The BASC Bluegrass Jam in the Park: On the fourth Sunday of every month, pickers from far and wide gather at one of Southern California’s premier bluegrass events, the BASC Bluegrass Jam. This jam is for pickers of all skills and experience. The location of the Jam is at the West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307.
Bluegrass Night at Viva Cantina: On the third Tuesday of every month, we provide a showcase for Southern California’s best bluegrass bands (and an occasional traveling band) at this great Burbank restaurant. Admission is free and Viva Cantina serves up some of the best American and Mexican food around, and at reasonable prices.
Bluegrass at the Rancho: We produce occasional shows at the Rancho Cordillera del Norte in Northridge, CA. These shows feature traveling bands and national acts and usually bring a larger audience than can be accommodated at our monthly BASC Night.
BASC eNewsletter: We keep track of Southern California bluegrass jams, gigs, and festivals with our unique eNewsletter. The eNewsletter goes out each month to all our members and friends via email and Facebook.
BASC Web Site: Our web site at www.socalbluegrass.org is a valuable source of information about bluegrass goings-on in Southern California. It also has an interactive calendar where you can list your own Bluegrass events. Check it out.
BASC Volunteers: We help people get involved in the bluegrass scene and meet a lot of nice folks, as well. Bring your talents, energy, and dreams, and help us make it happen.
BASC Member Bands: We list all our member bands with links to their websites each month in our eNewsletter. Member bands also get a chance to show their stuff to an enthusiastic audience at BASC Blue- grass Night.
BASC Board of Directors:
Each member is elected for a 1 year term with the current President automatically serving for one additional year after his/her term of office is over, to preserve the continuity of the Presidency. Elections are held in June of each year, with nominations taken until the end of March. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should contact President Harley Tarlitz for confirmation of date and place. We welcome your participation and all are welcome.
BASC BOARD of DIRECTORS
|Musician/Producer, Travel Agent|
|Property Manager, Musician/Song Writer|
|Software/Computer company owner|
|JPL Engineer, Musician/Song Writer|
|Mike Stein - At Large|
|Nanette Weinberg - At Large|
|David Volk - At Large|
|Kyle Dunkin - At Large|
BASC Advisory Council:
Byron Berline, Tom Ewing, Peter Feldmann, Richard Greene, Frank Javorsek, Herb Pedersen, Phil Salazar, and Tony Trischka.
At a house jam in the Fall of 1992 an old friend Nancy Gillins said, “Ya’ know, we ought to have a bluegrass organization right here in Southern California.” Nancy spoke to a whole bunch of folks involved in the Southern California Bluegrass scene and the thought turned into a reality in 1993, with the birth of the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC).
The very first meeting of BASC was held at the home of Margo and Ken Tennesen. Elaine and Clark Weissman of CTMS fame lent their expertise in how to establish a non-profit (501c3) educational organization. And so, from a small charter membership of about 40 bluegrass music lovers, BASC has grown to a membership of over 300, including many sponsors supporting BASC to promote bluegrass music right here in Southern California. inTUNE News, is produced cooperatively with our sister organization, the San Diego Bluegrass Society. BASC goals include:
- To promote bluegrass music in general, and specifically to promote unity among fans, performers, interested participants, audiences and any organization involved in bluegrass music.
- To develop, cultivate and improve the public image of bluegrass music.
- To create an awareness among the general public of bluegrass music’s profound artistic value and its enduring contribution to American culture and heritage.
- To assist the bluegrass artists and fans in the development, performance and preservation of bluegrass music.
- To assist any other organization, person or entity in the promotion of bluegrass music, including, but not limited to, increasing the media’s awareness of bluegrass music.
- To create within school systems events which educate and introduce young people to the environment and artistic satisfaction of participating in and listening to bluegrass music.
- To present and/or sponsor bluegrass concerts, festivals, seminars, camps and other public events.
- To influence decision makers and resource providers on the national, state and local level, by conferences, meetings and publications, thereby ensuring the growth of bluegrass music.