(March 11, 1943 - March 19, 2017)

Carl Gage

From Russ Paris (on Facebook):

Truly shocked and deeply saddened to read that our good friend Carl Gage has passed away unexpectedly. It’s really hard to believe that it’s true, because Carl would have been the first one to contact me and let me know!! Julie and I met Carl about 20 years ago, through the music community, which is no surprise to anyone who knew him.

Carl was a member of Songmakers and has been active in hoots, camping trips, weekend getaways, concerts and countless similar activities. He has been on the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest Board of Directors and was a member of BASC and Folk Alliance as well.

He was very active in the folk music and bluegrass communities attending hoots and jams, performing at open mics and other venues, and emceeing concerts and events including Topanga. He was quite often in the front row or two of our House Concerts. (We’ve got tons of photos of the back of his head!!)

He was also active in FAR-West, volunteered at the Live Oak Music Festival and managed websites for the Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest, Songmakers, musicians, hobbyists and others. Carl will be truly missed by those of us who were lucky enough to know him. Rest in peace, Carl. (I’ll be waiting for a text from you telling me that it’s all a misunderstanding. I’m holding your reservations for our next house concert.) Damn.