Schedule / Past Festivals

John Hammond, Rory Block, Dave Tronzo, Toshi Reagon and Harry Manx.

A giant in the field of Delta country blues, Charley Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta. His music embraced blues, ballads, ragtime, to gospel, and his influence can be heard in the music of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House, and Robert Johnson.

Slow Six

Learn how chamber ensemble Slow Six integrates live audio processing into
its performances via custom applications designed on a Mac using the Max/MSP

Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet featuring Jenny Scheinman (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola) and Hank Roberts (cello) with special guests, Ron Miles (trumpet) & Greg Tardy (tenor sax and clarinet)

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell performs new work for his string ensemble & special guests plus the world premiere of a new, short multi-media piece created in collaboration with visual artist Jim Woodring.

The world premiere of two new film scores by Alex de Grassi and Henry Kaiser

Guitarist/composer Alex de Grassi (“The level of de Grassi’s accomplishment is astonishing” wrote Jazziz Magazine) performs music to accompany the 1934 silent film A Story of Floating Weeds.

Vernon Reid
Grammy winning artist, Vernon Reid, takes center stage to discuss his latest project, Artifical Africa, a multimedia performance created with assistance from his desktop and notebook Macintosh computers.
Henry Kaiser

Guitarist and research diver Henry Kaiser joins us to share exciting work captured while exploring the Artic. Henry will discuss how his PowerBook is essential in both his scientific and creative endeavors.

Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Helm, Larry Campbell, and Theresa Campbell.

What makes steel guitar and Dobro player Cindy Cashdollar's musical journey stand out is a combination of restless creativity and an uncanny ability to understand and add to a wild array of styles. She has worked with the likes of Leon Redbone, Graham Parker, Bob Dylan (on his Grammy winning "Time Out Of Mind" CD), Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan, and the stellar Cajun group BeauSoleil.

Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar, Gary Lucas, Chocolate Genius, and Alvin Youngblood Hart

Among the earliest and most influential Delta bluesmen to record, Skip James (1902-1969) influenced everyone from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton. These five distinctive artists will honor the musical legacy of this American original in a special tribute concert.  |  | |  |


Stephen Aron, has been a featured artist for many years at nearly every major American classical guitar festival. The artistic director of the Guitar Foundation of America  Convention 2005 at the Oberlin Conservatory, Aron's recordings have been described as "breathtaking" (Guitar Review), and as "one of the best discs to cross my desk" (Soundboard).


The David Bromberg Band live show is an extraordinary event, and follows no set patterns. A singular performer/writer/arranger, Bromberg's remarkable versatility has earned him vast acclaim. Peter Rowan, a major cult bluegrass artists, enjoys a devoted, international fan base. A skilled singer/songwriter, Rowan also yodels, and plays numerous stringed instruments.