Author: Zuniga, Nancy

Good Music for a Good Cause

It’s never too early to start getting the word out, so I’d like to use today’s column to give a head’s up about Bluegrass on the Mountain, an event that Henry and I are organizing in our local area this coming fall. On October 15th, we will be presenting two fine bands at the Dunlap Community Club in the nearby hamlet of Dunlap.

For some time, Henry had hoped for our friends Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players to come to our area for a visit, and then he suggested that they might make it a “working visit” if he could present them in concert at the nearby community center. There isn’t a whole lot for folks to do in our neck of the woods, so the prospect of bringing some fine music to the mountains while enjoying a visit from our friends seemed like a win/win situation. Henry then happened to mention his plan to our friend Frank. Frank’s response was “I wish I could do something like that,” and he then explained that his 21-year-old stepson Drew had recently been seriously injured by an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Frank wished that he could organize a benefit to raise funds for his stepson’s recovery. At that moment, it was decided that the projected concert would be a fundraiser for Army SPC. Nick “Drew” Mendes.

Snap’s group is in such high demand that October 15th was the only weekend in the upcoming months when the band didn't have a prior commitment. Once Henry firmed up the date with the Community Club, the plan was in motion. In addition to Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players, the bluegrass band Highway 65 (Ron Hibdon - guitar, Roy Nelson - banjo, Randy Newland – bass and vocals, Samantha Olson - fiddle, and Mark Evans – mandolin) will also be performing. In addition to these two excellent bands, there will be arts & crafts, food booths, a full bar, door prizes, and a raffle with all proceeds going to benefit the injured veteran.

Bluegrass on the Mountain will run from 3:00 to 9:00pm (and possibly later), and pickers are encouraged to bring instruments, as there is room for jamming outside the community club building. Tickets are $12 in advance (available at Henry’s Barber Shop in Squaw Valley) or $15 at the door. We are seeking some nice raffle prizes, so if you have anything you might wish to donate, please contact Henry at

We realize that the date of this event coincides with the California Bluegrass Association’s fall campout in Colusa. Hopefully, since the two venues are nearly 300 miles apart, neither event will affect attendance at the other.

For further information and updates, you can check out the Facebook page for Bluegrass on the Mountain:!/event.php?eid=230765643623162
You can also learn more about Army SPC. Mendes and his progress at this page:!/pages/Fundraiser-For-Nick-Mendes/146621922076524

If you are going to be in central California the weekend of October 15th, please consider attending Bluegrass on the Mountain! You’ll enjoy a day of fun and great music while helping a hero. Truly a win/win!
Posted:  8/4/2011

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