The Heritage Ranch

home of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Sunday, September 10th

Music at The Museum Concert Series

Our first "Listen Local" outdoor acoustic concert at The Heritage Ranch is September 10th at 6pm with Cici Artemisia, Dave Beldock, Peggy Watson and Dave Howard performing "in the round". Around 7pm the award winning duo Berkley Hart take the stage to play while the sun sets. Delicious Mexican food from the Dos Bandidos Food Truck will be available from 6pm to 8pm if you'd like to dine during the show. Hay bale seating is first come first served or you can bring your own chair/blankets. Limited VIP seating/snacks will be available for those who are or who become Gold or Business members of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Tickets are just $22.50, kids under 12 get in free.

Dave Howard

Dave Beldock

Cici Artemisia

Peggy Watson


Berkley Hart have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing from both Jeff Berkley (guitar, percussion) and Calman Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.

That said, the duo also delivers in their recordings. Each of their four albums to date has earned San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) and critical acclaim. With their latest effort, “Las Vegas,” scheduled for release in May, 2009, Berkley Hart explore the sonic landscape as it relates to absence, love, loss, religion, redemption, and the power of rock and roll wrapped around the duo’s unique twists of observation. Every Berkley Hart album builds on the promise of the one before.

Their previous album, 2006’s “Pocket Change,” was dubbed by the San Diego Troubadour as finding the duo “at its best, combining poignant lyrics with masterfully crafted melodies and harmonies. It captures their live sound in its purest form: two guys, two guitars, and an occasional harmonica or banjo.”

Prior to that, their third album, “Twelve,” released in 2004, was self-produced and recorded entirely in a home studio. The album received an SDMA for Best Americana Album. The All Music Guide noted, “’Twelve’... reveals that [Berkley Hart] know how to create appealing, harmony-rich country-rock songs. In fact, this disc...feels like an excellent calling card for Nashville."

In 2002, the duo released “Something To Fall Back On,” which received that year's SDMA for Best Adult Alternative Album. For that album, Relix Magazine proclaimed, "The band infuses its rich, harmony-laden songs with strains of bluegrass, folk, country and rock…while…their solid and finely-crafted songs are a good melding of yesterday and today."

And their debut album, 2000’s “Wreck ‘n’ Sow,” was a critical success out of the box that won that year’s SDMA prize for Best Local Recording, and took home the coveted Best New Artist trophy to boot. SLAMM magazine said, "Sometimes an album surfaces that is so emotionally and musically authentic that it crumbles resistance to its genre."

Both Berkley and Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for more than ten years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues including The Birchmere and The Bluebird Café. In 2005, they staged the first “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?” a mulit-artist extravaganza that features music from the film “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and other ‘old-timey’ tunes. With a DVD of the first show now available, Berkley Hart have since presented 2 additional shows, featuring different performers, with another planned for late 2009. Additionally, the duo launched the “Berkley Hart House Concert Revolution.” They simply asked friends and fans to host shows in their homes. With a well-developed plan to help the hosts put on a show, they were able to create annual gigs in living rooms across the country.

Los Bandidos Food Truck