|Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hello my bluegrass friend!
It's been a busy March so far! We had the wonderful band, NU BLU, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, the fabulous Claire Lynch Band at Sierra Nevada Big Room, the amazing musicians gathering in Oroville for the California State Fiddle Championships this past weekend, and the many jams and open mics throughout Chico, Oroville & surrounding areas.......So much music, so little time!
With only a week & a half left in March, I'll give you a quick run-down of the music events that I'm aware of, and then launch into April.
~MONDAY & TUESDAY, MARCH 23 & 24: Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. $27.50 For more information contact Bob Littell at email@example.com. For all Big Room performances: doors open at 6pm and music starts at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
~WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Open Mikefull at the Paradise Grange, 5704 Chapel Drive, Paradise, 7-10pm. $2.00
~THURSDAY, MARCH 26: Open Mic at Has Beans, 501 Main Street, Chico, CA, from 7pm to 10pm.
~THURSDAY, MARCH 26: “Songs of the American Landscape” performed by Dana and Susan Robinson, at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Chico, 1289 Filbert Avenue. These artists, from the Green Mountains of Vermont, were featured in Ken Burn's PBS Documentaries “The National Parks” and “The Dust Bowl”. Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 for seniors or church members.
~FRIDAY, MARCH 27: Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick at The Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding,
2850 Foothill Blvd.The door opens at 7:15 pm. and the concert begins at 8 pm. Ticket Prices are $20
each adult and $10 for students 18 and under with valid Student ID. Ticket Information: All Concert
tickets are available at The Music Connection in Redding,
3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding. Call 530-223-2040 for more information.
~SATURDAY, MARCH 28: BLUEGRASS JAM from 1pm until 4pm. The monthly CBA bluegrass jam is now being held at Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, Chico, 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. THEME: In honor of spring: PLANTS. That's right! Flowers, leaves, roots, trees, vines, etc. Please contact me (Lucy) for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
~SATURDAY, MARCH 28: 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! SEE the incredible Front Country, as well as Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, and MORE. You really don't want to miss this show! For tickets & information, contact Pat Rumiano at email@example.com
~TUESDAY, MARCH 31: Johnny A at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. $15.00. See above for tickets and time.
AND NOW FOR APRIL EVENTS, starting with the CHICO BLUEGRASS CONCERTS..........
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. More information at www.barwickandsiegfried.net
As with the previous concerts, Kathy Barwick and Pete Siegfried will be performing in the chapel of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Chico, 285 E. 5th Street in Chico, CA. Concert 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets are only sold at the door.
AND FOR GUITARISTS OF ALL LEVELS!...........
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 email@example.com to reserve your space and get directions. The workshop will be geared towards beginning to 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
As mentioned above, all of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT SOME OF ALL OF THE CHICO BLUEGRASS CONCERTS!!
BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAMS
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 & MAY 2: 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, APRIL 12 & May 10 : 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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 & 20: 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: email@example.com
*****SATURDAY, March 28, April 25, AND May 23: BLUEGRASS JAM from 1pm until 4pm. This 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. The THEME for March is: In honor of spring, PLANTS. That's right! Flowers, leaves, roots, trees, vines, etc. Good luck! Please contact me (Lucy) for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
AND MORE JAMS & EVENTS IN OROVILLE......
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
MONDAY, April 6 & 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. 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 email@example.com.
AND MORE JAMS & EVENTS IN REDDING……
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: 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: 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: 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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12 & MAY 10: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE CALL FIRST TO CONFIRM!
***NEW: TUESDAY OPEN MIC AT SHENANIGAN'S Bar & Grill, 3312 Esplanade, Chico!! Every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm. PLEASE NOTE: THE 1ST TUESDAY IS A BLUEGRASS OPEN MIC! Sooooooooo....APRIL 6 & MAY 5 WILL BE BLUEGRASS OPEN MIC NIGHT AT SHENANIGAN'S. Bluegrass open mic night invites musicians who play bluegrass, old time, or “roots” music to share their music. Solo, duets, trios, quartets etc etc. are welcome. Don't be shy! You know those tunes that I know you've all been working on with your friends? This is where you come to “play out”! Two options to sign up: Call me (Lucy) at 894-1449 or email me at email@example.com to sign up, OR just come on down to play. I will host it for April and May, but I am looking for someone else to take it over starting in June. It can only continue if YOU come to play and/or to enjoy the music. Hope to see you there!
And here are a few upcoming events you might want to get on your calendar......
