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.

Jerron Paxton
Jerron Paxton
Jerron Paxton is a time-traveling songster who plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano and other instruments; West Virginia fiddler Frank George considered him to be a “cohort”, or torchbearer, of old-time music. As a teenager in east East L.A., Jerron learned his first old-time songs from his grandmother (who was raised in Louisiana) and began delving deep into the heart of old -time music, including extensive explorations into the world of cylinder recordings and 78s. He brings music of an earlier era into the here and now, in styles including pre-World War I pop music and minstrelsy, old-time, country blues, and early jazz. In 2017, Jerron was named Artistic Director of Centrum’s Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop. He’s performed all over the world at festivals, was selected to channel Lead Belly at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall, and appears in the music documentary AMERICAN EPIC, produced by Robert Redford, Jack White and T-Bone Burnett.
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).