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At Castoro Cellars we host events year round, from concerts and festivals to weddings and private parties.  Make sure to check the calendar below to see what we have in store!

Lazy Locals Concert Series
Live Music
Lazy Locals Concert Series

Dam Fine wine and great music make for a perfect Lazy Sunday. Join us on select Sundays for this annual Summer concert series.  You're welcome to bring lawn chairs and lunch. Or if you want to be really lazy, food will be available for purchase. 

Dates & Bands

May 8th, Mother's Day: REWINED

June 19th, Father's Day: The Martin Paris Band

July 24th: Próxima Parada

August 14th: Up in the Air

September 25th: The JD Project

Art Exhibit: Under the Paso Sun
Art Exhibit: Under the Paso Sun

Artists Marissa Todd, Dr. Jill Thayer and Roger Lee will share their art in "Under the Paso Sun" at Castoro Cellars Event Gallery throughout May and June 2016. The three bring their individual talents and collaborative inspiration of the Central Coast in a sojourn of contemplation, the environment, and self-discovery. The exhibition will feature photography, digital media, painting, and printmaking methodologies of various genres. 

Yin & Vin
Wine + Wellness
Yin & Vin
Friday, June 3rd
Save Yin & Vin 4/15/16 - 6/4/16 6
$30 | $25

UnWINEd with Yoga & Vino Among the Vines

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM This 75 minute restorative class will be led by our in-house yogini, Lauren Harvey. Yin will be followed by vino and appetizers. Reserve your spot now. $25 for Wine Club Members, $30 for non Wine Club Members.

This all levels yoga class will be held outside (weather permitting) and is taught by our in-house Yogini: Lauren Harvey, of Liila Arts.  Lauren teaches all over the Central Coast and has a diverse background teaching a broad spectrum of styles including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and meditation classes. 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

6:15 PM Check In
6:30 PM Yin Yoga, 75 minutes
7:45 PM Vino & Appetizers

  • Dress in layers because it may be cool in the evening. 
  • Don't forget your yoga mat.
  • Water will be provided but please bring your own reusable canteen.
Make your own Dam Fine Wine!
Annual Blending Event
Make your own Dam Fine Wine!

Saturday June 11th, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Don’t miss the chance to make your own Dam Fine Wine!

Work hand in hand with Castoro’s expert team of winemakers to create a wine blend all your own. Each guest will get take home a 1.5L bottle of their blend, create a custom label, cork it and wax it. Plus, preview the next Dam Fine Red blend and vote for your favorite!
Full catered dinner, included. (See the Menu)

This event sells out each year, so don't wait to buy your tickets.


The Martin Paris Band
Lazy Locals Concert: Father's Day
The Martin Paris Band

Treat Dad to some Dam Fine Wine and perfectly paired music.

Live Music by the Martin Paris Band from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Martin Paris Band plays a variety of musical genres including Rock, Pop, and Country. 

Food will be available for purchase. 

Martin Paris is a contemporary acoustic finger style guitarist. Drawing on inspiration from California’s pristine wine country, under layered by a strong faith and family, Martin brings his versatile array of original material and adds his unique style to some familiar favorites. His music takes you on an instrumental journey by blending pop, rock, folk, blues and ballads. Listeners and fans have called the music catchy, toe-tapping, beautiful and profoundly thought provoking.
Martin was first taught guitar by his father at age twelve. Shortly thereafter becoming influenced by such artists as Eric Clapton, the Doobie Brothers, James Taylor and Loggins & Messina. As he honed his craft, finger style influences included Laurence Juber, Tommy Emmanuel, Peppino D’Agostino and Acoustic Alchemy.

Martin has three projects available and released on Solid Air Records, a Grammy award winning label, “Turning Point” “Guitarist Off The Vine” and “Acoustically Speaking”.

His performances include the Cuesta Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, a repeated featured artist for the Lazy Locals Concert series at Castoro Cellars, Morro Bay Harbor Festival, featured artist for Steve Key’s Songwriters at Play showcases, and countless appearances at over 80 area wineries and venues.
Martin has also opened concerts for Grammy winning guitarist Laurence Juber, Peppino D’Agostino and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff. As well as performing on KCBX and KRUSH radio and KSBY television in San Luis Obispo.

