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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.

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: 

  • Advance Reservations: $18 per person ($15 with Living Tradition membership discount; $15 Students).  Children under 18 FREE with paid adult.

  • Day of Show: $20 per person ($17 with Living Tradition membership discount; $17 Students).  Children under 18 FREE with paid adult. 

  • Cash or check only at the door.

Why reserve in advance?

  • The community center staff will know how many seats to set up.

  • We can better plan for adequate snacks and refreshments.

  • It helps the artists know they will have an audience.

  • You will be eligible to sit in the reserved seating section for most shows.

  • You will be placed in a drawing for “free stuff.”

  • Admission is less expensive.



For reservations, concert information and booking inquiries, please call Ron at (714) 997-8590 or e-mail concerts@thelivingtradition.org.


Jan. 19, 2019

Rob Rio is dubbed “boogie woogie virtuoso” by Keyboard magazine.  He 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 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. 

Caution: Traditional Boogie Woogie music has been known to include mature themes and innuendo.  As such, this show might be considered by some to be rated PG13, so, you may want to bring your teenager with you to explain and interpret some of the lyrics!

Gary Stockdale is a 2-time Emmy-nominated composer, songwriter & singer who has composed music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, To Tell the Truth, and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit!  He also wrote music for the feature film The Aristocrats, (Penn Jillette & Paul Provenza).  Gary’s voice can be heard on major films (Star Wars: Rogue One, Avatar, Star Trek: Beyond, Prince of Egypt), TV shows (The Simpsons, Family Guy) and songs by artists as diverse as Justin Timberlake, Aaron Neville, Neil Young, and Johnny Mathis, as well as backing up Mary J. Blige on the 2018 Oscars.  Gary co-wrote the adult musical Bukowsical, which won Outstanding Musical at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival and also scored the original Off-Broadway production of Playdead, directed & co-written by Teller.  Gary’s latest show, Bumpersticker – The Musical, recently played the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews.  Gary was also the original keyboard player in the Brian Setzer Orchestra and sang a featured solo in the cult-classic musical TV series Cop/Rock.


Feb. 16, 2019

Concert for the Benefit of Folkworks

Performing together in a reunion concert:

John Batdorf is a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.  His breakthrough moment came as a part of the folk-rock duo, Batdorf & Rodney.  John continues to be a most prolific singer, songwriter, and entertainer and is much sought-after by concert venues throughout the US.  

James Lee Stanley has been recording and performing since he was fourteen.  He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams, Nicolette Larson.  James’ remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric.


Mar. 16, 2019

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs.  Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor.  Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.


April 20, 1019

Phil Salazar & The Kin Folk:  It is an understatement to say that the whole of this band is greater than the sum of its parts!  They are all virtuoso players including Tom Corbett, Bill Knopf, Rick Borella, Bill Flores, Charl Ann Gastineau, and of course Phil Salazar.  They have been playing together for 33 years, and it’s really good! They mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop, and bluegrass, just to name a few.


May 18, 2018

The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki.  The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.  They’ll have you dancing in your seat, if not on the floor!


Additional 2019 concerts details will be added as information becomes available.

The schedule is subject to change.


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

Bob Bennett

Kate Bennett

Richard Berman 

Chris Berry 

Lou & Peter Berryman 

The Better Halves

Bettman & Halpin 

Blue Deux & Friends

Blue Mama 

Bryan Bowers 

The Brilliant Gypsies

Mikki Brisk

Severin Browne

The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh

The Buccaneers

Burning Heart Bluegrass 

Cache Valley Drifters

Fil Campbell

Kate Campbell 

Corrina Carter

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

Donna Lynn Caskey

Joanna Cazden

Phil Christie


Brad Colerick

Colerick-Corbett Band

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 

Erin Inglish

I See Hawks in L.A.

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 

Bernice Lewis

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 

Steven McClintock

Andrew McKnight 

Michael McNevin

Sarah McQuaid

Men of Worth

Reg Meuross

Greg & Margie Mirken 

Miskey Mountain Boys

Katy Moffatt 

Pete Morton 

Clare Muldaur

Heidi Muller

Mike Mullins & Penny Nichols

Murphy Family Band

Murphy’s Flaw

The Muses

Nathan & Jesse

Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements  

New World String Project


Claudia Nygaard 

Lisa O'Kane 

Ken O’Malley

One Foot In

Christina Ortega 

Dan Oved

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 

Rusty Richards

Rob Rio

T.R. Ritchie

Andy Robinson

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

Garnet Rogers

David Roth

Claudia Russell   

Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan

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 

Shelby and Tieg

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

Wimberley Bluegrass Band

Joyce Woodson 

John Wort Hannam

Jenny Yates 

Hans York 

Bob Zentz


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