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Ash Grove Music


50th Anniversary Event at UCLA
April 18-20, 2008

The Ash Grove: Overview & Vision

The Film

History of  the Ash Grove

Press & Performers Comments

A Documentary Film

Now in Production!

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Ash Grove will tell the story of this unique club on Melrose Boulevard, from 1958-73, that brought the legendary masters of roots music to Southern California and inspired and changed the lives of creative people in many walks of life.

Produced and directed by Sundance-award winning filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott (daughter of Ramblin' Jack Elliott).

If you have any Ash Grove memorabilia, photographs, a wonderful story to contribute, or would consider investing in this project, please contact:

This is a story that must be told by those who were there, a rich fabric of voices recounting the excitement, the drama and the conflict inherent in both the Ash Grove club and the era.

Aiyana has begun gathering archival footage and filming interviews with performers such as Taj Mahal and Pete Seeger, as well as with former workers from the club and founding impresario Ed Pearl. More interviews are yet to be done of other performers and workers.

The film will weave performance clips, photographs, and interviews to recreate the far-reaching sphere of the club. The documentary's music will be culled from over 3,000 hours of recorded live performance from the Ash Grove. Filming will also be done at the UCLA 50th anniversary concert that is bringing together the incredibly exciting performing artists of the Ash Grove.