“The acoustic guitar inspires me to create. As I continued to grow musically, my experimentation with altered tunings led me to some of the great finger style players. Many of my compositions are my emotional response and a reflection of events in my life. Music is a gift from God that I love to share”.

Vine-yasa: Yoga & Brunch
Wine + Wellness
Vine-yasa: Yoga & Brunch

Greet your Sunday morning at Castoro Cellars with Yoga & Brunch.

This is an amazing all-levels yoga class, hosted outdoors with vineyard views which concludes with a private brunch including mimosas! We limit Vine-yasa to just 35 guests for an intimate and relaxing experience. Check in at 8:45 AM, Class beings at 9:00 AM.

Tickets are just $30, or $25 for if you're a Wine Club Member.

Vine-yasa sells out each month, so reserve your spot now!

This all levels yoga class will be held outside (weather permitting) and is taught by our in-house Yogini: Lauren Harvey, of Liila Arts.  Lauren teaches all over the Central Coast and has a diverse background teaching a broad spectrum of styles including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and meditation classes. Vine-yasa guests receive 15% off any wine purchases at Castoro Cellars for the rest of the day!

Detailed Schedule:
8:45 AM Check In
9:00 AM Yoga Class,1 Hour
10:00 AM Brunch is Served (Mimosas Included)

  • Dress in layers because it may be cool in the morning. 
  • Don't forget your yoga mat.
  • Water will be provided but please bring your own reusable canteen.

Vine-yasa sells out each month, so reserve your spot now.

Michael Johnston & Marissa Todd
Art Exhibit
Michael Johnston & Marissa Todd

Photo artists Michael Johnston and Marissa Todd will share their passion for horsed featuring photographic works throughout July. Capturing the spirit of horses is an art, and the two share their experiences, skill, and technique in this engaging genre. The exhibition will showcase digital photography methodologies from their regional and international travel.

About Michael Johnston: Michael Johnston is a retired educator pursuing her dream of producing fine art photographs. Her love for photography began as a child inspired by her aunt who took stunning black and white photos and developing them in her darkroom. Horses are a special inspiration in Michael’s work.

Michael developed her keen eye and aesthetic through years of independent study and honed her craft in digital photography at Light Photographic Workshops, Los Osos with instructors Hal and Victoria Schmitt. She studied with equine fine art photographers Tony Stromberg, Scott Trees, Carien Schippers and Sherron Sheppard; and continues to explore new methodologies through online training. In May, Michael traveled to Portugal with Tony to photograph Lusitano horses at various stud farms around Lisbon.

The Castoro Cellars Gallery features images from California, New Mexico, Colorado and Portugal. Michael notes, “Photographing horses at liberty and wranglers doing what they do are my main focus. I want to capture the power, grace, beauty, individual expressions, and stories of horses and their keepers. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy photographing them.”


About Marissa Todd: Marissa began her love affair with photography at the age of 9 when she received her first Brownie camera. The enjoyment of capturing images through the lens has stayed with her throughout her life. In college, Marissa received formal training in photography, conceptual art, and technique. In 1971, her adventures carried her to Alaska for 15 years where the environment and wildlife were a constant inspiration in photographing landscapes and wildlife. She continues to hone her skill and technique through digital photography exploring a unique form of artistry that is truly her own.

The artist states, “Utilizing digital software to integrate fascinating images, textures, and technique is what allows me to create pieces that I hope others will find intriguing.”
Marissa has traveled to Italy and France to capture equine images under the tutelage of the acclaimed European Equine Photographer, Christiane Slavick, and American Equine
photographer Tony Stromberg of Santa Fe. She notes, “Capturing images of horses in action, especially very expressive stallions running free is very thrilling and challenging at the same time.”

Marissa finds that living and working in North County on the Central Coast is reminiscent to certain wine areas of Italy and France, where she draws inspiration. She adds, “This area is unique unto itself with the lighting and the endless varieties of the natural settings, and offers me plenty of opportunities to capture beautiful images.”

