Paul’s Picks

Paul’s Picks: June 4, 2021

Paul's Picks

Paul Irving,  founder of Big, Big, SLO, combines his 25 years experience as a SLO County musician and promoter to offer an insider’s guide to local fun and his regular feature “Paul’s Picks”. 

June 1, 2021

Moonshiner Collective
Photo courtesy of Moonshiner Collective

The Siren Reopens for Live Concerts

At long last, June 15 marks the first time live music returns to The Siren, Morro Bay’s premiere concert venue.  Those lucky enough to get in will be treated to a double header, featuring Moonshiner Collective and Bear Market Riot.

Moonshiner Collective is the San Luis Obispo, California based musical project of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Dan Curcio, 8 string guitarist Gary Wooten, and drummer/percussionist Ryan House that draws from a diverse range of rock, blues, funk, and Americana influences. This is their release party for their brand new album “We’ll Dance Once Again”.

Bear Market Riot is the “Power-Folk” duo of Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil, creating a sound greater than the sum of its parts. These guys won SLO New Times readers poll pick for “Best Band” the last four years in a row! In 2017 they were runner-up in the High Sierra Music Festival Band Competition. As the emcees of Whale Rock Music Festival and frequent radio guests, they’ve earned a reputation as energetic hype-men. They’ve opened for the Brother’s Comatose, Fruition, The Lil’ Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Lukas Nelson, and Nicki Bluhm, among others.  Doors open at 7pm (21+) Seating and tables are very limited and on a first come first serve basis. Food served during the show until 10pm.

Tickets available in advance at

Live Oak Music Festival on the Radio

Join us for Live Oak on the Radio! Although we still can’t do our big shindig at El Chorro Regional Park, we really want to celebrate with you, and we hope you’ll celebrate with each other. On Father’s Day weekend (June 18-20, 2021), camp in your backyard or living room, go to a park or campground, hang with your pod, and tune in to KCBX Central Coast Public Radio on air or at and see the video stream at (or right here on Facebook). Join the party!

KCBX will broadcast the audio and Live Oak will stream the video from our live stage at Castoro Cellars in front of a small live audience. Live bands include The White Buffalo, The Dustbowl Revival, Soul Scratch, B-Side Players, Sunny War, SambaDá, Doc Oliver, the Cosmo Alleycats and Chris Beland & Harmony. Live Oak emcee Joe Craven will grace the stage and the airwaves through the weekend.

We’ll also feature videos made especially for you and all of our Live Oakie friends by performers such as Terrier, Pacific Range, Arthur Watership, Upside Ska, Turkey Buzzards, Joe Kaplow, Billy Foppiano and many more.

And KCBX’s Neal Losey and Janelle Younger will put together sets of archived festival performance recordings by artists such as Richard Thompson, La Santa Cecilia, The Record Company, Ruthie Foster and many, many more.

Thanks to Castoro Cellars for providing the live venue. Thanks to BGA, Big Big SLO, Slaydar Collective and Hilding Larson of Matrix Mobile TV for providing the audio and video production and streaming services. Thanks to Lavender Smiths, SLO Brew Rock and Bristols Cider for providing the video locations. And thanks to Good Medicine Presents for booking the live acts, their stage and house management, and so much more.

In addition to all of the great music, you will have the opportunity to purchase T-shirts and stickers, vote for your favorite talent show performers, hear live storytelling, participate in live yoga sessions, download our Live Oak coloring book, and much more!

There will also be an online auction featuring items donated to help raise money to support the festival, including the 2021 Live Oak quilt made by Dorothy Deis, art from local artists and items from local businesses. All of the details are at

Listen to KCBX on the air and find the full schedule of music and events at
Soul Scratch
Photo courtesy of Soul Scratch
Troy Oshann
Photo of Troy Oshann by Marilyn Stringer 

Rockin’ Reunion Tribute to Troy O’Shann

For those who were around the local music scene back in the 80’s and 90’s will undoubtedly remember Troy O’Shann, the charismatic front man for the local favorite rock band Spiced Ice. Troy had relocated and was kind of a big deal in the Monterey music scene. Unfortunately, last August while hiking in Big Sur, he fell and died.
On Saturday, June 5th Sea Pines will host the Rockin Reunion with the best local rock bands from the 80’s and 90’s.  Join them as they come together from all over the country to reunite and host a tribute to Mr. Troy O’Shann. Members of Spiced Ice, Tim Jackson, MGB, Maxx, Targa, Fine Line, Mahem, Streel Legal, The Impalers, Positive Touch, Intrinsic and many more are expected to return to the stage.  Show starts at 2:00 and will run until 6:00.

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