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Date/Time Place Location/Contact Price
July 5
6:30 - 7:30
Cardiff by the Sea Library

2081 Newcastle Ave.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007


July 22
Calloway Winery Private Party
By Invitation
July 23
4:00 - 6:30
Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
Ice Cream Social
651 E. Vista Drive,
Vista, CA 92084
$10.00 - Adults
$5.00 Children
August 5
6:00 - 7:15 pm
Copley Symphony Hall
Pre-show for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
750 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
August 22
8:00 pm
San Diego Bluegrass Club Boll Weevil Restaurant Miramar Rd, San Diego
$5.00 Donation
August 25
3:00 - 7:00
Summergrass - Vista Antique Steam Engine Museum 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave
Vista, CA
September 2
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Poway Park/Templar Hall 14134 Midland Orad, Poway, CA 92064


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A Review by Dwight Worden of The San Diego Troubadour

117 West
Neon Streets
by Dwight Worden of The San Diego Troubadour

117 West is one fine, progressive bluegrass band as demonstrated in Neon Streets, their first CD release. Interesting song selection and excellent arrangements make this CD special, including traditional numbers like Jim and Jesse McReynolds' 'Hard Hearted' and expanding into John Hartford's 'Gentle on My Mind,' Paul Simon's 'Homeward Bound,' Hazel Dickens' 'A Few Old Memories,' 'House of the Rising Sun,' and an original by Dan Broder called 'Put My Guitar Away.' Neon Streets also features an interesting bonus tune with fiddle and electric guitar. This eclectic grouping of material is held together by the band's strong and unifying style and by the beautifully recorded and mastered product, produced by Steve Wetherbee and Dennis Caplinger, who also provides occasional tasteful percussion.

The members of 117 West are no strangers to good music. Kenny Wertz, the band's leader, banjo player, and lead and harmony singer, has played in a virtual Who's Who of bluegrass bands - the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, Flying Burrito Brothers, and Country Gazette, among other nationally prominent bands - and most recently anchored San Diego's award-winning bluegrass band Down the Road. Kenny's famous, and piercing, high tenor voice can be heard on this CD, but in a controlled blend that beautifully complements the music.

Dan Broder handles lead vocals on most of the tunes with a strong and melodious voice. A 17-year guitar veteran, Dan has done stints with the Bluegrassholes (two of its members went on to form Yonder Mountain String Band) and with Noam Pikelny, who now plays banjo with the John Cowan Band and Chris Thiele. Rounding out the 117 West sound is solid bass player Becky Green, previously of the Dixie Road Bluegrass Band and Down the Road. Her sweet lead vocals on 'But for the Grace of God' add to this beautiful number about living next door to neighbors who engage in loud, frequent fights. Instrumentally, Dan Broder's lead flat pick guitar is a stand out as is Kenny Wertz' solid banjo work. Darren Weiss, whose mandolin provides strong rhythm chops and melodious leads, plays with the Monroe Avenue String Band here in San Diego.

Neon Streets is a great example of how far talent and presentation can go to present a variety of music, using conventional bluegrass instrumentation and old timey style, but that's not afraid to shed the shackles of tradition to take the music to new heights.

Refer to the calendar page for information about Neon Streets' CD release on June 6 at the monthly NCBFC meeting.

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