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Johnny Rawls is coming!

 

Mississippi Blues Man Johnny Rawls is coming to Pops on October 13, 7 pm.

 Friday October 13th. 7pm
Johnny Rawls
$15 advanced tickets $20 at the door

Johnny Rawls is from Purvis, Mississippi, a small town with about 2,000 residents near Hattiesburg. While still in high school he played guitar with soul music greats Little Johnny Taylor, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Tex and ZZ Hill. Rawls hooked up with a true legend when he became bandleader for O.V. Wright, working and learning with the man many consider the finest deep soul singer of them all. After Wright died in 1980, Rawls led the O.V. Wright band for 13 years, touring and backing up B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and and Little Milton.

Johnny Rawls is on the tour that never ends. Since going out on his own, he’s been on a relentless jaunt from club to club, festival to festival, nation to nation. And the long road comes through Dunsmuir on Thursday, December 13, as Rawls comes to the POPS venue with his “Northern California All-stars.”. He will have spent November in Europe, and early December in Utah. Before December’s over he will also perform in Indiana, New York, and at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.
Johnny’s style of music can best be termed “soul blues,” and his warm, engaging manner draws the listener into his stories. The irony and glory of love give him plenty to sing about, and his show features his knockout guitar playing underlining his vocals. His recent album, Tiger in a Cage, went to number one on the Living Blues radio charts in its first month of release. He recently told me, “I’ve been playing around northern California for 15 years now, and it’s really a one-of-a-kind area. There’s some great people there, some great Blues fans. I love playing there.”

The North State All Stars are joining Johnny Rawls

We hope everyone comes out to see this real deal blues and soul legend playing with the Northstate All Stars.
We do have a ball when Johnny comes to town, and it’s a real-deal showcase for deep south soul and joy when his journey from Purvis comes through northern California.

Allison & Victor + the Midnight Band. Celebrate Jazz in the Canyon Music Release Party & Concert

Saturday, September 30, 7 pm
Jazz in the Canyon Allison and Victor  + Midnight Band
Music Release Party & Concert for Nation of Jubilation

Tickets $12 in advance 
you will be placed on will-call at the door no paper tix. 
$15 at the door
Allison and Victor are celebrating the release of their new recording Nation of Jubilation with a concert for Jazz in the Canyon. With Victor Martin on saxophone and Allison on guitar and vocals, they will be performing with stand-up bassist Bruce Calin and Mike Whipple on percussion. CDs and custom Nation of Jubilation flashdrive with peace sign keychain will be availalble at the show and
on their website at www.allisonandvictor.com

You can read more about thier new recording from interview in the After 5 Magazine: “The latest album from Siskiyou County’s sax, guitar and vocal duo, Allison Scull and Victor Martin, is Nation of Jubilation and was released in May. But it took a while for the final product to reach the finish line. “The album was a longer journey than the others to finish,” Martin said in an email. “The recording process started before the pandemic and it features more Redding area musicians. It’s more soulful and jazzy and reflects our growth, musically.” With Scull on guitar and vocals and Martin on saxophone and vocals, the two create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own by blending jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Scull learned French where she grew up in Belgium while Martin was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware. The title track of their latest album is an original song that Scull said is autobiographical about their travels. “It’s about all of the people we meet along the way and how they become our friends and family and the common ground between all humans,” she said. Martin added that there is a special guest appearance by their friend Ignacio “Nacho” Chavez from Mazatlan, Mexico who can be heard on electric guitar. Another track, co-written by the duo, is “Blisters on Her Feet.” “It’s a song about Victor’s stepmother who walked the historic march in Washington D.C. in 1963 where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I have a dream speech,’” Scull said. She added that the recording features two duets and highlights the intermingling of vocals and sax on the jazz standard “Day by Day.” Aside from Martin on saxophone and vocals and Scull on guitar and vocals, others performing on the album are Mike Harris on percussion, Bruce Calin on stand-up bass, Patrick Wiseman on drums, Stefan Schittko on keyboard. and Bruce Turgon on electric bass. The album was recorded at Turgon’s After Hours Recorders in Redding and both Martin and Scull said it was a real pleasure to work with him. “We are so excited to share our music and proud of the musicians who played on the album,” Scull said. An album release party is scheduled at 6 p.m., July 4, at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir with more information on their website. The album is available on CD and custom flash drives with peace sign keychain on their website allisonandvictor.com. It will also be available soon on all streaming platforms.” – Ron Harrington

— July 2023 After Five North State Magazine

Ron Jackson 7-String Guitar Trio

Sunday, October 1, 6pm
Jazz in the Canyon
Ron Jackson 7-String Guitar Trio
$15 for advanced tickets
$20 at the door

Celebrated seven-string jazz guitarist Ron Jackson and his trio will perform for the 10th Annual Jazz in the Canyon. With Ron Jackson on seven-string archtop guitar, Essiet Essiet will take the stage on bass while Sylvia Cuenca performs on drums.Versatile and sophisticated jazz guitarist Ron Jackson has performed, recorded and taught music in over 30 countries. With a varied career as a performer, composer and arranger, Highlights include shows and tours with artists such as Taj Mahal, Jimmy McGriff, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller. Ron has been featured as a leader in jazz festivals all over the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festivals and Winter Jazzfest, NYC.

