Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks
Hello my bluegrass friend!

Here it is, the middle of January, and I am just now getting my bluegrass newsletter out. My apologies! Just got back from CBA's Great 48 Jam at the Marriott in Bakersfield, and I am now pretty much recovered.... finally. The wonderful memories of jamming with friends, new and old, from all over California still swirl in my mind......ahhhh! But it's time to look forward now to all the cool music events in the Northern CA area, so let's get started........

I'd like to start with something I've been working on, with a lot of help from my friends. That is the CHICO BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES that I told you about in my last newsletter, and some of you have already attended. All will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Chapel at 285 E. 5th St in Chico, as with the first of the series in early December with Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley.. Concerts start at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30pm. A donation of $15 is requested for adults, $10 for teens and students, and free for 12 and under. The Chico Bluegrass Concert Series are sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, and all proceeds from refreshment sales go to the CBA Youth Academy. For more information, please contact me at lucyinchico@hotmail.com

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8: BILL EVANS' "BANJO IN AMERICA", at 7:00pm. in the Chapel of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Bill Evans is "One of the best banjo pickers on the planet!" according to Mark Wittington, San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 2006. An article in the January issue of Bluegrass Breakdown describes him as "an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo..."
Having just come off an 11-day tour with fellow banjo wiz, Alan Munde, Bill is ready to present his "BANJO IN AMERICA" show to Chico-and-surrounding-areas audiences. Find out more on his website: http://www.billevansbanjo.com/

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8: BANJO WORKSHOP! From 2-4pm, preceding the concert, Bill is teaching a "BANJO JAM SURVIVAL SKILLS " WORKSHOP, for all levels. Learn the secrets of how to have fun playing with others in jams and bands. $40 admission. Bill is an experienced workshop presenter, and the workshop includes ample "take-home" material to solidify skills learned in the workshop. This will be held at my house, and directions will be provided upon registration. To make reservations, call 530-894-1449 or email me at lucyinchico@hotmail.com .

SUNDAY, MARCH 1: NU BLU. NU BLU is a progressive bluegrass band from North Carolina that features the powerful vocals of Caroline Routh, recently featured in a duet with Sam Moore (of Soul duo "Sam and Dave) in their current song on the Bluegrass Charts, "Jesus & Jones".
In addition to Caroline on bass & vocals, the band consists of Daniel Routh on guitar &
vocals, Levi Austin on banjo & vocals, and Austin Koerner on mandolin. This band put
on a great show in the CBA suite at IBMA in Raleigh last October, and I'm delighted that
we get to see them in the North State! Doors at 6:30, concert at 7:00pm. Check them
out on their website at www.nu-blu.com

PLEASE NOTE: NU BLU will also be playing at the STATE THEATER in Red Bluff on Friday,
February 27. For our friends further north, I hope you can make one or the other. Just
don't miss this fine bluegrass band from North Carolina!

SUNDAY, APRIL 19: KATHY BARWICK AND PETE SIEGFRIED. Kathy Barwick is nationally known for both her guitar playing and her dobro playing, although rumor has it, she also plays bass, banjo, and mandolin! (She was recently voted 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Society's Dobro Player of the Year!) Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, the hottest new acoustic duo in northern California, combine years of experience into a compelling, highly entertaining duet sound that ranges from the Monroe Brothers and other "brother duets" of the 1930s to such iconic modern partnerships as Buddy and Julie Miller and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Kathy and Pete blend bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete's exceptional lead vocals, Kathy's amazing guitar work and sterling duet harmonies. As with the previous concerts, doors open at 6:30, concert at 7:00pm, and tickets are only sold at the door. More information at www.barwickandsiegfried.net

SUNDAY, APRIL 19: A BLUEGRASS GUITAR WORKSHOP with Kathy Barwick will be offered from 2:00 to 4:00pm on the day of the concert. With 30 years of experience playing bluegrass and folk, Kathy has presented such workshops at just about every major bluegrass music camp in CA and beyond! She is also a regular contributor to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. The workshop, at $40 for the session, will be held at my home. Please contact me at 530-894-1449 or by email at lucyinchico@hotmail.com to reserve your space and get directions. The workshop will be geared towards intermediate players, focusing on Kathy's specialty of CROSSPICKING. Kathy will provide ample take-home materials to work on concepts learned at the workshop.
Please check out Kathy Barwick's website at www.kathybarwick.net

