Friday Night Barn Burner

Dance and Western Swing Extravaganza

Pappy & Junior's Western Swing Allstars

There's nobody better in the Country to get you kickin' up your heels than swing stars Dave "Pappy" Stuckey and Hal "Junior" Smith.  For Redwood Coast they've teamed up to lead a hand picked lineup of Western Swing and Jazz Allstars.  Joined by multiple Grammy winner Andy Stein (Commander Cody, Asleep At the Wheel), Dan Walton (Asleep At the Wheel, Willie Nelson), James Mason (Bob Wills national fiddle champion), Russ Blake (Lucky Stars, Portland Playboys) they're bringing the fire for a guaranteed barn burner evening. The three fiddles whine, the beat bounces, and the stars shine.  Take a peek at this line-up!






Friday - April 6, 2018

Pappy & Junior's

Western Swing All Stars

9:00pm - 11:30 pm


The Mighty Rovers Tribute

To Merle Haggard

7:30pm - 8:30pm


Tom Rigney & Flambeau

6:00pm - 7:00pm




to see these shows:  

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All event festival ticket holders can see any show in any venue at any time during the festival Friday April 6 - Sunday April 8, 2018).  Various pricing options - buy early and save!  See tickets page for info.  


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DAN WEINSTEIN trombonist, violinist, vocalist, composer, arranger, writer, historian - is one of the busiest, and least jaded, professional musicians in Los Angeles. He plays the entire history of jazz, from dixieland to swing to be-bop to contemporary.  Today he can be found playing Western Swing fiddle with The Lucky Stars and trombone & vocals with Candy Jacket Jazz Band among others.

DAVE STUCKEY - band leader, producer, singer, songwriter, drummer and swingin' guitarist extraordinaire. He helped the rebirth of the american hillbilly -rockabilly scene with the Dave & Deke Combo, produced The Hot Club Of Cowtown «Tall Tales» album, plays drums with The Lucky Stars AND leads the Hoot Owls.



HAL SMITH - band leader, drums.  became a full-time professional musician in 1978.  He has played Western Swing with legends Jason Roberts, Floyd Domino and Billy Mata.  Hal has also played with many of the best Traditional Jazz and Swing bands in the world  including the Dukes of Dixieland, Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, Yerba Buena Stompers and many others.

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST - ANDY STEIN - violin, saxophone.  Multiple Grammy winner Stein entered the popular music field as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, where his distinctive style on violin and saxophone added a swing element to this beloved rock 'n' roll band. He subsequently worked with Asleep at the Wheel, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker Band, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Alan Menken, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Smashing Pumpkins, Grover Washington Jr., Chakka Kahn, Diane Reeves, Barabara Cook, Audra McDonald, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Memphis Horns, Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, Kathie Lee Gifford, Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennet, Carol King, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, etc. and holds a Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental 1978.   For twenty-two years his violin and saxophone were heard weekly on public radio nationwide, as a member of the Guys All-Star Shoe Band, the "house band" on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

DAN WALTON piano, vocals.  While based in Austin Texas, Dan worked extensively in western swing and has recorded/performed with Dale Watson, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Johnny Bush, Paul Shaffer, Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, George Strait, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Garrison Keillor, Leon Rausch and Elvin Bishop to name a few.

JAMES MASON fiddle.  Bob Wills National Fiddle Champion James Mason entered his first fiddle contest at age 11.  Inspired by Bob Wills, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti - James has played and recorded Bluegrass, Country, Swing and Jazz.  He currently resides in Portland and is active with Pete Krebs Portland Playboys, Barn Door Slammers as well as two Gypsy jazz bands, Swing Papillon and Everything’s Jake.

MARC CAPARONE Trumpet.  A specialist in the jazz trumpet styles of the 1920’s and 30s and Western Swing.  He has recorded with Hal Smith’s Rhythmakers, Narvin Kimball’s All Stars, Carl Sonny Leyland, Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band and the New El Dorado Jazz Band.   Marc currently plays trumpet with the High Sierra Jazz Band, Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party and the Ivory Club Boys. His goal is to carry on the traditions of the great early jazz trumpet players.

