Canote Brothers, Jerron Paxton, Blue Diamond Strings

2015 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Canote Brothers

Jerron Paxton

Blue Diamond Strings

Thursday, September 17th

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

$18 adv / $20 door

Tickets are available online until 6:45pm on the day of the show.
After 6:45 tickets will still be available at the box office.

Blue Diamond Strings
BLUE DIAMOND STRINGS (Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Paul Shelasky & Paul Knight)

Jody Stecher: mandolin, banjo

Kate Brislin: guitar, banjo

Eric Thompson: guitar, mandolin

Suzy Thompson: fiddle

Paul Shelasky: fiddle

Paul Knight: bass

Two renowned duos and two guys named Paul have joined forces to play a joyful amalgam of bluegrass, old time music, and blues. The music of these experienced, innovative, powerful musicians and singers, as they bring to bear 50 years of collective music making to an outstanding repertoire, is exciting, compelling, satisfying, and —surprising. Superb chops, breathtaking vocals and deep knowledge of many styles of traditional music make for the spontaneous combustion that is Blue Diamond Strings.

Paul Shelasky was twice California State Fiddle Champ. Jody and Kate were twice Grammy Finalists and won several Indy awards for their influential duet recordings. Suzy and Eric are dedicated to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music, adding a bit of Puerto Rican hillbilly music to the mix. Paul Knight is a bass player in demand for his tone, touch, and timing. He also hosts a wildly eclectic music series that has found him in the company of every imaginable style of musician, and it was he who brought the members of Blue Diamond Strings together as a band.

A partial "bandography" spanning 50 years: Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys (Eric & Jody with Jerry Garcia), Any Old Time (Suzy, Kate), Blue Flame Stringband (Suzy, Kate, Eric), Arkansas Sheiks (Kate & Paul S), Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Perfect Strangers (Paul K, Jody), Kleptograss (Eric, Jody, Paul, Paul), Good Old Persons, Blue and Lonesome (Paul S), Todalo Shakers, California Cajun Orchestra (Eric, Suzy), Bluegrass Intentions (Eric, Suzy, Jody).