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The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

  • Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific 1545 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers are a toe-tapping bluegrass band that play traditional, new grass, and pop tunes in a bluegrass style. Performences are lively and often include impromptu participation from audience members.

The core members of the band have been performing together since 2005 and include Robert Cornelius on banjo and his partner Suzanne Suwanda on guitar, bass and fiddle. Suzanne is known best for her bass playing and harmony singing and is in high demand throughout Northern California performing with The New Carolina Special, Bluegrass Roundup, 27 Strings, The Lampel Brothers and The Summit Sisters!

The third core member is their teenage son Issac Cornelius who is well known for his festival appearances with Kids on Bluegrass. His rich lead vocals and harmonies, reminiscent of the great brother duets,  make him an integral part of The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers as does his solid bass playing. He was recently honored to accept the Directors position for the Northern California Bluegrass Society's Kids on Stage program. 

Rambling with the band is Topher Gayle. Topher is a renowned professional musician, instructor, composer and luthier who, fortunately for us, performs with the band in his "off season" when he is not travelling the nation as an instructor at music camps and festivals. He is the creator of the Mandonator and lives at their world headquarters in San Jose, CA.

Rounding out this performence is local singer, fiddler and mandolin player John Cooper. John's audience rousing fiddle playing and vocal stylings are real crowd pleasers. John also performs with Sagebrush, The California Rodeo Band and The Trail Ride Band. Ask John to Yodel, you may get lucky and he will teach how!