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Come to Diggin' Deep, a Los Osos Benefit Relief Concert, Feb. 26, in the South Bay Community Center 

If you weathered the January storms with minimal damage and disruption, consider yourself lucky. Many in hard-hit communities such as Los Osos are still trying to put their lives back together, which is why Los Osos residents Gary J. Freiberg and Paul Irving have put together Diggin' Deep—Los Osos Benefit Relief Concert, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 (noon to 6 p.m.; all ages; free but donations welcome at my805tix.com/e/diggin-deep-los-osos-disaster-relief-concert), in the South Bay Community Center. There will also be a live auction at the event.

click to enlarge SWEET RELIEF Zongo All-Stars with flautist Andrew Wise is one of five acts performing at Diggin' Deep, a Los Osos Benefit Relief Concert in the South Bay Community Center on Feb. 26. - COURTESY PHOTO BY DAVID HAMMOND BROWN
  • Courtesy Photo By David Hammond Brown
  • SWEET RELIEF Zongo All-Stars with flautist Andrew Wise is one of five acts performing at Diggin' Deep, a Los Osos Benefit Relief Concert in the South Bay Community Center on Feb. 26.

"To assist the approximately 30 families whose homes were severely damaged from the rain bomb cyclone in January, I, along with Paul Irving, have organized the concert, which is really a music extravaganza," Freiberg explained. "The story is multi-fold, and much more than when Paul and I started out. The purpose is to help the affected families, but it has been such a lesson in the meaning of community. To see every service organization, individual, musicians, the community center, everything be donated, or volunteers joining with the same purpose, has been a privilege to see."

All five bands—Zongo All-Stars, Strange Cake, B & The Hive, Carbon City Lights, and Mini Nova—are donating their time, including Mini Nova with players from the Steve Miller Band and WAR.

"Cliché as it sounds, the benevolence has truly been awe-inspiring," Freiberg added. "Other stories have reported how strangers immediately responded to help the victims to dig out of their homes, and this experience is another application of the kindness we are still capable of. It's time to figuratively and literally roll up the sleeves and pitch in, and to see a community come together to do that is not corny. It's beautiful."

Every cent raised will go to those affected by the storms.

"Not only are all five bands playing for free, but Rich Rolson is running sound all day for free," Irving noted. "The venue, food, and drink are all donated. I can't think of anything not donated, so we're running the event at zero cost with 100 percent of funds going to the residents in need."

Help your neighbors, have some fun, and be reminded of the power of community.

click to enlarge COUNTRY BOY Josh Ward returns to The Siren for a Numbskull and Good Medicine concert on Feb. 24. - PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOD MEDICINE PRESENTS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Good Medicine Presents
  • COUNTRY BOY Josh Ward returns to The Siren for a Numbskull and Good Medicine concert on Feb. 24.

Numbskull and Good Medicine

Pull on your Wranglers and boots and head to The Siren this week when Numbskull and Good Medicine present two country acts for your boot-scooting (or listening) pleasure. They kick off this Thursday, Feb. 23, when Texas troubadour Casey Donahew on his Bars & Beer Joints Acoustic Tour plays the Morro Bay night club (7 to 10:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $25 at goodmedicinepresents.com). After charting 21 No. 1 singles on the Texas music scene, he's now a national touring artist with several albums reaching the Billboard Country Music charts.

Next, Josh Ward returns to The Siren on Friday, Feb. 24 (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $22 at goodmedicinepresents.com). Jake Jacobson opens. Also hailing from the great state of Texas, Ward's motto is "All grit and no quit," epitomized by his relentless touring scheduled and penchant for giving every show all he has.

"Words can't describe the emotion that gets put into these runs and the work that we do," he explained in press materials. "And these people pay their hard-earned money to see it every night. Thank you. Every time I step onstage, you guys remind me that I have more than I deserve."

Also at The Siren

Get your free music this Saturday, Feb. 25, starting with the classic rock, blues, and country cover act ('60s to the present) Back Pages Band (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; 21-and-older), a quintet that's been winning over Central Coast fans for eight years.

Later that night, the Big Elk Band takes the stage (7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; free), playing high energy original rock from their new full-length album, Damaged Like Me, available on all streaming platforms. You'll probably also hear a few select cover songs and cover remixes from '90s grunge to today's hits.

click to enlarge BLUEGRASS AMBASSADORS The Henhouse Prowlers play The Siren on March 2. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SIREN
  • Photo Courtesy Of The Siren
  • BLUEGRASS AMBASSADORS The Henhouse Prowlers play The Siren on March 2.

