Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks

Hello, my bluegrass friend!

The sizzling temperatures of the hot North Valley summer are upon us! I hope you have good memories of the Fathers Day Music Camp & Festival at Grass Valley, or the smaller Susanville Bluegrass Festival, or perhaps the fabulous concert with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at the Sierra Nevada Big Room!
I'm combining the July-August newsletters here, with just an update along the way, and I'll try to cover everything bluegrass and/or acoustic that we music-lovers might be interesting in, so here goes.
SATURDAY, JULY 11: THE “GIFT OF MUSIC” CONCERT, featuring Chico band Flying Blind, 4:00pm to 9:00pm, is a benefit that assists young musicians in the High Sierra communities of Greenville, Taylorsville and Crescent Mills gain access to musical instruments. The concert, so needed for the young people in this area, promotes healthy interests that can be share with others for a life time. For directions, hotel or camping information please contact Rita Serra at 530 680 9984, or email at serrarita55@gmail.com. It is in Greenville, CA -Hwy 70 east to 89 toward Greenville, Lake Almanor. (Hwy 89 exit about 10 miles before Quincy, CA)

TUESDAY, JULY 14: Dave Nachmanoff House Concert at 7:00pm. Dave Nachmanoff, singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire, will be performing in the living room on July 14. Dave is preparing to record a new album (with Al Stewart's band!) and wants to play the new songs for us to get a feel for how people respond to them. Come be among the first to hear Dave's new stuff. Tickets at $20 include the usual array of food and drink. Please RSVP at the email below. Space is limited. Those of you who saw Dave last time he was here know what a terrific entertainer he is. Please join us for a night of great music! For more information, contact Marcel Daguerre at mdaguerre@csuchico.edu

SATURDAY, JULY 25: FIRST SUMMER MOUNTAIN MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL at the beautiful Cedar Crest Vineyards in Manton, California. This fundraising event will include music from Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band, Reckoning (DeadGrass), and other Bluegrass, Old Time String Bands and Fiddlers performing on 2 stages throughout the day.

There will be a live mural artist and other artists, along with foods and crafts from local vendors. Silent auctions and raffles will be held throughout the day. Advance ticket sales are available after June 1st at The Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, in Redding, The Brass Reed, 2650 S. Market St., Redding, Manton Corners, Manton Rd. Manton, CA. or buy your tickets at the event. Admission to the event is $10 per Adult (children 12 and under are free) Parking is free.
For more information contact: www.NorthStateFiddlers.com or call George Fredson at 530-604-8706. You can also email George at: rootsmusicredding@yahoo.com
FRIDAY, JULY 31: SUMMER CELEBRATION HOUSE CONCERT/PARTY!!! At 1024 Esplanade. Music starts at 6:30pm. Featuring: Hannah Jane Kile and Max Menardi and other special surprise guests! Please bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Provided: Brickwood Cider and Sangria. Also, bring instruments to play, as there may be time for jamming after the show! We are trying to raise travel funds for these fine musicians, so any donations would be greatly appreciated.
TUESDAY, JULY 7: CARLOS REYES, a recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist, has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five. Born in Paraguay, he began his musical education at the age of three on the violin. Now, he fronts his own killer band that features Carlos’ mastery of the violin and the unique 36-string native Paraguayan harp. Come see why Carlos Reyes is one of the most popular performers ever to grace the Big Room stage. TICKETS: $20
SUNDAY, JULY 12: SMALL TOWN BIG SOUND. Celebrating the rich, creative hive of our small community, Uncle Dad’s Art Collective is bringing the best of local songwriting to the Big Room. More than 20 songs written by local musicians spanning all ages and styles will be arranged and performed by the Uncle Dad's Orchestra. Join us for an unprecedented.
TUESDAY, JULY 24: POOR MAN'S WHISKEY, plays "high-octane hootenanny" music that invites the listener to sing, laugh, and dance. TICKETS: $15.
MONDAY, JULY 27: DARLINGSIDE, a Massachusetts-based quartet that is just now exploding on the national acoustic music scene. With a quartet of distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draws audiences into their lush, dynamic musical world. Local musicians PHIL JOHNSON & RYAN MILLER will open the show. They will be making their first appearance on the Big Room stage and you’ll see why they are quickly becoming one of Chico’s favorite acoustic duos. TICKETS: $15.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6: PAUL THORN. One of our most requested artists deftly navigates blues, roots, country, gospel and more. His 2010 album “Pimps and Preachers” made it to #1 on the Americana charts, while illuminating his family history. Paul and his talented band deliver Southern soul and hard-driving rock at their best. Since he’s sold out the Big Room each visit, get your tickets early! Tickets: 22.50.
Thanks, Bob Littell & Sierra Nevada, for bringing all this GREAT music to the North State!!

