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Steel Guitar Unconvention Three Day Pass
Steel Guitar Unconvention Three Day Pass

Friday June 1st - Sunday June 3rd

Performances by:
Lucky Oceans
Doug Jernigan
Susan Alcorn
Raphael McGregor
John Eichelay
Myk Freedman
Kashiah Hunter


Doug Jernigan was born in Pensacola Florida. When Doug was nine years of age his father bought him his first steel guitar. By the time he was fourteen years old he was playing on the weekends at VFW and Legion Halls in the Pensacola area. At the age of eighteen he had his first professional job in Ohio prior to being drafted in 1965 into the United States Army.

In his early years ('60s & '70s), Doug toured as a backup player for Ferlin Husky, David Houston, Jimmy Dickens, Faron Young, Vassar Clements, Johnny Paycheck, Lorrie Morgan and Jack Greene. and many others. That road work honed his skills. He has recorded with Betty Jean Robinson, Joe Paul Nichols and many other gospel groups.

For his many accomplishments on the steel guitar, Doug was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1994.

Today, Doug continues as a recording artist, session player, teacher of the steel guitar and musician in his home church of River of Life Assembly of God located in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Lucky was born into a music-loving family in Philadelphia in 1951. He heard John Coltrane live, chauffeured Big Joe Williams and co-founded the group Asleep at the Wheel with whom he won 2 Grammy Awards and 7 Nominations.

He is a musician with deep roots in many musical styles and a strong desire to communicate with his audience. He hosted the beloved and acclaimed Daily Planet on ABC RN for 21 years, is a former Australia Council Music Board Member and has played with Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Hank Marvin. He writes music for film and television and is committed to pushing his instrument, the Pedal Steel Guitar, into new directions. He has been called 'the most influential steel guitarist of his generation' and was featured in Hugh Gregory's book, '1000 Great Guitarists.'

Lucky plays many styles of music - jazz, blues, country, western swing, folk, bluegrass - but gets truly interested when the boundaries come down and pure music is being made in the moment. He is a proponent of true improvisation and hosted a TedX talk to explain it. Having experienced a stunningly wide range of music as a radio presenter and as a musician, he is involved in music at a high level in many different contexts and styles, but always with warmth, wit and erudition.

Born in Baltimore, Alcorn started playing guitar at the age of twelve and quickly immersed herself in folk music, blues, and the pop music of the 1960s. A chance encounter with blues musician Muddy Waters steered her towards playing slide guitar. By the time she was twenty-one, she had immersed herself in the pedal steel guitar, playing in country and western swing bands in Texas.

Soon, she began to combine the techniques of country-western pedal steel with her own extended techniques to form a personal style influenced by free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, Indigenous traditions, and various folk musics of the world. By the early 1990s her music began to show an influence of the holistic and feminist “deep listening” philosophies of Pauline Oliveros.

Though mostly a solo performer, Alcorn has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald, Chris Cutler, Joe Giardullo, Caroline Kraabel, Earl Howard, Le Quan Ninh, Sean Meehan, Joe McPhee, LaDonna Smith, Mike Cooper, Walter Daniels, Ellen Fullman, Jandek, George Burt, Janel Leppin, Michael Formanek, Ellery Eskelin, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, Evan Parker, Johanna Varner, Zane Campbell and Mary Halvorson.

Composer, leader, and performer Myk Freedman is a Toronto native and two-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient. Myk is an active member in the Brooklyn creative music scene and can regularly be heard in various projects and ad hock ensembles led by local luminaries. Since 2001 he’s lead the Toronto ensemble Saint Dirt Elementary School, a nine piece junk yard jazz band dedicated to his numerous tunes. In Brooklyn he fronts Myk Freedman and the Mykfreedmans, a quintet of distinctly unique improvisers who interpret his music. He is also a consummate member of Kenny Warren’s otherworldly country band Laila and Smitty, Joey Weisenburg’s Hadar Ensemble specializing in modern Jewish vocal music and Yoshie Fruchter’s Turkish-Americana quartet the Sandcatchers.

Myk has performed with John Zorn, William Parker, Elliot Sharp, Cyro Baptista, Erik Friedlander, Kenney Wessel, and many others. His compositions have been recorded by his own groups, as well as by The MK Groove Orchestra, In a China Shop, and Laila and Smitty. The Toronto duo Martin & Haynes, has released two records dedicated to his music. In 2008, Myk worked with iconoclast John Oswald, arranging Strauss’ music for the Sun Ra Solar Arkestra.

Myk’s arrangements have been premiered at venues such as The Blue Note, John Zorn’s The Stone, The Knitting Factory and the Distillery Jazz Festival, where he was nominated for the Emerging Artist Award.


Raphael McGregor is one of the most in-demand steel players in New York City. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2002, he has had the opportunity to perform and record with a wide variety of renowned musicians, most notably Willie Nelson, Darol Anger and Michael Manring, Adam Levy, Emmy-Award winning composer Paul Brill, Alan Harris, Noam Pikelny, Matt Munisteri, Cyro Baptista, and Chas Justus and the Red Stick Ramblers. For eight years he was the guitarist and steel player for the international touring act Nation Beat, which performed all over North America and Brazil, including such notable venues as Farm Aid, Montreal Jazzfest, Porto Musical in Recife, Brazil, Stern Grove, the Hollywood Palladium, Globalfest, and New York's Blue Note. As well as being an in-demand sideman for many acts in the New York City area, Raphael is the steel player for the Brain Cloud and regularly leads his own bands.

As an educator, he has nine years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts; from university masterclasses to assemblies and residencies with inner-city public school students. Currently he teaches music regularly at the Community Partnership Middle School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and has previously taught at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School, Achievement First High School, and in the Brooklyn Philharmonic's afterschool residency program.

In 2013, Raphael released his first CD as a leader, Fretless, which continues to garner critical acclaim and is available on CdBaby, Itunes, and in other major digital distribution outlets.


Lucky Oceans (details TBD)
Doug Jernigan (details TBD)
: $65.00

Alternate Pricing*:

Friday June 1st - Sunday June 3rd

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