Back To News

Guitar virtuoso Carl Tosten to perform in Olalla

The April 11 show is part of the monthly Clubhouse Concert series.

(OLALLA – April 1) Olalla’s Second Saturday Clubhouse Concert series welcomes Seattle-based guitarist Carl Tosten to the community hall on April 11.

Tosten’s passion for guitars began when he was just 11-years old when his father bought him his first instrument. Early-on he focused mostly on the electric guitar, playing country, rock and even some jazz until the mid-1990s when he switched to acoustic. Since then he’s developed a unique fingerstyle that combines alternate tunings, multiple capos and percussive body slaps.

Tosten has shared the stage with the likes of Stanley Jordan, Tuck & Patty, Lee Ritenour and the California Guitar Trio to name a few. He travels throughout the U.S. and Europe giving concerts and workshops. In 2006, his song “American Dream” won second place in the Woody Guthrie International Songwriting Competition; his instrumental work is featured on Guitar Masters Vol. 1 from Bohemian Productions and his rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home” was included on Northwest Folklife’s “Roots And Branches Vol. 3 – Live.”

“Carl is a veritable one man band,” said series producer Nolan Pepperdine. “He’s an amazing player, a one-of-a-kind composer and a great storyteller. Having him play here in Olalla is a real treat.”

The Olalla evening begins with an everybody-welcome potluck at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is by donation. “It’s pretty much pay-what-you-can,” Pepperdine said. “Nobody will be turned away.”

Proceeds from the concerts are split between the artist and the Olalla Community Club, a non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 1937.

The next Clubhouse Concert will feature Michigan musician Lindsay Lou on May 9 followed by London-born singer-songwriter Rupert Wates on June 27.

For information visit or contact Nolan Pepperdine at

WHAT Carl Tosten in concert

WHEN Saturday, April 11 – all-invited potluck at 6pm; music at 7pm

WHERE Olalla Community Hall ­– 12970 Olalla Valley Road, Olalla

ADMISSION Suggested donation: $15-$20 or pay what you can

INFO Nolan Pepperdine;