"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 

Fingerstyle & Jazz

Gypsy & Flamenco

Americana & Blues

Singer / Songwriters

Slack Key & more

12 Sunday Nights per year @ 7:30pm 

at SOhO 1221 State St. in Downtown Santa Barbara

Fall '22 Season

These 4 concerts are included with the Acoustic Club Season Subscriptions.

Individual concert tix are on sale now via links below to SOhO.

Brooks Robertson (USA) 10/2/22 $25

SBAcoustic returns for a new season of great music opening with fingerstyle guitarist and Buster B. Jones protege Brooks Robertson.  He just doesn't need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away.  Hailed by prominent exponents of his instrument like Nokie Edwards, Thom Bresh, John Jorgenson and Mason Williams, the young fingerstyle guitarist embodies the creative vision of a postmodern world: It's the music that counts. Brooks utilizes his superb technical abilities to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and surpass the borders of conventional genres. He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his very own art form – sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.

"The Future of American fingerstyle guitar" - Buster B. Jones

"I've always loved playing with Brooks, he's a joy to be around!" - Tommy Emmanuel CGP

"I was completely knocked out with the acoustic guitar virtuosity of Brooks Robertson! Brooks has a very original touch and sound plus monster chops. He's always making great music with his guitar. I'm sure Brooks will be sharing his music with the entire world and have an incredible career." - Lee Ritenour

"Brooks Robertson plays like the house is on fire."  - Thom Bresh

"All guitar players are like Frankensteins. Their music is made out of bits and pieces of other players. In Brooks' case, he's a son of a Frankenchops, the well known monster picker Buster B. Jones. Buster and Brooks are both so scary ... the legend continues." - Mason Williams

"Brooks Robertson has one of the very best techniques in fingerstyle guitar. You can hear the influences of Buster B. Jones, Jerry Reed, and all the great fingerpickers past ... and he's writing some fabulous new material. An amazing guitar player who's showing the rest of us how it's done! Nobody whops Brooks Robertson!"  - Richard Smith

"Brooks Robertson is a superb and exciting guitarist. I love his playing!"  - Pat Bergeson

"He is slicker than a cat on a greased pole."  - Nokie Edwards

"Brooks Robertson is well-equipped to carry on the legacy of Buster B Jones' powerful and funky guitar style. Any player would be very proud to have such an accomplished guitarist as a protégé. Brooks' personal playing and composing style is equally compelling, as audiences around the world are finding out. The solo guitar's future is in good hands with players like Brooks out there!"  - John Jorgenson

"Brooks Robertson's playing is wonderful, rhythmically precise, harmonically complex and melodically compelling. How he controls all three simultaneously, blending them into something musically engaging, is remarkable. He's a gem."       - Neil Andersson

Christie Lenee (USA) 10/23/22 $25

Singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée is more than a musician – she’s an experience. Symphonic compositions flow from her fingertips effortlessly, with sound ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals. Her recent title of Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 awarded by Music Radar Magazine out of the UK, has launched Christie’s career towards international stardom.

Christie is often described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews,” integrating melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks and percussive, harmonic textures. As an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International consistently logging a number of major festivals, events, opera houses and theaters nationwide, Christie Lenée performs with radiant joy that awes crowds and inspires fellow musicians. She recently told Digital Journal that “years ago, I set my intention to be an inspirational songwriter, though over time I’ve come to realize that inspiration comes in many forms. Talking about the dark and the light, the beauty and moments of pain are all forms of inspiration.” As an artist, she hopes to bring joy, freedom, and light to the world though the love of music.

