With a beautiful green canyon as their backdrop, The Brombies were a-pickin' and a-grinnin' on Sunday at Aliso Creek Inn as listeners dined on down-home barbeque. The bluegrass concert and dinner were sponsored by Laguna Beach Live, the organization which provides professional music for the city.
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Laguna Beach Live founder and president Cindy Prewitt was on hand to see that everything ran smoothly.
"[Laguna Beach Live] started 11 years ago to bring music to enrich the community of Laguna Beach," said Prewitt.
LBL will present over 30 concerts this year and eight free outreach programs to students and seniors. Events include chamber music at the Laguna Art Museum, Jazz Wednesdays during the summer and winter, gospel in the spring, big band music in the spring, and a musical festival in February.
A Los Angeles-based band, the Brombies, play traditional bluegrass music throughout the western United States. Singer Jo Ellen Doering plays guitar, and her smile can light up a room. Her husband George Doering can play the Shinola out of a mandolin, and Patrick Sauber can sure pick a banjo. They were joined by Bill Bryson on a sweet bass, and Dennis Fetchit on a hot fiddle.
The goal of the Brombies is "to present original songs and to play some music that might lift the spirits of the audience." Jo Ellen and George won the Chris Austin Songwriters Contest in 2007, 2009 and 2010 for bluegrass and gospel music.
Aliso Creek Inn donated part of the evening's proceeds to Laguna Beach Live.