The sojourn continues…

The Bills
SLO Folks Presents
The Bills
Saturday, July 2nd
Save The Bills 4/4/16 - 7/3/16 6

We are extremely pleased welcome one of the legends in the folk/root music scene -The Bills!  With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, expect the musical magic you’ve come to love from this extraordinary quintet.  The Bills are renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.  They are touring to support their hot-off-the-presses new CD, Trail of Tales.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show starts at 7:00 PM. Purchase your tickets here, or by calling 805-238-0725

This is an outdoor concert. No outside food, drink, or coolers are permitted. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

The Bills’ brand new album, Trail of Tales features 14 new original tracks. For the first time in their storied career, the album sees all five members of the band contributing compositional talents in a truly collaborative offering. Trail of Tales winds from infectious, grooving folk/pop vocal numbers to beguiling, hypnotic instrumentals. The album walks a verdant path through lyrics that explore and shimmer with melodies that are sure to become standards in the deep and rich Canadian folk/roots/rock songbook.

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – these are the vehicles for The Bills’ unique sonic approach.  With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers.  Whether spinning on your recorded playlist, entertaining an intimate theatre audience or rocking a festival crowd of 10,000, these five gifted multi-instrumentalists are masters at somehow leaving listeners breathless and revitalized all at once.

“Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious – and musically splendid”

– Boston Globe

“The Bills are the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band”

– Glasgow Herald

Próxima Parada
Lazy Locals Concert
Próxima Parada

An eclectic mix of rock, soul, folk and blues, listeners have called their music "sexy as hell,” So either bring a loved one or keep your eyes open because Próxima Parada plays matchmaker. Food will be available for purchase. 

2nd Anniversary Wine Down Tourney
Disc Golf
2nd Anniversary Wine Down Tourney
Saturday, July 30th
Save 2nd Anniversary Wine Down Tourney 05/18/16 - 7/31/16 6
$30 Members, $45 Non Members

2nd Anniversary Wine Down Tourney
at Whale Rock Disc Golf Course,
Presented by Castoro Cellars:

1 Round + Full Lunch + Beer & Wine Tasting
Never Seen Before “Safari Layout” Course
Awards for 1st – 3rd Place Finishers in Each Division,
Prizes, Raffles, & More Surprises!!

$30 Members, $45 Non-Members
Register by calling 805-238-0725. Click Here for more info.

The Whale Rock Wine Down Tourney is our annual fun spirited celebration of the course’s introduction in 2014. This tournament is held to appreciate the beautiful disc golf community on the Central Coast and beyond that have made this course thrive for 2 years! You are all the heart and soul of this place; we thank you.

This non-PDGA sanctioned event gives you a chance to get out with your fellow disc golfers and toss a stress free round enjoying what you love most about the sport. Take the edge off slightly but compete at a high, constructive level. There are some great prizes and giveaways to be had! The round is capped off at the Castoro Cellars tasting room with a local catered lunch and wine + beer tasting galore.

Thank you for your support in making WRDGC a world class disc golf course and for respecting it as a place to foster a healthy community of plastic throwing friends.

Come celebrate with us!!! Cheers to many more!

$30 Members, $45 Non-Members. Register by calling 805-238-0725

Sean Hayes Live
SLO Folks Presents
Sean Hayes Live

If there were a map of Sean Hayes’ 20-plus year career, it would be circuitous. A tangled criss-crossing of backroads and blue highways denoting place, influence, and trajectory. You can hear it in the deep-roots syncopation, in the dusty folk-stomp and in the biorhythmic pulse that ebbs and thumps throughout his soul-tinged songs. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show at 7:00 PM. $22 Purchase tickets online or call 805-238-0725

This is an outdoor concert. No outside food, drink, or coolers are permitted. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, Hayes headed for California two decades ago. It was in San Francisco that his career blossomed. But Hayes credits the Carolinas towns like Asheville and Charleston — places where he first wrote and performed tunes such as “Mary Magdelene” — with imprinting him as an artist.

Hayes forges songs that, even to the uninitiated, sound like hits. He's been compared to Bill Withers for his rhythmic sense and his soulfulness. His "Powerful Stuff," got a lot of mileage in a Subaru commercial. "Dream Machine" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" was covered by folk group The Be Good Tanyas, "Fucked Me Right Up" landed on the soundtrack to HBO's “Bored to Death.” He has dueted with Aimee Mann, toured with the likes of Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, and his breathlessly sexy slow dance, "When We Fall In," inspired pop star Justin Timberlake to blog rhapsodic.

