Butte-Tehama Counties News
Hi Folks
Hi folks, and sorry for my tardiness. SO much happening!.......like TONIGHT:

TUESDAY, MAY 6: STEEP CANYON RANGERS (Pay attention, bluegrass fans!!) will be playing at The Rendezvous, which is located at 3269 Esplanade Suite 142 on Chico’s North-side. Show is at 7pm, with doors at 6pm. Tickets are $26 at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

"North Valley Productions is very proud to present the Steep Canyon Rangers! These days, it’s hard to talk about the Steep Canyon Rangers without mentioning Steve Martin. After meeting at a party and clicking immediately, Martin invited the band to tour and record with him. 2011's collaboration Rare Bird Alert was nominated for a Grammy, and later that year, they won IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award. They average about 50 dates a year together, touring as Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, and most recently with the addition of special guest Edie Brickell. What has emerged is a real collaboration of seven consummate musicians – creating music that they are passionate about, and blending it with humor to form a sophisticated show. They are proud that it has exposed legions of new fans to the bluegrass genre. These collaborations have stretched the Steep Canyon Rangers musically, and definitely broadened their horizons and experiences, which include recent appearances on Austin City Limits, the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Today Show, and performances at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, MerleFest, Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, as well as their own Mountain Song festival and Mountain Song at Sea cruise."

See www.chicotickets.com for more information.


ALSO TONIGHT: TUESDAY, MAY 6: The Shook Twins craft fresh, exciting, and original music they call quirky folk....

Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook craft fresh, exciting, and original music they call quirky folk. The enchanting blend of their voices layers atop the already intricate band which features Niko Daoussis and Anna Tivel and boasts myriad instruments including banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electronic drums, and even beat box. Amid their impressive run of major festivals and top venues, Shook Twins found time to compose a third album, “What We Do,” produced by Ryan Hadlock of The Lumineers fame. Noted singer-songwriter Mason Jennings said Shook Twins present “a unique personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm.” We welcome that energy to the Big Room.

MONDAY, MAY 12: Marcia Ball
TUESDAY, MAY 20: Mother Hips
TUESDAY, JUNE 3: Diego's Umbrella

Again, aren't we lucky to have Sierra Nevada Brewery and Big Room in our North State! And I've heard a rumor from a very solid source of what's coming up at this venue. Are you ready? In June, the mesmerizing duet of The Milk Carton Kids. And in July, the amazing Kruger Brothers. The fun never ends!

To find out more about these groups, go to www.sierranevada.com/bigroom. Door opens at 6pm, music at 7:30pm. Dinner is $12.50, and the beer is fantastic! Ticket prices vary, and you can buy them on-line at the above website, at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Gift Shop, 1075 E. 20th St. in Chico, or by calling 530-896-2198.



The OAKSONG SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WAY COOL MUSIC, centered in Redding, CA., has a GREAT concert series this year! www.oaksongs.org/
Robin & Linda Williams, Saturday evening at the Pilgrim Cong. Church, Redding
May 10, 2014, Tickets $20 each.

Oaksong Music Society has two concert sites for the foreseeable future. The Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding and the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. Redding, CA 96001 (a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building).

Tickets to the concerts are available only through The Music Connection, (the old Bernie's Guitar) located at 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA, phone 530-223-2040, or at The Music Connection at 973 E Ave # V, Chico, CA 95926, (530) 898-0110. (And if you're an adventurist tickets may be available at the door.)

I have also recently discovered the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street in Grass Valley, CA. Here's a taste of musical events that might interest you:

SATURDAY, MAY 10: KEB MO at 8:00pm

...and much much more! For more information and ticket prices, check it out for yourself at www.thecenterforthearts.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 7: 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, 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. Ongoing, second Saturdays. For directions and more information, call Robert at 343-9379.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21: BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME SLOW JAM from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the new Chico Rock Stars School of Music (formerly the Acoustic College & Chico School of Rock) 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

As you may have heard, Cafe Flo has been sold, and Mark will no longer be putting on his great shows of local and visiting performers. THANK YOU, MARK, FROM ALL THE MUSIC-LOVERS OF CHICO!! What a wonderful venue you provided, and community you created!

I talked to Mark yesterday. He is currently working with the Elks Lodge of Chico to continue putting on music events, so I will keep you informed as things unfold. In the meantime, there is the matter of the BLUEGRASS JAM on the 4th of each month.

As you may remember, we do not meet in the summer, and that will allow me time to find a new venue. However, we DO have one more jam for this season. It would have normally been on Saturday, May 24. Since that is Memorial Day Weekend, I am switching it to SATURDAY, MAY 31. I will let you know where when I find just the right venue. Perhaps apot luck celebration jam is in order. Put it on your calendar, and feel free to send me suggestions for a venue for our jam for the 31st, and for next year.

Keep on pickin', singing, & enjoying the music.....and be sure to get to one or more bluegrass festivals this spring and summer. (Listed below.)

MONDAY, MAY 19 & JUNE 2: FIDDLE GROUP WORKSHOP will be held at the Bolt Tool Museum for musicians of any age. Instruction and shared music time aim to encourage musicians to perform in groups. The workshops are 7-9pm, and are held the first and third Mondays. Admission is $2.50 per person, and is located at 1650 Broderick St. in Oroville. For more information, call Jimi Beeler at 530-282-3205.

SUNDAY, May 25: 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 ~ etcetera ~
Every fourth Sunday. For more information, email zeke103@digitalpath.net

1st Sundays: Workshop & Jam Session 1:00PM to 4:30 PM
Free Old Time Fiddle Concert at 2:00PM
Open Mic (after the concert). St. James Lutheran Church 2500 Shasta View Drive Redding CA 96002. April 6 & May 4.