“Christie Lenée is a wonderful spirit making beautiful music on the guitar. She has epic compositions that take one on a journey through time.”
~ Tim Reynolds

“Christie Lenée is a fine young guitar player, composer and singer whose depth is surprising in our age!”
~ Tommy Emmanuel, CGP

“Christie Lenée is a very creative and skilled musician!”
~ Andy McKee

“Watching Christie Lenée perform her solo acoustic act is like seeing a firecracker execute a high-wire circus routine while doing flips and juggling flaming bowling pins.”
~ Jimmy Leslie, Guitar Player Magazine

“… One of the most shockingly moving interludes we’ve ever had. It was more than the fluid, neck-tapping virtuosity. She seemed to radiate joy.”
~ Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots, Nashville, TN
(Full article HERE)

“The message in the music of Christie Lenée is crystal-clear and unambiguous. And that message is a celebration of life, love and joy. The elation in her voice, the ever-present smile on her face, her warm and embracing lyrics, her wonderful between-songs anecdotes, and her brilliant guitar playing all point directly to that message.”
~ Scott Hopkins, MusicFest News

The Idiomatiques (USA) 11/13/22 $25

"Gypsy swing with an extra fling is the thing here with the team of Craig Sharmat, Frank Petrelli, Kim Collins and George Quirin, as they mix moments of Django Reinhardt with straight-ahead grooves. Bohemia from the Left Bank is in abundance with caravan-styled solos on a clever take of Thelonious Monk’s music on “Worry, You Needn’t-Maybe” and “C’est La Vie” with some Stephane Grappelli-invoke strings on “Waltz Happening.” Some fun vocals add to the frivolity, particularly on “Lady Be Good” and “Life Don’t Care,” with infectious pulses that will make you grab your partner, or at least your beret on “Big Blue Thing” and “Scooby Doo.” Hard to resist this album that is as light and tasty as an almond croissant."

- George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

The Idiomatiques are:


....along with his monster guitar chops, Craig is a composer and producer whose early career included touring with Ronnie Laws and Randy Crawford before recording his own Billboard chart-topping hits.


....guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, collaborator, performer & teacher, George has performed around the world in addition to teaching, writing, movie scoring, recording, producing and performing as an accomplished flamenco guitarist.


....nationally published vocal arranger, composer, player, singer and voiceover artist, Kim has spent his life in music both as a performer & educator from college level to elementary school. He is equally at home in an all-instrumental ensemble and an a cappella vocal group.


....known for his impeccable phrasing and smooth, fluid style. Frank has performed jazz accordion in Italy, Kyiv, Ukraine and at the Django Sur Lennon festival in Ireland and Djangofest Northwest.

"The Idiomatiques is a guarantee for a great night out when I go see them play live. Their musicianship is top notch. Their passion and pure enjoyment is evident in their performance and arrangements. A joy to listen to, and their sense of humor that comes through is the added bonus."

- Danny Lux, multi Emmy-nominated composer & musician

Twanguero (Spain/USA) 12/4/22 $25

Spanish songwriter and LatinGrammy Winner Twanguero (Diego Garcia) is considered by many as one of the best guitarists in Spain and is internationally renown for his unique sound of Spanish guitar, American folk, flamenco and tango, and for his impeccable fingerpicking.

For this concert he will be presenting his new release “Backroads, Vol 2”, a gorgeous solo set conceived and recorded during his Covid sojourn in the jungles of Costa Rica. Expect the exquisite finger picking style of classical Spanish/Flamenco guitar.

” … Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … “

Rolling Stone Magazine

” … A guitar master … “

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Please come and support live music!

Eat, drink, listen, tap your feet, clap your hands and smile at SOhO.

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

The Guitar Show TBA

"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)

Details to be Announced Soon

"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)

Winter '23 Season

These 4 concerts are included with the Acoustic Club Season Subscriptions.

Individual concert tix will go on sale in the late fall.

TBA 1/22/23

John Jorgenson Gypsy Jazz Quintet 2/5/23 $39

John Jorgenson (manouche guitar, bouzouki and clarinet) and Rory Hoffman (guitar, accordion and piano) are the two of the most versatile musicians that I know of; they can play just about anything on any instrument, and in his outrageously hot Gypsy Jazz Quintet will be accompanied by guitar, violin and percussion.

Jorgenson’s dynamic Quintet and its authentic gypsy jazz - the string-driven swing created by “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris - has been hailed the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.” His Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France, and has been featured at “Djangofests” in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. Jorgenson’s compositions for the Quintet additionally draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek music.  One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, he portrayed Django Reinhardt in the film “Head in the Clouds”.