TICKETS TO ALL SIERRA NEVADA BIG ROOM EVENTS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR AT THE GIFT SHOP. CALL 530-896-2198. 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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER 5: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at Upper Crust Bakery at 130 Main St. The Butte Folk Music Society sponsors this folk jam, led by the NEWLY RETIRED Steve Johnson. This jam will be ongoing through the summer, first Saturdays, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. For more information, call Steve at 530-345-4128.


2ND SATURDAYS: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at the Centerville School House, 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.

3RD WEDNESDAYS: 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, JULY 25 & AUGUST 22: BLUEGRASS JAM from 1pm until 4pm,WILL BE CONTINUING THROUGH THE SUMMER! This monthly CBA bluegrass jam is at Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, Chico. It’s just north of Eaton, at Tonea Way. IT WILL BE continuing through the summer on the 4th Saturday of each month: June 30, July 25, and August 22. There is a lovely 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. The THEME for these has not been decided....some help? Please contact me (Lucy) to offer suggestions, or for more information: lucyinchico@hotmail.com
AND MORE JAMS & EVENTS IN OROVILLE....sponsored by CALIFORNIA OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION, District 1, AKA Oroville Old Time Fiddlers: website is www.orovilleoldtimefiddlers.com OR http://www.chamberorganizer.com/orovillechamber/mem_orofiddlers
MONDAYS THROUGH THE SUMMER-- JULY 20, AUGUST 3 & 17: 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. Check out their website at www.orovilleoldtimefiddlers.com

4TH SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH: JULY 26, AUGUST 23: MONTHLY JAM SESSIONS will be held at the Feather River Senior Center, 1335 Meyers Street in Oroville from 2-5pm. Admission free, PUBLIC WELCOME, (and donations welcome!) Join our Circle Jam, where the musicians form a circle and take turns playing and perform on the Stage with a group, solo or form an impromptu group of musicians present. Sound equipment is provided and backup is available. ANY ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT IS WELCOME. CONTACT: CSOTFA, District 1 aka Oroville Old Time Fiddlers, Jimi Beeler, President, PO Box 1703,Oroville, CA, 95965-1703. Phone: 530-282-3205.

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (Next one, August 2): 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. Remaining 2015 Dates: August 2nd, September Event – Canceled, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th.
SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH (Next one, July 11): 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: May 10, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 7th, December 12th.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (Next one July 26): Free Old Time Fiddle & Bluegrass Concert, 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Open Mic (after the concert). Held at the Millville Grange, 20237 Old Forty-Four Drive – Palo Cedro CA. 2015 Dates: 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 7:00-10:00pm. Sign-ups at 6:45pm. (Notice the time is changed for the summer!)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. This open mic, I believe, is the longest-running jam in the Chico area, and is hosted by musician, guitarist, song-writer extraordinaire Dan Casamajor. Call 530-894-3033 for information.

SECOND SUNDAY, ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC, from 11am to 2pm at Has Beans by the Creek, 1078 Humboldt Drive in Chico. Ongoing, every 2nd Sunday. This is a warm & wonderful open mic hosted by Rita Serra. For more information, contact Rita at serrarita55@gmail.com. PLEASE CALL FIRST TO CONFIRM!
SATURDAY, JULY 11 & AUGUST 8: 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.