Listening to his songs on recording is one thing, live is another experience altogether. Hayes is at once dynamic and laid back on stage. His ability to be authentic in front of an audience comes, he says, “from having just enough of a theater background to realize that being yourself on stage is more interesting than any stereotyped character.” He adds, “I’ve always been interested in revealing and stripping down and being open.”

The musician has covered a lot of ground in his tenure, but now, seven albums in, he shows no sign of slowing. “Music has changed a lot,” he says of his time in the profession. “You used to have to spend time with a record. You had to take chances and buy records. They were real objects that took up space in your room. Now we have access to enough music, on our phones, to fill libraries.” So how to stand out among a sea of musical artists? Hayes continues to hone his intoxicating blend of ease, effortless cool and magnetism. There's a definite continuity over the span of his back catalog, which dates to his 1999 debut, A Thousand Tiny Pieces. There’s also a distilling of intention and refining of style. He revisits subject matter — sex, emotion, universal life experience — from album to album. “Themes will recycle some,” he says, but Hayes’ approach is more of a spiraling in and deepening of understanding than a simple return.

Summer Day Retreat
Wine + Wellness
Summer Day Retreat

Join Castoro Cellars and Liila Yoga for yoga, meditation, acupuncture, a vineyard hike and more. 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Purchase tickets by clicking here or calling 805-238-0725

Details will be posted soon, but don't wait until then to reserve your spot, our Spring Day Retreat sold out fast!

"I enjoyed the variiety of wellness treatments. Very relaxing."

"It was a great day, all the way around."

"Just a fabulous, fun time!"

- Guest comments from our Spring Detox retreat

Check back later for a detailed schdule of events for the Summer Day Retreat.

Reserve your spot today.

Hot Summer Soul 3
Summer Concert
Hot Summer Soul 3
Saturday, August 13th
Save Hot Summer Soul 3 4/26/16 - 8/12/16 6
$20 | $25

Featuring: Bobby Santa Cruz Band, Irene Cathaway Blues Band, and Burning James & the Funky Flames

Doors open at 6:00 PM, show at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
No outside food or drink is permitted. Bon Temps Creole Cafe will have food available for purchase and we'll be selling Dam Fine Wine.

Up in the Air
Lazy Locals Concert
Up in the Air

Up in the Air first formed in the early 80’s, has evolved with the various personnel changes over the years. Still they retain their original vision of mixing varied musical influences into their compositions which balance structured and arranged parts with the excitement of improvisation. Food will be available for purchase. 

Live Music: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Band Members

  • John Beccia doing vocals, nylon string guitar and keyboards
  • Tom Bruner blowing on trombone, piccolo or flute
  • Suzy Newman contributing lead vocals, harmonies, and percussion
  • Rich Daulton rocking steady on trap drums
  • Phil Gross laying down bass
  • Victor Rocha grooving on Latin and African percussion
  • David Singer working the flute and electric guitar
Las Cafeteras
SLO Folks Presents
Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras is a Chicano band from East Los Angeles. Their music fuses spoken word, folk music, traditional Son Jarocho, and Afro-Mexican style. Doors open at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. 

Tickets are $22. Purchase tickets by clicking here or by calling 805-238-0725

This is an outdoor concert. No outside food, drink, or coolers are permitted. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Timeshas called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.

The sound of Las Cafeteras is brought to life by the eclectic instrumentation used, which include jarana’s, requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West African bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado.

Carol MacLeod
Art Exhibit
Carol MacLeod

For the month of August Castoro Cellars will be displaying the art of Carol MacLeod.  

Carol MacLeod is an artist living in rural San Diego County, who spends time painting the Central Coast Wine Country.  

The Events Gallery is open daily from 10:00 PM- 5:30 PM.

MacLeod uses watercolor to create landscapes reflecting the beauty of the California hills, mountains and water.  Her images are meant to ensue calm and restfulness within the viewer, giving them a break from our busy world.  Master classes with Central Coast artist and mentor, Dee Sudbury and the support of her parents have been the gateway to her success.

Beaverstock Music & Arts Festival
September 17th & 18th
Beaverstock Music & Arts Festival

Celebrating Music & Community

"Two Days of Wine-Loving Peace and Music in the Vineyard"

A benefit for the Templeton Education Foundation.

Come out and enjoy two days of live music in the vineyard!  One & two day tickets available.

