Edge of the West

Saturday November 18th @ 7:00pm
Doors, box office, & concessions open at 6:00pm

Live Concert

$25 Earlybird Special (available until Oct 7th)
$35 General Admission
$50 VIP (Priority Orchestra section)
– Children 12 & under free accompanied by an adult
 All tickets $5 more on Day of Show. All seating is open within ticketed sections, seating is first come first serve on night of show. Tickets are non-refundable, all sales final

Blues Bear Hawaii and B93 / B97 present The Edge of the West Band playing the music of The New Riders of The Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, The Band, Hot Tuna Marshall Tucker, The Byrds, Graham Parsons and more!

The Edge of the West featuring special guest Barry Sless Pedal Steel & Vocals, fifteen year New Riders veteran Bill Laymon Bass & Vocals, Jim Lewin Guitar & Vocals and keeping the beat Marty Carpenter Drums.

Meet The Band:
Jim Lewin Guitar, vocals: (Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton)
Bill Laymon. Bass, vocals:   (Jefferson Starship, New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band)
Marty Carpenter. Drums, vocals:  (Freddy Fender, Lacy J Dalton)
Barry Sless. Pedal Steel (Jefferson Starship, New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band, Bob Weir Wolf Brothers)

Aportion of the proceeds and ALL  SIGNED CONCERT POSTER SALES will benefit Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong supporting communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.


A Blues Bear Production

“Keeping The Music Live”



The Bands Bio:

BILL LAYMON – Bass / Vocals:

Bill is a well renowned & respected musician, bassist, songwriter, producer & educator based in San Francisco – Bay Area.

Perhaps best known for his many years as bassist for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, as well as the critically-acclaimed David Nelson Band, his credentials also include numerous tours of duty with the world-renowned Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), Kingfish, Lacy J. Dalton and hosts of other high-profile & successful acts.

In addition to being a member of New Riders of the Purple Sage and the David Nelson Band, Bill Laymon also toured as the bassist for Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Al Jardine, Kingfish, and Lacy J Dalton.


After decades-long stints with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bill has earned nothing less than iconic status as one of the most authentic figures on the blues / jam band scene. Over the years, Bill’s evocative singing, intuitive guitar playing and songwriting skills have earned him a large and loyal following worldwide.


JIM LEWIN – Guitar / Vocals

Jim Lewin is a guitarist, songwriter, and producer currently based in Santa Cruz, CA. He is stylistically eclectic with deep roots in bluegrass, country, and rock n’ roll, and is known for his skillful playing on both acoustic and electric guitar. His band Edge of the West Lewin’s latest project, is a poly-genre rock and roll machine featuring Barry Sless, bassist Bill Laymon and drummer Marty Carpenter (Freddy Fender). In the spirit of the Dead, he says the group rolls all genres into one, including bluegrass and Americana and alt-country and jazz.

They tour regularly throughout the Western US, Alaska and Hawaii. Their debut record was released in 2016 and a second record is in process. Jim is also known for his work with some of the more interesting renegade artists in Americana, bluegrass, jam band and country. He’s a long time member of alt-country jamband Great American Taxi who has toured extensively and received much airplay and critical acclaim. He has also worked a lot with Todd Snider, Frank Wakefield, Lacy J. Dalton, Harmony Grits, and has collaborated occasionally on stage or in the studio with many rootsy favorites such as Peter Rowan, Billy Kreutzmann, Leftover Salmon, Flaco Jimenez, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Jeff Austin, Stu Allen and Jack Casady.


BARRY SLESS – guitar, pedal steel guitar

Born in Baltimore, MD, Barry began his career as a touring musician playing guitar and pedal steel with the Maryland based western swing band, Cowboy Jazz. Their two album releases on Rounder Records became favorites of the legendary Northern California radio station KFAT, whose generous airplay in the San Francisco Bay Area led to regular West Coast touring. On one of those tours, after jamming at a San Francisco club with Matthew Kelly, Barry was invited to join his band, Kingfish. Touring with Kingfish introduced Barry to other Bay Area based bands and in 1994, he became a founding member of the David Nelson Band.  DNB caught the attention of Phil Lesh who included Barry and other DNB members on shows with him at The Warfield Theater in 1999. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, Barry became a regular member in most of Lesh’s touring lineups from 2005 through 2008 and has guested with him numerous times since, having played well over a hundred shows with the various formations of the band.  In 2007 he joined Roger McNamee’s new group, Moonalice.  The group’s 2009 CD release was produced by Grammy award winning producer T-Bone Burnett.

Barry currently tours with Bobby Weir and The Wolf Brothers, as well as continuing as a member of The David Nelson Band (www.nelsonband.com) and Moonalice (www.moonalice.com/splash).

Additional touring musical endeavors include Green Leaf Rustlers, featuring Black Crowes fronttman/vocalist Chris Robinson, along with longtime bandmates Pete Sears and John Molo, and Mother Hips guitarist/vocalist Greg Loiacono; and California Kind, also with  Sears and  Molo as well as keyboardist Rob Barraco and singer/songwriter/guitarist Katie Skene. Barry plays locally around his  Marin  County home with Koolerator – an eclectic blues/boogie/country/swing band with accomplished Bay Area musicians Danny Uzilevsky, Jonathan Korty, Joe Kyle Jr and Rob Hooper, and with Rattlebox- a unique collaboration featuring Lorin Rowan on acoustic guitar and vocals, Doug Harman on cello and vocals, and Barry on pedal steel guitar.

Barry’s pedal steel can be heard on selected tracks from three Chris Robinson Brotherhood albums (“Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel” and “If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now”, both released in 2016 and “Barefoot In The Head” released in 2017). He also appears with Leftover Salmon frontman Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi on their 2010 album release “Reckless Habits” and 2011’s “Paradise Lost” and was an occasional touring member of the band.

During his career, Barry has also shared the stage and traded notes with Carlos Santana, Bill Kruetzmann, Mickey Hart, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy, Paul Kantner, Country Joe McDonald, T-Bone Burnett, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Stanley Jordan, Los Lobos, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Larry Campbell, Joan Osborne, Ryan Adams, Jackie Greene, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Jesse McReynolds, Melvin Seals, Merl Saunders, Buddy Miles, Robert Randolph, Tom Constanten, Papa John Creach, George Porter, Papa Mali, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chementi, Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, Leftover Salmon, Norman Greenbaum, Donovan, Wally Ingram, Jay Lane, Jeff Sipe and others.

Barry’s playing combines elements of many different genres, and can evoke styles reminiscent of artists from the western swing of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys and the twang of the Bakersfield classic country sound, through the psychedelic and free wheeling improvisational styles of the Grateful Dead. He maintains a strong sense of song, melody, phrasing and taste, while creating his own unique sound. With roots planted in Americana, hints of jazz and Motown and a dose of psychedelia, he’s at home backing up a singer/songwriter or making a quick left turn, leaving the script and soaring into the cosmos of free form improvisation.



He hails from Salinas, California plays with Edge of the West, Black Velvet Band, The Dalton Gang, California Rodeo Band and Mc Guffie Road Band