WALLY HERSOM bass.  Highly prized Los Angeles based Bass fiddleman known to many as an original member of Big Sandy's Fly Rite Boys.  Wally can be found with LA's best and has since joined up with The Lucky Stars, Dave Stuckey's Hoot Owls and can also be heard performing with Carl Sonny Leyland, Jonathan Stout and others.   His well-honed style and expertise have made him a popular favorite.

DAVE BENNETT clarinet.  A multi-instrument phenomenon, Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting The Roots of Pop: covering music from Swing Era to Rockabilly and Country, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.  Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops and has played Seventy-five performing arts centers across the USA.

JAMEY CUMMINS guitarist, vocalist.  Jamey Cummins is an active musician in the Austin area. He specializes in Western Swing, vintage jazz as well as pursuing a wide variety of genres. With over 20 years playing experience Jamey has performed with such Western Swing notables as Floyd Domino and Jason Roberts.   He appeared at Redwood Coast two years ago with Jason Roberts and Dave Bennett.

Mighty Rover's Tribute to Merle Haggard

When we first saw the tribute to Merle at the Humboldt Folklife festival we knew we needed to bring a Merle tribute to Redwood Coast Music Festival. We reached out to band leader Ken Jorgenson of Kenny Ray & The Mighty Rovers who has put together a collection of some of Humboldt's finest musicians to take the stage in honor of the Country legend.

  Haggard was a key figure in the Western Swing Revival.  One of the best singers and songwriters in the business. But Haggard was also a highly-skilled musician, able to play both guitar and fiddle. He put those skills on full display in his 1970 studio album, A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World - Bob Wills. He had admired Wills since he was a child.  The album claimed the second spot on the country albums chart, and led to a resurgence in popularity for the Western swing genre.


Gina Jorgenson - vocals

Jake Weigandt - guitar, vocals

Mike "Tofu" Schwartz - Drums

Dave Ryan - piano, vocals

The Mighty Rovers Merle Tribute Band

Ken Jorgenson, leader, vocals, guitar

Maria McFarlin - bass

Darren Weiss - 5 string electric tenor guitar, mandolin

Britt Smith - Fiddle

Tom Rigney & Flambeau


There is no question that Tom Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, and continues to be a prolific composer of powerfully compelling music for the violin, music whose influences come from an extremely wide range of musical styles within the broad boundaries of American Roots Music.


Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than thirty-five years. In 2000, after fifteen years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Tom Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau. The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.


The son of baseball great, Bill Rigney, Tom is a native of the Bay Area. His musical career began after he finished his graduate studies at Harvard University, where he received a Masters degree in Fine Arts.


Tom first rose to prominence in the music scene as the leader/fiddler of the legendary Bluegrass/Western Swing band, Back in the Saddle. He won a Bammie award in 1981 for the band’s debut recording. He also wrote their hit song, “Time and Again”, which rode the country music charts in the Bay Area for many weeks, no small achievement for an independent release.

After the demise of Back in the Saddle, Tom joined Queen Ida’s Bon Temps Zydeco Band and toured the world with the Queen in 1983 and 1984. It was at this time that he developed a love of South Louisiana dance music (Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans second line grooves). These styles formed a major ingredient in the sound of his next band, The Sundogs. Teaming with songwriter Joe Paquin and slide guitarist T.J. Politzer, Tom and The Sundogs performed and recorded together for fifteen years.


And now, with the broadening and deepening of his composing skills, and the refinement of his virtuoso technique on the violin, Tom Rigney steps out as the focal point of Flambeau, and as the creator of most the band’s music. The strong Cajun/zydeco influence is still present, as are the irresistible dance grooves that have been his specialty for twenty years. But there is also a deepening of the emotional range of his music and a concentration on creating moving and memorable melodies in a wide range of styles–he has literally become a “singer” on the violin. The music bursts with the energy of the bayou one minute, turns passionate with a gypsy tune the next; it can raise the roof with a Celtic reel and then touch the heart with a beautiful waltz; it can drive deep into the heart of the Blues or evoke echoes of Eastern Europe or the coast of Spain.


Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Tom Rigney - Leader, Violin

Caroline Dahl - Piano

Danny Caron - Guitar

Steve Parks - Bass

Brent Rampone - Drums