SUNDAY, MAY 17: ROCK RIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND. This will be our last concert of the series! Rock Ridge is a bluegrass band from Northern California. Their performances and recorded material include traditional & contemporary bluegrass, some originals, old time country, and gospel music with top notch vocals and instrumentation. The band's debut CD, Drifter's Prayer, has received praise and airplay across the US and abroad. The band consists of Josie Grant on guitar and vocals, Rick Grant on fiddle & mandolin&
vocals, Jon Schaffer on bass & vocals, and Hal Horn on banjo & vocals. Check out their
Facebook page and/or their website at www.rockridgebluegrass.com

Again, all the Chico Bluegrass Concerts will be in the chapel of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Chico, 285 E. 5th Street in Chico, CA. Concerts start at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30pm. A donation of $15 is requested for adults, $10 for teens and students, and free for 12 and under. This is a CBA sponsored event, and all proceeds from refreshment sales go to the CBA Youth Academy. For more information, please contact me at lucyinchico@hotmail.com!

Thanks to all of you who attended the last Bluegrass Jam at Olivia's Acupuncture Studio on Mangrove....great fun! Olivia wanted me to thank you for your generous contributions for the use of the space! Hope to see you at the next one......


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 & FEBRUARY 18: BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME SLOW JAM from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the new Chico Rock Stars School of Music at 932 W. 8th Avenue, Chico. All music played is at a slower pace. Songs and fiddle tunes are shared and taught, so this is a perfect venue for beginning and intermediate musicians who want a relaxed jam! Thanks to new owner, Mike Poropat and a special thanks to Jim Myers for his great leadership of this jam! Ongoing, every 3rd Wednesday. For additional information, email Jim at: myersjj@gmail.com

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 : BLUEGRASS JAM AT 1815 MANGROVE AVENUE, CHICO, CA from 1pm until 4pm. This is the home of Chico Community Acupuncture, the business owned by Olivia Peters-Lazaro, who is kind enough to let us play music there! It worked out very again well last month, with a good crowd and great acoustics. Looking forward to mid-February, I'm single-handedly changing the THEME to songs about LOVE. (If you found any songs about HOPE, bring them too!) Come have a great time playing bluegrass tunes with friends, new and old. Here is more information on how to find the venue:

Olivia's business is right across from Fed Ex on Mangrove, on the west side of the street. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, but the driveway may be hard to spot. Hint: Look for the "Stay and Play: Rolling Hills Casino" billboard, with with "Chico Tires & Wheels" sign in red letters just below it. THAT is the driveway entrance. Tozier's Copy Supplies is on the other side of the gray building that once was a house. You can park in the front or back, and we will be using the entrance at the FRONT of the building.

I'm bringing an iced cooler and bottled water, so feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. Snacks are also welcome. Please bring a picking chair, perhaps a friend or two, and most important, yourself and your instrument!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at Upper Crust Bakery at 130 Main St. The Butte Folk Music Society sponsored folk jam, led by Steve Johnson, has a new time. For 2015, this jam will be ongoing, first Saturdays, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. For more information, call Steve at 530-345-4128.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at the Centerville School House (formerly at Cafe Flo), from 1:00pm to 4pm, led by Robert Catalano. All kinds of acoustic music welcome, so bring a song or tune you'd like to share with other musicians, bring an instrument, or just plan to sing along. In good weather, it will be held outside; in inclement weather, it will be held inside the Centerville Schoolhouse. Ongoing, 2nd Saturdays. For directions and more information, call Robert at 530-588-4541.


District 1, AKA Oroville Old Time Fiddlers: website is www.orovilleoldtimefiddlers.com OR http://www.chamberorganizer.com/orovillechamber/mem_orofiddlers

MONDAY, JANUARY 19 & FEBRUARY 2: FIDDLE GROUP WORKSHOP will be held at the Bolt Tool Museum for musicians of any age. The Fiddle Group Workshops are 7-9pm, and are held the first and third Mondays. Instruction is from 6:15 to 6:45 at a cost of $15 per session. Each session features a new fiddle tune. Admission to the museum is $2.50 per person, and it's located at 1650 Broderick St. in Oroville. For more information, call Jimi Beeler at 530-282-3205., and to get on the District 1 mailing list, either call Jimi or email csotfadistrict1@aol.com.
EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT : OPEN MIKEFULL hosted by Susan Dobra, at 490 Grange at 5704 Chapel Drive in Paradise, from 7:30-10:00pm. Signups at 7pm. Come share your musical talent, or just come to listen! $2.00 admission, & a delicious home-made dinner available for purchase. Ongoing! PLEASE NOTE ABOVE: This event will now be on EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT in 2015. Support music on the Ridge! More at www.facebook.com/pgrangeev