EVERY MONDAY, THROUGH JULY AND AUGUST: Chico Diamond Square Dances! Classes for beginners are on Monday evenings 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Little Chico Creek Elementary School, 2090 Amanda Way in Chioc. New dancers don't pay for the first 3 classes! “Plus” classes run from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. For more information, email chicodiamonddancers@gmail.com. See websites at: https://www.facebook.com/ChicoDiamondDancers or https://sites.google.com/site/chicodiamonddancers/

CHICO WORLD DANCE EVENTS will start up again in September. If you are looking for a great way to have fun, exercise, and make new friends, your search is over! This class teaches beginning and intermediate level, line, circle, and couple folkdances from around the world. You'll dance to music from Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Israel, France, and The United States. You will experience and learn about different world music styles and rhythms, social etiquette in community line and circle dances, and universal dance step patterns. This class will help boost your confidence, help you in other dance styles, and give you the opportunity to perform with other dance communities in California. Instructor: Memo Keswick. PV Rec Center, Social Hall. Information at https://online.activecommunities.com/chico/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?ProcessWait=N&aid=%201454
OTHER BLUEGRASS and MUSIC EVENTS (Thank you to John Hettinger in Folsom!)
~California Worldfest: July 16-19, at the Nevada Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Performers include Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ma Muse, Birds of Chicago, Emisunshine, and many more! For more information: http://worldfest.net/performers.asp
~First Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival: Saturday, July 25 at Cedar Crest Vineyards in Manton.
~California Coast Music Camp: July 5 - 7 & July 12 - 18, Placer County, www.musiccamp.org ~Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival: July 11, Stateline, NV, www.tahoesouth.com ~Dawg Day Afternoon Bluegrass Festival: July 12, Sonoma State University, www.gmc.sonoma.edu/event/2593475-dawg-day- afternoon-bluegrass-festival
~Rivertunes Roots Music Camp: July 26 - 30, www.rivertunes.net
~Good Old Fashioned Festival: August 6 - 9, Tres Pinos, www.ncbs.us
~Bowers Mansion Festival: August 14 - 16, near Reno, NV, www.bowersbluegrassfestival.org ~Summergrass: August 14 - 16, Vista (near San Diego), www.summergrass.net
~CBA Golden Old-Time Campout: August 27 - 30, Poker Flat, Lake Sonoma, www.cbaontheweb.org ~Strawberry Music Festival: September 3 - 7, Tuolumne City, www.strawberrymusic.com
~McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival: September 11 - 12, www.mccloudmountainbluegrass.com
~American River Music Festival: September 18 - 21, Coloma, www.americanrivermusic.org
~KVMR Celtic Festival: October 2 - 4, Grass Valley, www.kvmr.org ~Dixon Lambtown Festival: October 3 - 4, Dixon, www.lambtown.org ~CBA Fall Campout: October 19 - 28, Lodi, www.cbaontheweb.org
~Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 2 - 4, San Francisco, www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
Note: There will be no Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills (Plymouth) this year.
Save the Dates...events at the Performing Arts Center in Grass Valley:
~Karla Bonoff Duo w/ Nina Gerber: July 11, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Tickets $30.
~Billy Joe Shaver: Saturday, July 25 at 8:00pm, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Tickets: $27.
~Todd Rundgren--Global Tour: Wednesday, July 29, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Tickets: $47.
~ Charlie Musselwhite & Ruthie Foster: Thursday, July 30, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Tickets: Vary.
~Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: Sept.30,Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley, $37 - 87
INFORMATION AT thecenterforthearts.org/category/event-calendar/
MARTIN GUITAR, D-28. UNBELIEVABLE sound, on consignment from Frank Brewer, at the Music Connection in Chico,973 East Avenue, #V. Phone: 530-898-0110.
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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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