Cleophus Quealy is excited to bring you two very diverse acts on one beautiful afternoon. Pull up a chair and take in the tunes with a cold pint and delicious lunch brought to you by Canasta Kitchen.
San Leandro native Austin James Hicks picked up a guitar 11 years ago and hasn't put it down since. Writing and playing music is a release and necessity for this UCSC philosophy student, and we're delighted to have him at CQ with his musical partner Ben Wallace, hitting the stage at 2pm.
Up at 4:30pm is one of the most polished bands in the San Francisco bluegrass scene: High Country! Over the last forty years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. High Country's show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals to this spirited American art form. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, and brings their love of bluegrass to an ever-widening audience.
2-4:15pm: Austin James Hicks & Ben Wallace
4:30-6:45pm: High Country