"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 SOhO 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)
"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 $110 per person with reserved seating.


Individual concerts are available through SOhO.

All shows start at 7:30pm. Come early for dinner.

Vax card (or negative test within 72 hours if medially unable to be vax'd) required.

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

Reopening Concert with Willie Watson (USA) 9/19/21 $25

and Svea Norton (USA)

Luca Stricagnoli (Italy) 10/17/21 $22

Laurence Juber (Britain/USA) 10/24/21 $22

Marley's Ghost (USA) 11/7/21 $22

double concert with Jon Wilcox & Friends

J2B2 | John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

featuring Herb Pederson - 11/21/21 $35 On Sale 8/6

Winter/Spring '22 Concerts

The winter/spring season of 7 concerts is only $150 per person with reserved seating, and if available will go on sale in November 2021.

Current Acoustic Club members have the first right

to retain their seats for the next series - only one pair is available.

Individual concerts will be available through SOhO closer to concert dates.

All shows start at 7:30pm ~ Come early for dinner.

SBAcoustic is the best bargain for live acoustic music, anywhere, anytime. 

Calum Graham (Canada) 1/23/22 $22

Trace Bundy (USA) 2/6/22 $25

Carl Verheyen Acoustic Blues Band (USA) 3/6/22 $22

Andres Vadin Flamenco Trio (Cuba) 3/27/22 $25

Sean McGowan (USA) & Pierre Bensusan (France) 4/17/22 $22

TransAtlantic Gypsy Jazz Trio (USA/Germany) 5/15/22 $30

Richard Smith, Joscho Stephan & Rory Hoffman

Joe Robinson (Australia/USA) 6/5/22 $25

Future Concerts

Clive Carroll (Britain) 10/23/22

The Idiomatiques (US) Fall/22

KoMaGa Trio (Japan/USA)

Nick Charles (Australia)


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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


Craig D’Andrea

Alex DeGrassi

Jerry Douglas

Antoine Dufour

Ken Emerson & Kimo West

Tommy Emmanuel

Vicki Genfan

Nina Gerber & Chris Webster 

Teja Gerken


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


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

"Acoustic music is the timeless sound of nature and resonating materials – wood, bone, gourd, gut and skin. It predates the spoken language of modern culture, crossing all borders and barriers. It speaks to great, universal truths of very personal, yet familiar stories. Those stories keep legacies alive, allow them to be shared, and create new ones going forward".

(Derek Johnson aka Musicalist)

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.

"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