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.
Temporary Location Change
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:
The Brilliant Gypsies. Melodies as ancient as the Druids – grooves as current as indie radio. Hard driving, smooth grooving, Traditional and not-so-traditional Irish music. This dynamic group of talented Celtic musicians showcases their mastery of traditional Celtic musical instruments, blending contemporary Rock with a Celtic flair and an innate ability to charm and captivate any audience. The Brilliant Gypsies have been inspiring audiences for nearly a decade on both the Trad and Contemporary Celtic scenes, from pub seisiúns to festival stages. Fired by a love of the Tradition of pipes and fiddle, and driven by the immediacy of the internet age, they combine musicians who have shared stages all over the world, with the pulse of Folk, Jazz, Rock and Alternative; living their mantra— “The Craic Will Be Mighty!” C’mon…Let’s dance!
Location: First Congregational Church of Anaheim at 515 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA.
Nathan & Jesse. Gypsy jazz fusion. Two resonator guitars, one accordion, female and male voice, 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.
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
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.
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:
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.