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DELLA MAE coming to the Sierra Nevada Big Room!!
Hope you are having a great summer! Many festivals to go to thus far: CBA's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, Kate Wolf Festival, World Music Festival.....Hope you were able to go to at least one of the above. But the summer's not over yet, and there IS a list of upcoming music festivals and events listed in this newsletter you may want to attend.
In the meantime, let's start out with one of my very favorite bluegrass bands, coming soon to Chico.....
SIERRA NEVADA BIG ROOM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12: DELLA MAE
One of the most talked about Big Room shows of 2013, Della Mae returns fresh from their latest album being nominated for a Grammy! The band’s lineup is a who’s who of promising young pickers: lead singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bassist Shelby Means, mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner and two-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker. Della Mae have shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Del McCoury and Leon Russell. Della Mae’s 2011 release, “I Built This Heart,” was an impressive debut, a delicate balance between bluegrass grit and singer-songwriter sensitivity. Check out Della Mae on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40cknMesE2o then come see why they’re one of the fastest-rising acts in the Americana/bluegrass genre. This show sold out very quickly last year…so if you don't have yours yet, ticket information is below. Better not to wait-- These girls are GREAT!
AND ANOTHER SIERRA NEVADA BIG ROOM SHOW:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14: ROBBEN FORD & THE FORD BROTHERS BAND
This is a collaboration of some of the finest bluesmen on the planet. Let’s start with Robben Ford. One of the most respected guitarists to ever to pick up the instrument, he’s been a featured player with such music notables as Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Larry Carlton, George Harrison, Greg Allman, Phil Lesh and supergroup the Yellowjackets. His continuing body of work fronting his own band has raised his musical stature to a legendary level. Joining Robben will be Volker Strifler, a Chico favorite and monster guitarist and singer in his own right. With Mark Ford on harp, Dewayne Pate on bass and Patrick Ford on drums, this promises to be a can’t-miss Big Room special event. Bring your dancing shoes. For more information on Robben Ford, please visit www.robbenford.com
To find out more about these groups, go to www.sierranevada.com/bigroom. Door opens at 6pm, music at 7:30pm. An optional full buffet dinner will be served from 6pm to 7:30pm at a cost of $15.00, and the beer is fantastic! Ticket prices vary, and you can buy them on-line at the above website, at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Gift Shop, 1075 E. 20th St. in Chico, or by calling 530-896-2198.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE......
Volunteers with the California Bluegrass Association are producing a bluegrass music-themed cookbook based on 20+ years' worth of recipes and ramblings written by the one & only J.D. Rhynes and originally published in the CBA's Bluegrass Breakdown.
J.D.'s Bluegrass Kitchen will be accompanied by a CD of songs based on J.D.'s recipes and tales, written and performed by, among others, the Gibson Brothers, Kathy Kallick, Doyle Lawson, Laurie Lewis, Keith Little, Leroy "Mack" McNees, Alan Mills, Russell Moore, Herb Pedersen, Larry Stephenson, Ron Thomason, Rhonda Vincent, and Del Williams.
Once these are published, sales will provide funds for the CBA's youth education programs.
The initial production costs are $10,000, and there's a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise that amount. Everyone working on this project -- editors, designers, photographers, musicians, recording engineers, etc. -- are donating their time and talents, and I'm hoping you'll find sufficient merit in it to make a contribution. More than half the production costs have been raised, but this project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by August 11th, so please don't delay.
GO TO CBAONTHEWEB.ORG for information on how to pledge.
BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAMS
*THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 2: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at Upper Crust Bakery at 130 Main St. The Butte Folk Music Society is sponsoring a folk jam, led by Steve Johnson, from 2pm to 5pm. Ongoing, first Saturdays. For more information, call Steve at 530-345-4128. (Note: I just talked to Steve and this jam IS happening. So if you've missed jamming, GO!)
ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMMER, BUT WILL START UP IN SEPTEMBER...
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: 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. Ongoing, second Saturdays. For directions and more information, call Robert at 343-9379.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME SLOW JAM from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the new Chico Rock Stars School of Music (formerly the Acoustic College & Chico School of Rock) 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! Ongoing, every 3rd Wednesday. Led by Jim Myers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CAFE FLO jam is no more, I'm afraid, and due to additional CBA duties I've taken on (IBMA team leader), I will not have time to look for & set up another bluegrass jam venue until late October. In the meantime, I'm hoping to have one gathering, somewhere, some time in early to mid-September. I'll keep you posted!
AND MORE JAMS & EVENTS IN OROVILLE & REDDING......
IN OROVILLE....sponsored by CALIFORNIA OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION, District 1:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31: MONTHLY JAM SESSIONS from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Feather River Senior Citizens Association, 1335 Myers Street. Oroville, CA. Public is welcome, and admission is free! This will be a pot luck event, with coffee, tea, & punch provided. ?(Donations are appreciated & tax deductible.) ANY ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT IS WELCOME: fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, mandolin, dobro, vocals.
