Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks


Hello my bluegrass friends!

Thanks to our music-loving friend, Olivia Peters Lazaro of Chico Community Acupuncture, we have a place to have our October bluegrass jam! Here is the information:

WHAT: California Bluegrass Association-sponsored BLUEGRASS JAM
WHERE: Chico Community Acupuncture, 1815 Mangrove Ave., Chico, CA
WHEN: Sunday, October 26, from 1pm to 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a SUNDAY, not our usual Saturday. (We do not want to disturb Olivia's customers!)

Since this is a new-for-us venue, I want to make it as easy as possible for you to find. 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!

Lastly, this month's theme is CHANGE. It could be seasonal change, new places, friends, travel songs, changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes.... lots of room for interpretation here. Find at least one song in your repertoire you'd like to bring, and plan to have a great time playing bluegrass tunes with friends, new and old.

Many thanks for Olivia for inviting the bluegrass jammers to use her beautiful studio for our jam!
(I WILL have an optional tip jar out, for those who'd like to show their appreciation monetarily.)
And now for more jams in the area......

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1: ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM at Upper Crust Bakery at 130 Main St. The Butte Folk Music Society is sponsoring a folk jam, led by Steve Johnson, from 2pm to 5pm. Ongoing, first Saturdays. For more information, call Steve at 530-345-4128.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: 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. Ongoing, 2nd Saturdays. For directions and more information, call Robert at 530-588-4541. CALL TO CONFIRM!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19: 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! Ongoing, every 3rd Wednesday. Led by Jim Myers. Email: myersjj@gmail.com


District 1, AKA Oroville Old Time Fiddlers: website is www.orovilleoldtimefiddlers.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 & NOVEMBER 23: MONTHLY JAM SESSIONS from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Feather River Senior Citizens Association, 1335 Myers Street. Oroville, CA. Public is welcome, and admission is free! This will be a pot luck event, with coffee, tea, & punch provided. (Donations are appreciated & tax deductible.) ANY ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT IS WELCOME: fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, mandolin, dobro, vocals. Play music, eat, visit!
Every fourth Sunday. For more information, email csotfadistrict1@aol.com or zeke103@digitalpath.net

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 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 (Aug. 4 is "Midnight on the Water".) 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. Additional sessions will be: November 3rd & 17th, December 1st & 15th (Dec. 15 is the Christmas Party.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 & 20 : 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. 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, NOVEMBER 9 & 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!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 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. 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.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12: STEVE POLTZ w/ special guest Ellis Paul
A highlight of this year’s High Sierra Music Festival, Steve Poltz is a true performer, engaging audiences with free-flowing sets, often improvising to the mood of the room. With incredible talent and an engaging personality, Poltz takes audiences from laughter to tears and back again within a single song. Poltz is a veteran showman with soundtrack placements and co-writing credits for a top Billboard-charting single. This will be his first appearance in the Big Room. Opening the show will be Boston folk legend Ellis Paul. Tickets $15..
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18: CHRIS WEBSTER WITH NINA GERBER, MOLLIE O'BRIEN WITH RICH MOORE Kicking off the night is Grammy award-winning singer Mollie O’Brien, first known for her critically-acclaimed collaborations with brother Tim. Not afraid to take risks, O’Brien is on the top of her game, both vocally and in the material she chooses, focusing on the fading art of interpretation. Finishing off the night are longtime Chico favorites Chris Webster and Nina Gerber. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together, they're magic. Tickets: $15
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: RED MOLLY/ MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN. Big Room favorites and Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music. Opening the show will be MORE Big Room favorites, not to mention MY favorites for virtuoso picking and exquisite songwriting: Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman. Tickets: $15

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1: BROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD. Our Northern California friends Nicki and Tim Bluhm return to the Big Room! Brokedown in Bakersfield is a collective of acclaimed West Coast artists joining forces in a spirited tribute to the Bakersfield sound: California country raw and rocking, spiked with twang and sweetened with heartfelt harmonies. Tickets: $15
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.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30: T SISTERS, with special guest Quinn Deveaux at The Rendezvous, 7:30pm. $16 in advance, $20 at the door.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: SEAN HAYES BAND at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm. $20 in advance, $24 at the door.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13: PATCHY SANDERS at The Rendezvous at 7:30pm. $16 in advance, $20 at the door.

North Valley Productons | (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, CA (530)864-2525.
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 Owne'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!

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!

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This banjo has barely been played. I bought it from my sister's music store in Conway Arkansas about 4 years ago. It is in pristine condition. Deering lists this banjo at $1,219. I am asking $800, with a beautiful hard-shell case. Please call me (Lucy Smith) at 530-894-1449 or email at lucyinchico@hotmail.com if you'd like to see it.

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!
Posted By:  Lucy Smith

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