2nd Saturdays: Free Old Time Fiddle Concert & Open Mic (after the concert)
5:30PM to 7:30PM Round Table Pizza, Shasta Mall - 900 Dana Drive—Redding, CA.
Saturday, April 12 & May 10.

4th Sundays: Free Old Time Fiddle Concert & Open Mic (after the concert)
2:00PM to 4:00 PM at the Millville Grange Hall in Palo Cedro 22037 Old Forty-four Drive, Palo Cedro CA. April 27 & May 25.

More information on the Web at: www.NorthStateFiddlers.com
email: RootsMusic@Csotfa.org call 530-604-8706

THURSDAY, MAY 8 & 16 : 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/pgrangeevents

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, MAY 11: ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC, from 11am to 2pm at Has Beans By the Creek, 1078 Humboldt Drive in Chico. Ongoing, every 2nd Sunday. Hosted by Adam Walker, Sharla Stockton, Rita Serra, and Tom Probasco. For more information, contact Rita Serra at serrarita55@gmail.com

SATURDAY, MAY 10: 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! Second Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Grace at 530-877-2930.
(Thank you to John Hettinger, CBA Area Activities Vice President, Sacramento, for the following information that I just plagiarized!!)

CBA Father’s Day Festival, June 12 - 15, Grass Valley, California
This is the crown jewel of the CBA; our 39th annual Father’s Day Festival will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on June 12 - 15. All the bluegrass fans in northern CA will be there. Featured at the 2014 festival will be a special tribute to Vern & Ray and an old-time music gathering. There will be jamming everywhere, especially in the campground. After the stage shows end, the campground really comes alive with jamming. Come for a day, or better yet for all four days of the festival. Invite your friends, & turn them into bluegrass fans if they aren’t already. The bands this year are Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Deadly Gentlemen, Junior Sisk (2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year) & Ramblers’ Choice, Lonesome River Band, Bucking Mules, Kathy & Laurie’s Vern & Ray Tribute, Roland White Band, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Kathy Kallick Band, Foghorn Stringband, & Town Mountain plus Kids on Bluegrass, & lots of workshops. In addition there will be five California showcase bands -- Bean Creek, High Country, Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, The Sisters Grimm, & Ragged But Right -- playing one set each on the main stage. Advance CBA member 4-day tickets are $125; $150 at the gate. Single day tickets are $35 to $55 plus parking. Order yours via www.cbaontheweb.org.

CBA Music Camp, June 8 - 11, Grass Valley
Immediately preceding the festival, the CBA will hold its 14th summer music camp for about 200 camper students. I’ve been to several camps, & I can tell you that they’re a LOT of fun. Featured this year is a class on old-time stringband music & another on bluegrass harmony singing. Details are in the Bluegrass Breakdown or on-line at www.cbaontheweb.org.

CBA Youth Academy, June 11 - 14, Grass Valley
New this year, the CBA will produce a Youth Academy June 11 - 14, mostly concurrent with the Father’s Day Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. It is basically a day camp program for kids ages 8 - 16 who want to enjoy the company of other kids during the daytime part of the festival. Of course, parents will appreciate the respite from monitoring their kids all day as well. There will be a multitude of activities for beginning to advanced musical kids. Each participant will be introduced to at least three bluegrass instruments. A parent or guardian of each kid must purchase a 4-day ticket to the festival & be responsible for dropping the enrollee off for camp, providing a bag lunch, & picking up the enrollee after camp. All beverages & snacks will be provided by the camp. The registration fee for the 4-day camp is $300; some partial scholarships may be available. Registration information is available at www.bluegrasscampsforkids.com. Direct any other questions to Darby Brandli at darbycba@gmail.comor 510-735-6364.

Other 2014 Festivals & Music Camps
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival: May 8 - 11, Parkfield, www.parkfieldbluegrass.com.
Jim Nunally & Keith Little vocal & instrumental workshop: May 15 - 18, Kowana Valley Folk School & Lodge (just outside Yosemite), www.kowanavalley.com, 209-768-8651, lynn@kowanavalley.com.
Banjo Festival: June 14, Amador City, www.pfrotary.org, affordjr@yahoo.com
Susanville Bluegrass Festival, Music Camp, and Quilting Extravaganza: June 20-22, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville, CA. At www.susanvillebluegrass.com
San Francisco Free Folk Festival: June 21 - 22, Presidio Middle School, 30th Ave & Geary, San Francisco,www.sffolkfest.org
Kate Wolf Memorial Festival: June 27 - 29, Laytonville, www.katewolfmusicfestival.com.
California Coast Music Camps: July 6-12 & July 13-19, Sierra Nevada gold country, www.musiccamp.org/cba
Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: August 15 - 17, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park (between Reno & Carson City, NV),www.bowersbluegrassfestival.org.
Summergrass: August 15 - 17, Vista, CA, www.summergrass.net
Strings & Threads Bluegrass Festival: August 24 - 31, Yreka, www.siskiyoustringsandthreads.com.
Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: August 7 - 10, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos, www.ncbs.us.
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 17 - 21, Berkeley, www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org
Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills: September 19 - 21, Plymouth, www.landspromotions.com.
KVMR Celtic Festival: September 26 - 28, Grass Valley, www.kvmrcelticfestival.org.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 3 - 5, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.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!


ACOUSTIC STAND-UP BASS: Cremona bass, in nice shape, for $800. This includes the case, a bass stand, and a bow. Those of you who have attended the Cafe Flo jams have seen and heard it--some of you have played it! (Brev...?) I just upgraded to a new one and I'm selling this one for what I paid--it's a great deal! You can contact me at lucyinchico@hotmail.com or call 530-894-1449.

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. I will be sending an update mid-month!

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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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