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The Ash Grove: Overview & Vision

Incomplete List of Original Ash Grove Artists 1958-1973

History of  the Ash Grove

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50th Anniversary Event at UCLA

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© 2009 Phil Melnick
The Ash Grove
1958 - 1973
8162 Melrose Avenue,West Hollywood, CA


For 15 years, beginning in 1958, the Ash Grove presented music as a major voice for the experiences, beliefs and feelings of communities and peoples. It was an important focus in the lives of over 100,000 Los Angelenos. The performance standards and creative interplay among musicians, young and old, produced many great artists, enriched the lives of audiences, and gave the club a leading role in the culture of a generation.

Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Lenny Bruce, Joan Baez,Phil Ochs, Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and dozens of other stars all played at the Ash Grove. Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson performed their first West Coast concerts here. Bluesmen Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Mance Lipscomb also frequented the legendary club

  Joan Baez

Joan Armatrading

Ash Grove front

Bill Monroe

Doc Watson

Howlin' Wolf




in conjunction with the

Getty initiative:
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 - 1980

will unveil its latest special exhibit,  

Trouble In Paradise:
Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975.

Located on the Museum's fourth floor, the exhibit explores thirty years of the pop music scene in Los Angeles, and its related culture, politics, and popular art. 

The GRAMMY Museum has partnered with University of Southern California Professor Josh Kun, who is serving as co-curator.

The Ash Grove’s Extended Family has collected and contributed media, displayed in an interactive media table, for this exhibition.

Video 1.
Ash Grove Documentary Trailer
This 8 minute trailer tells the story of the club through interviews with owner, Ed Pearl, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Dave Alvin, and ­­­others, with archival clips of many of the Ash Grove performers.

Video 2.
Ash Grove 50th Anniversary Concert
This trailer is a montage of but a few of the many performers who appeared at the 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert at Royce Hall, UCLA in 2008. Included are Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dave Alvin, Michelle Shocked, The Freedom Singers and others. Videos courtesy of a documentary film in progress by filmmakers Aiyana Elliot and Jerry Kay.

Videos 3-18.
Muddy Waters Live at the Ash Grove
Videos produced by Taylor Hackford.
Courtesy of Wolfgang’s Vault.


Music from the Original Ash Grove


Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys

3. LORDY LORDY - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

4. STAGERLEE - Ramblin’ Jack Elliot

5. ABERDEEN BLUES - Booker White

6. MEET ME ROUND THE BOTTOM - Mance Lipscomb


8. LITTLE BOXES - Pete Seeger

9. WILDWOOD FLOWER - Maybelle Carter

10. Goin’ Down That Dirt Road - Taj Mahal



Photographs of Ash Grove Performers
by Phil Melnick All photographs © 2009 Phil Melnick

Original Posters from the Ash Grove

We invite you to visit this exhibition
which will be open

2/22/2012 – 06/03/2012

800 W. Olympic Blvd. #A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015
M-F 11:30am-7:30pm S-S 10:00am - 7:30pm 

Tickets are $12.95 or less,  Parking $5.00 2hrs


for more information




  Wolfgang's Vault Newsletter
Featured on December 15, 2009
Featured Download: The Rising Sons Featured Download: The Rising Sons
Ash Grove (Los Angeles, CA) 5/28/1965
As young regulars frequenting the Ash Grove club, the Rising Songs were one of the first bands to play blues, folk, and country with electric guitars. Together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal spawned a new form of the blues and influenced countless bands.
Play this concert in Concert Vault
New Ash Grove Releases New Ash Grove Releases
Since we launched the Ash Grove collection nine months ago we've posted over 100 sets from this legendary club. Today we've posted 20 more shows, including several truly outstanding performances. Enjoy!
See our new Ash Grove releases
This Week's Featured Playlist: Daytrotter Covers volume 4 This Week's Featured Playlist: Daytrotter Covers volume 4
The idea behind this playlist is simple: if you're looking for a new band to fall in love with, it's easier to do when they're playing songs you already know and love. Check out some rising stars performing tunes by Bowie, Zevon, Dylan, R.E.M., Elton John, Leonard Cohen, and even Levon & the Hawks.
Listen to this Featured Playlist in Concert Vault
The Rising Sons Ash Grove 5/28/1965
Ry Cooder Record Plant 7/7/1974
Jackie DeShannon & Ry Cooder Ash Grove 9/3/1963
Pamela Polland & Ry Cooder Ash Grove 7/19/1964
Robert Francis Daytrotter Studio 12/1/2009
Dead Confederate Bluebird Theatre 7/17/2009
So Many Dynamos Daytrotter Studio 11/21/2009
Paul McCartney RFK Stadium 7/4/1990
John Lennon Interview 9/24/1980
David Bowie Nassau Coliseum 3/23/1976
In Case You Missed It
The Nice The Nice
Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
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Ash Grove Music Archives

Now on Wolfangs Vault!