Every fourth Sunday. For more information, email
MONDAY, AUGUST 4 & 18: 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 (Aug. 4 is "Midnight on the Water".) 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 one of the two addresses above. Additional sessions will be:September 1st & 15th, October 6th & 20th, November 3rd & 17th, December 1st & 15th (Dec. 15 is the Christmas Party.)
CALIFORNIA OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION, District 6 Events, on the Web at: http://www.csotfa.org
1st Sundays: Workshop & Jam Session 1:00PM to 4:30 PM
Free Old Time Fiddle Concert at 2:00PM
Open Mic (after the concert). St. James Lutheran Church 2500 Shasta View Drive Redding CA 96002. April 6 & May 4.
2nd Saturdays: Free Old Time Fiddle Concert & Open Mic (after the concert)
5:30PM to 7:30PM Round Table Pizza, Shasta Mall - 900 Dana Drive—Redding, CA.
Saturday, April 12 & May 10.
4th Sundays: Free Old Time Fiddle Concert & Open Mic (after the concert)
2:00PM to 4:00 PM at the Millville Grange Hall in Palo Cedro 22037 Old Forty-four Drive, Palo Cedro CA. April 27 & May 25.
More information on the Web at: www.NorthStateFiddlers.com
email: RootsMusic@Csotfa.org call 530-604-8706
AND A LIST OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES & EVENTS IN THE REDDING AREA, FROM GEORGE FREDSON:
8/3 - First Sunday CSOTFA Jam/Concert/Open Mic at St. James Lutheran Church 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM
Contact: George Fredson 530-604-8706 or email@example.com
8/8 - Trinity County Fair - Down Home String Band
8/9 - Trinity County Fair - Old Kennett String Band
8/9 - Round Table Pizza - Concert/Open Mic 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Contact: George Fredson 530-604-8706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8/16 - Wild Horse Sanctuary Benefit - Old Kennett String Band
8/23 - Redding Farmers Market - Old Kennett String Band 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
8/23 - Bluegrass/Old Time Fiddle Music Concert at the State Theater, Red Bluff (details to follow)
8/24 - Millville Grange - Concert/Open Mic 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: George Fredson 530-604-8706 or email@example.com
8/25 - 31st - Siskiyou Strings & Threads Bluegrass Festival - Yreka, Contact: Gene Bach
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 & 21 : 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, 1st and 3rd Thursdays. 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.
NOTE: THE "HAS BEANS" JAM IS ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER. IT WILL START UP...
SUNDAY, SEPTMBER 7: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC, from 11am to 2pm at Has Beans By the Creek, 1078 Humboldt Drive in Chico. Ongoing, every 2nd Sunday. Hosted by Adam Walker, Sharla Stockton, Rita Serra, and Tom Probasco. For more information, contact Rita Serra at firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: 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. Fingerfoods welcome. Great live music by the Pub Scouts! And excellent instructions by instructor Mark! Second Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Grace at 530-877-2930. (PLEASE CALL TO MAKE SURE IT'S ON FOR THE SUMMER.)
STATE-WIDE BLUEGRASS EVENTS: FESTIVALS, CAMPOUTS, AND MUSIC CAMPS
(Thank you to John Hettinger, CBA Area Activities Vice President, Sacramento, for the following information that I just borrowed!!)
Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 7 - 10, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos, www.ncbs.us. Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: August 15 - 17, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park (between Reno & Carson City, NV),! www.bowersbluegrassfestival.org.
Summergrass: August 15 - 17, Vista, CA, www.summergrass.net!
California Bluegrass Association Old-Time Campout: August 21 - 24, Lake Sonoma, www.cbaontheweb.org
Strings & Threads Bluegrass Festival: August 24 - 31, Yreka, www.siskiyoustringsandthreads.com.
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 17 - 21, Berkeley, www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org
Strawberry Music Festival: September 11 - 14, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, www.strawberrymusic.com. New date & location!!
American River Music Festival: September 12 - 14, Coloma, www.americanrivermusic.org
Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills:September 19 - 21, Plymouth, www.landspromotions.com.
KVMR Celtic Festival:September 26 - 28, Grass Valley, www.kvmrcelticfestival.org.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 3 - 5, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
Walker Creek Music Camp:October 9 - 12, Marin County, www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org. Registration now open.
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!
INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE:
ACOUSTIC STAND-UP BASS: Cremona bass, in nice shape, for $800. This includes the case, a bass stand, and a bow. Those of you who have attended the Cafe Flo jams have seen and heard it--some of you have played it! I just upgraded to a new one and I'm selling this one for what I paid--it's a great deal! You can contact me at email@example.com or call 530-894-1449.
BANJO: Deering Goodtime Banjo. "It is about 8 years old and has been played less than an hour. This is a great beginner's banjo. If I had it for a starting banjo I'd be a much better banjo player today. Comes with a gig bag and a 5th string capo (that needs to be installed). Will sell for $375. That's only $75 a string, a real steel!" To see this banjo, or to whine about the intended pun, contact Tom Barrett at 530-521-9989.
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. I will be sending an update mid-month!
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Hope to see you at some of these bluegrass events. Happy picking & listening!
California Bluegrass Association
Area Activities Vice-President
By: Lucy Smith
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