Alan Munde Gazette will highlight the 10th Annual Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival March 20 & 21, 2010. Bandleader Munde’s long, rich history in the bluegrass community has solidified him as the one the world’s foremost 5-string banjo players. He brings his Gazette band of Elliott Rogers-Guitar/Vocal, Bill Honker-Bass/Vocal, Steve Smith-Mandolin/Vocal, and Nate Lee-Fiddle/Vocal. Gazette will play twice Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Beginning in 1972 when Munde became a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers performing with Byron Berline, Munde made his mark. After a European tour, the Burritos split up and Munde joined Country Gazette, then consisting of Roger Bush on bass, Kenny Wertz on guitar, and on the fiddle, Byron Berline, who had formed Country Gazette earlier in the year. Later in 1977, Munde and mandolinist Sam Bush recorded "Together again for the first time" with Roland White, Curtis Burch and John Cowan (both members of legendary "Newgrass Revival" with Sam Bush).
An instructor and respected instrumentalist, Munde was featured on the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year “Knee Deep in Bluegrass.”
Sligo Rags, a crowd pleaser at the Temecula Bluegrass Festival, with their overly energetic fiddler Michael Kelly, unique percussion, and solid vocals singing great renditions like “The Devil Went Down to Dublin.” An Irish Band by nature, Sligo Rags injects their Irish overtones to create a very unique brand of bluegrass.
Kelly is extremely versatile fiddler is well known in all musical circles in which fiddle is played. His career has spanned decades, and has also included forays into the country, newgrass, swing, and bebop realms. His exciting fiddle style and soaring tenor voice are sure to delight all.
Band leader David Burns has played guitar and banjo for a number of local Irish and bluegrass bands. Currently the banjo player in local bluegrassers Heart Of 'Grass (headliners at the 2004 Topanga Bluegrass Festival), the guitar player in acoustic jazz band Timbreline (recent nominees for Best Instrumental Band at the 2006 Southern California Music Awards), he has also worked with The Mulligans, Ken O'Malley, Rob Williams of The Fenians, The Band of Rogues (Featuring Terry Casey, Rob Williams, and Chris Pierce of The Fenians) and many other local heavyweights in the Irish realm.
Andy Reilly, one of the finest percussionists in all of California, Dublin-born He spent eight years on the road with the original Dublin-based touring company of Riverdance. Now a Los Angeles resident, he can be found playing all manner of percussion in many different settings. Nobody can play a bodhrain solo quite like Andy Reilly.
Also performing at the 2010 event is: Bluegrass Etc., Lonesome Otis, Sligo Rags, Hunt Family Bluegrass, the Silverado Bluegrass Band, Older than Dirt, Old Haywire, and Highway 76 Bluegrass Band. More bands will be announced at a later date.
This is the 10th Anniversary for Temecula’s annual event known as the best free bluegrass festival on the West Coast. Bands will perform on two stages from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Weather is not an issue as two of the stages are indoors. The outdoor stage can be converted to another indoor venue should there be inclement weather. All daytime concerts, workshops and jam sessions are free. Saturday evening will feature a paid concert in the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, an intimate 350-seat theater known for outstanding acoustics. The concert will feature Al Munde Gazette, Bluegrass Etc and Silverado for $15 per person.
Sunday’s matinee features Al Munde Gazette and Sligo Rags in the theater. Tickets are $5 per person and all tickets are available at www.temeculatheater.org.
"Pickers" (Bluegrassers’ term for musicians) jam anywhere along the rustic streets of Old Town Temecula. Scheduled workshops on the mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo are held each day and are free. Organized jam sessions with host bands make it easy for pickers to find a group to join.
“It’s the greatest part about a bluegrass festival. Fans are also musicians, some of them quite good and notable in the music world,” stated Melody Brunsting, organizer of the event. “We’ve had Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek show up on our stage just to jam with Bluegrass Etc. before.”
The legendary Moonalice Band will perform in concert Friday, March 19 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at wwwww.w.temeculatheater.org.
To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street. Public parking is free. RV parking is available in town for $30 for the weekend. Reservations are recommended at (951) 678-0831. For more information call (951) 693-3952 or visit www.temeculacalifornia.com.