This week we are truly honored to announce that music from the historic Ash Grove collection is now available exclusively on Concert Vault! These first 15 previously unreleased gems are some of the most stunning recordings we've ever released. Whether you're into blues, folk, bluegrass, or world music, or simply interested in hearing the roots of rock and roll, the Ash Grove offers you something to dig your ears into. Fifty years ago, the music of the Ash Grove inspired a generation of young artists; today, you can finally hear why.

Lastly, we are proud to present this epic collection of music for download in crystal clear, lossless FLAC format. Just pick up a copy of our snazzy new download manager and you're off to the races.
Cheers, and Happy Listening!
Featured on April 28, 2009
Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins
Ash Grove (Los Angeles, CA) 6/2/1964
A stunning solo set at the Ash Grove from this legendary master of the blues.
Play this concert in Concert Vault
See Lightnin' Hopkins items at the Vault Store
Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys
Ash Grove (Los Angeles, CA) 5/19/1967
A high energy show from the man credited with creating the classic bluegrass sound.
Play this concert in Concert Vault
See Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys items at the Vault Store
Mance Lipscomb Mance Lipscomb
Ash Grove (Los Angeles, CA) 12/4/1964
This Texas songster embodies the musical culture of the early 20th century.
Play this concert in Concert Vault
See Mance Lipscomb items at the Vault Store
Featured Playlist: Producer's Picks - Steve Rosenthal Featured Playlist: Producer's Picks - Steve Rosenthal
The three-time Grammy winner gives you a taste of what to look forward to from the historic Ash Grove catalog.
Listen to this Featured Playlist in Concert Vault

Philip Melnick's Photography

Starting in 1958, photographer Philip Melnick captured the Ash Grove's historic folk and blues concerts. As the club's first general manager, he worked closely with performers such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Doc Watson, and John Lee Hooker. His photographs serve as a terrific visual accompaniment to our newly released Ash Grove concerts.

See Philip Melnick's Photography
Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove 6/2/1964
Merle Travis Ash Grove 12/9/1966
Mississippi John Hurt Ash Grove 7/5/1964
Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys Ash Grove 5/19/1967
Ramblin' Jack Elliot Ash Grove 8/16/1963
Mance Lipscomb Ash Grove 12/4/1964
Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson Ash Grove 5/9/1963
Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers Ash Grove 6/20/1963
Bukka White Ash Grove 8/17/1967
The White Brothers Ash Grove 4/1/1967
Roscoe Holcomb Ash Grove 5/9/1963
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Ash Grove 1/27/1967
Sam Chatmon Ash Grove 8/24/1967
Kathy & Carol Ash Grove 1/27/1967
Hamza el Din Ash Grove 1/17/1970


Early Flyers from the original Ash Grove

Ash Grove front

More flyers and photos to be added soon.
Check back again.


and Photos of the
UCLA Anniversary Event

The Ash Grove celebrated its
50th anniversary

with a 3-day
Event at UCLA, April 18-20, 2008
A wonderful time was had by all!
Thank you to all the volunteers, artists, and UCLA staff
and faculty who made it such a success.

Performers included Ben Harper, the Freedom Singers, Taj Mahal, Dave Alvin, John Hammond, Holly Near, Mike Seeger, Barbara Dane, Ry Cooder, Laura Love, Roland White, Jack Elliott, Michele Shocked, Culture Clash, Guy and Candie Carawan, The Ellis Island band, The Watts Prophets, Cris Williamson, Ashley Maher, John Bilezikjian, Bernie Pearl, Dwight Trible, Huayucaltia, Jack Hirschman, and many more.

The week-end included Friday & Saturday night concerts as part of the UCLA Live series and numerous Free Concerts and Workshops, Friday-Sunday. See our Event Schedule for a full listing and link to information on the performers.

This event was made possible, in part, by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology.

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