Located at 1315 N. Bethel Rd. Templeton, CA 93465

Doors open at 12pm both days and enjoy live music from 1pm-9pm:    

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings / Jackie Greene / Karl Denson's Tiny Universe / The Main Squeeze / The Dustbowl Revival / Shook Twins / Tumbleweed Wanderers / One Time Spaceman / Bear Market Riot / Captain Nasty / Chris Beland / Samba Loca / Shawn Clark Family Band and more!

Tickets and Info

The JD Project
Lazy Locals Concert
The JD Project
Sunday, September 25th
Save The JD Project 3/25/16 - 9/26/15 6

San Luis Obispo’s own, The JD Project, will perfom live at Castoro Cellars from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM as part of our Lazy Locals concert series. The JD Project blends rock, blues, soul, and country. Join us for some "Dam Fine Wine"  and live music to enjoy a lazy afternoon. Food will be available for purchase. 

Music can mean many different things to many different people.  For some, music provides the underscore to their lives, always in the background, accompanying their day-to-day activities, but rarely in the forefront.  For others, music is the soundtrack of their lives, often out in front of everything, matching the pulse and mood of their current state.  For others still, music is an art, a science, something to be analyzed.  San Luis Obispo’s own, The JD Project,provides the kind of music that works very well for all three instances.  Their driving blend of rock, blues, soul, and country provides a pulse that is great for a party atmosphere.  It moves you to tap your feet, dance, sing along…basically have a great time.  Their lyrics and musicianship will impress even the most discerning of listeners.  Their live performances are exciting, amusing, and enjoyable while still leaving the opportunity for people to hold a conversation with each other.  All in all, The JD Project is a great band for any occasion where having a good time is at the top of the list of priorities.

2016 will be a busy year for the band…they will start off in the studio, working on a promising new recording of great, new original tunes. The band hopes to build on and even surpass the success of their 2009 album “Past Due”, which was met with excellent reviews, awards, recognition and radio play. After finishing in the studio, they plan to play show after show up and down the CentralCoast to large, appreciative, fun-loving crowds.  

The JD Project is comprised of veterans of many California touring acts, including former members of SLO’s own nationally touring act, Itchy McGuirk.  They have played throughout the San Francisco Bay area, the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Pozo Saloon, the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, and many other local venues.  The members of The JD Project have played throughout the United States, headlined at large San Francisco venues (Slim’s, The Great American Music Hall, The Last Day Saloon, and many more), and many other exciting venues throughout the country.  Throughout their musical careers, the members of The JD Project have maintained San Luis Obispo County as their home base and take great pride in being members of the SLO community.The JD Project is a perfect fit for any event. Their combination of original and cover tunes, outstanding musicianship, soaring vocals, and overall stage presence will ensure a great time by all in attendance.

The JD Project:

Jon Scholl (Bass and vocals)

Dan Ernst (Guitar and vocals)

Dave LaCaro (Drums and vocals)

Doug Groshart (Keyboard and lead vocals)

Peppino D'Agostino
SLO Folks Presents
Peppino D'Agostino

Peppino’s Acoustic Poetica is a magical, enlightening learning experience that will be a treat for your eyes and ears and inspire your imagination and creative prowess.

Doors open at 6:30 PM Show starts at 7:30 PM

Purchase your tickets here, or by calling 805-238-0725

A young Sicilian artist left Italy over 30 years ago, with the dream of “playing with the greatest guitarists”.  Peppino has achieved his dream and he’s now firmly planted in the “who’s who” of the guitar world.

Peppino D’Agostino emerged on the acoustic guitar scene in the early 80’s as a leading member of the second wave of the great fingerstylists that helped redefine the instrument in the ’90s. His remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. His virtuosity and his emotional charge have also had a significant influence on the younger generation of fingerstyle guitarists. D’Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he first showcased his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers.

D’Agostino has performed in more than 30 countries, at prestigious international festivals and has played in some of the world’s most important theaters. He has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson, to name a few. His solo recordings include high quality labels such as Favored Nations, Mesa / Bluemoon, and Acoustic Music Records. Recognized as “the guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and described as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” by the San Diego Reader, D’Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine. An active member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, Peppino has collaborated and recorded with the classical guitarist David Tanenbaum (chair of the classical guitar at the Conservatory of San Francisco), Jeff Campitelli (considered one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine) and the legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes, among many others.  D’Agostino’s composition “Stammi Vicino,” written with electric guitarist Stef Burns and Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, reached number one in the iTunes rock charts in Italy.

