Folk Alliance member Ron Stockfleth, the founder and operator of southern
California’s Acoustic Music Series, died Sunday, November 25, after a long
struggle with kidney cancer.
Ron Stockfleth was a contractor by trade, but was changed after seeing Townes
Van Zandt perform at McCabes in Santa Monica. He was amazed at the communication
and power a great performer could share with an audience, and decided that he
would bring shows of that caliber to the Pasadena area. Starting out knowing
absolutely nothing about promotion or the music industry but learning along the
way, he presented concerts that included singer/songwriters (Iris DeMent, Greg
Brown, Tom Paxton, Cheryl Wheeler), Celtic artists (Skydance, Cherish the
Ladies, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, Sharon Shannon), bluegrass (Allison
Krauss, Mark O’Connor, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice), Americana (Dave
Alvin, Tom Russell, BeauSoleil, Chris Smither), and others.
[Obituary courtesy of the Folk Alliance].