Butte-Tehama Counties News
9/6/2014
Hi Folks
Happy Worldwide Bluegrass Month!

Celebrate by practicing random acts of bluegrass. Y'know, standing up on an airplane and picking your favorite tune (we recommend getting permission first), learning a new bluegrass lick (or teaching someone else), memorizing some great bluegrass trivia to whip out at your next association meeting, or just simply spreading the good bluegrass word.
(Of course, we hope you have plans to join us at the end of Worldwide Bluegrass Month to be in Raleigh for bluegrass' annual family reunion: World of Bluegrass.)
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This message, brought to you by the International Bluegrass Music Association, is one I thought you might enjoy! I didn't even know there was a Worldwide Bluegrass Month! Some of you ARE going to IBMA in Raleigh, NC, this year, as am I. Should be great fun! The California Bluegrass Association hosts a suite at IBMA (room 322 in the Marriott, for those going) where we showcase both upcoming and well-known bands, hold jams until 3am, and welcome fellow bluegrassers from around the country and the world. We have wonderful sponsors to help with our hospitality, including Sierra Nevada Beer (Chico), Rumiano Cheese (Willows), and Guglielmo Wine (Morgan Hill), for which we are really thankful!

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I get to "direct operations" in the California Suite, so I've been pretty busy setting things up! I will be gone for 13 days from Sept. 24 to Oct. 6, which is why this newsletter is a 2-month version, and why there will NOT be a jam at the end of this month. HOWEVER, there WILL be a bluegrass jam on Sunday, September 14, to which you are all invited! Here is the information:

WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
TIME: 1:00 PM TO 4:00PM
PLACE: Home of Steve & Evie Robertson
940 W. Lindo Avenue, Chico CA
DETAILS: Please bring a snack to share and/or a beverage, if you feel so inclined. (Not required!)
CONTACT: Lucy Smith at 894-1449 or 530-514-2604 (cell)

JAM THEME: Since this jam is at the home of our good friends, Steve & Evie, I'm asking jammers to bring at least one tune about Home, Friends, & Family. In fact, when we get our regular jams set up in October, I'd like to have about an hour of each jam devoted to a particular them. I was inspired by listening to Jim & Jesse today, and a plethora of "He/she done me dirty" songs--certainly a theme for another upcoming bluegrass jam. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A BLUEGRASS JAM THEME FOR THIS YEAR, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR SUGGESTION/S!!
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A BLUEGRASS FRIEND IN NEED: Many of you know Richard Wodrich from our bluegrass jams at Cafe Flo in Chico. From his wife, Marci Goulart....

"Richard was diagnosed with life threatening chronic lung disease after chest CT scans and lung function tests came back showing severe breathing problems. Because of the severity and progression of his illness we can't do the things we used to do together. Since Richard is a very private person, we've only shared his diagnosis with a few people! He didn't want anyone feeling sorry for him, nor did he want to alarm them until we got more information back from the doctors. But now that his lung disease is far advanced, choosing to keep it under wraps no longer makes sense. Richard now requires being connected to a portable cylinder or large home oxygen concentrator 24/7. His world is getting smaller, shrinking - with his lung disease it's much easier for him to just stay at home. This is his new norm..and it breaks my heart."

To read more, and to help out a bluegrass friend in need, please go to https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/gt25/richard-wodrich-s-lung-transplant-fund
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And now for more jams in the area......
BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAMS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: 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.

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 530-588-4541.

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: myersjj@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: Jim wanted you to know that he hasn't contacted the owners yet, so you might want to call him to make sure this is happening. Thanks!

AND MORE JAMS & EVENTS IN OROVILLE & REDDING......

IN OROVILLE....sponsored by CALIFORNIA OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION, District 1, AKA Oroville Old Time Fiddlers: website is www.orovilleoldtimefiddlers.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: 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. Play music, eat, visit!
Every fourth Sunday. For more information, email csotfadistrict1@aol.com or zeke103@digitalpath.net

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, OCTOBER 6 and 20: 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 csotfadistrict1@aol.com. Additional sessions will be: November 3rd & 17th, December 1st & 15th (Dec. 15 is the Christmas Party.)

IN REDDING....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. Sundays: October 6, November 8, December 13.

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.
Saturdays: September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13.

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. September 28--cancelled , October 26, November 23, December 28.

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:

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Honey Bee Festival - Palo Cedro
3:00 PM - Down Home String Band
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
12 Noon - Patti Anglin & The Mountain Messengers
1:45 PM - Old Kennett String Band
Saturday, September 13
9th Annual Weaverville Open: Old Time Fiddle and Piano Contest
9:30am to 8:30pm.
Sunday, September 28
Ducky Derby, a North County Arts Council Event
10:00am to 4:00pm
Seven bands performing
Saturday, October 4
Manton Apple Festival
9:00am to 4:00pm
6 bands performing
Saturday, October 11,
Far Northern Music Showcase
11:00am to 10:00pm
7+ bands performing, Plus a BBQ dinner from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, ($15)

For all these and more events, please contact: www.NorthStateFiddlers.com Also, you may also contact George Fredson 530-604-8706 or mrfbrain@yahoo.com
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OPEN MICS:
THURSDAY, September 18, October 2 & 16 : 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.