D’Agostino’s simultaneous immersion in the classical guitar and rock worlds, has culminated in his most recent solo recording, Penumbra, a mix of sophisticated yet melodic compositions that are technically complex. Released by Mesa/Bluemoon, Penumbra includes two compositions written for D’Agostino by Latin Grammy Award winner and classical guitar legend Sergio Assad as well as original compositions by three great contemporary classical guitarists: Roland Dyens, Maurizio Colonna and Gyan Riley.  You could arguably say that D’Agostino is the missing link between the Classical and the Acoustic guitar.

Recently Peppino had his very first sold out tour in China and a soundtrack composed for the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

In addition to performing, D’Agostino also makes time to teach. He enjoys meeting with individual students as well as providing group instruction and vacation learning packages like the Acoustic Guitar Cruises, Creative Vacances in La Moreau, France, or teaching with legendary guitarist Martin Taylor.  The leading online instruction company Truefire has released a series of videos in which D’Agostino explains his influential guitar techniques and approach to composition. Peppino, when not performing or teaching, also has fun writing musical licks for new versions of games such as Sims – a product of Electronic Arts, or Dragons of Atlantis for Kabam.

Peppino likes to compare his musical approach to the culinary art of his native Italy: “If you want to prepare a good, succulent dish you have to know how to mix the various ingredients and, most important, have knowledge of the right amounts. Similarly, in musical composition you must be able to properly combine melody, harmony, rhythm and percussive effects with discretion and elegance.”

People never know what to expect at his concerts. Peppino’s repertoire is always changing, adapting to the rapport he establishes with his audience. His live performances, a combination of beautiful, complex, up tempo original instrumentals, memorable arrangements and engaging songs are beautifully addictive.

Peppino never disappoints, opening new musical doors with his loved and award winning Seagull signature model guitar. His hands constantly searching, experimenting, and his original music and songs taking his audiences to ever-expanding heights.

The Black Market Trust
SLO Folks Presents
The Black Market Trust

The Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band who combine the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Black Market Trust has created an organic new sound that is daring, fresh and exciting yet somehow still familiar and inviting. Combining old world romance with new world form, The Black Market Trust brings you a simple, elegant and well-defined classic sound.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Concert Starts at 7:30 PM. $20 per person. Purchase tickets here.

Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a sophomore album that brings a new and exciting sound to 12 tried and true classic songs.

The band’s all-instrumental debut studio album, The Black Market Trust, released in 2012, is widely regarded as a milestone in the gypsy jazz world.  Through the debut album, lead guitarist Jeffrey Scott Radaich gained notoriety for his songwriting, as well as his technical prowess and musicality. He has been touted as one of the most innovative and influential American acoustic gypsy jazz guitarists today. With their first release, the band established themselves as leaders and innovators by combining pop “Brill Building” sensibilities with the traditional sound of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France Quintet. The animated video featuring their song Referential Integrity has garnered over one million YouTube views.

From 2009 to 2015 bassist Brian Netzley along with guitarist Radaich, were members of the groundbreaking Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, whose rapid rise in the jazz world was cemented by twice headlining the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine, France (the final resting place of Jazz icon Django Reinhardt). After spending six formative years as supporting cast members with Bergara, Netzley and Radaich decided the time was right to focus on a new project that would stay true to their love of Django but combine it with a new American flavor. Keeping the core trio line-up from the first Black Market Trust album of Radaich, Netzley and Chris Irwin on rhythm guitar, they rounded out the lineup with LA based session and touring drummer Brandon Laws and Nick Coventry, a Tucson, Arizona violin hero/Eastern European folk music expert. In addition to the new musicians they also decided to add another new element to the Black Market Trust sound: vocals…

Merging their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to The Beach Boys, Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney, the band began to arrange lead and 3 part vocal harmony lines to 12 of their favorite Great American Songbook standards. Using Radaich’s emotive, light baritone as the focus and surrounding it with Netzley’s pure tenor and Irwin’s rich bottom-end, the band's sound is a synthesis of two distinctly different vibes- one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub- into a cohesive, stylish sound.