CC Riders to play in Los Osos

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The CC Riders.

The CC Riders.

The Red Barn Community Music Series will present the CC Riders in concert Nov. 5 at the red barn in the Los Osos Community Park, located at 2180 Palisades Ave., in Los Osos. There will be a 5 p.m. potluck and the show will start at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door – no advance seating or reservations.

For more information, call (805) 215-3238.

The CC Riders, comprised of Louie Ortega, Dorian Michael, Ken Hustad and Kenny Blackwell, play a unique mix of blues, roots country/rockabilly and Hispanic music. It’s a repertoire that is special to this central California quartet. From the lyrical ballads to gritty blues they take advantage of the variety of style that each member brings to the group. And they have the instrumental prowess to make it all work.

Grammy winner Louie Ortega is well known for his career as a solo performer, for his work with the Texas Tornados, and his talent as a songwriter. Jack-of-all-trades Dorian Michael is a versatile guitarist who travels America playing earthy acoustic music and fingerstyle guitar, but here in his home county he plays mostly rowdy electric blues. Whether for the symphony or a blues band, bassist Ken Hustad is known throughout central California as a first-call player. Mandolinist Kenny Blackwell plays virtuosic bluegrass and blues, Brazilian and old-timey, rock and roll and swing. He was a longtime member of Herb Pedersen’s Laurel Canyon Ramblers, and has recording credits from Linda Ronstadt to Neil Diamond. With this combination of players the CC Riders bring a truckload of musical surprises to the stage wherever they perform.

About the Red Barn Community Music Series

The Red Barn Community Music Series is a monthly concert series showcasing local, regional and national musicians performing old time, bluegrass, swing, Celtic, blues, and other forms of acoustic roots music. Donations at the door keep the Red Barn Community Series alive. All proceeds from the show go directly to the artists. The Red Barn is located in the Los Osos Community Park at 2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Doors open at 4:30pm, the potluck supper and potluck band start at 5:00pm, the show begins at 6:00pm. BYOB, a dish to share and your own utensils for the potluck supper. This show is made possible through the generous support and assistance of the entire Red Barn Community (aka Children of the Barn) and with support from KCBX Public Radio and Live Oak Music Festival.

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