Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks

From: lucyinchico@hotmail.com
To: lucyinchico@hotmail.com
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:53:57 -0800


CHICO BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES presented a very successful Bill Evans “Banjo in America” concert on Sunday, February 8. I'd like to give a big thanks to all the folks who came out to support good live BLUEGRASS music, in spite of the wind & rain! Bill preceded his one-man banjo extravaganza with a 2-hour workshop for those of us who aspire to be better banjo-pickers. Everyone walked out feeling much richer for the experience, with tips, techniques, and tricks to practice at home and try out at the next jam. Thanks to Bill for his expert presentations, and to all the folks who helped make the concert so successful!
The 3rd concert of the series on SUNDAY, MARCH 1 with NU BLU. NU BLU, a progressive bluegrass band from North Carolina, elicited a standing ovation from an appreciative audience in the CBA suite at IBMA in Raleigh, North Carolina, last fall. That's why we feel so lucky to have them touring California, and performing at our Chico venue.
The band 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. Check them out on their website at www.nu-blu.com
The concert will be held in the chapel of the Trinity United Methodist Chapel at 285 E. 5th St in Chico. It starts 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
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!
The remaining concerts of the 2015 Chico Concert Series are as follow:
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

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!


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18: BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME SLOW JAM from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the 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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28: BLUEGRASS JAM from 1pm until 4pm.*** NEW LOCATION!!.....the monthly CBA bluegrass jam will now be held at Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, Chico. It’s just north of Eaton, at Tonea Way. There is a lovely heated patio just a step down from the bar area that owner Tamara Gardner has enthusiastically invited us to play in. Please plan on supporting our new best friends at Shenanigan’s by buying lunch, snacks, and/or beverages before, during, or after our jam. And since last month’s theme was LOVE, you know what follows: BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO….. lots of possibilities in the bluegrass repertoire. Rich! Please contact me (Lucy) for more information: lucyinchico@hotmail.com

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16: 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.

IN REDDING….Sponsored by CALIFORNIA OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION, District 6. http://www.csotfa.org/
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Old Time Fiddle & Bluegrass Jam. 1:00-4:30PM.Free Concert at 2:00PM. Open mic (after the concert). St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding CA. 2015 Dates: March 1st, April – Canceled, May 3rd, June 7th, July Event – Canceled, August 2nd, September Event – Canceled, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th.

SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH: Free Old Time Fiddle & Bluegrass Concert, 5:30 PM to 7:30PM. Open Mic (after the concert). Round Table Pizza at Shasta Mall, 900 Dana Drive – Redding CA. 2015 Dates: February Event – Canceled,March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th,August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 7th, December 12th

FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Free Old Time Fiddle & Bluegrass Concert, 2:00 PM to 4:00PM. Open Mic (after the concert). Held at the Millville Grange, 20237 Old Forty-Four Drive – Palo Cedro CA. 2015 Dates: February 22nd, March Event – Canceled, April 26th, May – Canceled, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, September 27th,October 25th, November 22nd, December – Canceled.
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.
And here are a few upcoming events you might want to get on your calendar......
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! For tickets & information, contact Pat Rumiano at prumiano@gmail.com
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.
MONDAY, MARCH 9: CLAIRE LYNCH BAND!!! 7:30 PM. With two GRAMMY nominations and a 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Claire Lynch is a force in the world of bluegrass. Emmylou Harris says the singer has “the voice of an angel.” Tickets are $20, and will be available Sunday, February 8.
Traveling with Claire is an all-star supporting cast of master musicians. Mark Schatz has twice been
named IBMA Bass Player of the Year. Jarrod Walker plays lead guitar and mandolin and sings
background vocals. And Bryan McDowell is the only musician to win simultaneous national titles for guitar, mandolin, and fiddle at the Walnut Valley National Flat Pick Guitar Championship. Join us for a wonderful evening of world-class bluegrass that only the Claire Lynch Band can present.
Over the years, Leftover Salmon has earned a legion of diehard fans, critical accolades and a reputation as one of the most exciting, engaging concert experiences to ever hit the road. Come see the legends of jam and slamgrass in the intimacy of the Big Room. This event merits an expanded dance floor, so seating will be limited. Last time the band visited the Big Room they sold out two nights. This year they’ll only be playing one night so get your tickets early. Tickets are $30, and will be available Sunday, March 8.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14: ACHILLES WHEEL. 7:30PM. Making their second appearance in the Big Room, Achilles Wheel features high energy roots rock and master musicianship backed up by two full drum sets. In the wake of their breakout performance at the 2012 Kate Wolf Music Festival, the band has been burning up stages all across California, including the Strawberry Music Festival, the legendary Sweetwater Music Hall, a repeat performance at the Kate Wolf Festival in 2013, and the 2014 WorldFest music festival. This is dance rock and roll at its best and, yes, the dance floor is open. Come see why they sold out their first appearance. Tickets $15, available Sunday, March 15.
.....and here is the unofficial, VERY IMPORTANT bluegrass event you will want to mark on your calendar ASAP: MONDAY, JUNE 15, FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN......A N D (drumroll!) the opening act is ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY!!! You heard it here first, folks! Tickets should be available Mid-May.