John is music virtuoso across multiple genres, known for his exquisite licks and world-class musicianship on acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet and vocals for this show as well as mandolin, saxophone and pedal steel. He has contributed to numerous GRAMMY®-winning and platinum-selling albums. The Quintet includes four additional distinguished musicians: Casey Driscoll on violin; Rory Hoffman on guitar, piano and accordion; Simon Planting on bass and Rick Reed on percussion.

“A mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson’s fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound…” - All About Jazz

“Jorgenson’s dexterity, speed, and beauty on acoustic guitar were astonishing, and one could only watch in awe…I struggle to think of a more accomplished guitarist I have seen on stage.” - No Depression

 “John Jorgenson has insanely fast fingers – they’re nothing but a blur when he’s notes-deep into a song.” – NPR

Becca Stevens (USA) 2/19/23 $25

Clive Carroll (UK/USA) 3/5/23 $25

Spring '23 Season

These 4 concerts are included with the Acoustic Club Season Subscriptions.

Individual concert tix will go on sale during the winter.

Abby Posner (USA) 3/26/23 $25

Calum Graham (Canada) 4/16/23 $25

TransAtlantic Guitar Trio (UK/Germany/USA) 5/7/23 $35

The Carl Verheyen Acoustic Band (USA) 6/4/23 $30

Past Concerts

It's been an honor & privilege to host live music

by over 100 of of the world’s great string (and more) players since 2016.  

We are so fortunate to have such talent amongst us who have the

freedom of expression to do what they do.

Don't take it for granted ~ get out and enjoy it while you can;

the musicians and venues need your support now more than ever.

A Call 2 Peace

(with Federico Ramos,

Eduardo Del Signore,

Scarlet Rivera &

Ron Wagner)

Don Alder

Muriel Anderson

Paul Asbell

Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan

Adrian Bellue

PIerre Bensusan

Claude Bourbon

Trace Bundy

Clive Carroll

Michael Chapdelaine

Nick Charles


Craig D’Andrea

Alex DeGrassi

Jerry Douglas

(with Maura O’Connell

& a huge band)

Antoine Dufour

Ken Emerson & Kimo West

Tommy Emmanuel

(with Richard Smith

& Brooks Robertson)

Vicki Genfan

Nina Gerber & Chris Webster

Teja Gerken & Doug Young


Trevor Gordon Hall

Mark Hanson

The Hot Club of Nashville

(with Richard Smith,

Annie Sellick,

Pat Bergeson,

Aaron Till,

Charlie Chadwick &

Josh Hunt)

The Idiomatiques

(with Craig Sharmat,

George Quirin,

Brian Mann &

Kim Collins)

Claude LaFlamme

Michael Lorimer

Nick Johnson


(with John Jorgenson,

Herb Pederson,

Patrick Sauber &

Mark Fain)

Laurence Juber

Justin King

Kaki King

Alberto Lombardi

Marley's Ghost

(with Jerry Fletcher,

Ed Littlefield Jr.,

Bob Nichols,

Mike Phelan,

Dan Wheetman &

Jon Wilcox)

Sean McGowan

Tony McManus

Maria Muldaur

(with John Jorgenson &

Simon Planting)

Kai Narezo

Kinloch Nelson

George Quirin

Donovan Raitt

Del Rey

Joe Robinson

Sam ’n’ Ash

Richard Smith

Tim Sparks

Walter Strauss

Kenny Sultan

Luca Stricagnoli


Sofia Talvik

The Transatlantic Trio

(with Richard Smith,

Joscho Stephan & 

Rory Hoffman)

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Andres Vadin Project

(with Yosmel Montejo,

Diego Alvarez Muñoz,

Manuel Gutiérrez &

Jade Valdes)

Dani Vargas & Jenna Columbet

Carl Verheyen Acoustic Band

(with Dave Marotta &

John Mader)

Willie Watson

Andrew York


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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, and attainable to everyone 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)

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