"The guitar is a whole lot more than a guitar...
there's a whole attitude towards life wrapped up in it"  
(Charles Fox)


SB Acoustic ~ an Ongoing Series of Live 

International Acoustic Music Concerts

& Annual Handmade Guitar Exhibition


Fingerstyle & Jazz

Gypsy & Flamenco

Americana & Blues

Slack Key & more

at the SOhO Listening Room in Beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara

"It’s one the most beautiful experiences I know. Someone has spent a lifetime learning how to get the most beautiful sound possible out of an instrument that someone else has spent a lifetime learning how to build those sounds into…and we come together to play what a similar human has done with writing music. And finally, the whole thing merges when fellow music lovers come to hear and see it all. Many good things happen in this life, but none better than this." (Michael Chapdelaine)

​​SBAcoustic Handmade Guitar Show

& Special Guest Concert

Sunday 9/19/21 Noon - 9:00pm

Free Admission with Concert Ticket ~ Hang Out with Luthiers & Musicians.

Guitars, Ukuleles, Resonators,

Weissenborns & more


Burgers & Brews (and more) at SOhO

"The Celebration was one of the all around most meaningful and entertaining experiences I have ever had and I thank you from the bottom of my heart..." (SBAIC'16 attendee)

Fall '21 Concerts

The fall season of 5 concerts is only $100 per person with reserved seating.

Tickets will go on sale ​when we're ahead of the Covid curve and are assured of restarting​.

 Acoustic Club members from last year's aborted season receive credit for 3 concerts.

All shows start at 7pm ~ Come early for dinner.


It's the best bargain for live acoustic music, anywhere, anytime. 

​Keep your fingers crossed for the resumption of live music!

​Special Guest TBA 9/19/21

Luca Stricagnoli from Italy 10/10/21

​​Clive Carroll from Britain 10/24/21

​​​Marley's Ghost 11/7/21

double concert with Jon Wilcox & Friends

​KoMaGa Trio 11/21/21

​Winter/Spring '22 Concerts

The ​winter/spring season of 7 concerts is only $150 per person with reserved seating.

All shows start at 7pm​ ~ Come early for dinner.

It's the best bargain for live acoustic music, anywhere, anytime. 

​Calum Graham from Canada 1/23/22

​​​Trace Bundy 2/6/22

​Carl Verheyen Acoustic Blues Band 3/6/22

Andres Vadin Flamenco Trio 3/27/22

​Sean McGowen 4/24/22

​TransAtlantic Gypsy Jazz Trio 4/24/22

Richard Smith, Joscho Stephan & Rory Hoffman

​Joe Robinson 6/5/22

Past Concerts

Since 2016 we have been fortunate to host live music by many of the world’s great string players:

A Call 2 Peace

Don Alder

Muriel Anderson

Paul Asbell

Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan

Adrian Bellue

Claude Bourbon

Trace Bundy

Clive Carroll

Michael Chapdelaine

Nick Charles

Chucumite

​Craig D’Andrea

Alex DeGrassi

Jerry Douglas

Antoine Dufour

Ken Emerson & Kimo West

Tommy Emmanuel

Vicki Genfan

​Nina Gerber & Chris Webster 

Teja Gerken

Goh

Trevor Gordon Hall

Mark Hanson

Rory Hoffman

The Hot Club of Nashville

The Idiomatiques

Claude LaFlamme

Michael Lorimer

Nick Johnson

John Jorgenson

Laurence Juber

Justin King

Alberto Lombardi

Sean McGowan

​Tony McManus

Maria Muldaur

Kai Narezo

Kinloch Nelson

George Quirin

Donovan Raitt

Del Rey

Joe Robinson

Sam ’n’ Ash

Richard Smith

Tim Sparks

Joscho Stephan

Walter Strauss

Taimane

Sofia Talvik

The Transatlantic Trio

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Andres Vadin

Dani Vargas & Jenna Columbet

Carl Verheyen

Willie Watson

Doug Young

Andrew York

Acoustic Music & the Guitar


Music is unparalleled in its impact across civilization; it is infinite and evolving across time, place, religion and culture. It is the door to our souls, the balm for our spirit, an inspiration to feel deeply, our common language, and the heart of community.

The humble guitar is known for its enormous musical versatility across all cultures and genres. It has been the voice of people to tell their stories, attainable to anyone regardless of wealth or social status.

"Acoustic music is the timeless sound of natural breathing and resonating materials - wood, bone, gourd, gut and skin - which predates the spoken language and modern culture, crossing all borders and barriers, speaking to great universal themes of very personal, yet familiar stories and relating a narrative using a natural resonating sound. 

Those stories keep legacies alive, allow them to be shared, and create new ones going forward." (Derek Johnson)

"The guitar can truly change the world...we've seen that in ministry and education;
it has affected international borders. It's a very dangerous tool." (Richard Hoover, with a smile)

Background ​image: Benedetto Guitars