Immediate Release
September 10, 2014

Contact: Curtis Reinhardt
Manager, Village Summer Concert Series

Additional information on this show’s
Concert Sponsors, Performers and Participants:
Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande:

2014 AG Village Summer Concerts Wrap Up with Trumpeter Jeff Elliott on September 21st
The Nonprofit Focus will be on the Clark Center Association
Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and Rabobank to Sponsor

The 2014 Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series concludes with trumpeter Jeff Elliott accompanied by guitarist Chris Judge and bassist Brendan Statom on Sunday, September 21st. Join your friends at 1:00pm at the Rotary Bandstand in the Village of Arroyo Grande for this show which was organized with help from the SLOfolks Folk Society. Activities during the day will spotlight the concert sponsor the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and the featured nonprofit organization the Clark Center Association. The Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series is known for presenting the most eclectic and diverse musical offerings of all the regional summer series. A fun raffle, food, drinks and free tours of historical buildings in Heritage Square Park are also always available. This free Series is presented by the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association and the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department. Rabobank again joins these organizations as the Featured Series Sponsor.

The concert will feature well known trumpet master Jeff Elliott with accompanying musicians Chris Judge on guitar and Brendan Statom on bass. Jeff Elliott has been making waves around Southern California for decades. Among those who have called on his talents are Jimmy Messina, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, James Brown, Doc Severinson, and Les McCann. Jeff always craved being “in the band,” whether it was a concert band or a jazz big band. Which didn’t matter, because Jeff grew up playing professionally at least those two loves: jazz trumpet and rock everything. Over the years, he has blended those genres into his own styles, passions, and beliefs about music. “With brilliant technique that absolutely burns, Elliott rips scales and patterns with death-defying speeds and almost inhuman cleanliness. So amazing are his abilities at time he sounds like the trumpet equivalent of Al DiMeola with a tone closer to Jeff Beal.” —International Trumpet Guild, January 2006 For more information on Jeff see

Chris Judge is from Santa Barbara and began playing the guitar at the age of eight. Attracted by the sounds of the classical guitar through the recordings of Andres Segovia and John Williams, he began studying seriously in high-school and has continued ever since. He attended the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid and graduated from U.C.S.B. with degrees in music and Spanish literature. Chris enjoys teaching music in his home studio and participating in an eclectic array of musical projects. He has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Santa Barbara City College Theater Group, Santa Barbara City College Monday Madness big band, and with the internationally recognized group the Transylvanian Mountain Boys with whom he has recorded three CDs for Sony Classical. ( Brendan Statom is a bassist of extraordinary talent. Statom has passionately raged in numerous musical genres over the course of his music career. From his participation in the world/classical/gypsy/folk band, The Transylvanian Mountain Boys, to his expression of hard core fusion and jazz - Statom is a multi-talented rarity and a loving musician of the highest order.

Violinist Gilles Apap was originally schedule to be the featured musician for this concert. Gilles recently experienced a lung problem while in France that required surgery. Chris and Brandon were going to perform with Gilles in their trio known as The Transylvanian Mountain Boys.

SLOfolks Folks Society selected the talent and helped with the publicity for this show. SLOfolks brings SLO County music fans live music from Appalachia to Mali, a diversity reflecting the cultural history and expression of the people's music played on a variety of instruments. Their shows throughout the year feature groups singing and playing sea shanties, ballads, work songs, gypsy music, West African Kora, Celtic Bluegrass, French Musettes and Brazilian instrumentals. SLOfolks shows are presented in SLO and North County venues including Castoro Cellars and the Coalesce Bookstore. Visit for more information about the organization and their shows.

The featured nonprofit organization for this concert is the Clark Center Association. Since opening in 2002, the Clark Center has become the Central Coast’s premier venue for world-class, professional performing arts in an intimate setting. The Center is a state-of-the-art hub for cultural events serving all the people of our community and their families, as well as an institution for vocational and educational opportunity. The Association is the division of the Clark Center which operates the facility, manages the venue rentals and box office, and presents an annual performing arts series. Association staff and volunteers will be on site at the September 21st concert to talk about their upcoming season and discuss ways that individuals can become involved with the Center as donors and volunteers. Representatives will also be selling tickets for the raffle which will benefit the Association. Complete information about the Clark Center and it’s upcoming season can be found at

This show’s concert sponsor is the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande. This 70 year old local club is well know for it’s various philanthropic and community activities including its annual Rotary Fish Fry during the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival (September 26th), its Rotary Relays for local Junior High athletes which occurs each May and for producing the annual Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along show (December 21st) at the Clark Center. The club also funds international service projects, provides over $12,000 in college scholarships yearly and built the popular Rotary Bandstand in the AG Village. Rotary International is the world’s largest and most notable philanthropic service organization. The motto of its 1.2 million members is “Service Above Self.” Concert attendees will be able to learn more about the club and its activities at the September 21st show. For more info on the Club see:

Employees from the overall series sponsor Rabobank will be on hand at the show. Rabobank has supported the Village Summer Concert Series since its inception in 2006 and its charming representatives greet concert attendees at every show with smiles, free waters and surprises! Major media sponsors for the 2014 Series are KSBY-TV, KSMX - 1240 AM, and the family of Tolosa Press papers: the Coast News, the SLO City News and the Bay News.

These free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park from June through September. The South County Historical Society's famous all beef hot dogs, Doc Burnstein’s ice cream, popcorn, drinks and more are available at the shows. Special raffles benefitting the Featured Nonprofit Organizations and various displays will further enliven the concerts. Music fans can also explore Heritage Square Museums, antique shops and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their friends and neighbors to enjoy the afternoons under the sun! Refer to and or call 805-473-2250 for more information on the Village Summer Concert Series and the VIA’s other community events.