Patreon Saved Us

Note:  LOTS of concert and instructional videos and other  instructional materials are available via our Patreon page.


We’re looking for house concerts and small venues for the coming year.  Please contact us with suggestions or inquiries.

Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation


Artichoke Music Guitar Workshop

Artichoke Music 2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR, United States

We'll have room for up to 19 guitarists at Artichoke Music. The workshop begins promptly at 2:30 and will run until 5:00, with a very short break in the middle. Bring guitars, a sound or video recording device (no YouTube/social media postings without my express permission, thank you) and something to write on and with. […]

Artichoke Music Concert

Artichoke Music 2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR, United States

Taking advantage of the proximity effect to renew our bi-coastal friendship, Mary Flower and I will be splitting the bill at this august little music shop, Café Artichoke. Please come join us for some dazzling guitar work and great vocals. We'll be having a great deal of fun!

Grants Pass – House Concert

Grants Pass House Concert (get real address after you contact host), Grants Pass, OR, United States

Our friend and fellow road warrior Mary Flower suggested we get in touch with the Woods, who have a well-established house concert series in Grants Pass, OR. They responded quickly and wonderfully. Monday, October 15th: an early evening of music, stories, and song! They have an email list. If you'd like to go, please email […]

Marin, CA – Magnolia House Concerts

Magnolia House Concerts (get real address after you contact host), Marin County, CA, United States

Our dear Swannanoa Gathering colleague and friend Steve Baughman recommended us to Amy Fredericks and her house concert series. We'll be there on this Thursday evening for an early evening of music, stories, and songs. Please join us if you can. It will be wonderful! Suggested donation of $20-25 and directions/location will be provided when […]

Windsor Acoustic Guitar House Concert

Windsor Acoustic House Concert Series Santa Rosa, CA, United States

This series used to be in Windsor, but now presents concerts in Santa Rosa --  find out what you need to know on the Windsor Acoustic Guitar House Concert  website. Doors at 7:00. Music at 7:30. By invitation only: email scottn AT sonic DOT net. The host is a former blues guitar student and I […]

Santa Rosa-Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series

Scott Nevin began this series as he was learning to play and to perform. I'll be there Friday evening, October 19th! Here's what he says about it: "Our events are private and by invitation only.  If you wish to attend one of our house concerts, please send an email to scottn AT (replace the […]

Nevada City – House Concert

Nevada City House Concert 631 Coyote St (not actual address), Nevada City, CA, United States

One of the most versatile and renowned guitarists I know is going to open up his house for us in Nevada City CA for a Saturday night house concert. Contact Steve Baughman and Joy Lynn (joylynnking AT to reserve a place and get precise directions/address. This will be a lot of fun!

The Lab at the Barnyard

The Lab at The Barnyard Carmel Rancho Ln, Carmel, CA, United States

A friend of two different friends in the Carmel area, Kiki Wow has set up this Sunday afternoon concert at The Lab.


Ojai Storytelling Festival – California

Ojai Storytelling Festival Main Street, Ojai, CA, United States

I am so pleased to be invited back to this lovely festival up in the hills above the Pacific in Ojai, CA. Brian Bemel's welcoming me and my spoken-word/poet compatriot Glenis Redmond back and we are both excited and pleased at the prospect of working together again and making new friends at the festival, on […]

Borrego Springs House Concert

Borrego Springs House Concert (get accurate address after you contact host), Borrego Springs, CA, United States

This beautiful little desert town is home to dear friends who are going to open their home on a Monday evening for an early evening of music, stories and songs. An intimate setting for friends new and old to join us. Please contact Steven Forrest by email only: forrestastrology AT Gmail DOT com Address will […]

Green Valley AZ House Concert

McElfresh House Concert actual address after rsvp, Green Valley, AZ, United States

Our friends from Common Ground on the Hill (Maryland) and Common Ground on the Border (Arizona) will be hosting a house concert on the return leg of our tour. Please contact Rebecca McElfresh ( to reserve a space for this unamplified evening of acoustic music, stories, and song. Years ago, my song, "The Land That […]


Hillside House Concerts-Austin TX

Hillside House Concerts Austin, TX, United States

Elise Bright will be hosting us for a house concert in northwest Austin, Texas on Friday evening, November 9th. Music starts at 8:00. Reservations are by email only to: musicgirl3205 AT gmail DOTcom. $15 donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. A couple of sets of finely wrought traditional blues and slide guitar, sprinkled […]

$15 – $20.00

Whirlybird – near Lafayette LA

Whirlybird Dance Hall get actual address when you contact them for tickets!, St. Landry Parish, LA, United States

Jim Phillips, Christy Leichty, and their crew of volunteers and friends are creating a music/dance/art scene in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette, LA. My friend David Greely introduced us and I'm looking forward to being part of the scene there. Saturday evening concert sets. Sunday, midday workshop. Details coming soon. Locations sent with email confirmation […]