Then on Thursday, March 2, check out The Henhouse Prowlers, who bill themselves as "bluegrass ambassadors," and who for 18 years have brought music to the masses. Their ninth album, The Departure, was released in 2021 and "explores their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation," the band explained. "While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers' music, [we] bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all [our] own."

Central Coast Americana band, Bremen Town, will open the show (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $15 presale plus fees at eventbrite.com).

Festival Mozaic

This Friday, Feb. 24 (5:30 p.m.; $25 at ovationtix.com), at Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos, Festival Mozaic pianist John Novacek leads a Notable Encounter with cellist Bion Tsang and clarinetist Burt Hara, where Novacek will discuss his own work for piano, cello, and clarinet called "Trio Marlenita," as well as some of his signature piano rags. This informal event "will take you on a tour behind the music—teaching you what to listen for, discussing the musical elements of the piece, and performing some selections," according to organizers.

A couple of days later, enjoy some chamber music with Festival Mozaic's music director and violinist Scott Yoo, pianist John Novacek, cellist Bion Tsang, and clarinetist Burt Hara this Sunday, Feb. 26, at Cuesta's Harold J. Miossi Cultural & Performing Arts Center (2 p.m.; $35 and up at ovationtix.com). The program includes Florence Price's song "Adoration" arranged for violin and piano by Yoo, another performance of "Trio Marlenita" by Novacek, and trios by Brahms and Fauré.

click to enlarge GRATEFUL Deadheads unite at SLO Brew Rock on Feb. 24, when Cubensis pays homage to the Grateful Dead. - COURTESY PHOTO BY HENRY HUNGERLAND
  • Courtesy Photo By Henry Hungerland
  • GRATEFUL Deadheads unite at SLO Brew Rock on Feb. 24, when Cubensis pays homage to the Grateful Dead.

More music ...

SLO Brew Rock brings you an evening with Cubensis: The Grateful Dead Tribute this Friday, Feb. 24 (7 pm.; 18-and-older; $15 plus fees at ticketweb.com). The group formed in 1987 "when a group of Deadhead musicians became frustrated with the Dead's all-too-infrequent visits to Southern California," according to their bio. "Soon, word got around about this outfit, who used the Dead's music as a skeletal framework for their own improvisational explorations."

click to enlarge THE RETURN After a hiatus, Four Day Beard will return to the stage on Feb. 25, at The Raconteur Room. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FOUR DAY BEARD
  • Photo Courtesy Of Four Day Beard
  • THE RETURN After a hiatus, Four Day Beard will return to the stage on Feb. 25, at The Raconteur Room.

After a hiatus, gritty, moody, downtempo alt-rockers Four Day Beard is back with their first show of the year this Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Raconteur Room in Atascadero (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $5 at the door). The band has a new bass player—Robert Lindsey, formerly of the San Francisco-based alternative band Gratitude—and will play new music from their upcoming album. Local indie-rockers, Rewild, will open the show. Expect original, complexly themed music and pop-sensible melodies.

"We're thrilled to be back playing new music," Four Day Beard frontman Joe Schwab said. "The Raconteur Room is a great venue, and we're looking forward to performing with Rewild. This show is going to be a night to remember."

Cell Block 7 from Lodi and the Cuesta College Jazz Band play the Basin Street Regulars' next "Hot Swingin' Jazz" on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Pismo Vets Hall (11 a.m. jam session, with the concert from 1 to 4 p.m.; $10 general admission at my805tix.com). "Best watch out, ... the boys have escaped again," organizers said of Cell Block 7. "Disguised as musicians and armed with a weird collection of antique musical instruments, our favorite cons are on the loose again!"

A Mo Betta Jazz Production presents Mo Jazz with vocalist Deborah Gilmore backed by local professional, Cal Poly, and Cuesta musicians on Sunday, March 5 (3-5 p.m.; $23 general and $18 student tickets at my805tix.com). The show will "take the audience through the history of some of the greatest contributors to the world of jazz," Gilmore explained. "This also ties into celebrating these artists for Black History Month. I'll also share how Cuesta started its program 40 years ago. The program brings all three worlds together. The goal behind this project was to continue to bring musicians together causing a stronger bond between us." Δ

Contact Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey at [email protected].

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the print version to correct a show time.

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