Music & Singing

Our final music celebration of the year will be an evening of music, dance, and cultural exchange with visiting Massai friends. Look below for all the information:


Eat Play Love: A community harvest at Mesa Del Sol

We had an epic weekend playdate filled with music, singing, dancing, swimming, yoga and more. Stay tuned for the round two in Spring.

EVOLUTION hosts an epic playdate and harvest of community at Mesa Del Sol tucked back next to the Arroyo Seco river. At this magical vineyard and historic ranch house, we will gather to sing, dance, play and break bread together.

Your ticket includes:

  • 2 nights of camping on this beautiful property
  • 3 delicious feasts: 2 brunches and one dinner
  • daily yoga, mediation, dance, and song circles
  • live music all weekend
  • campfire magic
  • playtime at the pool and on the Arroyo Seco river
  • optional Thai massage sessions, sound healing, wine tastings and vineyard tours
  • special raw cacao and other treats

Our mornings include mediation, yoga and good morning boogie dance sessions followed by delicious organic brunches. Mid day is free to swim, nap, cuddle with friends, play and chill.
Afternoons and evenings include song circles, live music, organic dinner spreads, campfire magic and treats.

You are welcome and encouraged to bring instruments, poems, and stories to share. Bring snacks and whatever you need to set up a cozy tent. There are a limited number of rooms/beds for those who want a little more cush.

Kids are welcome but no four legged friends this time.

Below are some of the musicians joining us for the weekend:

Jim Beckwith:

Jim’s music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. A compelling lyricist with a voice that soars from high to low with the greatest of ease, he also plays dozens of instruments.

Get up close and personal with Jim as he shares the stories and inspiration for his songs with us over the weekend. Jim also leads Kirtan and sacred chanting so we will likely get to sing a long with him. Come be part of the magic.

Vernon Bush:

Drawing from multicultural influences, Vernon brings together the sounds of soul, gospel, and inspirational for a passionate evening of music. Vernon is a singer, composer, and recording artist who has worked with the late Whitney Houston, sung with Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, jazz vocal legend Bobby McFerrin, as well as many other gifted performers. With his musical groups, he has toured all over the world with his musical groups and inspirational sound. He is a member of the highly imaginative a cappella group, SoVoSo, and is also the Choir Director with the Glide Ensemble at the celebrated Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.




Kelly McFarling:

KELLY MCFARLING is an Atlanta, GA born, San Francisco-based songwriter. Her work is reflective of transitions, the wilderness, and its navigation. Sometimes she plays banjo, other times acoustic guitar. Often, she plays a Telecaster fronting her band, The Home Team, featuring pedal steel (Tim Marcus), drums (Nick Cobbett), bass (Oscar Westesson), and various other Bay Area musicians.

During her ten years in San Francisco, McFarling has released five independent recordings: studio albums, Distractible Child (2010) and Ridgeline (2013), an EP of cover songs, Others (2013), and two live albums, Live at Pirate Ship Laguna (2009) and Live at Eddie’s Attic (2011). She has toured behind her own projects as well as performing with bands like Y La Bamba and Goodnight Texas, and is one-third of the all-female folk trio Glittersnatch with Megan Keely and Wolf Larsen. Over the years, McFarling has shared the stage with artists such as Shovels and Rope, Sean Hayes, Chris Pureka, Jolie Holland, and has made a home for herself in the San Francisco music community.




Rise Up Singing with Lisa Goettel

Evolution studio hosted a weekly community singing circle with Lisa Goettel of The Bird Sings, for 4 years. Now the birds have flown the coop, so to speak. The Whole Hearted Chorus has grown so large that LIsa has moved to the UU Church in Monterey to have a larger space. Lisa will still bring workshops, concerts and sing-a-long special events to EVOLUTION so stay tuned.

Lisa Goettel teaching Rise Up Singing at Evolution Studio in Pacific Grove

Lisa’s super-fun and heart-led group singing classes are for singers, shower singers and wanna-be-singers alike. No experience required! Lisa leads vocal exercises and teaches songs of every genre in the round, guiding the way to vocal freedom and joy.








When Vernon Bush visits, it is a joyous celebration.  He helps us raise a powerful vi
bration of love and connection in our hearts and in our neighborhood.  Come one and all to let the song loose from your heart.   No experience needed, just a desire to open up and enjoy singing with friends.

Vernon is a singer, composer, musician, recording artist and actor,Vernon is a featured vocalist in SOVOSO and now Interim Choir Director of the world renowned Glide Memorial Church in SF.  Stay tuned for his next visit and find out more about him here:



Debbie Nargi-Brown keeps the good vibes flowing:

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Debbie has been leading dance and song for almost 30 years in Santa Cruz and beyond. Her singing circles promote the pure joy of singing, a connection with each other and to the sacredness of the song. She creates a nurturing environment so all are welcome to come and express themselves fully with their voice.

She teaches simple songs with a call and response style that anyone can follow and will lead us playfully into connection with our hearts and each other.   Stay tuned for Debbie’s next visit to EVOLUTION.


I am delighted to be hosting some very talented and unique singer/songwriters  for live shows at EVOLUTION.  Our 2017 Salon Series features both local and visiting artists for intimate gatherings where audience and performers get up close and personal through stories and songs. Keep your eye out for our next installment…

We have been lucky enough to enjoy the talents of Matt the Electrician,  The Het Hat Club, Hollis Peach, Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, Raina Rose, Dave Holodlioff, Ma Muse, Linda Arceo, Sean Ryan and others.  Below are a few highlights.

























Evolution show Oct 1st



















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