Born in the Philippines, lived in many states as a kid, then settled in Harvard, Massachusetts, west of Boston, Ron was initially influenced by rock guitar greats like Jimmy Page, before falling under the spell of jazz and following the style and career of jazz guitar luminaries like Pat Metheny and George Benson. After attending Berklee School of Music on scholarship, studying jazz composition and arranging, Ron spent two formative years in the mid-1980’s living and playing guitar with the lively expat jazz community in Paris, France. Ron moved to New York City where he remains an active participant in Gotham’s always vibrant jazz scene. A master of the six, seven and twelve string guitars, Ron appeared on over 40 albums by such artists as Hal Singer, Graeme Norris, Ron Blake, Gisele Jackson and T.K. Blue, before founding the independent record label Roni Music in 2003 which has since released some of his eight of his albums as a leader including The Dream I Had (2003), Flubby Dubby (2008) and Akustik InventYours (2014).  His latest project, Jazz Standards and Other Songs (2019) is an alluring mix of familiar jazz numbers and innovative adaptations of songs from other genre’s like his trendsetting arrangement for jazz trio of Drake’s “Passion Fruit.”

Ron was grateful to be selected as the winner of the 1996 Heritage International Jazz Guitar Competition. He has also been a recipient of the 2012 Donald Knutson Memorial Development Fund and the 1991 and 2000 Meet the Composer Performance Fund. He endorses, Eastman Guitars, Kremona Guitars, Aria Classical Guitars, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and Godin Guitars.

An acclaimed music educator, Ron currently teaches guitar at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The New School, Midori and Friends, and is the founder and director of the website www.practicejazzguitar.com. Ron has held master classes, concerts and workshops at Jazz at Lincoln Center-Jazz in the Schools, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Escuela Creativa Musica in Madrid, Spain and California State University.

Ron has made appearances in several major motion pictures including The Greatest Showman, Vulgar, and Fly by Night. He has also performed in pit orchestras on many Broadway and off-Broadway shows including Avenue Q, Fosse, Shuffle Along, and Bring In `Da Noise, Bring In `Da Funk.

In recent years, Ron has also developed a side career as a freelance writer for Acoustic Guitar magazine where he’s published educational and guitar instructional articles.

A Dyar Situation – Glad to be Anywhere Tour

Longtime Redding singer-songwriter Jim Dyar and his wife, Keli, known as A Dyar Situation, recently released their seven-song album, Glad to be anywhere. “It’s a bit of a post-pandemic album where we genuinely feel ‘glad to be anywhere’ making music and performing it live for audiences,” Jim Dyar said in an email interview with the After Five.

Pops is pleased to host A Dyar Situation for a patio concert on August 26 at 7:30 with a $10 cover. (Weather permitting). Pops has a great selection of beer and non alcoholic drinks.

From After 5 Interview:
Dyar said if anything unites all the songs on this album, he thinks it’s the idea “that we have to appreciate — to the best of our ability — the positive elements of life. Keli and I need to keep moving, both physically and artistically. Moving forward always motivates us, which is why I hope this is a great road-trip album.”

Performing live in the area for more than 15 years, Dyar’s previous band incarnations included the Jim Dyar Band and Muletown, during which he recorded three albums: Magical Land by the Jim Dyar Band (2009), Muletown by Muletown (2011) and Rembrandts on Red Walls by the Jim Dyar Band (2013). Among his other musical accomplishments, he has a co-songwriting credit on north state country music legend Merle Haggard’s song “Christmas in Cabo San Lucas.”

Dyar said the latest band incarnation is scaled down to just he and Keli, “with our musician friends helping us form the ‘band’ you hear on the album.”

In addition to the title track, the album features an ode to “plugging out” from the daily grind of work and stress, which Dyar said he tried to capture with “Slow Lane” (their first single).

“There are also a pair of songs that we package together in our live shows (and on the album), “Red- Eyed Nights” and “Love Song Too,” a breakup song followed by a song about finding new love.”

The song “Whiskeytown,” he said, represents those who chased fortune, like in the 1800s gold rush, but had to alter course when they came up empty.

“And ‘To The Sea’ is a jolly-old pirate song I wrote with songwriters Jonathan Foster and Morgan Hannaford that closes out the album,” he added.

The married duo sing on all the songs while Jim plays electric and acoustic guitars, and Keli plays a variety of instruments, including mandolin, guitar, piano and even guitalele.

 

 

Hobson’s Choice – Old Band Reunites

Hobson's Choice back in the day
From left to right Craig Citcliff, John Davis, Bill Curchill, Bill Crane in 1979.

