Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration

Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration

Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Butch Waller, Patrick Sauber, Sam Grisman, Brandon Godman, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Amy Scher

Wednesday, September 13th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 ADV / $26 DOOR

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration
Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration
Bill Monroe, widely acclaimed as the Father of Bluegrass Music, was born in Rosine, KY, on September 13, 1911. His powerful mix of rural blues, swing, old-time mountain songs and tunes, and on-fire mandolin-playing grabbed the ears of people around the World. Some of the people who have been most affected by his musical vision here in the Bay Area will join together to celebrate the man and his music. We'll share stories, sing songs from Monroe's varied repertoire, and celebrate the difference that his music has made on our lives. This tradition began seven years ago, as a one-time event, and has been so much fun that Laurie Lewis have continued to curate the show every year since.

Please join guitarist/fiddler/singer Laurie Lewis, for an incredible dip into the pool of local bluegrass talent with mandolinist/singer Tom Rozum, mandolinist/singer/leader of the bluegrass band High Country Butch Waller, Kentucky fiddler extraordinaire Brandon Godman, Banjoist Patrick Sauber (the Right Hands), bassist Sam Grisman (The Deadly Gentlemen, David Grisman’s bluegrass Experience), fiddler and singer Amy Scher, and special guests from the Northwest Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter.

Ray Edlund, of KPFA’s long-running popular bluegrass show “Pig in a Pen,” will act as master of ceremonies.
Laurie Lewis
Laurie Lewis
Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year – not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe – but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she’s recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Tom Rozum
Tom Rozum
Northern California-based American bluegrass mandolinist and singer. Born January 21, 1951. Best known for his long-time collaboration with partner Laurie Lewis. A native New Englander, Tom first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger.
Butch Waller
Butch Waller
Butch Waller is the leader and emcee of High Country, an early stand-out in the west coast bluegrass scene. Butch was one of the first to play professional bluegrass in Northern California and formed the band in 1968. His distinct mandolin playing, firmly grounded in the Monroe style, shines through strong bluesy downstrokes and vibrant tremolos. Butch sings lead and baritone and also contributes many of the band's original songs and mandolin instrumentals.
Patrick Sauber
Patrick Sauber
Banjoist Patrick Sauber is a California native, born in Arcadia. He may only be in his thirties, but he’s already a veteran performer in old-time, bluegrass, folk, western, and other musical genres. His first musical influence was his dad; old time master fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player, Tom Sauber, whom he still performs with often.

Patrick also travels a lot with other groups like Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Peter Rowan, and John Jorgensen. Like the other fellas in The Brombies, he travels a lot on weekends, then slides into town for The Brombies’ Monday night gig.
Sam Grisman
Sam Grisman
Bassist Samson Grisman from Mill Valley, California made his recording debut at age eight with John Hartford, Mike Seeger and his dad David Grisman on their Grammy-nominated Retrograss album. Since then he has played and/or recorded with Darol Anger, Luke Bulla, Noam Pikelny, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Martin Taylor and Sarah Jarosz, and The Milk Carton Kids among others. He’s a member of David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience and FolkJazz Trio, and has appeared on the Grand Old Opry with Jesse McReynolds and Ricky Skaggs. Sam currently resides in Nashville and plays with Lee Ann Womack and in the Brotet with Alex Hargreaves, Nat Smith and Dominick Leslie. Growing up in a music-rich environment exposed Sam to many players and styles, making him one of the “go to” bassists of his generation.
Brandon Godman
Brandon Godman
A fiddler who found his passion at the age of 10 in the living room of a 78-year-old Appalachian woman's home, named “Blanche The Mountain Girl”, Brandon Godman is living his dream. After an early start on the stages of square dance halls and church altars in Northern Kentucky, his passion took him to Nashville, TN. He has toured across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, with acts including Doyle Lawson, The Band Perry, NewFound Road, Dale Ann Bradley, and Ray Price. After 8 years of professional performing, Godman has shared his talents on numerous awards shows, late night television, popular news and talk shows, and the stage of the Grand Ole’ Opry.
Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Ben and Joe have been playing together for almost 5 years, the last 3 of which sent them to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, learning at the feet of the elders of the acoustic blues tradition. They found an affinity in the many branches that tied into the blues and created this duo as a way to explore these branches. Their musical kinship and sense of joy in interpreting this music is evident and was the basis of an invitation Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) to tour and record for his album Prospect Hill. Last year, they launched an ongoing documentary film project to explore modern day music along the Mississippi River. Rather than thinking of their music as blues, it’s best to situate Ben and Joe as American songsters. A songster traditionally refers to an artist whose repertoire is much broader than the old blues, and spans many of the genres that Ben and Joe Inhabit. Uncle Dave Macon and Robert Johnson are classic examples of songsters. Whatever you want to call it, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons make American music. They make music that hews to the rough-and-tumble collisions of musical inspirations from the early 20th century; music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.
Amy Scher
Fiddler and singer Amy Scher hails from Philadelphia via Flagstaff, AZ. She can be heard in many musical groups around the Bay Area, where she has developed a big following for her heartfelt vocals.