A CELEBRATION OF THE ASH GROVE WITH ED PEARL
FEATURING SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY BERNIE PEARL, BARBARA MORRISON, CLAUDIA LENNEAR, JACKSON BROWNE, AND GET LIT TEEN POETRY WITH RHIANNON MCGAVIN
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017 AT 7:30PM
Everything from roots music and blues, to country, bluegrass, world music, poetry, and comedy ran through Los Angeles’ Ash Grove nightclub from 1958 to 1973. Entertainment flowed from up high in the Appalachians and from deep down in the Mississippi Delta. It brought many of the great historical figures in music to the West Coast . Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Doc Watson, Lightnin Hopkins and others performed their first West Coast concerts at the Ash Grove. Their music flowed into town and changed the music culture forever. Ry Cooder, Bernie Pearl and others flocked to the Ash Grove to sit at the edge of the stage to help them in their own craft. The list of performers was in the hundreds and included Clifton Chenier, Joan Baez, The Chambers Brothers, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Janis Ian, Miriam Makeba, and many others. It all started with Ash Grove’s founder Ed Pearl, a guitar player and music enthusiast. He not only shared music with the devoted community of fans who frequented the venue, but also displayed photos and articles that provided visitors with a little more depth on the artists and musicians and the part of American music history they represented. The club also provided a space for organizations such as the Black Panthers and Students for a Democratic Society to meet. This all made the club more than just a music venue. The Ash Grove was perhaps the most important musical and cultural venue in Southern California. Although it burned down three times over the years, it did not flee from people’s minds. The Ash Grove continues these days putting on concerts and cultural events at the Hollywood Improv, which was the original location of the Ash Grove. To celebrate the legacy of the Ash Grove nightclub, the GRAMMY Museum is pleased to present a special evening featuring an intimate Q&A with founder Ed Pearl as he dives into the rich history of the club. The discussion will be moderated by music journalist Steve Hochman and followed by special performances from blues musician Bernie Pearl and his band with Barbara Morrison; and the talented Get Lit Teen Poetry program will do readings by new Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureat Rhiannon McGavin, and others. The evening will be capped by performances from Claudia Lennear and Jackson Browne.
Categories: Folk Music