for the new book published by 
The Press at California State University, Fresno
Road to Sweet’s Mill 
Folk Music in the West during the 1960s and ’70s
concert performers: Evo Bluestein, Terry Barrett, Barry Shultz, Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells Solarzano, Two for the Road and The Gilly Girls

The book is a study of the regional folk subculture of the era with archival recordings, photos, interviews and more.

Faith Petric and Kenny Hall on the Sweet’s Mill balcony (George Ballis, circa 1964)

“Sweet’s Mill was a jewel in the crown really. There’s something so beautiful about the Central California location.”  –Barry Olivier, Berkeley Festival Director

“We could be who we were. Extravagantly, we could celebrate it.”  —Mac Benford, Highwoods String Band

“People do music because they have no choice. Some folks are put together so they can’t not pick tunes.” —Solomon Feldthouse, maestro

“We wanted a lot more cultural events than just music. All around life, you know, all the way through. Since people stayed longer, we wanted other things happening because some of them weren’t musicians. I tried to include as many kinds of art as we could.” — Virgil Byxbe, Sweet’s Mill Director

Wahlberg Recital Hall, Cal. State University Fresno, old music building, 7 PM
Free to students, $10 general admission, $7 for students of other schools (with ID), Advance tickets–use box office in  new music building, CSUF. Additional information is available by contacting or by calling 559.278.7255.
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