SUNDAY, SEPTMBER 7 & OCTOBER 13: 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 serrarita55@gmail.com PLEASE CALL FIRST TO CONFIRM!
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DANCE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 & OCTOBER 11 : 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.
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SIERRA NEVADA BIG ROOM EVENTS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: THE DUST BOWL REVIVAL. The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old-school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Tickets: $15

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: ERIC BIBB. Famed bluesman Eric Bibb is coming to the Big Room for an intimate evening of authentic, traditional acoustic blues. Bibb's rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine finger picking technique. Purveying soulful folk-blues, he has no problem blending various genres effortlessly, melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle, contemporary sensibility. Tickets:$20

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: HOT BUTTERED RUM. Hot Buttered Rum's three songwriters-Aaron Redner (mandolin/fiddle), Nat Keefe (guitar) and Erik Yates (banjo/guitar)-spin tales about the good times, the bad times and the roads in between, and belt them in heartfelt three-part harmony. The band has rocked esteemed festivals around the country including Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Kate Wolf, String Summit, Grey Fox, and High Sierra. Bring your dancing shoes! Tickets: $20

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.
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NORTH VALLEY PRODUCTION EVENTS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8: KEITH GREENINGER & BAND with Bill Payne (Little Feat) & Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) at The Rendezvous 7:30 PM.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30: T SISTERS, with special guest Quinn Deveaux at The Rendezvous, 7:30pm.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: SEAN HAYES BAND at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13: PATCHY SANDERS at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm.

North Valley Productons | (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, CA (530)864-2525.
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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!!)

SEPTEMBER 11-14: 60TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL.The fall Strawberry Music Festival has been moved from Camp Mather on Labor Day weekend to Grass Valley, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Although best described as an Americana festival, there is a lot of bluegrass this year, & it's right here in our area. The bands include Hot Rize, Keith Little & the Little Band with Blaine Sprouse, Kathy Kallick Band, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Jerry Douglas Band,
Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, Steep Ravine, Hot Buttered Rum, & The Hillbenders. This festival has a long tradition with a great community spirit & a lot of special features like a fantastic kids program, workshops, breakfast club with open mic, band scramble, food & artisan vendors, & late night cafe. 3 & 4-day camping tickets & single day tickets are available. Contact them at 209-984-8630 or www.strawberrymusic.com for further info.

SEPTEMBER 19-21: BLUEGRASSIN' IN THE FOOTHILLS: Larry & Sondra Baker always put on a first class bluegrass festival in the Sacramento area. Their 12th annual Bluegrassin' in the Foothills will be at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. The bands this year are Blue Moon Rising, Adkins & Loudermilk, Larry Gillis, Reno & Harrell, Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Bladerunners, Ron Spears & Within Tradition (REUNION), Next Generation, & last year's emerging artists winners, The Grasskickers. Sound by Paul Knight, All this plus another emerging artists competition, Kids on Bluegrass, workshops, vendors, & all the jamming you could ever want. Early bird tickets are available at via www.landspromotions.com. Gate price is $110. Single day tickets
are also available. One of the sweetest festivals in our area!!

Additional festivals:
Chico World Music Festival: September 13. Free! www.chicoperformances.com
McCloud Bluegrass Festival: September 12 & 13. Free! At Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud, and featuring Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin. http://mccloudmountainbluegrass.com/
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 17 - 21, Berkeley, www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org
American River Music Festival: September 12 - 14, Coloma, www.americanrivermusic.org
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.
The Great 48 Bluegrass Jam: January 8-11, 2015. Perhaps the best jamming event any time, anywhere!! www.cbaontheweb.org

OCTOBER 13-19: CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION CAMPOUT & YEARLY MEETING: At the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, CA. Pick, relax, & party with a few hundred of your best picking friends! It's also the yearly elections of the CBA officers, and a great time to join the biggest bluegrass association in the west (if you haven't already!) For more information, please go to the website below.

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!

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INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE:
BANJO: Deering Goodtime MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Banjo. "A Black & White Stand alone banjo with a modern look, the Midnight Special is the top of the Goodtime line. It has our new patent pending Tone Ring mounted on a violin grade maple 3-ply rim for a sound that is absolutely amazing in an affordable banjo. This modern black and white banjo has a look that is striking and classic at the same time. It's a modern banjo players banjo with great performance at an affordable price and it is American Made!"
This banjo has barely been played. I bought it from my sister's music store in Conway Arkansas about 4 years ago. It is in pristine condition. Deering lists this banjo at $1,219. I am asking $900, with a beautiful hard-shell case. Please call me (Lucy Smith) at 530-894-1449 or email at lucyinchico@hotmail.com if you'd like to see it.
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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!

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



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