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
Announcing a change of The Living Tradition Concert Coordinators:
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.
July 15, 2017
Rusty Richards> Cowboy western songs written and performed by a cowboy who sings. Rusty Richards grew up on a ranch in Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, CA. Here, he learned to turn calves into steers, and lived a life worth singing about. Rusty began playing guitar at age 11 and learned more than 100 cowboy songs. By age 16, he had his own 15-minute television show. Rusty lived in the days when cowboys were stars on TV and in film and became one of Hollywood’s favorites, carousing with Hollywood royalty. With the help of actor Burt Reynolds and cowboy singer Ken Curtis (“Gunsmoke”), Rusty was offered a tryout with the famed cowboy band, Sons of the Pioneers, with whom he sang for the next twenty years. He has appeared on such shows as “The Virginian,” “Rawhide,” “Zorro,” “Bonanza,” ‘and “Wagon Train.” He has appeared on Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, and Merv Griffin, as well. He is a writer, singer, songwriter, poet, storey teller, and, no doubt, at age 83, is one of the last of a generation of singing cowboys. The Better Halves are an Austin, TX husband-wife musical duo specializing in making listeners smile. With training at Berklee College of Music and GIT in Hollywood, Jimmy Joe is a skilled guitarist. country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, Latin and classical styles create a widely appealing repertoire. He has a talent for crafting story songs, and one of his car songs was featured on NPR’s “Car Talk” and Kerrville Folk Festival’s Newfolk Contest Regional Performance. Chrissie joins him with sweet vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar. Her whimsical, melodic songwriting earned her the chance to perform on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.” Together they write funny, touching duets with clever lyrics and real boy-girl banter. They also play rousing Chet Atkins influenced instrumentals, including a piece played four hands on one guitar, which always brings down showers of applause! Their songs uplift and entertain all ages, and they perform in settings from weddings to schools to festivals. They have been a staple at one of Austin’s largest farmers markets for over a decade, where they touch hearts and get toes tapping with their upbeat, fun, and inspiring music.
Aug 19, 2017Playing well-known Bluegrass, Roots, Irish, and Americana with old-time authenticity and edgy modern style, this Blue Deux's twin instrument attack will leave you tapping your feet and swinging your partner round and round. You are just as likely to hear a 100-year-old tune as a popular song from the radio in their unique folk style. They will be joined by several of their talented friends performing originals and well-worn folk standards originating from both sides of the Atlantic. This concert is sure to leave you with happy feet, a happy mind and a happy soul.
Sept 16, 2017
Mike Mullins & Penny Nichols Mike Mullins has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. He toured and recorded with notable bands and musicians including renowned fiddler Phil Salazar, The Acousticats, The Hay Dudes, The Tom Corbett Trio, and he is a current member of The Cache Valley Drifters. In 2014, Mike released his first solo project, “Windows of Time,” a compendium of guitar and mandolin Americana styles showcasing Mike's original material over a 25-year span. Mike is widely regarded as a top-tier mandolinist and for multiple summers has been an artist-in-residence at David Grisman and Mike Marshall's annual Mandolin Symposium. Penny Nichols, like many musicians in the sixties, started her career as a folk singer in coffeehouses around Orange County, CA. She shared stages with many legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies, Jennifer Warnes, Mary McCaslin, and others. In 1964 & 65, she sang in a bluegrass band with John, Bill & Alice McEuen. In the late 70's & 80's, she has recorded and toured with many performers including: Art Garfunkle (Fate for Breakfast) Suzi Quatro, Danny O'Keefe,Yvonne Elliman, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Brooks, The Credibility Gap, Steve Gillette, Jimmy Buffett, and she earned a Grammy nomination for her work on Arlo Guthrie's album The Power of Love.
Joyce Woodson has been a favorite on the Cowboy Poetry and Music circuit these past 15 years. She has shared the stage with such western music greats as Belinda Gail, Liz Masterson, Dave Stamey, and Jean Prescott, and she performed at top folk and western clubs and festivals such as the Elko National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Nevada, the Cochise Cowboy Gathering in Arizona, and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in California. Her voice has been described as warm, soothing, and intimate. Joyce Woodson is a Grammy-nominated performer and the recipient of Song of the Year from the Western Music Association in 2008 for her song "If I Hadn't Seen the West," as well as Songwriter of the Year in 2014 for her multiple cuts by other western music artists. She also won Female Performer of the Year in 2008 from the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists.
Oct 21, 2017
Gemini Bruce Farwell and Renata Decher make up the wonderful duo Gemini. Known for their close harmonies, smooth arrangements, and warm and friendly manner, Gemini has delighted audiences throughout the Southern California area in a variety of settings, including clubs, performing venues, house concerts, radio shows, and folk festivals. They perform a diverse repertoire including pop and standards, tunes from shows and musicals, country and folk favorites, humorous songs and many originals. Renata's songwriting and Bruce's arrangements and outstanding guitar playing are hallmarks of this excellent duo. They have won several awards for their singing and playing, and have produced two CD's, Twin Spirits and Heart, Heart and Soul.
John Batdorf Along the way, John has worked with many of the cornerstone figures of the music business as an artist, garnered cult status as a classic folk-rock singer-songwriter, and has reinvented himself as a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community. John’s breakthrough moment came as a part of the folk-rock duo, Batdorf & Rodney, alongside acoustic guitar whiz and harmony partner Mark Rodney (son of the great jazz trumpeter Red Rodney who played with Charlie Parker). John was the pair’s primary songwriter and singer, and his balmy musicality and tenderly uplifting lyrics fit right in alongside 1970s Laurel Canyon scene artists such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Brown, the Eagles, and Joni Mitchell. Batdorf & Rodney had the distinction of being recorded by visionaries such as Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and Clive Davis. The twosome played Carnegie Hall and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, sharing the stages with such esteemed artists as America , Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and many more. In May of 2011, Batdorf & Rodney were elected into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. John continues to be a most prolific singer, songwriter, entertainer and is much sought-after by concert venues throughout the US.
Nov 18, 2017
Men of Worth In 1986, Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher came together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles. The name "Men of Worth" was chosen from the title of a folk song written by the Scottish singer/songwriter Archie Fisher. Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads. Amongst other notable credits, Donnie and James are responsible for your concert coordinator, Carol Schryver-Bloom, discovering her voice and nurturing her passion for Celtic music. Men of Worth are an international act and have earned much respect and success in over thirty years of touring together. Performing concerts and festivals, with twelve albums to their credit, Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they've evolved.
The MacMammals have come full circle. The husband and wife team of Carol Schryver-Bloom and Ron Bloom share the evening with old musical pals. The MacMammals have drawn influence from Men of Worth over the years and will be presenting their own unique selections of music from Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. Backed up by guitar, mandolin, and Irish bouzouki, Carol’s crystalline vocals blend with Ron’s warm harmonies to produce a unique compilation of music that can only be described as “MacMammalian.”
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
The following artists have performed in The Living Tradition Concert Series (since 1999) or are booked for upcoming shows:
The Brilliant Gypsies
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Chuck E. Costa
Freebo & Photoglo
Ken & Phee Graydon
Richard Lappin & Rob Balmuth
Nathan & Jesse
One Foot In
Rick Shea (solo)
Sion & Anderson
Chris Stuart & Backcountry
Also, we're on Meetup.com. Search for "folk" or "dance" in Anaheim, CA.