Blues Guitar/Vocal Workshop – St. Landry’s Parish LA

Whirlybird Dance Hall get actual address when you contact them for tickets!, St. Landry Parish, LA, United States

The content of this workshop is yet to be settled, but I'm a fine slide guitar teacher, good delta and ragtime blues teacher, and I can coach singers into using the tools that make blues singers so emotionally effective. Teaching is a part of what I love. Content of these workshops is always driven by […]

St. Landry Parish Schools, Acadiana Arts Center Residency

St. Landry Parish 1013 E. Creswell Lane, Opelousas, LA, United States

The schools in St. Landry have entered into an educational arts presenters agreement with the good folks at the Acadiana Arts Center, who I've been working with for more than twenty years. I'm happy to be one of the first artists to go perform and teach for them.

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop-Duluth GA

Red Clay Music Foundry 3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA, United States

Eddie Owen and the Red Clay Music Foundry are presenting a workshop/concert combination on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Details will be forthcoming, but note the date and, my dear Atlanta friends, get out of town and come see me. My workshops often include the music of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, acoustic slide guitar techniques, […]


Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

Red Clay Music Foundry 3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA, United States

Eddie Owen Presents (EOP) is sponsoring this workshop/concert day north of Atlanta in Duluth GA. The workshop in the afternoon is for blues guitarists and singers. The evening performance is for anyone who values good music, longs to know its history and stories, and has a passion for great singing and acoustic guitar playing. Come […]


Sunapee Coffee House

Sunapee Coffeehouse 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH, United States

Our gig here last year was iced out by some frozen pipes. A return to this lovely (cool) local coffeehouse in the state next door! Hopefully not as cold as last year... Come join us for a great evening of acoustic blues, slide guitar, hand-crafted songs and stories.

The Peace Center, Greenville SC with Poet Glenis Redmond

The Peace Center 101 W. Broad St., Greenville, SC, United States

My poetic compatriot and sister-from-another-mother, Glenis Redmond, and I will be presenting teaching performances during the day on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9 & 10, and an evening presentation on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 as part of their Poetic Conversations Series. The opportunity for us to be on stage together is precious to us […]

Greenville SC House Concert

Avakian HC bogus, Greenville, SC, United States

My dear friends George & Kathy Avakian are hosting a private house concert on Saturday evening, January 12th. They have a long list of friends to invite and a few seats. (If your email invitation doesn't come, someone got to the reply button before you!). Details and directions will come with your reservation confirmation. It […]

Scott Ainslie @ Streamside

Streamside Music Streamside Dr. (actual address will be given after rsvp), Arden, NC, United States

An amazing venue: I'm excited to play in Sally Sparks' house concert series in Arden.

Doors will open at 2:30 -- Two sets with a break.

Suggested donation $20.

RSVP  (Facebook Event -- alert or invite your friends!)

NCSU University Scholars Program-Raleigh NC

NCSU-University Scholars Witherspoon Center, Raleigh , NC, United States

Over the past 20 years, I have been invited regularly to present and perform for the prestigious University Scholars Program at North Carolina State Universtiy in Raleigh NC. My programs on the African roots and American diversity of the blues, work, and slave songs have always been well-reviewed and the engagement of the scholars has […]

Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

Magellan Charter School 9324 Baileywick Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

As a sort of rite of passage, I have been performing for the 8th Grade at this lovely charter school in Raleigh for many years (well into the second decade). These sort of repeat gigs are immensely gratifying. The loyalty of the administration here is a testimony to the usefulness of my work, something I […]

Private House Concert, Granville OH

Private House Concert, Granville OH Trenton Cir., Granville, OH, United States

Mike Morris is hosting us for a private house concert as a fund-raiser for the local Hospice chapter. Donations for the performance will go to them. This is a private event.

Stories, songs, and acoustic blues with Scott Ainslie, Cincinnati OH

Women Writing For (a) Change 6906 Plainfield Rd 45236, Cincinnati, OH, United States

Women Writing For (a) Change is sponsoring an evening of acoustic blues, original and traditional stories and songs by noted acoustic blues musician Scott Ainslie. An authority on the music of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, Ainslie has deep roots with elder musicians on both sides of the color line in the mid-south. His experience […]

Yellow Springs OH – YSAC Community Gallery

YSAC Community Gallery 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, OH, United States

I'm happy to be returning to Yellow Springs Arts Council's Community Gallery for another unamplified evening of acoustic music, stories and songs. On an inside weeknight last time we had roughly forty people who came and were delighted. Reservations are recommended because you know how people will talk! Reservations: by email or telephone, below.

