Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks

Happy Holidays!

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and I wish you a memorable Christmas & Hannukah! I also hope you got a little pickin' or listenin' in over the past few weeks. We had a really nice jam at Olivia's Acupuncture studio on Mangrove! A big thanks to everyone who came, and thanks too for being understanding about having a littler shorter time than usual. Our next jam is on Sunday, December 27...right after Christmas, from 1pm to 4pm. Hope you can make it!

I also heard that Jim Myers' slow jam at the Chico Rock Stars School of Music on 8th Ave. in Chico went really well. Everyone is welcome, at either jam, and information for both is below, in the "Bluegrass and Acoustic Jams" section, along with other acoustic jams in the area.

In the meantime, I REALLY hope to see you at the upcoming concert with two of the very best vocalists in Bluegrass: Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley. This is a special tour featuring these two singers as a duet. Neither has ever performed in Chico before, and they only have a total of 4 concerts in California on this tour. So I am thrilled to have them here, especially in the intimate setting of the small chapel at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Chico. Here is the information:
Coming to CHICO!!!

WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church of Chico
285 E. 5th Street (at Flume St.), Chico, CA
WHEN: Sunday, December 7, at 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

The International Bluegrass Music Association has voted Dale Ann Bradley the Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007.....AND 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Bluegrass fans may know her from her earlier work with the New Coon Creek Girls, her present Dale Ann Bradley Band, or the "pick-up" band of women super-pickers, Sister Sadie.

Steve Gulley, who lists Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, as his home, has been a friend of (and co-performer with) Dale Ann for 30 years, I've been told. He has been a part of the Dale Ann Bradley Band most recently, previously lead singer and co-founder of Mountain Heart, a well-loved Bluegrass & Country song-writer, and now is starting a new bluegrass band, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle.

Anybody who is a fan of good music and GREAT harmony singing, will love seeing these two very special performers! You can hear a preview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FknmyEeiCiI

We are requesting a donation of $15 for adults ($10 for teens & students, and free for kids 13 and under) at the door. Refreshment are available, and all proceeds from concession donations go towards sending a kid to bluegrass camp at CBA Youth Academy in Grass Valley in June.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at Upper Crust Bakery at 130 Main St. is CANCELLED. The Butte Folk Music Society sponsored folk jam, led by Steve Johnson, from 2pm to 5pm WILL NOT OCCUR FOR DECEMBER. It will resume on Saturday, January 3, WITH A NEW TIME: 4-6:00PM. 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, DECEMBER 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. 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, DECEMBER 17 & JANUARY 21: BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME SLOW JAM from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the new 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 thanks to Jim Myers for his great leadership of this jam! Ongoing, every 3rd Wednesday. For additional information, email Jim at: myersjj@gmail.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 & JANUARY 25: BLUEGRASS JAM AT 1815 MANGROVE AVENUE, CHICO, CA from 1pm until 4pm. This is the home of Chico Community Acupuncture, the business owned by Olivia Peters-Lazaro, who is kind enough to let us play music there! It worked out very again well last month, with a good crowd and great acoustics. There is NO theme for December: We will start the themes again in JANUARY with SONGS OF HOPE. (For bluegrass music, this should be quite a challenge. You have 2 months!) So find at least one song in your repertoire you'd like to share, and plan to have a great time playing bluegrass tunes with friends, new and old. Here is more information on how to find the venue:

Olivia's business is right across from Fed Ex on Mangrove, on the west side of the street. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, but the driveway may be hard to spot. Hint: Look for the "Stay and Play: Rolling Hills Casino" billboard, with with "Chico Tires & Wheels" sign in red letters just below it. THAT is the driveway entrance. Tozier's Copy Supplies is on the other side of the gray building that once was a house. You can park in the front or back, and we will be using the entrance at the FRONT of the building.

I'm bringing an iced cooler and bottled water, so feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. Snacks are also welcome. Please bring a picking chair, perhaps a friend or two, and most important, yourself and your instrument!