Still great friends, band mates in Hobson’s Choice have played  together since 1979 and are planning to reunite for a concert here at Pops. Concert will take place on September 16 at 7 pm. $10 cover. Hobson’s Choice consists of Bill Churchill, Guitar and vocals, Bill Crane, Keyboards and vocals, Craig Cutcliff, Bass and vocals and John Davis, Drums and vocals.

All four players have been playing professionally for 45 years! Bill Churchill plays throughout Siskiyou County, has played with Sound Advice and is currently playing Thursday and Friday at Railroad Park. Bill Crane lives in Apple Valley and is playing in several bands in Southern California. He’s a very accomplished keyboard player and a great vocalist. Craig Cutcliff lives near Denver, Colorado, plays Bass and Saxophone, has his own sound company and is an exceptional musician and vocalist. John Davis, also known as the “Popcorn” is from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He’s a phenomenal drummer and vocalist, and has played in many great bands throughout New Mexico and Texas. These four old friends are joining each other in Mt Shasta on September 14th and will be playing at POPS in Dunsmuir on Saturday, Sept. 16

 

Hobson's Choice
From left to right Craig Cutcliff, Bill Churchill, Bill Crane, John Davis

 

R&B Funk Band Sound Advice to Play in July 2023

Sound Advice BluesCome join R&B, funk and soul band, Sound Advice  on Saturday July 8 and Saturday, July 15 for a fun Summer Dance Party.

Do to heat, concert will be held inside. 

Saturday, july 15, 8 pm
Sound Advice with Special Guests
$10 in advanced, $15 at the door

Players will include Victor Martin on saxophone and vocals, Kenny Blockman on bass and social,  Carl Swinderman on electric guitar and Jimmy Pryor on drums.

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural center is located at 5819 Sacramento Avenue, across from the Amtrak Train Station. Advanced tickets $10 are available at www.pops dunsmuir.com via credit/debit card  or tickets at the door, $15 are available by cash.

Allison & Victor + Bruce Calin – 4th of July Patio Party

Allison Scull and Victor Martin will be celebrating the release of their new recording, Nation of Jubilation with a patio concert on the 4th of July at 6 pm. Bruce Calin will be joining them on stand up bass. A great way to begin Fourth of July Festivities, the show will begin at 6 pm and entrance is by donation.

Allison Scull will be on vocals and guitar,  Victor Martin on saxophone and vocals, and Bruce Calin will be joining them on stand up bass.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s unusual collaborative style–singer-songwriter plus saxophone–connects grown-ups and little people alike. Together, they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. They blend roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Allison learned French where she grew up in Belgium while Victor was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware.

As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond. Their sound has also hit the Touchtunes scene–and can be heard on over 40,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. and Canada. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base in California, Oregon, and Washington. Their music has also struck a chord in the west coast’s wine country and the festival circuit (Britt Festivals, Art and the Vineyards, Napa Artistan’s Festival 2013, 2012, 2010, Mt. Shasta Music Festival, Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon, Mossbrae Music Festival 2010, 2012). Mostly performing as a duo, they have also developed a show with a stellar array of musicians.

Johnny Rawls comes to Pops July 3

Johnny Rawls Outdoor Dance Party

Soul Blues Legend Johnny Rawls and the North State All Stars well come to Dunsmuir on Monday, July 3 at 7 pm to begin 4th of July festivities at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir. The North State All Stars include Harry Blackwell on guitar, Mark Grant on Bass, Allen Bradley on Drums, Derell Campbell on Saxophone, Victor Martin on Saxophone

Tickets available
Advanced tickets available for $15. They will be $20 at the door.

Johnny Rawls is from Purvis, Mississippi, a small town with about 2,000 residents near Hattiesburg. While still in high school he played guitar with soul music greats Little Johnny Taylor, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Tex and ZZ Hill. Rawls hooked up with a true legend when he became bandleader for O.V. Wright, working and learning with the man many consider the finest deep soul singer of them all. After Wright died in 1980, Rawls led the O.V. Wright band for 13 years, touring and backing up B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and and Little Milton.

Johnny Rawls is on the tour that never ends. Since going out on his own, he’s been on a relentless jaunt from club to club, festival to festival, nation to nation. And the long road comes through Dunsmuir on Thursday, December 13, as Rawls comes to the POPS venue with his “Northern California All-stars.”. He will have spent November in Europe, and early December in Utah. Before December’s over he will also perform in Indiana, New York, and at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.
Johnny’s style of music can best be termed “soul blues,” and his warm, engaging manner draws the listener into his stories. The irony and glory of love give him plenty to sing about, and his show features his knockout guitar playing underlining his vocals. His recent album, Tiger in a Cage, went to number one on the Living Blues radio charts in its first month of release. He recently told me, “I’ve been playing around northern California for 15 years now, and it’s really a one-of-a-kind area. There’s some great people there, some great Blues fans. I love playing there.”

The North State All Stars are joining Johnny Rawls

We hope everyone comes out to see this real deal blues and soul legend playing with the Northstate All Stars.
We do have a ball when Johnny comes to town, and it’s a real-deal showcase for deep south soul and joy when his journey from Purvis comes through northern California.