An Evening at Dream Guitars, Mars Hill NC

Dream Guitars El Miner Dr., Mars Hill, NC, United States

My compatriot, Paul Heumiller, owner and spiritual advisor at Dream Guitars is arranging a small, blues gala with dinner and an extended conversation/performance examining the history and stories behind the music. Tuesday evening, January 22nd. Reservations please, via: This is going to be a very special evening. I can vouch for the food. I'm […]

Beacon Hall Fundraising Concert, Salisbury NC

Salisbury High School 500 Lincolnton Road, Salisbury, NC, United States

The good people at Beacon Hall are developing a commmunity music program to provide the kids in their community with access to music, to resources, and constructive-engagement with instructors and each other. This Friday evening concert (and the guitar workshop to follow, Saturday morning) are in support of their mission and vision for transforming their […]

Beacon Hall Guitar Workshop, Salisbury NC

Beacon Hall 120 Elm Street, Salisbury, NC, United States

In support of this new program to involve the community in learning and making music, I'll be offering a masterclass/guitar workshop on the techniques of roots guitar playing, slide guitar, and the like on this Saturday morning, following the fundraising concert the night before. The workshop will b from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30. Participants should […]

Swain Center for the Arts, Bryson NC w/Reggie Harris

Swain County Center for the Arts 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City, NC, United States

My friend Reggie Harris and I are returning to the scene of our first public performances together to again present "Long Time Comin'" for the community and three educational concerts for middle and high school student audiences in Bryson City, NC at the Swain Arts Center. Public Community Concert: 2:30 p.m., Sunday January 27th Educational […]

Meadow School, Benson NC

Meadow School NC Hwy 50 South, Benson, NC, United States

My first exposure to the tradition of acoustic blues happened in a school. And for that reason, I continue to present teaching concerts on the African roots and American diversity of the blues. You never know when someone will catch fire, as I did at the sound of this music and its emotional power. I'll […]

Wakefield Middle School: Teaching Concerts

Wakefield Middle School 2300 Wakefield Pines Dr., Raleigh, NC, United States

I'm happy to be returning to this NC middle school for two teaching concerts, one each for the sixth-seventh grade students and teachers, and one for the eight graders. This performance is partially supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh NC.

High Water-Hurricane Benefit, Lumberton NC

Robeson County Library 101 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC, United States

(AP Photo/David Goldman) Working with local organizations and organizers, I'll be donating a performance to raise money and spirits of those driven from their homes by the recent hurricanes in Lumberton NC. I have friends who had only been back in their homes for a few months before losing them to high water again, in […]

Cottage Music House Concerts, Harrisonburg VA

Cottage Music King Arthur's Court, Harrisonburg, VA, United States

On Sunday afternoon, February 17th, I'll be stopping in Harrisonburg VA for a house concert. There will be a 45 minute set, refreshments and visiting time, and then a second set. We're coming to make new friends, see some old ones, and make a bunch of music - new and old. Reservations by email please […]

14th Annual Posi Music Festival, Tampa FL

Westshore Grand Hotel 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL, United States

I'll be teaching in the pre-conference song school, and offering one of the two keynote addresses/performances (Bounded by Silence: Songs of Change). There will be a lot of good music and good energy here. Come join us.

House Concert-Lubec, Maine

Lubec-Private Home main street (not the real address), Lubec, ME, United States

Our new friend, Fred Pierce, is hosting us for a private house concert on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Come join us for an evening of unamplified, acoustic music, stories, and songs. Contact Fred at his email or phone number below to reserve your place. This will be a lovely and moving evening of music.


Crow Town Gallery: Mother’s Day Lubec ME

Crow Town Gallery 406 South Lubec Road, Lubec, ME, United States

Having spent the intervening week in Nova Scotia, I'll be coming back through to Lubec, Maine to play a larger venue on Mother's Day, Sunday May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

$15 – $20

Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, The Folk College, Huntingdon PA

Folk College Huntingdon, PA, United States

What a delight to be returning to this lovely little town and this community of players, and I get to bring Reggie Harris with me for the fun! Always presented in collaboration with Huntingdon County Arts, the Folk College stresses open classes for mixed instruments as well as classes to drill down on core technique […]

Peterborough Folk Music Society, House Concert

Harrisville-Private Home Harrisville, NH, United States

After a few years away, I'm delighted to be returning the Deb McWethy's house concert series in Harrisville NH on Friday evening, June 14th (the date of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution)! Directions will be sent with reservation confirmations. Email: deb AT or call 603-318-9196 to reserve your place.


Sign up for Email List

...for news of products, upcoming gigs in your area and live-stream events.

We sort our announcements by zipcode, if you provide one.
We use MailChimp and you'll always have the option to be removed from the list.

Please re-open this tab to confirm submission.
NOTE:  if you're already on our list, the Subscribe button won't work.  Don't worry, we've already got your email address!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required