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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15: FIDDLE GROUP WORKSHOP will be held at the Bolt Tool Museum for musicians of any age. THIS IS ALSO THE CHRISTMAS PARTY. 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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Feather River Senior Citizens Association, 1335 Myers Street. Oroville, CA. The association is providing ham, tyurkey, dressing, potatoes, & gravy. If your last name starts with "A" to "M", bring a hot dish or salad. If your name starts with "N" to "Z", bring a dessert. Don't forget your plate & silverware! Public is welcome, and admission is free! THERE WILL BE MUSIC: ANY ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT IS WELCOME: fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, mandolin, dobro, vocals. Play music, eat, visit! If you plan to come, PLEASE RSVP ZEKE WALKER at (530) 589-0453 - zeke103@digitalpath.net

MARCH 19-21: THE 49TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLE AND PICKING CHAMPIONSHIPS will be help at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers St. in Oroville, CA. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be an event called Feather River Gospel Jam and Hoedown on
Thursday, November 19 before the fiddle contest. This will be an open mic, with each group performing 3 songs, and also a jam. If you are interested in having your group perform, please email Mary McCluskey at carpevita93401@yahoo.com

AND IN REDDING, from the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association - District 6, on the Web at: http://www.csotfa.org .....
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Annual Potluck & Fiddle Jam Christmas Party,at the Senior Center
at 2290 Benton Drive, Redding, California. Doors will open at 1:00 PM. This year we have
the added privilege of joining in with the “Fiddle Kids Reunion” gathering to honor Evelyn Horner,
teacher, mentor, musician and past District 6 member and hero during our festivities. We're going
to have a really FUN time so don't miss it!

Doors will open at 1:00 PM for a casual meet and greet with hors d'oeuvres and RAFFLE ticket
purchase. We will have some really great baskets for our annual Christmas Basket Raffle so come
early, enjoy some snacks and purchase your raffle tickets. After the meet-n-greet we will have our
potluck Christmas Dinner and dessert. We will have a special presentation by the "Fiddle Kids” as
they play some old favorites and honor our hero Evelyn Horner. Then the festivities will continue
on to the drawing for our yearly RAFFLE items!

Do bring your instruments as there will be plenty of pickin’ & grinnin’ along with the meetin’
greetin’ eat’n sweetn’ winnin’ drinkn’ and soundin’ like a party to us. So, as usual District 6 will be
providing the Turkey, Ham, Drinks and utensils. And if you are planning on coming please
bring one of the following traditional side dishes: The Traditional Holiday Side Dishes to bring are
you know, the Fiddle Kids Reunion folks will be bringing the Salads and Desserts - so there should be
plenty of great food for everyone.

We hope each and every one of you party lovers will be joining us, this is going to be a great event.
See you soon. If you have any questions please call: Jetti Garrison 530-949-3367

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 & 18 : 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. PLEASE NOTE: This event will be moving to 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, DECEMBER 14: 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 serrarita55@gmail.com PLEASE CALL FIRST TO CONFIRM!