EVERY THURSDAY: OPEN MIC at HAS BEANS, 501 Main Street, Chico, CA, from 7pm to 10pm. Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Call 530-894-3033 for information.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC, from 11am to 2pm at Has Beans by the Creek, 1078 Humboldt Drive in Chico. Ongoing, every 2nd Sunday. Hosted by Rita Serra. For more information, contact Rita at serrarita55@gmail.com. PLEASE CALL FIRST TO CONFIRM!
And here are a few upcoming events you might want to get on your calendar......

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31: RITA HOSKING TRIO at the Cooper's Bluff Winter Concert. Rita's style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival and finalist in the '09 Telluride Troubadour Contest. Rita began recording and publishing in 2005 with "Are You Ready?", and followed in 2007 with "Silver Stream". "Come Sunrise", Rita's 2009 record, won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Her album "Burn", from 2011, was placed in the top 10 "Young Female Artist releases for 2011" by No Depression magazine, and listed as a "Hidden Gem of 2011" by the UK's Observer. (http://www.ritahosking.com)
Doors Open at 6:45, Music at 7:30pm. Recommended donation: $25/Seat. Location:12679 Merritt Horning Rd, 7 miles up in Butte Creek Canyon (Quail Run off Centerville). Advanced reservations are REQUIRED. To reserve, reply to this email and specify the number of seats. Make sure you get email confirmation of your reservation.

MARCH 6, 7, & 8, 2015: BLUEGRASS ON THE BEACH at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Gates open for early camping arrival on Monday, March 2, 2015. There is an amazing line-up at Larry & Sondra Baker's Festival, so it was worth mentioning, even if it is in Arizona! Here's who is coming:Blue Highway, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Spinney Brothers (from Canada), Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, Karl Shiflett & Big Country (with Eddie Gill), Monroe Crossing, Red Dog Ash, Sonoran Dogs, Adkins & Loudermilk (1 set, Friday ONLY), and NuBlu (1 set, Saturday ONLY).

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MARCH 19-21: THE 49TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLE AND PICKING CHAMPIONSHIPS!! This will be held at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers St. in Oroville, CA. Not only is this a wonderful family event to experience, it is a great jamming opportunity! Musicians in bluegrass and old time gather in the parking lot of the Auditorium and jam all day. It is a not-to-be-missed event in our North State for all lovers of bluegrass, old time, and roots music. The contest itself is on March 20 & 21, and you may contact Jimi Beeler at 530-282-3205, j.b.fiddlemusic@aol.com or Brett Johnson at 530-533-9336,email -brett@housersmusic.com for more information.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28: CASA BENEFIT DINNER at the Willows Memorial Hall , 525 West Sycamore Street in Willows, at 6pm. This is a benefit for Glenn and Butte County COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES for children in foster care. Be sure to save the date for this exciting lineup of two of California's best bluegrass bands! So far we have the incredible Front Country, as well as Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, and will be adding others. You really don't want to miss this show! More information in the next newsletter.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14: CONTRA DANCE EVENT at the Chico Grange, 2755 Nord Avenue in Chico. Beginner orientation at 6:30pm, dance from 7-10:00pm. $8.00 adults, $4 teens & students, $7.00 for members, and children free with a supervising adult. Dances are taught in walk-through fashion, then called. No partner required. Finger foods welcome. Great live music by the Pub Scouts! And excellent instructions by instructor Mark! 2nd Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Grace at 530-877-2930.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 2015: TODD SNIDER with special guest REED FOEHL 7:30-10:00PM. Yahoo! Music called Todd Snider, "one of the most talented and adept singer-songwriters out there working, blending humor, pathos and superb musicianship." And he's definitely in the running for Nashville's best-loved folksinger, a crowded category to be sure. Join us for an unforgettable evening of clever songwriting and hilarious stories of life on the road. Opening the show will be Reed Goehl. Tickets: $27.50.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18: BLAME SALLY, 7:30-9:30PM. Wonderful visuals alongside outstanding vocals and musicianship make Blame Sally a must-see musical event. The band features Pam Delgado on percussion, guitar and vocals; Renee Harcourt on guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica and vocals; Jeri Jones on guitar, bass, Dobro®, mandolin and vocals; and Monica Pasqual on piano, keys, accordion and vocals. Though a seated show in the past, this time the dance floor will be open! Tickets: $17.50.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22: ALO, 7:30-10:00pm. Long acclaimed for their deft musicianship, potent songwriting, and on-stage interaction, the members of ALO have played together for more than two decades. A live show is best described as a "little bit of fun, a little bit of pop, a lot of energy and a big dollop of dance-worthy music," wrote San Diego Magazine. ALO features Steve Adams on bass, Lebo on guitar and pedal steel, Zach Gill on keys and ukulele and Dave Brogan on drums.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a well-founded rumor that THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND is coming in March. I'll keep you posted!

