Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks
Subject: Mid-December Bluegrass Update, 2014
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:19:56 -0800

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a sweet Thanksgiving with family and/or friends. I know many of you celebrated the season with one of the two outstanding bluegrass concerts in the Chico area. The Hot Rize concert at the Sierra Nevada Big Room on Saturday, Dec. 13, was outstanding! Those guys are better than ever!

And the Dale Ann Bradley/Steve Gulley concert at the Trinity United Methodist Church was just wonderful! We were so lucky to have these two bluegrass "stars" playing right here in Chico, in that beautiful & intimate chapel setting. I love how they shared personal stories about each song, and mmmmmm....those voices!!

Please be aware that this concert is the first of a series of bluegrass concerts for the year. All will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Chapel at 285 E. 5th St in Chico, all sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, an all on a Sunday night. The next two concerts will be:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8: BILL EVANS' "BANJO IN AMERICA", at 7:00pm. in the Chapel of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Bill is one of the premier banjo players in the USA, and even......“One of the best banjo pickers on the planet!” —Mark Wittington, San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 2006. Find out more on his website: http://www.billevansbanjo.com/
Doors open at 6:30pm, and a donation of $15 for adults is requested ($10 for students and teens, free for children under 13.)
ALSO.....Bill is willing to teach a bluegrass workshop earlier that Sunday. IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED, please let me know! Bill teaches both banjo and vocal harmony workshops,
so let me know which of these you would be interested in.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1: NU BLU, at 7:00pm. Doors at 6:30, and a donation of $15 for adults is requested ($10 for students and teens, free for children under 13.) NU BLU is a progressive bluegrass band from North Carolina that features the powerful vocals of Caroline Routh, recently featured in a duet with Sam Moore (of Soul duo "Sam and Dave) in their current song on the Bluegrass Charts, "Jesus & Jones". For more information, check them out at: http://www.nu-blu.com/
Thanks to all of you who attended the last Bluegrass Jam at Olivia's Acupuncture Studio on Mangrove....great fun! Olivia wanted me to thank you for your generous contributions for the use of the space! Hope to see you at the next one......

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 & 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, so bring your old favorites, and perhaps challenge yourself with a new tune to add to your repertoire. 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!) Come 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!
And here are a few upcoming events you might want to get on your calendar......

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 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

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 28: CASA BENEFIT DINNER at the Willows Memorial Hall , 525 West Sycamore Street in 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! So far we have the incredible Front Country, as well as Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, and will be adding others. You really don't want to miss this show! More information in the next newsletter.

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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And last (but not least!)....I wanted to include some information about some of the bands that played in the California Bluegrass Association's suite at IBMA. As I mentioned in earlier posts, these bands play free of charge at IBMA, which is a benefit for bluegrass musicians in need. So here are some of the bands that played in the CBA suite in October, 2014--all of whom will be playing in California soon. Please have a look at bands' websites and videos....

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Nine times as IBMA's fiddle player of the year, twice Entertainer of the Year, with an Instrumental Album of the Year in 2006, Michael & his band lit up the CBA Suite in Raleigh. They also have dropped in over the years just to jam as well! If you are going to the Great 48 Jam in Bakersfield in January, be sure to see this band! The band is also on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. You can see more information at http://flamekeeperband.com/ , and do check out the videos posted on the website, showing off Michael' s outstanding fiddling, and the vocals of Josh Richards .

NuBlu played in the CBA Suite on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and they packed the house! As you probably noticed, they will be playing the Bluegrass Concert Series at Trinity United on March 1. You can find out more on their website at http://www.nu-blu.com/ and see them performing "Jesus and Jones" --and other videos of their performances--on this site.

Adkins & Loudermilk agreed to play in the suite on very short notice in the Wednesday, Oct 1 line-up in the suite. This band features the powerful lead singing of two of the best male vocalists in bluegrass today: Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk. They are coming to CA on Saturday, February 28, in a concert in Morgan Hill, a Night at the Grange. For more info on this concert, see www.cbaontheweb.org and for more information about Adkins and Loudermilk, check our their website at http://adkinsloudermilk.com/ You can see them "in action" by clicking "Video" on their website.

Front Country is one of the most exciting young bands in the world right now, in my opinion! They are from the Bay Area, AND they are performing for the CASA Benefit in Willow on March 28(info above). They have played in the CBA Suite at IBMA in Raleigh for the last two years, and every time I see them, I am even more impressed with their songwriting, arrangements, vocals, & instrumental virtuosity. See for yourself at http://www.frontcountryband.com/ and again, just click videos.

Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass makes traditional bluegrass sound new again. This band was the last to play in the CBA Suite in Raleigh on Saturday, Oct. 4, and was also a last minute addition to the line-up. We were all simply knocked out! This band, based in Nashville, TN, consists of Chris Henry-, mandolin, guitar, vocals Brad Benge - bass, vocals Brent Lamons - banjo, Corrina Logston - fiddle, Tuck Tucker- dobro, and Mike McGarr on guitar. Chris is also in a feature article in the month's Bluegrass Unlimited. I'm happy to report they will be playing at the Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley in June. See more on the band's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hardcoregrass

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!
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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