

Melanie Hersch

Anne Hills 

Holdstock & MacLeod 

Deborah Holland 

Honey Whiskey Trio

Houston Jones

James Hurley 

I See Hawks in L.A.

Erin Inglish

Bill Isles

Bill & Kate Isles

David Jacobs-Strain

JC and Laney

Jeni and Billy


David Jones

Diana Jones

Brian Joseph 

Martyn Joseph

Cindy Kalmenson

James Keelaghan 

Steve Key

Dan Krikorian

Dale LaDuke

Richard Lappin 

Richard Lappin & Rob Balmuth

Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder 

Tom Lee

Les Amis

Tom Lewis 

Lilies of the West 

Tom Long

Jez Lowe 

Aedan MacDonnell

Kate MacLeod 

Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston

The MacMammals

Ashley Maher

Jim Malcolm 

David Mallett

Marley’s Ghost

Evan Marshall

Amy Martin 

Terence Martin 

David Massengill 

Mary McCaslin 

Cathy-Anne McClintock 

Andrew McKnight 

Michael McNevin

Sarah McQuaid

Reg Meuross

Greg & Margie Mirken 

Katy Moffatt 

Pete Morton 

Clare Muldaur

Heidi Muller

Murphy Family Band

Murphy’s Flaw

The Muses  

Nathan & Jesse

Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements 


Claudia Nygaard

Lisa O'Kane 

Ken O’Malley

One Foot In

Christina Ortega 

The Palm Wine Boys 

Robin Pearl

Brian Peters 

Chris Peterson

Jim Photoglo

William Pint & Felicia Dale 

Darryl Purpose

Chuck Pyle

The Joel Rafael Band 

The Andy Rau Band

Red Moon Road

Dennis Roger Reed 

Harvey Reid 

Jenny Richards 

Rob Rio

T.R. Ritchie

Andy Robinson

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

Garnet Rogers

David Roth

Claudia Russell 

Sabrina and Craig

Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk

The Salty Suites

Tanya Savory  

Chico Schwall

Secondhand Smoke

Rick Shea (solo)

Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns 

Cosy Sheridan

Kathrin Shorr

Sally Shuffield

Sion & Anderson 

Sligo Rags

Small Potatoes

Michael Peter Smith

Squeakin' Wheels

James Lee Stanley

Chris Stuart & Backcountry 

Jean Synodinos

Dulcie Taylor

Ric Taylor

Jack Tempchin

The Tinker's Own 


Ernest Troost 

Mark Turnbull

Alice Wallace

Wendy Waldman

Phil Ward  

The Waybacks 

Erica Wheeler

When Pigs Fly! 

Jon Wilcox

Jack Williams

Willson & McKee

Joyce Woodson 

John Wort Hannam

Jenny Yates 

Hans York  

Bob Zentz


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