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1: CHICO COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE, 1815 Mangrove Avenue, Chico, is celebrating their 5-year Anniversary by offering $5 treatments from 2pm to7pm. (Best to make an appointment!) Owner Olivia Peters-Lazaro, always supportive of live music in Chico, will be having musicians perform in the back courtyard (where the entrance is) from 2pm to 7pm. Bluegrass, old time, or folk musicians are welcome to join me (Lucy) in my performance time from 2pm to 4pm for some fun jamming! And THEN get a treatment. Thanks, Olivia!
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 & MAY 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. 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.
CHICO WORLD DANCE EVENTS: Info provided by Memo Keswick.
FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2015: Next World Dance party is Friday, April 3rd (7:30pm) at the Chico Grange! Bring a friend ! At 7:30pm, Chico Grange Hall, 2775 Nord Ave. in Chico. Easy and fun dances for all ages. $5-$10 suggested donation.
THURSDAY EVENINGS CARD World Dance Class (2320 North Ave-next to Bidwell Jr. High). (6 pm) Youth/Family; (7 pm) Adult. (I'll have CD's with the new dances we're learning). If possible, please sign up ahead of time. However, drop ins ARE welcome.
FRIDAYS Club dancing 8:00pm. Regular club dancing (1144 W. 1st St). Ralph's teaching some great dances!
THURSDAY, April 23rd: Dance with us in the downtown park KZFR "Chico Palooza". We'll have a booth AND lead audience participation in easy dances 6pm on the stage. Please let me know if you'll join us !
Membership in our Folk Dance Federation of California, inc (North) supports our dancing. Only $25-$45 annually!
Contact me for more info on anything above.
For more info: (530) 774-2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SIERRA NEVADA BIG ROOM EVENTS
MONDAY, APRIL 6: LEFTOVER SALMON, jam band extra-ordinaire, will once again return to the Big Room. Tickets $30, call for availability. See below for more information.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14: ACHILLES WHEEL, high-energy roots music. Dance floor open. Tickets $15.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: NOR-CAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, featuring 6 acts of the North State's finest jazz musicians. Visit www.norcaljazzfestival.com for complete details and performer bios. Music starts at 1:15pm, doors at 1:00pm.
MONDAY, APRIL 20: DELHI 2 DUBLIN, high-energy fusion group. Dance floor open. Tickets $20.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21: THE QUEBE SISTERS BAND. Western Music Association Award-winner, The Quebe Sisters Band is a Texas trio bringing vocal harmonies and mean fiddling to their vintage country and swing concerts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! This will be their first Northern California appearance so get your tickets early. The dance floor will be open. Tickets $20, available 3/22/15.
MONDAY, JUNE 15: (BE THE FIRST ON YOUR BLOCK TO HEAR THIS!!) FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN! Bluegrass fans already know that this is one of the hottest bands in the country...in ANY genre! The band itself, their banjo player Mike Mumford, and guitar-player Chris Lucquette are all recent IBMA Award-winners. And opening for Dirty Kitchen is......(drumroll!)...ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY!! Yes! I will see you ALL there!
For more information contact Bob Littell at email@example.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.
KZFR UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
KZFR- listeners already know that this year marks the station's 25-year anniversary, and to celebrate, KZFR has been hosting concerts throughout the year. Here are a few that bluegrass/ old time/ folk music lovers should tune into. Both are partial benefits for KZFR.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24: SCOTT LAW, nationally acclaimed bluegrass and americana musician, will be playing at the Chico Women's Club at 7:00pm. AND WALKING SPANISH opens! Should be a GREAT night of music! Tickets $20 at the door, $15 at Lyon's Books, KZFR office and at http://kzfr.org/events/view/609
SATURDAY, MAY 9: WILDFLOWER MUSIC FESTIVAL, 12:00 noon to 9:00pm, at the End of Normal [2500 Estes Rd]. The lineup so far includes The Easy Leaves, The Golden Cadillacs, and very special guest....The Mother Hips!! More info TBA.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10: JAMES MCMURTRY AND HIS BAND are coming to Chico for an outdoor show, 6:00pm–10:00pm, at The End Of Normal [2500 Estes Rd]. There will be an opening band TBA. James is touring supporting his new CD, "Complicated Game." Tickets can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. INFO: http://kzfr.org/events
OAKSONG SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WAY COOL MUSIC
All of our 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.
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 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.
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 7 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
McCloud Mountain Bluegrass: September 11 & 12. http://mccloudmountainbluegrass.com/
American River Music Festival: September 18-21, in Coloma, CA. email@example.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!
INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE:
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 you have any bluegrass, old time, or folk music events to announce--jams, concerts, open mics 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!
California Bluegrass Association
Area Activities Vice-President
By: Lucy Smith
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