From Memo Keswick on Chico World Dancers.....
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4: Chico International Folk Dancers will host a Youth World Dance Performance class. 6:00-7:00pm (2320 North Ave-next to Bidwell Jr. HIgh)
"Family Friendly Event", Registration allows up to 4 persons in Family for same registration fee ! Great kid / family fun !
AND FOR ADULTS: 7:00-8:30pm, C.A.R.D. Adult World Dance class.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5: Chico International Folk Dancers will host a Holiday Folk Dance Party !
It will start at 7:30pm at Valley Oaks Village, 1950 Wild Oak Lane in Chico. Dance to "Troika", "Karamfil" and recorded music! For both of the above Dance Events, please contact Memo Keswick at (530) 774-2287 (home) or (209) 261-6861 (cell).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 : 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! 2nd Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Grace at 530-877-2930.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5: RECKONING will be playing at the 1078 Gallery in Chico, 820 Broadway, at 8:00pm. Opening the show will be the wonderful Hannah Jane Kile. Hannah is a singer/songwriter from Auburn, and is the most recent winner of the KZFR Celebration of the song competition. There is $5-$10 sliding scale donation requested. This promises to be a fun evening!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9: CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND WITH LUNASA & KARAN CASEY. Ireland's finest traditional and original instrumental band pairs up with one of the Emerald Isle's most influential voices, Karan Casey, to bring you a special show: Christmas from Ireland. Featuring Irish pipes, flute, whistle, fiddle, upright bass and Casey's signature voice, the night will be filled with Celtic songs of the season. Tickets: $22.50.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13: HOT RIZE WITH RED KNUCKLES & THE TRAILBLAZERS. Bluegrassers everywhere need to come & see this iconic band with Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster, Peter Wernick, and Bryan Sutton! If you don't have your tickets get, get them NOW! This is their first major tour in 24 years! Tickets: $32.50. OOPS! LOOK LIKE THE TWO ABOVE ARE SOLD OUT!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17: MELVIN SEALES & THE JERRY GARCIA BAND. Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for more than 30 years, with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Tickets: $20.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015: THE DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS. Dead Winter Carpenters capture the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that is guaranteed to fill the dance floor. This North Lake Tahoe-based band blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward “tell-it-like-it-is” and has found considerable national success with top level festival and theater dates booked around the country. Tickets: $15, on sale on December 7.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015: AN EVENING WITH JOHN MCCUTCHEON. Dubbed one of the country’s best songwriters by Pete Seeger, McCutcheon paints intimate, insightful and often hilarious visions of Americana and has a catalog of hundreds of songs that performers throughout the world have covered. His classic "Christmas in the Trenches," has been repeatedly cited as the greatest anti-war song ever written. Critics reserve their most lavish praise for McCutcheon’s skill with the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer, an instrument on which he is an undisputed world master. Tickets: $20 on sale on December 14.
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, JANUARY 17, 2015: Sean Watkins (Co-founder of Nickel Creek) w/ special guest Lauren Shera at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm. (Doors open at 6:30pm). $12 at the door.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10: Wynonna & Friends: Stories & Song at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Everyone has a story to tell. And, for Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30 year platinum career. $60.00 for VIP Reserved
$50.00 for General Reserved
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015: 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.
THE OAKSONG SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WAY-COOL MUSIC puts on a concert series in the Redding area. All of the 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.

The 2014-15 Concert Season at a Glance:
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 - Chuck Brodsky
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 - The T Sisters
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 - Slaid Cleaves
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 - George Kahumoku Jr., 'Da Ukulele Boys' with special guest Daniel Ho
Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015 - Johnsmith
Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 - Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
Friday, Apr. 10, 2015 - Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin & Bill Evans

All Concert Tickets are available at The Music Connection in Redding, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding or 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.

The Great 48 Bluegrass Jam: January 8-11, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield, CA. Perhaps the best jamming event any time, anywhere!! Four floors of jamming rooms, jamming halls, jamming nooks....you get the idea! This is hosted by the California Bluegrass Association, in collaboration with many California Bluegrass organizations: Bluegrass Association of Southern California, Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast, Northern California Bluegrass Association, and the Southwest Bluegrass Association. Getting to meet and play music with others from all over California is an unbelievable experience!
There is a concert featuring Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper on Friday evening, January 9, which is a fundraiser for leukemia research. Advance tickets are $20, and can be purchased with a check to Gary Young, 23101, Victorida Way, Bakersfield, CA 93309. You may also call Gary at 661-979-0786. On Saturday evening, January 10, there will be a band scramble and an open mic, open to everyone to join.
This festival was initialized as a great way to break up the long winter break between Fall and Spring festivals. It has far exceeded expectations! As mentioned above, it is a great way to meet musicians from all over the state, and it certainly provides more jamming opportunities than you can imagine.
The Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel is conveniently located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA 93304 (near Buck Owen's Crystal Palace.) For hotel bookings, make your reservation under CA Bluegrass 48 Hour Jam, group code C-B48. By phone: central reservations at
888-779-4694 OR the front desk at 661-323-7111. There ARE still rooms available, but not for long!

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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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.

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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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