Julian's Music Scene

Folk ~ Fiddle ~ Blues ~ Country ~ Celtic ~ Soul ~ Jazz

 Photo by Angela McLaughlin, 2016

Photo by Angela McLaughlin, 2016

Live Music

Performs public concerts and sings from their repertoire at local events. The group is open to new members; rehearsals are most Mondays at 6pm at Community United Methodist Church of Julian, 2898 Highway 78. Call 760-765-2069.

  • June 2: Schubert Concert at Community United Methodist Church of Julian, 4pm

The Friends of the Julian Library group sponsors monthly music events, typically on the first Tuesday of the month, with some exceptions. Tuesday performances start at 6pm at the Julian Branch Library and are scheduled as follows for 2018:

  • March 13: Laura Klugherz and Douglas Rubio, “Folk Fiesta”
  • April 7: San Diego Opera, “Exposed,” 2 pm
  • May 1: Patrick Berrogain Trio, “Gypsy Jazz”
  • May 11: Charged Particles, a jazz band of Stanford professors
  • June 5: Christina Tourin, harpist
  • July: Date and program to be announced.
  • August 7: Program to be announced.
  • September 4: Program to be announced.


Today’s best acoustic roots musicians perform to sold-out audiences each year at these concerts organized by the Julian Family Fiddle Camp. Performances are April 13 and 14 at Camp Cedar Glen, 743 Farmer Road. Seating is at 6:30pm, with concerts starting at 7pm.

Tickets are available at familyfiddlecamp.com, and are included in the registration price for those who are attending the camp. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include a pre-concert dinner and premiere seating at the concert, are available.

National Flat-picking Champion Tyler Grant and National Mandolin Champion Jordan Ramsey, with special guests Esther Haynes, Jesse Maw and Ben Krakauer, will perform April 13.

The Bee Eaters, with special guests Luke Price, Matthew Hartz, John Hermann and Henry Barnes, will take the stage April 14.

Those interested in attending the fiddle camp from April 11 to 15 will find group and individual lessons and jam sessions for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, cello and banjo. The program focuses on bluegrass, old-time Appalachian, Texas-style and Celtic musical traditions.



Sponsored by Sons of the American Legion Post 468 with proceeds supporting the organization’s charitable work, The Julian Dance and Backcountry BBQ has been a fun-filled annual tradition for 12 years.

Set for June 9, from 2pm to 10 pm, the event will encourage guests to kick up their heels to country music tunes in the ambiance of Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Drive.

Huge helpings of Santa Maria-style tritip, chicken, giant hot dogs, veggie-burgers and sides, along with craft beer, wine and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.

A play zone with bouncy rooms, games, pie-eating contests, water balloon battles and a very popular air guitar contest will be open until 7pm for kids — and not-so-grown-up adults.

Advance tickets are $20, and tickets at the gate are $25 for adults and $5 for children under 16. Visit juliandance.org.

Special reserved tables, which include priority canopy seating for six or eight, meals and a bottle of wine, may be booked until June 1.

There is an ATM on-site. No pets or coolers will be allowed into the venue.

The dance will be held rain or shine, and guests should prepare for chilly temperatures after the sun goes down.


 Photo courtesy of Robb Bower, 2017

Photo courtesy of Robb Bower, 2017


Julian’s wine region is the perfect setting to enjoy a day of “kicking blues” at the 20th Annual Julian Blues Bash, an open-air music festival presented by Robb Bower that features top talent from near and far.

The event is set for June 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Drive.

Guests are invited to bring folding chairs and blankets, and spend the day enjoying soulful music and hearty food and drink.

The jam-packed show schedule features The McCoy Brothers, Australia’s Simon Kinny-Lewis and others.

Among the fun food selections will be barbecued entrees and “a taste of Africa.” Local brews by Nickel Beer Co. will be on tap.

For tickets and information, visit robb-bowerpresents.com.

Advance tickets are $35 for adults, and $25 each for military members and spouses with ID. Tickets at the gate are $40 for adults, and free for children under 12.

Stick around to enjoy an all-star performers’ jam session at the end of the show, Bower says.



 On September 15, Julian Music Festival will celebrate its 49th year with an eclectic mix of acts performing back to back throughout the day at this family-friendly event.

The festival will take place at Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., where parking is free. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets, and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and older, and free for ages 15 and younger with a paid adult.

Visit julianmusicfestival.com purchase-tickets. Tickets are also available at the gate. Julian Music Festival is the kind of event where guests take advantage of the opportunity to sit under the trees and enjoy the show.


Ongoing Music Events

Jeremy’s on the Hill: Live music on Saturday and Sunday evenings • 4354 Highway 78 • Visit jeremysonthehill.com or call 760-765-1587.

Wynola Pizza & Bistro: Live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays, 6pm-9pm • 4355 Highway 78 • Visit wynolapizza.com or call 760-765-1004.

Music at Julian Station: Live music Sunday, 1pm-4pm • 4470 Highway 78 • Visit julianstation.com or call 760-885-836.


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