For more information contact Bob Littell at music@sierranevada.com.
For all Big Room performances: doors open at 6pm and music starts at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). A full dinner is available for $15 from the time doors open to the beginning of the evening's entertainment. All sales final. No refunds, please.
Tickets for all shows may be purchased in the Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. or online at www.sierranevada.com. Gift Shop hours are Sunday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm and Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm. To encourage the family participation in the enjoyment of live music, our shows are all-ages friendly.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10: Wynonna & Friends:Stories & Song at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Everyone has a story to tell. And, for Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30 year platinum career. $60.00 for VIP Reserved
$50.00 for General Reserved
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015: Martin Sexton, playing at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm. Martin Sexton's new album Mix Tape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his "soul marinated voice." Sexton will perform tunes from Mix Tape as well as your favorite Martin classics on this tour. $22.00 in advance , $26.00 at the door

North Valley Productions | (530) 345-8136 | nvproduc@aol.com | P.O. Box 3527, Chico, CA 95927

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Go to www.chicotickets.com for more information and to get tickets.
THE RENDEZVOUS is at 3269 Esplanade, Suite 142, Chico (530)864-2525.

WALKER CREEK MUSIC CAMP: Thursday April 9 - Sunday April 12 This camp, located in beautiful Walker Creek in Northern CA, includes classes in bluegrass and oldtime music for musicians, singers, and dancers of all ages. Registration opened on January 15. Sign up early for best choice of classes. For more information, and to see the instructors and classes offered, go to www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org. You may also contact Camp Director Ingrid Noyes at 415-663-1342.

This official CBA camp runs just before the CBA Father's Day Festival in June. Registration opens on February 7, and the two consecutive events are held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. Peter Langston and Janet Peterson will be directing the camp once more, and the instructors (and food) are as good as ever! More information is available at www.cbamusiccamp.com

CBA YOUTH ACADEMY: Wednesday, June 17-Saturday, June 20. This camp is for young people, ages 8-16 years old, and runs concurrently with the CBA Bluegrass Festival. Teacher/students ratio is 7:1, with a manager on site. See www.bluegrasscampsforkids.com for a summary of the program, and a wonderful FAQ section. Please note: There are $100 scholarships available, while funds last, so early registration is recommended. (Registration opened January 1, 2015.)

RIVERTUNES ROOTS MUSIC CAMP: Sunday, July 26-Thursday,July 30. Check out the Cores & Workshops at www.rivertunes.net/classes and www.rivertunes.net/teachers Registration is now open

OTHER BLUEGRASS EVENTS (Thank you to John Hettinger in Folsom!)

Wintergrass: February 26 - March 1, Bellevue, WA, www.wintergrass.com
Bluegrass on the Beach: March 6 - 8, Lake Havasu, AZ, www.landspromotions.com
Walker Creek Music Camp: April 9 - 12, Marin County, www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival: April 11, Cloverdale, www.cloverdalefiddles.com
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival: May 8 - 10, Parkfield, www.parkfield.com
Strawberry Music Festival: May 21 - 25, Grass Valley, www.strawberrymusic.com/home.aspx
CBA Music Camp: June 14 - 17, 2015, Grass Valley, www.cbaontheweb.org
CBA Father's Day Festival: June 18 - 21, 2015, Grass Valley, www.cbaontheweb.org

To find out more about the above events--and more-- become a member of the California Bluegrass Association, www.cbaontheweb.org and receive the monthly Bluegrass Breakdown, an award-winning publication chock-full of all things bluegrass!
If you have any bluegrass events to announce--jams, concerts etc--or acoustic instruments to sell, please let me know. I'd be happy to include them in this newsletter.

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Hope to see you at some of these bluegrass events. Happy picking & listening!

Lucy Smith
California Bluegrass Association
Area Activities Vice-President
Butte-Tehama-Glenn area
Posted By:  Lucy Smith

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