Please note: I do NOT include ALL Sierra Nevada Big Room events in my newsletter. Please refer to the site for a complete listing: http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/big-room
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, MARCH 3: 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.

Electric Canyon Convergence CD Release!
Chico Women's Club
7:30pm Friday, February 20, 2015

Ha'Penny Bridge and Los Caballitos de la Cancion
Chico Women's Club
7:00pm Saturday, February 28, 2015

KZFR presents Wake of the Dead
Chico Women's Club on East 3rd St.
7:00pm Friday, March 13, 2015
All concerts are scheduled for: The Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, 2850 Foothill Blvd.
The door opens at 7:15 pm. and the concert begins at 8 pm. Ticket Information: All Concert Tickets are available at The Music Connection in Redding, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding. Call 530-223-2040.
Ticket Prices are $20 each adult and $10 for students 18 and under with valid Student ID. The exception is the Hawaiian Music Concert which is $25 & $10.
Tickets are usually available at the door, but keep in mind that isn't always the case. Call The Music Connection and check.
Saturday, February 21: An Evening with Slaid Cleaves
Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Travels around. Tries to be good.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 George Kahumoku Jr. and 'Da Ukulele Boyz, with special guest Daniel Ho". They are Grammy winners all. For this special evening, the artists will be
accompanied by dancers from Redding's own Hula Halau Kulikelaulani.
Saturday, March 14, 2015: Johnsmith
Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius
that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at
festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner,
Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.
Friday, March 27, 2015: Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
We have been trying to get these ladies on our stage together for years. Individually, they've played for us a number of times, now we get the founding members of The Good Ol' Persons together celebrating the songs of Vern Williams & Ray Park.
Friday, April 10, 2015: Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin & Bill Evans
The guitar stylings of Dan Crary, the voice of Steve Spurgin, and the master of the banjo, Bill Evans. This will be an evening of pickin' & singin' you won't soon forget.
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 moreinformation, 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.
CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION MUSIC CAMP: Sunday June 14-Wednesday June 17. 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
Susanville Bluegrass Festival: June 26-28. IT’S BACK!! http://lassencountyfair.org
CBA Father's Day Festival: June 18 - 21, 2015, Grass Valley, www.cbaontheweb.org
CBA Youth Academy: June 18-21, 2015, Grass Valley, www.cbaontheweb.org
Contact Darby Brandli via email at darbyandbruno@comcast.net
McCloud Mountain Bluegrass: September 11 & 12. http://mccloudmountainbluegrass.com/
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!
AUTOHARP: Oscar Schmidt 21 chord, model # OS45C. It is about 5 years old, in new condition,
and has been played for about 2 or 3 hours total. It comes with a soft case and an instruction book.
$200. Call Scott at 530-893-1238.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If If you have any bluegrass events to announce--jams, concerts etc--or acoustic instruments to sell,
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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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